Author: Lisa LeBlanc-Berry

Nouvelles de villes: News

YOUNGSVILLE, CARENCRO Foodie Newsflash POUR Restaurant and Bar (River Ranch) will soon open its second location in Youngsville in the former Growler USA. Youngsville also welcomes a French Quarter-style brunch at the new Bourrée, located in the new Central Market…

Brunch Bunch

Who does the best brunch? It’s like making a roux: everyone says their way is the best. Selecting the setting is more like making gumbo: a bubbling mélange of choices seasoned with a little bit of this, thickened by a bit…

Recettes de cocktails: Cool Cure

As summer tightens its sweaty grip, and afternoons are blistering hot, nothing sounds better than a refreshingly crisp cocktail. Tall, ice-cold and in hues of blue. How about fresh mint, blueberries, lime and crushed ice, too? And let’s imagine Stoli’s…

Pelican Briefs

KEITHVILLE Expansion Underway for Refuge They react with indignation, laugh like us, wage war, they are selective at choosing friendships and their ability to remember numbers on a screen at age 5 is considerably higher than adult humans. When it’s…

Recettes de cocktails: Cantaloupe with a Kick

Milano’s sleek cocktail lounge, The Patio, draws the Houma night crowd for its martini menu and creative craft cocktails. Patrons can order food at the bar while enjoying such favorites as a Blueberry Lemondrop, McDale’s Ski Lift, Elderflower Spritzer and…

State of Louisiana: Pelican Briefs

JENNINGS Gator Therapy Work is nearing completion for a new $664,000 Gator Chateau at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park just of I-10 (100 Rue de l’ Acadie, Jennings), set to open for visitors this spring. Crews hope to have…

Nouvelles de Villes: News

ABBEVILLE, LAKE CHARLES Shucks! Expanding to Lake Charles The owners of the popular Abbeville seafood haven, Shucks! are opening a new restaurant concept in Lake Charles, Shuck and Boil, later this year. The expanded menu will include signature oyster dishes,…

La Maison: Downsizing Simplified

Family ties and an inclination for country living within a city motivated Drs. Johnette and Gary Frentz to build a custom home in Lafayette’s scenic Audubon Plantation development. The retired physicians decided to dramatically downsize from their sprawling residence in…

Recettes de cocktail: Dragonfly Boogie

The weekly Cajun jam on Saturday mornings at Joie de Vivre in Breaux Bridge is a lively way to start the day. It’s not unusual to find cowboy boot-clad fiddlers harmonizing with famous local crooners — the joint gets hopping.…

State of Louisiana: Pelican Briefs

NEW ORLEANS NOWFE News The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience honors Mark Romig in a gala celebration Jan. 17 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel to bestow the coveted 2019 Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award in Hospitality. Romig is president and…

Pelican Briefs

NEW ORLEANS Culinary Institute Opens Inaugural classes begin Jan. 7 at the hotly anticipated New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), the brainchild of co-founder and board chairman Ti Martin of Commander’s Palace. State-of-the-art instructional spaces in the five-story, 93,000-square-foot…

Nouvelles de Villes

LAFAYETTE Headliners and Hot Bands Festival favorites like Grammy award-winners Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Chubby Carrier and three-time Grammy nominee Roddie Romero return to Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (festivalsacadiens.com) Oct. 11-14, joining such newcomers as Daiquiri Queens, Mason Trail…

La Maison: Into a House of Music

A grove of majestic live oaks surrounds the circa-1840s house centered on Ben and Anne Blanchet’s 360-acre property known as Brookshire Farm. Their cattle graze in pastures acquired by Ben’s ancestors after their arrival from France in 1795. “When the…

Recettes de cocktails: Mules kicking with cane

Customers belly up to the 1890s tiger oak bar, gaze at Clementine Hunter’s soulful self-portrait, sip martinis, mules and margaritas, and then “cut da rug” at Clementine on Main, which reopened under new owners with live music, new chefs and…

Pelican Briefs

Lafourche, Jefferson, Iberia Gumbo Galore Gumbo festival fans are facing a delectable dilemma in October. The Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay is held in Lafourche Parish Oct. 12-14 (lagumbofest.com) on the very same weekend as Bridge City’s World-Famous Gumbo Festival…

Nouvelles de Villes

FROM ACADIANA TO NEW ORLEANS Playing It Forward When the late Anthony Bourdain launched Chef Toby Rodriguez during a 2011 episode of “No Reservations” filmed in Eunice, the pork-centric Cajun boucherie master attracted abundant national media for his traveling Lâche…

Rooms with a View

When planning her new home, a Lafayette businesswoman nearing retirement decided she wanted more than just a great kitchen and a pretty dining room for family gatherings. A consummate hostess and a gifted cook, she envisioned a dining room with…

Of Robichaux and Thibodaux

The moderately sweet, complex citrus flavor of aged Satsuma Rum accented with bitters and fresh lime renders an intensely refreshing, medium-length finish. Prompted by recollections of childhood visits to Cinclare Plantation near Brusly, Michael Dalmau’s eponymous restaurant commemorates his exiled…

Cannabis Coming to a Pharmacy Near You

  Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma   While states like California are benefitting from lucrative high-tech mobile gadgets for legal marijuana (pods of cannabis oil snap into place on pen-like “vapes” equipped with Bluetooth capacity), Louisiana is only recently getting into…

Anthony Bourdain Gets Spicy

  Mamou, Opelousas, Grand Coteau Globe-trotting Anthony Bourdain’s one-hour Acadiana-themed “Parts Unknown “episode, Cajun Mardi Gras, airs June 17. The characteristically blasé, 6-foot 4-inch-tall Bourdain gets loose (and a foot taller) in a fringed calico costume topped by a pointy…

Tea à la Teche

A new summer cocktail at Café Sydnie Mae honors Chef Bonnie Breaux’s ancestral link to Breaux Bridge’s founder

Dream Spaces

Serene elements and muted fields of color bring relaxed elegance to a soigné country home near Breaux Bridge

Nouvelles De Villes April

  Lafayette It’s a Geaux If you’ve been looking for the new Surfside Poke, the owners decided to change the name to Poke Geaux before opening it in the former Wok-A-Licious slot (4302 Ambassador, Suite 102). There’s been no change…

Nouvelles De Villes May

  Breaux Bridge Crawfish Dreams Put on your sturdiest dancing shoes before heading to the May 4-6 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival (bbcrawfest.com) in Parc Hardy, where 30 sizzling hot Cajun, swamp pop and zydeco bands will have both young and…

Rum Revival

Shake up a sassy spring cocktail with a tart-sweet edge

Signature Style

A notable artist revives a midcentury modern house with nature as his muse