Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
Written by The Independent Staff
If you’ve been looking for a laundry cleaner with a list of ingredients you can actually pronounce, then check out this vegan-friendly laundry soap by Lafayette transplant Layne Smith. Frustrated with not finding any hypo allergenic or chemical-free soaps on local grocery store shelves, Smith decided to create her own recipe using local ingredients like washing soda, baking soda, borax and Dragonfly Gardens Eucalyptus Spearmint Bar Soap — a handmade treasure of her hometown of Brazil, Ind. — which itself is a mixture of olive oil, distilled water, coconut oil, palm oil, shea butter and grapefruit seed extract. The first order comes in a handy glass jar with repeat orders eventually coming in eco-friendly bags. Each jar yields 15-30 loads with full loads requiring only one tablespoon, two for those bottom-of-the-hamper loads. You can find them for $5 each at etsy.com/listing/80849952/homemade-laundry-soap?ref=pr_shop. — Wynce Nolley
A caprese sandwich or salad is one of the most filling yet light, innovative and classic dishes out there. The Saint Street Inn uses yeasty ciabatta bread as the sturdy support for the layers of made-in-house pesto, buxom tomatoes and beefy slices of mozzarella. This way, it’s vegetarian. We took advantage of the Inn’s offer to slip some tender and salty prosciutto into the sandwich party, and we were not going to bounce the Italian stallion of pork out unceremoniously. The result is a sandwich that is cool enough for the 90-plus degree lunch days and hearty enough to fill your workday without sitting in your stomach like an edible truncheon. A cucumber and cherry tomato salad comes on the side, all for $8.50. Add one of SSI’s brownies for an extra $2 for that mid-afternoon sugar shot and you are host to quite a shindig in your mouth. — Anna Purdy
WEAR RED, I SAID
Do you bleed red? Or do you simply not want to be ostracized by your coworkers on Fridays? In either case, on Mondays-Thursdays from 7:40 a.m.-4:50 p.m. and Fridays from 7:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m., stop by the University Bookstore centrally located in UL Lafayette’s Student Union to rack up on everything vermilion and white. The Wear Red campaign, which encourages UL supporters to wear the signature color every Friday, spiced up last year and is gaining even more of a cult following with the installation of new head football coach Mark Hudspeth. At the university’s recent Fan Day, Hudspeth preached to more than 4,000 attendees to, “Smother any other colors than vermilion and white.” Whether it is a Ragin’ Cajun vintage sweatshirt at $29.99 or a red T-shirt that has “True Love” accompanied by a fleur de lis at $17.99, you don’t want to bear the wrath of Hudspeth or any other UL faithfuls. After all, this is Ragin’ Cajun Country. — Emily Henagan
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