Meet: Donuts and sliders, and sliders and donuts; coffee in-between bites -- if you must. The much anticipated The District (2209 Magazine), a restaurant serving only donuts, sliders, and coffee, opened this week. Think the cronut is a big deal? Meet District’s hybrid pastry: a whimsical play on a croque monsieur -- ham, gruyere, and béchamel on an in-house griddled donut. Read a first impression here.
Eat: More donuts. At Upper 9 Donuts at Tracey's, Saturday mornings. I know, I know -- so many donuts. But the much needed facelift NOLA's donut scene has recently receives deserves a decent shout out. The menu changes weekly, with confections like 'butterschotch bacon' and 'bananas foster'. Be sure to get your sugar fix early, they usually sell out by early afternoon.
Fête: With Al fresceaux Nola, a self-described ‘roaming dinner party’. Once or twice a month -- Al Fresceaux brings together strangers for a themed five or six course tasting menu with wine pairings, from an up-and-coming local chef. Each party is hosted at a different, off-beat (mystery) location (that isn’t listed until a day before). Interested in having the party at your place? Contact and if they choose your abode, you will receive free dinner, wine, and ‘eternal friendship’.
Listen: to Literary Disco, a book club podcast, hosted by writers: Rider Strong, Julia Pistell, and Tod Goldberg. Dissimilar from most other public book clubs, Literary Disco successfully navigates the territory between an esoteric rhetoric that alienates non-academic readers and a vapid blog that begs the question: Do the hosts actually read?. Each bi-weekly podcast features abroad range of suggested reads from the hosts -- everything from non-fiction docs about the Lego empire to Steinbeck classics -- and then an accessible, yet smart, discussion about the central text (which the title hosts will announce two weeks prior).
Laugh: At images from photographer Michael Sheridan, who photographs his pug (wearing ethnically appropriate accessories) in marketplaces all over the world. Yeah,the pug has probably been photoshopped in, but Wow -- look at that dog’s global arsenal of hats.
Chelsea Lee is managing editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at [email protected]