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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:
McClure's Barbecue Marks Anniversary with Whole Hog
McClure's Barbecue is celebrating a year of smoking on Magazine Street with a big pig. The pitmasters are preparing an anniversary Whole Hog Roast today (7-28), with the first plates set to be served at 6:30 p.m.
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Daiquiri Fest Expands to 2 Days, Promotes Go-Cup Greening
The New Orleans Daiquiri Festival is expanding its flavor profile, duration and eco-minded attitudes. Ashley Rouen previews the weekend, and unveils what flavors will be pouring.
Tales Regales (Photos)
Photos & Text by Dr. Bill Copen
On Saturday, Tales of the Cocktail 2014 made a final lunge at the livers of cocktial lovers. Plantation's Pineapple rum was once again front and center, bitters were bartered, blenders blended, and more. Once again, Dr. Bill Copen put down the glass and picked up the lens to capture the sights and highlights for NoDef's readers.
Spirited Awards Cap Tales
After a week of drinking and promotions, Tales of the Cocktails presented their grand finale, the Spirited Awards, on Saturday night. The eighth annual awards ceremony was held in the Sheraton on Canal to crown winners in categories spanning from Bartender of the Year to Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer.
Cane and Table's Nick Detrich on Drink's Caribbean, Rum-Filled Origins
Unwrap the straw and raise up a styrofoam cup. July 19 is National Daiquiri Day, and New Orleans, with its gallon pricing and drive thru options, is the Daiquiri capital. (Plus, there's a parade). Moving beyond Bourbon Street’s frozen flavors, NOLA Defender wanted to dig down to the roots of the subtropical favorite. Cane & Table’s Nick Detrich, an expert on rums and Caribbean cocktials, provided some guidance.
Bad Decisions Join Bittermens in Decatur's Spitfire
In the midst of corporate cocktail chaos this week, an indie shop is popping up on Decatur St. Avery Glasser of Bittermens Bitters will be tending bar at Spitfire (1135 Decatur St.), and his friend John Reusing of Bad Decisions bar and Ostrowski’s of Bank St. will be searing some sausage. Rounding out the small-star crew is Nick Christian, proprietor of Spitfire Coffee, who is putting down the beans to help man the grill this weekend.
Photo Essay: Tales of the Cocktail, Day 3
by Dr. Bill Copen
The llamas remained in the barn, but Tales of the Cocktail kept wagging on Friday. While many seminars are about the drinks themselves, Dr. Bill Copen trained his lens on the people that serve. A host of dyanmic bartending duos teamed up at various local watering holes, and panelists talked about the art of drinking slinging. Overall, the events once again showed off the event's star power. Photos:
Today at Tales: Sat., July 19
Tales of the Cocktail moves into its final day of events, complete with a look at cocktail history in both boots, a prime pairing of bartenders on Frenchmen Street and a tasting party straight from Texas. The night concludes with annual Spirited Awards bash. Details:
Tails and Tales
Cocktail Extravaganza Features Beachbum on Rum, Llama on Bourbon (PHOTOS)
Tales of the Cocktail rolled on Thursday (7-18), with special appearances from bartending tandems that could happen nowhere else, a beachbum and a llama. Just like Wednesday, Dr. Bill Copen was on the scene:
Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,
Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson
Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz
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