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Samedi (10.25.14)

October 26th

Pelicans open practice (Smoothie King Center, 10 a.m.)

Come see the Pels practice for free before the season begins

Miller’s Crossing screening 

THNOC, 10:30 a.m.

Joel and Ethan Cohen’s New Orleans-shot mob thriller in conjunction with From Cameo to Closeup – Louisiana in Film 

 

An Evening with Mike Doughty

Gasa Gasa, 9 p.m.

Soul Coughing frontman to play solo show

 

Tank & The Bangas with DJ RQ Away + Speakerbox Experiment

Tipitina’s, 10 p.m.

One of the most energetic local groups on the scene

 

Ghostbusters

Palmer Park, 7 p.m.

Outdoor screening of everyone’s favorite Halloween movie

 

Mirliton Fest

Markey Park (11a.m.-7p.m.)

Drink, dance and enjoy SoLa's oddest piece of produce

Cure Team Earns 3 TOTC Spirited Awards Nominations


The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience ends after Saturday's Grand Tasting, but local libation lovers can still take a glass-half-full approach to the beginning of summer since Tales of the Cocktail is right around the corner. In addition to tastings and swag, Tales honors the worldwide mixology industry's finest with their annual Spirited Awards. This year, a number of locals are among the nominees.


Cure-All

Company Burger's Adam Biderman Takes Over New Freret Cocktail Spot's Kitchen



The meat maven behind Company Burger has taken over the menu at Cure, adding his own culinary touch by creating palate pleasers that compliment the Freret Street spot's cocktails. 


Nick Detrich Offers 'Carnival Time' Cocktail Recipe (Video)


While many are content with warm beer or mixed drinks in styrofoam cups, the Carnival season is also a time for craft cocktails. Al "Carnival Time" Johnson came up with his own recipe, and Cane & Table's (1113 Decatur) Nick Detrich gave NoDef a short video that teaches viewers how to make Johnson's signature drink. 


Shift Change: Boozing Up Bubbles Part II


by Rhiannon Enlil

The second half of Rhiannon Enlil’s New Year’s Eve column explores mobile mixes with a bubbly base to ring in the New Year. Those hopping from party to party can take these drinks on the go, without sacrificing taste for travel. Click for recipes, plus some history on the classic champagne based cocktails.    


'Nogged!

Cane & Table's Detrich Explains Virginia Eggnog



Christmas' constellation of quaffables is crowded with the likes of mulled wines, hot brandies, and traditional scotches, but eggnog is the undisputed king. Yet, even the bottled bliss from Brown's wears old after a few weeks. So, NoDef learned how to make 'nog from scratch from Cane & Table's prodigal publican Nick Detrich.

 


Team Eggnog Takes Tales of the Toddy


Seasonal spirits were flowing this weekend at the 8th annual Tales of the Toddy. The offshoot of the famous summer cocktail convention brought in the city’s finest mixologists to create, and to judge the event. NoDef caught up with Rhiannon Enlil and Neal Bodenheimer to discuss the best team, and individual cocktails. 


Freret Update: Construction Continues Post-Repaving


The Freret Street corridor has come a long way from being fenced in by construction, but business owners will have to weather a few more months of orange cones and reflective vests. Paths to Progress has completed the repaving portion of their program, by the expected completion date of December 9. However, the Department of Public Works requested some additional work to be done, slated for completion by March of 2014.


Freret Fenced In

Freret Street Owners Speak Out Against Simultaneous Road Projects



Surrounded by construction, small business owners in the Freret Street corridor are growing increasingly frustrated as they see sales dwindling, and a lack of consideration from the City. The bars, restaurants and other spots that were held up as a model of renewal are suffering from the limited access. Many of the merchants believe poor planning and inadequate provisions are to blame. 


Christmas Spirits

NOLA Bar Owners and Craft Cocktailers from Cure and French 75 Share Secrets on Warm Weather X-Mas Drinks, Including Recipes for Home



Hot buttered rum is a classic December drink, but Christmas cocktailing in New Orleans requires those behind the bar to get creative with “cold weather” beverages.


Cure Owners Buy Pravda, Implement Perestroika


by Mary-Devon Dupuy

The team of artisanal cocktail creators at Cure decided that it was time for Lower Decatur to come out from behind the Iron Curtain. The newly named Perestroika at Pravda (1113 Decatur) is restructuring, offering the city’s Slavophiles even more to love about the dimly lit den on Decatur. Co-owners Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estiponal and have already refocused the spirit selection, banned smoking inside, and they have plans to start serving Eastern European cuisine.


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