Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
Red beans and rice looks scrumptious on a plate but appears even more delicious wrapped around your wrist. This handmade Louisiana bracelet fuses Creole flavor and culture with style and simplicity. White and black-cherry colored freshwater pearls are strung together for a circular taste of the spicy Louisiana favorite. The bracelet is patterned so the rice is more plentiful than the red beans, just like you cook it. A spring clasp unites the two ends of the circle as the pearls are dotted into a coil of 7.25 inches. The bracelet is $20 on etsy.com and sold by AoDesigns. Search for “pearl red beans and rice bracelet.” — Andrea Gallo
Charm furniture store is featuring an innovative way to defeat that unrelenting heat with its new cooler radios, or cooladios, available in backpack and rolling cooler styles. The insulated backpack style has two side speakers that connect to your trusty iPod/iPhone or whichever MP3 device your ears prefer. It is available in red, blue or yellow and runs on four AA batteries and has a 10-can capacity. Those looking for something more out of their noisemaking coolers can get the collapsible rolling cooler with a detachable AM/FM radio that also has the iPod/MP3 connection. It sports a 60-can capacity and uses a single 9-volt battery, but only comes in navy. The backpack style comes in at $46, while the hefty rolling cooler will set you back $79. You can also have them monogrammed for an extra $10 at Charm on Johnston Street. — Wynce Nolley
CALL OF THE WILD
South Louisiana gets its due in Wild Abundance: Ritual, Revelry & Recipes of the South’s Finest Hunting Clubs, a collaboration between Memphis-area nonprofits Conservation Through Art and ArtsMemphis first published in October 2010 and now in its second printing (just in time for Father’s Day). The cookbook anthology pairs nine hunting camp cooks with nine celebrity chefs, featuring the Bayou Club in Intracoastal City and Grande View Lodge in Cameron Parish. The celebrity chefs who serve as the book’s authors seem to thrive in the close-knit hunting camp setting. James Beard Award-winning chef John Besh picks up some teal hunting tips from Paul McIlhenny during his stay at the Bayou Club. Donald Link, also a James Beard winner and Louisiana native who is opening a second location of his successful New Orleans eatery Cochon in River Ranch, plays bourré with the Zuschlags of Lafayette and writes that at Grande View it’s “as if he were in a room of [his] uncles.” Available at Barnes and Noble, Books Along the Teche and the Tabasco Country Store, Wild Abundance is $45. Visit www.wildabundancepublishing.com for more info. — Annie Bares
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A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
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Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
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Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.