Cocktails & Wine

Monday, November 18, 2013

Y@ Speak: Who Dat juice

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

This week, New Orleans brined its collective insides with fine spirits, San Franciscan tears and velvet pants. Comedians graced the city and seemingly drank all of it under the table, H&M customers and WWE fans survived the elements, and Richard Simmons hugged everyone. We only have one thing to blame, according to our wise philosopher-king Mannie Fresh: Who Dat juice.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Go-cups a "sticking point" in Uptown alcohol license battle

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

With former neighbor Daiquiri Place Cafe shuttered after losing its liquor license last year, St. Charles Avenue's Santa Fe Tapas has absorbed the crowds Daiquiri Place once held, according to the New Orleans city attorney's office, which has had the restaurant in its sights — and on the Alcohol Beverage Control Board's agenda — for most of 2013.

At today's board hearing, the city attorney's office and Santa Fe Tapas owners were supposed to come to an agreement after the restaurant was faced with "creating a public nuisance" and "permitting any disturbance of the peace" charges with its liquor license in the crosshairs. While both sides seemed poised to come to the terms of the agreement, city attorney Dan McNamara said the bar's lingering issues with loiterers would go away if it agreed to ban go-cups. "My position is that loitering is allowed because they’re allowing people to get a go-cup," he said.

McNamara said the city's alleged attempt to rid bars of go-cups "couldn't be further from the truth."

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Friday, August 30, 2013

The anatomy of a Dishcrawl

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Even though I love food and have known about Dishcrawl New Orleans since it started back in March, I attended my first Dishcrawl only recently. I had considered attending before then, but wasn't sure if I should. Would it be worth it? Would I end up at restaurants I already knew? Would the crowd be full of people I wanted to punch in the face?

Since I love tacos, I signed up for the Taco Tuesday Dishcrawl earlier this month. Minor hiccups aside, it was worth it and I'd definitely do it again. Below, I've listed the questions I had before attending along with their answers.
Fully loaded carnitas taco from La Casita. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • Fully loaded carnitas taco from La Casita.

Is it worth it? Yes. For about $40, you get to experience dishes at (usually) four different restaurants all in one night.

Are people like myself there? There were people of all ages and backgrounds there, locals, transplants and tourists. Some people came in groups, but several were rolling solo. I met someone who works for Apple, a reiki practitioner, a home health care nurse and a college counselor.

How is the food? Pretty good. The tacos I had were all decent, with one restaurant's being stellar. I'm sure other Dishcrawls are better, since the chefs can provide their best dishes instead of dishes that fit with the theme.

What's the booze situation like? You can buy drinks.

Can the restaurants handle my dietary restrictions? Yes. Just let your Dishcrawl ambassador know in advance, and it will be done.

Do you have to do a lot of walking? Everything is within walking distance.

The Warehouse District Dishcrawl is Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Registration is $45. Check out Dishcrawl New Orleans' Twitter and Facebook for restaurant leaks and coupon codes.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Y@ Speak: file a complaint

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

How haunted is your apartment? How many fedoras did you count at the anime convention? Is R. Kelly hosting a Ku Klux Klan rally? Does the NFL hate women? Are you an adult with sincere opinions on Batman or a music awards show, both of which are for children? Twitter is your safe place to voice these concerns.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Y@ Speak: The Man edition

Posted By on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

The Man is ruining New Orleans. Another Man retired. And another The Man played fantasy football.

In this week's Y@ Speak, The Man is our enemy, our friend, and even a competitor in the Miss Heavenly at Large plus-size female impersonator pageant.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

"They" are not taking away your go-cups

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM


Drinking on the streets of New Orleans is not going extinct.

A flurry of Facebook and Twitter posts this week have some up in arms about the City of New Orleans’ alleged “war on go-cups” — all of which seemed to stem from a few articles promoting the New Orleans Daiquiri Festival Aug. 17. A petition on asked go-cups to “remain legal."

But none of the articles pointed to any existing or planned ordinances to remove the city’s open container laws, and there is nothing of that sort in the works, according to Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration. “The City is not pursuing a universal restriction on go-cups,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s press secretary Tyler Gamble wrote in a statement to Gambit.

New businesses applying for a conditional use permit to open a bar, restaurant or venue, however, may be asked by the City Planning Commission (CPC) or the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to restrict or ban go-cups — a policy that has been in place since at least 2007, under the most recent zoning ordinances. That conditional use permit allows a bar, restaurant or venue to open within an area typically not zoned for such uses, like a primarily residential area. It also applies to the arts and cultural overlay district on Freret, where the zoning ordinance for conditional use permits reads, “To-go-cups shall be prohibited for those premises with alcoholic beverage permits.”

[edited for clarification to include the following] The upcoming St. Claude Avenue arts and cultural overlay, however, allows bars to have go-cups, provided they have the bar's logo.

In addition, a bar or venue may also sign a “good neighbor agreement” with the board, CPC and neighborhood organizations that prevents the bar from issuing go-cups. The agreements typically also include a litter abatement program, like adding trash cans.

Those restrictions do not apply to existing businesses, including bars and daiquiri shops, unless they are brought before New Orleans City Council or the alcohol board for violations, such as noise, litter, delinquent taxes or other issues. (Most recently at St. Roch Tavern.)

What about drinker’s rights? The city’s open-container law doesn’t prevent drinking outside a bar unless it’s in a glass or “metal” container: According to the city, “It shall be unlawful for owners of establishments which sell beverages in glass or metal containers in the city to knowingly allow any person to leave the premises of such establishment carrying an opened glass or opened metal container.” And the open-container law means there’s no reason you can’t bring your own go-cup to any establishment, either.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rosé and charcuterie meet their matches

Posted By on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

A meat plate from Ancora, one of the restaurants participating in the rosé pairing.
  • A meat plate from Ancora, one of the restaurants participating in the rosé pairing.

Charcuterie and salumi have been enjoying quite a renaissance lately, with meat plates now featured prominently on many restaurant menus and chefs, butchers and specialty suppliers all putting their own stamp on these Old World culinary arts.

Next Thursday, Aug. 15, a special event at Swirl Wine Bar & Market will gather a collection of local purveyors under one roof for a tasting of their specialties paired with a variety of rosé wines. The event format is a “walkabout tasting” where attendees can sample terrines, pâtés, sliced cured meats and other products from the restaurants Ancora, Café Degas, Ste. Marie and Sylvain and the shops St. James Cheese Co. and Cleaver & Co.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Going off script at Galatoire’s

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

A second floor dining room at Galatoires.

The menu at Galatoire’s Restaurant is famous — and celebrated — for hardly ever changing. But the periodic wine dinners held at the landmark restaurant over the years have traditionally given its chefs the chance to stretch out a bit with more contemporary dishes.

Another series of these dinners begins next week, on Wednesday, July 31, featuring the wines from New Orleans neuroscientist and winemaker Nicolas Bazan. These wines, which he makes with Oregon’s Wahle Vineyard, will be paired with a menu created for the evening by chef Michael Sichel, alongside some of Galatoire’s classic dishes.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Y@ Speak: you're drunk

Posted By on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I'll call you a cab, New Orleans. You were on quite a bender. Don't blame it on Tales of the Cocktail. How do you explain that school board meeting, or putting incense in the PA equipment? Wherever you put that iPad you stole, it's time you return it. Maybe just take the rest of the afternoon off and wash the week off you.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Dis Taco to open next week

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM

April Bellow and Cam Boudreaux at Killer Poboys.

Every angle of the cocktail will be up for discussion all around town next week as Tales of the Cocktail begins. But in one little tavern kitchen it’s the taco that will be up for examination and reinterpretation.

Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow, proprietors of the new-school Killer Poboys inside the Erin Rose bar, picked the cocktail event weekend to unveil a new concept called Dis Taco inside the Irish pub Molly’s on the Market. They’ll open on Friday, July 19, and begin with limited hours, serving that Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Boudreaux says that schedule is likely to continue through the summer before they add more days of service.

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