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April 21st

Treme Brass Band

d.b.a., 9p.m.

The 6th Ward's brass band saunters over to Frenchmen


Gregory Agid

Maison, 6p.m.

Instrumental Jazz


Crescent City Farmers Market

Broadway Street, 9a.m.-1p.m.

Uptown edition of the city's prime local


Swing in the Oaks

Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn in City Park, 6-8p.m.

Bring a blanket and join the LPO for thier annual free concert in the park!


Kajun's Karaoke Contest

Kajun's Pub

Sing for free beer, shots, & prizes



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:

Iced: NOLA Retailers Pull Blue Bell

On Tuesday (4.21) morning, one freezer case at the French Quarter Rouse’s sat conspicuously empty. The section previously housed Blue Bell products, but Listeria linked to their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream resulted in a voluntary recall of the entire product line.

SoFAB Opens, This Time Grandly

After a soft opening opening, several additions. and a ribbon cutting, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFaB) finally had a Grand Opening this weekend. The official christening was marked by a gala on Friday (4.17).

Drinking Culture

Pew Study: The Abbey

Gentle reader, Lower Decatur Street is the supermassive black hole at the center of the Dive Bar Galaxy. Four or five drinking holes occupy more-or-less the same point of a sodden singularity. Woe unto those who set toe across that event horizon where time and space contort. For many a careless patron has passed within for a drink only to emerge and find the job gone, the Land Baron unpaid, the kids all grown up and spiteful. But to hell with it: I’m going to the Abbey.

City of Compton: Top Chef Alum Announces NOLA Restaurant Details

Chef Nina Compton came to New Orleans to film Top Chef (Season 11) and became an instant convert.  Shortly after the series aired, she announced plans to make the move permanent and open the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, a new boutique hotel coming to Warehouse District. Now, she is announcing the details of the venture to be named Compère Lapin.

Shuck Smoke: Kitchen Fire at Felix's

Quarter residents and visitors had a scare Thursday (4.16) morning when a fire broke out at oyster mecca, Felix’s (739 Iberville Street). In another stellar performance, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) managed to get the blaze under control within 25 minutes.

Feasting at the Fest

FQF Food in Photos

Music is the main draw at the French Quarter Fest, but the food should not be forgotten. A crawfish eating contest, meat pies, and more po-boys than a streetcar strike are just a few of the highlights. NoDef's Dr. Bill Copen set out on a mission to capture the fare for the hungry.

Drinking Culture

Opening Day for the Cubbies at the Milan Lounge

Gentle reader, our abstinence is at an end! For this Easter Sunday past ushered in the sun and the blossom and the boys of summer. Pale and Lenten entertainments are behind us. A fair season awaits. Come with me now to a neighborhood bar, or perhaps a dive bar – a bar that gives us occasion to wonder what the hell could be the difference between the two. My friends, we’re bound for Uptown. The Cubbies are opening the baseball season at the Milan Lounge!

Lasting Legacy: Another Restaurant Comes to Warehouse District

The Warehouse District is continuing to blow up with new apartments and businesses opening at a breakneck speed. On Wednesday (4.08), Legacy Kitchen branched out from Metaire opening a second location in the hip hood at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Girod Streets.

Scent of the Tent

Haydels, Voleo's Talk Food at FQF

French Quarter Festival delivers more than an earful of local music. The four day fest also offers a mouthful of food tasting opportunities from over 60 vendors at eight locations throughout the Vieux Carré. NoDef spoke with veteran Haydel’s Bakery about their experience at the festival, as well as Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant, a newcomer this year.  

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