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Tailgating Cookbooks, The Quarter's Spitfires, More

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BATON ROUGE? This week Judy Walker previews two spanking new cookbooks inspired by tailgating, especially at LSU, including blogger Jay Ducote's The Southern Tailgating Cookbook: A Game-Day Guide to Lovers of Food, Football and the South and ESPN's Todd Blackledge's Taste of the Town. []

UPTOWN? Plans for a vacant firehouse at Laurel and Upperline (across from Wisner Park) that's been empty and deteriorating since Katrina, include a proposed coffee shop with condos on top, reports Stephanie Bruno. [Advocate]

QUARTER? Speaking of coffee shops, NoDef reports that Spitfire Coffee (627 St. Peter) is "gaining momentum" as a legit coffee shop since opening quietly around the Superbowl. Also, an unrelated, new cocktail destination called the Spitfire Bar(1135 Decatur) has been open about three months with a solid beer selection and craft cocktails from owner/Erin Rose alum Sarah Manowitz. [NoDef]

QUARTER? NoDef also reports that Nola Pho Life is searching for a new spot after being asked to vacate the French Market due to lease agreement issues. Apparently the duo who run the pop-up, Paul Byous and wife Jennifer Nguyn, originally shared the lease with a king cake vendor, but aren't able to renew it themselves as the French Market says they actually aren't allowed to cook in that section of the market. [NolaDefender]

Spitfire [Photo: Facebook]