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


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

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