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Bill & Aimee Go To FAUSTO’S BISTRO!


Opening in 1990, Fausto’s Bistro is celebrating their 24th Anniversary this year.  Aimee and I went there for our own anniversary dinner this January.  We are always excited to try one of the many great restaurants in the area together for the first time.  With well over 1,300 open locally, we will likely not run out of options anytime soon.

We made a reservation for dinner on a Monday night at 7.  The cozy dining room was not at all crowded when we arrived.  I imagine it could get a little tight when the place is full.  The décor looks exactly like you would expect a family run Italian restaurant to look.




Some of the best whiskey in America, food from Dickie Brennan, and beautiful women in various states of undress, do I really need to say more to entice you to one of premiere parties of the Summer here in New Orleans?  But there is more, the party also features aerialists, a lingerie fashion show, music with Linnzi Zaorski and Jayna Morgan, and topless oysters serve by a mermaid… seriously.  All of this fun and more is to support the Contemporary Arts Center.

The CAC was founded in 1976 as an artist-run and artist-driven community collective, today it is one of a handful of nationwide arts organizations that has remained solvent and successful while serving a truly multi-disciplinary mission.  Their mission remains dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time



It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No Andy Williams, not Christmas, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet.  I hope you remembered your sunscreen yesterday and were not fooled by the perfect temperature and cloudy skies.

My hot picks, dedicated to Callie –

Ease into today with a bite to eat and a seat in Economy Hall for the 101 year old Lionel Ferbos.  Then there is the only in N. O. band Bonerama and the Panorama Jazz Band.  Throw in some Rebirth Brass Band, Jon Cleary, and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band’s tribute Bob French, whom we lost this year.  If you are the sort to plant yourself in one spot, I present, for your enjoyment either Fais Do Do (Lost Bayou Ramblers, Dwayne Dopsie, and Andrew Bird) or Acura (Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Allen Toussaint, and The Bard of Oyster Bay, Billy Joel).  Today’s “Who dat?” pick is Magary Lord of Bahia.




It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No Andy Williams, not Christmas, Day 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet.

My hot picks, dedicated to Callie –



Dat Dog’s doing something right.  When I first heard about this place, no one was less excited about making a special trip to pay $5 for a hot dog than I was.  However, after spending a Saints game hanging out at the bar at their expanded Freret location - with great food, service, and local beer, I can tell you this place is truly a “wiener”.

The exciting news is that Dat Dog opened their second location this past Friday, March 15 at 3336 Magazine Street in NOLA.  The new location has an outdoor beer garden and seated patio, and will offer the same artisan hot dogs and Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler attitude as the original Freret Street hotspot.

Hogs For The Cause 2013


The 5th Annual Hogs for the Cause Fundraiser and Cookoff takes place March 22 & 23, 2013 in New Orleans when City Park becomes City “Pork”.  The park’s new Festival Grounds become home Friday night to a Tailgate Experience as well as a Gala Dinner.  On Saturday, it becomes a cookoff and music festival!

Hogs For the Cause is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual music and food festival to raise money for pediatric brain cancer care.  This year over 80 teams will compete to be crowned the Louisiana pork champion.  Attendees are invited to vote and help choose the winners by donating to their favorite team by sampling their food.   While teams battle it out on the grill, music will be playing throughout the day and into the night.  This year there will also be a Friday night gala dinner.

King Cake Cocktail!


Welcome to my kind of King Cake Party! We could talk from Epiphany to Mardi Gras about king cakes and la galette des rois, and stuff you find inside; however, I prefer a discourse on drinking one’s way through Louisiana’s epic culture.

So, let’s drink some king cake! Before you all start thinking that Bill’s olive has finally done slid off his martini sword, try this easy-as-pie cocktail I created several years ago that tastes abundantly similar to one of our sweetest Carnival traditions:


1 oz. – 30 proof Cinnamon Schnapps
½ oz. each – Amaretto & Pineapple Juice
¾ oz. each – Irish Cream Liqueur & Whole Milk
Colored Bar Sugar* – Purple, Green, and Gold

Cocktail and Song – the Consummate Couple


Hey check it out everyone, it's me!

August 12th: Cocktail and Song – the Consummate Couple

With Bill deTurk

Presented by the Museum of the American Cocktail, SoBou Restaurant, and the SoFAB Institute

Monday, August 12th
doors at 5:00 PM, seminar begins at 5:30
at SoBou Restaurant, 310 Chartres St.
$35 per person, 20% discount for SoFAB and MOTAC Members


America Celebrates Repeal Day December 5!


The repeal of Prohibition occurred at 4:31 p.m., December 5, 1933.  Marking the end of this really bad idea, Franklin D. Roosevelt made one the greatest understatements ever uttered by an American President, “What America needs now is a drink.”

The Volstead Act, generally known as the 18th Amendment, was ratified on January 16, 1919.  Basically it prohibited the manufacture, sale, transportation, or importation of intoxicating liquors; interestingly enough, the consumption thereof was not.  When Utah ratified the 21st Amendment 79 years ago today, it was the final state needed for the three-quarters majority to repeal prohibition.

Comic Con New Orleans 2012 This Weekend!


Need a brief respite from this season of pleasurable excess and over-indulgence?  Escape to Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con 2012 this weekend at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

While I am disappointed that my favorite redhead FBI agent, Dana Scully (a.k.a. Gillian Anderson) will be unable to attend, there are many highlights on the menu.  Taking in the culture of the Big Easy this weekend will be Eliza Dushku, seven members of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast, and Comics Legend Stan Lee.  While TNG featured a great deal of musical culture – for a science fiction series – there have been no confirmed reports of  musical performances by Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) or Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner).