Lent may be a time of penance, but there’s no suffering in south Louisiana when it comes to eating boudin. Joey’s Specialty Foods & Catering on Bertrand Drive makes seafood boudin links so tasty you might just convert from the meaty version altogether. You can still indulge your sit-on-the-tailgate habits because Joey’s will heat up the boudin on the spot. (Unlike pork boudin, the seafood version can’t sit in a rice cooker waiting for customers as the seafood is too delicate and will disintegrate.) Better yet, take it home and run it under the broiler till the casing browns and crackles and you can slice it onto crackers, or squeeze the spicy filling out and use it to stuff anything from sea bass to bell peppers. Pre-packaged as a trio of links for $3.98 a pound, this boudin has shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish, seasoned and spiced to perfection with fresh ingredients like bell pepper, onions, celery, green onion, parsley and garlic. For more information call Joey’s at 237-3661. — Leslie Turk
Who let the dog in? The marble halls of the New Orleans Museum of Art have been turned into a kennel for the most famous dog in America. George Rodrigue’s iconic Blue Dog is on display in all his many transformations, from loup garou to anti-David Duke political statement. Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Forty Years of Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina, opened March 1 at NOMA to rave reviews from art critics like The Times-Picayune’s Doug McCash, who came out of the closet as a Rodrigue fan. There are scoffers who denounce the Blue Dog’s popularity as kitsch, but many feel a soul connection to the penetrating stare of the pup and others cheer on the artist for his success in a society that doesn’t ordinarily value art. Whatever your stance, this is a blockbuster show for the New Iberia native and a great opportunity to see some of his early, haunting, pre-Blue Dog work. Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Forty Years Of Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina, a 40-year retrospective, is on exhibit Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 8. For more info, call NOMA at (504) 658-4100 or visit www.georgerodrigue.com. — Mary Tutwiler
A TASTE OF ORANGE
The latest and sixth installment in Swallow Records’ Cajun Pioneer Series shines the spotlight on Joe Bonsall and the Orange Playboys (not the Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys fame). Born in Lake Arthur in 1921, south Louisiana’s Bonsall begin playing the accordion professionally in 1951 as the leader of the Orange Playboys, gigging regular at nightspots in east Texas and southwest Louisiana. The Essential Collection of Joe Bonsall & The Orange Playboys spans the band’s career with 27 tracks from the ’60s through the ’80s, and while the quality of the recordings are at times rough, the liner notes explain, “On all of the recordings, the original sound of the time was preserved.” Cajun standards abound, with one particularly unusual rendition of Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” sung in French by Ivy Dugas. The Essential Collection of Joe Bonsall & The Orange Playboys retails for $14.98 and can be ordered online at www.floydsrecordshop.com. — R. Reese Fuller
Meat, cheese and veggies piled high on Texas toast
American companies export smog; UN calls for cease-fire in Gaza; fist bump keeps germ transfer down and more national and international news for Monday, July 28, 2014.
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Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
Three bedroom River Ranch cottage or four bedroom Youngsville traditional home
The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
INDEats and EatLafayette want to give one lucky foodie and friends the most memorable meal — here’s how you can win
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia