Thursday, October 30, 2014

Trends: Butter Coffee

Butter and coffee are two of the greatest food discoveries of all time. The smell of coffee brewing will stop you in your tracks at the office and force you to wait in the break room; cup in hand. A warm, buttery croissant will make you fall off of that diet wagon two hours after you have committed to eating healthier. So what happens when you combine the two? What happens when you put butter in your coffee?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Talkin' Bout a Taco Revolution: Urbano's Taqueria

Ricardo Valerio is no stranger to hard work. He journeyed to America from Honduras at a young age and worked in restaurants across the country. Starting as a dishwasher, Ricardo proved himself and was given one tabletop to wait. His charm and smile not only won over customers but the owners of the establishment. Soon he was given another table. Then another. Before he knew it, he was in charge of an entire section. Quickly making his way up the ladder, Ricardo was told that, due to being an immigrant, his dreams of success would not come to pass. Not deterred, Ricardo emptied his bank account and decided to start the restaurant HE wanted to run; a place that offered fresh food in a casual setting. Before making his move to Florida, he called his father to give him the news. His dad, an alum of USL, was happy for his son but gave him one piece of advice.

"If you can't make it in Lafayette, you can't make it anywhere!"

Ricardo accepted the challenge.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bread & Circus: Fall Menu Sneak Peek

Moscow Mule
In his five book collection of poems entitled Satires, Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis, known in English as Juvenal, made public his ills and annoyances associated with 1st and 2nd century Rome. Holding nothing back in his educated yet humorous critique, Juvenal exposed the threats that plagued the common man. Among those were threats stemming from the government itself. In his tenth book in the series, Satire X, Juvenal's disdain for governmental manipulation in order to gain power is viewed. In 140 B.C., Roman politicians devised a plan to win the votes of new citizens by giving out cheap, or sometimes even free, food and entertainment. "Bread and Circuses", the practice of providing free wheat and playful games was brought to the forefront of Roman culture.