Pairing Champagne with Your Dinner

Pairing champagne with your dinner

At NoJa, we strive to offer you not just a fine dining experience, but a NoJa experience. Our MediterrAsian menu combined with our wonderful selection of champagne makes for a night you will not forget. Have you ever ordered the perfect plate, but you weren’t sure what champagne paired with your dinner? Let’s take a look at our best champagne and dinner pairs below.

Moet & Chandon Champagne & Hook & Line Caught Dish
The lightly creamy Brut imperial by Moet & Chandon contains notes of apricot, citrus and black raspberry, making for a well-cut finish that pairs perfectly with seafood. That is why we chose our catch for this week – Cobia caught off the coast of Panama City Beach prepared with seasonal, local, and regional flavors. This white and flaky fish has a mild flavor that will balance with the citrus notes of Moet & Chandon. This combination will be light and fresh, leaving just enough room for our Vanilla Crème Brulee for dessert.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne & Skuna Bay Salmon
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut is fresh and fragrant with a creamy texture and bright acidity. These flavors that are meant to be savored and when paired with our Skuna Bay Salmon, it is the perfect combination. Skuna Bay Salmon is combined with a lemon caper sauce, sautèed pepper and spinach, and fingerling potatoes. This combination is irresistible! Finish this combination off with our Coconut Rum Bombe, a coconut cake layered with vanilla pastry cream and drizzled with dark rum.

Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne & Ethiopian Chicken
The fresh, moderate finish of Laurent- Perrier Brut, as well as the notes of ripe pears, apricots, dried flowers, and spices, make this champagne incredibility balanced but subtly bubbly. The Joyce Farms Pan Roasted Chicken, sautèed vegetables, and our Ethiopian-spiced berbere sauce will be the ideal companion. This combination is perfect for a remarkably fresh and balanced dining experience. Follow this dish with the additional freshness of our Berries and Cream for dessert. The fresh seasonal berries, berry consommé, and fresh whipped cream will finish this evening with pure bliss.

Dom Perignon Champagne & Panko Crusted Fish
This vintage-only champagne is unlike any other. Dom Perignon is bound to create the perfect atmosphere for your evening. It has low acidity, notes of poached apple honey and sun-dried black cherry, along with a rich, minerally finish. The pan-fried Panko Crusted Fish with a miso-ginger sauce, Brussel sprouts, and fingerling potatoes make the perfect pair with this exquisite champagne. When you are experiencing an unforgettable dining experience, just as well you should finish the night the with best possible dessert. The Cheesecake Evolution wrapped in a graham cracker crust and topped with a season berry garnish is perfection!

Alas, why would you settle for just a fine dining experience, when you can have a NoJa experience? It’s NoJa’s attention to detail and our focus on farm-fresh ingredients that have allowed us to continue to serve this area for so long. For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest-running restaurants in downtown Mobile, make a reservation at NoJa. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area, just steps from Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call or text 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page @NojaMobile.

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Romantic Dining in Mobile at NoJa

Romantic dining at Noja

MediterrAsian dining at NoJa is a fine dining experience you will not easily forget. When you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary, host a birthday dinner, or are trying to think of the perfect experience to show your spouse you love them- definitely keep NoJa in mind! Here are some of the reasons Noja is perfect for your romantic night.

 

Reserve Your Experience

Get your evening prepared by making a reservation. Reservations are highly recommended, so let us save you a table! We are open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Be sure to keep this in mind when planning your big evening out! Reservations can be made online, or by giving us a call or even by texting us.

 

Wine, Please

At NoJa, you will experience fine wines, delicate desserts, and Mediterranean food with an Asian twist that is guaranteed to blow your mind. Our wine menu offers fine white wines like Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio, Chateau Lamothe, and Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc. If you’re more of a red wine type of person, we offer a vast array including Bussola Amarone, Duckhorn Merlot, and Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah. The choice is yours for the making; we don’t believe there’s a wrong one.

 

What’s On The Menu?

Are you interested in learning more about our unique menu? Here’s a brief synopsis: We offer delicious steaks, tasty pork, amazing duck, life changing lamb and mouthwatering poultry. Fresh fish, salads and a wide variety of sides including our famous Noja mash are all part of the dining experience. One of our more popular seafood plates is our Wild Sea Scallops and Shrimp. These scallops are seared alongside Louisiana shrimp served with parmesan grits and a Cajun marsala sauce. On our meat & poultry side, you will find anything from Ethiopian Chicken, Colorado Lamb Chops, Maple Leaf Duck Breast, and so much more! Fish lovers, this one’s for you. Enjoy anything from Panko Crusted Fish to Pan Seared Skuna Bay Salmon.

 

Everyone’s Favorite Meal, Dessert

Just reading our dessert menu is sure to make you salivate. For instance, our Ginger Donut is a homemade donut with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Another delicious treat is our Coconut Rum Bombe. This is a coconut cake layered with vanilla pastry cream and drizzled with dark rum. Check out our dessert menu online to see all our tasty offerings.

 

It’s Noja’s attention to detail and our focus on farm-fresh ingredients that have allowed us to continue to serve this area for so long. For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest-running restaurants in downtown Mobile, make a reservation at Noja. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area, just steps from Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call or text 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page @NojaMobile.

 

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Wine Pairing 101: Look Like an Expert To Your Date

Wine Pairing 101

Ordering wine with your meal adds an air of class and sophistication in a way that no other drink can. The fermented drink brings a new layer to the dinner and can complement it beautifully…but this is only the case if you know how to order the glass and/or bottle. Simply asking for wine might impress your date if they’re a novice, but that’s a huge risk to take. Instead, prepare for the meal you plan on having and arrive at your table having studied wine pairing 101 and look like an expert to your date. The ever-changing menu at NOJA in Mobile might make studying ahead of time seem difficult; in reality though as long as you understand the type of wine that complements a type of food, you’ll be ready to peruse the menu with the confidence of a sommelier.  

 

  • Cocktail Hour
    • Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful white wine that can stand on its own, making it perfect for a pre-dinner glass. If you prefer red and would like something with a bit more weight, ask for a Pinot Noir.
  • Pairing with Beef
    • Pinot Noir also works well with beef due to its versatility. It works with many different cuts of beef but pairs best with a rare steak or Beef Wellington type dish. It compliments vegetables as well so if your plate includes root plants and mushrooms, fill your glass with Pinot Noir.
    • Cabernet Sauvignon is considered the most popular blend on the market. As such it is well represented on wine menus, providing a variety of options to accompany your meal. The high alcohol and tannin count means it should also be drunk with food and pairs best with a heavier plate. The tannins also create a dryness; while this brings out the oak and dark fruit notes, it also means the meal can stand to be juicy for balance.
    • Merlot has come into its own over the years, with the soft tannins giving it a reputation as a wine which pairs well with dishes that rely on a sauce. Braised beef, beef that is included in pasta dishes, etc.
  • Pairing with Fish
    • Champagne doesn’t have to just be for the toast. A glass of the bubbly only enhances the taste in a lean and flaky fish like bass or tilapia. It also pairs quite nicely a fish that is a bit meatier like tuna or salmon. The same applies to Pinot Grigio.
    • Sauvignon Blanc is more than just a cocktail drink but also works well with food like fish. It is versatile enough to work with a variety of seafood dishes and any sauvignon blend is a safe bet for white meat.
  • Pairing with Vegetables
    • Just as Pinot Noir compliments a beef plate that is dished with vegetables, the earthy flavors of the dark wine can hold up a meal consisting solely of vegetables as well.
    • Chardonnay carries a subtle sweetness that seems destined for a vegetarian meal. While heavier meals outweigh the soft tones of a chardonnay, vegetables instead sit well with the tannin count. Pair the drink with produce such as beans and peas, corn and zucchini. During the harvest months, it also complements those fall foods such as pumpkin and squash.
    • Sparkling and Riesling carry a high acidity that couples with grilled vegetables (like a tempura style) and roots such as beets.  
  • Dessert
    • Riesling is the original sweet wine and one that has been the dessert juice of choice. The innate sweetness in a late harvest means it is beautiful with any sort of chocolate.
    • Champagne provides the cherry on top of a perfect meal…and works with one too. The airy notes of the bubbles make it an excellent choice to chase down a fruity custard or light mousse.
  • Fail Safe
    • When all else fails, ask for the house wine. There should be both a red and white and they are usually ones that contain a low tannin count making them versatile with whatever dinner you choose.

 

Dinner works best with a bottle on the table. Make sure it’s the right one though with these tips on wine pairing 101 to look like an expert to your date. We look forward to seeing and serving you the perfect combination at NOJA.

 

Noja is a Mediterranean-Asian restaurant in the heart of downtown Mobile with an ever-evolving menu. Call us at 251-433-0377 to make a reservation today then visit at 6 N. Jackson St.; Mobile.

 

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What Makes Noja Different

What makes NoJa different

At Noja, we like to do things our way. While it’s not always the easiest road to take, we much prefer quality over quantity and ease. Hard work pays off and, ultimately, that’s what makes us stand out. Here are just a few things that make Noja, Noja.

Our Ethos
We understand the importance of eating well. For more than a decade, we’ve been serving Mobile, Alabama with high-quality fine dining cuisine. Local, seasonal food is the star of our menu no matter the time of year. We love to prepare ingredients in interesting ways that still showcase the natural flavors and texture of the food, while also adding a little something more to it.

Our Food & Drinks
Good food is always a necessity for a great dining experience. We source everything we can locally and place a huge emphasis on high-quality, farm-fresh ingredients. We amplify this natural bounty by cooking with Mediterranean ingredients using Asian cooking styles and flavors- a combination we like to call “Mediterrasian”!

Our wine list is something else to behold. We serve only the best of the best at Noja. You can rely on your old favorites or you can always try something new from our plentiful selection. We often receive comments that we’re the only restaurant in town who carries specific brands of wine! Our knowledgeable staff is well-versed in wine and wine pairings, so don’t hesitate to ask for advice! Looking for something with a little twist? Our expert bartenders can whip together a cocktail just for you, using top-shelf spirits and seasonal, fresh ingredients!

Our Culinary Team
Our culinary gurus at Noja have a passion for creating exciting and dynamic cuisine. From Chakli Diggs, the owner of Noja who hails from Ethiopia, along with the chefs Mike, KP, and Preston to our salad and dessert chef, Elizabeth Son, we have a winning culinary team. Add our expert servers to that list and you can see why customers keep coming back time and time again.

Our Location
Just a few years ago, not many people were excited about the idea of fine dining in Mobile, Alabama. However, in recent years, the growth in this area has spurred somewhat of a food revolution. Noja itself is located on North Jackson Street in Downtown Mobile. The building is a renovated townhouse that has been through many lifetimes: a private home, a cab company, and the Little Turf Club, one of Mobile’s most legendary bars. Our building has history and we love it. We also boast Mobile’s most romantic courtyard.

Our Customers
Noja has seen a lot of faces over the years. For over a decade, we’ve been one of Mobile’s most beloved fine-dining establishments. We have hosted many local business owners and entertainers, including Mobile-based attorneys Dean Waite and David J. Maloney and the mayor of Mobile himself, Sandy Stimpson. However, our patrons are not just locals: we’ve also seen the likes of Secretary of the Navy Dan Marino and actor Robert DeNiro!

It’s Noja’s attention to detail and our focus on farm-fresh ingredients that has allowed us to continue to serve this area for so long. For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest-running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area, just steps from Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

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Not Just Fine Dining: The Noja Experience

The Noja experience

Forget what you think you know about fine dining. It’s no longer the stuffy, snobby ordeal of the past. For most fine dining establishments today, it’s all about the experience. From the atmosphere to the process of eating, here at Noja, we pay attention to the small details so that you are not just visiting a so-called fine-dining establishment, but instead having a real food experience.

 

Modern Society and Food

Today, many Americans are so used to fast food that for many, it is almost unusual to have a sit-down meal. Are you guilty of driving with your knees as you quickly inhale a burger that costs less than two dollars?  Time and quantity are valued over quality. Even when cooking at home, pre-packaged food tops fresh, unprepared food because of the convenience. However, fatty and greasy food isn’t the only problem. We are all aware of the obesity issues our country faces. Yet, rather than campaigning for mindful eating, diet food is marketed as free from everything that gives flavor and satisfies, leaving many hungry for more and sabotaging their eating habits.

 

All About Flavor

By now, we all know the real secret to health: everything in moderation. From fat to sugar, you can enjoy it all as long as you are mindful of how much you are consuming. Noja does not shy away from these ingredients, rather, we use them to accentuate and heighten the flavors of the food we serve.

 

Contrast is important in creating a memorable, satiating meal. We love playing with flavors. From adding spicy ginger to a sweet donut, bright and acidic citrus jam to a rich foie gras, or candied jalapenos to a classic arugula salad- we’re all about upping the ante when it comes to food taste and texture.

 

Simplicity Over Pretension

Pretentious restaurants can be intimidating. This is why we shy away from using the term “fine dining” too much at Noja. We like to keep things simple so that the food can shine and our patrons can really savor those natural flavors. Fine dining can seem too exclusive and elitist. But, at Noja, we want everyone to feel welcome to come and experience our food and cooking methods.

 

Atmosphere is Everything

Food is about more than eating, and for many people in the world, it is about more than basic sustenance. Food brings pleasure and it brings people together. Endorphins are set off as you sit at a table with friends and loved ones, enjoying high-quality wine and cocktails with unique ingredients as you can smell (and watch) your food being prepared just feet away. You can feel your senses heightening as you anticipate your main course. Finishing your meal with a sweet dessert in the warm, ambient environment of Noja, you feel satisfied and content. And really, that’s our goal.

 

For a delicious dining experience, make a reservation at Noja in Downtown Mobile. Noja is a Mediterranean-Asian fusion restaurant in the heart of downtown Mobile with an ever-evolving menu. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area just steps off Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

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Unique and Fun Holiday Traditions Our Staff and Customers Love to Observe

Noja Holiday Traditions

Here at Noja, we thrive on a fusion of cultures, pulling from across the world to create a unique culinary atmosphere. The holidays are such a wonderful time to highlight different cultures by celebrating traditions from around the world. With that in mind, here are a few unique and fun holiday traditions our staff and customers love to observe.

 

  • The Actual 12 Days of Christmas

It’s more than just a song and it doesn’t mark the days leading up to December 25. Instead the 12-day celebration begins on the 25th and lasts until January 6—or Epiphany, the day the three wise men arrived and Jesus was baptized. This is when the bulk of the holiday is celebrated and most won’t begin any sort of tradition until well after the calendar has turned to December. This model is still followed in most of Europe. Just don’t tell the American stores who like to begin in October.

  • Dancing Around the Tree

In Denmark, December 24 isn’t complete without a dance. Families will join hands and dance in a circle around their tree while singing classic carols. Once the dances are done, it’s time for presents!

  • Lighting of the Menorah

While not as observed along the Gulf Coast, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is one of the largest celebrations worldwide. One of the most recognizable ways to observe the eight-night festival of lights is by the lighting of the menorah. Each night, observers light a candle to honor oil lasting during the Jewish Maccabees rededicating their temple.

  • South African Caterpillar Platter

Looking for a new fusion dish to pair with the Christmas ham? Take a page from the South Africans and dig into your garden. In that country, locals like to deep-fry the caterpillar of the Emperor Moth for a special festive treat.

  • Finding the Pickle

This German ritual has become popular around the globe as a favorite game. Hide the pickle (find a faux toy like pickle to avoid any moldy or stinky vegetables) amongst the tree branches. On Christmas morning, the first to find the pickle gets to open the first gift.

  • A Consoda Breakfast

Portugal holds one of the more touching customs with their Christmas morning breakfast. At that special meal, there is one plate that will go unused. That setting is there to remember those in the family that have passed in the last year.

  • Matrimonial Pudding

In Sweden, rice pudding is a classic holiday dish. But they put their own Swedish twist inside with an almond…only one though. In much the same vein as Mobile’s Mardi Gras king cake or a bridal cake trinket pull, the lucky recipient of the dish with the almond is said to find himself or herself married in the next year.

  • Loska Pudding Throw

Pudding apparently plays a role in several Christmas traditions. In Slovakia, the home’s oldest male will take a spoonful of Loska and throw it up at the ceiling, because why not? The more pudding that sticks, the better the fortune of the upcoming year.

 

These are just a few of the unique and fun holiday traditions our staff and customers love to observe. The most important part about this time of year is creating the memories and traditions that will last for you and your family. Let Noja help by becoming one of your new culinary customs this holiday season.

 

Noja is a Mediterranean-Asian fusion restaurant in the heart of downtown Mobile with an ever-evolving menu. Call us at 251-433-0377 to make a reservation today then visit at 6 N. Jackson St. in Mobile, AL.

 

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5 Free November Events Happening in Mobile, AL

November events in Mobile

The calendar has turned, meaning it’s officially the Holiday (read: busy) Season. November brings with it fall festivals, Thanksgiving celebrations, and of course it ushers in Christmas and all the ensuing fanfare. It’s a time of year meant to be spent with family and friends. Since the holidays can also drain your piggy bank, it’s important to find free events to enjoy that are rich in experience and easy on the wallet. There is a little something for everyone around town. To help you decide which events you can’t miss, NoJa highlights five free November events happening in Mobile.

1. LoDa ArtWalk
November 10, beginning at 5pm.
The Battle House Hotel
Roam around lower Dauphin Street and take in local artistry at its finest. The sidewalks will be lined with artists, artisans and craftspeople who make locally sourced handmade goods. While browsing their merchandise, enjoy live music, food, and drinks. Enjoy the cool night and support local vendors at the LoDa ArtWalk, which begins at The Battle House Hotel.

2. Veteran’s Day Celebration, Parade of Flags and Symphony Concert
November 10; Symphony at 7pm
Aircraft Pavilion at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Celebrate our military veterans and country’s proud militia with local heroes. The festivities begin with a parade of flags, presented by hundreds of local 4th graders with music from Baker High School. The 2017 Veteran of the Year, Patriot of the Year and Veteran’s Day Essay winners will all be presented, and a keynote address given by the 2017 Distinguished Young Woman, Skye Bork. The grand finale features the Mobile Symphonic Pops in a rousing rendition of patriotic music in a tribute to our veterans.

3.Family Fun Fall Festival
November 11 from 3-7pm
Dayspring Baptist Church
This large fall festival brings the family together to celebrate all the excitement that comes with a nip in the air and the changing leaves. The community wide Fall Festival features inflatables, two fair rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, train rides, hay rides, rock climbing, a classic car show and a football tent to watch the games! Food is offered at a minimal price ranging from fair food to jambalaya to Chick-Fil-A. All activities are free so bring the kids out for one last fall hurrah before Christmas arrives!

4. A Night of Song
November 13 at 7pm
The Battle House Hotel
Take a step back in time and enjoy a relaxing evening at the tavern. The Royal Street Tavern invites the public to come listen to acapella music. The entertainment is free. Food and drinks will be offered as specials.

5. Lighting of the Trees
November 17 from 5-7pm
Bienville Square on Dauphin Street
Welcome in the Christmas season with the annual Lighting of the Trees! Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Santa Claus will flip the light at 6:10 pm, but the enjoyment doesn’t stop there. Browse the Merry Market, enjoy live entertainment and make sure to get your picture with Santa for a memento of the year’s festivities.

Soak up the celebrations and entertainment that only November can offer. There are events for everyone across the city to enjoy. Keep in mind these five free November events happening in Mobile from NOJA as you plan out your holiday season.

For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest-running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area, just steps from Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

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NoJa: Our Humble Beginnings

Our Humble Beginnings

The great things in life worth having come from perseverance and a dedication to excellence. That is exactly the idea behind the birth of NoJa. The longest running restaurant in the heart of Mobile is a success in part to the trials chef and owner, Chakli Diggs, put into it.
Master Chef Diggs’ humble beginning started in Ethiopia where, believe it or not, he first trained to be a fighter pilot. Through many different experiences in his life, he decided that the culture of Ethiopia and its love of food was his love as well. Chakli has traveled all over the world to experience many types of cuisine and is fluent in several languages. This experience has brought to Mobilians the unique taste of the “MediterrAsian” food we love so much from NoJa.
It may seem peculiar the way an Ethiopian fighter pilot wandered into Mobile, Alabama, but his sister was actually the first to settle here. When Diggs attended college at Michigan State University, he would come visit his sister in Mobile during his breaks. At first, Mobile seemed a bit too quiet and small. When his mother had become ill, Chakli knew he needed to move here to be with her. He has made Mobile his home since 1991.
NoJa is not the first restaurant Chef Diggs has ever opened. Although, to Mobilians, it may be the most desired on their list. Regarding the opening of this restaurant, his business vision was to mentor other people in his place that can step in and conduct business as usual. This, as many can attest to, has made his business flourish.
With NoJa’s rising success in the past years, it has seen patrons like Dan Marino, Secretary of the Navy; Oscar-winning actor Robert DeNiro; local attorneys Dean Waite and David J. Maloney; and our very own mayor of Mobile, AL, Sandy Stimpson, as well as hundreds of other prominent entertainers and local business owners in Alabama.
Chakli Diggs brought a new cultural cuisine to the City of Mobile that many had never eaten before. His attention to detail and unique flavor combinations makes his career in the food industry one Mobilians will not soon forget.
For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest-running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area, just steps from Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table now, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.
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5 October Events Happening in Downtown Mobile You Don’t Want to Miss

October events in downtown Mobile

There are always fun things to do in Mobile. It’s this time of year when the sun goes down and nights get cooler that Downtown Mobile comes alive! Family friendly, safe and exciting is what you can expect from these five events that are happening this October!

Haunted Ducks

The Duck Boat has been a staple in Mobile for years and this October they are putting a twist on their favorite ride. Haunted Ducks tour ride around The Fort of Colonial Mobile will take you back in time and tell the tales of pirates, vagabonds, miscreants, and soldiers. You could connect with those departed while they tell you their stories in the night. Even with this creepily attractive ride, it’s still fun and safe for families and children! Visit gulfcoastducks.com to get your tickets.

Spooky Walk

It’s during this season that everyone knows to watch out for Friday the 13th. This year the traditional LODA Art Walk falls on such a day. Downtown Mobile will be transformed into a Spooky Walk where costumes, food, arts, and craft will be in abundance!

Haunted Arena

Lazer Zone is presenting its 3rd Annual Haunted Laser Tag event at Lazer Zone Mobile. Getting your scare on is easy with live actors, spooky decorations, and eerie lighting. All laser tag games will be held in the Haunted Arena. They have two nights of creepy fun on October 12th and 13th. Pizza, bumper cars, and loads of fun await you!

Woofstock

Everyone gets to dress up for Halloween in October, even man’s best friend! Woofstock is celebrating its 13th year in Bienville Square on October 22nd. Dress up your pup in the best outfit for a canine costume contest. If you have a wiener dog you could sign up for the annual wiener dog race! There will also be a kid’s zone, food, and music. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids. This fun event benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).

Boo! At Bellingrath

The enchanting gardens at Bellingrath will be decked out in Halloween decor.  Bring your dressed up goblins and family to the gardens to enjoy a magic show, inflatables, and treats! Kids will be able to trick or treat across different vendor tents while the adults can enjoy the food trucks and live music. The views will be spooktacular, so get your tickets at Bellingrath.org before October 27th!

For an intimate meal in one of the Port City’s longest-running restaurants in Downtown Mobile, make a reservation to Noja. We have both indoor and outdoor seating in a secluded area just steps off Dauphin Street in LODA at 6 N. Jackson Street. To reserve a table, call 251-433-0377. Learn more about our cuisine and offerings at www.nojamobile.com or on our Facebook page.

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Meet The People Behind Our Food – Noja’s Culinary Team

Noja Culinary Team

 

Our dynamic, seasonal menu featuring Asian and Mediterranean flavors is brought to you by our culinary dream team. These three individuals have a passion for creating exciting fine dining cuisine for our guests every evening. Get to know the chefs behind their coats with this introduction to the fire that burns within our open-air kitchen:

Kevin “KP” Powell

This Mobile native has been preparing first-rate fare at Noja for eight years. He considers Chef Alex Perry of sister restaurant Saisho his mentor and has honed his cooking skills from his extensive experience working alongside him. Perry’s positive attitude and striking smile are always apparent and he attributes his happiness at work to the wonderful interactions with regular patrons to the restaurant.

His prized creation is the Noja mash available each day. He carefully perfects this recipe daily to ensure you can savor every delicious bite of this popular side dish. His beloved medallioned pork loin with basmati rice and sriracha sauce is one of his cherished meals to make for guests. He recommends trying the Cajun Marsala and anything that comes out of the kitchen with the top-quality scallops he serves.

When he’s not cooking, Perry enjoys time with his family on outings in his hometown. When asked what’s exciting about working at Noja, he mentioned meeting distinguished guests such as Dan Marino, Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, local attorneys Dean Waite and David J. Maloney, and hundreds of other prominent local business owners in Alabama.

Perry treasures his relationship with restaurant owner, Chakli Diggs. “I consider him family. He is a really good guy and is willing to help you out whenever you need it. I appreciate his hard work and everything he has taught me.”

Preston Tortorich

It may only have been a year, but Tortorich has flourished in the kitchen at Noja. His family owns a New Orleans restaurant and they were surprised that his passion and flare for cooking ignited only when he moved to Alabama. “I was stubborn and resisted at first, but my passion grew and I fell in love with cooking. I don’t meet many people my age (21) who feel the way I do about it,” he said.

Tortorich started out at Saisho and moved up the street to immerse himself in the world of fine dining. He enjoys working with the small crew and the customers daily with the open-kitchen concept. “I remember when Dan Marino was here for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He wanted to personally shake my hand because he enjoyed the Hanger Steak with Scalloped Shrimp so much. We were all thrilled he had a great time.”

His most enjoyable part about working at Noja is the free range he gets with creating unique sauces that pair well with the flavor profile of the establishment. He loves to make pork cheek with sautéed soy-caramel sauce paired with butternut squash and brussels sprouts. “Many people have never tried pork cheek and it is very tender. Pairing it with a sweet sauce really sets this dish apart from the rest,” said Tortorich.

In his free time, he likes to grill with his family, submerse himself in the world of import vehicles, and he is an avid drummer and DJ.

Elizabeth Son

As a woman of very few words, Son is humble about her time at Noja. As the lead salad and dessert chef, she has been whipping up sweet and savory treats for seven years. Son never rushes a creation and her precision and patience shows on every plated dish she sends out. She meticulously plates every order she receives with care resulting in an exquisitely designed presentation, similar to an artist with a canvas.

“Everyone loves the ginger donut, but we also have a chocolate one,” Son says. “I like to make it beautiful so when someone gets their order, it makes them smile.”

Son spends hours each day preparing the homemade dressings, sauces, and garnishes she needs for an exciting palette of flavors listed on the menu. The attention to detail is apparent as she assembles everything from scratch and memory.

“The bacon vinaigrette dressing is something everyone needs to try!” Son exclaims.

When she’s not making whimsical cuisine, Son spends time with her husband Santos (married 10 years), and he nine-year-old son, Bryan Antonio.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know our three main chefs. Experience their hard work and dedication to satisfying your craving for fine dining by visiting Noja Restaurant in Downtown Mobile tonight. Make a reservation now by calling 251-433-0377 or visiting www.nojamobile.com.