College game days can be a little intense. Now and again you may need an elixir to calm your nerves, and for some of us on pins and needles, a breakfast cocktail is in order. Whether you are Rolling for the Tide, Warring for the Eagles or Geaux-ing for the Tigers, Ruby Slipper Café is ready to help you start your tailgating early.
Our version of the restaurant that began in New Orleans rests comfortably at 100 N. Royal St., and along with its sister restaurant in Baton Rouge, is offering half off of college football fans’ first round of cocktails every Saturday throughout college football season. Open your eyes to a Bacon Bloody Mary or Morning Margarita. The Ruby Mimosa will perk you up, but the Brandy Milk Punch is really the favorite. Those and all other Ruby Slipper cocktails receive the 50 percent price slash with your first order from open to close, 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The breakfast is big and so are the savings. I’ll take a milk punch and a St. Charles chicken biscuit.
SeaSnax offers plenty of dietary options
I get a lot of questions about options for diets. I understand. For vegans, we miss the meat. For gluten-free, we miss the flour. For keto, we kill the carbs. For paleo, we eat like cavemen and cavewomen. Sometimes all a fella needs is a simple vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project-verified snack that is low in fat and cholesterol while being free from sugar, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
SeaSnax checks all of those boxes. This seaweed snack is lightly roasted using 100 percent organic, extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. If you’ve missed the chips while enjoying your keto diet of meat and cheese, this is your chance to find guilt-free crunch.
They also produce a product called SeaVegi, a nutrient-packed, seaweed-salad mix containing five different sea vegetables. Wakame, agar, suginori, tsunomata and maufunori are a feast for the eyes as well as the body. Just rehydrate by soaking in cold water for seven minutes and watch your SeaVegi bloom! Serve with apples, pears and red onion for a delightful alternative to your iceberg or romaine.
These guys even offer a rejuvenation soup called SeaMama for postpartum recovery! Maybe seaweed is the next superfood. You can find out for yourselves by ordering these Korean seaweed snacks online at seasnax.com or looking for them on your grocer’s shelves.
Mexican restaurant coming to former Mellow Mushroom near loop
We miss the patio of Mellow Mushroom Midtown, but it appears others are feverishly working to create Bariachi Mexican Kitchen. The “coming soon” sign sports the picture of an acoustic guitar (although tilted left-handed) and could foreshadow what many of us have wanted: a place in midtown to enjoy affordable food, fresh margaritas and live music in the cool, fall temps on a covered patio. Even if the music doesn’t happen, the patio, food and margaritas will. Fingers crossed in the next month or so.
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