Resolution month: Losing weight is the most popular resolution, but don’t lose money too

Associated Press file photo -- Fitness Connexion trainer Nicolette Isaacs instructs Katie Barling on how to use a weight machine for a step up exercise at the gym in Bloomington, Ill. January, the start of New Year's resolution month, sees a healthy uptick in sign-ups at gyms and specialized studios offering such things as Pilates, kickboxing and yoga. But money-saving expert Andrea Woroch in Bakersfield, California, said recent statistics show 67 percent of people who join don't use their memberships at all.

— How’s that new year, new you fitness pledge going? January, the start of New Year’s resolution month, sees a healthy uptick in sign-ups at gyms and specialized studios offering such things as Pilates, kickboxing and yoga. But… Continue reading →

Food & Restaurants

With generous portions, quick service, varied menu, New China hits all the usual bases

Advocate staff photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- The Singapore chicken at New China restaurant is both sweet and spicy.

One of the joys of dining out is that, apart from chain restaurants, every eatery has its own twist on things. Not every roux is as dark as others. Spice amounts and mixtures vary. Cooking techniques make familiar cuts of meat seem like… Continue reading →


Wings hopes Bibles first step of ministry

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Wings of the Spirit mission group members load Gospels of John into their plane at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. Board President Ryan Williams, left, hands booklets to pilot Gerald Huggins, center, and videographer Daniel Waghorne. Huggins and Waghorne will fly the Super Cub into Central America in February to distribute the Spanish-version Gospel of John to remote villages.

Whenever Gerald Huggins sees video or photographs of poor, barefoot children, especially in Central America, he gets emotional. “I identify with them because I was one of those kids,” Huggins said. “It touches my heart.” A seasoned pilot and president of… Continue reading →


Madeleines au Chocolat

Advocate photo by Cheramie Sonnier  --  Madeleines au Chocolat is a French tea cake version of the classic puff pastry, pain au chocolat.

Advocate-tested recipe Madeleines au Chocolat Makes 18 to 20 madeleines. Recipe is from “Madeleines: Elegant French Tea Cakes to Bake & Share” by Barbara Feldman Morse (Quirk Books, 2014). 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder… Continue reading →


2015 Chrysler 200C

The Chrysler 200 has been significantly improved for 2015 with a new 9-speed automatic transmission that helps it get a 13 percent increase in fuel economy. The new 200 can take you up to 36 miles down the road on a gallon of… Continue reading →

Real Estate

Founders Row Contemporary in CCLA

Located in the Founders Row parcel of the Country Club of Louisiana, the thoroughly renovated contemporary style offering at 17930 Augusta Pointe Court is situated right along Fairway No. 1. It’s a grand home on a grand scale, all within walking distance of… Continue reading →


LSU concert highlights students

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- The LSU Trombone Choir will be among the many student ensembles featured in the LSU School of Music's annual nonstop concert, Concert Spectacular on Friday, Jan. 30, in the LSU Student Union Theater.

Audience members were few in the early days. Fans of the LSU School of Music’s Concert Spectacular might find this hard to believe, but Bill Grimes remembers. He produced the school’s first nonstop concert in collaboration with… Continue reading →


How Baton Rouge’s Pam Westbrook transformed a shed into a knockout art studio

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Pam Westbrook works and teaches art classes in her studio she created from a prefabricated shed.

Local artist Pam Westbrook took a prefabricated shed and created a knockout art studio in her Capital Heights backyard. It’s a place of her own. “There are things you can’t do in somebody else’s building,” says Westbrook, who had been… Continue reading →