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5 Awesome Cities That Allow Public Drinking (And The Things You Should Know)

The majority of the United States doesn’t allow public consumption of alcohol, but there remain a few key places where open containers are legal. We got the lowdown on each and all the nuanced parts of the law you’ll need to keep in mind:

Butte, Montana

In the city of Butte, you can openly drink in the streets for 18 hours of the day. Open containers are prohibited between the hours of 2am and 8am. Same goes for a majority of the state unless specifically noted by a particular city or region. No open containers in vehicles while on a highway.

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Just because open containers are allowed doesn’t mean you need to drink everything at once. Pace yourself. Photo: Marcus Povey / Flickr

The Power & Light District of Kansas City, Missouri

The Power & Light District, or P&L, is a shopping and entertainment district in Downtown Kansas City and is one of the few places in the US where possession and consumption of alcohol is totally chill on the street. Still prohibited throughout the rest of Kansas City, so don’t keep sipping once you’re out of the district!

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But if you drink on the streets outside of P&L, then booze is a very bad friend. Photo: Bart Everson / Flickr

Clark County, Nevada, including the The Las Vegas Strip

Easily one of the most popular places to drink in public besides New Orleans (we’re getting there, don’t worry), there are some key legal points that needs to be addressed. The law allows for possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages within 1000 feet of the store from which it was purchased. You actually can not drink in parking lots, and during special events, like New Year’s celebrations, it is illegal to possess a glass or aluminum beverage container on designated streets.

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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. After his arrest, this guy stayed in Vegas.Photo: Brent Payne / Flickr

It’s also illegal to have an open container while driving or in any passenger seat. The only exception is when you’ve hired someone to drive you, such as a limo or taxi driver, then it’s fine – according to the most recent laws.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Within the confines of New Orleans, the possession and consumption of any alcoholic beverage on the streets is legal as long as it is in a plastic container (can’t be in a glass). Drinking in public is still illegal for the rest of the state – however the state is known for having some pretty sweet drive-thru frozen daiquiri stands.

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Some things you can’t unsee. Photo: Tim / Flickr

East Aurora, New York

Heralded as one of the best towns to raise a family in New York State, the meagerly populated town apparently has no open container law. Digging in to local government and real estate discussion boards will find a few citizens that actually wish their town did have an open container law – as the area becomes safe havens for music festivals but doesn’t have an ordinance to protect against public drinking.

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Keep on rockin’ in the free world! Photo: Eva Rinaldi / Flickr
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How to Make Deep-Fried Balut Po’ Boy

duck egg balut po boy

I’ve been on a po’ boy kick for the past couple of weeks, but then I got bored of all these basic ass po’ boys. I needed that new new. So, I hit up a nearby Asian market.  As soon as I walked in, I spotted some Balut eggs. It was love at first sight. If you’re not familiar with what balut is, then you NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS FIRST. Then, keep reading.

duck egg aioli

Ok, so first things first: I needed to make the aioli. Oh, and now that you know what Balut is, you know I had to keep this thing duck-themed. So I incorporated the duck egg in the aioli.  Check out the recipe.

Duck Egg Aioli

  • 2 or 3 fresh garlic cloves, peeled and minced.
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 duck egg yolk (room temperature)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup pure olive oil
  • 1 table spoon of orange zest
  • a few slices of jalapeno (cause you know I gots to have  that spice)

Directions

Whisk minced garlic, pinch of sea salt (to start), and yolk until smooth. Squeeze in lemon juice. Then, while whisking by hand, pour olive oil in steady stream to emulsify. Putting a towel under the bowl during the process helps with the bowl slipping and sliding. Take a few breaks in between the process to make sure the oil is fully mixed in. Slow and steady wins the aioli — so check it before you wreck it. Once it reaches a consistency to your liking, add salt to taste and fold in the orange zest and jalapeno slices. Kept the ‘penos sliced, rather than diced cause yuh’ know I like’m cute and chunky.

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This is when things got weird….

duck egg embryo balut

To prepare these guys all you have to do is boil them like a normal chicken egg. After letting them cool, I was really hyped to try one dipped in salt and pepper, aka the traditional OG style. Once I cracked open that shell and popped the embryo sac, I saw a beak, feathers, and a set of eyes.  All I could think about was this ಥ_ಥ

tempura batter duck egg embryo

So I decided to go with what I know best and that’s to DEEP FRY ‘EM.

Tempura Batter

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 table spoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups of soda water as cold as possible

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients and mix until smooth. A few lumps here and there is aight. The cold bubs keeps the batter fluffy, so refrigerate if you’re not going to use it right away and in-between battering.

deep fried duck egg embryo balut

I did a hood version of an at-home deep fryer by pouring a bunch of grape seed oil into a cast iron skillet (about halfway). Once the oil gets to about 375 degrees, then I’m ready to fry. Coat the ducklings evenly in the tempura batter and drop them in the deep fryer until golden brown delicious. Salt them as soon as you pull them out.

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The Holy Duck Trinity Sandwich Spread

deviled duck egg spread and duck aioli

Clockwise from top left: deviled duck embryo yolk spread – duck egg aioli – smoked paprika.

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How to Assemble

duck embryo balut po boy

Assembling the sandwich is up to you. I kept it New Orleans style simple and used iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and leftover jalapenos. You know a GlutLife recipe wouldn’t be complete without sum drank. And the best way to wash a little quack down is with a little yak of the Hennessy variety.

A special shout out goes to Glut family member Landjawz for showing us how to suck on duck eggs.

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Here’s How to Make Cajun Grilled Mahi Mahi over Crawfish Etouffee

Ford's Grilled Mahi Mahi

In preparation for Mardi Gras, Ford’s Oyster House and Cajun Kitchen have cooked up some of the best recipes bringing together the flavors of New Orleans.

We, of course, couldn’t help but drool over the Grilled Mahi Mahi over Crawfish Etouffee. Mostly because we love anything smothered with butter and crawfish. Here, the classic Crawfish Étouffée dish is taken up a notch with the addition of the grilled Mahi filet “dusted” with cajun spices.

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Cajun Grilled Mahi Mahi over Crawfish Etouffee and Steamed Rice

 

FISH

4 eight oz Mahi filet dusted with cajun spices.

 

RICE

Steamed rice 1qt of water, 2 cups uncle ben’s rice, 1Teaspoon salt. Bring the water to a boil, then add rice. Boil the rice until water is almost gone. Place on low heat. Cover and let the rice steam for about 8 minutes.

 

CRAWFISH ETOUFFEE

 

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp green onion
  • 1 lb crawfish
  • 1 Tsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp bay leaves
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp creole seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp celery seed
  • ½ cup Crawfish stock

Directions

1. To make the etouffee, start by making a roux. Heat the vetrable oil or butter in a pot over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the flour well, making sure there no clumps. Let this cook, stirring often, until it turns a light brown. This should take about 10 minutes.

2. Add the celery, green pepper, onion and garlic. Mix well and cook this over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Slowly add the hot crawfish stock, stirring constantly so it incorporates. The roux will absorb the stock and seize up at first, then slowly it will loosen and have enough stock to make a sauce. Add the creole seasoning, celery seed and paprika and mix well. Add salt to taste. Mix in the crawfish. Cover the pot, turn the heat to its lowest setting and cook for 10 minutes Add green onions and hot sauce to taste

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Adventures

New Orleans: Napoleon House (Since 1797)


I am currently on a roadtrip and one of our stops was New Orleans, The Big Easy. Couple of things came to mind once I knew we were going there: 1) Got to hit up Bourbon Street. 2) Got to have some Jambalaya. In my short visit to the city I accomplished just that. We hit up the notorious street and even at 5 pm the parties were just getting started. Not knowing New Orleans at all we stumbled upon a restaurant called “Napoleon House” (which actually has some deep history to it) and had some great classic Louisiana Creole food, of course with their famous Louisiana hot sauce as well. Check out the rest of the post to see what else went down!