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Farm to Pantry

The Best Farmer's Markets & Co-Ops in New Orleans

There are an endless number of reasons to buy local, especially in the Big Easy. The food tastes better and is higher in nutrients since produce has to travel a much shorter distance from the ground to your family’s table. Local food is also GMO-free, a quality many people now strive for in their food. Buying local-farmed produce also supports local farming families, helps build community, and preserves open space — which can quite the commodity around here. In New Orleans, locals are fortunate to have an array of famer’s markets and co-ops, all of which work closely with local growers and producers to bring the best they have to offer.

Check out the list below of the best (and tastiest) ways to support our local economy.

Southeastern U.S. Salads Recalled

Here's one excuse for anyone wanting to quit their post-Carnival diet a few days early: there is a chance that your salad might have a dead animal in it. At least, that is what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Saturday (4.8). According to the FDA, Fresh Express is conducting a precautionary recall of Organic Marketside Spring Mix greens distributed to Walmart stores in the Southeastern United States. 

Shrimp Pasta Named Most Popular Louisiana Dish

Forget gumbo or beignets — shrimp pasta is the most popular food in Louisiana. At least, that's according to Pinterest (you know, the website where you created your secret wedding inspiration board). Over 150 million people visit the website every month, with the food category far and away the most popular section. The team at Pinterest analyzed their search indexes and compiled a list of the 50 most popular meals in The Foodnited States, based on what users searched for in each state. 

Veg Out

NoDef's Unofficial Vegan & Vegetarian Guide to New Orleans

After a month of meat-free Fridays, many of the Lenten faithful may be getting tired of the weekly fish frys around town. All of us here NoDef have known for a long time that vegetarians and vegans are pretty sexy, so why not take a few pointers from the herbivores around town and add some greens to your plate? 
NoDef is making it easy for you, outlining the best restaurants, diners, cafés, and hidden gems in New Orleans for each meal of the day. Check out the list below, and be sure to check back in as we continue to update the green scene in town. 

Hogs Announces Winners

It's easy to get lost in the piggy paradise that is Hogs for the Cause. But beyond the pork, beer, and live music, Hogs is a competition. In 2017, Blue Oak BBQ took home to coveted Grand Champion award, while Fleur de Que took home the honors for a second year in a row to be the top fundraising team. In all the teams in competition collectively raised over $1.3 million. Click on through for the complete list of winners.

Piggin' Out

Annual Hogs for the Cause Festival Returns This Weekend

Oh pork, how do New Orleanians love thee? Let NoDef count the ways. Smoked ribs, pork shoulders, and whole hogs will be offered at the 9th annual Hogs for the Cause, a nonprofit food and music fest taking place this year at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds this Friday (3.31) afternoon through Saturday night. 90+ teams will vie for a chance to win the Hog Grand Champion title, while festivalgoers can indulge in their efforts. Start the smokers, y’all!


Brieux Carré Offers a Frenchmen St. Refuge for Beer Lovers

Every home is said to tell a story, to spin the webs of character, history, and passions of those residing within. For Brieux Carré, a house of beer located a stone's throw from the action of Frenchmen at 2115 Decatur St., there is quite a tale pull up a bar stool and raise a pint in cheers. Proprietors and brewmasters Robert Bostick and Taylor Pellerin share the story of Brieux Carré, from its modest beginnings to its public opening on Saturday (4.1), with NoDef. 

Bloody Good: Howlin Wolf’s Bloody Mary Festival

It seems a perfect union: Bloody Mary, the perfect hangover restorative brunch drink. Sunday, the day of rest... and for the heathens among us, the day of brunch. The team at Howlin Wolf has done the city a favor, teaming up with the Bloody Mary Liberation Party to scour New Orleans for the finest beverages to nurse our post-Saturday night fevers and shakes at their Bloody Mary Festival

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. 

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