A new concept headed by Village Cafe’s chef Jude Tauzin, Pour features contemporary decor in a setup that allows patrons to choose — and pour — a variety of wines from dispensing machines along one wall of the restaurant.
Right, machine! Stay with me, here. When you walk into Pour you have the choice of buying credit on a Pour card. You then use this card on a wine-dispenser to serve yourself a quarter, half or full glass of wine. The concept is meant to encourage you to taste-test in hopes that you will buy a whole bottle, but because Pour also works as a restaurant, many patrons simply hang around to drink and eat.
There are 48 wines to choose from, each kept at the optimal temperature for its type. This magical wine machine — because any machine that dispenses fine wine seems blessed with an ethereal power — seals and preserves the wine in it, guaranteeing a great Pour. There are certainly bartenders on hand for recommendations, but for those leery of getting a snide sommelier stereotype striding in and judging their choices, this setup is ideal.
The food has depth and luxury without pretention. Much like a gastropub, a lot of its food is based on simple, standard bar offerings yet with fancier twists. Here you can order chips with bacon lardons with melted bleu cheese and a housemade roasted red pepper ketchup. You can take a look at Pour’s really great selection of cheese and devise your own cheese plate. Or make a lunch or late dinner out of it and add a panini to your order.
Pour is located at 605 Silverstone Road (in the former Tropical Smoothie location). Closed on Sundays, it's open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and until midnight on weekends.
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Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
SportsMON, DEC 9 12:56PM
by Brett Martel, AP Sports Writer
DEC 11 It's the holiday season, and that means you can count on seeing some pretty crazy stuff going down at the Wal-Mart, but this story out of Marshall, Texas takes the cake. A man went in and attacked a couple of people with a hatchet. Who stopped him? A customer who started launching soup cans at him -- and connected with his noggin. The story tells us that while some folk were injured, everyone's been released from the hospital.
DEC 11 Blogger Tom Aswell joins the ranks of those looking into the "Fund for Louisiana's Future," which of course is not really aimed at improving our future. So far, it seems aimed at getting Louisiana to remove its $100,000 cap on campaign contributions, he tells us. Also, it is overseen by the same guy who tried to give us President Mitt Romney -- and he seems bent on picking our next governor.
DEC 11 Here's a post on NOLA Defender from the chef de cuisine at Delmonico's about gumbo. Chef Anthony Scanio shares childhood food memories that aren't quite a warm and fuzzy cliche -- but they certainly sound authentic. His personal story isn't just about food, it's a true New Orleans boy's upbringing. It's a cool story, and it ends with recipes for seafood gumbo and red beans.
DEC 11 Blogger Lou Gehrig Burnett writes here on Bayou Buzz about GOP efforts to mount a candidate against Sen. Mary Landrieu -- "a" being the operative word. So far, Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness are both in the race, and as long as the ultra-conservative Maness remains he poses a threat to the Republicans' hopes to unseat Mary. There's also a bit on what's up in Texas -- where Gov. Rick Perry's rejection of Medicaid money is causing other lawmakers some trouble.
DEC 11 Qualifying for New Orleans municipal races opens today, and Gambit's Clancy DuBos is most interested in people running against Sheriff Marlin Gusman, a frequent topic of Clancy's posts -- and a lot of other media posts as well. So far, the most interesting candidate expected to qualify is former sheriff Charles Foti. But Gusman's biggest enemy may be himself, given his 33 percent approval rating.
DEC 11 It may be the season of brotherly love, but John Maginnis is not falling for David Vitter's Christmas story. In this post, he poo-poos the very idea that Vitter and his family will spend the holidays in prayerful reflection so that they can decide if the Senator will run for governor. He also gives some predictions on what could happen if Vitter did get elected, throwing in a cautionary reference to the big ole egg laid by the GOP up in North Louisiana's recent Congressional race.
DEC 11 Well, knock us over with a rainbow-colored feather. The Shreveport City Council passed an ordinance granting equal protection to LGBT folks, this KSLA story reports. It basically forbids discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation. According to the story, city workers already have had that protection, since 2009.
DEC 11 That nice lady over in Denham Springs must still be mad at her neighbors for stealing her dog, because she's back up on her roof, making a big ole "one finger salute" in Christmas lights. This story in the Advocate even gives us a picture of the process underway, in case you are experiencing a similar situation and would like some finger-display-creation tips.
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