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Popular Budget Bytes blogger and Baton Rouge-turned-New Orleans resident Beth Moncel, who 225 first wrote about in 2009, is close to inking a deal with a major publisher to release a volume based on the tasty, inexpensive recipes that have earned her culinary blog thousands of followers. For updates on the book deal and new recipes visit budgetbytes.blogspot.com.
Whiskey's a go-go
One of Baton Rouge’s best-kept cocktail secrets—The Cove—is getting its own spin-off, sort of. Garrett Morgan and Chris Juge, two former managers of the popular Citiplace nightspot, are moving down the road and turning the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill location next to Barnes & Noble into The Pelican House Tap Room and Whiskey Bar. The new bar and eatery, to be styled after traditional New Orleans courtyard restaurants, could open as early as October if the property is rezoned as planned. Insiders say the Pelican House will offer a selection of whiskeys and an extensive craft cocktail menu.
Chef John Folse and Galatoire’s of New Orleans chef Michael Sichel are among those cooking at this month’s London Olympics for BP-sponsored “Spirit of the Gulf” events. But is the petroleum giant’s sponsorship of the games a hollow PR gesture after the damage done by the 2010 oil spill? English activists think so. A number of BP’s London billboards and advertisements have been trashed recently—some splattered with oil, others slapped with “Go BP Free in 2012” stickers. More information on the protests can be found at risingtide.org.uk.
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Bad Guys, Good Eats! Pop-Up Dinner at Restaurant IPO
Chef and 225 contributor Jay D. Ducote and Chef Chris Wadsworth hosted the Bad Guys, Good Eats! dinner at Restaurant IPO Wednesday night. The dinner was themed around famous movie villains, pairing cocktails and ales with plates of food resembling famous baddies like The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lector, and many others. The highlights of the night were the three middle courses—a black bean soup laced with blood sausage to signify Lord Voldemort, a brace of coneys on black eyed peas resembling Sauron, and lamb medallions atop a fava bean puree to pay homage to the famous favorite of Hannibal Lector.
Elizabeth Arkley Hammett, a local nursing student and Fur Ball co-coordinator, and her husband Grey Hammett III, who works in commercial real estate, will take you through our summer guide. And they'll look good while doing it, too. Where noted, their clothes and accessories are available from local retailers.
These swimsuits will keep you stylish all summer long
Better Block BR
On Saturday the two blocks between Bedford and Beverly drives on April 13, 2013, residents will get to see a model of what Government Street could look like if we push local and state officials to update the roadway to a safer, more "complete street" model.