Take America’s ballpark dog. Drop it in the deep fryer. What do you get? Astonishingly, a great wiener, with a crisp skin that rips, the way the best boudin casing does, when you bite in — hence the New Jersey nomenclature, “ripper.” Deep frying dogs is what’s happening at the newly opened Jersey’s Burgers & Dogs, on Brook Street in the former Peppa Mello née Bonnie Bell’s. Owner Salah “Joe” Yousef is also the baba ghanoush behind the highly successful gas station cum Athena Greek and Lebanese Express on Kaliste Saloom, and the more orthodox Athena at Ambassador Row. Go for a classic mustard, ketchup, relish combo, or try the chili dog; both are served on crisp and chewy Langlinais Bakery buns. Big dogs will set you back $3.89; the baby dog’s a steal at $1.25. Call 504-5961 for more info. — Mary Tutwiler
Deciding to build a house is the easy part. Choosing an architectural design that fits seamlessly into your 21st century life and your 1960s neighborhood is another story. Fortunately, New Orleans architect George Hopkins has created a picture book, Creating Your Architectural Style, to help hapless home builders out. He begins by breaking down historic American architecture into 25 categories, detailing the differences between Italian Renaissance Revival and Italian Villa or French Normandy and French Provincial. For students of architecture, these detailed pictorial differentiations are reason enough to buy the book. Hopkins, who has designed a multitude of houses based on the plethora of architectural styles in New Orleans, goes on to show, room by room, how to use historical design elements in a way that complements contemporary life. As a last touch, leave the big book on your coffee table in your new living room, $32.97, from virtual and real bookstores everywhere. — MT
THE DIGITAL DOMAIN
You like Finds? How about a FREE find? Yes! Free rocks, so does the new What to Do with the Boss demo by Lafayette’s electro-pop, boogaloo partyboy Kid Midi. He’s the Casio Casanova. He’s the digital Don Juan. And he’s busting kaleidoscope runs into the digital Thunderdome of the Mind. These songs explore the polyphonic trip-cycle of romance, adventure, and cardiopulmonary aerobics to the fullest extent of algorithmic, logarithmic, and digi-rhythmic law. It’s rad, and like I said, it’s free. Download Kidi Midi’s demo here: kidmidimusic.com. — Dege Legg
The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
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Odell Beckham on the catch; chaos in Ferguson; snowstorm set to snarl travel and more national and international news for Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.