Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
|Apron photo by Denny Culbert|
THE SKINNY ON ’RITAS
If you haven’t heard of Bethenny Frankel’s book, Naturally Thin, or if you haven’t seen her as the star of The Real Housewives of New York, then perhaps you’ve heard of Skinnygirl Margarita and just didn’t know it was Frankel’s own concoction. This 100-calorie per 4-ounce serving of goodness has become a hot fad for dieters nationwide, but also serves the au naturel types who don’t go for high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring or preservatives. Dubbed “the margarita you can trust” by the mixologist and chef, the Skinnygirl Margarita uses agave nectar for sweetness, and it’s made with Blue Agave clear tequila. Topped off with only natural flavors, it offers a tasty alternative to the 500 calories that come from 4 ounces of an everyday margarita. You can buy it at Champagne’s Market in the Oil Center or at Marcello’s on Johnston for about $12-$14. — Heather Miller
GIVERS HAVE DONE JUST THAT
June marked the debut studio album, In Light, by this homegrown band. Currently touring nationally and stopping in New York last week for a rousing appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show and a gig at NYC’s legendary The Bowery, the kids are all right. In Light has a sumptuous thumping rhythm with a strong dash of Afro-Caribbean beats as Paul Simon favored in the early ’80s through today. These modern hippie kids seem to be saying “give peaceful drums a chance” with their happy, jingly, nearly symphonic sound, layered and big. You can find their album online and at upcoming shows. Expect a triumphant return home this fall. The album runs around $10. — Anna Purdy
The table is beautifully appointed, the wine’s fine, and — hopefully — the meal divine. The cook looks smashing in the kitchen, having just joined the ranks of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Kate Middleton by donning a glamorous Haute Hostess Apron from designer Elizabeth Scokin. Being in the kitchen doesn’t have to cramp your style anymore, ladies. You can glam it up while stirring the pot in these high-fashion aprons, available from kiki in River Ranch. The aprons are one-size-fits-most and come in a wide range of colors featuring jeweled designs, applique ribbons or sparkling sequins. They’re priced at $200 to $350 and are so a la mode you might just decide it’s one accessory you’re not taking off when dinner is served. — Leslie Turk
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.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Odell Beckham on the catch; chaos in Ferguson; snowstorm set to snarl travel and more national and international news for Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
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.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
Bar Code is not a gay bar.
After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Saints Street cottage or River Ranch condo
By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board's lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."
After Thanksgiving, the small town of Moreauville plans to confiscate and kill all rottweilers and pitbulls, including a service dog.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.