The sweet, floral flavor of a fresh lychee has made it a go-to ingredient in both traditional Asian desserts and in modern applications from trendy cocktails to pork marinades. Lychee lovin' Baton Rougeans normally turn to canned fruit to get their fix, but it is possible to find them fresh in the Capital City this time of year. The window closes quickly, but once again, they're making a brief appearance at Vinh Phat (Map it!), the venerable Asian market at the east end of Florida Boulevard.
Owners Chau “Judy” Thai and son Michael Thai confirm this year's haul was smaller than usual for the tropical tree fruit, largely grown in China and India and, to some degree, in South Florida and Hawaii. If you're lucky enough to purvey fresh lychees, peel back the scaly exterior to reveal a tight juicy ball of translucent flesh, and don't forget to mind the small black pit. But if you strike out on the perfumey, exotic appeal of fresh lychees, ease your mind with a lychee martini at Ichiban (Map it!) or cool off with a dessert of sweet lychee over crushed ice at Thai Kitchen (Map it!) —Maggie Heyn Richardson
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Bad Guys, Good Eats! Pop-Up Dinner at Restaurant IPO
Chef and 225 contributor Jay D. Ducote and Chef Chris Wadsworth hosted the Bad Guys, Good Eats! dinner at Restaurant IPO Wednesday night. The dinner was themed around famous movie villains, pairing cocktails and ales with plates of food resembling famous baddies like The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Hannibal Lector, and many others. The highlights of the night were the three middle courses—a black bean soup laced with blood sausage to signify Lord Voldemort, a brace of coneys on black eyed peas resembling Sauron, and lamb medallions atop a fava bean puree to pay homage to the famous favorite of Hannibal Lector.
Elizabeth Arkley Hammett, a local nursing student and Fur Ball co-coordinator, and her husband Grey Hammett III, who works in commercial real estate, will take you through our summer guide. And they'll look good while doing it, too. Where noted, their clothes and accessories are available from local retailers.
These swimsuits will keep you stylish all summer long
Better Block BR
On Saturday the two blocks between Bedford and Beverly drives on April 13, 2013, residents will get to see a model of what Government Street could look like if we push local and state officials to update the roadway to a safer, more "complete street" model.