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Sylvain

There is a new little bar/restaurant in the Quarters! Sylvain is a super-chic little place with a craft cocktail bar and upscale comfort food. Sean McCusker, a New Yorker and food and music writer, came down here to open Sylvain, which has been up and running for about a week now. This is totally where you take a date you want to impress–very cool and casual, and no one knows about it…yet.

I dined there on Monday (open Monday!), and it had the feel of a brand-new place–over-staffed and eagerness in the air, but oh so promising. I had a Pressure Drop, a cocktail borrowed from the menu of Death and Co. in NYC., and my husband had a Sazerac, both a little sweet, but good. The wine list is great. We shared a couple of appetizers, chicken liver crostini and roasted beet bruschetta, also good. The shaved Brussel sprout salad was very good, and the beef cheek entree that we shared was heavenly. I literally had a dream about it.

The room itself is very cool, very New York–pressed tin ceiling, a boar’s head mounted on the wall. They have  a lovely courtyard, too. They’re also open seven days a week, and late! All the elements are there: a lovely room, a cool menu, great hours, good location–iron out the little brand-new-place kinks, and we’ve got a super-chic new spot in the French Quarter. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30-11pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30-midnight, Sunday 5:30-10pm. Lunch: Friday and Saturday 11:30am-2pm.

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Stella!

This afternoon at 4 is one of the highlights of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. Brave souls gather in Jackson Square to battle it out in the “Stella!” shouting contest. In the spirit of A Streetcar Named Desire, competitors try to outdo each other (and Brando) for a chance at the title, and some as yet undisclosed prize. And, because we are an equal opportunity town in the public shouting arena, women contestants can scream “Stanley!” if they are so inclined. After the contest, at 5;30, their is a final judging at the mainstage at Le Petit Theatre.

All this “Stella” talk has me thinking about how it has been far too long since I’ve been to Stella! the restaurant. I am going to be so bold as to say that it is one of the absolute best of the best restaurants in New Orleans. For $105, you can opt for the seven course tasting menu, check this out:

Seven Course Tasting

1st Course

Roasted Heirloom Potato Puree with Applewood Smoked Bacon Lardons, Fingerling Potatoes, Truffle-Scented Petite Brioche Croutons and Truffle Crème Fraiche Caviar

2nd Course

Lobster, Egg and Caviart–Canadian Lobster, North Shore Farm Egg and American Paddlefish Caviar

3rd Course

Caramelized Hen of the Woods Mushroom Risotto with Virgin Olive Oil Local Scallions

4th Course

Pan-Seared Japanese Mero Seabass with Iberico Bellota Ham, Baby Turnips, Carrots and Parmesan Jus

5th Course

Steak and Egg ~ Seared Prime Beef Tenderloin with Sunny Side Up Egg, Breakfast Potatoes, Texas Toast with Foie Gras Butter and Truffled Hollandaise

6th Course

Delice de Bourgogne Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Candied Macadamias, Powdered Pistachio and Captain Crunch Nutella Explosion

7th Course

Chocolate Chip and White Truffle Ice Cream with Truffle Scented White Chocolate Panna Cotta, Candied Black, Garlic and Spun Raw Black Truffle Honey

Yes. The words “Captain Crunch” were in there.

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Bounce Fest!

Bounce has been around for a while, remember “Back That Azz Up?”

But lately, it seems like it has taken New Orleans by storm. Heck, it nearly took the nation by storm. Did you hear about that guy from La Place last year on “So You Think You Can Dance?” This thing isn’t going away, so it’s just a matter of time people.

So, when something gets this big, it’s bound to get it’s own festival. Today from noon-9 is the First Annual Bounce Festival at 800 Jackson Ave. at Annunication. The line-up includes several sissy bounce acts, too. Here’s Big Freedia and Katey Red in a photo I absolutely adore.

At some point you’re going to work up an appetite from all of that booty shaking. Luckily, you are a couple of blocks from Stein’s, the amazing Jewish and Italian deli that opened up not too long ago in the Lower Garden District. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I’ve had corned beef on the brain, so Ima have to get a Reuben (Hot Corned Beef, Swiss and Sauerkraut on Rye Bread with Russian Dressing, $10.99).

They also have amazing beer and fancy soft drink selection. You can’t drink on the premises, but that’s okay, we have a party to get back to anyway. I’ll get a Southern Star (a microbrewery form Texas) Bombshell Blonde because it’s good, cheap, and comes in a can, which I can drink on the street. Now, let’s get back to the party!

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A slightly creepy V-day date…

Since we’ve already had our Valentine’s Day dinner date, the pressure is off. Speaking of the pressure being off, if you are spending V-Day with your romantic partner I suggest, ahem, reordering your day’s itinerary. The way most of us do things is have dinner and drinks, and maybe go see a show or something, and maybe have more drinks, and then finally get home and you’re way too tired for, you know, what couples are supposed to do on V-Day. My favorite sex and relationship advice columnist Dan Savage broached this in his last podcast. We’re all adults here, I’m just gonna come out and say it. Do it earlier in the day. But not yet.

First some brunch. Cafe Degas is open for brunch from 10:30-3. I recommend going relatively early to beat the rush, and because they often run out of my favorite stuff. The Grillades and Grits (veal cutlets with creole gravy, peppers, tomatoes and organic stone ground grits) ($15) are a delicious and hearty choice, while La Crepe au Crab, Sauce Hollandaise (jumbo lump crabmeat, wild mushrooms, asparagus) ($15) has been your object of desire for the last 24 hours. Some mimosas and it’s time for you two to go home and, ahem, take a nap.

You’re all rested up and it’s time to go out again. Over at One-Eyed Jacks, Fleur de Tease, New Orleans’ own premier burlesque troupe is putting on a Valentine’s Day themed show, 7pm, $15.

Their shows are always fun and adorable and a little sexy, but, I’m wondering, is it creepy for couples to go to burlesque shows together? Does it mean that all the passion is gone? Is it just the gateway drug to swinging? Please help me decide:

Okay. So that’s over. Now it’s over to the Hookah where The Second Annual Sissy Bounce Sweetheart’s Ball featuring Katey Red, Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby , DJ Rusty Lazer, DJ D. Lefty Parker and Vocka Redu, (10pm, $15) will be the best party in town. Some footage from last year:

Now you can go home and crash out, and not worry that your relationship is in trouble.

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Juicy

Possibly a little too much fun last night? That’s okay. It happens to the best of us. Well, actually it doesn’t. The best of us, people like Drew Brees, are probably ladling things in soup kitchens, or flying to Haiti. (BTW: I started this blog right before that tragedy, and I feel it’s in poor taste not to mention anything about it, even though my tone is not exactly appropriate for talk of that. Donate money.) The rest of us are looking for a way to put back the pieces after yesterday’s city-wide party. First stop: Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar. Get you some fresh-squeezed, organic juice.

You can create your own. Maybe, carrot, orange, apple and ginger ($6.15 for 16 ounces) will start the healing process, and then some Migas ($6.75): lightly scrambled eggs sauteed with red onions, bell peppers and tomatoes, folded into grated cheddar cheese and corn tortilla chips, topped with pico de gallo. Served with grits or hashbrowns, and toast or biscuit. Okay. There we go. Feeling much better.

Now, how about some culture. Over at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art ($10), the Bo Bartlett exhibit is leaving at the end of the month. And you really must check it out, before it’s gone. He is a Georgia-born, American realist painter who studied under the much-praised and much-maligned Andrew Wyeth. Personally, I like both of their work very much.

The permanent exhibits of craft and folk art are great, too.

From now until the end of the month, Southern Rep, which is on the third floor of Canal Place, is having their New Play Bacchanal. Today’s matinee (3pm) is your last chance to see Jim FitzmorrisThe Thanatos Brass Band. Here’s the blurb from their website:

On the eve of a monumental funeral, Death and his wife Persephone return to New Orleans, where the rest of the Greek Pantheon have taken up residence disguised as some of the city’s elite. When mysterious forces threaten his plans, Death must wrestle with a contentious mother-in-law and scheming relatives to discover who’s plotting to destroy the city and whether the forces of Hades can stop it.

Time for an early dinner. Is this a month that has an “r” in it? …yes. It is! Let’s get some ersters. Actually, I go to the Acme Oyster House year round. Even in August, yes, August, because they know what they’re doing there. They go through such a high volume, I am never concerned about freshness. Sunday dining can be difficult in New Orleans, but you know Acme will be open, pretty much any time it strikes you to go there. There is always a line, but it moves quickly, especially if you willing to dine at the bar.

Go ahead and have that Bloody Mary you’ve been needing all day, and it’s topped with pickled okra. Start with a dozen raw ($10.99)…

…and then move onto a Seafood Gumbo Poopa (10.99): gumbo and rice in a french bread bowl. There. Now, you’re all better. Now go home and get to bed early, you heathen.

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