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One Week of Tequila

Welcome to the Intoxicology Report, a drinking journey with a few recommendations and a few lessons. This column is dedicated to my experience consuming one variety of alcohol for seven days straight. Ahead of National Tequila Day on July 24th, we begin with the spirit from our southern neighbor, and a favorite of 20-somethings everywhere. Shots!


K10: Gracias Latinos

By Christopher Louis Romaguera

Casa Borrega (1719 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard) will be hosting a street party called “Gracias Latinos” this Saturday, August 29th, on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. The event is intended to honor the estimated 10 to 14 thousand undocumented workers who arrived in New Orleans during the first year after the levees were breached. 

Kickin' It

Where to Watch World Cup 2014 in New Orleans

Various insect species are still mating and the Saints haven't even signed Jimmy Graham yet, but it's already football season once again in New Orleans. The World Cup begins Thursday, June 12. The round robin format and relative size of the competitors may still be confusing to the pigskin-obsessed, but New Orleanians should have no trouble latching onto a tournament that inspires communal watching and day-drinking. With that in mind, NoDef rounds up some of the local spots to watch along with the rest of the world.

Mexican Restos Prepare for Cinco de Mayo

Jazz Fest tourists have fled, but Cinco de Mayo crowds are packing New Orleans' bars and Mexican restaurants. Casa Borrega (1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) is hosting a block party, and Juan's Flying Burrito (2018 Magazine St., 4724 S. Carrollton Ave.) is preparing for their biggest night of the year. Casa Borrega owner and native of Mexico City, Hugo Montero, talks to NoDef about what Cinco de Mayo means in Mexico, as well as the agenda for tonight. 

Pressed for Lime

NOLA Businesses Feel Impact of Lime Shortage, Skyrocketing Prices

Local businesses are beginning to sour on limes due to a widespread shortage in Mexico. New Orleans' Mexican restaurants and cocktail spots are making concessions; some venues have already upped prices for customers, others are on the verge of a price increase, and a few cocktail destinations have nixed the citrus altogether. Larger operations are maintaining their standard prices, hoping for better conditions. 

Today in New Orleans 12.14.13

PhotoNOLA continues today with workshops from Sally Gall and Richard Renaldi, plus openings along the St. Claude Arts District. In Central City, the 4th annual Latin Jazz Fest is kicking off at Casa Borrega (1719 Oretha Castle Haley). On this day in 1814, the British advance on New Orleans began with the Battle of Lake Borgne. Now, more to do this Saturday. 

A Moveable Fest

Sasha Masakowski, Alexey Marti to Play Latin Jazz Fest at Casa Borrega

As New Orleans’ Latino community continues to grow, so does the Latin American music scene in the city. New Orleans’ fourth annual Latin Jazz Fest is back at Casa Borrega this weekend, the fest’s first time in an established restaurant. 

Today in New Orleans: 8.10.13

There are many ways to get your strut on this fabulous Saturday. You can throw a hot red number and run around Armstrong Park for charity and then wear it later to shake your money-maker to some rock funk at Gasa Gasa. Or put on those dirty linens from last Saturday’s Art District stroll and venture downtown to the Royal Street galleries. On this day in 1964 Louis Armstrong 's classic album "Hello, Dolly" was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Banned Together: Casa Borrega Hosts UNIDOS

Hugo Montero and Linda Stone, owners of Casa Borrega, are staying true to their promise to maintain a cultural center within their restaurant. Shortly after the Central City eatery’s (1712 Oretha C. Haley) July 4th opening, the pair invited  UNIDOS (United Non-Discriminatory Indivudals Demanding Our Studies) to speak against Arizona’s ban on ethnic studies, and to gather information about the unique problems facing New Orleans’ Latino community. 

Casa Borrega Opens on OC Haley

While families everywhere grill and grub out on hot dogs, patrons at Casa Borrega (1712 Oretha Castle Haley) will be celebrating Latin American cuisine. The long awaited opening of the Mexican restaurant arrives on Thursday, months after the owners established their space as a music venue and cultural center.

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