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 Louisiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity sent the pledge request to all 144 lawmakers in February.
The 5-foot-10, 203-pound former second-round pick has gone to three Pro Bowls in his five seasons.
U.S. District Judge James Brady had ruled that the corrections department must reveal by this week the information about where it obtained its two lethal injection drugs.
The enrollment period ends this month.
Newsy tidbits for the fam
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts