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A la mode: Heaven Help Me

Ocean blue stones, marbled quartz and freshwater pearls pair well with a linen dress or even your favorite swimsuit. Each piece has a gilded crystal accent or a pendant related to Christian imagery, such as The Virgin Mary. ABOUT THE…

Les personnes: If You Braise It, They Will Come

As far as Acadiana culinary destinations go, Café Josephine isn’t the easiest to find. So for the directionally-challenged who get lost along the way, just use the giant Town of Sunset water tower as a paint-peeling North Star and follow…

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…

Pour la maison: Shelf Life

Thanks to a certain Netflix special, books and collectibles have recently fallen to the bottom of the home goods power ranking. While your freshman-year Norton Anthology of Literature may not exactly “spark joy,” that doesn’t mean you should shy away…

Comfortably Yum

Chef Kraig Dixon is a Crescent City native who grew up with a love of cooking for family and friends. Cooking as a hobby was a way to bring those close to Dixon together in celebration. “My family had restaurants…

Serious Shrimp

The first time I had the Shrimp Buster at Herby K’s I could have fallen off of my counter barstool and cracked my head on the floor. It was years ago and I was dining with my friend Chris Jay,…

Carving a Niche

Glimmers of a December sun reflect wildly off the wet ground, a slick, dark floor of fallen leaves and mud left by last night’s rain. A hatchet that looks like it has earned its rust leans across a thin handrail…

Fashionable Philanthropy

Shreveport native and fashion designer Latasha Henderson says she grew up “less fortunate.” Her mother dressed her in hand-me-downs to save money and she says the other kids bullied her for it. By age 10 or 11, Henderson was customizing…

Les artistes: Full Circle

Not to sound cool or like some annoying hipster talking about an Indie band “you’ve probably never heard of,” but Kody Chamberlain festivaled at Festival International before it was the hugely attended event it is today. Back then (1991, to…

Les personnes: Sixty-third Verse, Same as the First

Nowadays when it comes to local music legend T.K. Hulin, it seems all anybody wants to ask about or write about is his age – a footnote as rude as it is irrelevant. “People wonder when I’m gonna stop but,…

Trailblazers

Acadiana is a region steeped in history, culture and tradition and its people are known for their irrepressible and entrepreneurial spirit. It is with this idea in mind that we created the Acadiana Profile’s Trailblazers. Some of the honorees are…

My Toughest Case: Darriel McCorvey

The 48-year-old McCorvey’s most memorable case came after the tragic 2011 death of kindergartener La’Derion Miller in Milton. Miller was being picked up by his school bus and the driver, who was running late and in a hurry, closed the…

My Toughest Case: Elena Pecoraro

After becoming an American citizen as a teenager, Pecoraro studied chemical engineering at LSU. But after graduating, she put aside her initial plans of going to med school to try law school instead. She enjoyed articulating her thoughts and opinions…

My Toughest Case: David S. Cook

Cook’s introduction to mediation came in 1992. At the time the process was still relatively unheard of in Louisiana. Cook represented a driver and his insurance company following a disastrous 36-car accident on Interstate 10 near Sulphur. The case was…

Pour la maison: Command Central

There’s a reason most of your work (and mail) gets tackled at the kitchen table. Despite the best intentions of tidying up, without an organization system in place, your home’s highest-trafficked area defaults as command central. Hello, piles of paper.…

A La Mode: Haute Stuff

Rainbow Connection One of our favorite trends harkens back to the ‘30s and ‘40s: the matching playset. Think of it as a romper that isn’t as hard to take off! This colorful set from Maven Womenswear contains all the colors…

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…

Louisiana Made: Metal Winner

As far as daily commutes go, David Cano’s is hard to beat. It runs from the recently renovated second-floor loft apartment directly above his wife’s letterpress studio to just down the street at the expansive metal fabrication shop where, with…

Roadside Dining: Community Fare

When the urge strikes for a trip down to the end of the road before it falls off into the water consider a stop for a meal break in Chalmette before you head off to Delacroix and the like to…

Great Louisiana Chef: Happy Eats

Trinidad native and Ruston implant, chef Kimlin Hall, brings unique flavor to her food with a combination of Caribbean and local Louisiana ingredients and spices. Chindian Flavors, a catering business and food truck that can be found parked at the…

A Louisiana Life: Basin Keeper

The year was 1984, and a young Dean Wilson had just arrived in Louisiana. His ultimate goal was to move to the Amazon, but Wilson — who grew up in the mountains of Spain — knew he would need help…

Top Doctors

People are never more vulnerable than when visiting doctors. Whether it’s for a routine checkup, treatment for a life-threatening illness or an auspicious occasion like the birth of a child, the patient will always feel at least some anxiety and…

My Toughest Case: Dr. John Winterton

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both American men and women, accounting for approximately one in every four deaths. At Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, Dr. John Winterton helps his patients fight this…

My Toughest Case: Dr. Ann LaFranca

Almost all parents will say the experience of welcoming a child into the world is the best day of their lives. But successful, healthy births need skilled and compassionate medical care. For 25 years, Dr. Ann Lafranca of the Woman’s…

My Toughest Case: Dr. Jason Shumadine

Hearing the words “you have cancer” is terrifying for anyone. While the dreaded disease still kills thousands yearly, doctors have become better than ever at treating it. One of the primary treatment options for many cancer patients is radiation, and…

Pour la Maison: Hang Time

When it comes to art for your home, Lafayette interior designer Justine Hebert recommends collecting meaningful pieces over time, rather than shopping in bulk to fill a space. “I tell my clients to look for pieces that evoke a memory,”…

A la Mode: Stone Gorgeous

Gabrie’l Gonzalez, who creates under the moniker A Rolling Stone Jewels, has felt “an insatiable need” to make things her entire life.  “As a youngster I was always dabbling with little hemp ropes and beads, braiding and stringing little bracelet…

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.…

Les Artistes: Paint the Town

The curious and critical bunch across the street at Ruby’s Cafe watched the girl in the scissor lift painting the exterior wall with skepticism. But as days turned to weeks and weeks to a full month, “What’s she doing?” gave…

Les Personnes: 'To the Grouse'

The live music — be it Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cajun/Zydeco or country — reverberates off the room’s Hefner-chic décor of dark woods and dark leathers as men in collars and women in labels sip dark liquor underneath the forgiving dim…