Our favorite hot sauce from Avery Island has finally caught up to the national obsession with chicken wings. The family-owned Tabasco company’s new Buffalo Style Hot Sauce, thicker than the original pepper sauce — akin in viscosity to A1 — aims for wings, but it’s also a willing accouterment to burgers, barbecue and sandwiches, as well as dipping sauce for fries. Or, dress up the ketchup and K.O. the mayo by adding it to condiments. The blend of spices in Buffalo Style Sauce is subtle and nuanced, and it’s just spicy enough to add some zing — it rates 300 to 900 on the Scoville scale; original Tabasco Pepper Sauce has a Scoville rating of 2,500-5,000 while your standard habañero chili pepper runs about 2 million — without overpowering those mucous membranes. It isn’t widely available right now, but you can order directly from Tabasco — $3.99 for a 5-ounce bottle — at tabasco.com. — Walter Pierce
Cheré Dastugue Coen is nothing if not versatile. An award-winning journalist, writing instructor and author of historical romances, cookbooks and even a guide to making one’s own gris-gris bags, the New Orleans-born Lafayette writer wears many literary hats. Her latest effort, Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana, offers an insightful sally along the bayous, byways and back roads of a region that has more culture and tradition in its pinky than most parts of the country can manage head-to-toe. While Coen’s tome may serve as a tour guide for outsiders, offering a trove of information on everything from foodways to folk tales, it’s also a great resource for natives looking to expand their personal catalogue of sights to see in their own backyard. Exploring Cajun Country: A Tour of Historic Acadiana is available at local bookstores and through The History Press, www.HistoryPress.net, for $19.99. Coen will be at Barnes & Noble at 2 p.m. June 11 for a book signing. — WP
An original frere in Les Freres Michot and acolyte at the altar of bare, obscure, acoustic Cajun music, Bobby Michot is back from the blue with a brand new record, Gone Back, that celebrates the austere waltzes and two steps of his cultural roots. Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Lafayette guitarist Shelton Skerrett, with additional mixing/engineering by Al Berard, Michot’s 12-song effort mines the droning, whining fiddles and accordions of Cajun music’s most distant past. Most of these songs are identified in the liner notes as “trad,” or traditional, meaning they go so far back the composer is unknown and they belong to a public domain deep within the bosom of Cajun music. Anyone can perform and record them, and Michot does so with an obvious and tender devotion. Gone Back is available for $15 at Johnson’s Boucanniere, Barnes & Noble, McGee’s Landing and other local merchants. — WP
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.