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Cheap Eats

ith talk of inflation and recession dominating the news cycle, saving a few shekels is on a lot of people’s minds. But how can we go about a day in Bayou land without partaking of a delicious culinary treat? Thankfully,…

Lasting Passion

  Pat’s of Henderson 1500 Siebarth Dr. Lake Charles 337-439-6618 patsofhenderson.com Good old-fashioned Cajun food is being served again, albeit inside new digs, at Pat’s of Henderson in Lake Charles. Owner Nicholas Perioux, 44, reopened the eatery in Lake…

The Grègue is Hot

With the proliferation of cafés on every street corner, young people would find it hard to believe that coffee in the United States once had a very bad reputation. It was practically undrinkable. Anywhere you ordered a cup of coffee,…

Bluegrass and Bayous

Before setting foot in Acadiana, I knew I loved it. In 2011, I watched the “Cajun Country” episode of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” Bourdain takes part in a boucherie with Toby Rodriguez. At the time I was living in Texas…

Honoring a Literary Legend

Honoring a Literary Legend January brings the debut of a new U.S. postage stamp depicting the celebrated late author, Ernest Gaines (the former UL writer-in-residence emeritus, born on a plantation in Oscar). The stamp, which artfully portrays Gaines in his…

A Festive Fusion

Poor Boy’s Riverside Inn 240 Tubing Road Broussard 337-837-4011 poorboysriversideinn.com There is something undeniably nostalgic about holiday traditions. Family yuletide feasting at a favorite restaurant, helping mom twine the turducken, chilling the flutes and making classic cocktails with friends can…

Take a Drop, Don’t Stop

Take a Drop, Don’t Stop Lafayette Acadiana’s first olive oil tasting bar, Graze Oil, has surfaced in Lafayette, courtesy of the high-end charcuterie boutique, Graze Acadiana. Patrons graze on such ultra-premium offerings as blood orange-infused olive oil with a side…

Happy Holidays Acadiana

How lucky we are in Louisiana to enjoy the year-concluding holidays, ring in the New Year of 2023 and then roll right into Mardi Gras. Acadiana has more than its share of these celebratory events. We’ve assembled a few…

The Suite Life

  Design Thomas Guy Interiors thomasguy-interiors.com Welcoming family and friends for the holidays can feel infinitely more enjoyable when everyone has their own space. Drew Hoffpauir, Sr. had these extended stays in mind for the renovation of a hurricane-damaged…

Lost and Found

  Historians love to write about the Acadian diaspora, and Longfellow tells us of their “wonder and sadness.” Now, Lafayette artist Cecilia O’Keefe Neustrom shows us the faces of their “Cajun” descendants who live across the prairies and along…

Best of Dining

In Acadiana, cooking is a way of life. It’s also a family affair and a community event. Home cooks abound, so the pros cooking in the region’s restaurants know they’re gonna be put to the test daily — and they…

Seasonal Shift

Now that cooler weather has moved in, I’m ready for a hearty meal for a weekend gathering. Usually gumbo is my go-to for an autumn meal, but I decided that a cassoulet would be a nice change. Leave it to…

A Lucky Libation

When considering party drinks that could benefit from the oomph that vodka brings, Chef Andrew Green’s Get Lucky highball is a perfectly balanced sweet-and-sour sipper that marries small-batch honeysuckle vodka with blackberries, lemon, barrel-aged bitters and orgeat, an increasingly popular…

Editor's Note

After several years of expanding the home section by adding a kitchen feature, last year we decided to create an entire home issue. Between the positive feedback from you and the amount of fun we had putting it together, we…

Best Neighborhoods

Charpentier Historic District Lake Charles For families looking to land somewhere safe, fun and with plenty of space to move around, Lake Charles’ Charpentier Historic District is an excellent option. In the 15 years she’s lived in the neighborhood, realtor…

5 Tips for Selling Your Home

  1. Hire a realtor Again, this might seem obvious, but Savant warns against homeowners trying to go it alone. Most often, sellers take this route to avoid what they see as unnecessary costs. But, Savant said more times than…

5 Tips for Buying a New Home

  1. Get pre-approved with a local lender Having your finances in order before you start looking will give you a leg up in today’s hyper-competitive market. By working with a local lender, you can often get a more personalized…

Communal Tables

Kitchen glamour shots are a slam dunk on social media feeds — and for good reason. But take a peek behind the filters, and you’ll see the creative process is as messy and unpredictable as that pandemic sourdough you…

Dinner is in the Bag

The days are getting shorter and I’m looking forward to cooler weather and entertaining on my big screen porch overlooking Bayou Teche. Although I like one-pot dishes like gumbo and jambalaya, I have a recipe that includes the protein (fish…

Local Flavor

  Regatta Seafood and Steakhouse 508 Hawkeye Ave. Lake Arthur 337-774-1504 regattarestaurantla.com   It’s Friday afternoon and small waves on this city’s namesake lake gently caress the piers underneath a restaurant where quintessential bayou-style food is served. Patrons at…

Habitats of Humanity

I’ve heard it a thousand times when someone leans in after learning I am a custom residential designer: “I always wanted to be an architect! Like Art Vandelay, you know, from Seinfeld.” This declaration is typically followed with an explanation…

Top Real Estate Professionals

Methodology The agents in this feature were selected through a submission process analyzed and vetted by Professional Research Services. Agents were asked to submit their sales volume over a specified 12-month period. Sales volumes were required to be accompanied by…

Building on the Past

  Dale Pierrottie is an artist, musician, preservationist, teacher and sometimes actor from Lafayette, but more importantly he is a master of an ancient Native American building technique that helped 18th-century French settlers build their homes in colonial Louisiana.…