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May 29th

HOP Fest

Cafe Istanbul, 8p.m.

Katey Red and the Honorable South headline benefit


Little Freddie King

BJ’s, 9p.m.

Bywater Bluesman at home



HOB, 9p.m.

Strange Music rapper with Chopper style


Mike Dillon

Maple Leaf, 9p.m.

Eclectic talent spans from punk to funk


Meschiya Lake, 6p.m.

Songstress sings the classics


The Seven Five

Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

A documentary about an extremely crooked NYC cops


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:

Drinking Culture

Homedale Inn Provides Shelter from the Storms in Lakeview

Gentle reader, I wandered alone through the purple moor of Lakeview. Memorial Day had been swallowed up in a dense and silent gloom. A thunderstorm the size of Alabama hurtled toward the city from Texas and I needed a place to hole up. Friends, entering into an ancient neighborhood bar for the first time can be an unsettling business – being a strange face out of the storm. But I was in need of shelter, and by lucky chance, at the door of the Homedale Inn.

About Shucking Time

Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend

It’s finally that shucking time of the year again. This weekend (5.30-5.31), the New Orleans Oyster Festival is back for its sixth year. The free festival, which takes place at Woldenburg Park, features live music, crafts, eating contests and perhaps most obviously, oysters. 

Half Shelled

P&J's Sal Sunseri Talks Oyster Issues Ahead of Fest

This weekend, New Orleanians will gather to celebrate the annual Oyster Festival, but in the unofficial “Oyster Capital of America,” all is not right. Five years after the explosion of BP’s oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, New Orleanians are still reporting problems caused by the oil that flooded the Gulf of Mexico. Sal Sunseri, co-owner of P&J Oyster Co. and co-founder of the New Orleans Oyster Festival talked with NoDef about the lingering effects.

Drinking Culture

A Night Amongst Royalty at the King Pin

Gentle reader, time and place are not two things. When choosing one, we elect the other. In the neighborhood watering hole, the hour in which we visit can greatly alter the destination at which we arrive. After the university students mustered out this past weekend, and before the nights of food trucks, hipsters, and planned events, I chose a balmy evening to visit the beating heart of an Uptown neighborhood, The King Pin.


King of the Grill

Burger Baron Biderman Talks Barbecue Tips

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, the grills heat up and the spatulas come out. Don’t let your neighbors show you up when the time comes to flip that burger. Burger Baron Adam Biderman took some time to sit down with NoDef and offer a few pointers for your backyard barbecue. 

Are You Experienced?

NOWFE Strolls Into Town Today

The tale goes like this: 23 or 24 years ago, a handful of friends, all working in the hospitality industry, got together and decided to combat the boredom of the sizzling summer months in New Orleans. From that meeting, the annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience was born. 

Summer Sipping

Paul Gustings Talks Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Summer demands some libations to quench one’s thirst. So, NoDef turned to Empire Bar at Broussards’ Paul Gustings. The beverage director at the storied French Quarter destination offered up some suggestions, but as he likes to say, “I do everything contrary to everyone else.” Gustings on garnishes? “I don’t understand the point.” Gustings on tasting his products? “Why? I know when I’ve made a good drink.” Gustings on his one new-age affinity, acid phosphate? “It’s good for you.”

Drinking Culture

The Quarter's Very Public House: Molly's at the Market

Gentle reader, the New Orleanian is no great lover of leaving New Orleans. For some, the mere crossing of the Canal Street neutral ground is a Homeric expedition. And I had sojourned this past weekend in Baton Rouge. Out of that heart of darkness I returned, through lurking wetlands and in horror. I just needed one tiny drink in a place of comfort. Perhaps two draughts in a barroom where even the faces of those unmet were familiar. Friends, no more than three cup-borne constitutionals was all that I would require in Molly’s at the Market.

Fresh Fest

Cafe Hope Gears Up for Local Food Fest

Cafe Hope and Zatarain’s are combining a trifecta of SoLa’s favorite things for an annual fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit culinary arts program. On Sunday (5.17). Local Food Fest will rally some of NOLA’s top chef for a summer smorgasbord.

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