Where to drink, eat and lounge in the pool in New Orleans

Summer pools, outdoor bars and ice cream
Summertime in New Orleans has always been a tempting time to escape the city's heat and humidity.

What's in store: Restaurant des Familles

Bryan and Brooke Zar bought the Crown Point restaurant in 2009
At Restaurant des Familles (7163 Barataria Blvd., Crown Point, 504-689-7834, www.desfamilles.com), diners can peer out over Bayou des Familles while enjoying classic Creole and Cajun dishes. Co-owners Bryan and Brooke Zar focus on modern takes on classic dishes.

What's in store: New Orleans Brews Cruise

The brewery tour business launched in 2017
Over the past few years, native New Orleanians Brad and Amber Gunn developed a business that capitalizes on the region's booming craft beer scene. New Orleans Brews Cruise (504-517-4671; www.brewscruise.com/neworleans) became a reality with the official launch of their brewery tour business in January 2017.

Drinking buddies: accessories and gift ideas for beverage fans

Safe bets Stemless wine glasses in stainless steel come in several colors with fleurs-de-lis appliques, $10.99 each; there also are silver and brass-colored versions that can be monogrammed, $24.99-$29.99 for a set of two at MJ's

Wine & Spirits 2017: New ideas for pairing cheese and wine (and beer)

Wine and cheesepairing is nothing new, but with the improved offerings of cheeses, wines and local beers, there's much to reconsider. Cheese buyer Rachel Perlstein and St. James Cheese Company (641 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-304-1485; 5004 Prytania St., 504-899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com) proprietor Richard Sutton recommend beverages to pair with cheeses.

Wine & Spirits 2017: Interview with Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork

Bosker studied to become a sommelier for her memoir
Part memoir, part sensory science, part wine history, part primer for wine enthusiasts of all levels, Cork Dork (Penguin) is Bianca Bosker's quest to understand the subculture of restaurant sommeliers.   Bosker has written for The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The New Republic.

Gambit's Wine & Spirits, summer 2017

Summer wines, cheese pairings, drinking buddies and more
• Nine wines to try this summer • Interview: Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork

Wine & Spirits 2017: Nine wines to try this summer

2016 Planeta Rose Sicilia, Italy Retail $15-$16 Some rose wines miss the point.

What's in store: G's Pizza

The Mid-City restaurant offers pizza and more
Everything tastes good with ranch dressing.  At G's Pizza (4840 Bienville St., 504-483-6464; www.gspizzas.com), house-made buttermilk ranch dressing is the restaurant's signature item.

What's in store: Nirvana on Magazine Street

Stepping into Nirvana (4308 Magazine St., 504-894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com) is like waking up in India. Indian music plays while three televisions show Indian street food, tours and Bollywood dancing or Indian movie clips.

Gambit's 2017 spring restaurant guide

Where to eat, from A to Z
In New Orleans, spring brings an abundance of boiled crawfish and fried soft-shelled crab to local tables. Among the area’s restaurants now, there seems to be more of everything.

Gambit's 2017 spring restaurant guide: S

SWEGS Kitchen Citywide; www.swegskitchen.comA chopped Asian salad includes seared tuna, mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, almonds, avocado, mango and Asian vinaigrette. Roasted sirloin with kale chimichurri comes with a choice of vegetable sides such as stewed okra or roasted tomatoes and squash.

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