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
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.