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Rum Head


Tomorrow (8.16) is National Rum Day! Last month, we rounded up the best spots for rum-focused frozen brews for National Daiquiri Day, honoring one of the signature rum-focused drinks of New Orleans. Want some more boozy options to break up the hump day blues? Whether a mojito, a rum punch, a piña colada, or a simple rum & coke, celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy for this spirit. 


Bring It All Daiq


Today (7.19) is National Daiquiri Day! Whether you prefer more upscale versions or you are more partial to the Queen Latifah-approved drive-through variety, the daiquiri is arguably one of the signature drinks of New Orleans. The standard recipe includes rum, sugar, and lime, but these days pretty much any variation boozy and slushy makes the cut. Celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy (er, Big Freezy) for this cool beverage. 

 


Hangover Helper

Service Industry Pros Share Their Remedies For The Morning After



New Year’s Eve is night of revelry. Unfortunately, that leads to a rough  New Year’s Day for many. In the interest of easing the collective headaches and nausea set to descend upon the city, NoDef reached out to some experts. Some of the top names in the service industry offered their own personal (scientifically unproven) hangover remedies.


Drinking Culture

Celebrating A Year of Drinking (and Writing) at Cane & Table



 

Gentle reader, I have no more to write but a little – our time is at an end. O long year’s labor! And short year’s memory… drowned as rainwater in the ocean. But I will resist nostalgia as I might. For a celebration of 52 weeks of penning the "Drinking Culture" column is at hand. And sending out a call to those who would come, I determined to achieve the acme of my credit limit and begin anew the cycle of paying off my debts throughout the approaching busy season. Come with me now, back to a beginning of sorts. We’re off to see some old friends, meet some new, and drink and dine and generally blow-it-up at the finest all-around joint in the French Quarter: Cane and Table. 


Hydration Station

Three Cocktails To Fight the August Heat From Nick Detrich



There are many ways to fight the August heat: pools, hydration, air conditioning, etceteras. At NoDef HQ, our chosen heat-beater is an adult beverage. So, we turned to  to our preferred publican, Nick Detrich of Cane & Table (113 Decatur Street) for some suggestions.


Fry-Hards

Emeril Lagasse & Jason Klutts Offer Recipes for National Fried Chicken Day



Today (7.06) is National Fried Chicken Day! NoDef reached out to culinary standard bearer Emeril Lagasse and rising star Jason Klutts of Cane & Table for tips and recipes for the Southern classic. Emeril offered up an exciting riff on waffles and chicken. Klutts offered a traditional take on the dish. Click on through for the recipes.


Crawfish Adrian (Recipe)


Some festers start longing for more Crawfish Monica about thirty minutes after they leave the Fair Grounds. Of course, only Cajun Kettle makes the Monica, but there is still some hope. NoDef reached out to Cane & Table’s Chef Jason Klutts for some tips about a distant cousin of the dish that his family calls Crawfish Adrian.


NOLA Nets 12 Beard Award SemiFinalists


Local New Orleans restaurants and chefs once again found themselves on one of the most coveted lists in the industry today when the 2014 James Beard semifinalist list was released. 12 nods were garnered by local eateries and chefs, many of them no stranger to the awards known as the “culinary Oscars.”


Cane & Table Adds to Stable


Downtown hotspot Cane & Table (1113 Decatur Street) is adjusting to the cooler weather. The proto-tiki destination is rolling out a couple of new menus and longer hours. A new drink list, a happy hour, and a rotating lunch menu all debuted in the last few weeks.


CureCo's LaGrone Branches Out With Mexican Pop-Up (Recipe)


Tiki is the talk of the town, libations wise. However, one cocktail creator is looking for liquor in a different region south of the border. On Sunday (11.24) night, Braden LaGrone (Cure, Cane & Table) rolled out his new Mexican cocktail pop-up, Diamanté K, at Oxalis (3162 Dauphine Street.)


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