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
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
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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.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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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.
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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.”