Note from the Editor

Despite the heat and humidity, Summer is still one of my favorite times of year. As the temperatures rise, getting out into nature falls slightly down the priority list, in favor of activities a little closer to home (and the air conditioning). Backyard barbecues with friends definitely top the list as does one of my favorite hobbies, trying out the newest restaurants to hit the scene.

Whether you are holding your own summer party or going to one at the home of a friend or family member, our entertaining feature on page 38 is sure to inspire. We teamed up with Collin Cormier of Pop’s Poboys, Chef Rob Sandberg (who is collaborating on a new restaurant with Cormier), his brother Ruebin Sandberg (also a chef) and Sean and Michelle Ezell, the owners of Tsunami Sushi for a feast al fresco (and cocktails) complete with all of the mouthwatering recipes so you can test, taste and share.

If you weren’t already hungry enough, flip to page 28 for this summer’s installment of our picks for the best new restaurants in Acadiana. From artist, carpenter and boucherie expert Toby Rodriguez’s revival of Acadian Superette in Lafayette, fresh and local “Southern Bistro” fare at Cinclare in Thibodaux and the innovative international street foods offered up at Sloppy’s Downtown in Lake Charles, the region’s chefs are getting creative in the kitchen and we’re more than happy to risk our beach bods to sit a spell in the cool respite of their dining rooms and sample the menu.

Our Style + Home, as well as Food + Drink features also offer loads of inspiration for cool style and cool eats, so kick back on the porch or patio with a frosty beverage and dig in. Summer in Acadiana has arrived and ça c’est bon!