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🐂Run to save your buns in Nueva Orleans

Around here we don't eat to live, we live to eat, and this time it's no different.

by Mary Staes | August 22, 2019

While Tropical Storm Barry had other plans for us in July, it’s officially NOW time to brace your buns for the return of the bulls and bats at your backside. The rescheduled Running of the Bulls is happening this weekend. Expect sweat and slurred speech with just a light sting of getting “gored” by a Big Easy Rollergirl. And despite the heat from the sun, or the delicious-as-hell-and-best-spicy-chicken-sandwich-to-grace-our-insides from Popeyes, we have a bountiful offering of places to consider relining your stomachs. So before we show August the door like a Chick-fil-A “chicken sandwich,” here’s what we have cooking for you:


Dear Café Reconcile – we’re in love

Café Reconcile stands proudly at the heart of the OC Haley Corridor. Walk through the front doors for lunch and be greeted by an incredibly youthful and professional staff member who will escort you right to your seat. But beyond the great food and service, this place has a great mission. Café Reconcile provides job training and life skills training to young people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to develop that expertise. Click here to read more about their food from the heart. 


9 Roses isn’t the only Asian food spot on the West Bank

Actually, the Asian food fair across the river is pretty diverse. Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Chinese — whatever your looking to please your palate with, it’s on the West Bank. There’s even a Thai food truck, serving up some of the most delicious pad thai in the city. Click here to take a look at how the East goes to the West… Bank.


Staying COOL-inary

There’s less than two weeks to get your COOLinary on. This month, lots of restaurants have great dining deals, and all of them are under $39 per person (yes, even at Commander’s).  We’ve complied a list of the highlights here to help make your lunch and dinner plans easier. 


What’s Happening This Weekend

Fri. Aug. 23, 2019

No Limit Yoga | 7 p.m. | Carver Theater | $10

In the next installment of Nola-Centric yoga, an hour-long yoga session is set to the sounds No Limit Records’ classic hits! All yogi levels are welcome. Sounds provided by DJ Jess.

Tipitina’s Free Concert Series w/ Big Sam’s Funky Nation | 10 p.m. | 501 Napoleon Avenue | Free

As part of Tipitina’s free concert series in August, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Smoke & Bones are hitting the stage. There’s no cover or tickets needed, but you must be 21 to attend.

Sat. Aug. 24, 2019

Running of the Bulls | 6:30 – 11: 30 a.m. | The Sugar Mill | $30-$95

Why get up early on a Saturday to get whacked with plastic bats? You should instead ask, “¿por que no?” t’s hardly a run that is meant to mirror the annual bull run in Pamplona, Spain. Attendees in New Orleans walk with beer and sangrias in hand as the Big Easy Rollergirls gore, well, spank, us with whiffle ball bats.

Midsummer Mardi Gras | 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. | Maple Leaf Bar | Free

Around here, it’s never too early to think about Mardi Gras. Every year, the Krewe of Oak hosts a walking parade Uptown. Get your costumes ready, this year’s theme is “Wild in the Wetlands.”

Sun. Aug. 25, 2019

Backyard BBQ & Slip and Slide for Immigration Rights | 4-9 p.m. | Grow Dat Youth Farm | $35

Looking for a way to beat the heat while helping a good cause? The proceeds from this event go to ISLA: Immigration Services & Legal Advocacy to defend the rights of immigrant communities and advocate for just and humane immigration policy.

Reading from Toni: A Night to Honor Toni Morrison’s Legacy | 5-7 p.m. | Southern Rep Theater | Free

A night of reading selections from the unparalleled work of author Toni Morrison in honor of her life and legacy. Featured readers include Ladee Hubbard, Sarah Broom, Bernice McFadden, Kelly Harris and Kristina Kay Robinson.


What Else You Should Know

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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