Guests braved the August heat to experience the best that this tiny section of St. Claude has to offer! We began our Crawl at Kebab, where Walker, the owner, set out a generous spread of all the specialties Kebab makes from scratch- bread baked fresh, homemade hummmus, pickled beets, kebab sandwiches made with Louisiana pork. Seriously, if you haven't made it there yet to eat, just look for the birght yellow building, get a side of their delicious fries, and thank us later! Kebab also houses pinball machines on loan from the Mystic Krewe of Silver Ball and rotating art on the walls, so we had a little pinball rivalry kick up. Our second stop was the neighborhood dive bar favorite, Siberia, where we were treated to Black Magic Rum cocktails concocted by our friend Jen O. It was a prefect refresher for the hot day, a mid-evening cocktail to loosen up and catch up- Bon Moment is lucky to have such awesome guests who enjoy getting to know each other along our crawl! Siberia hosts a variety of comedy, live music, trivia and burlesque almost every night of th e week, as well as some SERIOUSLY tasty Slavic food.
Next, it was time to refuel and get to know some of the up and coming chefs operating out of St. Roch Market! Vendors offered a set menu for crawlers to choose from- Dirty Dishes, La Mezcla, Elysian Seafood, T2, Fete au Fete, Fritai, Good Bird and NOLA Juice opened their kitchens to us to get a taste of St. Roch, along with a drink from Mayhaw, in a lovely setting with weekly Tuesday night live music.
With full bellies, and a little tipsy, we strolled over to the Healing Center, where we met Sallie Ann Glassman, who runs the Island of Salvation Botanica. She welcomed us into her shop and gave a brief history of her conversion and experience in Haitian Voudon. A beautiful shop, the artwork pours out into all parts of the Healing Center and guests grabbed a nightcap from Jen O in the foyer while they explored. Our final stop of the Crawl was a show at Cafe Istanbul, a performance space inside the Center. Chuck the owner is a warm and greeting presence in this multi-use space- you can catch everything from a poetry slam, bands, NPR's The Moth, dance, game nights, interdisciplinary theater- you name it- it's a great resource to neighborhood artists and art lovers of all ages. Tonight, we were thrilled and enthralled by the Fly Movement Salon- a variety show of some of the city's top arialists and circus arts performers in a comfortable, casual setting. Organizer Liza Rose runs the Fly Circus Space, which offers classes for adults and youth and puts together the monthly show at Cafe Istanbul. Be sure to catch the next one because it REALLY wowed us with graceful trapeze, partner tumbling, silks and rope routines. Thanks to Jenn O and Black Magic Rum, all our hosts and all the guests who crawled with me- I look forward to seeing you at the next one!