THE RIGHT TOUCH OF SWEETNESS
For 100 years, “Steen’s 100 Percent Pure Cane Syrup” has been a Louisiana staple. The company’s sugar cane is grown in South Louisiana where it is field ripened before being crushed and cooked in open kettles into a dark, thick syrup that is not only poured over biscuits, waffles and pancakes but is also the secret ingredient in many delicious recipes. That same syrup is also converted into Steen’s Louisiana Cane Vinegar, which has a light, sweet aftertaste. It’s perfect for marinades and salad dressings. Whisk it with a little olive oil or create your own vinaigrette. I found this vinaigrette recipe at the New Orleans-based Hollygrove Market and Farm’s website: pecan oil, Steen’s cane vinegar, a large spoonful of peach or pineapple pepper jelly, a dab of local honey and a few thinly sliced spearmint leaves. Steen’s Louisiana Cane Vinegar is available at Janise’s Supermarket in Sunset. Call 662-5512 for more info. — Leslie Turk
FRESH FOOD COOKED OLD WORLD
Open for several years, Euro Breads and Pastries is tucked into a tiny side street on Republic Avenue off Kaliste Saloom Road, in the same strip at Bob’s Pub. Owners Peter and Ingrid Czichomski make everything themselves. Baking begins at 3 a.m. From muffins to tea to gorgeous soups like a corn and crab bisque and the roasted pepper and gouda, Euro Breads and Pastries has everything from noshes to full meals, and full is the operative word. Its offerings are international, from authentic German bratwurst on broetchen to French pastries and Italian cannolis. Try the “The Works,” which is a panini with several ingredients. This one had eggplant, tomato, artichokes and chicken blanketed by two crusty, homemade pieces of bread and seared in the panini press. Half the sandwich is more than enough although you’ll want the other half later. Call them at 456-8338 to place an order to go or go sit down and enjoy an iced coffee — you get one free for spending at least $10 as part of Euro Breads EatLafayette special. $9.99 — Anna Purdy
KING CHARLES REBORN
When Bobby Charles died in January 2010, American pop/rock music lost one of its most gifted songwriters. Best known for hits like “See You Later Alligator” (Bill Haley) and “Walking to New Orleans” (Fats Domino), the reclusive Vermilion Parish native penned dozens of songs for other artists throughout his career, helping invent the genre we now call Swamp Pop. But in the early 1970s Charles also went into a studio in Woodstock, NY, and recorded what is now considered in songwriting circles to be a masterpiece, and Rhino Records has released it as a deluxe, three-disc collection that includes outtakes, alternate versions and an obscure radio interview Charles did with the disc jockey known as Dr. Demento. Charles was joined in the Bearsville Records sessions by longtime friend Dr. John, along with guitarist Amos Garrett, saxophonist David Sanborn and most of the members of The Band — quality musicians and a testament to the level of respect Charles enjoyed in music circles. The package — dubbed Bobby Charles (Handmade) — also includes extensive liner notes and vintage photos of Charles, including one snapped by The Ind’s own Robin May. $49.98 at rhino.com. — Walter Pierce
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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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.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Prepare yourselves for sun
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.