Lasting Passion

Pat’s of Henderson in Lake Charles is back with everyone’s flavorful favorites

  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 Charles in August. The restaurant had been closed since August 2020 due to what some in the Lake City regard as…

Happy Holidays Acadiana

Sulphur Holiday HouseHow 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 to get you in the spirit — then it’s time to dust off those Carnival costumes. Lafayette Acadian Village…

The Suite Life

An historic Lake Charles carriage house gets transformed into cozy guests’ quarters

  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 carriage house on his Lake Charles property. “When the property was purchased 10 years ago, the appraiser gave no value to…

Lost and Found

Painting the descendants of the first Acadian settlers

  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 the rivers and bayous of South Louisiana’s Acadian parishes. The Biloxi, Mississippi, born Neustrom, known as Ceci to friends and family,…

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 are up to the challenge. In that spirit, here’s our list of those who made the cut for this year’s…

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.”  Sara Ashy has always had a soft spot for oak-lined country roads. She and her husband, Brooke…

Lightning in the Kitchen

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

  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 own low-flow energy levels while observing Sherry Fruge work her magic at D.I.’S Cajun Restaurant. The 78-year-old’s…

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

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 never quite mastered. Add supply-chain issues and the rising cost of raw materials to the mix, and the stakes have never…

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  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…

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.Designers Dona Designs, Paige Gary Designs, S Clare Design, LaV Designs, Bolgiano Interiors Builder McLain Companies Architect Jarod A….

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.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…

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. If you drove toward Opelousas from Lafayette in the early 1900s, chances are the last home you’d pass would be a…

Music Makers

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

r. Trey Ange, Jarrett LeBlanc, Josh Regan, and Smith Stickney perform at the Courir de Mardi Gras de L’anse in Mermentau CoveFor several years, the Illinois-born singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has been travelling into natural and urban landscapes — the Coyote Gulch canyon of Utah, say, or under the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge in Los Angeles — to compose music that he bases…

Magic Tree House

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

  Architect Chase Marshall Architects, ChaseMarshall.com Designer Mary Beyt, instagram.com/MaryBeyt Cabinets Cajun Cabinets, CajunCabinets.com Woodworks Justin Guillory   It has been a year since moving in, but Bill Finley still opens his kitchen cabinets and closet doors with the joie de vivre of a kid on Christmas morning. He and his wife, Heather, spent the past decade meticulously planning their…

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.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….

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 as…

Danse de Mardi Gras

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

“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 #oilpainting #contemporarysouthernart #oldschooltechnique As Mardi Gras 2022 approaches, Cajun revelers are preparing their colorful costumes and horses for their annual “Courir de Mardi Gras”…

Cooler Ranch

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

Wall Disk #12, Arthur McViccar; Ode to Shane, Cliff Tresner; Bond at Sea, The London Police; Jelly Roll, Susie Gottardi; Along the Way, Kaws; Swamp Stomp Stuck Boar, Church Goin Mule; A selection of heirloom Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plates ranging from 1919 to present. When Raphaël and Susie Gottardi moved to Lafayette, they wanted a home that could house their…

FearlessFlavors

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

Chef Bijeaux loves surf and turf ingredients. Pork, beef, oysters and veggies are featured on Café Josephine’s menu. Lovers of open fire cooking are ushered into an enhanced flavor experience.   SUNSET — It’s 4:44 p.m. and customers are gathered around the restaurant’s front door. Meanwhile, all varieties of cars and trucks continue to hurriedly drive onto the establishment’s parking…

Editor’s Note

Yoga has been in my life in one form or another since childhood. The seed was planted — as so many are — by my mom. When I was in grade school, she taught me a progressive muscle relaxation technique she learned in the one yoga and meditation class she ever attended. A full yogic lifestyle didn’t stick for her,…