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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:


Starch Wars: NOLA Bakers Battle for Best Baguette Title


A crusty baguette is to a po-boy as brass bands are to a second-line parade — why bother with the whole shebang if you’re not going to do it right? After successful starch showdowns in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, a new competition coming to town called Battle: Baguette calls upon New Orleanians to decide which bakery is offering up the best loaf in town. 


Earth Play


By Lucy Leonard

Sustainability is the name of the game and the winners are out. On May 14, LifeCity honored the winners of its 2015 Green Games. The Green Games is an annual competition to see which LifeCity businesses have become holistically more sustainable.


Broad St. Whole Foods Gears up for Tuesday Opening (Photos)


Most of the organic fruits and veggie have yet to hit shelves, but Mid-City residents have just days left before they can shop at their own Whole Foods.   The long anticipated Broad Street location is opening their doors on Tuesday, February 4. NoDef got a sneak peek, plus some high resolution photos from the Whole Foods marketing team. 


King Cake Quest: The Results

Cake Café Conquers Carnival Confections



After several years of sending writers out to sample the Crescent City's many takes on King Cake, NoDef opted this year to let the people weigh in. On Jan. 24, hundreds of guests piled into the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's weekly After Hours event to help us choose the most outstanding oval in NoDef's first public King Cake Quest.


The Baguette Stands Alone

Breads on Oak Resurrects Old New Orleans Baking Traditions



Upriver on Oak Street, a healthy few blocks past the heavy menus of Jacques-Imo’s, Tru Burger and Squeal BBQ, a new and very legitimate bakery opened today. 


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