Lafayette native Mark St. Cyr to find out Super Bowl Sunday if his Doritos commercial contest entry is the big winner

Photo provided by MARK ST. CYR -- Lafayette native Mark St. Cyr is featured in the opening scene of the 'What Could Go Wrong?' Doritos commercial, one of 10 finalists in its 'Crash the Super Bowl' competition.

Mark St. Cyr will have to wait just like everyone else. It won’t be until today’s Super Bowl that the Lafayette native and actor learns if his “What Could Go Wrong?” entry in Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl”… Continue reading →

Food & Restaurants

Downtown Baton Rouge's Aztecas stays a step above typical Tex-Mex

Advocate photo by Jill Arnold -- The shrimp El Paso featured eight jumbo shrimp stuffed with fresh jalapeno, wrapped in bacon and charbroiled.

The pulse of downtown Baton Rouge seems to beat faster each time we visit. A new park here, a new grocery store there and a large building going up right where The Advocate once stood. It’s probably a good thing the… Continue reading →


First Methodist pitching in to improve homes of needy with ‘Revive 225’

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Christine Wesley, left, watches volunteers from First United Methodist Church rake leaves and clean out her Sycamore Street home before renovations begin as part of the church's Revive 225 mission project.

Christine Wesley leaned against a neighbor’s house, a cane in one hand, her phone in the other and a smile on her face. Wearing a warm, black jacket and hat to ward off the early Saturday morning chill,… Continue reading →


Slow-Cooked Beans

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND  --  For an economical and tasty dish, try Slow-Cooked Beans.

ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE Slow-Cooked Beans Serves 6 to 8. Recipe is by Julie Kay. 1 (28-ounce) can Bush’s vegetarian baked beans, undrained 2 (15.5-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained 1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney… Continue reading →


2015 Fiat 500c Abarth

For 2015, the Fiat 500 gets a new 6-speed automatic transmission in regular models as well as the performance-oriented Abarth, a “small but wicked” 500 model outfitted with a 160-horsepower turbocharged engine that guarantees a fun driving experience. In fact, Fiat offers new… 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 →


Classic ‘All My Sons’ coming to LSU; Jane Page: ‘I jumped at the chance to direct this play’

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Joe and Kate Keller, played by Terry Layman and Kate Skinner, will star in Swine Palace's production of 'All My Sons.'

Jane Page is crossing “All My Sons” off her bucket list. It’s a story she’s always loved but never directed until Swine Palace invited her to head its production of Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning 1947 drama, which opens this week in LSU’s… Continue reading →


'A house for grown-ups' and 4,500 books: Baton Rouge authors find open floor plan inviting

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- This large room to the left of the front entrance features a contemporary wood and metal staircase, a built-in bar and a grand piano, which Mike Rubin, a former professional jazz pianist, plays every day.

Authors Mike and Ayan Rubin needed “a house for grown-ups.” And for more than 4,000 books. “We moved 4,500 books and gave away a thousand,” said Mike Rubin, a well-known local lawyer. The Rubins are both writers who collaborated on… Continue reading →