If taking full advantage of Festival, you eat multiple meals downtown for days straight — because we can’t all subsist on a liquid diet, though we may try. After a few glasses of Festival punch, the Popeyes Pavillon de Cuisine is the place to go. The obvious choice is Bon Creole Seafood’s crawfish and spinach boat — only available at festivals — an enormous boulé bowl brimming with a creamy, crawfish-y concoction. LA Seafood House’s chargrilled oysters on the half shell are great for sharing and a deal at $5. At the Fais Do Do stage, find Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro for crawfish enchiladas or Freetown Fries with its Mediterranean fry — hummus, olives and feta atop the truck’s medium-cut fries. As always, there are Cajun choices abound, so stuff your stomach with the standards, if traveling from out of town.
Luckily, most of the sweet indulgences at Festival are also great for cooling off and wandering around the vendors’ tents. Stop by Meltdown at the Popeyes Pavillon de Cuisine for an ice pop in strawberry basil or salted caramel. Shaved ice at the Heritage stage’s Snow-T-Go is a great choice for kids, or wander by the TV5 Monde stage for Crepes a la Cart — the classic French choice is available with butter, sugar, nutella and bananas, or opt for the cheese and bacon filling.
If Festival punch isn’t up your alley, the biergarten, sponsored by LUS and Jefferson Street Pub, is the place to be. Sip on your favorite draft beers from Abita, Bayou Teche, Covington, NOLA Brewing, Parish Brewing and Tin Roof Brewing all serving at least two of their beer varieties. Drink your dessert in a daiquiri from Fat Tuesday or New Orleans Original Daiquiris. Though it isn’t an official Festival vendor, Pamplona is always a great stop for its white or red sangria — or mix the two, if you’re in the Festival spirit.
The agency previously had said the program raked in more than the $200 million used to balance the budget, but hadn't given a final tally of what was collected and what still was available for spending.
The board is scheduled to vote Friday on proposals from Alleva to make 150 different changes to prices for tickets and parking across university sports events.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased to 1,782.
This weekend’s happenings include the 25th Anniversary show of Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, and holiday performances of The Nutcracker and Letters to Santa.
It took a unanimous vote of the Youngsville City Council this week to compel Mayor Wilson Viator to pay some $7,500 in bills to a host of vendors used by the city’s fire department, some of whom hadn’t been paid in months.
America is lost, says state Sen. Elbert Guillory, and that’s the reason he’ll be running for Lieutenant Gov. come 2015.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl