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Donovan Wolfington is apparently a person. He's out there somewhere, but that's a story for another day... This is about the band from New Orleans who borrowed his name: four guys making poppy punk rock, with some heavy parts and some happy parts and some sad parts. They didn't name their album How to Treat the Ones You Love by happenstance. It serves as an exploration of their own lives' difficulties and lessons, and an honest, literate way to attempt to be a slightly less terrible person in a not-always-so-great world.
Hanabi completed their sweep of New Orleans over Halloween weekend and it was a real eat-fest from start to finish. Yes there were several trips to Cafe Du Monde. That’s mandatory. But it was the jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace among others that stole the show. We’re talking bbq shrimp and grits here! The LPG Burger at La Petite Grocery is ridiculous! They have badass shrimp and grits too! If you want to get weird on Magazine st. head over to District Donuts. Not that their food is at all weird. It’s just a really cool thing to say. While Hanabi was out partying, other Hanabi found some Mole Salumi at Salumi Cured Meats. You’re welcome! He also made some beer and bacon pancakes. You’re extra welcome.
Hanabi has been on a delicious New Orleans bender, and that train is still rolling. As Hanabi gets set to head out to New Orleans, he decided that since it’s going to be a calorie bust, he might as well get into some salad. Healthy, green salad. There are good salads, and there are bad salads. Hanabi wants you to eat more good salads. By the way, the best salad is the salad Nicoise. Yes, it’s better than a Cobb salad, and is slightly better than a Caesar salad. Of note, Hanabi means the actual Caesar salad made the proper way with raw yolks table-side, and not that ridiculous cream based dressing that passes for Caesar dressing. Oh, and it has to have the anchovies too. Since we’re talking Salad, Hanabi had a Chef’s salad at the Standard in New Orleans. The Chef’s salad is pretty good, still not up to a Nicoise though. Nothing goers better with a salad than a Sazerac. Remember that.
This week Hanabi gives us the dirt on his trip to New Orleans. Let’s get Cafe Du Monde right out of the way. It’s truly an amazing place in which $5 gets you instant gratification. A chicory coffee and plate of fresh beignets is really all you need. Open 24 hours too! As Hanabi is wont to do, he visited an Izakaya for a fresh take on octopus. It took him awhile to eat it but it was worth it. He went to the famed Lafitte’s Blacksmith and saw a cop on horseback stroll up and order a drink. Speaking of drinks, he sampled LA 31’s Biere Noir. He stuck around the French Quarter, but that place is loaded with places to eat and drink and just see weird things in general. Oh, Hanabi will be there over halloween and Day of the Dead so there will be more to report.
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Labor Week - A decade has just passed: on Aug 29, 2005, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States tore through the Greater New Orleans area. How far have the efforts of volunteer organizations gone to help New Orleans in the wake of Katrina?
Ryan Schleeter joins us to talk about the intersection of the environment and social justice, checking in on the migrant crisis in Europe, and homelessness amongst NYC students is at an all time high.
It’s our first show without a guest all month, so John and Molly can catch up on the news. Also, there’s always more listener mail!
Reality Week - We at BTR have made the effort to experience locations like the Jersey shore’s Shore Store to New Orleans’ Cafe du Monde, both on screen and off. What were these places like in real life as opposed to on TV or in movies? Read to find out.
Yoga and mindfulness instruction serve as excellent opportunities to educate students on the vitality of leading a healthy lifestyle. By imparting such knowledge on children at school, it's possible that students will bring the lessons home to their parents, who may, in turn, begin to stock the kitchen with healthier options.
(Explicit content is present in this article.) The band on why they say the name isn’t harmful and opening our third eyes to the beyond.
Entrepreneurs from New Orleans released an app for users to find public or private restrooms.
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

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