Features

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 →

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 →

Faith

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 →

Recipes

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 →

Wheels

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 →

Columnists

‘Other People’s Money’: TBR production examines morality while rooting for all evil

Photo provided by KENNETH MAYFIELD -- Kevin Harger, center, plays Lawrence Garfinkle, a corporate raider, while Brian Hales, right, is the CEO of the company he wants to take over in 'Other People's Money' at Theatre Baton Rouge. Robert Gautreau, left, portrays the company's president.

When the entertainment industry jerked its collective knee in outrage at corporate raiders and financial shenanigans in the late 1980s, Michael Douglas’ portrayal of Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street” created a poster boy for all that was perceived as wrong with high-stakes stock… Continue reading →

Home/Garden

'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 →