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V-Day

February 14th

Cupid’s Cabaret

Orpheum, 8p.m.

Trixie Minx offers some Valentine’s burlesque

 

DJ Poppa

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Bounce and hip-hop

 

Micah McKee & Little Maker

Circle Bar, 5-9p.m.

Free music for happy hour

            

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns

Chickie Wah Wah, 8p.m.

Classic swing songstress and her bad kids’club

                

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10p.m.

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

NOLA Comedy Hour

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Comedians and friends from The New Movement


  Food

NoDef's Ultimate King Cake Guide

The Gooey Details on 23 Carnival Confections



When ordering a King Cake, Crescent City sweet seekers can no longer uniformly expect the standard braided cinammon twist with more or less the same flavor profile. King Cakes have become a creative canvass for adventurous bakers across New Orleans. Allow NoDef to help you choose which will satisfy your palette. We combined three years of King Cake coverage for one ultimate guide. After reading these diverse offerings, you may even want the baby:


Gourmet Gala

StarChefs to Honor NOLA"s Rising Stars



On Tuesday (2.16), New Orleans’ culinary A-listers will gather to fete the future of the city’s service industry. After methodically eating and drinking their way through New Orleans, StarChefs named some of the scene’s rising stars. Now, the selection of restaurant pros will receive some much-deserved attention via a media spotlight, seminars, and of course, a party.


TGI Fryday

Fish Frys Abound As Lent Begins



For many locals, the 40 days following Mardi Gras is a time to take a break from the booze. However, for faithful Catholics, the period is a time of literal fast punctuated by fish on Fridays. For all New Orleanians, lent is a great time eat some tasty seafood.


Mardi Gras Mixology (Drink Recipe)


The time for a dirnk is now! While many are content with warm beer or mixed drinks in styrofoam cups, the Carnival season is also a time for craft cocktails. NoDef revisited out favorite Mardi Cocktaiul, the brainchild of none other than Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Johnson came up with his own recipe, and Cane & Table's (1113 Decatur) Nick Detrich gave NoDef a short video that teaches viewers how to make Johnson's signature drink. 


R.I.P. Billy Gruber


New Orleans lost one her greats on Thursday (2.04) evening. Billy Gruber, the chef behind Liuzza’s By The Track and iconic local personality, died at the age of 69-years-old. 


King Cake Walk

Best of the Annual King Cake Tasting at the Ogden



The results of NoDef's King Cake Walk are in! For the third consecutive year, Bittersweet Confections has landed the win for their vibrantly sugared cake filled with rich chocolate. But, Bittersweet was only one of the local bakeries represented in the competition, all of whom brought their best game to the challenge. Within 90 minutes, there was not even a crumb or wayward baby left reminding us that all king cakes are winners. Our favorites follow below.

Carnival Cocktails (Recipes)


It’s Carnival time and everybody’s having drinks! If ever there was a time to have one too many on a work night, it’s during Mardi Gras season. NoDef’s pals at drizly.com offered up a few suggestions for libations to stay, er, hydrated along the parade route or at your party of choice.


Cake Walk

NoDef's King Cake Tasting Returns to Ogden Thursday



Carnival means parades and costumes and king cake lots of king cake. It’s hard to find a keg cake outside of the Gulf Coast, but we have enough options to fill in the quota for the rest of the country. With so many choices, it’s best to let the people choose. So, NoDef’s King Cake Walk will return to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Thursday (1.28) from 6p.m. to 8p.m. 


K-Paul Books Make SoFAB Even Fabber


There is no question that Paul Prudhomme left a massive legacy. A generation discovered a new way to eat because of the iconic chef. Now, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is helping to pass that legacy on to future generations. Prudhomme’s family announced that they will be donating his personal collection of books and culinary documents to SoFAB.


Snakebitten: Sazerac Buys SoCo


It seems that one novelty shot is just not enough. Riding high off the success of Fireball, NOLA based Sazerac Co. announced today that they will purchase Southern Comfort for 543.5 million dollars from Brown-Forman Corp. 


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