Food and Drink

To Roux or Not to Roux

The question came up innocently enough on a Facebook group page about south Louisiana culture. Some of the most intense discussions seem to revolve around food, which should be no surprise since so many of our conversations involve what our…

The Promise of Spring

This year, I welcome Easter with open arms. We’ve had our share of dismal, cold, wet weather this year. The barren landscape is quickly taking on its spring lushness. Wild dogwood, native azaleas and delicate bridal wreath add bright splashes…

A Frisky Devil’s Debut

  Recipe Frisky Devil Combine 2 ounces bourbon, 1 ounce Drambuie liqueur, 1.5 ounces honey simple syrup and .75 ounces lemon juice in a shaker. Shake and strain over rocks with ice. Garnish with a strawberry heart (slice a V…

Purple Haze

Mixologists find it easy to fall in love with Empress 1908 gin derived from butterfly pea blossoms that give the libation its natural indigo color. Handcrafted in small-batch copper pot stills, its exquisite taste, regal look and delicate aroma make…

Fest Feast 

This time of the year in Louisiana is usually busy with Carnival parades, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day and the beginning of crawfish season.  Not so this year because of COVID-19. We are being urged to hunker…

Light Recipes

One thing everyone agrees upon is that seafood is a healthful food choice. It is high in good things, such as protein, vitamins and minerals, and low in bad things, such as calories, total fat and saturated fat. Eating seafood…

Common Bond 

Having been born from the union of a Cormier and a Prudhomme there is no question about the legitimacy of my Louisiana nature. Still, a sense of soulful belonging tended to evade me as a child and teenager. In south Louisiana,…

Let's Taco Bout It

South Louisiana’s finger food terrain — which for decades has been dominated by boudin — has a new feature compliments of Mexico. Tacos! From Vinton to Lafayette and all the way down south to Morgan City, tacos are being served…

Recettes de cocktail: Party Gras Mambo

Acadiana’s unconventional winter holidays of 2020 are undulating like Bach’s celestial “Christmas Oratorio” trumpets that crescendo and decrescendo until the Epiphany on Jan. 6, when Twelfth Night signals Carnival king cakes and cocktails. Revelers can step up their Mardi Gras…

De la cuisine: Fare Play

When it comes to holiday menus, my family is all over the table. When I was a youngster, we had the usual baked turkey, roast pork, rice dressing (or eggplant dressing), some kind of sweet potatoes, green bean bundles and…

Tippling in Thibodaux

Satsuma Dreamsicle Sour Add 2 ounces Pinhook bourbon, 2 ounces fresh satsuma juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, ½ ounce vanilla bean syrup and 1 egg white in a shaker over ice. Shake vigorously, pour into an old fashioned glass, top…

Hearty Fare

Supremes are sections of acitrusfruit with all of the pith and peel cut away. Once sliced, you can usethem in salads (and ceviche) or for garnishes. Since the bitter pith and peel are removed, you get…

Grit + Glory

Star Power | Prior to opening Luna Bar and Grill in Lake Charles, Chef Dave Evans had a satori. He conceived of the notion of selling sandwiches named after the planets. The Earth Burger, Venus, Neptune,…

Recettes de cocktails: In Pursuit of Simplicity

While the swimsuits and shorelines of summer vanish with the Sept. 22 autumn equinox, Acadiana’s cooling cocktails prevail with the lingering heat. Soaring temperatures invariably converge with the onset of fall, when fields of sugar cane reach harvest heights along…

De la cuisine: Savory Salmon

Redfish, speckled trout, flounder and red snapper — longtime Louisiana favorites — are getting harder and harder to come by unless you have the luxury of either catching them yourself or have friends who share their bounty with you.  Like…

Recettes de Cocktails: Happy Hour in a Digital Age

The winding roads of Acadiana are still quiet most summer evenings under lockdown and now phase 1 of recovery, resulting in a sharp uptick in internet traffic from homes abuzz with families on video chats, the core social feature that…

De la cuisine: Classic Elegance

Since childhood, summer has been my favorite time of year. What better time to enjoy lolling in a hammock staring at the clouds, and maybe a having a quick dip in a cool swimming pool. In my adult life, a…

Nouvelle de Villes

LAFAYETTE Spotlight on Spoonbill Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant earned a place among America’s top eateries when it received a finalist nomination for the coveted 2020 James Beard Awards for Outstanding Restaurant Design in May. Emerging as a converted 1939…

In Other News

Look to the Sky Opelousas St. Landry Airport is hosting a Summer “Fly In” and Vintage War Bird Expo (June 26-28) featuring a famous WWII B-17 bomber along with other vintage warbirds to honor veterans and introduce the community to…

Sur le menu: Spicy Adventure

Located 10 miles south of New Iberia, Avery Island is a 2,200-acre salt dome packed hundreds of feet thick with the mineral and mined since the 18th century. It is also home to Tabasco hot pepper sauce, founded by Edmund…

Light Recipes

This month’s recipes, created with an eye to limiting fat and calories, can help. They are both nutritious and delicious, none of them are difficult to execute, several of them feature fruits and vegetables and all of them will bring…

Recettes de cocktails: Pass a Rummin' Good Time

Feeling romantic? Then head to Youngsville around dusk, when acoustic guitarists begin amorous, tender tunes at POUR, the new hot spot in Sugar Mill Pond (situated along the March 2 Mardi Gras parade route). Arrive about an hour before nightfall,…

De la cuisine: Casual Repast

Can it be that the days are getting just a bit longer, perhaps imperceptibly so, but longer just the same? As spring approaches I watch for telltale signs like the pale green leaves sprouting on the towering pecan trees in…

Sur la menu: Culinary Celebration

With twenty-six years of hospitality experience between them, in the fall of 2018 Candace Cooper and Jacob Sonnier decided it was time to make the move and open their own restaurant. “The concept was a simple one,” Sonnier said. “Get…

Best of Cracklins

The Cajun boucherie dates back centuries, a communal hog butchering where careful attempts were made to use every inch of the animal to adequately feed the coterie. Usually held in cold weather months, the boucherie produced items for backbone stew,…

Recettes de cocktails: A Drink with Bite

Created by award-winning mixologist, Candace Cooper, co-owner of The Point Seafood and Steakhouse in Broussard, the alluring Frost Bite seduces with creamy notes of vanilla and white chocolate brightened with a hint of pineapple. It is so simple that anyone…

De la cuisine: Conversation and Canapés

For years, I’ve bounced through the holidays attending every party, initiating impromptu gatherings and hosting several family celebrations. The day after New Year’s, I’m ready to take to my bed but hey, it’s Louisiana and Carnival season begins a few…

Sur la menu: Upscale Casual

Located on a tree-canopied block of historic, downtown Breaux Bridge that bustles with strollers perusing antique shops and local boutiques, in less than two years Café Sydney Mae has successfully risen to the challenge of replacing the iconic Café des…

Pour la maison: Sur la table

It’s one of the first chores we’re taught as children. Dutifully filling ice water glasses or carefully creasing napkins is a rite of passage in many Southern households. Although our daily dining habits may not call for Downton Abbey-level servingware,…