An Unorthodox Play On Sushi Tuna And Brie At Luvi
An Unorthodox Play on Sushi (Tuna and Brie) at Luvi

Bar Marilou recently introduced Taking Flights, an international cocktail bar collaboration series. Since international travel is not really happening these days Bar Marilou is bringing some of the world’s best bars to New Orleans. Each month, Bar Marilou and the international restaurant/bar group Quixotic Project will feature cocktails from favorite bars in a specific city. Through the end of March, Quixotic’s hometown of Paris will be featured. After that there will be month-long explorations of London, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Singapore. For the Taking Flights series, the foreign “guest” bars are sending their actual recipes and specifics of a signature drink from their menu. This month’s trip to Paris features drinks from the bars Candelaria (which is Quixotic Projects’ first bar), Le Syndicat and Combat. The featured drink from Candelaria is Corn (popcorn mezcal, verjus, vanilla, soda). From Le Syndicate it is Fine a L’eau (armagnac, verjus, bourgoin sirop de sucres) and from Combat the Nardine (calvados, egg white, Nardini Amaro, lemon juice, toasted rice orgeat) is the libation of the month.

Though many of us are dealing with yards and gardens trashed by the recent deep freeze signs of spring are beginning to show. What better way to welcome this change than a new best friend, exercise partner, social companion? A grateful rescue dog could be just the thing to start things anew for you. On Sunday from noon-2 p.m., Take Paws Rescue will team up with St. Coffee on St. Claude for an adoption event. St. Coffee will donate percent of all proceeds to the rescue and dog biscuit boxes will also be for sale.

I loved everything about Luvi the first time I set foot in the cozy, Technicolor space at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Bellecastle streets. I love the way the loud wallpaper that looks like undulating snow-capped mountains rendered in Batik contrasts with the screamingly bright floral patterns on the sleek slipper chairs and the small wooden dresser that has been repurposed into a wait station. None of these things should be in the same space but, like a shimmery fairy dust, the energy, passion, and pure thrift that brought these disparate elements together renders them perfect, the only acceptable backdrop for Chef Hao Gong’s exotic, playful Asian hybrid cuisine that draws on elements of his Shanghai upbringing, stints at restaurants around the U.S., and his decade-long career as the head sushi chef at Sake Cafe. His core belief that we feast first with our eyes is evidenced on the plate in bright pops of color, patterns, and layers. This is a happy place, a good place to celebrate the reality that the vaccine is starting, just starting to show a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. Every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. through the end of March, Chef Gong is offering a 12 Course Tasting Menu for Two. This one is s splurge at $300 but if you are seeking to celebrate or just want an unforgettable experience this is the ticket. The chef will be serving this edible feast from the raw bar at Luvi and items are not available for pickup. The menu will include a mix of both raw and cooked items. Beverages are not included in the price but are available for purchase. Visit the Luvi to make reservations.

Have a great week, everyone. Use it to celebrate the culture and the community you love. Be kind to your neighbors, keep your distance and keep washing your hands.