Acadiana Profile - February-March 2019

Nouvelles de Villes: News

ABBEVILLE, LAKE CHARLES Shucks! Expanding to Lake Charles The owners of the popular Abbeville seafood haven, Shucks! are opening a new restaurant concept in Lake Charles, Shuck and Boil, later this year. The expanded menu will include signature oyster dishes,…

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…

Nouvelles de Villes: Calendar

February ❶ Here’s The Beef Cook-Off Feb. 23/Opelousas. Chefs and pit masters around Cajun country compete in a best beef dish cookoff from brisket to tongue. You get to be the judge, while enjoying live music and trail rides. facebook.com/heresthebeef-cookoff…

En Francais, S'il Vous Plait: Social Media to the rescue

For a strictly oral language that dates back to the 18th century as we hear from the self-proclaimed “experts,” Louisiana French has a remarkably robust presence on the internet. While some are lamenting its passing and are filled with a…

La Maison: Downsizing Simplified

Family ties and an inclination for country living within a city motivated Drs. Johnette and Gary Frentz to build a custom home in Lafayette’s scenic Audubon Plantation development. The retired physicians decided to dramatically downsize from their sprawling residence in…

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…

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,”…

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…

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…

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…

Sur la menu: Allons Manger!

While the streets of New Orleans are overrun with partygoers, booze, boobs and beads, and cities all over Louisiana enjoy parades and balls of varying sizes and themes, small town Acadians celebrate the traditional day of feasting before Ash Wednesday…

De la cuisine: Mardi Gras Munching

Mardi Gras is late this year — March 5. The latest it can be is March 9 and the earliest it can be is Feb. 3. Every year, no matter on what date is falls, it’s either “early or late.”…

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.…

Well Done

If you can still remember your New Year’s resolutions, it’s likely that one of them had to do with food. Perhaps it was a pledge to eat healthier, in which case the following recipes may be helpful. Not only are…

Note de l'editeur

Two years ago, I signed up for a health and fitness program through my company’s insurance. Up to that point, I would walk a lot and do a little biking and yoga, plus a few flirtations with running, but it was…

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…

Lettres d’amour: Raconte

Stories have always been part of the fabric of my life growing up in South Louisiana. It’s how my family passed time. No matter what any of us were supposed to be doing — driving from Houma to Gatlinburg, Tennessee…

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…