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A Louisiana Life: Fresh Pick

Ashley Locklear works for some of New Orleans’ most celebrated restaurants, but her work often carries her away from kitchens and dining rooms. She travels a circuit of farms in southern Louisiana and Mississippi, bumping through fields behind tractors, jotting…

Great Louisiana Chef: Playing With His Food

While Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant partner and chef Jeremy Conner isn’t originally from Louisiana, his deep southern roots (he was born in Opelika, Alabama) and passion for flavors are right at home in Lafayette. It is those qualities and…

Roadside Dining: Easy Does It

A gardener, I came a across Southern Gateway garden center a couple of years ago. A sign reading “90,000 square feet of greenhouses” caused me to slam on the brakes and make a sharp turn off of Belle Chase Highway…

Louisiana Made: Pitcher Perfect

If you’re speeding or texting you’ll probably miss it, but tucked away in a beige block of industrial-looking storehouses off a small side road in Hammond, stands what the Brewers Association has twice named one of the 50 fastest-growing craft…

Les personnes: That New Old Sound

Any lingering doubt on whether Zydeco frontman Wayne Singleton lives his lyrics — timeless verses about sweating through the daily toils of farm work and sweating even harder on the dance floor when the sun goes down and the stage…

A la mode: Black Beauty

Fall transition pieces that eschew predictable earth tones in favor of the deep, dark shade with a bit of an edge to it year round. The absence of color makes for high-contrast shapes cut with dazzling details. This balancing act…

Pour la maison: Welcome Home

Whether you’re looking to put your home on the market or want to step up your hosting game, focusing on the foyer can pay off, according to professional stagers and mother-daughter team Molly Kallenberger and Caitlin Gossen. “When you first…

Les artistes: Lost History Found on Four Legs

For Marshall Blevins — the brains behind the brush of the captivating Church Goin’ Mule painting series — geography was the mother of invention. “I actually started drawing mules in college, because when you go to school in Kentucky, people…

Recettes de cocktails: Audrey II: A beguiling brew

Named after the talking, singing, bloodthirsty Venus flytrap character in the l986 rock musical comedy, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Matt Lahr’s Audrey II cocktail at Preservation Bar & Grill is among the award-winning bar manager’s latest hits. Combining the sweet,…

Best Chefs

Cooking good food is about plating nostalgia, revisiting something in lived experience that sticks like warm gravy to the back of your ribcage. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that for most professional cooks and chefs, the path to their kitchen…

Détails: Lagniappe / Take Flight

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Joli: Gifts / Oh So Gifted

1 Baxter Shave Tonic This multitasking product combines rosemary, eucalyptus, camphor and spearmint essential oils to cool razor burn and prevent ingrown hairs. Apply before and after shaving.  2 Necklace Local designer Inga Woods, of Pineville, creates glass jewelry coated…

Joli: Flowers / Full Bloom

1 Monstera From jewelry to potted plants, the monstera is having a moment. The massive leaf, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, balances delicate, intricate orchids. 2 Sprigs Feathery and light touches of greenery from the orchids balance the…

Great Louisiana Chef: Flavorful Fusion

Cajun Asian in Bossier City is the kind of place where magic culinary mash-ups happen. Think Cajun meets Vietnamese meets American and a hint of classic French cuisine. Under the leadership of Chef Ryan Dunning, along with the management of…

A Louisiana Life: Going Nuts

For a long time, it seemed as if the trajectory of Jady Regard’s career would see him climbing the ladder in sales and marketing for professional sports teams. In college at LSU, he was a student manager for the men’s…

Louisiana Made: Dream Weaver

The opulent palaces and forested expanses of foothills stretching up to the highs of the Himalayas were enthralling, but Trishala Bhansali found her creativity molded more by muslins and silk brocade and block prints. The entrepreneur witnessed these among the…

Roadside Dining: Luck of the Draw

I was traveling through north Louisiana with a worldly friend skilled in cooking many cuisines with a concentration in the foods of Asia. I had long heard rumors of a sensational Chinese restaurant in Bossier City with a voluminous wine…

Recettes de cocktails: Peaches in Paradise

The cumulative effect of Antoni’s Just Peachy cocktail can be compared to the ineffable chemistry of a couple falling in love. When adding up all the elements, it’s plain to see that peaches and spiced rum were meant to be…

Pour la maison: Happy Paper Trails

For anyone with school-aged children, the end of summer means a shift in entryway litter. Sometime around mid-August, wet bathing suits and towels get replaced by backpacks, lunch boxes and lots and lots of paper. Insert face-palm emoji. No matter…

Les Artistes: Drawn to Story

For artist Denise Gallagher, whose professional career has pretty much been a fairytale while drawing and writing fairytales, this standalone exhibit of her children’s literature illustrations at the Hilliard Museum could be considered her storybook finish, her happy ending —…

A la mode: Pop a Cork

Brushstrokes of every color are cast over the purse’s cork construction like a rainbow refraction when glass is held up to light. Pops of cardinal red accent the sides of the bag, providing stability as well as a punch of…

Les Personnes: Keep on Truckin'

Little do Lake Charles lunchers know the reason there’s sauce on the side of your face and napkins pinned under your thighs to keep them from blowing away in the wind is because a loving mother underestimated the spoken capabilities…

Roadside Dining: Bowled Over

  With 10 bowling lanes, a stage for live music, a full-service restaurant, multiple bars, a rooftop deck and a beer garden, Red Stick Social, Baton Rouge’s newest hot spot, defies definition. Robert Lay was the developer who reimagined then…

Split Second

Three years ago, on July 4th, Mark Raymond Jr.’s life changed in an instant.  At 27 years old, he had been celebrating the holiday with friends on a boat all afternoon in Lake Pontchartrain and periodically cooling off in the…

Louisiana Made: Sweet Preservation

Their fingers were crimson — almost stained — and with bellies full like the certainty of a cicada song at sunset, baskets of strawberries remained, and a decision had to be made. “There were just too many, and we didn’t…

Great Louisiana Chef: Cajun Learning Curve

A pot of gumbo was the first challenge Chef Alexis Cupich-Indest undertook in the kitchen after moving to Louisiana. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cupich-Indest attended the Texas Culinary Academy in Austin, fulfilling her childhood dreams of becoming a…

A Louisiana Life: Musical Inspiration

  Kyle Daigle remembers the first time he heard his music on the radio. “I was getting dressed to go to work and I just froze in my tracks,” the country music singer-songwriter says. “It’s a very cool experience to…

Classically Louisiana

As a child of New Orleans, coming up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I was accustomed to seeing the same things on restaurant menus again and again, as I dined out with my gustatory-minded parents. Common were panéed meat, poultry…

Les artistes: Lightbulb Moment

Now that the tables have turned, and the spotlight beams down on the man who made his mark pointing it at others so that they may shine, Lafayette transplant Brian Schneider punts on the notion of calling himself an artist…even…