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
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Holiday party with style
Funds will expand Early College Academy from 250 to 1,000 students
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, December 09, 2013:
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Paul’s customer giveaway named
Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,775.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,850 from the previous week's total of 2,854. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,048.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
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Laid back cuts for the NOLA Bowl
Flavors of mama’s holiday sweet treat with a twist