National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
Jan
14
12:00 AM00:00

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

At Hippie Kitchen, we cure and smoke our Pastrami in house and serve it on house made whole wheat sourdough bread with swiss cheese, olive salad, and russian dressing.

Pastrami lovers across the country look forward to their favorite sandwich on January 14 as they recognize National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day.

A very popular delicatessen meat, pastrami is usually made from beef however sometimes is made from pork, mutton or turkey.  The pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before modern refrigeration. To make pastrami the raw meat is placed in brine, then partially dried, seasoned with various herbs and spices, smoked and steamed.

A wave of Romanian Jewish immigration introduced pastrami (pronounced pastróme), a Romanian specialty, in the second half of the 19th century.  Early English references had used the spelling “pastrama” before the modified “pastrami” spelling was used. 

New York kosher butcher, Sussman Volk is generally credited with producing the first pastrami sandwich in 1887, claiming to have gotten the recipe from a Romanian friend in exchange for storage of his luggage.  Due to the popularity of his sandwich, Volk converted his butcher shop into a restaurant to sell pastrami sandwiches.

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National Bean Day
Jan
6
12:00 AM00:00

National Bean Day

This day celebrates the bean in all sizes, shapes and colors.  Beans (legumes) are one of the longest cultivated plants dating back to the early seventh millennium BC.

Today, just as throughout the Old and New World history, beans are an important source of protein.  A very healthy choice for any meal or snack, they are also an excellent source of fiber, are low in fat and are high in complex carbohydrates, folate and iron.

Significant amounts of fiber and soluble fiber are found in beans as one cup of cooked beans provide between 9 and 13 grams of fiber.  Soluble fiber can help in lowering blood cholesterol.

  • There are approximately 40,000 bean varieties in the world.

  • Only a fraction of these varieties are mass-produced for regular consumption.

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National Spaghetti Day
Jan
4
12:00 AM00:00

National Spaghetti Day

Pick your sauce!  National Spaghetti Day on January 4 recognizes that long, thin cylindrical pasta of Italian and Sicilian origin.  Usually made from semolina flour, this pasta has been a worldwide favorite for ages and loved by millions.

There are a variety of different pasta dishes that are based on spaghetti from spaghetti ala Carbonara or garlic and oil to spaghetti with tomato sauce, meat sauce, bolognese, Alfredo sauce, clam sauce or other sauces.  Spaghetti dishes are traditionally served topped with grated hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan and Grana Padano.

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World Braille Day
Jan
4
12:00 AM00:00

World Braille Day

World Braille Day is celebrated every year on January 4th because it is Louis Braille’s birthday, the inventor of braille! Louis was born in 1809 in France. He became blind after a childhood accident, and he quickly mastered his new way of living. When he was just 15 years old, he created the system we know today as braille, based on a system of writing developed by Charles Barbier. Over the years braille was tweaked to make it easier to read, and now it’s used the world over!

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Kwanzaa
Dec
26
to Jan 1

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the African diasporain the Americas and lasts a week. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

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Reveillon 2018
Dec
1
to Dec 31

Reveillon 2018

Hippie Kitchen is excited to be a part of this NOLA tradition for our first year open! Come join us for our special pre-fixe holiday menus and cocktails!

The History of Reveillon Dinners

 Derived from the French word for “awakening,” Reveillon originally was a meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Early New Orleans was almost entirely Catholic, and virtually the entire community would participate in these ceremonies. Families would return from the late-night service famished and set upon a feast prepared in advance and laid out on the table or sideboard.

A typical early Reveillon menu looked very much like breakfast — with egg dishes, breads and puddings, but could also include turtle soup, oysters and grillades of veal. Naturally, the Creoles accompanied these rich repasts with wines, cordials and other fortified drinks. The dinners could last for many hours, and by some accounts even until dawn.

Through the 19th century, American holiday conventions like Christmas trees, gifts for children and shopping frenzies began gradually to establish themselves in New Orleans and supplant many of the Creole traditions. By the turn of the century, Reveillon dinners could be found only in traditional homes, and by the 1940s the custom was all but extinct.

Reawakening the Reveillon

 In the 1990s, however, the Reveillon tradition was “reawakened” and transformed. The organization French Quarter Festivals Inc., interested in attracting travelers to New Orleans during the perennial holiday season lull in convention bookings, approached local restaurants with an idea to offer and promote special holiday menus. Restaurants eagerly embraced the idea, and soon so did their local regulars and out-of-town visitors.



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Black Friday
Nov
23
12:00 AM00:00

Black Friday

Black Friday is an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the fourth Thursday of November, which has been regarded as the beginning of the country's Christmas shopping season since 1952.

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Thanksgiving
Nov
22
12:00 AM00:00

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

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Halloween
Oct
31
12:00 AM00:00

Halloween

Halloween, also known as AllhalloweenAll Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.

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LiveWell Fest 2018
Oct
21
7:30 AM07:30

LiveWell Fest 2018

Hippie Kitchen is proud to be a part of LiveWell Fest 2018. LIVEWELL Fest will feature live music,food & drink, craft vendors, massages, an athlete-exclusive Flex Zone, Kids Zone, and so much more! It will bring together local restaurants, community members, and health organizations to highlight the availability of healthy options, and the importance of healthy initiatives in the Greater New Orleans Area.

We will be offering our Super Rolls and look forward to seeing you there!

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Free Community Yoga Class
Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Free Community Yoga Class

Come join us for a kickstart to your September with a free outdoor community yoga class, led by Joni from Yoga and You Anywhere! 

Join us for a refreshing morning of stretching and perfecting our poses on the grassy area just outside our restaurant. 

Space is limited, so be sure to come a little early and make sure you have a spot. All you’ll need to bring is yourself and your yoga mat!

All levels of experience are welcome!

See you there!

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National Vodka Day
Oct
4
6:30 AM06:30

National Vodka Day

While October 4th seems well documented as National Vodka Day, we have not found the origins of why, but it works for us. No harm celebrating responsibly on other days as well.

Come celebrate with our specialty local vodka cocktails at Hippie Kitchen!

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Word. Beer. Deed.
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Word. Beer. Deed.

Hippie Kitchen is happy to be hosting Mike and his organization, Word. Beer. Deed., in our outdoor seating area from 7:30pm-9:00pm. Mike's organization is Christian-based, but all are welcome. For this meet up, the "deed" will be writing a letter of encouragement to  Asia Bibi who has been in prison since 2009 and sentenced to death for sharing her faith. Read below for a little description from his website, or click this link to read more about this week's discussion and deed. 

The Concept is simple. We post links to sermons and podcasts by people like Greg Boyd, Brian Zahnd, Andy Stanley, Rachel Held Evans and others in the same vein. We then plan a time to talk about the message, usually over a beer and then we do a good deed. The founders are devoted Christians but this group is open to everyone, and we mean EVERYONE who is willing to participate. Of course the drinking is not mandatory. This is not affiliated with a Church group and we have no hidden agenda. We want to study God's Word, Fellowship and act our Faith out in the world.  There is no membership or fees. Please email wordbeerdeed@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Farm Fresh Market Day
Sep
25
6:30 AM06:30

Farm Fresh Market Day

Every Tuesday we go to the farmer's market to buy the freshest seasonal produce available from local farmers. We're happy that strawberries are in season and we have incorporated them into our Summer menu. Come dine with us on Tuesdays to see what we brought in fresh from the market!

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Yom Kippur
Sep
18
to Sep 19

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. It's traditional to participate in a 25 hour fast during Yom Kippur, and then to end the spiritual day with a break of the fast.

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