Best of Dining

Prime 14 ounce Ribeye cap 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 are up to the challenge. In that spirit, here’s our list of those who made…

Perfect Landing

A couple finds their sweet spot off of a gravel road in Carencro

The living space features a vaulted ceiling and picture windows overlooking the patio and garden. “There’s a connection to the outside in every room, especially in the great room,” says Ashy. “We have tall windows, so you always feel like you’re living outside.” Designing the outdoor living spaces was one of the home owner’s first priorities. At the top of…

Lightning in the Kitchen

D.I.’s in Basile perfects Prairie Cajun Cuisine

DINING_22 The fried frog legs appetizer is perfectly seasoned and heartier than expected, so plan to share.   Inside a Cajun restaurant situated amid Evangeline Parish’s rice fields, you will find a little lightning bolt who cooks, manages, smiles, shares stories and gives hugs to all who ache for that home-grown dining experience. A patron will question themselves about their…

Emotional Horizons

Novelist Thomas Wolfe wasn’t always right. Sometimes you can go home again, especially when your heart never left. New Iberia-born photographer and artist Marjorie Brown Pierson, witnessing from afar the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, has spent almost two decades returning to Louisiana from her home in Durham, North Carolina, to document the effects of climate…

Communal Tables

Open and airy kitchens designed for dining in

This kitchen feels larger than life, with the help of high gloss white paint and finishes throughout. Eschewing upper cabinets and opting for a pop-up stove vent keeps sight lines wide open. This kitchen feels larger than life, with the help of high gloss white paint and finishes throughout. Eschewing upper cabinets and opting for a pop-up stove vent keeps…

Local Flavor

The dishes at Regatta Seafood and Steakhouse in Lake Arthur cater to residents' distinct palates

Point Au Chene Pasta: fried Soft shell crab atop penne pasta with a creamy corn maque choux and andouille sauce; waffle fries topped with bacon Grilled Ahi Tuna served over roasted red pepper sauce Regatta Creamy Crab Cakes: Blue Point Crab mixed in a creamy Bechamel sauce, fried then topped with a roasted red bell pepper sauce Regatta Creamy Crab…

Building on the Past

Abbeville native Dale Pierrottie keeps the art and craft of bousillage alive and teaches the next generation how to use this ancient technique

  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. Pierrottie — he pronounces it Pair-o-t — has gained a considerable following for his iconic art and historic restoration work that…

Living the Dream

The 2022 St. Jude Dream Home marries traditional style with modern luxury

Paige LaVergne of LaV Designs, lent her hand to the home’s state-of-the-art kitchen and adjacent scullery — both bathed in Sherwin-Williams Pure White. Pops of blue and brass, porcelain accent pieces and a beamed ceiling fill the space with grand, southern charm. The open living room, designed by Stacey Arceneaux, combines chinoiserie accents with classic neutrals. The open living room,…

Cypress Title

Attorney Owners | Mitzi Mayeux and Peter John Marshall

  Once you sign at Cypress, you become a part of our family tree. Our clients are truly the roots of our business. Peter Marshall Cypress Title is a locally owned, full-service residential and commercial real estate title agency that was founded on a mission to breathe new life into the Acadiana real estate market. With over 17 years combined…

Visual Vocabulary

Lafayette artist Dusty Reed combines folk art and cubism to create works drawn from Cajun life in South Louisiana

  To see more of dusty reed’s work visit cajunpicasso.com “One look at Dusty Reed’s paintings filled with fragmented, angular imagery and you’ll know why he’s called the Cajun Picasso. Like Pablo Picasso, who drew inspiration from African tribal art, Reed’s art is in a sense a “tribal art” drawn from Cajun life in South Louisiana. That similarity begs the…

Gulf Coast Twist

Spoonbill Watering Hole in Lafayette combines cooler-than-cool vibes with avant garde eats

Seared Tuna: Rare seared Gulf tuna over avocado crema with cast iron roasted poblano and red onion topped with green dragon sauce and chili oil. T’ Spoon: Chamomile-lemon tea infused Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Campari, St. Germain Commander in Beef: 6 oz Black Angus beef patty on a Martin’s potato roll with American cheese, grilled onions, bacon, and Rosie sauce, served…

Saving the Best for Last

Two former UL athletes resurrect a historic Victorian home in Sterling Grove

The Robsons chose a cool gray exterior paint color and white trim to accentuate the home’s gingerbread detailing. Though it originally had a 270-degree wrap-around porch, they reduced the porch’s footprint to 180 degrees to add more living space. Leigh, a world champion trampolinist and accomplished Hollywood stunt coordinator, has competed and performed across the globe. Mark wanted to include…

Music Makers

Local instrument makers, the unsung heroes of Louisiana music, carry on their traditions to safeguard the local soundscape

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Magic Tree House

A Lafayette couple builds for the future on a bayou-front lot steeped in memories of the past

According to the Finleys, in one of their early meetings with the team from Chase Marshall Architects, the couple was describing what they wanted the exterior of the home to look like, and the architects interjected: “What you want is a tree house.” Recalling the conversation, Bill says: “And that’s what we got.” According to the Finleys, in one of…

Shock and Aww Yeah

The Steamboat Warehouse in Washington is celebrated by diners and media alike

Redfish Lafourche: Fresh redfish filet broiled golden in lemon butter & garlic, set on a bed of blue crab & Gulf shrimp stuffing, then drizzled with a creamy florentine sauce. Chef Jason Huguet Sidesaddle Angels: Four jumbo shrimp stuffed with oysters, wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and fried crispy golden, served with homemade New Orleans-style remoulade sauce. Sidesaddle Angels: Four…

Medicinal Artistry

Lafayette artist and art therapist Gwendolyn Aliexis Richard finds and shares the healing power of art

Photos by Philip Gould; portrait by Neal Anthony Robert “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. Born and raised in New Orleans, Richard has had a long career…

Danse de Mardi Gras

Lafayette artist Herb Roe captures the vibrance of Courir de Mardi Gras in his complexly layered paintings

ART_Roe_CetteGrandeBande “Cette grande bande de grands soulards”, 24″ x 36″, oil on canvas painting. All rights held by the artist, Herb Roe � 2016. #courirdemardigras #herbroe #costume #mardigrascostume #mardigras #louisiana #louisianaart #louisianaartist #louisianaculture #cajun #realistart #cajunmardigras #contemporaryart #figurativeart “Cette grande bande de grands soulards”, 24″ x 36″, oil on canvas painting. All rights held by the artist, Herb Roe �…

Cooler Ranch

Two Acadiana transplants turn a 1950s rambler into a geologically inspired art sanctuary

HOME_02 Marie-Claire, 2020, Susie Gottardi; Lafayette to Larmar Migrations, Brian Kelley; “Narcissist,” Reid Olson. Marie-Claire, 2020, Susie Gottardi; Lafayette to Larmar Migrations, Brian Kelley; “Narcissist,” Reid Olson. Show Caption Hide Caption HOME_03 The Orange Cow, 1975, Dutch Kepler; B&B Italia’s La Mama UP Armchair, created by Gaetano Pesce in 1969; Bespoke Eero Saarinen Womb Chair; Wow Ribbon, Angela Chrusciaki Blehm….

FearlessFlavors

Café Josephine in Sunset is a culinary destination for foodies in the know

DINING_10 DINING_11 DINING_12 DINING_13 DINING_CafeJosephine_02 At Café Josephine, correct homage is paid to fresh pearls of the sea. DINING_CafeJosephine_03 Grilled meat served with seasonal veggies on a hot plate treat the eyes and olfactory senses. DINING_CafeJosephine_04 Charbroiled oysters are prepared with Parmesan cheese, garlic butter and Chef Bijeaux’s special Cajun Prairie-inspired sauce. Charbroiled oysters are prepared with Parmesan cheese, garlic…

Editor’s Note

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Editor’s Note

EditNote Chargrilled oysters with loads of butter, herbs and either breadcrumbs, à la oysters Rockefeller, or with Parmesan cheese tops my list of ways to have oysters. Chargrilled oysters with loads of butter, herbs and either breadcrumbs, à la oysters Rockefeller, or with Parmesan cheese tops my list of ways to have oysters. Show Caption Hide Caption   Chargrilled. That’s…

Paradise Found

L’art

Three Sisters by Ramsey Ayers “Three Sisters” Schumacher Family by Ramsey Ayers “Schumacher Family” Rhymes Family by Ramsey Ayers “Rhymes Family” Morning’s First Light by Ramsey Ayers “Morning’s First Light” Castille Family by Ramsey Ayers “Castille Family” Art_Breaux Family “Breaux Family” Art_Always Friends “Always Friends” “Village Huts” Lafayette artist Ramsey Ayers invites viewers to join her on a mythical island…

Dreams Come True

La Maison

Home_02 Home_03 Home_04 Home_05 Home_06 Home_07 Simon’s Custom Cabinets built and installed the kitchen’s natural wood cabinets. Open shelving in the scullery, built by Cody LeBlanc Construction and staged by Paige LaVergne, gives the space ample opportunity for organization. The dramatic countertops throughout the kitchen and scullery were installed by Bayou Stone Works. “We want to feature three or four…

Cajun Comfort

Forget your cares with flavorful fare at Fezzo’s in Crowley

Dining_Fezzos_12 Dining_Fezzos_11 Dining_Fezzos_10 Dining_Fezzos_09 Dining_Fezzos_08 Dining_Fezzos_07 Dining_Fezzos_06 Dining_Fezzos_05 The Fezzo’s team sources fresh vegetables and seafood to make sure the dining experience is unforgettable. Phil and Pat Faul have spent years developing the restaurant’s menus to pay homage to the kitchen expertise of their Cajun ancestors. They also created a dining room atmosphere that makes a customer feel at home….