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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:


Bitter Sweet

Negroni Week Begins



In New Orleans, we really don’t need any excuses to drink, but that doesn’t stop us from finding new reasons all the same. For example, for the next five days, we will be celebrating Negroni Week. As part of a national charity campaign sponsored by Campari and Imbibe Magazine, bars across the United States will be serving this classic Italian aperitivo cocktail and donating $1 or more to charity. Here in the Crescent City, the United States Bartenders’ Guild and Tales of the Cocktail have partnered to support the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation, a nonprofit providing medical assistance to local musicians.


Wind in Their Sales

Pirate's Alley Battles to Stay Open



Another French Quarter institution is danger of disappearing amidst a zoning dispute. Locals are rallying to save Pirate’s Alley in advance of a June 11th meeting scheduled to determine the future of the small bar.


Excellent Elixir

National Chartreuse Day Celebrated



Today is National Chartreuse Day! While the liquer is not a staple in the United States, it enjoys vast popularity in NOLA. Before NoDef’s staff departed to drown themselves in the green sea, we chatted with the guys from CureCo to learn a little about the libation and snag a few recipes. 


Mexican Standoff

NOLA's Many Opportunities to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo



With all the fleur-de-lis decorating New Orleans, it is evident that the city puts our French heritage in the spotlight. So, finding a place to party for Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of Mexico’s defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla, can be a bit tricky. NoDef has a list of all the specials and parties honoring the holiday tonight.


Bell Spell: Jinxed Creamery Issues Another Recall


The popular southern creamery Blue Bell issued an ice cream recall (again) on Wednesday (5.03) evening. This time the issue is not Listeria, but a simple case of mislabelling.


Beards Bagged


The rest of America is continuing to affirm what we already knew: the food in NOLA is great. On Monday (5.02) evening, tasterati gathered in Chicago for the annual James Bear Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant industry. New Orleans chefs took home three big honors.


Edible Ecstacy

NOWFE Bulks Up Lineup for 2016



The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) is really kicking it up in 2016. The ever-popular Royal Street Stroll and the GrandTasting will return, but they will be supplemented by an impressive roster of special events ranging from fishing with Donald Link to a Franco-Spanish Hog War.


Feast Season

Sparklehorse Pops Up at Carrollton Station



This week being the Jazz Fest break, there are lots of big name event son Monday (4.25) night. However, up in the Riverbend, there are is also some popular grass roots action. Burgeoning pop-up, Sparklehorse is hosting Carrollton Station (8140 Carrollton St.) cooking up some crazy food and offering some free music.


Windsor Court Fetes Elizabeth With $90,000 Dessert


Across the pond, Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 today (4.21). While madmen and Englishmen are elated about the royal celebration, in NOLA most locals are focused on a different type of jubilee over at the Fair Grounds. But, the folks at the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier Street) are offering some specials in homage to their trans-Atlantic namesake including a 90,000 dollar dessert.


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