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
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
Easy crafts in time for Easter
The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.