7 Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders celebrating Mardi Gras need not travel to New Orleans to join in Louisiana’s epic annual Fat Tuesday festivities because local Cajun-style restaurants and bars also host events marking the occasion.Try as they may, few establishments on LI are bound to throw parties as lively or serve food as authentic as these half dozen Cajun joints that have menus featuring crawfish, alligator and of course, jambalaya.This year, the party starts on Feb. 9, regardless of whether revelers plan on participating in the Christian observance of Lent that starts the following day.Live Crawfish Boil at Big Daddy’s Restaurant in Massapequa (Photo courtesy of Big Daddy’s Restaurant)Big Daddy’s Restaurant1 Park Ln., Massapequa. 516-799-8877. bigdaddysny.comThis place takes Fat Tuesday so seriously it holds a “Mardi Madness Week” celebration featuring seven nights of live music and specials, culminating in a massive feast featuring a full buffet, music and costumes. With a welcoming feel, festive atmosphere and a large menu changing daily full of Cajun comfort food, Big Daddy’s is known as the go to place for a Cajun Creole Fix. Big Daddy’s offers a variety of Cajun specialties, from seafood dishes such as Motor Mouth Stuffed Shrimp and Jambalaya to Vieux Carre Pork and Waffles and BBQ Beef Po’Boy. Patrons be warned: This restaurant goes full-on Cajun with the spices. The Bayou2823 Jerusalem Ave., Bellmore. 516-785-9263. bayou4bigfun.comThe week-long Mardis Gras party continues with Cajun eats and live music at this lively eatery with great ambiance. A go-to for the right atmosphere to “get you in the Mardi-Gras mood,” this small and quirky restaurant serves strong drinks and has a lively bar scene, catering to a less child-oriented crowd. With creative food/drink presentation and an authentic feel, this is among the most festive places to celebrate.Dessert at Storyville American Table (Photo courtesy of Storyville American Table)Storyville American Table Restaurant43 Green St., Huntington. 631-351-3446. storyvilleamericantable.comStoryville is also hosting “Mardi Gras Madness” celebrations for more than week culminating with a big celebration on the day itself. With an authentic and sophisticated feel, Storyville American Table Restaurant gives a true Louisiana experience. Committed to fresh food, this eatery boasts homemade pickles, authentic house sauces and house-ground meat for their burgers. This lively spot caters to all tastes with a large varied menu and is great for a night out. Dishes not to miss include the gumbo, beignets, catfish and mussels.Treme Blues and Jazz Club in Islip (Photo courtesy of Treme Blues and Jazz Club)Treme Blues and Jazz Club553 Main St., Islip. 631-277-2008. tremeislip.comOne of the few intimate upscale live music venues of its kind on LI, named for the French Quarter neighborhood where jazz was born, this Blues bar is normally open Thursday through Sunday—except for their epic annual Fat Tuesday party. Headlining this year’s show is the Gulf Coast-inspired Dave Clive’s Nawlins Funk Band. Although the club is more known for their music than their food, specials on cocktails, Gumbo and Mardis Gras King Cake are among the mouthwatering items on their menu that includes small plates and desserts. There will be beads!King Cake is a traditional Mardis Gras dessert.Biscuits and Barbeque106 East 2nd St., Mineola. 516-493-9797. biscuitsandbarbecue.comThe weekend-long Mardis Gras festivities at this diner-style eatery consist of specials on Crawfish Pie, Alligator Ribs, Louisiana Smothered Shrimp, Gator Sausage and Mardis Gras King Cake, plus too many more to list here. A casual joint housed in a converted trailer, this neighborhood haunt is a cosy spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a lively atmosphere. Dishes not to miss include the biscuits and gravy (but be warned, get this to share—it is huge), the brisket, the mac n cheese and the shrimp po’boy.Oysters at Mara’s Homemade in Syosset (Photo courtesy of Mara’s Homemade).Mara’s Homemade236 West Jericho Tpke., Syosset. 516-682-9200. marashomemade.comOK, this place isn’t hosting any Mardis Gras festivities, but we would be remiss if we didn’t include them in our roundup of local Cajun eateries. Mara’s is a Cajun barbeque joint great for casual eats, with must-have dishes including the crawfish-stuffed baguette, lobster, gator bites (yes alligator!) and the andouille crusted tilapia. The owner herself often comes to check in on patrons, contributing to the hospitable atmosphere. Don’t forget to save room for their famous bluegrass pie, homemade beignets and fresh seasonal fruit pies as a delicious way to have an authentic Mardi Gras experience. *Nawlins Seafood Co.301 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport. nawlinsseafood.comSo, this place won’t give the Nautical Mile a taste of The Big Easy until they open for business this spring. But, their sister restaurant, Rachel’s Waterside Grill, will host a Mardis Gras party featuring samples of the Nawlins Seafood Co.’s menu, including gumbo, jambalaya, catfish, hurricanes and more. The party features live music by The Zone.Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!last_img read more

Study finds environmental ratings untrue

first_imgA recent study has found that scientific methods currently used to measure the carbon footprint of various products is not sufficient in determining their actual impacts on the environment.The two studies conducted by Robert Vos of the USC Spacial Studies Institute, published in the November edition of the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review, state that the available science cannot give an accurate report of the carbon footprint impact of products as basic as paper.Vos argues that the problem with the current science is what it measures. Vos said that carbon footprint labels should specifically take into consideration the location of production and the effects on surrounding land use.For instance, when Vos and Joshua Newell of the University of Michigan studied the carbon footprint of paper in U.S. and Chinese supply chains, they found a significantly varying impact according to the forest harvested, which labels do not currently acknowledge.According to Vos, forests serve as the “planet’s lungs,” meaning they absorb and store carbon dioxide, and when trees are harvested for paper this process is affected.“The type of forest and the harvest practices are, hands down, the most crucial thing to measure about any wood-based product,” Vos said in a press release.The study analyzes three existing international protocols for quantifying carbon footprints and proposes changes to include management practices of forests.Some studies suggest that the loss of forests accounts for about 20 percent of the entire greenhouse gas emissions worldwide annually.“We need to do a much better job incorporating the carbon emissions associated with forest-based products to tackle climate change,” Newell said in a press release. “From our study, it is clear that from a greenhouse gas emissions perspective, not all paper is created equal.”Some scientists speculate that the reason behind these inaccurate carbon footprints is companies that put profit before environmental effects.“There’s a big struggle between industry and the environment,” said Maya Lusk, a freshman majoring in environmental studies. “Industries are not interested in having environmental-friendly products; they are most interested in profit and a lot of the time, environmental alternatives are more expensive.”Vos said most retailers of paper items don’t even know where their paper fiber comes from.Some students like Sam Cheng, a freshman majoring in biological sciences, also said  that environmental concerns sometimes take a backseat to convenience.“Most people think the need for quality comes before the environmental impact,” Cheng said.last_img read more

Sportradar supports snooker’s Championship League with data deal

first_img Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 With World Snooker’s Championship League making a return to our screens, Sportradar has confirmed that it will be supporting the tournament by offering pre-match, live odds and live data.The offering builds on the long-standing partnership between World Snooker and Sportradar, and will help maximise engagement with the tournament.The event, which began yesterday and will run until 11 June, features 64 players competing against one another in round-robin groups. Top players including Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson are some of the participants competing in the tournament.Speaking to SBC, David Lampitt, Managing Director, Sports Partnerships, explained: “It’s another positive step forward for sport to see the world’s top snooker players returning to action. We are pleased to be working alongside our long-term partner World Snooker and to be in a position to offer official data, pre-match odds, and live odds to maximise fan engagement for this event.“Sportradar continues to deliver the highest-quality content and coverage, and we’re continuing to draw on our unparalleled network of partnerships to provide consistently high quality content to customers and fans around the world.”The tournament, which will be broadcast on ITV, takes place behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes with strict rules on social distancing, COVID testing and hygiene in place, in line with government guidelines.The Championship League, which is being promoted by Matchroom Multi Sport, will be divided into three phases, with all games played as the best-of-four frames. Phase one, which will run from 1 June – 8 June, will feature group matches with two groups played each day across two tables. The winner from each group table will progress to phase two.Running from 9 June – 10 June, the 16 group winners will be split into four further groups, with two groups per day also played over two tables. Tournament finals will take place from 11 June, and will see the four Phase Two winners battle it out over one final group, played on one table, to determine the Championship League winner.Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn added: “During the challenging times of the past few weeks we have examined the opportunities which still exist and worked relentlessly towards the goal of getting our tour going again. While most other sports remain sidelined, we are ready to return from June 1st. This sends out a message to the sporting world that snooker is at the forefront of innovation.“Our first priority has to be safety and we have had detailed discussions with the government in creating a set of approved guidelines for the event which will be rigorously followed. We are making this very clear to the players and everyone working on the event.“These are challenging times but as always we are looking at the opportunities rather than the limitations.Championship League will provide 11 days of televised sport with extensive live coverage, from 3pm until 10pm each day. For the fans out there who are starved of live sport it will be a fantastic boost and a very welcome diversion from these tough times we are all going through.”last_img read more