"Our gelato is made with all-natural ingredients from local dairies and farmers, with some ingredients even coming from our own backyard," says Jennifer Samuels, co-owner with her husband Will. Jennifer, who has trained with Italian gelato masters, strives to create authentic, Italian-style gelato that still has a distinct Louisiana flavor. Dairy-free sorbetto flavors, such as the recent, limited edition blood orange, are made with fresh local produce.
In addition to the often-changing flavors of gelato and sorbetto (24 rotating varieties), La Dolce Nola also offers fresh baked goods and King Cakes. King Cake flavors made in-house include: Cream Cheese with Fresh Louisiana Strawberries, Praline, Cinnamon, and Cream Cheese. For an extra indulgence, order a mini King Cake hot out of the oven. More information (and flavor updates!) are posted on Facebook (Facebook.com/LaDolceNola), Twitter (Twitter.com/LaDolceNola) or the shop's Web site (www.LaDolceNola.com), or just visit in person at 300 Old Metairie Rd in the Feidrich's Square Chopping Village.
In other sweet news, Hubig's pies are now making individual king cakes for Carnival Season. Everyone loves Hubig's pies, those little delicacies that tempt from near the checkout at stores around town. Their king cake will be a fluffy cinnamon cake, topped with icing. The Hubig's king cakes will not contain a baby, (which is probably for the best because you might have to buy yourself another one) but they promise to be delicious. I haven't seen one yet, but I'm keeping an eye out for them at every convenience and grocery store I frequent in the hope of getting my hands on one soon.
Be sure to stop in for an evening at the Crescent City Brewhouse as it celebrates 20 years of brew ing in the French Quarter. Fresh shucked oysters, Louisiana crab cakes, and Brewhouse hotwings are all on offer and sound tempting. In addition, chef Mark Latino just re-joined the Crescent City Brewhouse team. He was with the Crescent City Brewhouse for 12 years before Katrina hit and he did not return when the French Quarter restaurant reopened. But sometimes the pull of New Orleans is just too strong; chef Mark recently came back to the city and was welcomed back enthusiastically to his post in the kitchen at the Crescent City Brewhouse.
If you haven't checked out restaurant.com yet, don't miss the boat! The Web site sells restaurant gift certificates at discounted prices; the most common is generally the $25 gift certificate that sells for $10. (If you subscribe to restaurant.com's email list, then you get notified when these gift certificates go on sale at 80% off—a $25 gift certificate will sell for $2). It's a great way to try out a restaurant that you haven't been to before, with the added incentive of a discount. The Steamboat Natchez is one such venue. $25 gift certificates are available for dinner on the steamboat. Take in the sights and sounds of the French Quarter while having dinner on the Mississippi River, while enjoying fine dining on the two hour dinner cruise as the sun sets.