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
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, Jodie Foster gets married, Vermont to require labels on genetically-modified food, and more news for today, April 24, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”