Acadiana Profile - December-January 2014

Looking for Beausoleil

Attached to the left bank of the serpentine meanderings of Bayou Teche, the village of Loreauville lies in Iberia Parish. All around, the rich and fertile soil nourishes the sugar cane fields that stretch to the horizon. Several families, as…

Sanctuary on the Water's Edge

As much as Nicholas and Maria Doucet love to travel abroad and escape to their vacation house on False River in Point Coupée Parish for occasional jetskiing, they equally enjoy coming home to their elegant, three-story mansion in River Ranch.…

Cozy Bars for the Acadiana Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside. It’s gumbo weather, hunting season, and Carnival time is just around the corner. The bars are hopping from Lake Charles to Houma, and we have a greater diversity of bar options, well-trained bartenders creating snazzy new…

The Story Behind Cajun Mardi Gras Masks

Wherever Mardi Gras is celebrated, the mask is key. Behind the best masks, they can’t tell whether you are laughing or crying. They can’t tell how absolutely drunk you are. The mask helps erase consequence. “Riders want folks to say,…

Lost Recipes of Acadiana

One of Papa’s favorite treats for the holidays was what he called tac-tac: popcorn balls. He often sent a request to Tante Belle, who lived next door to us when I was a youngster to make him a batch. She…

Barrels of Fun

Oilmen by day, David Meaux and Cole LeBlanc chase their dreams after hours as operators of Acadiana’s first rum distillery.

Where to Go for Soup in Acadiana

Louisiana’s cold days may be few in number, but when they hit, it’s to-the-bone chilly. For many of us, gumbo is the go-to food on wintry days – sometimes defined as any day under 70 degrees.However, life beyond gumbo is…

Tinsel & Treasures 20th Anniversary

The Junior League of Lafayette hosted its 20th annual Tinsel & Treasures benefit at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, Sept. 26-28. Tinsel & Treasures, a holiday market, has raised more than $3.9 million over the years; funds have been…

Top 20 Stories in Acadiana Profile (1975-2010)

In my last column, I presented 10 of what I felt were the Top 20 articles that appeared in Acadiana Profile during my 35-year tenure as editor of the magazine, 1975-2010. Those stories were penned by writers other than me.…

45th Anniversary of Acadiana Profile

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the staff of Acadiana Profile magazine held a 45th anniversary party at Abacus in Lafayette.  After a brief introduction by editor in chief Errol Laborde, honorees Jonathan Kastner, Lindsay Mason, Dustie Latiolais, Marc Krampe and David…

The Latest News from Acadiana

Business is Booming in Lake Charles LSU economist Loren Scott has outlined a positive economic forecast with new data derived from his collaboration with the College of Business. According to the 2014-2015 Louisiana State Economic Outlook, Lake Charles should be…

How to Make Canapés

Canapés are defined as small, decorative pieces of bread (toasted or untoasted) that are topped with savory garnishes such as anchovies, cheese or some type of spread. They've always fascinated me. They were often served at ladies’ tea parties or…