Cocktails & Wine

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Baie Rouge now serving cocktails

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Baie Rouge (4128 Magazine St., 504-304-3667; now serves cocktails, beer and wine, after being BYOB for just under a year. The growing cocktail list currently features Kir royales, mimosa and Tanqueray French 75s with Aria Estate cava, Maker’s Mark mint juleps, Hornitos Reposado margaritas with Brazilian triple sec and fresh squeezed sour, Gosling’s Rum swizzles and mojitos with seasonal fruit. Happy Hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring $5 wine and $6 cocktails Monday-Saturday. Mimosas are $4 during Sunday brunch.

The French- and Spanish-inspired restaurant also has a new Carnival menu with shrimp and grits, a veggie burger and chicken-andouille gumbo. Signature dishes, such as brie fries, seared gulf fish sandwiches with remoulade and Pig Dip pork sandwiches remain.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Santo Tequila Co. serves Mexican food from scratch in Kenner

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Santo Tequila Co. (16 W. Airline Highway, Kenner, 504-305-2762; serves Mexican food from scratch daily, just past the airport in Kenner.

"You'll find tacos like at any other Mexican restaurant. Or enchiladas, or guacamole, but what we do different here is that everything we do is fresh," founder Christian Amaya says. "We cook all our salsas in the morning and make guacamole in small batches throughout the day. The sauces for the enchiladas, the green sauce and the red sauce, we make it from scratch." Amaya's brother Erick, a pastry chef in Mexico, helped craft the recipes and menu.

Aside from the chips, nothing at the restaurant is deep-fried. Amaya's hope for Santo Tequila Co. is that it will help him "bring tequila and Mexican food to the next step."
Santo Tequila Co.'s carne asada taco is served with lime, lettuce and homemade salsa. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • Santo Tequila Co.'s carne asada taco is served with lime, lettuce and homemade salsa.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Roman Candy Rum available in groceries now

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Roman Candy Rum, a liquid tribute to Sam Cortese's nearly century-old molasses taffy treat, is now available at Rouses, Dorignac's and Acquistapace's in the candy's three traditional flavors: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Roman Candy Rum recipes are also featured on the company's Facebook page.

As you may recall, this isn't the first time a traditional New Orleans sweet got a high-proof makeover. King cake vodka, now produced by three distillers (Lucky Player, Taaka and Pinnacle), was pretty popular during Carnival 2012, even though many folks likened it to almond flavoring. Select New Orleans Original Daiquiris locations even sell king cake daiquiris made from Taaka's version.

Gambiteers prepare for the tasting. - JEANIE RIESS
  • Gambiteers prepare for the tasting.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

King cake-flavored treats in New Orleans for the king cake obsessed

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

King cake in New Orleans, like a colleague joked last year, has become a vehicle for unique flavor combinations and extravagance. Cochon Butcher's Elvis king cake (filled with bananas, peanut butter and bacon, topped with toasted marshmallow and impregnated with a plastic piglet) and Domenica's king cake (filled with salted caramel, bananas, roasted pecans and mascarpone, topped with praline glaze and gold leaf) come to mind. Also, Creole Creamery has an ice cream king cake, Dorignac's has a sugar-free version and The PeaceBaker makes a gluten-free one.

Those wanting to stretch the boundaries of what's considered traditional king cake certainly have several ways to do so. (According to, there are roughly 58.) Luckily, folks who prefer traditional king cake flavor but want to try it in non-king cake items have quite a few choices as well. I've counted at least 10 with two more for lagniappe.

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro serves Mardi Gras king cake cheesecake, cheesecake with a thick king cake crust topped with cinnamon, whipped cream and purple, green and gold sugar crystals. Popeyes also serves a fast food version of the treat, a cheesecake topped with Mardi Gras-colored sprinkles.

Creole Creamery mixes cinnamon danish ice cream with stretchy king cake dough and purple, green and gold sprinkles.
Creole Creamery's king cake dough ice cream. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • Creole Creamery's king cake dough ice cream.

Krewe Du Brew serves king cake lattes topped with whipped cream streaked with Mardi Gras colors.

La Divina Gelateria's king cake gelato combines sweet cream gelato with king cake crumbles, and whoever finds the gummi bear "baby" inside gets a free gelato.
La Divina Gelateria's king cake gelato. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • La Divina Gelateria's king cake gelato.

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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.

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