BIG ORANGE BASKET
If you’re a committed bag lady, the kind who insists on grocery shopping with a motley collection of canvas and string bags that invariably get left behind on the kitchen doorknob, this big basket may be a game changer. Tomatoes, cukes, a head of Boston lettuce, a cluster of grapes, slices of prosciutto, a wedge of manchego, a bottle of Tavel, a baguette and thou — everything fits, nothing gets crushed, whether it’s a run to the store, a picnic in the backseat or a trip to the beach. In blueberry, raspberry and orange, $12.99 at Fresh Market. Call 216-4503 for more info. — Mary Tutwiler
Happy birthday, D.L. Menard! Today, April 14, is the legendary singer-songwriter’s 82nd, and what better way to mark the occasion than to get your hands on his latest CD, Happy Go Lucky. It’s a dozen songs, all handcrafted by D.L. with the same tender loving care he puts into the ash-wood chairs he produces at his shop in Erath. Often called the “Cajun Hank Williams” for the country-influences in his songs, D.L. doesn’t disappoint on Happy Go Lucky. As longtime musical collaborator (and LUS Director) Terry Huval puts it: “D.L. Menard is a songwriter’s songwriter. He has that distinctive gift of painting a picture using the lyrics of his songs. His legendary 15-minute encounter with Hank Williams in 1951 was all the inspiration he needed to guide his craft.” On his latest record, D.L. proves why he is one of only a few performing artists to have received the National Heritage Fellowship Award. Happy Go Lucky is available for $14.98 at FloydsRecordShop.com. — Walter Pierce
GETTING YOUR GOAT
Dene Blanchard, a clerk at Sandra’s Café and Health Food on Rena Drive, admits to being more than hesitant when the first shipment of Whole Goat Milk arrived about a month ago. “I was skeptical,” she says. “I said, ‘That’s not going to sell.’” Today, Blanchard willingly admits just how wrong she was. “We can’t keep it in stock.” While many people in the U.S. are accustomed to cow’s milk, goat’s milk is much more common in most other parts of the world, in part because goats are less expensive to raise and take up less space. But the primary reason the new milk is catching on here is because it’s so easily digestible, Blanchard says, which means lactose intolerant people are usually able to drink it. A complete protein that also contains every essential amino acid, goat’s milk is closer to mother’s milk than any other food. And, it’s great tasting with significantly less fat than cow’s milk. Pasteurized but not homogenized, the milk is shipped fresh from WesMar Farms, a goat farm in Moreauville, and retails for $4.95 a quart. Sandra’s also stocks WesMar’s crumbled goat cheese with garlic and herbs. Call 988-0108 for more info. — Leslie Turk
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
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
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
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 vibe of the tribe done modern
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.