Meet: Fleur de Light’s fleur de lis candles. Bring the scents of New Orleans (the good ones, that is) in to your house. Locally based scent company Fleur de Light, produces a line of fleur de lis candles, which, as suggested by their name, come in a glass tumbler embossed with a gold fleur de lis. Many of the candles play on locally relevant scents — for instance: king cake, southern breeze, and French Quarter (and no, the latter does not highlight trash and booze aromas). Each 14 ounce tumbler is $20; they are available online and in small shops around town, such as Basics.
Eat: Brunch at Maurepas Foods. Behold, a new brunch staple spot. The locavorious eatery has just announced that, beginning January 4th, they will begin serving weekend brunch in lieu of daily lunches (lunch service ends January 1st). Although, the restaurant has not released the new brunch menu, diners can probably expect small(ish) plates that highlight seasonal, locally farmed produce and proteins. Brunch will be offered Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM – 3 PM.
Drink: Your affirmations. ‘I’m going to follow a healthier diet, (maybe) go to the gym, and be more [insert virtue here]’ — the national anthem of New Years resolutions. Knock out two legs of the resolution tripod by drinking The Green Fork‘s juices and smoothies (each $8), each named after a different virtue. Expect concoctions like the ‘patience’ smoothie: ‘love juice’, pineapple, spiral, bee pollen, hemp, protein, spinach, and honey; and ‘creativity’ juice: cucumber, celery, spinach, grapes, lime, ginger, and cayenne.
Fête: At the Prytania‘s BYOB midnight movies. NOLA’s recently-turned frigid (read: moderately chilly) temperatures aren’t exactly encouraging when it comes to bundling up (in a long sleeve shirt and blazer) and hitting the bars, restaurants, or pretty much anywhere that exceeds the twenty foot safety radius from your television. Prytania Theatre’s BYOB midnight movies allow patrons to solidfy their winter couch potato status, while still (marginally) avoiding complete reclusiveness. Every rRiday and Saturday night, the Prytania screens a different throwback film at each 10 PM and 12:15 AM, to be (optionally) viewed with guests’ own booze. This week’s pick is the 1984 German fantasy epic, The Never Ending Story. Tickets are $10.
Read: Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans. Tulane ethnomusicologist Matt Sakakeeny’s recently published book takes a multifaceted look inside the lives of New Orleans’ brass band musicians, including members of Rebirth, Soul Rebels, and Hot 8. It explores various aspects of the locally iconic profession — ranging from the musicians’ cultural impact in second lines to social issues common to the profession, such as poverty and violence. The book is available online for $23.95 from Duke University Press, as well as Octavia Books.
Chelsea Lee is associate editor at NolaVie. Email comments to her at email@example.com.