Acadiana Profile - June-July 2016 06/01/2016 Site Staff FacebookTwitter Trash to Treasure by TrishAfter leaving behind a retail sales position In California nearly two decades ago, Grand Coteau artist Trish Ransom found stability by giving junk a second life. Hippo StewAmong the hundreds of stories that folklorist Barry Ancelet has collected, the most famous are probably the Pascal Tales. Told in Fred's Lounge, these tales tell of the incredible adventures of Pascal and friends who traveled by bicycle on telephone… Psychedelic Garage RockMeet Rad Wagon, a trio of 20-somethings who are keeping the scene fresh Step by StepLafayette distance runner Kevin Castille has traversed a winding, sometimes bumpy road, to become an elite competitor. Lagniappe RecordsIn the age of Spotify, iTunes and numerous other digital streaming platforms, the owners of Lafayette's Lagniappe Records give customers a refreshingly old-school experience when it comes to discovering new – and vintage – music. Best New RestaurantsAnother year passes in Acadiana and the culinary scene grows more diverse and more expansive, giving visitors and residents alike endless opportunities for fabulous dining experiences. Some longstanding establishments, such as Blue Dog of Lafayette and RiverFront Louisiana Grill of… Thai FrappeA refreshing summer cocktail with extra spice Hot Diggity Dog!Get creative with non-standard toppings. Cool for the Summer4 spots that beat the heat Summer EssentialsItems to put in your beach bag Backyard AccessoriesRelax in style with these products. Soothing Summer SanctuariesTropical oases designed for resort-style entertaining during the sizzling days and steamy starlit nights Around AcadianaGatherings and activities around Acadiana nouvelles de villesÇa C’est Bon! Maurice, Youngsville, Broussard, Lafayette If you have an envie for a delicious, quick plate lunch-to-go, stop by Jody and Tonya Hebert’s newest spot, A Venue by Dupuy at 9511 Maurice Ave. in Maurice (they own Dupuy’s Seafood… note de l’editeurLike the culture of Acadiana itself, the food and restaurant scene celebrates both tradition and innovation. It also embraces and welcomes newcomers. For our cover story, Cheré Coen found five new restaurants worth checking out, whether you live in the… A Checklist for Every Bride-to-BeThings to consider 10 to 12 months in advance Tokens of LoveDisplay gratitude to your bridesmaids with these 5 elegant gift ideas. A Press DateInvitation inspiration Sweeten the Deal!Three dessert ideas from around the region Going for GoldGorgeous gowns, dazzling jewels and unique accessories are no longer kept under lock and key. Step into the vault for this season’s most stunning wedding fashions.