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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…