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The World That Made “Treme”: Ralston Crawford and Jazz

“Brass Band Parade,"by Ralston Crawford.

It’s your last chance to catch “Ralston Crawford and Jazz” at NOMA. On Friday, Oct. 12, NOMA’s “Where Y’Art?” events include book signings by John McCusker of  “Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz,” music by Eileina Williams with Todd Duke, gallery talks and movie screenings, all from 5-9pm at the New...

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Marching On

Le Krewe D'Etat's new blinky skull ring.

As post-Carnival depression sets in I like to go over all the pictures (blurry from cell phone) from the season and try to recapture some of the spirit. On Friday, as always, Hermes and Le Krewe D’etat rolled Uptown. The weather was sketchy but the showers held off most of the evening. We caught...

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My Treme Post (Part 1)

There’s been a lot said about the HBO drama Treme. It’s set in New Orleans, from mid-November 2005, just a few months after Katrina, to St. Joseph’s Day, March 19 in 2006. In the 10 episodes of the series’ first season, the show managed to cram in a huge amount of, what for many...

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A Riverwalk Interlude

A Riverwalk Interlude

The Louisiana Film Museum opening was last Wednesday, September 2. The latest addition to the NOLA museum scene is located at the Riverwalk, inside the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB), also the home of the Museum of the American Cocktail. It was a subdued opening with a small but engaged crowd wandering about....

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French Quarter Fest 2009

French Quarter Fest 2009

A breezy day. Lots of music and food. Day 1 of French Quarter Fest was a good fest day. I didn’t plan on doing much more than hitting my favorite food booths and keeping in touch on the net to meet up with people. I did meet one; I taunted the rest of the...

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Who’s Watching These Watchmen?

Who’s Watching These Watchmen?

As explained in the last post, Sunday was a streetcar hunting day. Besides the lunch at Parkway Bakery, we went to see, as Nola called them, “the bunnies at the brewery.” She said they were part of Prospect.1, so we figured we had to check them out immediately because P.1 was ending that day....

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Sazerac Academy

Sazerac Academy

“On my honor I will do my best: To do my duty to God and my country…” Oath, Boy Scouts of America. “I vow to personally buy the first Sazerac for any visitor who asks ‘Hey, where do I get a Hurricane?’ and pledge to pull out the Herbsaint and Rye no matter the...

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Tales of the Cocktail to Open at the Sazerac Bar

I’ll let the press release from Ann Tuennerman explain all the good news: TALES OF THE COCKTAIL OPENING RECEPTION TO BE HELD AT THE NEWLY RESTORED ROOSEVELT HOTEL TOAST OF THE EVENING TO OCCUR AT THE ORIGINAL SAZERAC BAR NEW ORLEANS, LA—December 1, 2008 – Tales of the Cocktail, a cocktail and culinary festival...

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Pirates vs. Ninjas

Pirates vs. Ninjas

Halloween 2008. It’s been planned for at least a month now. Flash mob, Jackson Square, New Orleans. Pirates vs. Ninjas. Pirates gathered in Pirates Alley (duh), Ninjas in Pere Antoine Alley. At 5pm sharp, an air horn sounded, both sides met at battle in front of St. Louis Cathedral. Now, I have no doubt...

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Brunch At Ralph’s On The Park

Brunch At Ralph’s On The Park

Met the folks today for a nice little brunch at Ralph’s on the Park. Before heading to the park, that is, for some Japan Fest at NOMA. Started things off with a Sazerac and a little chicken and andouille gumbo: Finished with the BBQ shrimp and grits. Pretty good, a nice touch is they...

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Absinthe and Applejack and Sazeracs Oh My! (Part 2)

Absinthe and Applejack and Sazeracs Oh My! (Part 2)

More from Tales of the Cocktail, day 2 for me, day 3 for everyone else. After attending the absinthe seminar, we headed back downstairs to formulate a plan. A plan never actually materialized, in no small part because we chose the hall outside one of the tasting rooms to check the schedule. Inexorably drawing...

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“Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Livers!”

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Livers!”

With that challenge, Kevin Brauch (the reporter on Iron Chef America who is not Alton Brown, thank Gawd) opened up Tales of the Cocktail. But first things first. Today’s kick-off event was Toast to Tales of the Cocktail in the Riverview Room of the Hotel Montleone. NOLA blogger Loki of Humid City and the...

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Da Tweet-Up

Well, some folks from the Titterverse broke the cardinal rule of internet socializing and actually met face-to-face yesterday in the real world, or “meat space” as some call it. Nola, Ryan (WarriorEngineer), Ed, (the YatPundit), Charlotte and myself managed a get-together at CC’s on Magazine near Jefferson. Baby Sun was also along and she...

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Wow!

It was a busy day. I started out on a quest to find a combination recuperation/baby’s first birthday gift for Nola & CS–a bottle of Kübler absinthe. Alright, it really wasn’t much of a first birthday gift for Sun; I promise to make it up to her next year. First stop, Martin Wine Cellar...

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NOLA Travelogue: Parasol’s and Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

NOLA Travelogue: Parasol’s and Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

After a busy week which saw all my work assignments completed, I was free wander to about with a clear conscience. I had an idea a couple of weeks ago to some day soon have a day Uptown. Lunch at Parasol’s, followed by a Hansen’s Sno Bliz for desert. Nola and Katie and their...

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Dim Sum at Yank Sing

Dim Sum at Yank Sing

One of the restaurants Nola recommended in San Francisco was a dim sum place called Yank Sing. I found from the guidebook she lent me that there are a few locations around town, none of which are in Chinatown. There was one that looked to be close to the San Francisco Museum of Modern...

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A Major Award

A Major Award

In coming weeks, one or more of you may find yourselves in receipt of a Major Award. No, not that one. This one: Pete & Nola’s Lucky Blog Award, recipients to be determined by as yet undetermined criteria. Now, I’m not big on blog bling at all. But I am one for a pun,...

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Falstaff Brewery

Falstaff Brewery

On our way to St. Joseph church on Tulane, Nola and I were passing the old Falstaff brewery building near Broad and Tulane. I remembered seeing a picture a while back that someone had taken of a statue sitting on top of the building. We went to check it out, and there it was....

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Coincidence Thread

Nola told me about the dead partner’s mail coincidental occurrence and that she wanted to do an entire post on coincidence. “Isn’t that freaky?” or something to that effect, she said. I told her my take on it: It happens all the time, too often for it to really mean anything. At least twice...

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Holy Grail, Batman!

I got to work this morning, sat down, turned on my computer. The co-worker in the adjacent office came up and said, “Do you want this? It’s from 2006,” as he handed me a pristine, never folded, never mangled copy of Le Krewe D’Etat’s parade bulletin. It’s the one from after the storm with...

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