You, Gentle Reader, probably need no more pushing and prodding to go to southernliving.com/tasty and vote. Yes, you must fill out your name, email address and inane captcha that aims to eliminate "robovoting." Yes, being asked repeatedly on your social media feeds is probably a pain, but c'mon. It takes less than 30 seconds.
For the past several days Southern Living has been keeping who is ahead a secret. If you've been paying attention you must know that Louisville, Ky., has been our main contender, our two cities going neck-and-neck to a photo finish. When last we saw the numbers, Lafayette was ahead. But it isn't enough to win by a small margin — we need to win by an embarrassingly huge margin. The kind that leaves no doubt that our culture's food, created over years by mixing cultures and spices into pots and pans, is the best food there is in this competition. If we can be so passionate about football surely we can spare a few beatings of our hearts to be passionate about winning this.
New Orleans is up against us. And we love you, New Orleans! We do. But you've had years of glory and if you could share a tiny slice with us, we'd appreciate it. So we beseech you even if you are from New Orleans to vote Lafayette.
And today is this contest's final day.
The exposure is much more than food. The winning city is profiled in April's Southern Living magazine and the tourism boost alone is public relations no one can buy. The more tourism expands the better it is for all of Acadiana's businesses. As mentioned by the Houston Press recently, our area is more vehement about supporting local businesses than most anyone.
Surely that sentiment is worth 30 seconds? Vote here.
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DEC 4 This post on Philebrity, an arty Philadelphia blog, previews the lecture Bobby Jindal gave last night in the City of Brotherly Love. Sadly, not a lot of love headed Bobby's way in this post, which indicates a level of disdain for our Guv generally limited to residents of our lovely state.
DEC 4 The NOLA Defender blog goes old-school next year, this post tells us. The blog, which features news and extensive arts coverage, will publish free print versions quarterly, the story says. In a business that seems to be heading away from the printed version, it is nice to see that going the other way for a change.
DEC 4 There's another story on state employee abuse of public credit cards in the news, and blogger CB Forgotston has the solution: get rid of them. We don't need them; it's more work without them to accomplish what you need to accomplish, but what's wrong with that, CB wants to know. The legislature needs to pass a law forbidding the things, he says.
DEC 4 In the "another pointless list" category, here's a story on Marchex about the states where people are most and least likely to cuss, and the states where people are most and least courteous. Louisiana made the top five cussing list, but also was in the top five courteous list, the story tells us. Interestingly, Texas made the top five list of states where people are least likely to cuss. Really? Have these Marchex people been there?
DEC 4 Here's one of two recent posts on the Lens about spending at two charter school operations in New Orleans. This one is about training for less than 200 KIPP employees in Vegas -- which cost nearly $120,000. That's $120,000, with six figures. The other operation was the Friends of King schools, which sent the staff, including eight of nine board members, to a retreat at the beach. That cost $70,000. So far, the Lens is the only media covering this. One wonders if that would be the case if this level of spending had happened in a public school operation.
DEC 4 In the effort to lay blame for our disappearing coast, a board charged with protecting our coast voted to sue the US Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, this story on NOLA.com says. One suit will seek to force the corps to pay for damage caused by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet project, and the other will seek to force the corps to pay for a levee system in Algiers on the West Bank. Interesting.
DEC 4 Thanks to blogger Robert Mann's Facebook page, we know about this story in the Washington Blade, which says that the Louisiana National Guard has decided to process same-sex partner benefits. The story was posted Tuesday, following an interview with a guard chief by the Blade. That same day, the Advertiser ran this story, which said Louisiana is still a hold-out on same sex benefits. So which story is correct?
DEC 4 One Alabama fan shot another dead, this WWL story tells us, because she didn't feel the other fan was upset enough about Alabama's loss to Auburn. The women were at a party, and the dead lady, mom to three children, was joking with other party-goers about the loss, which didn't sit well with the shooter, the story says. Police think alcohol might have been a factor. Ya think?
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