3 Cool Foods
by Kim Ranjbar
Nothing can cool you down from the blazing summer heat like ice-cold food filling your tummy. Here’s a few delicious foods available around town that are sure to keep you chill while the temperatures rise.
Spumoni from Angelo Brocato
214 N. Carrollton Ave. • angelobrocatoicecream.com
Keep it sweet and classic with a chilled wedge of spumoni featuring tutti frutti, lemon and pistachio almond gelato topped with sweet almond whipped cream. There are few places any self-respecting New Orleanian would indulge in such finery, the best being one of the city's favorite gelaterias, Angelo Brocato. Located in Mid-City, Brocato has long been serving spumoni, biscotti, cannoli, gelato, cappuccinos and all kinds of delicious Italian pastry to New Orleans denizens (and lucky tourists) for a little over a century. If a slice of spumoni won't keep you cool, keep it simple with a scoop of their housemade gelato found in flavors ranging from Amaretto and Fiore di Latte to Praline and Strawberry Cheesecake.
Caviar from Shaya
4213 Magazine St. • shayarestaurant.com
What's cooler than caviar? Cruise over to Magazine Street in a well-air-conditioned vehicle for a hip lunch at the newest John Besh collaboration, an Israeli eatery dubbed Shaya. 2015 James Beard award-winning chef Alon Shaya has created mouth-watering mastery with dishes like lamb ragu hummus and saffron chicken salad, but save some of that warm, freshly-baked pita for a dish of Ikra. A delicate portion of paddlefish caviar spread with shallots and basil is spooned atop a dish of creamy labneh … it's hard not to take it all in one bite. Shaya also offers other “cool” creations like bright, roasted beets served with yogurt, dill and black pepper or pickled red onion, cauliflower and cucumbers.
Hibiscus Iced Tea from 1000 Figs
3141 Ponce de Leon • 1000figs.com
Looking for something icy cold to quench your thirst? Look no further than 1000 Figs in Mid-City. Opened several months ago by the folks who bring you the Fat Falafel, 1000 Figs is a clean, quiet spot to drop in for a lunch of crispy falafel or a tangy BLT on fresh sourdough and a huge, never-ending glass of Hibiscus Iced Tea to wash it all down. Both refreshing and healthful, Hibiscus Iced Tea has a crisp, tart flavor that will satiate your thirst caused by our hot, Louisiana sun as well as provide hidden benefits like lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
3 Cool Drinks
by Andrew Marin
In case you didn’t notice, New Orleans’s eternal summer, 2015 edition, has begun. Here are some “hydration” suggestions for those in search of the light, refreshing, and icy.
Mike at Courtyard Brewery
1020 Erato St. • courtyardbrewing.com
Named for owner Scott Wood’s brother, this pale ale is beautifully balanced with Palisade Hops and the subtle sweetness of hibiscus. Its ruby red color and fresh flavor is from hibiscus being used at three different points in the brewing process. The 5.8% ABV beer is inspired by Jarritos Jamaica Soda, a soft drink from Mexico.
Latitude 29 at Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29
321 N. Peters St. • latitude29nola.com
NOLA summer is about as tropical as you can get without being in a jungle or on an island. It should be no surprise that the namesake and signature cocktail of Beachbum Berry’s tiki restaurant makes the list. This long pull, served on the rocks, is made of Demerara rum, passion fruit, citrus, and syrup the bar makes from Madagascar vanilla. If you’re lucky, it comes in a pineapple. Now all we need is a beach.
Frozen Irish Coffee in the
Erin Rose (811 Conti St.; erinrosebar.com) or Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur St.; mollysatthemarket.com
If you like Frappuccinos and/or White Russian daiquiris, this icy concoction of coffee and whiskey is your summer drink. Although a bit heavy on the sugar, this coffee-sprinkled blend makes for a great pick-me-up first thing in the morning or late on a hot summer night. No matter which side of the Quarter you order it, top it off with a floater shot of Irish whiskey for maximum impact.
4 Cool Activities
by Kimmie Tubre
It gets pretty hot in the Big Easy. As each summer month passes by, the temperature seems to increase by the second. But there is no need to fret, or sweat, because WYAT has four fantastic ideas that will keep you and the family cool and happy.
Audubon Cool Zoo and Gator Run
6500 Magazine St. • auduboninstitute.org
It’s always been an odd factor that a city surrounded by water lacked when it came to outdoor water activities. You’d think the summer heat index alone would call for some sort of beach shore or water park but for quite a few decades, NOLA lacked in local water attractions. After the success of the Audubon Cool Zoo splash park, the Audubon Institute created a 750-foot lazy river properly called Gator Run. The river includes two sand beaches, lounge chairs, four water cannons, two water curtains and jumping jets. While the lazy river is only 3 feet deep, rafts are free for all ages to enjoy.
Tubing (Various locations)
When it comes to keeping cool with local water activities, tubing seems to be a common favorite for many. Friends, water, relaxation and a cooler of ice-cold beer is enough to sell the adventure of tubing. While there aren’t any tubing locations in the metropolitan area, there are many outlying areas and parks that offer the relaxing excursion. Places such as Bogue Chitto Tubing Center (tubingboguechitto.com), Tiki Tubing (tikitubing.com) and Louisiana River Adventures (louisianariveradventures.com) all offer low-cost access to bodies of water perfect for tubing, hanging out and keeping cool with friends.
Paddling Down Bayou St. John
While you’re technically not supposed to swim in Bayou St. John, it is perfectly acceptable and common to canoe, kayak, paddleboard and pirogue down the Bayou. With the cool breeze coming from the Bayou’s water and the occasional splash onto the boat, it’s a perfect way to cool off and enjoy the summer weather of New Orleans. It’s common on a beautiful warm day to see several people rowing along the Bayou. And as they paddle along the Bayou, they can enjoy the scenic views of Mid-City and Gentilly homes, historical sites and simply NOLA’s pure beauty. Rent a water craft from Bayou Paddlesports (bayoupaddlesports.com) or Kayakitiyat (kayakitiyat.com), or a paddleboard from NOLA Paddleboards (nolapaddleboards.com).
New Orleans Museums (Various locations)
If water isn’t the scene for you, one of the best ways to keep cool is to visit a beautiful museum. New Orleans has a variety of museums to offer. With everything from art museums, to history and southern food and culture, New Orleans has it all. If you’re into history then the Historic New Orleans Collection (533 Royal St., thnoc.org) is the perfect place to start. There’s also the National World War ll Museum (945 Magazine St., nationalww2museum.org) and many more historic museums to visit. For the art lovers, the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Cir., noma.org), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St., ogdenmuseum.org) and the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St., cacno.org) are perfect choices. There’s always the Louisiana Children’s Museum (420 Julia St., lcm.org) for the kids, and recently opened Southern Food and Beverage Museum (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., southernfood.org) for the foodie in you.