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.
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Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
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OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
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The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
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Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
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After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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