Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Nook Oct. 22 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 21 - with new CDs from '80s icons Billy Idol and Annie Lennox - new DVDs include "Sex Tape" and "Snowpiercer" - and there's new books from John Grisham, George R.R. Martin - and more!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Stop Calling Creole Culture "Cajun" - It's Not The Same Thang

Another local newspaper article about regional food/customs and another local newspaper writer misidentifying Creole as "Cajun." It's enough to make me spit-take my Cafe Du Monde Coffee with Chicory. Quick history lesson for wannabe food writers: The French established New Orleans in the French Colony of Louisiana in 1718. From that day, everyone born in the French colony (whether they were originally from France or not) would become known as Creole (meaning from the colony.) Meanwhile, the "Cajuns" were the French-speaking farmers who settled in Eastern CANADA in the same time period. Got that? CANADA. The first Africans, both slaves and freemen, came to New Orleans in 1720. From African cooks we get the co-creation and name of the classic Creole dish known as GUMBO - early 19th century: from the Angolan word kingombo "okra." Got that? "Cajuns" did not invent Gumbo. African cooks also contributed new ideas to French dishes such as Etouffee, resulting in the Creole classics Shrimp Etouffee and Crawfish Etouffee. Other Europeans, including Germans, Italians, Swiss, English, Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian and so on, began arriving in New Orleans in 1722. From the Germans, we got potato salad as a side for Gumbo, French/German collaborations on Andouille sausage, French/German collaborations on Boudain and the creation of fried potatoes sold in the French Market that became known as "French Fried Potatoes" and "Creole Potato Chips." From the English, we got battered/fried fish and bread pudding. From the Italians we got loaves of bread sold in the French Market that became known as "French Bread" (German bakers did the same) - as well as the creation of the classic Muffuletta sandwich. And more. All of that is Creole, not "Cajun." The first Spanish came to New Orleans in 1763, bringing more culinary influences, including a popular culinary French/Spanish collaboration called Jambalaya. Again, Creole, not "Cajun." Finally, the first "Cajuns" left Eastern Canada and came down to Louisiana in 1764. By that time the Creole people, culture, food and customs were well established. The "Cajuns," who were farmers, settled in the area west of New Orleans that would become Lafayette. And the rural Creoles of Southwest Louisiana taught the "Cajuns" how to hunt and fish in the bayous, and how to make Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, and everything else in between. Additional note: Following the Haitian Revolution of 1791, people from Haiti, the West Indies, Jamaica and the Caribbean also came to New Orleans, bringing even more diverse influences to Creole food and customs. Additional note: Part of the problem is that way too many people - including cooks and restaurant owners - identify themselves as "Cajun" when many times their families are actually descended from Creoles. And that's a whole 'nuther rant. Christophe Landry writes: "Cajunism operates on a Canadian and French identity; many Louisianians who have no Canadian ancestry will dig hard to find one to validate their CajunitĂ©, too. When the genealogy proves unsuccessful, they parade around claiming to be “culturally” Cajun, anything to avoid being Creole. In their minds, Canada and France are where Whites live and come from, which makes Cajun an implicitly white ethno-racial identity." - "That leaves the remaining “Francophones” in Louisiana to continue identifying as Creoles (or, French Creoles, Spanish Creoles, or Black Creoles), making Creole, therefore, an explicitly black/mixed/other ethnic identity. Still, some Whites, in disgust, will whisper to you: "We used to call ourselves Creoles before this Cajun stuff” - or “They call themselves Cajuns, but they're all Creoles."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Laissez Les Bon Temps Nook Oct. 1st Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 1st - with new albums from Blake Shelton and Jeff Bridges & The Abiders, new movies include "Transformers Age Of Extinction" and Jon Favreau's "Chef," and new books from "Girls" creator Lena Dunham and the Long Island Medium - and more!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

El Nook Sept. 24 Edition

Brent brings the BEST in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 24th! - with new CDs from Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga and Jennifer Hudson, DVDs include the comedy Neighbors and the Exorcist box set, and new books from Bill O'Reilly, Kathy Reichs, Carl Hiaasen and Scott Westerfield!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

El Nook Sept. 16 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 16 - with Godzilla, Garth Brooks, Barbra Streisand, Legos, Steve Harvey, Michael Vey, and more!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

El Nook Sept 10 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live - starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 10 - with new music from Robert Plant and Billy Childs, the home video releases of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Brick Mansions, new books from Him Harrison, Philippa Gregory, Mitchell Zuckoff, Jason Segel, Sen. Wendy Davis and more!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Annual Tenants Exhibition

Sep 6 at 7:00pm to Sep 26 at 5:00pm - the Art Studio Inc., 720 Franklin St, Beaumont, Texas 77701 - Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 6th 7-10pm. The public is invited to attend this FREE event featuring our hard working resident artists of all mediums. Come early and meet the Artists in their studios 7-8 pm. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain in the Gallery throughout the month and open during business hours Tues. - Sat. 2-5pm. or by appointment. For more information call 409-838-5393.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Right On Right On Right On

wow this is weird - bear with me a minute - my top 10 favorite songs at the top of my head used to all be punk rock songs - but now, my Top 10 favorite songs at the top of my head are: Take The Money And Run, Life In The Fast Lane, Smuggler's Blues, Already Gone, Running On Empty, Take It Easy, All She Wants To Do Is Dance, Down At The Sunset Grill, Copperhead Road, and Cocaine. when the hell did I turn into a 1970s pot dealer?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

El Nook August 14 Edition

Brent brangs it when it comes to the best in new releases on KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Thursday Aug. 14 - with new soundtracks from Get On Up: The James Brown Story and Jon Favreau's Chef - Aaron Paul's Need For Speed and James Spader's The Blacklist on DVD/BluRay - new Star Wars books for the kids, and new novels from James Patterson and James Lee Burke - and Jack Bauer is back in book form in a new 24 novel!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

so I finally saw Battleship

Battleship is the best U.S. Navy vs Aliens flick that Michael Bay never made - Peter Berg does any excellent job capturing the Jerry Bruckheimer style - awesome soundtrack too (with original music by Tom Morrello and Rick Rubin) - GO NAVY

Monday, June 30, 2014

#becausecarcrash

last week I was involved in a Hollywood-style car crash - broken collarbone, sprained wrist, neck, shoulder - everything hurts. these pain meds would feel a whole lot better if it wasn't for all this pain. good news from my kickass orthopedic surgeon, collarbone should heal properly on its own, just have to keep left arm in a sling for a while. have to go have an ultrasound done on some bruising - to make sure there's no internal bleeding, blood clotting, etc. wow - a Starksy Starsky & Hutch (TV series) episode I've never seen before? SWEET! (Cozi TV). rollin' like Bonnie & Clyde 2014 to make a pharmacy run - made off like Drugstore Cowboys. Café Du Monde coffee with chicory, filling out insurance forms, paying bills online, binge-watching Arrow. funny thing about wearing a sling - you get really good at one-finger typing.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

EL NOOK June 4 Edition

Brent brings the best in new releases to KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. today - with new CDs from Miranda Lambert and Elvis Presley, Lone Survivor and RoboCop on DVD, and new books from Stephen King and more!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

El Nook May 28 Edition

Brent is back with the best in new releases for KBTV FOX 4's Southeast Texas Live starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday May 28 - with new CDs from Mariah Carey and Disney's Maleficent soundtrack - graphic novels including Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past - and new books from Cassandra Clare, Jim Butcher, Clive Cussler and more!