Note from the Editor

Not long ago my husband Mark and I enjoyed a Quantum Hop IPA and an Acadie farmhouse ale, respectively, on the covered patio at Bayou Teche Brewing while chatting with a couple of guys who were out on a bicycling adventure. After a brief rain shower and upon the urging of Laurin Knott who was working the taps that day, we took a walk down the driveway, past the Knott family’s various houses (the brewery is located on the family property) and ambled down a bit from the floating dock to the banks of the brewery’s namesake waterway. In less than a minute, the conversation turned to how fun it would be to kayak to the brewery, much like the bicyclists who cycled in from Lafayette. I’m a fan of combining my exercise and outdoor activities with leisure activities and this sounded like the best of all worlds. Needless to say, when contributor Denny Culbert told us he was planning a trip down the bayou, we wanted to tag along, even if only vicariously through his words and photos.

Ride along with Culbert on his five-day journey from Port Barre to Lake Fausse on page 38. Culbert offers up gorgeous scenery, paired with tips on what to bring, where to stay when you aren’t camping and where to eat, saving us the legwork of plotting and planning the trip ourselves. The scenery alone is worth it, but boy am I excited about the prospect of trying the boiled crabs and shrimp at T-Bob’s Seafood in Jeanerette.

Naturally, I would never want to jinx anyone, but if you happened to run into a healthcare emergency while out on your kayaking expedition, Acadiana has you covered. The hospitals in the region are innovators in advanced care, procedures, devices and facilities, as you’ll learn on page 51 in our annual Hospitals of Acadiana feature.

Speaking of adventures, are you looking for a new career? Each year we search for people making their living by following their dreams. Our Cool Jobs profiles on page 32 includes artists, clothiers and an alligator leather artisan, to name a few, to offer up ideas for your next professional chapter.  

All-in-all this issue is fun-filled and inspiring, even if you decide to just enjoy it while kicked back in your air conditioned living room, rather than brave the heat in a kayak. Heck, you can even arrange to take it all in while having ice-cold craft beer and a mess of boiled crabs. We won’t tell.




Melanie Warner Spencer, Managing Editor
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P.S. In the June issue, we reported that Michael Verret of White Fox restaurant in Breaux Bridge traveled to Japan. While he was indeed considering a visit to that country, he did not ultimately go. Additionally, the address of White Fox restaurant is 240 West Mills Ave., Suite 112, and it opened in 2016. We regret the errors.