It’s been another roller coaster of a week, both weather-wise and pandemic-wise. But, as the month of January is nearing a close, there are plenty of things to keep busy, whether you are staying in our venturing out.

12 Mile Limit has been welcoming patrons back in a big way. The Mid-City watering hole recently surprised visitors with a one-off “Free Food Tuesday,” with a menu of chicken with tomato sauce, crawfish étouffée and mushroom étouffée from Black Pearl Catering. The neighborhood mainstay regularly features free food on Mondays, often along with open mic night presentations, but the unexpected treat shows how much they appreciate their regulars and visitors. Definitely check them out. And, if available, don’t pass up the famed Sunday brunch punch (bourbon, allspice, lime, orange juice, and Ango), which is, regularly, $3 until noon.

This week’s king cake is brought to …me… by Norma’s Sweets Bakery on Bienville Street. This little Latin American grocery, bakery and hot food hideaway features a guava and cheese filled version that is so tasty, it garnered the attention of the New York Times. Read their review, along with a look at several other local purveyors, here. You also won’t want to miss their hot lunch selections, which include soups and stews, pupusas and Cuban sandwiches. Follow them on Instagram @normassweetsbakery to see what they are cooking up.

Speaking of national attention, Commander’s Palace’s own Ti Martin was recently interviewed for a piece in the Washington Post. Martin addresses the pandemic grief that many are navigating, and the role that employers must take when caring for their employees and their changing needs. It’s a compassionate take on corporate philosophy. Read the article here.

Carnival is right around the corner! Jazz Fest announced its 2022 line up! Why not celebrate both, and spruce up your porch at the same time? Décor and accessories mecca Home Malone recently debuted this festive door hanger that does double duty all spring long. Simply pick your vibe and flip.

Looking for some social media distraction, but in a good way? For a daily dose of cute, check out @NOLANeighborhoodCats for photos of some very cool feline residents around town, plus Wednesday Weekly adoption day featuring super sweet kitties looking for a forever home. Dog lovers will want to follow @FlambotheDog, which chronicles the adventures of a very good boy who is learning to “talk” to his person with a unique button-operated sound board. We give Flambo extra points for his furry fluff and his fiery name.

Finally, if the cold weather has you parked on the couch, give a listen to the podcast “I Love a Lifetime Movie.” Each week, comedians Naomi Ekperigin and Megan Gailey tune into a different cheese-fest of a Lifetime movie, and discuss its finer points, cliff hangers, fashion and more. Fabulous kitchen? Check. Women in peril? Check. Shadowy figure watching from afar? Check and check. Break out the popcorn and embrace the chill.