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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:

Brew Krewe: Beer Fest Winners Announced

The New Orleans on Tap (NOOT) beer fest came and went as fast as a keg at a frat party.  Attendees tasted from a selection of 300 beers and food from local vendors, such as Brats Y’all. Homebrewers lined up along the outer edge of the festival rousing up flavor controversy and exciting bland palates, while certified beer judges huddled with their flights of homebrews to determine winners in NOOT’s first juried competition.

Drinking Culture

NoDef's Bar Columnist Visits the R Bar

Gentle reader, I wandered into the R Bar and it was dark like a good bar should be. Three O’clock in the afternoon and it was still dark inside. The walls were vertical slats of cracked wood, faded bordello red. Above that, black metal paneling reached to the ceiling and continued like a black sky. More cracked wood along the bar, brown and rich. Friendly kind of gloom. No music played. A humming silence reverberated from the last juke box song, dead before I had arrived. They say Bukowski stayed at the inn upstairs. Good place to start.  

Pints in the Park (BeerFest Photos)

By Brandon Robert

On Saturday, the weather held out, and New Orleans on Tap, the city's celebration of beers was on in City Park. The event featured big brews, microbrews, homebrews, and lots of dogs befitting the LA-SPCA's cosponsorship. NoDef's Brandon Robert was on hand to capture all of the action. 

Dis and Dat

Dat Dog's Skip Murray Branches Into Burger

Skip Murray never dreamed of becoming the hot dog man.  His life just so happened to travel in dat direction. The co-founder of Dat Dog continues to call himself “the hot dog king” even though his new solo-venture, Dis and Dat, also features burgers. Murray unleashed his gourmet dogs and (newly minted) glazed burgers at 2540 Banks St between S. Dorgenois and Galvez on September 4. The new haunt is open seven days a week (11:30a.m. – 9p.m.) with daily happy hour (4–7p.m.) 

Justin Devillier on Knife Fight (Video Preview)

Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery is no stranger to the national spotlight. The local chef is a three time James Beard Award finalist and appeared on Top Chef. On September 30th, Devillier will once again grace the small screen appearing on Esquire Network’s Knife Fight. NoDef has a couple clips from the episode

Oktober Fess

Beer Blast in City Park, NOLA Style

Oktoberfest is almost here. What better way to get your beer belly ready than sampling from a list of 300 craft brews? New Orleans on Tap (NOOT) Beer Fest is coming to City Park’s festival grounds on Saturday September 27th. In it’s fifth year running, NOOT is a free event featuring 75 individual homebrews (not to mention the pros) available to taste in three-ounce pours. Presented by the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA) and the Bulldog, the day also features music and beer awards.

Ladies Ready to Storm the Sazerac

By Ashley Larsen

The Swinging 40’s are back, this Friday, at the Roosevelt’s Sazerac Bar. Bust out your best vintage wear, and come celebrate the day women were first allowed to enjoy their drinks at the Rooosevelt Hotel’s signature bar. Friday, October 26th marks the 65th anniversary of the bar going co-ed and the Roosevelt is throwing a party. 

Dat Dog, Adelita's Way, On A Leash for LA-SPCA

Dat Dog is a little wacky, but not the type of establishment to go off the leash. To the contrary, the popular hot dog destination will be hosting “Dog on a Leash” to raise funds for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA-SPCA). On Wednesday (9.24), the Dat Dog downtown location (601 Frenchmen Street) will be the site of a Yappy Hour and an Eat n’ Greet with rockers Adelita’s Way.

Into the Child

Kopfler Opens l'Enfant at Molly's at the Market

 Chef Matt Kopfler has an impressive stack of experiences. The St. Stanislaus grad has lived in destinations ranging from Caribbean islands to the island of Nantucket. He has worked in classic kitchens, private kitchens, and co-founded popular pop-up PPX. Now, at Moly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur Street), the prodigal son is attempting to cull all of those experiences together with his his new venture l’Enfant.


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