Meet: The Theo's food truck. Finally, we can stand/walk/wander when we eat our pizza. Riddle me this: In a city that loves to drink and wander at odd hours of the night, why is it that we have street tacos, street falafel, street empanadas, street hot dogs, hell -- street Ahi (yes, this happened -- thanks Food Drunk), yet no mobile pizza vendors? Eating Domino's on a sketchy-looking Uptown curb does not count as a pizza-vending eat.
Although there's no word on an official Theo's truck schedule, we've spotted them on numerous occasions cruising through the CBD and Warehouse District. The truck offers salads; a meatball sub; and individual slices of three types of pizza: cheese and two rotating daily specials -- all priced below $10.
Keep track of exactly where Theo's truck is rolling by folioing them on Twitter.
Eat: Guinness stout gelato at La Divina. It's festival season, and, as the Big Easy knows, when festivals happen, beer tabs snap. Realistically, it will be approximately 156 degrees Fahrenheit during French Quarter Fest and 284 degrees Fahrenheit through Jazz Fest (*note: these estimates may not be exact estimates, as the writer is, well, a writer... but, in any case, it's going to be really, really hot), the efficient fester fuses his or her beer and frozen dessert. So when you need to cool off and get a little buzz, head over to La Divina's Quarter location on St. Peter.
Fete: At the New Orleans Film Society’s moonlight movie screenings. Last Friday, NOFS premiered the first screening in their biannual outdoor film series, which lasts through the last Friday of May. Throughout the rest of Spring (because, let's be honest, NOLA summer screenings (Hitchcock to animated an animated French film) would be, more or less, 102-minute steam-room challenges), NOFS will project one to two older films per week via their 25-foot inflatable screen, projector, and sound equipment at various locations -- from the NOMA Sculpture Garden to the Latter Library. Prices range from free to $6. For a full list of times, films, and locations, you can find the line-up here.
Embellish : Your kitchen with local artist Robert Aquarius' painted skillets. Food porn and cookware: the perfect foodie marriage.
Aquarius, whose primary artistic medium is commonplace metal objects -- from irons to shovels, car brake shoes to frying pans -- began painting on metal twenty years ago... in a scrap yard. Too destitute to purchase canvases, the artist used found metal objects from his job in a New Orleans scrap yard as an artistic outlet. Subsequently, his eccentric artistic trademark was born. Although Aquarius currently produces canvas paintings that can be found at galleries throughout the city, he honors his artistic roots by continuing to paint on everyday metal objects.
Aquarius' decorative frying pans are painted with various food items that one might use a skillet to cook: boudin and an oozing egg, oysters on the half shell, sunny-side up eggs and bacon. Each affordable piece runs between $30-35. You can frequently find the artist sitting at Pirate's Alley (St. Peter and Royal) with his metal works and small canvases.
Laugh: Rolling down Royal…
Because, we all have dreams. (Also, Dude, you're goggles are upside-down.)
Chelsea Lee is associate editor at NolaVie. Email comments to he rat [email protected]
Chelsea Lee is managing editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]