Angeline

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1032 Chartres

One of my all time favourite restaurants in New Orleans has always been Sylvain. I have been going there for years but I was tempted to try out the new kid in town – Angeline, when I heard that the former head chef of Sylvain, Alex Harrell, had opened his own place. Named for his mother, Angeline (1032 Chartres St.) has opened in the former space occupied by Scott Boswell‘s Stella! in the Hotel Provincial.

Unlike Stella, which was one of the fanciest restaurants in the Quarter, Angeline has a much more laid back yet refined atmosphere. The menu focuses on Gulf seafood with a modern take on Southern cuisine. Unlike typical Southern food that has been often stereotyped as heavy and fried everything, Angeline’s approach to Southern food seems cleaner, brighter and fresher. The menu focuses on local, seasonal produce (doesn’t every resto to this these days?).

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Everything on the menu looked tempting but we had the butter-bean tortellini with red eye gray (so yummy) and the crispy cauliflower with olivade aioli and sheep’s milk cheese as appetizers. Next we tried the roasted mustard greens with pork cracklings featuring sweet potatoes, spiced pecans, blackberry molasses vinaigrette. Some of the best mustard greens I have ever had. I also had to taste my guests black eyed pea and collard greens soup featuring bourbon, bacon and a perfectly smoked pork broth. Great colder weather comfort soup.

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For mains we tried Mississippi rabbit milanese with carrot purée, spoon bread, bacon braised collards and tomato gravy. Who knew tomato gravy could be so good? And we tried the gulf shrimp with creamed rice which featured LA popcorn rice, confit tomato, field peas, and some pork belly. So good! We were too full for desserts but they did look tempting.

angeline-cocktailThe craft cocktail menu is very tight but well thought out. We tried A Promise’s Ghost (pimm’s no. 1, macchu pisco, ponchatoula strawberry, bubbles) and the Last Aviator (ny distilling co. gin, violet, campari, honey, lime). Both we exceptional. If I had been feeling more adventurous I would have tried the Off Beet (cabeza tequila, bols yoghurt, pelican produce beets, citrus) or Dope (del maguey vida mezcal, galliano, pineapple, fresh egg) – you should.

A Shinola Summer

I am sure you have all heard about Detroit based Shinola by now. If not, this is your crash course.

Shinola was a company founded back in 1907 that made shoe polish. But in the 1960s the brand stopped producing and lay dormant for quite a while, until it was revitalized in the early 2000s when it was acquired by a Texan venture capitalist. This time they turned to watches, bikes and other hipster inspired goods. Shinola was part of the attempt to revitalize Detroit as a manufacturing hub. They are currently based in Detroit and manufacture all their products in the USA (at a premium). “You don’t know Shit from Shinola”

Oft criticized for their Detroit-opportunism but hey they are creating jobs and their bikes are quite good if not a bit overpriced. Now you can go all in with a $300 leather lock. Why not?

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Leather Covered Bike Chain, $285

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Detroit Arrow, $1000

Fashion Docs

Fashion documentaries have become quite popular as of late but not all films are equal. Here is the rundown of my top 10 fashion documentaries.

 

Unzipped, Isaac Mizrahi (1995)

 

Signé Chanel (2005)

 

Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)

 

Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007)

 

The September Issue (2009)

 

Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

 

Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel (2011)

 

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (2013)

 

Advanced Style (2014)

 

The Secrets of Selfridges (2014) full documentary

Po’ Boys

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New Orleans is known for many classic dishes but one that remains truly unique to the city and not oft duplicated (very well) in other cities is the po’boy.

The po’ boy itself dates back in 1929, when brothers Bennie and Clovis Martin began providing free sandwiches from their Martin Brothers Coffee Stand and Restaurant to the city’s striking streetcar operators. They referred to the striking men as “poor boys,” and filled the bread with combinations like beef gravy and french fries, or mayo, lettuce, and tomato—basically whatever scraps were around. Although the fillings have evolved over the years, there’s one characteristic that remains the same: the quality of the bread. The bread should be crackly-crisp on the outside but with a super soft interior. For the uninitiated, a po’boy is traditionally served untoasted, packed with fried seafood or gravy-soaked meat, and “dressed”—which means with shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato, mayonnaise, and pickles.

Killer PoBoys

811 Conti Street (back of the Erin Rose) | French Quarter

You’ll find Killer PoBoys almost hidden at the back of the perennially crowded French Quarter bar, Erin Rose. It’s a dark, warm, and unpretentious Irish pub. Make your way to the back to discover their unique takes on po’boys. Owners Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow operate the tiny kitchen, where they manage to crank out a short but popular menu of four po’ boys at an impressively high volume. Currently on the menu: Roasted Sweet Potato, Seared Gulf Shrimp, Glazed Pork Belly and a Grass Fed Beef Meatloaf.

We tried the Glazed Pork Belly ($11), a roast pork belly po’ boy coated in a rum and ginger cane glaze. Topped with a creamy garlic aioli and crisp lime slaw. Delicious and light. The Seared Gulf Shrimp (market price) reminded us of a great Banh Mi sandwich with pickled carrot, daikon and cucumber, siracha aioli and of course cilantro. The Grass-fed Beef Meatloaf ($10) featured the perfect amount of gravy, homemade pickles and a house made ranch sauce. One of the best meatloaf sandwiches  I have ever had.

Open 12pm-12am Closed Tuesdays

Johnny’s Po’Boys

511 St Louis St | French Quarter

First opened in 1950, Johnny’s Po’Boys is the classic French Quarter Po’Boy shop. It’s location is ideal and easy to find. If you are craving a roast beef po’boy, this is the place to go. The roast beef is slow roasted and  features yummy garlicky gravy but I always go for the fried oyster. Friend oyster isn’t available at all po’boy shops but I feel it is a Southern classic. Just make sure you get it on french (they have other bread options but don’t bother) and ask for it dressed.

         Open most days 8am-3pm

Nola PoBoys

908 Bourbon St | French Quarter

This place should not exist – a good po’boy shop on Bourbon street is normally unheard of but this place is the exception. What I love about all the Nola Po’boys I have tried here is that there all have a kick of spicy heat – it’s their signature. My recommends: the soft shell crab po’boy or the bbq’d shrimp.

Open 11am-10pm

Guys Po’Boys

5259 Magazine St | Garden District

Guy’s Po’ Boys is a small shop with a huge local following. This is a great tip – go where the locals go. Just don’t be surprised by the long lines but the wait will be worth it. The Grilled Shrimp Po’ Boy ($13.95) is one of the best in the city.

What makes Guy’s version so good? Its simplicity makes it stand out. The sandwich is little more than lightly seasoned with buttery griddle cooked shrimp, topped with a perfect balance of dressing and crisp produce. What I love about this po’boy is that every bite has an equal amount of every single ingredient. It’s near perfection. Just be warned, it is only open from 11am-4pm. So get on it.

Open 11am-4pm

Note: I have chosen Po’Boys restaurants in the Quarter and Garden District to make them easy to find by visitors – they are many great Po’Boy shops outside the downtown core that locals love -try the Fried Shrimp at Parkway Bakery and Tavern, or the Cochon De Lait at Katie’s Restaurant and Bar, or the slow roasted duck at Crabby Jacks.

Brass Love

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I am in love with brass accents for the home these days; I can picture my mother cringing right now with the memories of bad 80s brass light fixtures. This is not the same brass. Trust me.

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 1.38.41 PMThe Slit Table, from HAUS,  is a simple metal side table in three shapes: round, rectangular and hexagonal. Slit Table is paper origami translated into the metal, named after the slit that emerges when the plate frame is folded underneath the tabletop. Available in five contemporary colours as well as a brass and a mirror finish. Go for the brass before you even consider the mirror.

Craft Cocktails in New Orleans: Bar Tonique

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Bar Tonique
820 N Rampart St.
504-324-6045

I will admit that over the many years that I have called New Orleans my second home, I have tried cocktails at just about every well known establishment. And one of my favourite go-tos is Bar Tonique. But you won’t easily find this place in the touristy areas of the French Quarter. You need to take a walk north; the bar sits at the border of the Quarter and the Treme.

The thing that makes Tonique so special, besides it’s ridiculously extensive menu of original cocktails, is that it walks that delicate line between dive bar and cocktail bar effortlessly. It feels special while still being completely unpretentious.

I have tried several of their great cocktails but always go back to the ones I think they do exceptionally well: Ramos Gin Fizz and The Aviation. The are both perfect examples of classic cocktails. And if you happen to be in the city on a weekday, check out their $5 Happy Hour Cocktails from noon to five.

 

KITH x John Elliot + Co Villain

KITH has joined forces with athletic inspired John Elliott + Co for a capsule collection that is made up of several tops and bottoms that any man would want. The stand out is the Villain Hoody. The short sleeved Villain Hoody is made of custom-milled cotton French terry that features a contrasting reverse-side knit. I particularly enjoy the John Elliott attention to detail with the side zip vents, hidden kanga pocket and rough edges. Now you just have to pick which coloured villain you want to be. $188 each

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Foscarini Moon

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Spring is finally in there and it’s time to think about finally finishing up the rooftop terrasse. Enter Foscarini‘s Solar Outdoor Floor Lamp to save my day.

I love the slight glow and the terrestrial curve; it feels completely natural yet modern. Its soft luminosity recalls that of the sun at dawn or at dusk. This is not just a new lamp or a table, but a new type of object, a contemporary hearth around which to gather. Now the nitty gritty – the hemispherical body is made of durable waterproof polyethylene and can be adjusted to fifteen degree angle and can be held in place with an included stake. And it’s solar. No need for wiring.

Sure it may cost $1500 but it is worth every penny. Invest in the light and save money with outdoor furniture from IKEA (no one will know).

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