There’s a lot of crazy Saints stuff out there, but here’s one welcome newbie to the Who Dat Nation: Pamplona Tapas Bar bartender Luke Tullos mixed up an homage to the Super Bowl-bound Saints this week that is a sure shot — the Who Dat cocktail tastes as good as it looks. Tullos starts with a shot of chilled espresso, Kahlua and Old New Orleans Spiced Rum, shaken, not stirred, and strained into a chilled martini glass. A brilliant touch is the gold head, created by whipping heavy cream and Galliano into a new wave foam. Then comes the chocolate ribbon and a cocoa powder fleur-de-lis. Sweet but not heavy, and it packs a kick. Raise your glasses to the drink of the week, $8. Call Pamplona at 232-0070 for more info. — Mary Tutwiler
Louisiana Hot Stuff, located in the Target Center on Ambassador Caffery Parkway, has been transformed into Saints Central. The gift store, which specializes in LSU, Ragin’ Cajun, and Louisiana products, now has everything — and I mean everything — any Saints fan of any age could possibly want. There are Super Bowl pool posters, men’s ties, aprons, non-permanent tattoos, barbecue sets, autographed Drew Brees prints, yard signs, second line umbrellas, authentic jerseys (the ones our boys wear on the field!) and Mardi Gras beads galore. More merchandise, much of which will have the official Super Bowl logo, is arriving daily: “Super Bowl Bound,” “Believe Dat,” and “We are Louisiana” T-shirts, along with NFC Champion mugs and hand-painted wine glasses. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, till 6 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Locally owned by Linda and David Faulk, Louisiana Hot Stuff’s address is 4409 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, though it actually fronts Kaliste Saloom Road. Call 981-3132 for more info. — Leslie Turk
The marvelous convergence of the season that knights the Super Bowl-bound Saints as Mardi Gras royalty also spins off into Saints-themed carnival wear. Who would not want to be seen at a masked ball sporting this disguise? The black and gold fleur-de-lis mask is handmade of Louisiana alligator, topped with a non-endangered species plume of golden poulet. This one-of-a-kind demi-masque can be found at Mark Staton Co., $49; call 988-9964 for more info, or go to the Web site, www.markstatonco.net. — MT
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
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Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.