Cream of the Crema The upscale French Quarter seafood restaurant GW Fins
(808 Bienville St., 581-3467; www.gwfins.com
) hosts a five-course, wine-pairing dinner featuring La Crema Wines on July 9, beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The dinner includes seared sea scallops served with La Crema Russian River Chardonnay, a pairing of Louisiana fig and proscuitto salad with La Crema Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, peppercorn-crusted rockfish with Peking duck dumplings served with Russian River Pinot Noir, seared lamb tenderloin paired with Los Carneros Pinot Noir, and, for dessert, frozen white nectarine soufflé served with white Peachchello liquor. The cost is $95 and reservations are required. Rolls and Rock Back in the days when the restaurant Siam was in business on the ground floor beneath the Dragon's Den
(435 Esplanade Ave., 949-1750), it was common for people arriving early for a show to find lingering dinner patrons finishing off spring rolls and pad Thai brought up from the kitchen. Things have changed quite a bit at the Esplanade Avenue hotspot. Siam is gone, and its replacement, a Zot'z Coffeehouse, has also come and gone, and the downstairs space has been converted into a second bar and music hall for the Dragon's Den. But food is once again available, including vegetable spring rolls and pork egg rolls that strike a familiar chord from the Siam days. The rest of the menu is akin to tavern fare. Customers queue up at the kitchen window to order meat pies, chicken wings, onions rings and po-boys, including one made with artichokes, spinach and provolone. The kitchen is open Monday through Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. In the Bag There is more than meets the eye and more even than suggested in the name at Juju Bag Café and Barber Salon
(5363 Franklin Ave., 872-0969), which opened in Gentilly this spring. The small, yellow cottage functions as a coffee shop and restaurant serving breakfast and lunch and there's an attached barbershop. It also has a large, landscaped rear patio where the proprietors host parties and private events. The barbershop also doubles as a massage studio. On Thursday evenings, the café portion of the business hosts spoken-word performances and poetry readings. The menu includes sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch and omelets and waffles at breakfast. Juju Bag is closed on Mondays. McNulty
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