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Another local outpost of the gourmet cupcake trend has arrived with the opening of the Kupcake Factory's Uptown location (6233 S. Claiborne Ave., 886-4006; The shop offers 30 different cupcake flavors, with options ranging from classics like red velvet and carrot cake to the Fat Elvis (banana cake with peanut butter frosting). The shop serves gelati and offers catering and custom cakes. The Kupcake Factory also has a location in Kenner (910 W. Esplanade Ave.) and the Warehouse District (841 Fulton St.).

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The French Quarter will host three simultaneous festivals this weekend (June 13-14), all featuring local food and music. The French Market presents its long-running Creole Tomato Festival ( with vendors serving Creole tomato-based dishes. Nearby, the Louisiana Seafood Festival ( features local seafood dishes, while the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival ( provides the tunes with a lineup of bands from south Louisiana.

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