BEING FLAKY CAN BE POSITIVE
Phyllo dough is the whisper-thin, flaky pastry popular mainly in Mediterranean cuisine, although it makes forays out of its native land. Working with phyllo is like working with an edible cellophane, and it is notoriously difficult to the unseasoned pastry chef. Not so for Petticoat Pastries. PP and its mastermind, Amanda Malone, were written up here a few weeks ago for the Pink Lemonade Cake at Carpe Diem downtown. Well, we’re back at it again after so many reports of this new creation. Now this goat cheese turnover with a honey almond glaze is fast becoming the de rigueur staple for the coffee fiends at Carpe. Light and tangy with the barest glimpse of sweet, it’s filling enough to start your day and delicious enough to get you out of bed. $2.29 — Anna Purdy
BOOK OF BROTHELS
Early French Colony New Orleans wasn’t exactly known for its ability to attract a great number of fair ladies, especially not after King Louis XIV released all those pretty women and other convicts from Paris’s La Salpêtrière prison in 1721 and shipped them over to the blooming Crescent City, where they relied on the only practice they knew: selling themselves. In Brothels, Depravity, and Abandoned Women: Illegal Sex in Antebellum New Orleans, author Judith Kelleher Schafer recounts the veiled history of prostitution in New Orleans until the Civil War by frisking through case studies from the annals of the First District Court of New Orleans. The book also profiles several of New Orleans’ most notorious courtesans and covers subjects like the amount of violence against and among concubines, sex across the color lines and the city’s impotent attempt to suppress the “oldest profession.” Find it at lsupress.org for $32.50 or keep an eye out for the paperback edition due out in November for $19.95. — Wynce Nolley
HELLO, HIP ROCK
You’re swinging some serious jewels when you use your telephone number as the title of your album, but that’s apparently what New Orleans trumpet player and band leader Shamarr Allen did on his most recent record, although dialing the number brings one to a generic voicemail. Emerging from the New Orleans jazz scene but attuned to many genres — Allen has toured with Willie Nelson, recorded with R.E.M. and performed with Lenny Kravitz — the trumpeter and his band, the Underdawgs, blaze new trails on 504.799.8147 (P.O.M.E. Music Group), incorporating hip-hop, funk, rock and jazz into a genre Allen calls “hip rock.” The melodies are clever, the hooks are infectious and Allen’s trumpet burns a hole in our expectations about how New Orleans trumpet playing should sound, blowing brass through effects and using a guitar amp to give the instrument a blazing, electric-guitar quality. And in a nod to radio pop, there’s even some Auto-Tune on the vocals. With unexpected surprises in almost every song, 504.799.8147 is on sale for $12.99 at LouisianaMusicFactory.com. — Walter Pierce
The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
Meat, cheese and veggies piled high on Texas toast
American companies export smog; UN calls for cease-fire in Gaza; fist bump keeps germ transfer down and more national and international news for Monday, July 28, 2014.
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
Three bedroom River Ranch cottage or four bedroom Youngsville traditional home
The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
INDEats and EatLafayette want to give one lucky foodie and friends the most memorable meal — here’s how you can win
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.