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Mexcellent: Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo


We here in New Orleans are never short on reasons to celebrate — whether festivals or second-lines, we've got the whole party thing down. Still, perhaps given our French roots in the Crescent City, it's tricky to find a place to party for Cinco de Mayo, which marks Mexico's defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla.

 

NoDef offers a run down of the best events around town honoring the holiday this Friday. 


Jazz Feast: NoDef’s Guide Where to Eat

New Additions & Fest Traditions



The 2017 Jazz and Heritage Festival is just days away. By now, you’ve likely mapped out your custom schedule based on the Jazz Fest cubes, stocked up on sunscreen, and planned your fest-friendly fashions. Now, let’s turn our attention to possibly the most important aspect to any NOLA festival: the food. 


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. 


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. 

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. 


Final Countdown: NOLA's James Beard Nominees

A Quick Look at the 2017 Contenders



New faces and repeat contenders alike grace the ranks of this year's James Beard Awards finalists, announced earlier this afternoon. After a strong show in the semifinals, eleven locals made it into the finals of the Oscars of the culinary world. The indulgences of Carnival season and the holidays may be too close in our collective memory for us to handle dining out to the hilt, but try to explore some of the city's top offerings before the James Beard Foundation announces the 2017 winners at a ceremony in Chicago on May 1st. 


Wahlberg Brothers' Burger Chain is Coming to NOLA


It's a big day for food in the Big Easy. On the same day it was announced that 11 local bars, restaurants, and chefs are finalists for the coveted James Beard Awards, the celeb fast-food chain Wahlburgers announced it will open not one, but two locations in New Orleans.  


NOLA Chefs Among James Beard Awards Finalists


Local New Orleans restaurants, bars, and chefs once again found themselves on one of the most coveted lists in the industry today, as the 2017 James Beard finalist nominations were announced.


Bean Madness Takes NOLA


Whether chowing down on a plate every Monday, or sipping a beer inspired by the signature dish of the city, most New Orleanians are aficianados when it comes to red beans and rice. Members of the Krewe of Red Beans and Camellia Brand Beans are asking the all-important question: who is serving up the best red beans in the city? 


Shuck Show

New Orleans Oyster Fest Returns This Weekend



Ask a bar full of locals whether they like there oysters charbroiled, chargrilled, fried, or raw, and you’ll busy for the next two hours hearing opposing views. However, all sides will be represented this weekend when fest season continues on with the annual New Orleans Oyster Festival. 


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