Ever since Johnson’s Boucaniere opened on St. John Street, I’ve been walking (got to get some exercise somehow) over to chow down on boudin and smoked sausage, family cooking traditions Wallace Johnson taught his daughter, Boucaniere owner Lori Walls — traditions revived from the family’s famous Eunice store. The family focus has grown to incorporate Lori’s husband, Greg Walls, who designed both the shop and the smokers, and who is now getting up at 3 in the morning to slow smoke country style ribs. What I’m talking about is barbecue of the first order. What you need to know first, for all you bone-phobic folks, is these aren’t really ribs; they are what’s called a finger cut from a pork shoulder roast. They’re coated with a spicy dry rub, smoked for four hours, finished for another two hours until they are falling off the bone (ha!) tender, then basted with the Walls’ house-made barbecue sauce. The sauce itself is great; it’s got a really fine vinegar note to balance the sweetness. On the lunch menu Saturdays, a $7.55 plate includes a link of boudin or a scoop of jambalaya, and two sides, be sure to get the cornbread dressing. Check www.myspace.com/johnsonsboucaniere, or call 269-8878 for more info. — Mary Tutwiler
Lafayette’s Bernadette “Ms. Deannie” Steven has a lot of stuff in her musical grab bag: slinky rhythm and blues, proselytizing pop, salvation gospel, Chicago blues, piano balladry, and a bunch of other stuff. In her CD, Simply Deannie, clean and crisp production serves as a platform for genuine songs of faith, devotion, and a whole lot of good old Jesus jams. The message in the songs is the same as the message on her MySpace bio (www.myspace.com/msdeannie): “I’m a servant for our Lord Jesus letting you know that he loves you. You see we are all vital to the Kingdom of God.” Amen. You can find Simply Deannie in the music section at Barnes & Noble. Go over there and get right with the Lord. — Dege Legg
’SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THIS PIE
Two days from now is Good Friday. But for a few pockets of quirky Cajun tradition in Acadiana, it’s also Pie Day. The origins of Pie Day might go back to the Middle Ages in France, or they might not. It depends on who you ask. But the tradition is deep within the bosom of the Roman Catholic tradition of fasting on Good Friday morning. Waiting on the other side of the fast are the pies — custard, chocolate, blueberry, crawfish, blackberry, you name it — baked on Holy Thursday. Musician and roots music impresario Drew Landry is finally releasing a short film he produced on the Pie Day tradition shared among friends and family in Scott, St. Martinville and Catahoula. The charming, 18-minute film follows the preparation and baking of the pies at Paul Begnaud’s house in Scott through the miles-long walking of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday morning along La. 96 between St. Martinville and Catahoula to the final destination, Greg Giurard’s home in the Atchafalaya Basin where the pies and the people rendezvous for fellowship and gastronomy. Pie Day is $15. Log on to www.bourques.org to get your copy. — Walter Pierce
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Pop-up dinner of chef Justin Girouard’s creations reflect farming traditions
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
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15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.