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ON OUR COVER Family time is our favorite time here for all of our team members at 337. We think a lot of area families feel the same way.

Special thanks to K2 Coolers for basically sponsoring summer! Whether you need a cooler to keep the fish that you caught on ice, to pack snacks and drinks for a long day at the lake, or for that perfect seat to cast your line, K2 has you covered.

Meet the Vella family. Dad (Lucas), Mom (Lindsay), Adley (11 years old) and Mason (8) enjoy fishing from the banks of Lake Martin in Breaux Bridge during an iconic Louisiana sunset. Any time spent with family, in the middle of Sportsman's Paradise, is time well spent. The Vellas are consciously trying to make more memories that will last a lifetime this summer. We think they're off to a great start.



4 Cajun Nation: Abbeville 6 A Day in Downtown: Washington

HOME + STYLE OWNERS/PUBLISHERS 337 Media Editor / Creative Director: Abby Meaux Conques Graphic Designers: Abby Meaux Conques, April Guillote, Jason Roy Ad Design: Abby Meaux Conques, April Guillote, Jason Roy Digital Media: Abby Meaux Conques, April Guillote, Samantha Kelly 

337 CORRESPONDENTS Brandon Alleman, Danika Arenibas, Adam Chauvin, Mamie Creduer, Cheré Coen, Brandon Comeaux, Hannah Comeaux, Abby Meaux Conques, Jared Conques, Heather Courville, Dr. Kevin A. Courville, Melissa D'Aunoy, Renee Ezell, Todd Guidry, Amelie Harding, April Guillote, Ashley Jones, Renee Ory, Leah Richard, Sarah Spell, Yvette Quartz, Lindsay Vella

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS / ARTISTS Jay Appurao, MD, FACS, Brightside Pictures, Jim Clemons, Cheré Coen, Abby Meaux Conques, Robin May

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8 Tips To Avoid 10 First Time Home Buyer Mistakes 9 Fresh Curb Appeal 10 Sumer Style Lovin' 12 Soak Up Sportsman's Paradise


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14 Grilled to Perfection 16 Adam Eats / Eat Fit 17 Restaurant Takeover 18 In the Mix 20 Kary's Kitchen

HEALTH + FITNESS 22 CBD: The New Wonder Drug? 24 Pregnancy After Infant Loss 26 Beat the Heat 27 Experts, Calories, and Metabolism

HAIR + SKIN HEALTH 28 Direct Selling Beauty Products 29 Luscious Summer Locks 30 Summer Skin Essentials



31 A Relationship Built on Trust 32 Remembering Romance


KIDS 33 Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville Kicks Off Summer Programs 34 Spontaneous Summer Fun 35 Organize Kids' Spaces

SPORTS + ADVENTURE 36 McNeese State University 37 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 38 Louisiana State University 39 Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing: Two Tickets to Paradise 40 Acadiana Teenager Focuses on Journey to the Olympics


LEISURE + EVENTS 41 Summer Playgrounds 42 The Happening: Choice Events Across the 337 44 Creativity for a Cause 46 Page Turners: Cool Summer Reads, Destinations and Delights 48 Featured Artist: Jay Appurao, MD, FACS


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Abbeville was established by Rev. Antoine Megret in 1843 alongside the Vermilion River and was modeled after towns in France that included a chapel and two large public squares. Much of this set up can be seen today with Magdalen Square and St. Mary Magdalen Church. Expanding outward you will find charm and character at its finest.

Stay the Weekend





By April Guillote


Connected to Lafayette by Hwy 167 or New Iberia by Hwy 14, Abbeville is a center point for Vermilion Parish. Holding the parish seat, the Abbeville Courthouse is one of the more iconic buildings in town. Not far from the Courthouse is Magdalen Square, where some of the best events happen!


Book your weekend at Bayou Rose Bed & Breakfast set on the Vermilion River. Here you can enjoy a good cup of coffee out on the porch watching the boats drift by on the river. Anne Guilbeaux, owner/operator, serves free boudin with your stay – and the proper way to eat it: crispy with a sweet drizzle of locally made Steen’s Syrup. Great stories and a genuine sense of home are at the Bayou Rose. Across the river you will find Dupuy’s Oyster Bar for seafood and a good cocktail, then head over to Kelvin’s Piano Bar for a nightcap and some great music. Locals also have some options to stay out of the heat this summer by heading over to the Vermilion Parish Library or catching a good movie at the Lafitte Cinema. One place that is worth heading south a few miles for some outdoor summertime fun – Palmetto Island State Park. There is an excellent learning center and a splash pad. Finally, catch a great plate lunch or a pecan candy at Soulful Eats on Charity St or grab an excellent cup of coffee at Classic Cup on the main drag of Veteran’s Memorial Hwy. Have some extra time? Call and stop by the LA Military Hall & Fame Museum, ehich honors every Louisiana Veteran from past, present, and future. Some other noteworthy items to do in Abbeville during the year: Giant Omelette Celebration – Held in November Sounds in the Square – held in the spring and fall Abbey Players July 12–July 21 Snoopy – Summer Youth Musical Visit Abbeville and experience the great things this small city has to offer!



Submitted images and pictures courtesy of Top: Magdalen Square (South View) Middle Row : Bayou Rose Bed & Breakfast / C.S. Steen Syrup Mill / Giant Omelette Celebration Bottom Row: Vermilion Parish Library / Palmetto Island State Park / Pecan Candy from Soulful Eats


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Bank of Sunset & Trust Co. Dependability and service since 1906


auling silver coins by horse and wagon in 1906 and assuring nervous customers that deposits were safe during the Great Depression were daunting tasks, but that’s precisely how the Bank of Sunset & Trust Co. built the strong foundation of customer relationships for which they’re known. Since those years, the bank expanded services to offer more than simply your average checking and savings accounts. Left to right: Casey Hebert, Eric Chiasson, Ryan Bertsch One of those services is commercial lending. The Bank of Sunset has three commercial lenders with a combined 65 years of banking experience. We offer all types of commercial loans from revolving lines of credit to loans where the focus is on cash flow or on purchasing and supply needs. We offer term loans for auto, equipment and inventory purchases for most industries. Real estate loan for purchases and/or for renovation loans for business and investment use. Ask us today how we can help with any aspect of your business needs and we will find a way to get you the right type of loan for your business. We proudly service all parishes in the Acadiana area and offer assistance to all types of businesses from real estate investors to the oil and gas service industry. Your business is your passion and our business is seeing that dream of yours come to fruition. Meet our 3 Commercial Lenders servicing our branches, all born and raised in Lafayette. Eric Chiasson from Lafayette has been in banking for over 40 years with experience as a Branch Manager, Special Number of Assets, and Commercial Lending. years of banking He graduated from National experience Commercial Lending School at The University of Oklahoma in 1998. Casey Hebert from Lafayette has been in banking for over 15 years with experience in personal banking, investments, and Commercial Lending. He is a graduate of ULL with a degree in finance. He is also currently a Board Member with the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette. Ryan Bertsch from Lafayette has been in banking for over 10 years, all with Bank of Sunset & Trust Company. He is a graduate of ULL with a degree in finance. Eric, Casey, and Ryan can be reached at any one of the Bank of Sunset & Trust Company locations. Please stop by one of their branches today to meet Eric, Casey, or Ryan to hear more about how they can help service your business needs.


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DAY IN DOWNTOWN Historical, Welcoming Washington By Abby Meaux Conques


ounded in 1720, near Bayou Courtableau, the Town of Washington became the third-oldest settlement in Louisiana. For much of the nineteenth century, it served as the busiest inland steamboat port between St. Louis and New Orleans because of its proximity to bayous and rivers. The port brought cattle, sugar, cotton and other crops from the area to New Orleans markets. Many of the structures from the port era still stand today, putting 80 percent of the town on the National Historic registry. Spend the day in Washington amongst the live oaks and 19th century structures antiquing, eating great food and meeting wonderful people.

First Stop: Info and Ideas

Washington Museum and Tourist Center can be your first stop after the drive into the quaint town. It's a hub for any information needed on historical sites, antique shops, tours and bed-andbreakfast listings.

Enjoy Lunch on Historical Main Street

Old Courtableu Cafe in the heart of Main Street Washington, serves Louisiana culinary favorites and features a dance hall with live music that is well-attended on the weekends. David Allemond, former owner of McGee's Landing in Henderson, LA, saw an opportunity to pump life back into the Tanya Doucet Washington Main Street scene with locals and tourists alike. The historical building, which served as a meat market and hardware store in the past, is the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch before antiquing. Restaurant manager Tanya Doucet makes sure everything runs smoothly for the lunch rush and also serves on Washington’s town council.

Next: Antiquing in an Old Schoolhouse

The Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall shoud be a definite destination on your "Discovering Washington" list. The two-story schoolhouse, built in 1934, boasts 40, 000 square feet of antique shopping space. Take a leisurely stroll through the old school halls where vendors have furniture, Victorian ware, china, porcelain, sterling silver, antique tools, books and many other items staged in old classrooms for antique lovers to peruse. Be sure to clear your calendar for the second weekends of April and October to check out their wellknown Antique Fair and Yard Sale. 6

Check Out Local Art

Huguet Studio is a historic building turned professional artist's working area and artist showing space. Stefanie Diez Huguet pours her heart and soul into each piece, whether commissioned or from personal inspiration, and will happily greet you when you stop by her gallery. 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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Tips To Avoid These 10 First Time Home Buyer Mistakes Steer Clear of These Pitfalls That Usually Trap First Time Home Buyers By Todd Guidry


hopping for a home is exciting, exhausting, and a little bit scary. Your aim is to end up with a home you love at a price you can afford, but unfortunately, many people do things that prevent them from achieving that dream. It’s easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of home shopping and make mistakes that could leave you with buyer’s remorse later. Here are the 10 most common mistakes first-time buyers make: Not figuring out how much house you can afford Without knowing how much house you can afford, you might waste time. You could end up looking at houses that you can’t afford yet, or visiting homes that are below your optimal price level. Looking for a home before applying for a mortgage Many first-time buyers make the mistake of viewing homes before ever meeting with a mortgage lender. This puts you behind the ball if a home hits the market you love, or you look at homes that you can’t afford. In many markets, housing inventory is tight and competition is fierce. Getting just one rate quote Shopping for a mortgage is like shopping for any other expensive item: It pays to compare offers. Mortgage interest rates vary from lender to lender, and so do fees such as closing costs and discount points. A typical borrower could save $430 in interest just in the first year by comparing five lenders, NerdWallet finds. Not checking credit reports Mortgage lenders will scrutinize your credit reports when deciding whether to approve a loan and at what interest rate. If your credit report contains errors, you might get quoted an interest rate that’s higher than you deserve. That’s why it pays to make sure your credit report is accurate. Failing to Consider Additional Expenses Once you’re a homeowner, you’ll have additional expenses on top of your monthly payment. Unlike the days when you were a renter, you’ll be responsible for paying property taxes, insuring your home against disasters, and making any repairs the house needs. If you are part of a homeowner’s association, expect to shell out a few hundred a month on top of your mortgage.


Moving too fast You need to plan far enough ahead for the purchase of a home. Map out your home-buying timeline at least a year in advance. Work on boosting your credit score, paying down debt and saving more money to put you in a stronger position to get preapproved. Fixating on house over neighborhood Being nitpicky about a home’s cosmetics can be short-sighted if you wind up in a neighborhood you hate. The goal is to find a place where the culture and values of the area match yours. Ask your real estate agent to help you track down neighborhood crime stats and school ratings. Measure the drive from the neighborhood to your job to gauge commuting time. Assuming you need a 20 percent down payment The long-held belief that you must put 20 percent down payment is a myth. While a 20 percent down payment does help you avoid paying private mortgage insurance, many buyers or can’t put down that much money. The median down payment on a home is 13 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors. You can put as little as 3 percent down for a conventional mortgage. Some government-insured loans require 3.5 percent down or zero down, in some cases. Overlooking FHA, VA and USDA loans It can be hard for first-time homebuyers to qualify for a conventional loan and they might assume they have no financing options. That’s where government-insured loans come in. Look into one of the government-insured loan programs backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA loans), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA loans) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA loans). Neglecting the Inspection Before you close on the sale, you need to know what kind of shape the house is in. You don’t want to get stuck with a money pit or with the headache of performing a lot of unexpected (and potentially expensive) repairs. That’s why you need to set up a thorough inspection of the property. Keeping your feelings in check until you have a full picture of the house’s physical condition and the soundness of your potential investment will help you avoid making a serious financial mistake. Todd Guidry of Preferred Lending Solutions can help you explore your options during the loan application process. Contact Preferred Lending Solutions to get started! 104 Albertson Parkway • Broussard, LA 70518 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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Fresh Curb Appeal Simple Summer Curb Appeal Boosting Tips By Lindsay Vella, Realtor Submitted Photo by Peltier Family


f you missed the opportunity to do your “spring cleaning” or spruce up the exterior of your home or landscaping, it’s not too late! Summer is here and with regard to the real estate market, many prospective buyers are actively on the hunt for a new home to settle into before the busyness of kids being back in school and the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the holiday season. Most potential home buyers drive by areas of interest before officially beginning their search, therefore you want your home to make the best first impression possible if it’s currently listed or if you are considering listing in the near future. Having great curb appeal may suggest to buyers that the inside of your home is also well maintained, therefore piquing their curiosity to see more while also helping yours stand above nearby competing homes. Easy ways to give your house a quick facelift are: Trim trees and shrubs; these should accent and enhance your home, not hide it! Add a pop of color by planting new flowering plants and filling in beds with fresh dirt and mulch. Consider touching up paint on house, shutters, and mailbox to give them a fresh, clean, and updated appearance. It’s also a good time to clear out gutters and any fallen debris from trees off of the roof before the height of hurricane season.

These few suggestions will have a major positive impact on the appearance of your home that will give it that extra wow factor it needs to stand above the rest!

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Lindsay Vella is a Realtor with Dwight Andrus Real Estate Agency, LLC who have been in the Real Estate and Development business in the Lafayette area since 1945. They are located at 500 Dover Blvd, Ste 300 / Lafayette, LA 70503 / office (337) 534-0900 Licensed in Louisiana

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SUMMER STYLE LOVIN' The classic Louisiana summer is in full swing, and now that the sun is out and in full force, let's turn our attention to 2019 summer favorites. Here's the 411 on summer must-haves from local boutique and outdoor apparel enthusiaists. From light and airy colorful basics with bold accesories to practical gear for those outdoorsy long weekends, we have summer ideas for those of you desperately attempting to stay as cool as possible all while feeling really good in what you're wearing. By Abby Meaux Conques

DRESS CODE LAFAYETTE 213 Cypress View Dr. Youngsville, LA 70592

Offering trendy, effortless, and refined clothing and accessories at affordable prices to women on the go. You can shop their website or join our FB group page (Dress Code Lafayette Exclusive Group Page) to stay current with promotions and sales. They also host LIVE shopping events in the group where all new arrivals are released.  Customers can also book an appointment if they want to try on in their dressing room or shop their office.

GOSSIP BOUTIQUE 151 W Walnut Ave Eunice, Louisiana 70535 (337) 457-7887 Specializing in clothing for young contemporary women and offer a wide variety of accessories, purses, and gifts for all ages.

Pictured right top: Be bright and bold in our summer stripes top! Pair it with a pair of denim shorts and leather slides for a casual look! Pictured right bottom: Snakeskin is a hot addition to your summer wardrobe! The white frayed denim shorts are exactly what you need to complete the look..

JEWELIE'S 407 Rena Drive Lafayette, LA 70503 337-984-8009

Dressing and accessorizing since 2004 with daily new arrivals of favorite tops, bottoms, shoes, purses and jewelry. They also have a great selection of fashionable, affordable Plus Size Apparel!

Pictured right top: This beach-ready look can be YOURS! This dress has UVA/UVB protection. The material keeps you cool and less sweating happens in this dress. Perfect for your upcoming cruise or beach trip! Pictured page header: Summer Breeze tank tops Pictured top right: Vacay Vibes tee Pictured bottom right: Summer Breeze tank Bottom Left: Quay Australia Sunglasses Top Left: Tori Marie Earrings 10

Pictured right bottom: Looking for great summer travel wear? This look is great for any vacation, doesn't shrink and washes beautifully! 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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1700 Kaliste Saloom Rd Building 1 Suite 100A Lafayette, LA 70508 (337) 534-8117

Swoon originated in New Orleans three years ago between two high school friends. It's a return home for one of its owners and resulted in their second location! The owner duo is excited to bring the cutest clothing, shoes, and accessories to a variety of age groups at a moderate price point.

Swoon’s favorite trend for Summer is bold prints and pattern mixing! They say, "the brighter the better”! The girls love to finish every outfit off with a pair of coordinating statement earrings and the seasons biggest trend, a headband!

PACK & PADDLE 601 E Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70501 (337) 232-5854 You won't be disappointed if yout visit this conic local outdoor gear specialist and outfitter since 1974. The once 400 square foot Acadian house on the banks of the Vermilion River has grown to over 6,000 square feet, housing excellent brands of outdoor equipment for all types of self propelled outdoor activities. They specialize in rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, kayak fishing, fly fishing, family camping, and SO much more. Their summer go-to's are practical pieces for those summer outdoor weekends while preserving stylistic elements.

Patagonia Capilene Daily Cool Graphic Shirt Paper Peaks / Resin Yellow

SWEET CAROLINE BOUTIQUE LAFAYETTE 2722 Kaliste Saloom Rd Lafayette, Louisiana 70508 (337) 408-8702 A sweet boutique showcasing the latest fashion trends and fun accesories.

Pictured right top: A fabulous romper for your summer vacation! These details will have you feeling all the summer vibes Pictured right bottom: This blue midi dress is perfect for a summer event. Pair with wedges for a more casual look or pair with heels for a dressier occasion V OL U M E 5 IS S U E 3


For use on trails or on the water, these Patagonia tech tees keep you comfortable when you’re working hard in conditions ranging from cool to hot.

Sunday Afternoons Coronado Hat - Natural Beach hat or fedora? Now you don’t have to choose! The Coronado is a floppy-brimmed fedora that follows anywhere you go.

North Face Aprhodite Pant 2.0 Urban Navy Heather Navigating overflowing streams and overgrown fields is no problem for these ultra-durable, quick-drying FlashDry women’s hiking pants. 11

Soak Up Sportsman's Paradise Bayous, swamps, coastal marshes, lakes...take advantage of our proximity to all of these amazing places this summer and soak up what our beauiful area has to offer. The best part? Supporting tourism in our state, connecting with Cajun culture, and showing our next generation the different advantages of growing up in what is indeed a Sportsman's Paradise.

Photos courtesy of Jungle Gardens

JUNGLE GARDENS Tucked away on Avery Island along Bayou Petit Anse are 170-acres of semitropical gardens with birds, bright bamboo, azaleas, camellias, alligators, deer, thousands of snowy egrets and even a centuries-old statue of Buddha. The private bird sanctuary was established around 1895 by Edward Avery "Ned" McIlhenny, naturalist and conservationist son of Tabasco sauce inventor, E. McIlhenny. Jungle Gardens was founded in the 1920s and was opened to the public in 1935 for all to enjoy. The entire estate is worth the short drive to Avery Island. Photo by Abby Meaux Conques 12

Louisiana 329 & Main Road Avery Island 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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3469 Chicot Park Rd. Ville Platte

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CHICOT STATE PARK The park consists of 6,400 acres of water and grounds. Lake Chicot is home to freshwater fish like bass, crappie, and sunfish. With a boathouse, three boat launches and boat rentals, there's no reason not to try your hand at fishing these waters. Primitive campsites, an extensive hiking trail, and biking trails are enough for any outdoorsperson to want to check out this park.

Photo by Brightside Pictures

Photo by Abby Meaux Conques

LAKE MARTIN Photos courtesy of

CYPREMORT POINT STATE PARK One of the few spots near the Gulf that can be accessed by car, the half-mile area of man-made beach can be fished from, used for crabbing, and utilized for water sports. There's also a plethora of wildlife including nutria, muskrats, alligators, deer, black bears, rabbits and red foxes have claimed their space in the 185-acre park. 306 Beach Lane Cypremort Point, LA V OL U M E 5 IS S U E 3


Lake Martin's Cypress Island Nature Preserve in Breaux Bridge is worth a visit, especially if you're a bird watcher or plant enthusiast. The area is permeated with a notable variety of species of colonial nesting water birds and native plants. Lake Martin is also known for its nesting population of alligators which can be seen from the edge of Rookery Road which runs alongside the lake. Contrasting with other deeper swamps in the area, Lake Martin can be easily reached by vehicle. Tour the site via kayak or on foot on an an elevated boardwalk with a horseshoe-shaped bridge which overlooks part of the lake. 13



Grilled to Perfection

No grill? No problem. Let these local eateries fire up your taste buds with their signature summer grilled dishes. From Vermilion to St. Martin Parish, there's no shortage of chefs waiting to please your palate. From traditional grilled favorites to artisaninspired twists on grilled classics, you are sure to find something to please even the pickiest of eaters.

VILLAGER'S CAFE'S GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD On these hot summer days, the grilled chicken salad from Villager’s Café is absolutely delicious. Crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, fresh boiled eggs and top it off with their seasoned homemade croutons! Stop in and experience the quaint, unique atmosphere at “Louisiana’s Best Kept Secret,” Villager’s Café! 8400 Maurice Ave. Maurice 14


A staple of ethnic cuisine, Bismillah brings Acadiana a taste of India with their Chicken Tandoori dish. East meets West when classic backyard grilled chicken gets a traditional warm Indian spice rub. Head there to try a taste of India. You won't be disappointed. 2441 W Congress St. Lafayette 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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Headed to Youngsville? Be sure to check out Acadiana Bar & Grill's Grilled Fish Taco, served on a bed of coleslaw and delightfully topped with pico.

Also on their menu is a Thai Shrimp Taco - grilled shrimp on a bed of coleslaw topped with pico and drizzled with Thai chili. 327 Iberia St. Youngsville


If you're looking for a grilled seafood fix, look no further than Riverfront's Seafood Cobb Salad. A generous array of jumbo lump crabmeat, boiled shrimp, crab claws, purple onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, Parmesan cheese, bacon, and a boiled egg will be enough to satisfy your grilled seafood envie. 530 Park Ave. Abbeville

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Boasting 20 ounces of delectable grilled pork, Café Sydnie Mae's double-bone grilled pork chop is a BIG favorite. Chefs hand-cut their pork loin and marinate it with a special brine and butter for several days. They then sous-vide the chops for even cooking and finish them on the grill. The result is a moist and flavorful grilled chop, so good that they claim it will be the best pork chop you’ve ever eaten, and we tend to agree. 140 E Bridge St. Breaux Bridge






Featuring: Antoni's

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Basil Chicken Salad By Yvette Quantz, RDN, CSSD, LDN Eat Fit Acadiana / Eat Fit SWLA Registered Dietitian & Eat Fit Operations

EatFit Basil Chicken Salad Yield: 4 servings 1 1/4 lb. Grilled Chicken Breast, cooled and diced 1 Stalk Celery, thinly sliced 1 1/2 oz. Pine Nuts 1 Oz Romano Cheese, grated 2 Oz Pesto Sauce 2 Oz Non-Fat Greek Yogurt 1 Oz Mayonnaise Pinch of Black Pepper Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well and chill. Serve over a bed of mixed greens with tomatoes. Nutrition Per Serving: 420 calories, 28g fat, 5g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 570 mg sodium, 16g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 7g total sugar, 2g added sugar, 27g protein


s the temperature and humidity increase in the 337, a lot of other things begin to change. Indoor activities become more sought after. Lines extend around the corner at snowball stands (that’s the same thing as shaved ice in case you were wondering) and water activities become more prevalent from Burns Point to Westlake. It is also understandable, and in most circumstances forgivable, if a lighter option is selected over ‘dat tik, dark, rich gumbo when you sit down for lunch or dinner. The Bluesiana Salad at Charley G’s is something that you can always count on. It has been available for over a decade. The crumbly blue cheese, tender greens, tart dried cranberries, crunchy walnuts and bits of red onion are all complimented with a bright raspberry vinaigrette. Depending on the season, a different berry may show up as part of the dish. This summer, fresh blueberries and blackberries make an appearance and round it all out very nicely. If you're looking for a refreshing salad that will help cure your summertime blues, head over to Charley G's and try the Bluesiana.


Non-Alcoholic Grapefruit Spritzer Muddle 3 Fresh Mint Leaves with 1 Oz Rosemary-infused Truvia Simple Syrup (see recipe) Add 2 Oz Fresh-squeezed Grapefruit Juice Fill glass with ice and top with 2 Oz Sparkling Water

Eat Fit Acadiana items meet the nutritional criteria designated by Ochsner Health System, supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and Lafayette General Health. Download the Eat Fit app to find participating Eat Fit restaurants throughout Louisiana and visit our website to learn more.

Yvette Perrier Quantz is a registered dietitian with a passion for inspiring and empowering people to nourish themselves with foods, words, thoughts, and actions that fuel them for better living. As Ochsner's Eat Fit Acadiana Operations and Marketing Dietitian, Yvette works with local restaurants to bring healthy menu items into the community. 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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Restaurant Takeover

Photo by Jim Clemons

Downtown Lafayette's Public Market Meets Pop-Up Food Hall By Abby Meaux Conques


he welcoming outdoor string lights and the cheerful patrons you see today at Jefferson Street’s Wurst Biergarten contrasts the dormant land that sat there previously for twenty something years. Robert Guercio was part of a team that opened The Wurst Biergarten in 2016 as a family friendly (and dog-friendly) beer garden, the first of its kind in Louisiana. Beer gardens are an emerging national trend riding on the heels of a fast-growing craft beer industry. Guercio had a vision then, and he recently set his sights on another idea: public market meets pop-up food hall. That idea recently came to fruition after partnering with Zack McMath, President on the board of the non-profit organization, the Acadiana Food Hub. The collaboration is part of a grass roots approach to a business incubation strategy. McMath says, “A pop-up food hall Downtown gives a platform for people thinking of a food start up to access clientele with face-to-face exposure while building their brand. Businesses that serve food need something like this to reach the public in a personal way.” The pop-up food hall is a place that allows chefs and restaurateurs (established and experimenting) to introduce food items to the public in an innovative manner. Whether it be to try out some new menu items on a ready group or to showcase new talent, Guercio and McMath want to incubate chefs interested in outside-of-the-box approaches to food. Event nights blend food, music and a walk-through market with experiences like Lafayette Reggae Night (which first featured Di Jerk Stop from Acadiana Food Hub; next up is V OL U M E 5 IS S U E 3


the local downtown pop-up chef running World Foods To Go). The success of the first reggae night led to the planning of the next event. “I think it’s important that people know this is not a theory. It’s working!” Guercio says. These events lend another level of creativity to the whole foodie experience. He sees these occasions as “activating downtown.” Guercio and McMath would love to have chefs at the Biergarten regularly to cook one day a week; a new chef every day. “Ultimately it does not happen if chefs don’t take a leap of faith,” Guercio says. He’s wanted to run with the idea of a pop-up food hall since the proven success of Hawk’s Boil Up experiences over the last two years. At that time, Hawk’s Boil Up owner, Meg Arceneaux, said she “was looking for a new way to get people to eat crawfish in an outdoor downtown area where they could bring their kids. I’m at that stage in life where all of my people have kids now and I know that kid-friendly spots are one of the deciding factors when finding a place to eat.” She called Guercio to see if the Wurst Biergarten would be interested in hosting; he delightfully agreed. During crawfish season, Arceneaux served boiled crawfish at the Biergarten on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5pm - 9pm. The first year, she saw a good amount of sales growth. This year, those sales doubled. Arceneaux explained, “We call regulars who drive all the way to Hawk’s restaurant ‘mothership people.’ A lot of mothership people came out to the Biergarten. But then we noticed about 60% of our customers were people who never experienced Hawk’s crawfish, so we got to show how good our crawfish is to a whole new audience.” Arceneaux hopes to have

the Hawk’s Boil Up pop-up at the Biergarten every year where it’s a fixture people can look forward to each crawfish season. McMath and Guercio describe their partnership as a great one, utilizing the idea of slow growth, where aspiring food truck or restaurant owners can start small with these events and grow incrementally. In the last two years alone, the Acadiana Food Hub has helped 9 food trucks get out to the public from their incubator program. Guercio sees Di Jerk Stop and Hawk’s Boil Up’s experiences as examples of what a food hall incubator venue can do for an established or upcoming chef or restaurant. He describes it as a “win-win-win-win situation: for the chef, the Biergarten, foodies and Downtown Lafayette as a whole (even existing restaurants) since these events bring in new customers from the region and stimulate tourism.” He says, “I see food halls becoming sustainable business models where chefs can be inspired to cook things they’re passionate about, show their creativity and skills, and get real time feedback. The pop-up food hall can be a step on their way to becoming restaurant owners; and it would be ideal for them to open in the Downtown area, come full circle, and enhance Downtown together.” He described those collaborative events as, “Like that saying, ‘A rising tide lifts all ships’...but it’s pirogues in our case!” Check out the Wurst Biergarten facebook page for upcoming family friendly events, themed nights-out and foodie experiences including the very best local beer and wines. The next notable event: Lafayette Reggae Night Featuring World Foods To Go and Ambush Reggae Band. Saturday, July 20th 5pm-midnight 17



In the Mix

Celebrate the return of tank top season with some of the most refreshing summer drinks on this side of the Mississippi. We thirsted, we gathered, and we found some refreshing concotions that are as tasty as they are creative.


A traditional Indian drink that's a blend of yogurt, spices and fruit. Cool down with a mango added, try another fruit, or substitute a salty ingredient for a cold savory drink.


This interesting arrangement of flavors is made with a sprig of fresh tarragon, lightly roasted on the pit, zucchini infused gin, watermelon liqueur and cane water. The depth of flavor is sure to tantalize your taste buds as the cool cocktail you haven't tasted yet...until now. 258 Bendel Rd. Lafayette

2441 W Congress St. Lafayette


With Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Grey Goose Vodka, and fresh lemon, strawberry and basil, this reFRESHing summer drink is the answer to your summer cocktail thirst. 140 E Bridge St. Breaux Bridge


Their mojito has fresh picked mint and fresh squeezed lime muddled with agave nectar. It's topped off with Cruzan Rum and soda water. Mix it up and try it with one of their flavored rums for a twist on your Legendary Mojito! There's nothing better than sipping on a cold, refreshing Mojito while sitting on the patio on a warm summer day! Stop by one of their nine locations for a Mojito and play some of the fun patio games like Giant Jenga, Cornhole, and more! 18


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Introducing Sugar Momma’s latest creation: a savory popsicle made from a tomato base, blended with spices and fresh citrus. This is THE perfect popsicle for pints on a hot summer day. Sugar Momma's Secret Confections specializes in small batch, sweet and savory treats made with local flavors and lots of love! Get a taste of Sugar Momma’s by visiting their FaceBook page or @ The Wurst Biergarten’s Public Market. Michelada popsicles will be available at The Wurst Biergarten throughout the summer. 537 Jefferson St. Lafayette


Don't make summer complicated. Keep your cocktail equally simple and refreshing by trying this mixture of Stoli Cucumber Vodka and lemonade. 327 Iberia St. Youngsville


A sweet summer treat as cool as a welcomed breeze. Carpe Diem makes their fabulous syrups in house. Pop in today and try their Italian Cream Soda. Word on the street is that they use their syrups to make yummy milkshakes too. 812 Jefferson St. Lafayette


This watermelon margarita was featured for a '90s-themed pub crawl and made such a splash that, lucky for you, they decided to keep it around for the summer! It's made with Cazadores tequila, watermelon liquor, triple sec, and citrus juice. It's sure to help you forget just how hot it is. Mention you saw it in 337 and get it for $6! 229 Jefferson St. Lafayette


This taste of the islands is made with Three Olives coconut vodka, Malibu rum, fresh mint, fresh lemon juice and Prosecco. Close you eyes and you can almost hear beach waves. 530 Park Ave. Abbeville V OL U M E 5 IS S U E 3





KARY’S KITCHEN Pig Stand Cajun Hot Wings Ingredients: 3lbs. chicken wings or quarters 6 oz. hot sauce 16 oz. bottle of Pig Stand HOT Bar-B-Q Sauce Queen Bee Seasoning

Pour hot sauce into a large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken wings, seal bag, and turn to coat. Place in refrigerator, and allow wings to marinate for 12-24 hours. Prepare grill for medium heat. Remove wings from marinade, and season with Queen Bee Seasoning (to taste). Grill wings, covered and turning occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 15-20 minutes. Once wings are cooked, brush on Pig Stand Hot Bar-B-Q Sauce, and cook for one more minute.



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What to Understand Before Trying CBD Products By Leah Richard “Not that long ago I was on 18 different medications, CBD has helped change that, it’s given me my life back.” Bonnie Hebert has lived with multiple illnesses, including severe rheumatoid arthritis, for decades. Flare ups were commonplace and so debilitating that she was actually on a regimen of chemotherapy to keep her arthritis manageable. “My doctors have been encouraged,” Hebert explains. “They’ve been able to cut back or take me off of so many medications.” The Youngsville native considers her CBD oil blends essential; she says they are nothing short of life changing and hopes more people will give the cannabinoid a try. However, there is understandable confusion about what CBD is, what it does, and if it’s even legal. CBD is one of over 60 active chemical compounds (or ‘cannabinoids’) in the marijuana plant. It’s usually the second-most 22

abundant cannabinoid, behind THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in marijuana). CBD is typically found in the seeds and stems of marijuana, not in the flowering buds. The hemp plant, which is the male marijuana plant, is an entirely different strain of cannabis that contains high quantities of CBD, and practically zero traces of THC. Most all CBD-based products come from the hemp plant. “I’m actually on my way to Utah to check on our hemp grow.” Charles Kountz is the owner and operator of Aromatic Infusions in Youngsville. He sells CBD blends designed with specific ailments in mind. Kountz says his customers have seen incredible results from his high-quality and strictly self-regulated CBD. “The FDA isn’t regulating CBD oil, it’s considered a supplement right now. But we operate as if the FDA has regulation, I think they will soon. We are ahead of the curve,” says Kountz. He explains, until the recent legislation, it was illegal to cul337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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tivate hemp and manufacture CBD in Louisiana, so his operation actually begins out west. He says there are two main types of CBD products out on the market, the one he specializes in is CBD isolate products. These products have been isolated down to just the CBD molecule. They have no other active ingredient and just aim to deliver therapeutic doses of CBD, isolated from the other cannabinoids and terpenes.

is going to work for every patient, so half is encouraging.” Dr. Chou is head of the Medical Marijuana Clinic of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. He is a medical marijuana advocate, lecturer, author, and clinician. He has seen firsthand the impacts of CBD oil and the confusion surrounding the treatment.

" one treatment is going to work for every patient, so half is encouraging."

The other type of CBD, full spectrum, generally refers to products that not only contain CBD but contain the other plant molecules as well. This version of CBD oil is minimally refined, leaving most of the cannabinoids and terpenes intact and in the oil. Full spectrum, sometimes also called “whole plant,” means the full plant extract is included, that means there will be small amounts of THC in the mix. Kountz says it’s important for people to understand what type of CBD oil they are consuming.

“There are different aspects to both. Right now, THC, even in small doses, is not legal in Louisiana. We do not sell full-spectrum CBD. There are also regulations that come from the ATC that says a shop can’t sell tobacco and CBD products, so we steer clear of that as well.”

“Even fellow physicians are having trouble finding resources on CBD. You really have to know where to look. The research in Louisiana hasn’t really begun yet, because of legalities, but in the rest of the country, they have been conducting studies for years. I recommend Project CBD out of California for medical professionals wanting to read the clinical research.”

Mayers has worked with patients, doctors and lawmakers to craft the new CBD guidelines. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain will have broad regulatory powers over the hemp program, creating rules, handling permits and destroying crops that don’t meet THC thresholds. Applications for Louisiana retailers looking to sell CBD products will soon be available, according to the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. However, the recent legislation won’t stop all of the inherent confusion surrounding CBD. Dr. Chou is adamant that patients do their research before choosing a product.

“The law hasn’t kept up with the patient demand for CBD, people are curious, many are seeing life-changing results,” he says.

“People do need to be aware of what they are putting into their bodies,” emphasizes Dr. Chou. “CBD does interact with the same liver enzymes that metabolize other medications. If taken in large doses, there could be side effects, if the bottle is mislabeled or is part of a scam, the CBD may not have the desired effect.”

Recently, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bill 491, which legalized the growth of

industrial hemp and also authorized the sale of hemp-derived CBD products with a THC concentration of less than 0.3 percent.

“I have been recommending it to, my patients,” says Dr. Victor Chou. “I would say just over 50% have very positive results. That’s actually a really good number, no one treatment

“I used to be worried it would go away,” says Hebert. “I was thinking of buying it by the case! CBD is crucial to my everyday life. It lets me have a life.”


“We needed to get this done, patients, producers, and sellers were all trapped in the gray area,” she explains. “This legislation will clear that up.”

Dr. Chou says there are studies that show its effectiveness at treating seizures, anxiety, inflammation, and studies being done in many more areas.

There are marked differences between the way THC and CBD impact the body. THC affects the brain by binding to naturally-occurring CB-1 receptors in the central nervous system. CBD is a differently-shaped molecule that binds to CB-2 receptors in cell and body tissues outside the central nervous system, because of this CBD will not get the user high. In fact, CBD is antagonistic to the marijuana high; in places where THC is legal for recreational purposes, sellers actually recommend that new users keep CBD oil around to “bring them down” from a high if they accidentally ingest too much THC.

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It looks like Hebert no longer has to be concerned, thanks in part to advocates like Katie Mayers. Mayers has been pushing for legislation of the hemp industry for years. She knows people are interested in trying the products and wants the proper channels in place for people to do so without breaking the law.

“I’m making art again, I’m living again. It’s just been extraordinary.”

He also encourages anyone taking CBD in large amounts to talk with their doctor, a consultation could make the use of CBD oil much more effective. “Know the maker, read the ingredients just like any other medication. If the ingredients are not provided, that’s worrisome.” For people like Bonnie Hebert, CBD medical advice coupled with an oil maker that she trusts has let her get back to all of the things that excite her. “I’m making art again, I’m living again. It’s just been extraordinary.”


Pregnancy After Infant Loss One Family's Story of Emotional Struggle and Lending Support to Others By Heather Courville


n January 2016, my husband Heathe and I received the surprise of a lifetime when the ultrasound tech saw two little heart beats. Big sister Anniston, 5, was over the moon excited!

We were pregnant with identical boys, and named them Nyle Matthew & Griffin Cole. My pregnancy was, for the most part, fantastic! I did have some twin-sized morning sickness, but that was to be expected. My Fetal Maternal Physician assured me that my guys were healthy and had no signs of a clef pallet or heart defects, which are common in identicals. At this point in pregnancy, 22 weeks, I was being seen once a week, on rotation with my normal OB and MFM. On May 4th, we entered the ultrasound room at Dr. J. Pugliese’s office laughing and acting silly. The moment our ultrasound tech, Leslie, began her scan, I saw her face drop. “When was the last time that you felt them move?” We knew exactly what that meant. I stayed calm and started saying all that I did wrong, because I knew that it was my fault. I had a sip of Coke, I used nose spray, I took a Tylenol. None of this was the reason. We went home to pack and make arrangements for Anniston. The following morning, we went back to my doctor’s office to confirm that there were no heartbeats before I headed to LGMC to be induced. After 17 hours of labor, Nyles and Griffin were born in the early morning of May 6th. Their birth was so calm.


My nurse Emily sat in the bed with me and coached me through labor. My sister-in-law was on my left, and husband on my right. I could feel my sister-in-law’s tears falling on my leg as I pushed to deliver Nyles. Dr. Pugliese arrived in time to deliver Griffin. We will forever be grateful that she was there with us. It was 2:00 in the morning, she was not on call and she left her 4 precious children at home to deliver my babies. We then immediately saw twins' umbilical cords were tangled, cutting off their source of life. Even though I was afraid of death, there was a peace in Room 220 at LGMC that I will never be able to explain. Did you know that you have to pay a lot of money for a funeral for babies that you never had the opportunity to put life insurance on because they never had life insurance? I was ignorant to that as well, until May 6, 2016. We humbly accepted Maddie’s Footprints offer to help us with our funeral bill. Heathe did proclaim at one point, “We will never be a part of Maddie’s Footprints. We’ll send a thank you card, but that’s it.” Oh how wrong he would be. Dr. Pugliese pushed us to attend the Maddie’s Footprints of Hope support group (a bereavement group for parents). For once, we felt


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safe and weren’t silenced. I had a safe place to share and cry. These strangers, who would turn into lifelong friends, just understood my crazy. Our losses are all very different, but we can all agree that we just miss our babies and our lives will never be what we envisioned. My passion for infant loss kicked in. It definitely wasn’t my agenda. I’m just Nyle & Griffin’s mom, who still had twin-sized love to pour on to others. I only share so that others don’t feel alone. Statistics are that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a loss. Those numbers are high and I promise you, it’s happened to someone you know. I never thought that I would be the 1, in my blissful ignorance. It only happens to “other people.” I would openly share our journey on social media. Some really awesome connections were made. After several people asking me to start a blog, I did. It gave me an avenue to get my emotions out. I was naive and thought that the universe would select us to be one of those lucky couples that would become pregnant right away. We then walked a very crooked 3 year path of infertility. Y’all would not believe all that we tried before we finally sought help from Dr. John Storment at Fertility Answers. I was angry to be seeing him. I couldn’t believe that I was “here.” My kids are dead and now I’m infertile. We were under his care for a total of 7 months. There were a few moments of giving up. Sperm counts were horrible and my ovaries were so full of cysts that we could only do two fertility treatments in the 7 months. On May 6th, which would have been the twins' third birthday, we learned we were pregnant again. We chose to tell our families early and nervously shared on social media, as well. Your opinion may be that 7 weeks is too early to

announce. Our reality is that there is NO safe trimester. Today, I am pregnant, tomorrow it could all be over. We will bask in the glory of today because tomorrow holds no promise. It truly takes a village. This baby belongs to our friends and families, too. The prayers, the fasting, lighting candles, the good juju they’ve all sent — that’s what has gotten us here. This rainbow Mom gig is hard. I wake up thinking, well this baby was alive yesterday. Will there be another cord accident today? My precious doctor is having me come in every 2 weeks for heartbeat scans, just for my sanity, until we can use a doppler ultrasound at home. If you are in the 1 in 4, I want you to know that your baby mattered! The ache will always be there, but will soften with time. Don’t feel ashamed to say your baby's name. If you are struggling, please reach out. You don’t have to suffer in silence. Lafayette has an infant loss community through Maddie’s Footprints that is ready to love you with arms wide open! Peace be still, Heather & Heathe Courville Anniston, Nyle, Griffin, and “Rainbow” baby's parents *for more information on services offered or donations to Maddie's Footprints, visit, call 337-534-4209 or message on Facebook

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BEAT THE HEAT A Cardiologist's Advice on Staying Cool in the Sweltering South By Kevin A. Courville, MD, FACC, FHFSA Tired of the heat, yet? Me too. Unfortunately, the soaring temperatures and high humidity that we have been experiencing are only the prelude to several more weeks of wicked heat as summer continues. It's important to stay hydrated, so understanding the importance of adequate hydration, how to rehydrate and knowing some tips when taking certain medications are topics of this discussion.


ur bodies have a huge requirement for adequate water balance. Literally every cell in the body relies on water to function properly. To stay adequately hydrated, it is suggested that the average adult drink between 6 and 8 cups (8 oz cups or 240 ml) each day. It is certainly possible to drink less water if you are able to consume enough water through various foods such as melons, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes and gazpacho. Sport drinks are an acceptable way to hydrate as well. Water will adequately hydrate the average guy or gal performing 30-60 minutes of exercise. With more intense exercise or longer duration, then the use of sport drinks, water with electrolytes, milk or protein drinks are the preferred way to maintain adequate hydration. Avoid drinks that have a large amount of caffeine in them as this may stimulate your kidneys to get rid of more water and thus leave you dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include the obvious ones like extreme thirst, little urine output or dark urine and lightheadedness. The less obvious clues of dehydration may include fatigue, sleepiness, headache and confusion. Should you experience any signs of dehydration, adequate replacement of water and vital nutrients must begin at once. Fluid taken into the body by mouth is not necessarily rapidly absorbed by

the gut. The speed of this necessary absorption is largely determined by the makeup of the fluid. Therefore, fluids containing electrolytes like sodium and carbohydrates, such as sugars, are more rapidly absorbed and are preferred. Sport drinks, electrolyte-containing water, and decaffeinated teas are good choices. The best fluid of all you ask? Milk‌ Yes, milk, especially skim milk which was cited in a study on the topic in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2016. Water can suffice, but at least you are now armed with the information that allows for maximal effect should it be needed. An important point to make for those of you who take medications such as diuretics, either alone or in combination tablets, is to adjust your water intake if you are in any of the following situations: extreme heat; vigorous work or exercise; during times of illness where your intake may be decreased. Taking too much diuretic when you are not eating and drinking well, vomiting or having diarrhea can lead to dehydration and should yield a call to your healthcare provider for guidance. So, go on‌enjoy the remainder of your summer! Just do so carefully and be mindful of hydration. Begin the hydration process by drinking before, during and after your planned activities. Shake it up a little by adding fruit slices to your water. It will improve the taste and add vitamins and nutrients to the body. Please go out there and help those in need. Perform some random act of kindness today. You will be glad you did. God Bless! Dr. Kevin A Courville, MD is a Doctor located in Lafayette, LA, with other offices in Lafayette, LA and Eunice, LA . His specialties include Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Cardiology.



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A More Natural Side of Sunscreen? By Danika Arenibas


This summer is sure to bring out the sunscreen in the masses – how do you choose the right one for your family? And how about all the “natural” products on the shelves. Are they truly natural or just labeled that way? Did you know that Sunscreen enters the bloodstream after just one day of use? There have been a studies at the Skin Cancer Foundation that have shown a potential link between the chemical oxybenzone and health issues. Oxybenzone has been found in sunscreen. What do you do now? What are you options to help protect you and your families skin this summer? Danika Arenibas has her own solutions – Beautycounter Sunscreen.

How exactly does one become anointed as an “expert?” I ask this because I have seen more so-called “experts” saying things that are simply not based on sound physiological principles that are quite misleading. One such statement is that losing weight is as simple as “calories in versus calories out.” Here are some facts. If you go on a “diet” that involves radical caloric restriction - yes, the ever-popular 1,200 calories a day classifies as caloric restriction - the body will respond to that stressor appropriately.   Consider this - within 24 hours, yes just 24 measly hours, of going on a low- calorie diet, which is defined as eating less than 1800-2000 calories per day (according to the World Health Organization), you immediately begin to disrupt your brain chemistry. Any changes in brain chemistry will lead to cravings; another reason people who are on such “diets” tend to binge eat.  You also are likely to increase fat storing (lipogenic) enzymes in the body.  This is particularly important for females who already have three times the amount of fat storing enzymes as fat burning (lipolytic) ones.  Remember, all of this occurs after a SINGLE DAY.    Low calorie dieting is especially damaging for anyone with a history of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or alcoholism.  Anyone with a history of chronic low-calorie dieting is most certainly going to have severe issues with their physiology, including but not limited to, altered energy production, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and so on. In the end, I have seen people gain weight eating as little as 800 calories a day while exercising themselves to death. I have also seen people get leaner and lose weight eating 2,500 calories per day exercising less than they ever have previously - more calories in and less calories out. The “calories in versus calories out” game for weight loss and improved body composition is a fallacy. “Experts” promoting that as any kind of a solution to anything need a hard lesson in physiology and metabolic efficiency. Only then, will the industry be advanced for the betterment of the health of society. Brandon J. Alleman is a skilled Osteopathuc Manual Practitioner, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Level 3 CHEK Practitioner with extensive concentration in human biomechanics and physiology. He owns Innate Movement and Wellness in Lafayette's Oil Center V OL U M E 5 IS S U E 3


Beautycounter – based in Santa Monica California – is focused on spreading knowledge about safety in personal care products. Toxic chemicals from a range of different household products including personal care indicate a part in the progression of serious health issues. What attracts many to use Beautycounter, is the intense work to make sure their products are natural and only use safe ingredients. They want to empower you to use your voice to stand up in the beauty industry and make a difference in the lives of families. Beautycounter products are products that truly work and help your skin health in the long run. Education truly is the top concern for Beautycounter. How does this relate to me locally? There is an influx of “going natural” and many women are seeing the importance of that process here in Acadiana. There are multiple natural health stores and advocates for natural personal care products. This includes local Beautycounter Director, Danika Arenibas, who has sold Beautycounter for 2 years. She enjoys helping people feel confident in their skin. Some of Danika’s favorite products are the cleansing balm, the charcoal cleansing car, and Countermatch Adaptive Moisture lotion – Yes even in the Louisiana humidity! So if you are motivated to switch to a safer beauty products, contact Danika Arenibas for more information on how to replace your skincare and make up products with Beautycounter products. 27


Direct Selling of Beauty Products How I Made Direct Selling Makeup Work for Me By Mamie Credeur I wear many hats – I've been in the beauty industry for over 17 years, one of the head teachers at Irene’s School of dance for over 20 years, a wife, and a mother of three. I love this crazy, beautiful life of mine, but my career path branched out into something new entirely 18 months ago when I was introduced to a fairly new skincare and makeup line, Limelife by Alcone. Being in the beauty industry for over 17 years, I had yet to encounter such MAGIC. I learned that the renowned Alcone company launched Limelife as “makeup and skincare for everyone” with the comparable professional film/stage-grade makeup as other Alcone products they were famous for. The fact that Alcone has been around since 1952, with amazing products was enough for me to take a deeper look into it. After more research, I found that they made products that were vegan, natural, chemical and cruelty-free which completely sold me in the end to the point where I wanted to tell all my friends and clients about my amazing find! I signed up under my sister-inlaw to be a beauty consultant, in all honesty, for the discount. The company uses a direct-selling model so that professional makeup artists and established beauty consultants can offer these products to clients, and instruct them of proper use. This is exactly where you can make direct selling work for you in the beauty industry. I’d offer a free makeover to anyone who would listen, because frankly, I knew once they felt how light it was on their face with that amount of coverage, they would be sold like I was. There was always something about a woman coming in as my client, and leaving my chair feeling beautiful and empowered. It made my heart soar. I knew that now I could really offer them another


layer of self-care and that they could achieve this feeling everyday with Limelife products. I’ve given countless makeovers to beautiful women and have seen smiles on women’s faces that would make anyone feel warm. Before I knew it, I had people messaging me with questions about the products and I was handing out samples left and right. Other people began to realize the quality product we had available to us that used to only be available to beauty professionals. My passion for hair and makeup along with these products afforded me a branch-off job in the beauty industry where I began to work alongside my sisters-inlaw, my mother-in-law and many friends. We get together often, and get to spend quality time together while also keeping up with industry standards and seeing what products work for certain skin types, which pigments look best with different skin colors, and staying up to date with stylistic trends. As a by-product, our gatherings with women would turn into chit chats and learning about each other’s life stories, trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Before we knew it, a community of women supporting other women was forming and new friendships began to emerge. So much more came from my involvement in this part of the beauty industry than I could have ever imagined. My new venture was certainly a game changer for me, and can also be for salon owners, make-up artists and hair stylists who want to offer professional level makeup products and skin care to their clients. To date, the whole Limelife experience has been a blessing for me, my family and my clients, and I wouldn’t change the last 18 months for anything.


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LUSCIOUS SUMMER LOCKS Tips and Products to Keep Hair Healthy During Harsh Summer Heat Altered’s Favorite Summer Product Picks

Refinery’s Men's Summer Hair Tips 

Moon Landing by R+Co.

It’s hot! Come in for trims every 4 to 6 weeks to keep cool and keep your style looking fresh.

We love this humidity Shield year round! When you use moon landing you’re shielding off that terrible Louisiana Humidity.

Death Valley by R+Co. Between swimming and sweating your hair gets washed more during the summer. Use Death Valley dry shampoo it add grit and texture to the freshly washed hair. Add texture to your curls or braids helps give a long lasting beaching look.

Don’t overuse product-sometimes less is more! To get a stronger hold from your pastes, clays and pomades apply to drier hair and to get a lighter or softer hold apply to damp or wet hair. This allows products to be more versatile. During summer months, keep hair styled out of the face to keep skin clean and clear. Don’t forget to use sunscreen on your scalp. It burns easily. Use a clarifying shampoo one to two times a week to remove product buildup and chlorine. If you want to change up your color, never do it yourself! Come see us at Refinery Downtown for all of your color needs! Keep your hair conditioned. Especially if you spend a lot of time in the pool. Come in for product recommendations for your specific hair type!

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Summer Skin Essentials By Amelie Harding Here we are again, facing another hot Louisiana summer! This time of year we all love heading to the beach or lounging by the pool, enjoying friends and family, and making great memories. While we’re out having fun in the sun, it’s important to remember our skin. For many of us, long gone are the days of carefree sun exposure; instead, we find ourselves seeking ways to preserve what youth we have left! To protect and maintain healthy skin during the warmer months, you must consistently exfoliate, hydrate, and protect from the sun. EXFOLIATE Exfoliation is the step many of us tend to be less vigilant about, yet it is one of the most important components to an effective skin care routine because the best way to ensure proper product absorption and effectiveness is to prime the surface of the skin by removing dead skin cells and debris. The result is the healthy glow we all strive for. You can exfoliate manually (scrubs, dermaplaning, etc), mechanically (microdermabrasion, Hydrafacials), and chemically (customized micropeels, etc.) If you’re unsure which method is best for your age, concerns, and skin type, consult a local aesthetician. HYDRATE Hydration is similarly critical. Drinking lots of water and regularly applying a moisturizer (don’t skip your neck!) are the best ways to combat dry skin and deeper lines and wrinkles. I recommend a richer cream moisturizer before bed and then a light daytime lotion during the day. I like moisturizers that contain either Vitamin C (for its deep hydrating and brightening benefits) and/or hyaluronic acid (for its plumping and nourishing abilities). If you have oily skin and are hesitant to use moisturizer, there are many oil-free and matte products out there. Particularly during the summer, you can combine hydration with beauty in one step: if you, like me, dislike the feeling of heavy foundation or makeup in this humidity, use a good tinted moisturizer or BB cream. They provide just enough coverage without feeling too heavy.


PROTECT YOUR FACE (AND NECK!) FROM THE SUN And now the holy grail of skin care steps: sun protection. I cannot stress how important it is for us to use sunscreen. Excessive exposure to UV rays can really wreck our skin, causing deep lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and an overall dull and sallow appearance. In my years as a skin care professional, I have treated more damaged skin caused by sun exposure than anything else. Sunscreen is the ultimate preventive measure and can also stop hyperpigmentation in its tracks before it becomes more noticeable and bothersome. I always recommend a day cream with at least 30 SPF, along with a super sassy floppy hat to protect your face and chest. It’s never too late to begin using sun protection as a preventive measure. Taking a few extra minutes a day to exfoliate, hydrate, and protect your beautiful face from the sun can really make a big difference in your skin’s health and appearance. Take care of it; it’s the only face you’ve got! Happy summer, everyone!

Amelie Harding is a medical aesthetician, owning and operating Amelie Aesthetics Studio in Youngsville, LA where she offers a wide variety of customized facial treatments, along with threading, waxing, and eyelash services. Amelie was born and raised in Lafayette and is a proud single mother to two children, Zoe (16) and Henry (8).


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A Relationship Built on Trust By Hannah Comeaux, M.A, LPC, LMFT Trust is a key part in increasing intimacy and building a stronger partnership. Often, past experiences and hurtful situations define our reliance on others and can create mistrust. Developing trust requires vulnerability and is a process that takes time. Here is a trust-building guide to relationship success. Foster honest conversations with your spouse. Having continuous open communication with your partner can increase your trust level. Take time to check in throughout the day. Start slow and let it naturally grow with time. Evaluate negative thoughts that lead to mistrust with your partner. Ask yourself if your current thoughts and feelings are related to their actions or your own doubt and insecurities.

Practice listening to your partner and learn to address issues before they turn into larger conflicts. Don’t let arguments with your spouse go unresolved. Conflict in relationships are normal but reaching a resolution is key. Forgive people from your past and be cautious not to bring negative experiences into your current relationship. Lastly, avoid comparing your relationships and experiences with others. Remember, each relationship is unique. It takes time and dedication to build a trustworthy bond as you and your partner ensure a stronger connection. Hannah Comeaux is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Her passion is working with couples and families to restore and cultivate more meaningful relationships.

Another Reason to Smile at Quest Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics!

Dr. Miller, Dr. Shilpa, Dr. Lindsey, Dr. Manuel and the entire Quest Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Team are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Thomas Garitty! Dr. Thomas Garitty is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. Upon graduation he decided to pursue a career in Dentistry and received his DDS from Louisiana State University Dental School in New Orleans, followed by the completion of a general practice residency at the Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma where he received comprehensive training in Pediatric Dentistry. Moreover, he returned home to LSU to complete his post-doctoral pediatric dentistry residency, where Dr. Garitty received extensive training in conscious sedation, hospital dentistry, and the treatment of children with special healthcare needs. Furthermore, he is an active member of the America Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Special Care Dentistry Association. Dr. Garitty received the Special Care Dentistry Association Award, and in addition, was extremely involved in many Philanthropic endeavors throughout his education. Dr. Garitty was born and raised in Baton Rouge. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with friends and family. He is excited to bring his extensive knowledge to Quest Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

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Remembering Romance The Art of Slowing Down and Remembering Your Connection By Melissa D'Aunoy Sunsets on the beach, slow walks in the park, dancing by moonlight… so romantic, right?! How’s the romance department in your relationship these days? Is it lacking? Null and void? Absent? Is your romantic streak reserved for those white beach vacations, cruise excursions or strolls under the Eiffel Tower? We all know this, but sometimes we need a reminder. You don’t have to get away to have romance. Urban Dictionary defines romance as “a state of connection between two people that is brought about by thoughtful sentimental gestures that mean something to one or both parties; gestures that communicate care and understanding and love, as well as, a desire to reach out and connect through the heart with a partner. The purpose of romance is to show the person you love that you're thinking about them, that you would like to them to slow down so you can connect with them. Romantic gestures are usually simple and sweet that cause your partner to remember who you are, and why they fell in love with you in the first place.” Slowing down, simple, sweet, thoughtful, connection – these are key. We live life rushed, busy and disconnected. Romance is important and doesn’t need to be extravagant or expensive. Simple and sweet! It’s taking the opportunities to slow down and connect with one another right there in the space you share every day. Stopping your partner for a slow dance in the living room while making dinner A spontaneous picnic in the park or showing up at the office with that picnic lunch Rose petals, candles, massage oils in the bedroom for lovemaking A handwritten note left by the coffeepot Movie night and cuddling in your own bedroom with the doors locked A glance and wink across the room during a dinner party Naked yoga, naked housework, or naked spaghetti making together when the kids are away Going for an afternoon drive, windows down, music loud, holding hands Sitting together on a porch swing silently rocking and enjoying just sitting next to one another 32

Sweet and simple! Don’t let your lack of money or time for those getaways and “romantic” trips rob you of the romance that is available to you in the everyday moments of your life. And don’t let the hurts, the offenses, the misunderstandings keep you from the romance that is yours! Relationships can be hard. Through thick and thin, through the joys and the trials. It all can make us weary and loveless, but you can turn it all around by taking small steps back towards your partner. Simple, slow steps back into each other’s arms. Romance requires vulnerability and taking 100% ownership of the relationship that you want. Stop waiting for your partner to do something. Be the change you want to see in your relationship. It can be scary to extend yourself in this vulnerable way but do it anyway. Life is too short to wait for someone else to move. Why did you fall in love with your partner? What drew you to one another? Remember the time when all you wanted to do was be with each other? Remember his smile when you first met him, remember the way she ran her hands through her hair. Think on the things you loved about one another, the things that attracted you to one another, the kindnesses you offered one another. When two people in a relationship move toward one another with small, loving gestures - magic happens! Or maybe you are the only one moving toward in your relationship right now – don’t be discouraged because your movement toward, with kindness and love, can awaken and change the heart of your partner and relight the romance that has gone dim in your relationship. Remember that romance “causes your partner to remember who you are, and why they fell in love with you in the first place.” Romance to remember – slowing to capture the simple, sweet moments all around you that reconnect and deepen your love for one another. The Kitchen Table Counseling and Life Coaching is a faith based counseling and life coaching organization located in Lafayette, Louisiana. Marc and Melissa D’Aunoy is committed to working with Christian couples to understand and work out the issues a couple faces in life. The Kitchen Table also has life coaches ready to help an individual walk through life in a healthier way. Visit their website at today to find out more of what happens around The Kitchen Table. 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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Junior Auxiliary Abbeville Kicks Off Summer Programs Community and Local Organizations Join Together for Abbeville Youth Vermilion Parish’s Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville (JA of Abbeville) is partnering with several local organizations to enrich the lives of Vermilion’s youth and the community. Over the next few months, the Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville will partner with the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce for Project Backpack and the Vermilion Boys and Girls Clubs for Artfully Yours and Lessons Through Literacy projects. This year marks 20 years that the Vermilion Parish’s JA of Abbeville has been active in our communities, helping to shape the future of the parish through its youth oriented projects.

Artfully Yours is being held during the summer months at the Boys and Girls Club-Vermilion Unit located at 301 A. Comeaux Memorial Drive in Abbeville. This project, open to members of the Club, provides children of all ages an outlet to explore their creative sides and enhance their imagination. Each month of Artfully Yours has a theme and children are encouraged to explore what that theme means to them while learning out-of-the-box thinking and developing fine motor skills. Monetary donations and donations of paper towels, surgical gloves, permanent markers, and snacks for the attendees are accepted and greatly accepted by the Chapter. Contact the Chapter directly to drop off supplies or find additional ways to contribute to this project.

“It is so rewarding to help build character in these children that also help to shape our community.  The women involved in JA not only are building their own leadership skills, they are cultivating relationships with each other and the children to give the community a future and a purpose,” explains Megan Landry-Lalande, outgoing PR chairman and associate member of the chapter. Project Backpack begins July 1 and runs through the start of the school year. This campaign helps ensure students have quality backpacks filled with the necessary school supplies to take them through the school year and beyond! People hoping to help can drop off backpacks and school supplies donations at the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce at 1907 Veterans Memorial Drive. V OL U M E 5 IS S U E 3


Lessons Through Literacy is a monthly book club at the local Boys & Girls Club that teaches life lessons through award winning books. TJA of Abbeville members read books to member of the club that build literacy, teach everyday lessons over snacks followed by interactive lessons.

Interested in learning more?  Check out to explore more about supporting causes, joining Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville, or donating to future projects. Remember, all donations are tax deductible! For more information, email

Pictured ounterclockwise from top left 1. Lessons Through Literacy 2. JA of Abbeville Group 3. Donations from Eastridge Chamber 4 JAA Vermilion Chamber Project Backpack 5. FUEL donates backpacks 33


Spontaneous Summer Fun! Scouted-Out Spots for Fun and Frugal Summer Activities By Abby Meaux Conques

Pick Figs at Daniel + Anna's Orchard

Daniel + Anna's Orchard offers a pick-your-own lay of land where you can take kids to pick fruits like blueberries, peaches, kumquats, satsumas, persimmons, berries and figs. During the summertime, figs are the only fruit available, but oh what a sweet fruit to pick! Located at 5116 North Freetown Rd. in New Iberia, all they ask is that you call before you go to ensure fruits are available to pick. They provide bags for you. All you bring is a little cash (a couple of bucks per pound of fruit) and energy for picking! You can stay up to date with announcements on their Daniel + Anna's Orchard Facebook page.

Programs at the Planetarium The Lafayette Science Museum is a great place to go if you're downtown in Lafayette and looking for things to do with kids. Most Planetarium programs are $2 for kids ages 4-17, ages 3 and younger are free (also factor in $2 plus tax for museum admission, which is a fun tour in itself.) All programs can be found in the online calendar where you can read a description of the showing, along with an appropriate age level suggestion. Some programs include shows about space, planets and the sun. Others are fun stories like Larry Cat in Space where kids can watch a silly cat's space adventures and Accidental Astronauts where you follow characters and their dog exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon and bounce along with them on the lunar surface. Discover space mission stories and the popular Sky Tonight showings of live presentations of the evening's constellations, stars and planets. Visit for all of schedule info and get connected with science and space this summer! 34

Classes and Crafting at Local Libraries Lafayette Public Library System With nine branches and a bookmobile, you have many options to beat the summer heat with a trip to the library. Though fun on its own, you should check out the vast array of classes, workshops and performances offered at multiple library branches this summer for all ages! I'm talking Lego Club, amazing performances for kids, needle arts, 3D printing space, craft classes, gamer get-togethers, coding workshops, cooking programs, painting courses, Kiddie Fly-In Movies, movie nights, story times, Family Fort Nights, reading to trained therapy dogs, bath bomb making, suncatcher making...the list goes on and on! Visit for schedules, branch locations and registration info. There's even a back-to-school "Countdown to Kindergarten" program! If you haven't been to a library lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Summer Movies for Kids The Grand 14 Movie Theatre on Ambassador in Lafayette continues its Summer Kids' Flicks series with selected movies, a free box of popcorn and kid's soda for $4. There's a new chosen movie each week and showings are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. The program runs through August 14. Visit for the summer movie schedule. Broussard's Celebrity Theatres off of US 90 is currently running its 2019 Summer Film Festival. The selected movies run through July 26 and have showings weekly Monday-Friday at 10am. A movie ticket, drink and popcorn are included for $6. Visit for the summer movie schedule. 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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Organize Kids' Spaces Simple Steps to Contain Clutter By Renee Ory, Owner of Amazing Spaces


rganizing for kids is one of the most rewarding projects to me because I get to see the joy in a child’s face when all of their favorite toys are ready for play time —not to mention their parent’s face when the mess is gone! Most parents cringe at the thought of organzing kids' spaces. The truth is, if you set aside a half or full day, you can have a good basis where only tidying up is needed for long stretches of time, so the time investment is worth it! Whether it’s clothes, toys or papers, there are simple systems you can set up to help manage and contain the clutter. Conquering Clothes Gather all of the child’s clothing from the dresser, closet, laundry, under the bed, in the car, or wherever their clothes tend to accumulate. Categorize similar items, such as all tops, bottoms, uniforms, and pajamas. The fact that kids grow out of clothing so quickly should make it easy to decide what stays and what goes. Relocate items that will be useful for a smaller child in the family and separate items that are still too big by boxing them up with a label or hanging them in the back of the closet for the future. You should also pull out any clothes that you are saving for sentimental reasons and put them in a memory box along with other special items. Hang the clothing in the closet and consider separating school stuff from weekend or everyday stuff. Divide items by type, such as short sleeves, long sleeves, shorts, skirts, and pants. If you want things to look extra nice, line clothing up by color going from light to dark in each category.

Tackling Toys Collect all the toys in one area and separate them into general categories like cars, Legos, action figures, stuffed animals, costumes, puzzles, games, balls, dolls, books, media and electronics, and remove anything that is damaged or incomplete. Try to put sets back together. If your child has outgrown something and you know that he/she will not be upset by letting it go, donate it to a local charity. Another smart idea is to rotate some toys in and out by selecting a few to hide for a while and bring out in the future as a surprise. To store the items, choose a logical space where items can live. Each category should ideally be stored together and have easy access for playtime. I usually avoid mixing toys with clothing in the closet by keeping the toys down low or removing them from the closet all together. No organized kid’s room is complete without some sort of shelving, cubbies, bins, toy chests, to containerize toys. The reason you want an organizational tool is because it creates a limit to the amount that can fit inside, which should ultimately limit the amount of toys you keep. Parents can decide how much is too much, but a general rule of thumb is that if it does not fit in the space that you have assigned, it is too much and you need to declutter. V OL U M E 5 IS S U E 3


Put Away Papers Keeping track of information and paperwork is a lifelong skill; the earlier your child learns how to do it, the better. Managing papers is something rarely or never taught in school so it is up to parents to lay the groundwork. Begin by gathering all the papers belonging to your child and making separate piles to distinguish between blank paper, completed art or projects that are being saved for sentimental reasons, completed school papers, and info associated with after school activities or clubs. Recycle unnecessary papers and relocate any unrelated documents. Place the blank paper near the other supplies and save the memories in an assigned box that is out of the way. Important papers should be put away for the future. I recommend setting up a filing system for each child by using a ten-inch plastic file box without a lid, ten to twelve hanging files labeled for each school subject and extracurricular activity, and a monthly calendar posted on the front. The purpose is to show kids how to manage their own files beginning early on and going all the way into adulthood. These simple systems are a great start to organizing your kid’s clutter and should be reviewed and updated at least once a year.

Amazing Spaces is a Professional Organizion company since 2003. Call Renée Ory (337) 296-5506 for appointments. Visit the website at 35



McNeese Cowboys ENDING THE DROUGHT By Brandon Comeaux For the McNeese Cowboys baseball team, it’s been a while since they’ve gotten a taste of the NCAA Tournament. 16 years, to be exact. The drought ended this season when the Cowboys made it to the Nashville Regional after winning the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time since 2003. It was an impressive run that included victories over two teams – Incarnate Word and Central Arkansas – that claimed series victories over the Cowboys during the regular season.

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Postseason Honors Several McNeese baseball players were honored after the 2019 season Central All-Region First Team Second Baseman Nate Fisbeck Southland Conference All-Academic First Team Pitcher Bryan King (4.00 GPA, Major Natural Resource Conservation Mgmt.) Freshman All-America Second Team Pitcher Will Dion

The Cowboys got hot at the right time, playing their best baseball when it mattered the most – down the final stretch of the regular season and in the SLC Tournament. The season ended with two heartbreaking losses – Indiana State and Ohio State – in the Nashville Regional. But McNeese showed it belonged, making the higher seeded Sycamores and Buckeyes earn their hard-fought victories over the Cowboys.

Going to the Big Leagues Four Cowboys heard their names called in the Major League Baseball Draft Outfielder Shane Selman (Oakland Athletics)

Academic All-America Second Team Pitcher Bryan King (4.00 GPA, Major Natural Resource Conservation Mgmt.)

Third Baseman Carson Maxwell (Arizona Diamondbacks) Pitcher Cayne Ueckert (Chicago Cubs)

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Pitcher Bryan King (Chicago Cubs)


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As the 2019 softball and baseball seasons have come to a close, one of the main things I will remember is how two former Teurlings Catholic Rebels shined for each Ragin’ Cajun program.

By Brandon Comeaux

Summer Ellyson It was a special season for the junior pitcher. The Teurlings grad came to UL as a heralded player – a state title winner both in Class 5A high school softball and in club ball. She was named to multiple all-state and all-district teams and was a downright dominant player, totaling over 900 strikeouts during her time as a Rebel. Following a solid 2018 season, during which she won 23 games as a pitcher, Summer took it to a whole new level this season for the Cajuns. The All-American led the nation in victories with 39. That is the second-most in a single season in UL softball history. She also finished with a remarkable 1.11 ERA and continued her dominance, striking out 354 hitters. Biggest Moment of the 2019 season: Pitched a complete-game, 3-hit shutout against Ole Miss in the NCAA Regional, striking out 7 batters.

Hayden Cantrelle It was a remarkable season for the sophomore shortstop. The Teurlings grad actually chose to play for the Cajuns over the New York Yankees, who made him the first ever Rebels player to be drafted out of high school. A two-time state champion, Hayden was named Class 4A MVP as a senior after batting .400 and stealing 18 bases. When Hayden chose to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns over turning pro, he also decided to continue a family legacy. His father, Kevin, played baseball for the Cajuns from 1995-1998 and became an Academic All-American. And his Uncle Lee played donned the Vermilion and White from 1991-1994. Following a great freshman season in 2018, Hayden continued his sensational hitting. He led the team with 119 total bases, 56 runs scored and 28 stolen bases. Also, in a game against Little Rock, Hayden homered three times. He was honored by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association by being named First Team All-Region. Biggest Moment of the 2019 season: Became the 4th player in program history to hit for the cycle in a game at Russo Park against Northwestern State. (Information and images courtesy of and

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Tiger Happenings

By Brandon Comeaux


2015 LSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and World War II veteran Ebert Van Buren passed away on June 14 at the age of 94. As a fullback and linebacker, Van Buren was a standout and leader, playing a huge part in helping LSU garner a berth in the Sugar Bowl following the 1949 season and being named a captain for the 1950 season. Van Buren played in the NFL for three seasons, drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles as their number one pick in 1951. He made the NFL Pro Bowl team in 1952.

Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Good Conduct Medal after serving his tour from 1943-1945. The only surviving member of his unit in Okinawa when the war ended, he was wounded at “Hacksaw Ridge” in Okinawa. Van Buren returned to LSU, earning his master’s in psychology in 1961. He opened a private practice, working with children with autism and special needs. He practiced for over 60 years. His late brother Steve is a member of the LSU and NFL Halls of Fame.

This followed his time in the U.S. Army 96th Infantry Division in the Pacific during WWII. He received a Purple Heart, two

TIGER BASEBALL The Tigers made their return to the Super Regional Round of the NCAA Tournament after falling short the year before. The Tigers, under Head Coach Paul Mainieri, recorded 40 wins overall and hosted and won the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge before falling to Florida State in Super Regional play.

TIGER SOFTBALL The Tigers made the Super Regionals for the fifth year in a row. The Tigers, under Head Coach Beth Torina, finished with 43 wins overall and hosted and won the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge before falling to Minnesota in Super Regional play. (Information from



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FRESHWATER AND SALTWATER FISHING: Two Tickets to Paradise Summertime in the Sportsman’s Paradise By Jared Conques


ouisiana isn’t shy about calling itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” So much so that we even added this moniker to our state-issued license plates. And with a wildlife and game population as diverse as our gumbo recipes, it is hard to argue with this title. Whether it be waterfowl and big game hunting in the winter or chasing redfish, bass and speckled trout during the spring and summer, there is always a bounty of wildlife waiting to be harvested in what is truly the Sportsman’s Paradise. Summer has arrived and the temperature is not the only thing heating up. Fishing is in full effect in our waterways and there are no shortage of places to wet a line and make some memories. Three popular fishing destinations for many people in the Acadiana area are Henderson Lake, Lake Martin and the Rockefeller Game Reserve. The best thing about these three destinations is that they are all a short car ride away!

A 30-45 minute car ride can land you on the banks of Henderson Lake and Lake Martin. Both of these waterways are situated in St. Martin Parish and offer freshwater fishing. In these lakes, fishers can expect to find a range of species including largemouth bass, blue gill (bream), catfish and sac-a-lait.

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Both Henderson and Lake Martin offer a place to launch a boat as well as numerous places to bank fish where accessible. If you aren’t much of a fisher, Henderson and Lake Martin offer the chance to take in some incredible bird watching opportunities, with Lake Martin having beautiful walking observation decks for those seeking to observe our avian wildlife in their natural habitat! If you want to travel about an hour longer, you can find yourself in Cameron or Vermilion Parish to enjoy the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. Rockefeller offers the opportunity for access to both saltwater and freshwater fishing experiences. Outdoorsmen have the opportunity to harvest a plentiful bounty from this area including fresh gulf shrimp, blue point crabs, redfish, black drum and speckled trout, just to name a few of the things your net can bring on board! Whether your travels take you to some of our freshwater or saltwater fishing spots, remember to pack those fishing licenses, check your bait and tackle and make sure you have proper-fitting life jackets if you will be on the water. We hope you create memories that will last a lifetime this summer in the “Sportsman’s Paradise.”


Acadiana Teenager Focuses on Journey to the Olympics By Leah Richard “It’s the Superbowl of fencing, I’m having to be more strategic in my planning to meet my Olympic goal by 2024. This is a big one.” 15-year-old Darby Edwards knows her life is on a trajectory, one that began as a fascination, at 10-years-old, with the swordplay on Pirates of the Caribbean. “I wanted to do that, I’d fight my brother with sticks and asked my mom if there was a sport with swords. We looked it up and I started fencing,” she says. “In July, I’ll be going to the Summer Nationals.” Now, just five years later, the Opelousas native is the top fencer from Louisiana, ranked 8th in Division 2, working on her international ranking and using her skill and strong mental game to build momentum towards qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team by 2024. “In this sport, you can easily win or lose a bout in your head. I have confidence in my abilities, I go into this knowing I’m going to win or at the very least learn something to advance my goals.”

"There’s no defense against it. I’ve seen her knock out all of the ‘top-ranked’ players, reducing these guys to tears.” Fencing is not a sport for the faint-hearted. This sentence: Just to get to the ‘Superbowl’ of fencing, the Summer Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, represents a significant monetary commitment, not to mention attention on footwork, endurance, and Darby’s outstanding mental game. Karen adds that players are easily spending thousands or more on tournaments, between the travel and hotels. Plus, there are the trainers, camps, and equipment; competitors must be fully committed. “Fencing is my life,” explains Darby, “I practice my footwork throughout the house, I’m constantly watching videos, working on my endurance, becoming proficient on each sword. This is who I am.”

"Just don’t tell me I can’t do it. I can and will."

Her mother Karen says the fencing world really doesn’t know what to make of her daughter. Darby is almost entirely self-taught, the two of them have put tens of thousands of miles on their van traveling from tournament to tournament. “These competitors have their coaches and mentors with them; they are all trained in a certain style of fencing,” Karen says. “Then there we are, by ourselves, after traveling all 40

night in most cases, and since she’s selftaught, she has a style all her own.

Darby wants to be the first person since the 1920s to qualify for the Olympics in each of the three fencing categories: swords, sabre, foil, and epee. It’s a huge undertaking considering most fencers usually focus on one of the three. “The last guy who did it entered at a time when you could just go to the Olympics and not really qualify. I would be the first person to actually qualify for all three.”

Beyond her Olympic aspirations and qualifying at the Summer Nationals in July, Darby is also one of the sports youngest referees. She began officiating bouts when she was 12, now she can referee regional and national competitions. When she turns 18, she can begin refereeing international bouts. “I want to concentrate on refereeing as well, then eventually start a fencing club to open up the sport to people who may have never considered it.”

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The people who walk into Darby’s future fencing club will have the benefit of learning from a self-taught, nationally ranked fencer. One who is approached by colleges and coaches at bouts, who sees her opponents shake when she faces them down. She's a fierce competitor who knows nothing is impossible. “Just don’t tell me I can’t do it. I can and will. I used to walk into competitions and people didn’t know me. It would be easier to go home. But I win, I win over and over again.” You can follow Darby’s road to the Olympics on Instagram via darbles_the_fencing_queen and if you want to be a part of taking her all the way, check out her Darby’s Fencing Go Fund Me account. 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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SUMMER PLAYGROUNDS Southern Getaways By Cheré Coen


t’s summer and that means vacation! Whether you’re heading east to Florida, west to Texas or any points throughout the Deep South, there’s so much to visit this time of year. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

SHUCKERS BASEBALL Louisiana residents must travel to Houston or Atlanta for the closest Major League Baseball game, but New Orleans and Biloxi offer Minor League action. Biloxi’s Shuckers, a Double-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers, play in the new MGM Park across the street from Beau Rivage Resort and Casino. Take in the sun while enjoying the Shuckers’ boys in blue, and enjoy the special events happening all season long. 1




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The Gulf State Park Lodge in Gulf Shores, which opened last fall, is a model of sustainability. The new 350-room lodge — the old one was demolished following Hurricane Katrina — has been rebuilt back from the water’s edge to restore dunes and protect turtle and Alabama mouse habitats. Ecofriendly touches include a more efficient HVAC system, native plant landscaping and sustainable products. Besides its ecocoolness, the property makes for a great vacation, from its fabulous restaurants and private beach access to the proximity to the state park across the street.

Bet you didn’t know that Shangri La existed only a short drive from Lafayette? Plus, the exquisite botanical gardens and nature center of Orange, Texas, offers more than flowers and water features, although those are awesome too. All summer long the attraction hosts special programs, camps and interactive fun for kids. Shangri La is also associated with Orange’s Stark Museum of Art, the historic Stark House and Lutcher Theater so a visit to all four makes for a great day or weekend trip.



Trek up to western Tennessee and tour the exciting Discovery Park of America, that features more than 70,000 square feet of exhibits focusing on just about everything you can imagine. There’s a dinosaur collection, a pioneer village with local artisans, antique trains to tour, a working gristmill, a 20,000-gallon aquarium and a theater simulation of the 1811-1812 earthquakes that occurred in the region. It’s an oasis of fun for the whole family in the small town of Union City. For more information, visit

Foley, Alabama’s amusement park continues to expand and this summer OWA will include the Gulf Coast’s largest indoor waterpark, a 200-room resort hotel with conference space and a family-friendly RV Park. Owned by Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA), the economic development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the park offers roller coasters and other rides, live entertainment, restaurants and boutiques. For more information, visit

Pictured Left 1. Biloxi Shuckers' MGM Park 2. Shangri La 3. Gulf Shores' Gulf State Park Lodge 4 Discovery Park of America

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Snoopy: The Musical


Abbey Players Theatre 200 S. State St., Abbeville Performance dates: Friday July 12 - Sunday July 14 Friday July 19 - Sunday, July 21 Performance times: 7 pm on Fridays, 2 pm and 7 pm Saturdays and Sundays

Adults: $5+tax Seniors (62+): $3+tax Children 4-17: $3+tax Children 3 and under: free

This show might make you want to dance like — well, you know — an original headbanger. And if you’ve never visited this gem of a theatre, you’ll definitely want to wag your tail about it. Enjoy the popcorn, but please don’t eat the Peanuts.

Lots of laughs. The Kids in the Hall founder brings out his best in this live performance in an intimate venue. So, pee before the show starts, OK? Restrooms on site.

Tickets are $15

Best of Kevin McDonald: Stories and Sketch Saturday, August 3 8 p.m. 21 and older tickets via Eventbrite $17+tax/fees Warehouse 535 535 Garfield St. Lafayette

Saturday, July 20 10 am - 6 pm

Day-long 50th anniversary celebration of Neil Armstrong’s “small step.” Apollo exhibit, planetarium programs, ongoing replay of Apollo 11 landing, and giveaways: models of a lunar module and command module 3-D printed at the museum. Weather permitting, there will also be an evening Star Party at Picard Park, with telescope viewings of Saturn, Jupiter and, of course, la lune.

Lafayette Science Museum 433 Jefferson St. Lafayette

The Mike Foster Quartet Live music in a downtown Opelousas dining spot that’s classy, yet casual. Jazz and swing brought to you by a subset of The Michael Foster Project, a Baton Rouge staple of grooves. For a taste of their tunes, visit The Michael Foster Project on Facebook.

Sunday, August 4 7 - 10 p.m.

tickets via Eventbrite early bird tix: $15+tax/ fees gen admission: $20+tax/fees Arpeggio's 202 N. Main St. Opelousas ArpeggiosLounge 42 42


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Three Moons Festival Saturday, July 27 9:30 am - 4 pm Free to attend Farmers Market Pavilion 828 St. Landry St. Opelousas

Louisiana roots music and more. Native American tribes from across the state celebrate and share their traditional cultures through drumming and dance, as well as storytelling. Presenters demonstrate traditional jewelry making and offer dance lessons. Craft and food vendors, too. This annual event is hosted by the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe. Photos courtesy St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission

Dutch Oven Society Cookout What?! A statewide Dutch Oven Society? Who has been keeping the lid on this? Acadiana’s chapter, the Latanier Cookers, gets together once a month and they’re more than willing to share a spoonful or two. Bring your ice chest and lawn chairs — and a covered dish, if you like.

Arts and Crabs Fest

Saturday, July 13 and Saturday, August 10 Cooking begins at 9 a.m. Pots go on the table at noon

Saturday, August 17 5pm-8pm 21 and older Tickets are $40

Palmetto Island State Park 19501 Pleasant Dr. Abbeville The event is free, however park admission is required: $3/person (kids under 3 and seniors 62+ get in free)


Chefs claw their way to the top in a crab-cooking competition, while artsy types take on an art market, demonstrations and food tasting. Somebody’s got to do it, right? So, why not you? This year’s fundraising festival is the 10th annual, supporting the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana.

Burton Coliseum 7001 Gulf Highway Lake Charles

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Creativity for a Cause One Local Doctor Turns to His Passion to Make A Difference By Abby Meaux Conques


ay Appurao, MD, FACS, is no stranger to detail. In fact, he finds comfort in it.

Casually known as “Dr. Jay”, the locally-known general surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has practiced his medical craft in Louisiana since 1981. He has also honed his concentration in the cosmetic area of surgery for the last nineteen years. His medical learning journey and cultivation of his surgical career also helped to feed his passion for creating art. From the time he was a child, he used small pieces of paper and pencil remnants as his drawing paper and tools. Art supplies were scarce in the rural village in India where he is from, but his passion to draw helped him to move past any roadblock he found in the way of expressing himself creatively.


His medical training in his homeland also unexpectedly gave the self-taught artist a way to tailor his craft. During his studies, medical students were required to submit anatomical drawings in a portfolio format. The weekly assignment did not simply serve as a learning aid, but a way for him to carve out time to draw during a rigorous schedule of medical study. In 1975, he and his wife Dr. Vijaya Jayagopal embarked on a journey from India to New York City. Dr. Jay’s days were filled with commitments in the medical community. He finally had access to all different kinds of art supplies, but no time to practice art. When he did have time to lend to relaxing activities, he studied art. He frequented famed museums and wondrous galleries like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and viewed paintings with a pupil’s eye.


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Dr. Jay’s appreciation for creative artforms is evident in the variety of his stylistic formats. Some artistic moods call for photorealistic pieces while some tend to lean more toward Impressionism. Some of his works are landscape images, while others boast beautiful portraiture. His love for travel is evident in his pieces as well, such as the pictorial memory you get to share with him while viewing his oil on canvas piece, Peruvian Morning. A simple corner of an ornate wrought iron balcony, with a bright blue door and wondrous shadow creating its own shape in the painting makes you feel like you are walking alongside him in Cuzco, noticing the beauty in what some would deem mundane.

The D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation acronym stands for Disability, Resources, Education, Activities, Management, and Services. This amazing program is a tool for children with special needs who simply want to participate in activities and be a part of a larger collective, just like any other child.

This summer, Dr. Jay has chosen to merge two of his passions: helping others and expressing his creativity for a good cause. You have the chance to experience and purchase his artwork at a two-day event he will be hosting which will benefit the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana. On July 19th from 5pm-8pm and July 20th from 11am-5pm at La Belle Center for Cosmetic Surgery (4906 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Bld. M, Ste.1) in Lafayette, he will host an event where a variety of his pieces will be on display for viewing and available for purchase with all ticket proceeds benefiting the local organization that is a hub for using donations to run activities for children with disabilities.

Dr. Jay said he chose this particular foundation as the beneficiary of his event because he liked the idea of supporting a local charity. He also feels passionate about his future plans to build a community where individuals like the children of D.R.E.A.M.S. can contribute to their surrounding areas while cultivating a strong sense of self.

It is also a great program for parents to get the resources that they may be unaware of and to communicate with other parents on the same life journey. Since its inception, there are now over 15 activities that you can find on their sports and activities page of their website,

Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Dr. Jay sincerely hopes to see you there to share his art and to benefit an amazing local non-profit organization. To see more of Dr. Jay’s work, visit

Dr. Jay's Peruvian Morning

View Dr. Jay's work for his fundraising event for the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana Friday, July 19th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 20th from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at La Belle Center for Cosmetic Surgery (4906 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Bld. M, Ste.1) in Lafayette Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for students. V OL U M E 5 IS S U E 3





Photo submitted by Lafayette Public Library System

Page Turners Cool Summer Reads, Destinations and Delights By Sarah Spell

What's New in Lafayette Parish New to Lafayette Parish is a brick-and-mortar branch (the West Regional Library in Scott) and a colorful bookmobile, The Go-Go Biblio, which still has that new-car smell.

The West Regional Library, at 501 Old Spanish Trail in Scott, features collections for adults, teens and children, a makers’ space, self-serve kiosks, and a drive-thru window for pickups and returns.

It’s been about 20 years since a bookmobile traveled the roads of Lafayette Parish. Now, the Go-Go Biblio -- with wifi on board -- is making stops at community and senior centers, assisted-living facilities, daycares, parks and camps.

The St. Martin Parish Library System also goes out of its way to deliver services throughout the community. Through its Outreach Services division, it reaches disabled people who are living at home, nursing homes/assisted living facilities and daycare centers. No fees. No fines.

Visit to see where the bookmobile will be next! You can even request they come to an event!

Other parishes, including Lafayette, offer similar outreach services. Contact your local library to learn more.

Meet the Authors

Let’s All Go to the Library

Presented by Destined Eloquence Publishing, this annual event features independent authors in a variety of genres, including fiction and nonfiction, children’s books and poetry. Attend author meet-and-greets, book signings and a panel discussion.

Novels and history Romance and mystery Art books and drama and lore. Movies and making, knitting, crocheting. Here’s what a library’s for.

The Reader’s Lounge Book Exhibit & Author Panel Central School Arts and Humanities Center 809 Kirby St. Lake Charles


Saturday, July 13 2 to 7 p.m. Free More info at, on Facebook, or email

Book clubs and movie nights Pajamas (no pillow fights) Study your family tree. Polish your resume. Go browsing with your bae. The best thing is: everything’s free. 337M A GA ZIN E.C O M

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Indie Magic Are you wishing for a book-to-go this summer, something to take with you to a sparkling beach, glamping tent, or posh hotel? Or maybe you don’t want to travel beyond your own back yard — or reach any farther than your nightstand. Whether you have an itinerary or no plan whatsoever, an independent bookseller can help you find that just-what-you-were-looking-for book, even if you don’t really know what you’re looking for.

New Iberia


Lake Charles

Books Along the Teche Since 1990

Alexander Books Since 1989

The Book Rack Since 1982

The Book Exchange Since 1972

Friendly, cozy shop in downtown New Iberia, near restaurants and shops. Signed copies of multiple titles by James Lee Burke — and frequent book signings from a wide swath of writers.

Sweet location near the UL Lafayette campus. A few restaurants nearby — burrritos, burgers and the like. Book clubs, author readings and live music. Bring in books for credit.

Warehouse-style space filled with books upon books upon books. Knowledge staff can direct you within any genre. Easy access from I-49. Trade your books for store credit.

Low prices and lots to choose from: romance, mystery, sci fi, Westerns. More than 120,000 books in this 2,700-square-foot shop. Buy, then return for store credit.

New, used, rare and out-of-print Hardbacks and paperbacks

Used and out-of-print Hardbacks and paperbacks

Used, out-of-print, rare Mostly paperbacks but hardcovers, too

Used paperbacks

106 E. Main St. (337) 367-7621

2116 Johnston St. (FB icon) (337) 234-2096

2405 Kirkman St. (337) 433-5803

2116 Johnston St. (337) 234-2096

Biblio-Picks We browsed, sampled, flipped and hobnobbed. Here are three suggestions from 337:




Photo by Robin May

Quercus Louisiana by William Guion Here’s a coffee table book you won’t be able to put down: an exquisite ode to oaks with the limbs of Louisiana’s trees spreading across its pages. FYI: you won’t find it on amazon. Instead, visit or drop into Books Along the Teche in New Iberia, which has a trove of signed copies.

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Under the Fig Leaf by Sherri Lee Summertime is fig time, whether Brown Turkey, Celeste or LSU Gold. This award-winning beauty of a book is ripe with recipes and blossoming with information. Growing, picking, drying, canning and — most of all — eating: it’s all here, under the fig leaf.

Kings, Conquerors, Psychopaths: From Alexander to Hilter to the Corporation by Joseph N. Abraham Former Lafayette denizen Joe Abraham -who happens to be an author and an M.D. -- recently picked up an international book award for this nonfiction title published by UL Press. The Next Generation Indie Book Award comes with a certificate, medal, and best of all, a cash prize. Or maybe that medal is the best thing ever. 47

Cowboy in the Canyon by Jay Appurao, MD, FACS Oil on Canvas 30" x 30"



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