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
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.