Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Three new pop-ups (and one new food truck) worth seeking out

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 1:43 PM

A Cuban sandwich from Congresso Cubano.
  • A Cuban sandwich from Congresso Cubano.

In a city devoted to tracking the "next big thing" in the restaurant world, there still are a number of under-the-radar pop-ups bringing something completely new to the city. Here are three fresh spots (plus a bonus food truck) worth checking out:

1. Congresso Cubano: If there's any week that you should be celebrating Cuban food, this one is it. Popping up every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at Hi-Ho Lounge, Congresso Cubano offers an ever-rotating, always impressive array of Cuban favorites, from salted cod salad to ropa veja and beyond.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ramsey moves to exempt some businesses from proposed smoking ordinance

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 5:40 PM


Next month, the New Orleans City Council will begin to dissect a new ordinance that could drastically limit where smoking is allowed in New Orleans. As written, District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s ordinance bans smoking (and using any tobacco products) from within 25 feet of businesses — including bars and other smoke-friendly businesses. Opponents of the ordinance say it could cause a logistical nightmare, particularly in the business-dense French Quarter, where many doorways are within 25 feet of the one next door.

District C City Councilmember Nadine Ramsey — whose district covers the Vieux Carre — already is moving to exempt some businesses in the Quarter from Cantrell’s measure, with mixed success.

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For the New Orleans Saints, #FalconsHateWeek doesn't get much bigger than this

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM


The long lumbering 2014 roller coaster ride has led us here, to an almost de facto NFC South divisional championship game in the Superdome against the Atlanta Falcons. A New Orleans Saints win, coupled with a Carolina Panthers loss, would bring the division title back to New Orleans. A Falcons win would put the title within Atlanta's reach.

Read it that way and you almost forget we're talking about teams that have a combined 11 wins this year.

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Brewsday Tuesday: A new homebrew club in Mid-City is looking for members

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Members of the Far Fighter 400, l-r: Bert Swafford, Jeff Roland, Devin Villegas, and Matthew Morgan.
  • Members of the Far Fighter 400, l-r: Bert Swafford, Jeff Roland, Devin Villegas, and Matthew Morgan.

Back in 2011, neighbors and homebrewers Bert Swafford, Kevin Muggivan, and Jeff Roland decided that “brewing by yourself sucks,” to quote Swafford. “It’s boring. Brewing together makes it fun — it’s like the difference between playing solitaire on a Friday night and playing poker with your friends.”

Matthew Morgan and Devin Villegas joined them and since all five hailed from the 400 block of Telemachus Street in Mid-City, they dubbed themselves “Far Fighter 400,” and the group is looking for more members who want to hang out and brew.

“It’s about friends getting together and having a good time,” says Swafford. The Far Fighter 400 club has no set monthly meetings, no dues, and no official mission statement, although their unofficial slogan is “more brewers, more beer, better world,” according to Morgan.

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Watch: Bare Banded Bear Handlers return with a Christmas rap video

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Comedy duo Bare Handed Bear Handlers — the musical brainchildren of Dave Davis and Owen Legendre — is a New Orleans musical comedy outfit in the Ballzack & Odoms tradition, whether celebrating the "Meat Sweats" or singing goofball shanties with a glass of "Whiskey & Milk." The viral hitmakers released their latest music video "Oh B— It's Christmas," a NSFW celebration of the holidays delivered by a rapping Santa, his elf and a deep-rolling rap crew also featuring local comedian Kyle June Williams, vocals from Alexis Marceaux and Morgan Carson, and music from Miles Felix.

The duo currently is working on a webseries, Jingle Boyz, about a jingle-writing company. A self-titled album — featuring several of its viral hits — was released earlier this month.


A$AP Rocky, Bassnectar, Run the Jewels, TV on the Radio and others performing at Buku 2015

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Run the Jewels. - WINDISH
  • Run the Jewels.

For its fourth annual event, the Buku Music + Art Project — returning to Mardi Gras World in March 2015 — features dozens of hip-hop, electronic and indie rock acts, with art performances and other events sprinkled throughout the two-day festival.

Today, the fest announced its initial lineup of performers and headliners, including acclaimed rap duo Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike), South African rave-rap outfit Die Antwoord, and rappers A$AP Rocky, Bobby Shmurda, Boosie Badazz and up-and-coming New Orleans MC Pell. Electronic and dance acts include Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun and Flosstradamus.

Also on the list: Brooklyn's TV on the Radio, who released its first album since 2011 with November's Seeds, and Buku veterans Passion Pit.

Buku is March 13-14. Tickets go on sale 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19. The full list of initial artists — revealed in a teaser video — is below the jump. Watch the teaser below.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

This Thursday, a reading to honor Kendall Michelle Daigle

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM


Kendall Michelle Daigle was no stranger to the written word. Before her unexpected death earlier this year, Daigle wrote plays, poetry and prose, studying creative writing at both NOCCA and Loyola University and dedicating her 19 years on earth to writing and reading. 

Daigle died just before her 20th birthday, and this Thursday, Dec. 18, friends, family and former teachers will come together to read and celebrate a collection of her work at 5 Press Gallery, across the street from NOCCA's riverfront campus. The book, compiled in part by  Gabrielle Steib, Kendall's mother Michelle Daigle, Anne Gisleson, Lara Naughton, Erik Kiesewetter, Sage Rose and Benjamin Morris, is a 180-page volume entitled A Soul Under Construction: The Written Word by Kendall Michelle Daigle

Daigle was a native New Orleanian, and her book will be available throughout the New Orleans Public Library system. 

The book launch and ceremony are free and open to the public and will include live music by Frankie Ford and Kyle Anderson, as well as food provided by The Boxcar. The readings and music start at 6 p.m. 

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Y@ Speak: it's beginning to look a lot like... something

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM

New Orleans Saints bloodbaths and indictments, Millennium Falcons lighting up the trees, roosters living at the grocery store, the smell of Curren$y baking on our timelines... all the makings of the holiday season are in this week's Y@ Speak. Also: Dave Chappelle, Wendell Pierce, LeBron James and more.

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Kebab now serving wine, beer and cocktails

Posted By on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

St. Claude Avenue sandwich-and-art hot spot Kebab has added yet another feather to its cap: a liquor license.

The restaurant now offers a fully stocked collection of (largely local) beers, wine and a DIY cocktail system that plays to the strength of their already-robust selection of juices and sodas. Cocktail menu standards like the Moscow Mule and Dark and Stormy are crafted on-demand for the bargain price of $6.50, but the real stars are the more creative concoctions. Adding gin to the soda of the day (which was a tart lemon, beet, ginger concoction on Saturday night) or a splash of rum to the restaurant's young coconut juice served in-husk elevates an already stellar, wallet-friendly dining experience to the next level.

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Posted on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

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