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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…

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…

Gulf Coast Twist

Lafayette Chef Jeremy Conner had one stipulation prior to joining forces with two other investors and concocting a plan to open up a new restaurant in Lafayette. Based on his personal experience — which like most kitchen professionals consists…

Novel Dining Concept

Lafayette Using farm-direct American Wagyu beef (aged and smoked) and locally sourced seafood, the new Lucky’s Fire & Smoke (locally owned by Eddie Khoury and Rene Colina) sends diners on taste adventures through licks of fire and wisps of smoke.…

Acadiana Profile Magazine Wins International Awards

  NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — On May 16, Acadiana Profile Magazine won 9 awards, at the 42nd annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) awards presentation in Ottawa, Canada. The top prize for Magazine of the Year went to Acadiana Profile.…

Shock and Aww Yeah

People who love to indulge themselves on meats, seafood and vegetables prepared with strong Cajun-inspired influences know they are at a happy place when visiting the Steamboat Warehouse restaurant in Washington. What diners may not know is that the…

Sizzle Season

Spring is not the only thing in the air. Last evening, a gentle breeze carried the aroma of food cooking on grills. My nose tingled as I tried to determine who was cooking what. Someone was definitely flipping hamburgers. Then…

Medicinal Artistry

“Art for art’s sake” is a popular trope in the art world, but to Lafayette artist Gwendolyn Alexis Richard, art is a place of solace that awakens the imagination to help heal the minds of troubled children and adults.…

Gumbo Glory

New Iberia The World Championship Gumbo Cookoff was recently touted by CNN travel contributor Jen Rose Smith, who named Louisiana gumbo in her “20 of the World’s Best Soups” roundup while plugging the gumbos served at New Iberia’s annual foodie…

Danse de Mardi Gras

“Lost to nothing on a bay of dreams”, 36”x 48”, oils on canvas. All rights held by the artist, Herb Roe © 2021. #herbroe #southerngothicaesthetic #southerngothicart #contemporarypainting #contemporaryart #southerngothic #southernart #beadsandbones #mardigrasart #moonpie #mardigrasbeads #boc #blueoystercult…

Nascent Perks for Park

Lafayette Nascent Perks for Park While Moncus Park’s grand opening ceremony was postponed from Jan. 8 until a February commencement, the special events series that began in mid-January will continue throughout the spring (moncuspark.org/events). Completed to date: Lake Reaux, the…

Scents of the Season

For perfect boiled eggs:Put room-temperature eggs in a small saucepan and add enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil, then put a lid on the pot, turn off the heat and allow to sit…

Oysters

Within Louisiana’s coastal waters resides a creature that is relatively unattractive on the outside…

Paradise Found

Lafayette artist Ramsey Ayers invites viewers to join her on a mythical island that exists only in her imagination What happens when a Louisiana artist looks to the exotic tropical paintings of a…

Then and Now

A cookbook writer and culinary historian watches the evolution of Cajun and Creole cuisine in the region My father, Marcel “Blackie,” doted on me — his namesake — and I was often…

Got Gumbo?

Opelousas Acadiana’s cast iron pots are seeing a lot of winter gumbo action during duck hunting season. For variety’s sake, head over to Opelousas for the 16th annual Gumbo Cook-off Jan. 29, when you can sample an assortment of exceptional…

Cold Front

There are those who eat gumbo year round. I’m not one of them. I wait for that…

Sleeves Up!

Lafayette The Acadiana Center for the Arts is hosting a vaccination event during Second Saturday ArtWalk Oct. 9, 4-8 pm called “Bring Back Louisiana” (walk-ins welcome) leading up to the…

Best of Dining

Each year, Acadiana Profile celebrates the top chefs and restaurants within the 22-parish region that encompasses 14, 500 square miles and more than 1,400,000 residents. We have explored the very heart of Acadiana to find the best of the best.…

Good Cooking

My mother may have been the only abysmal cook in Louisiana, a place where culinary acumen is pretty much a birthright. After confronting too many inedible meals that even my 6-year-old…

Ties that Bind

"Everybody covers New Orleans, but they’re ignored down here." says Mark Porter, who owns a camp at Isle de Jean Charles. "People here are so used to not getting assistance, they…

Kitchen Revision

As the heart of any dwelling, a great kitchen not only enhances one’s home life, but it may also very well transform it. That is what the owners of the kitchens featured here realized after their spaces were updated to…