Acadiana Profile - December 2019-January 2020

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En Français, s'il vous plaît: La Christine

Before the Santa Claus that we know today with his red and white outfit appeared, the children of Acadiana did not wait for Père Noël, transported in a pirogue pulled by twelve alligators, the night of December 24 as one…

Les personnes: Man at the Mic

It’s 5:50 a.m. in mostly-still-sleeping Eunice, and though the ON-AIR studio light won’t flash red for another 10 minutes, the show — now in its 41st year — has already begun. Though beloved KBON radio DJ Hoss Childress is a…

Les artistes: Energy All Her Own

Familiar scenes of the industrial heartbeat of South Louisiana play out in unexpected colors and tones, as artist Hannah Smith Mason — whose life has always been tied to the energy sector — reimagines the instantly recognizable with each impressionist…

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,…

Nouvelles de Villes: Calendar

❶ Light Up The Lake Dec. 7. Lake Charles. This Christmas festival has Santa, reindeer, games for kids, carnival rides and so much more. The evening concludes with everyone gathered by the lake for the lighting ceremony and fireworks. visitlakecharles.org…

Voyages: Natural State

The art world was turned on its head when Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in Bentonville, Arkansas, an architectural masterpiece designed by Moshe Safdie that celebrates both art and nature. Since Crystal Bridges opened in 2005, the small…

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…

A la mode: At Your Leisure

BOOTS Go ahead, show up in boots. These vintage, knee-high leather Wranglers are never going out of style, at Rock + Paper + Scissors. Cool, Ranch You can embrace the latest Western fashion trends without going all the way down…

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,…

La Maison: Welcome, This is a Farmhouse

When their real estate agent called to tell them a rare empty lot opened up in the Saint Streets, Tanya and Gil Zaunbrecher didn’t think twice. Even though the couple had recently finished building a home for their family in…

Nouevelles de villes

LAFAYETTE Of Wax, Wine and Wicks If you enjoy giving or receiving scented candles, then make a party out of it. Kick back with friends and create candles while sipping vino at Bougie Bar, a new custom candle-making, BYOB concept…

Lettres d'Amour

Definitely an acquired taste. That’s the inescapable conclusion of one who didn’t grow up here but has dwelt here for 30 years, gradually transitioning from outsider to insider. Ironically, I was born in Baton Rouge, in the very hospital where…

In Other News

HOT OFF THE PRESSES Check out Warren and Mary Perrin’s latest book, “Seeking an Acadian Nation, the 1930 Diary of an Evangeline Girl.” Released in Canada during Le Congrès Mondial Acadien in August, it is based on the diary of…

Note de l'editeur

A few years ago, I was at a boucherie and not long before the butchering began, a man rolled up in a truck yelling greetings in French, to — from what I can tell — no one in particular. Several…