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BLACK HISTORY HONORS - LOUISIANA HEROS
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The LABBD Top 5
Week of 2/23/15

Each week will feature our top 5 restaurant picks.

1. Pearl's Country Kitchen -Opelousas* * * * *

2. Bayou Cafe - Baton Rouge * * * *

3. Glenda's Creole Kitchen - Breaux Bridge * * *

4. Veronica's Cafe - Carencro  * * *

5. N & Out Soul Food - Baton Rouge * * *
WEEKLY RESTAURANT CRITIQUE
Week Of: February 23rd
  N & Out Soul Food and Catering
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I recently visited one of Baton Rouge's newest Soul Food hot spots and was pleasantly surprised with the truly authentic flavors on the menu. N & Out Soul Food and Catering offers delightful down home choices with a Jamaican twist. The atmosphere was a typical dive environment and the staff were very friendly. From the moment that I walked through the door the aroma of a stewing meats and simmering gravy's filled my nostrils and my stomach immediately began to churn. At the suggestion of my waitress I ordered the oxtail with white beans which was served over rice, and  boy id I make the right choice. The oxtail were seasoned to perfection bringing out the rich flavor of beef oxtail. They were fall off the bone tender and melted in my mouth. The white beans were creamy and were enhanced by the flavor of smoked pig tails giving way to a hardy and satisfying meal. I completely enjoyed my visit to N & Out Soul Food and will be back!!!!

                                       - "Chef  T"
                                                LABBD Food Critic
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Foods That Will Help Lower Your Cholesterol
PART II

4. Soy: The Smart, Delicious Alternative Reducing saturated fat is the single most important dietary change you can make to cut blood cholesterol. Used as a replacement for meat and cheese, soy foods help your heart by slashing the amount of saturated fat that you eat.
Why is saturated fat so bad for your heart? The liver uses saturated fat to make cholesterol, so eating foods with too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels, especially low-density lipoproteins (LDL)—the bad cholesterol. Saturated fats are usually found in animal products such as whole milk, cream, butter, and cheese, and meats, such as beef, lamb and pork. There are some plant-based saturated fats you should avoid too, notably palm kernel oil, coconut oil, and vegetable shortening.
Beyond replacing saturated fat, research suggests that compounds in soy foods called isoflavones may also work to reduce LDL cholesterol.
5. Beans: The High Fiber Solution Except for your morning wheat bran, no food is more fiber-rich than beans. And beans are especially high in cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Eating a cup of any type of beans a day—particularly kidney, navy, pinto, black, chickpea, or butter beans—can lower cholesterol by as much as 10% in 6 weeks.
Soluble fiber forms a gel in water that helps bind acids and cholesterol in the intestinal tract, preventing their re-absorption into the body. This may be why soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels (and decreases the risk of heart disease). Soluble fiber is also found in oats and oat bran, barley, brown rice, beans, apples, carrots, and most other fruits and vegetables.
6. Salmon: Amazing Heart-Friendly Fat Research has shown certain types of fat actually protect against high cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids—found in salmon and other cold-water fish—help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol, raise "good" HDL cholesterol, and lower triglycerides.
Salmon is an excellent source of protein because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids called EPA and DHA that are good for your heart while low in cholesterol and saturated fat.
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Who was the local farmer whose ambition to improving agricultural production lead to his inventing of he sugacane planting machine? What town was he from?
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THE DHARMA WEEKLY WELLNESS CORNER
Keith "Super Cool" O'Conner is the Owner/Operator of one of the most thriving Men's Wear stores in Louisiana. Known for it's flair, style, and finesse, Super Cool Fashions has been marked as a premiere destination when you're ready to dress to impress. Mr. Keith was born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge. He attended McKinley High School and later joined the Navy. Upon his honarable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Keith knew one day he would be a business owner as this had been his dream as a younger man. "When you have confidence in what you beleive, then you can go forward in faith." says Keith. He added, "Although I didn't know what direction in business or exactly what I was going to do;God already had a time and season for Siper Cool Fashion Men's Wear." After working as a salesperson in a downtown Baton Rouge clothing store, Mr. Keith gained the motivation and expertise which prepared him for the seed in which God planted which birthed Super Cool Fashions years later. "My advice to potential business owners is to put God first; get wisdom; stay focused; know who you are; stand firm on what you believe; and give God the glory!"
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Shelton R. McClain is *Managing Partner and Financial Advisor of McClain Financial Group, L.L.C. He obtained a Masters of Public Administration in Public Finance (1993), a B. S. in Business Management (1990) and a B.S. in Business Marketing (1989) from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began his career in the banking and financial institution in 1992. He holds several securities registrations including the Series 24 (2006), Series 65 (2005), Series 7 (2004), Series 6 (1997), Series 63 (1997), and Life and Health Insurance License (1996).
Keith O'Conner
Super Cool Fashions
Baton Rouge, LA
Shelton R. McClain
McClain Financial
Baton Rouge, LA