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March 26th

Bloody Mary Fest

Howlin' Wolf, 12PM

Over a dozen NOLA spots offer their best bloodies, plus food

 

Alternative Medicine Symposium

Magnolia Yoga Studio, 1PM

Free female-led discussion and open house

 

Red

Playmakers Theater, 2PM

Final staging of drama about painter Mark Rothko

 

Jamie Galloway Crawfish Boil

Maple Leaf Bar, 3PM

5th annual boil commemorating the life of the beloved chef and musician

 

LGBT Spring Fest

Woonderland Production Studios, 3PM

Live music, drinks, water slides, more

 

Music Under the Oaks

Audubon Park, 5PM

LPO Woodwind Quintet performs

 

Palmetto Bug Stompers 

d.b.a., 6PM

Local trad jazz masters

 

Board Game Night

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City  Book Shop, 6PM

Bring games, or join one at the store

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf Den, 10PM

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Pat Casey & the New Sound

Spotted Cat, 10PM

Boundary pushing fusion jazz

 

Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10PM

Krown on the B3 with Russell Batiste and Walter “Wolfman” Washington


  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:


Libation Nation

Recipes for National Cocktail Day



Like most New Orleanians, the NoDef team enjoys a good cocktail ... or two, or three. The great thing about living in the Big Easy is that we really don't need any excuses to drink, but that doesn't stop us from finding new reasons all the same. (Cue today's Bourbon Festival and this month's absinthe celebration, for instance.) This Friday (3.24) is National Cocktail Day, the holiest of days for all fans of being spirited away. Today, mix up all-star cocktails with these recipes culled from NoDef interviews with NOLA's finest bartenders from years past. 


Top Taco NOLA Kicks Off First Food Fest


Grab your bottles of Cholula and Crystal, and let’s taco ‘bout a new festival coming to town this week. More than 30 restaurants and over 40 spirits companies will vie for top honors at the inaugural Top Taco New Orleans fest, kicking off Thursday (3.23) at the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. 


Final Countdown: NOLA's James Beard Nominees

A Quick Look at the 2017 Contenders



New faces and repeat contenders alike grace the ranks of this year's James Beard Awards finalists, announced earlier this afternoon. After a strong show in the semifinals, eleven locals made it into the finals of the Oscars of the culinary world. The indulgences of Carnival season and the holidays may be too close in our collective memory for us to handle dining out to the hilt, but try to explore some of the city's top offerings before the James Beard Foundation announces the 2017 winners at a ceremony in Chicago on May 1st. 


Wahlberg Brothers' Burger Chain is Coming to NOLA


It's a big day for food in the Big Easy. On the same day it was announced that 11 local bars, restaurants, and chefs are finalists for the coveted James Beard Awards, the celeb fast-food chain Wahlburgers announced it will open not one, but two locations in New Orleans.  


NOLA Chefs Among James Beard Awards Finalists


Local New Orleans restaurants, bars, and chefs once again found themselves on one of the most coveted lists in the industry today, as the 2017 James Beard finalist nominations were announced.


Bean Madness Takes NOLA


Whether chowing down on a plate every Monday, or sipping a beer inspired by the signature dish of the city, most New Orleanians are aficianados when it comes to red beans and rice. Members of the Krewe of Red Beans and Camellia Brand Beans are asking the all-important question: who is serving up the best red beans in the city? 


Chasing the Green Fairy

NoDef's Absinthe Day Guide



Ten years ago, the nationwide ban on absinthe was lifted in the United States after almost a century. Given how quickly the anise-flavored herbal spirit has become a staple in cocktails, it's hard to believe that for over 96 years New Orleanians lived without green frappés, drips, and daiquiris. Today (3.5) is National Absinthe Day, so how better to celebrate the spirit's rise from madness-inducing elixir of the bohemian set to the superstar ingredient in cocktails nationwide than with a comprehensive guide to the city's best absinthe-minded offerings. From tours of distilleries and museums to cocktail crawls across the Vieux Carre, read on for NoDef's guide to absinthe in New Orleans. 


Fryday Friday

Fish Fry Season Kicks Off As Lent Begins



For most NOLA locals, the days following Mardi Gras are a time to take a break from the booze, king cake, and general debauchery that has dominated these last few weeks. For the more faithful out there, this time marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days and 40 nights where Catholics will abstain from any number of vices — including meat on Fridays. Starting tomorrow, churches across the city will host fish frys for Lenten observers, offering the perfect opportunity for the faithful to observe their religious traditions and the rest of us to indulge in some tasty seafood. 


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.


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