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CREATIVITY It’s the season to do it yourself


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GET TO KNOW US! We asked our hard-working team what services they thought would be useful additions to the community. Here’s a few great ideas brought to the round table:

“A service where you could get your car washed/ detailed while you’re in the movie.”

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“Better recycling and zero-waste activities. More education on how to be sustainable. Much more recycling efforts at events and festivals.”

“I would love to see a grocery delivery service come to our area for not just convenience but those who are battling various reasons of immobility.”

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Stacey Daley, Terri Fensel, Mandie Kiddy, Kelly Morvant

"I would like to see a more diversified job market. The oil companies have such an overwhelming presence. When they lose money our economy suffers greatly."

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CONTENTS

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LOCALISM 4 Cajun Nation: Sunset 8 Local Limelight 13 Personal Financier

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HOME & STYLE 18 21 24 26

Cocktail Party Revivalist Local Creativity Hers Fashion His Fashion

FOOD & DRINK 29 43 44 45

For The Love of Seafood Chef’s Plate Dining Destination Cheat Sheet

HEALTH & FITNESS 47 Taking Charge of Your Health 50 Genuine Self 52 Fitness Trends

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DATING & MARRIAGE 54 Wedding Essentials 64 Mr. & Mrs. 66 What’s Your Wedding Style?

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KIDS & PETS 69 Swamp Base 70 New Cooking School 72 Local Lifesavers – Pet Edition

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SPORTS & ADVENTURE 77 LSU Sports 79 Ragin’ Cajuns 82 On Track with Sarah Montgomery 84 Sportsman’s Paradise

LEISURE & EVENTS 86 88 90 92 96

Lake Charles Hot Spots Local Playgrounds Acadian Heritage Tour The Happening Local Artist Spotlight

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ON OUR COVER Model: Sarah Montgomery Photographer: Terri Fensel Location: Full Attention To Detail Makeup: Victoria Racca

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CAJUN NATION

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nown as a small Louisiana town that embraces a rich history of culture and traditions, Sunset is a friendly, one light community offering casual and fine dining, local art, a charming bed-and-breakfast and several shopping markets all within walking distance. The once thriving agricultural community known as “The Sweet Potato Capital of the World” and now known as “The Rubboard Capital of the World” has evolved into a boutique, antiquing and art destination. It is a hub for shopping reclaimed antiques, midcentury and vintage furnishings and a great place to find one of a kind local art all housed in authentic old structures such as a bottling plant, record shop, pool hall, feed store and sweet potato kilns. 2014 Population Estimate from U.S. Census website

COOL EVENTS

Sunset Jam, featuring Cajun and Creole jam sessions and meet and greets with local artists, happens the first Friday of every month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the local shops and galleries of downtown Sunset. The annual Sunset Mardi Gras Parade begins at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at Oak Tree Park Drive. Enjoy a small-town family-oriented parade with food, music, face painting and more.

The annual Sunset Herb and Garden Festival (sunsetherbfestival.com), sponsored by the Sunset Garden Club, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6. There will be vendors selling yard art, fresh herbs, plant and flowers for sale and lectures by Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners. Sunset is a bookend town (the other is Grand Coteau) of The Exit 11 Yard Sale the third Saturday of March and September. The communities of Sunset and Grand Coteau transform into a playground for bargain hunters. Hundreds of outdoor vendors participate, selling a wide range of goods at yard sale prices. The upcoming event is March 18 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 4

Source: Vintage 2014 Population Estimates: Subcounty Population Places and MCDs

Interesting Facts • Sunset was considered the “Sweet Potato Capital of the Nation” at the turn of the 20th century. • The Bank of Sunset did not close its doors during the Great Depression. • The Louisiana Legislature dubbed Sunset the “Rubboard Capital of the World” in 2014, thanks to resident Tee Don Landry who created 2,200 handmade rubboards. He keeps map of where each one calls home. • A whistle still blows at noon and 6 p.m. to let the farmers know when to come out of the fields for lunch break and when to end their day. • Sunset is part of the Louisiana Cultural District and is located on the Corridor Des Arts. This allows the sale of original works of art at a reduced tax. 3 3 7M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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PLAY Sunset is an antique lover’s haven, ranging from the hippie Bayou Some Stuff thrift store to the Funky Flea with its vintage furnishings. Residents will enjoy the Sunset Antique Market on weekends, the Sunset Rail Stop Flea Market in a former seed store and Jerilyn LaVergne’s brightly colored fused glass creations within the Sunset Cultural District. Here are a few must-visit locations:

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Keeping with Sunset’s railroad history, La Caboose bed-and-breakfast allows visitors to stay inside a train caboose, depot, railroad mail car and ticket office, all more than a century old! Located on South Budd Street, the property includes three acres of mature pecan trees, orchards, herbs and native flowers tended by owner Margaret Brinkhaus

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Café Josephine began as a meat market but is now serving up delicious plate lunch specials and rustic Louisiana favorites such as duck tamales, shrimp and grits and cheddar biscuits, the latter of which should not be missed. If south of the border is more your fancy, Sunset Mexican Grill dishes up Latin favorites. 5


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LOCAL LIMELIGHT WHERE ARE THEY NOW? HOMETOWN HERO

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A tough exterior with a heart for his community By Sevie Zeller 25 years ago, Michael Brown of Breaux Bridge placed his first badge over his heart. Since then, he has been diligently working with the Lafayette Police Department to help people, especially those who think they don’t have a voice. “As a police officer your job is to not only find proof that someone committed a crime but to also prove they didn’t if they are innocent,” Brown said. That statement speaks volumes to his fair and just character. The one piece of advice Brown would give to the community Positive People is to always be aware of your Making Decisions surroundings. “Never take for Community involvement has granted that because you know always been a major part of what where you are, you are safe. It Brown has done as a police only takes a minute to stop and officer and private citizen. He observe,” he advised. started a nonprofit organization As for those interested called Positive People Making in pursuing a career in law Decisions. Its goal is to help enforcement, Brown admitted recognize at risk youth who that the job can be demanding had behavioral, self-esteem or and stressful. “The friends you academic problems. have now might not be your This program, with the help friends after you put on the of several Lafayette Parish badge. People change and so Schools, rewards students who will you,” he stated honestly. show improvement in one or all When not at work, Brown categorizes. The student receives is usually at home catching a plaque in the presence of up on several of his favorite his/ her peers along with family, shows with his wife of 27 years, friends and a guest speaker. Antoinette, four daughters and canine companion. He humbly helps care for his mother, Catherine Brown, and grandfather, Amos Johnson (103 years old!). “My motto has always been ‘Each one teach one and we’ll all know more,’” Brown said. A fitting motto for this boy in blue.

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Citron Broussard Native Pursues Passion By Lynn Castille “Fashion reflects what’s going on in the world,” said Laura Citron, fashion stylist and owner of boutique OPIUMvintage. A stylist first and boutique owner second, Citron said she strives for a good healthy balance of the two. A fashion merchandising graduate from The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, Citron had transferred from LSU in 2009 to FIT to pursue her passion for fashion. “For me it was a now or never moment,” Citron revealed. While in New York she worked at Time Warp, a fashion boutique, and What Goes Around, Comes Around, a vintage clothing boutique in Soho. Citron said, “It was an amazing opportunity. It gave me a very good foundation.” Citron and her partner of seven years, Andrew Clancey, then decided to relocate to Nashville because Andrew dresses musicians from his boutique, Any Old Iron. His boutique had additional space thus OPIUMvintage was born. Citron’s design work has been catching eyes, and recently she held a runway showing of her own line of kimonos and kaftans. She also worked nonstop at this year’s Country Music Association (CMA) Awards dressing artists and entertainers. No matter how successful she is, Citron will always make time to go home and touch roots with her family and friends. Citron told 337 magazine, “I’m so proud to be from Louisiana. My path in life has brought me all over the world, but I’m still a Cajun girl!”

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337: Do you have a strange talent or quirk? Gattle: I can cross one eye without crossing the other eye.

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337: What is the most distant place you’ve visited? Gattle: Exuma, Bahamas or Niagra Falls, Canada

337: What is the last picture you took with your phone? Gattle: Mandy Barnett performing onstage at The Grand Opera House

337: What is your favorite book/movie? Gattle: Movie: Pretty Woman; Book: The Notebook

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BECOMING A ONE-STOP SHOP Hogan pursues passion for lumber in Acadiana By Holly Duchmann David Hogan first entered the lumber industry at 22 years old in Ruston, Louisiana. He was first mentored by hardwood and molding industry expert Arvin Moeller, who helped Hogan learn the ropes of what grew to be his passion. Hogan teamed up with a high school friend to found a lumber company that would eventually grow to be the largest U.S.-based hardwood distributer in the country. Now over 25 years later, Hogan runs Hogan Architectural Wood Products in Lafayette, a

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hardwood lumber and plywood distributor that opened in 2015. It services cabinet shops, millwork companies and lumber yards all over Louisiana. “I think what separates us is that we are becoming a one-stop shop for the cabinet millwork people in the state of Louisiana,” said Hogan. Hogan also believes his employees are what set Hogan Architectural Wood Products apart from his competitors. He and his small team are experienced in serving the Southeast region of the country and have provided woods in various locations ranging from the West Coast to the White House. Hogan Architectural Wood Products can assist any customer with their hardwood or plywood needs, even if just for a weekend home project. They only offer kiln

An inside look at Hogan Architectural Wood Products

dried woods, which are ready to be used for any project. In the near future, the company is looking to expand more into architectural millworks supply. This includes providing wood to

build churches, schools and hotels as well as remodeling the front-end of their facility on Annonce Street into a larger retail area for the general public to browse Hogan’s woods.

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A FAMILY AFFAIR Local pizzeria celebrates 60 years of tossing pies By Holly Duchmann When a person first enters Alesi Pizza House on Johnston Street, the menus of the restaurants past adorn the wooden walls as a greeting into what was Lafayette’s first pizzeria. Now 60 years later, the pizza house is still owned by the Alesi family who boasts that the famous recipes have continued to be unchanged for generations. “I think the fact that it’s been family owned with the same recipes sets us apart,” said Mariano “Mike” Alesi, who co-

owns and operates the restaurant with son and brother. “Most all of these recipes come from my grandmother, my father’s mother.” Mike Alesi said he practically grew up in the restaurant as his father, Mariano Alesi who opened the original Alesi Pizza House in 1967, had him working in the pizza house as a young boy. It is Mike’s grandmother’s recipes that are still used to make the sauces and the pizza dough in the restaurant today. The menu boasts Italian classics such as a baked lasagna and chicken cacciatore…and pizza, of course. He said it is the perfect balance of olive oil and seasonings in both the dough for the thin crusted pizzas and the sauces that set their recipes from the others in town, as well as the consistency they’ve held over

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Mike Alesi holding a Pizza Alesi

the years. “We’ve added some recipes, but we’ve never really changed any of the original recipes,” said Mike Alesi. “The consistency of that is what people really enjoy.” Mike Alesi said before the restaurant was opened at its original location on the corner of

Cameron Street and Bertrand Drive, his father went to Detroit to learn the pizza trade from a family member who owned their own pizzeria. The restaurant eventually moved to its current location where they installed the famous neon sign along the road.

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Forging a Future Affiliated’ Blind of Louisiana Training Center teaches residents to thrive By Mandie Kiddy

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A visit to the Training Center for the Affiliated Blind Of Louisiana (ABL) will leave any guest beyond impressed with everything about them. The pronoun “themâ€? is used here because this is truly a facility that could not operate without a unique and passionate team of people. State Coordinator Chyvonne Blanchard was gracious enough to talk with 337 magazine about the many programs oered to the deaf-blind community here in South Louisiana. Our area of Louisiana has the highest concentration of deaf-blind in the United States and is second only to Sweden in the world. This information gives so much weight to why their training programs are so important right here at home. A CLEAR FOCUS The ABL campus focuses on helping the deaf and/or blind not only cope with their condition but also to surpass it and thrive independently in the world. The training facility includes dormitories and 12

housing for people while they are learning skills to become more independent. There are a number of classrooms where residents are taught sign language, reading and writing in Braille and using a walking stick. Other skills learned include accessing technology to assist with everyday tasks and even cooking. PLAY TO PAY ABL has several state and federally funded programs however, it isn’t always enough. Anyone wishing to help can do so by volunteering, direct donations or by playing bingo! The ABL owns and operates the ABL Bingo Ranch located at 425 Ranch Road in Judice as well as Vermilion Bingo at 2214 Charity Street in Abbeville. All proceeds go directly back into funding the training facility. For more information, you may contact their center located at 409 West St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, by calling 337-2346492 or online AffiliatedBlind.org. 3 3 7M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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In Case of Emergency A strategy for savings By Kyle Kellner, CPA, CFP®

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Numerous studies show an alarming number of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. As financial planners, we often talk to our clients about more complicated strategies and longterm planning. However, without the most basic financial guards in place, you risk easily derailing all other financial goals. If you do not have a properly funded emergency fund, it’s past time to correct that money misstep. HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU HAVE? Everyone’s needs in case of an emergency are different. As a general rule, you need to set aside three to six months of expenses. Most people do not have enough available. For those with two income earners in the family or very stable careers, the threemonth target should be sufficient. Those with a shorter track record at your job or only a single breadwinner should have at least six months stocked away. More

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WHERE SHOULD YOU KEEP THE MONEY? Just remember low volatility and high liquidity. Forget about investing your emergency fund. The point of this stash is to give you comfort and relief in your time of need. It is not an investment. So, do not chase interest rates and returns and put your money at risk. This fund is for emergencies, hence low volatility. Think boring, traditional savings and money market accounts here. You won’t make much; More importantly though, you won’t lose it! You also want it in something easy to access and readily converted into cash (high liquidity). Most emergencies do not give us much of a heads up as to when they are going to happen. Being able to access your money and convert to cash quickly via a stop at the bank or ATM is paramount.

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THE TILE OF TECHNOLOGY Never Lose Anything Again By Sandra McKinney Countless hours spent looking for lost items can be saved by the latest genius idea: the Tile. Using the Bluetooth tracker, locate anything you stick, hook or attach a tile to. Thin enough to fit in your wallet, a small speaker plays a melody alerting you if the misplaced item is nearby. You can also press the button on the Tile to make your phone ring – even on silent. No more lost cars, remotes or phones? Ordering a four-pack from TheTileApp.com stat! V OL U M E 3 IS S U E 1

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INVESTING IN ACADIANA

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Acadiana Chevrolet Breaux Bridge embarks on new venture By Barbara McConnell Glen Fritscher

Acadiana Chevrolet Breaux Bridge, a new dealership for St. Martin Parish, has taken over Martin Chevrolet at 1315 Rees Street. It’s a new venture for the Acadiana Automotive Group, who owns and operates Acadiana Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, as well as Acadiana Mazda, both across from the Lafayette Regional Airport. There are no plans at this time to remodel the new location as this was done previously in 2012 according to Christa Vega Billeaud, who has been named as dealer. Her husband Chip is the new president, and Glen Fritscher is general manager. This is their first venture into General Motors products, and they will handle automobiles and trucks, new and used, with the Chevy Silverado Truck as their biggest seller by far, said Billeaud. “Since Breaux Bridge is a smaller market, we can gear our 14

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sales and service to a more authentic and personalized approach. We want you to feel comfortable in your dealings with us, and we promise to listen to you and get you what you need,” she stated. And they have special services such as being a partner with GM Financial, so financing can be arranged in-house. There is also a Collision Center, a convenience to the customer not every dealership has. “The Vega family has been committed to Acadiana for 26 years, and we have proven it by continuing to invest our business here, as well as supporting local schools like UL, local shops and many non-profits. And, we’re lovin’ it!

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TEA TIME Create a relaxing hostess or teacher appreciation gift By Cecile Walters Hebert Aromatic teas combine with bath salts to create a relaxing DIY hostess or teacher gift.

1.) Paint box and embellish with design tape.

2.) Fit origami paper, left over wallpaper or wrapping paper into the interior of the box and secure with spray mount adhesive. Brush entire box (interior and exterior) with Liquidtex Gloss Gel to ensure water resistance.

3.) Using a 1 to 2 ratio, ďŹ ll 3-inch x 4-inch heat sealing tea bags with your favorite aromatic loose tea and Epsom salt.

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Something to suit all your guests By Cecile Walters Hebert

Recently I was out at an Acadiana restaurant (that will remain nameless) and was a little shocked to pay $16 for a domestic vodka martini. Whaaa? I thought we were living in Lafayette, not New York! That experience has revived my love of the classic cocktail party. Inviting some friends over for cocktails can be as low key or fancy as you please. You might have a particular cocktail you’re mixing up for your guests or have an open bar where everyone makes what they wish to imbibe upon. Have a few nibbles on hand, and you’re set!

BAR CHART Keep your bar stocked with these essentials, or step up your game as you add to your collection. GOOD - This is a good start to keep on hand. BETTER - Add these elements to make

MIXERS

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Vodka Gin Rum Whiskey Tequila

Coca-Cola 7-Up Ginger Ale Tonic Water Club Soda

Lemon Lime Olives Orange Slice

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Triple Sec Vermouth Scotch Bourbon Brandy

Juices: Cranberry, Grapefruit, Orange and Pineapple Simple Syrup Bloody Mary Mix Sweet and Sour Mix

Cherries Grapefruit Slices Cucumbers Pickled Okra or Green Beans

Elderlfower Liquor Coridals such as Frangelico, Baileys Irish Cream, and Sambuca

Powdered Sugar Herb and Fruit Infused Simple Syrups Tabasco Angostura Bitters

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S T Y L E Something SPICY ¼ serrano chili, finely sliced 2 ounces citrus vodka 6 ounces ginger ale 1 tablespoons lime juice

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Put the chilies in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add vodka and use a muddler to crush the chilies to release the heat. Add ginger ale and the lime juice, and swirl to mix. Strain and serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Something PUNCHY 2-3 slices cucumber 1 ounce lime juice (1-2 limes) 1 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur 1 ounce rum 4 ounces watermelon juice

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Slice cucumber and remove seeds. Pour lime juice and elderflower into a glass. Add cucumber slices to glass and muddle. To make watermelon juice, mash cubed watermelon, then drain the juice out. Add watermelon juice to glass, then stir to combine. Serve over ice.

Something SPARKLING 2 ounces London dry gin 1 teaspoon superfine sugar ½ ounce lemon juice 5 ounces Brut Champagne

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If your interest in pottery has traveled beyond the “paint and glaze” classes held elsewhere, time to move on to Hard Stay Clay Studio. Lafayette native Adel Devalcourt has returned home from ground zero of ceramics Santa Fe to open her own studio and gallery space in Lafayette’s Oil Center. Her classes are six sessions long and range from beginner hand building to advanced wheel throwing. She also plans on offering open hours to work on individual projects and to sell her students creations in the retail section of her shop. To register call 337-296-7292.

LOCAL CREATIVITY Make 2017 a DIY Year By Cecile Walters Hebert Vowing to spend more time tapping in to your artistic side? According to the data pulled from Google by iQuanti, “Learning new hobbies” ranked fourth in New Year’s resolutions, up 4.72 percent from last year. If you fall into this category we have you covered. Check out these places around Acadiana to get your creative juices flowing.

KING AND HIS COURT ART GALLERY & DESIGN STUDIO Painting parties aren’t new to Acadiana but at King and His Court in downtown Lafayette, participants walk away with an original sketch and painting collaborated on with the King himself. Robert Harris, aka King Rob, will take a theme provided by the host and paint original black-and-white outlined canvases for participants to follow. “It’s more like paint by numbers,” he said. Parties are three hours long and include appetizers, desserts, nonalcoholic beverages and King Rob’s painting instruction. Wine is welcome! Contact kingrob@cox.net to book.

STITCH AND FRAME Want to try your hand at needlework? The stitch group at the new Stitch and Frame would love to help you get started! Previously located on Ridge Road, Lafayette’s only needlepoint shop relocated to Broussard last Fall, and the weekly stitch group moved with them. Beginners can purchase canvases and all the threads at the shop to get started in creating family heirloom pieces, be it a ring bearer pillow or Christmas stockings. The group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m., and on the third Thursday at 5 p.m. at Stitch and Frame on Albertsons Parkway. V OL U M E 3 IS S U E 1

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Backyard Veggie Garden Home-grown goodness in a small space By Justin Price, EcoscapesLafayette.com If you love fresh kale for smoothies and juicy tomatoes for salsa, there’s no better way to get it than your own raised bed vegetable garden. Amazing taste and loads of nutrients are not the only benefits of fresh veggies. Tending to the garden makes you smarter and happier (yes, there is scientific evidence of this!), and it’s a great hobby for the kids. THE PERFECT SPACE FOR SPRING Early spring is perfect to get a vegetable garden going – in time to plant heirloom tomatoes but not too late for leafy greens. Even a 4’ x 8’ space can yield a surprising amount of delicious crops, given the right conditions, including at least six hours of direct sunlight. Raised beds allow better drainage than the typical south Louisiana clay soil and are easier to maintain. 4 feet is a good front-to-back dimension, as this allows two rows of veggies and you can reach everything easily. Cedar framing, 8-inch metal edging or mail-order prefab kits are options for edging material. THE KEY TO A THRIVING GARDEN The key to a thriving garden is soil. Begin with a mixture of garden soil and compost (preferably homemade but local retailers have quality bulk and bagged compost). Do not use topsoil, which is full of weed seeds and too dense, resulting in poor drainage. Regular additions of organic matter (compost, chopped leaves, etc.) and the use of organic fertilizer will continue improving your soil, by feeding the millions of soil microorganisms that in turn feed and protect your plants. GARDEN SCIENCE As for what to plant and when, search the LSU Ag Center website for a handy .pdf document called “Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide.” Oh, and about that garden science. The journal Neuroscience reported that contact with a harmless soil bacteria triggers the release of serotonin in the brain, aiding mood and learning. Yeah, dirt is good for you!

HOUSING The average interest rate nationwide on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 4.32% at the end of 2016. The record low national average was 3.31% as of 11/22/12 or just over 4 years ago (source: Freddie Mac).

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Rachel Allan dress (style #7060) Model: Jacie Fontenot LEMON DROP

1209 Albertson Pkwy. Broussard, LA 70518 337-837-4033 lemondroppromshop.com

Envious ivory dress Custom floral & pearl halo headpiece Model: Drew Ahrens A-NET’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

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Michael Kors blue seersucker shirt Navy Michael Kors suit Ted Baker tie Model: Andrew Landry BROTHER’S ON THE BLVD.

101 Arnould Blvd. Lafayette, LA 70506 337-984-7749 brothersontheblvd.com Location: Cajundome Photographer: Stacey Daley

Allure Men by Jean Yves Black slim fit pant White microfiber full lay down collar shirt Black Allure vest by Jean Yves Traditional black bow tie

Canali lightweight wool suit Handmade tie by Santo Stefano with Swarovski crystals Bench-made dress boots by Gravati Custom shirt by Mel Gambert

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Fire roasted oysters with house butter sauce and smoked Gouda cheese

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Red Remoulade Butter poached royal red remoulade atop fried green tomatoes.

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A combination of fried shrimp, catfish and oysters! Served with crawfish jambalaya, hush puppies and house made garlic shoe string fries.

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ANTLER’S SEAFOOD & STEAKHOUSE 200 Heritage Pkwy Broussard, LA 70518 337-451-5944 antlerstradition.com

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Salmon Pan-seared just the way you like it with a balsamic glaze. Served with a cheddar grit cake and flash fried Brussels sprouts tossed with lemon juice, parmesan and garlic.

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Crawfish Enchiladas with Cumin Mornay sauce served with Dirty Dog Rice and corn maque choux.

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Fish Bite-sized pieces of fresh amberjack marinated in a special hot sauce, battered, fried and served with aioli garlic dipping sauce.

NASHâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RESTAURANT 101 E 2nd Street Broussard, LA 70518 337-839-9333 nashsrestaurant.com

Blue Crab Cakes Two cakes stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat, battered, pan fried and topped with a Creole horseradish sauce.

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TIA JUANITAS FISH CAMP 723 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601 337-602-6243 Tiajuanitasfishcamp.com

s n a e l r O w e N e u q e b r Ba Shrimp Jumbo Shrimp prepared New Orleans style. Served with a seasoned rice, laced with Gambino Bread.

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Grilled shrimp served on melted mozzarella cheese and cilantro cabbage slaw topped with jalapeño ranch.

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Grilled shrimp topped with creamy pepper jack shrimp sauce, mozzarella, lettuce and guacamole served with jalapeños.

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ROCHETTO’S 806 I-10 South Frontage Road Scott, LA 70583 337-456-8026 rochettos.com

Rochetto

Fettuccine noodles smothered with creamy alfredo, crawfish, shrimp and mushrooms.

Grilled shrimp served over an iceberg/romaine blend with tomatoes, eggs and sweet red onions topped with Italian seasoned croutons.

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A tender, flaky flounder fillet stuffed with lump crabmeat served with Mexican rice and Azteca Salad.

Two skewers of grilled shrimp and pineapple served with agave rice and steamed vegetables topped with chile con queso.

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Tilapia and Crawfish Grilled tilapia topped with crawfish sauce and spinach served with a shrimp brocheta, Mexican rice and corn cake.

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LT’S SEAFOOD 636 Albertson Pkwy Broussard, LA 70518 337-837-3268

Boiled crawfish seasoned just right and then cooked to perfection.

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Fried shrimp, oysters and catfish served with fries, hush puppies, crawfish étouffée and a cup of seafood gumbo.

Mahi Mahi Grilled mahi mahi topped with cream sauce and shrimp over angel hair pasta served with vegetable medley.

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SHUCKS! 701 West Port Street Abbeville, LA 70510 337-898-3311 shucksrestaurant.com

World-class raw oysters on the half shell paired with a sample platter of charbroiled oysters.

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Po’boy Perfectly fried catfish lightly topped with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.

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ZYDECO BREAKFAST 2017 WINTER/SPRING SCHEDULE February 4 - Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners February 11 - Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys February 18 - Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys February 25 - Cedryl Ballou & The Zydeco Trendsetters March 4 - J.J. Caillier & The Zydeco Knockouts March 11 - Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie March 18 - Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush March 25 - Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys April 1 - Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble April 8 - Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush April 15 - Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners April 22 - Andre Thierry April 29 - Wayne & Same Old 2 Step May 6 - Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys May 13 - Wayne & Same Old 2 Step May 20 - Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys May 27 - Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners June 3 - Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush June 10 - Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys June 17 - Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners June 24 - Donna Angelle & Her Zydeco Posse July 1 - Leroy Thomas & Zydeco Roadrunners

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Acknowledging your relationship with what you eat

Acknowledging what different foods mean to us is an important part of cultivating a good relationship. This month when we celebrate lovers and relationships, it’s important to notice that we each have a connection with food and that relationship is often far from loving. Many of us restrict food, attempting to control our weight. We often abuse food, substituting it for emotional well-being. Others ignore food, swallowing it whole before we’ve even tasted it. Eating healthy doesn’t mean restricting our food! Using one-ingredient foods is what’s important. The next time you cook for that special someone, try to use only foods with recognizable ingredients, and you’re already on your way to better health! Guilt-Free Bite-Sized Bananas Foster This recipe is a guilt-free twist on this classic Cajun dessert. It doesn’t get better! ½ cup grass-fed butter, softened, divided in half ½ cup organic brown sugar (2 teaspoon per muffin tin) 2 tablespoon rum ½ cup chopped pecans 2 bananas ¾ cup raw sugar, or coconut sugar 2 large eggs ¾ cup almond milk or coconut milk ½ cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon coconut oil 2 cups gluten-free flour 2 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum-free) ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ½ cup blueberries (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add 1 teaspoon butter to each individual muffin tin to grease completely, leaving extra butter in tin. Put 2 teaspoons brown sugar per muffin tin to line the bottom 42

of each tin. Add ½ teaspoon rum to each tin. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons chopped pecans in each tin. Cut bananas into thick slices, and place 3 slices over brown sugar mixture in each tin. In large bowl, beat together raw sugar and remaining ¼ cup butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs one at a time. Add milk, buttermilk, vanilla and coconut oil, and beat just until blended. In a medium bowl, stir together dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add flour mixture into bowl with the egg mixture, and mix until blended. Fold in blueberries (optional). Take ½ cup measuring cup, and use to scoop batter into each tin. Bake for 14 minutes. Remove from oven, and invert muffin pan onto lined baking sheet, using a butter knife to loosen the edges first.

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CHEF'S PLATE If you love pizza and all of Louisiana flavors, go to LA Pizza Mia and order the Avery Island Pizza. Roasted pepper cream sauce with pepperoni, bell peppers, jalapeño, Peppadew, chili oil, house smoked cheese blend and fresh basil all top a perfectly cooked crust. The deliciousness of savory and sweet with a hint of heat will surely make your taste buds water for more.

FOR THE LOVE OF LOUISIANA Chef Breaux at LA Pizza Mia masters local flavors – even on deep dish By Nadya Hartsook

Don’t think LA Pizza Mia only serves pizza! Try the Voodoo Sticks: crispy baked, perfectly seasoned wings glazed with mango habanero sauce and served with cucumber and your choice of blue cheese or ranch. This dish was made to trick the eye and look like lamb chops.

While this fresh salad may have originated in the boot across the pond, it’s quickly become a favorite in the melting pot we call home. Taste the finest ingredients in LA Pizza Mia’s Caprese salad: mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, basil, balsamic reduction and olive oil.

This famous Italian sandwich may have originated among Italian immigrants in New Orleans, but LA Pizza Mia is bringing the muffuletta back with force to New Iberia and Broussard. Provolone, ham, salami, mortadella and Italian olive salad mix complement each other in a way that’s only further accented by the fresh New Orleans muffuletta roll.

For all the pasta lovers out there, Evangeline’s Amore is for you. Start with your choice of chicken and tasso or shrimp and tasso followed by portobello mushrooms and fresh bell peppers tossed with linguine and parmesan cream. All these flavors combined are sure to make your heartbeat rise with excitement.

A Bit About Chef Pat Breaux Chef Breaux is a man with context, music notes and a few simple ingredients that play a powerful role in his dishes. Drawing inspiration from the French, Spanish and African influences in Acadien culture, he easily turns a regular Italian dish into a medley of Cajun flavors. That medley parallels his natural melody as playing guitar is his passion. “Chef Paul Prudhomme from New Orleans spoke about the necessity of the flavors in a dish so that it can speak to you. In my case, it sings to me. When I’m in the kitchen I sing all the time.”

NEW Fall in love with KARMACAROONS. The small batch, hand-crafted French macarons and meringues are made with local and organic ingredients. These berry Chantilly macarons are just the start of your new addiction. Don’t miss out on few other signature flavors including lavendermatcha, Key lime pie and mangolasse. Always vegan and gluten-free, Karmacaroons also takes catering orders so you can be the star of your next get together. Insta

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STEAMBOAT WAREHOUSE

Shrimp, Andouille and Okra Gumbo - Fresh gulf shrimp and locally grown okra in a classic South Louisiana gumbo with smoked andouille sausage.

A rendezvous with the past By Angie Dumas, DaStylishFoodie.com

Steamboat Warehouse, located in Washington, LA, is set along the timeless banks of Bayou Courtableau. Serving award-winning dishes, diners find themselves treated to a forwardthinking menu in a one-of-a-kind historic setting. The Concept: Steamboat offers Cajun/ Creole cuisine with an elevated flare in a casual atmosphere. Behind The Name: The original steamboat port warehouse, built circa 1819, was converted into a fine restaurant that boasts a museum quality atmosphere and photo worthy platings. Interesting Fact: Everything is original inside the restaurant, which is the last standing steamboat warehouse in Washington (the third oldest settlement in Louisiana). For The Health Conscience: When looking for a greener option, go for the sensational salad. It is made with fresh mesclun greens, grilled tomatoes, asparagus and marinated grilled chicken breast and finished with fresh, shredded Parmesan cheese. Menu Favorites: Regulars rave about the Catfish Diane, Redfish Lafourche and Steak Lafitte.

Eggplant Belle Rose - Fried eggplant topped with gulf shrimp and blue crab stuffing, smothered with creamy seafood sauce with fresh bluepoint crab.

Crawfish Palmetto – Pan-fried filet catfish served on a bed of wild rice pilaf smothered with crawfish cream sauce with fresh crawfish tails.

Manly Option: When looking for something more substantial, order the oven roasted quail. Two semi-boneless quail are set on a bed of smothered potatoes with smoked sausage and drizzled with a mouthwatering rosemary white wine demi-glaze. Served with sautéed haricot verts.

Romantic Spot: If being surrounding by historic memorabilia, request the center of the restaurant near the Steamboat sign. However, if you prefer a bit more privacy, along wall in the back corner might be the perfect fit for your date.

TRENDING Fezzo’s Expands Again To the delight of Broussard residents, a popular seafood, steakhouse and oyster bar has expanded again. Fezzo’s is now open and delighting palate’s – as usual! Got the en vie for boiled crawfish? Fezzo’s has mastered the art of cooking them to perfection. Call 337-330-2302 for more information. 44

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Have you ever watched the show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on Food Network? We shouldn’t watch that show when we are hungry...but we did. And it got us thinking: What are the best diners, drive-ins and dives in the 337? The question was posed across our social medias and our followers came through with a ton of responses! Here are a few highlights:

By Sevie Zeller Miranda Domec P.J.’s Grill in Crowley

Kevin Goosen Rusted Rooster and Judice Inn in Lafayette. Doesn’t get better than that!

John Martin Cajan’s Eatery and The Coffee Depot in Scott

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Will Precht Darrell’s and KD’s in Lake Charles should definitely make the list!

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TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH Tools for Recovery By Brandon J. Alleman, IK, HHP, D.PSc

Not all stress is bad. Stress gives us a stimulus for adaptation and growth. Without it, life would be dull and boring. However, exposure to stress beyond the capacity of the body to adapt is problematic. We must give the body what it needs to auto-regulate and regenerate from the stress in our lives. Here are a few things that can be implemented to allow the body to effectively rebound from the stress of the season. 1. Drink right to feel right. Be sure to drink proper amounts of clean water. For most people, between two and three liters per day will suffice. Nothing substitutes for water. 2. Eat right to feel right. Blood sugar levels must be regulated tightly to break the stress/inflammatory cycle and allow for optimal hormonal balance. Be sure to eat real food regularly throughout the day. For most, this means avoiding going longer than four hours without eating a balanced meal.

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After Plastic Surgery Feeling like yourself again Being healthy means more than eating right and staying active. Usually, healthiness means overall qualityof-life and happiness. For a lot of people, turning to plastic surgery after injuries or illness is a step toward looking and feeling like themselves again. Joseph P. Lupo, M.D., and Bennett Boustany Fontenot, M.D., of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana know that physical and mental health are both vital parts of a patient’s life and recovery. “It’s a process, for many patients the decision to have surgery

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means the end of a struggle,” explained Dr. Lupo. “The recovery process should include an overall healthy lifestyle, mentally and physically.” Patients often express a desire to improve their lives after surgery. In many cases, cosmetic surgery can be the final step in a more complex recovery of your overall health. Chylena Cosper said being unhappy with the way she looked brought her to Dr. Lupo’s office. “I didn’t like to look in the mirror, but he made me feel very comfortable that it could be fixed.” said Cosper. “He gave me realistic expectations.” She explained that Dr. Lupo helped reshape her stomach and minimize a scar that bothered her. Cosper said that surgery went a long way in improving her overall happiness and health. “I love the outcome of the surgery, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.” “Whether it’s due to an accident, illness or other circumstances, self-image can have a tremendous impact on your life,” said Dr. Fontenot. “We want patients to see a healthy image of themselves.” There is a tendency to treat cosmetic procedures as frivolous, but potential patients should seek highly qualified surgeons. Dr. Fontenot and Dr. Lupo have been trained in both general surgery and plastics. Just as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. The operating surgeon should know how to respond to complications. Cosmetic procedures do have life-changing potential. Patients should know all the facts before surgery and have a realistic expectation of care and recovery after the surgery.

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GENUINE SELF Who are you in this moment? By James Eckhoff, MS, NCC, LPC, LAC Are you wasting today’s gift? As described on the first page of “Peace Is Every Step” by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, “Every morning, when we wake up, we have 24 brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift!” What a refreshing perspective on life! Unfortunately, though, this does not tend to be the way most people live. As children, we are asked the question of what we want to be when we grow up. Granted, learning from the past, along with planning and forethought for the future, are important if we want to succeed. But should they be the drivers of our behaviors? Forward thinking isn’t only future thinking It may be to our benefit to begin fostering an environment where both future plans and current moments are given equal value. Imagine how the developmental dynamic would change for children if, in addition to asking them what they wanted to be

when they grew up, they were also asked who they were in that very moment. Who they are as people, not what they do, what they will do, or what they did do. Similarly, it seems that many adults could prophet from being confronted with the question of their current selves. By doing so on a regular basis, we may begin moving past the common response of “I’m fine” to an actual, genuine reflection of who we are in that moment. Whether positive or negative, our gift is the chance to experience fully each moment of those 24 brand-new hours.

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TRENDS Try something new to stick with your goals By Cecile Walters Hebert and Gannon Baca

Sometimes staying on the healthier track is easier said than done. Trust us… WE KNOW! We are not fitness buffs hitting the gym regularly, but with the abundance of fitness studios popping up across Acadiana, we’re hoping it might make it easier to stick with our annual health resolutions. We visited a few of the newest workout hot spots to give you our “Ordinary Joe/Josephine” fitness reviews. Best wishes to you on a healthy and prosperous 2017!

ORANGE THEORY FITNESS Group workouts encompassing treadmills, rowing machines, free weights and TRX suspension training bands. Their shtick: tracking your heart rate to hit the Orange Zone for up to 12 minutes each workout to create an “after-burn” effect - the body continuing to use oxygen and burn more calories as if still working out for up to 24-36 hours post-workout. G: Not your typical gym setting, more modern in design with contemporary lighting and art. X C: Watching the metrics board to check if I was in the Orange Zone pushed me to keep my heartrate up. X G: I like that they have rotating workouts so you’re constantly changing up which muscles you focus on. X C: No time to be self-conscious about my performance or goofy looks - the hour flew by! From the treadmills right to the weights and on to TRX, we never stopped moving. X

ILOVEKICKBOXING Retired UFC fighter Tim Credeur and fitness guru Tim Metcalf have opened a new fighting franchise in Youngsville: iLoveKickboxing. The chain, which started in New York, combines a cardio warmup, calisthenics, stretching and bag work. Their mission is to create a workout that is never boring and to keep students engaged, challenged and having fun. G: Instructors walking around the room throughout class to help you on your form or just to motivate you to do one more rep was helpful. X C: Agreed, they were great. Especially with my “trick knee.” They gave me tips on where to step with a particular kick, which part of the hand/leg to hit with, etc. They were awesome. X G: The gym ratio is about 90 percent women to men. X C: Beware the warmup - definitely the hardest part! Pace yourself. X G: Full body workout! Between the two of us, our shoulders, arms, back, abs, quads and calves were sore! X

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DOWNDOG YOGA Ever sat in a dry sauna? Then you know what the difference between what dry heat and the hot, humid weather we typically get here feels like. This type of heat comes from “far infrared long wave radiance” and is what Dogdown Yoga uses in its studio. The heat is better absorbed into the body and gives off a ton of benefits including increased circulation, reduction in chronic pain and a stronger immune system. The power yoga studio offers classes inspired by Baron Baptiste. G: “Come as you are, not as you think you should be” was a quote from Baptiste that I needed to read before the class. Got me in the right frame of mind. X C: I’m not a stranger to yoga, but this was my first “Power Yoga” encounter. The FUNdamentals class was terrific for me to understand the differences. X G: As a total newcomer to yoga, I was glad to start from the basics. X C: It felt very cleansing with the dry heat elements but be prepared to sweat! It was like a body detox! X G: I couldn’t do all the poses, but the instructor was helpful in giving me modifications. X

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CRESCENT CITY DREAMS Lovebirds tie the knot in NOLA

By Lisa Hanchey

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BLAZE STUTES PETERSEN Blaze Stutes and John Petersen share a love for their native Acadiana. However, their love for one and other blossomed in New Orleans. Meeting initially in the MBA graduate program at UL, the two started as just friends. Secretly though, they harbored a burning love for each other. Their mutual affection was revealed two years ago when Blaze and John went separately to the Faquetigue Mardi Gras run in Eunice. Fatefully, they ended up spending the whole day together in the freezing cold, keeping warm with Jameson and laughter, as they tried to trip each other in the mud. Ever since, the couple have been inseparable. “Since the very beginning, it was just easy and felt right,” Blaze gushed. “We both appreciate how the other thinks about things and approaches life. We balance each other really well, operate on the same wavelength, and laugh a lot.” Shortly after that eventful Mardi Gras run, Blaze housesat for a friend in New Orleans for a month. John came with her, and that New Orleans magic sealed the deal. “That experience, against the backdrop of New Orleans, was really fun and romantic,” Blaze recalled fondly. “It threw us into what life together would be like.” Blaze, a consultant with ArchPoint Consulting, and John, co-Founder of Swamp Pop Sodas, both work from home. Despite spending all day together, the two wanted more. “The fact that we still wanted to spend time together at the end of the day said a lot,” John confided. The clincher: Blaze’s dog absolutely loved John. “And she hates everyone,” Blaze revealed.

TWO BECOME ONE When it came time for the ceremony and reception, the wedding site could be none other than the Louisiana city of love, New Orleans. Blaze described the whole weekend as a “dream.” The couple rented a house on Royal Street in the French Quarter for the entire weekend. Blaze and John credit their families and friends for planning the details that made their union truly special. Blaze’s talented friend Hollie Girouard, owner of Mais La Clothing, created the bride’s dream dress. John’s first cousins, Collin and Jasmyne Cormier of Pop’s Poboys, cooked up some fabulous food for the weekend. The couple’s friend Jan Risher officiated, and Truston Ailllet wrote original poetry for the ceremony. “Our friends and family really made us feel loved,” the couple agreed. A special moment occurred during the reception when the newlywed Petersons walked into the main room just as their friend Roddie Romero started playing the Bobby Charles song “I Think I’m in a Good Place Now” on the piano accompanied by John’s 4-year-old nephew. “It turned into a very memorable first dance,” John recalled fondly. 64

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The Most Important Secret in Lasting Love Learn How to Truly Listen Des Coroy, DesCoroy.com

Weddings are probably the most festive occasions in all cultures worldwide as it celebrates two individuals committing their lives, their being and their love to each other in a most sacred ceremony shared with others. The intention of these brides and grooms is to make their marriage special and one that will stand the test of time. Unfortunately for many couples, the wedding ceremony will be the high point of their union as many marriages start to immediately decline due to a lack of communication. Love may bring two together, but it doesn’t provide the communication skills to assist in making it grow.

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to be heard without paying attention to what the other person has just said. It’s ironic how in conversation we demand the attention of another yet we often have difficulty listening to them. We insist on getting something that we are not willing to give. It all boils down to verbal selfishness. We like to talk and have others listen to us, but when it comes to returning the favor, we get greedy. The gift of their listening makes you feel valued. You know that they are interested in what you have to say, and it makes you more inclined to want to listen to their story. That’s when the magic of communication takes place. The time spent in learning effective listening skills is the single most important investment you could possibly make. Improving and maintaining the quality and vitality of your relationship will benefit you both for many years to come.

Recipe for a well-seasoned marriage By Hannah Comeaux, LPC

It’s hard to overspice the food for my native 337 Cajun husband. However, even though a little Tabasco or Tony’s adds great flavor, too much will ruin it! That’s how conflict works in relationships. When it’s used correctly, it serves an important purpose in healthy communication and teaches us to resolve opposing issues. Too much and it does more damage than good. Nobody likes a hot argument so here are five tools to help de-escalate emotions and have both of you leaving the “talk” table with a good taste in your mouth. SET GROUND RULES for fighting fair. Before the fight, collaborate with your partner about where and when it’s best to talk and work things out. Knowing your partner’s triggers, such as certain words or behaviors, will avoid anger escalation. USE “I” STATEMENTS rather than “you” statements. Try to express how the issue makes you feel rather than putting the other person on defense. Instead of phrases

like “you always” say, “I feel hurt when you…” GIVE YOURSELF A COOLDOWN PERIOD. When emotions get heated, a “timeout” is needed! Wait a few hours and come back to it. This will likely eliminate saying hurtful things you don’t mean and give you some time to gather your thoughts and say things that do need to be said, calmly. In conclusion, here are a couple of ingredients for keeping the spice in your marriage. YOU ARE A TEAM. In marriage, you are on the same team! Date night is a great time for romance, but it’s also important to spend quality time discussing your hopes and dreams. Collaborate with your partner on a game plan for realizing them together. GET BACK TO THE BASICS. Sometimes it’s the small things that count the most! Get back into the practice of treating each other with love and respect. Those small intentional acts, like a compliment, can go a long way. 65


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Chic & Modern Modern weddings are a great option for brides and grooms who appreciate all things contemporary and current. For modern-themed weddings this means clean lines, sleek color palate and dramatic uplighting for a polished look.

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Classic & Traditional Aiming for that timeless look with understated elegance and a sense of tradition? Having classic décor will keep your wedding photos looking timeless for years to come. The love of clean lines and unassuming details makes for a wedding that is beautiful, classy and meaningful.

Rustic With natural-inspired elements, rustic weddings are filled with textures and natural organics. Whether the event is outdoors or you’re just pulling the outside in, rustic weddings allow the bride and groom to apply many personal touches.

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LOUISIANA SWAMP BASE A 100 Year Commitment to the Atchafalaya By Barbara McConnell

Louisiana Swamp Base, a subsidiary of the local Boy Scouts, purchased McGee’s Landing and Basin Tours at the end of 2016 with the idea of turning the property into an international camping and boating high adventure location. Located in the Atchafalaya Swamp on Henderson levee on 63 acres of formerly Allemond family property, Swamp Base secretary, Gary McGoffin, said the Scouts envision a 40,000-squarefoot conference and welcome center, outfitter, and a restaurant and lodging, with completion optimistically within the next three years. With an estimated $30 million price tag, fundraising is already in place with some partnership by the state, said McGoffin. Swamp Base was begun in 2013 as part of a 100-year commitment by the local Evangeline Area Council of Boy Scouts to be environmental, cultural and historical stewards of the Atchafalaya, a great national as well as Louisiana natural resource. There are other Scout high adventure venues in the United States, and the hope is that Swamp Base with its weeklong 60+ and 75-mile boat treks and camping in the watery wilderness of the Atchafalaya will be on par with those. McGoffin said the base will ultimately serve five groups: Scouts, the public, schools K-12, university research, and be accessible for people with special physical needs. “So, if you want a fishing rodeo, or your seventh grade class needs some science activities in our STEM lab, take a boat tour, or bring your class reunion or religious retreat-even your wedding,” he added. Swamp and airboat tours are still operating as plans progress.

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FAMILY FUN DAY New cooking school built for kids, teens and parents By Cecile Walters Hebert Looking for a unique family activity to keep the kids entertained? Check out the newly opened Mix It Up!, a cooking school built for kids, teens and their parents on Arnould Boulevard in Lafayette.

LOUISIANA BORN AND BRED Owners April and Chris Sins brought their family friendly cooking concept from Houma to the Hub City. “We love Lafayette! We knew this would be a great market for us. The number of young families and size of the city made Lafayette a natural first choice for our expansion.” Both are health care professionals (April is a registered dietician/ nutritionist; Chris is a registered nurse). After their children were born, they realized their shared passion for promoting health and nutrition, especially to communities in south Louisiana, where cooking has such a great tradition.

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Regularly scheduled classes are held throughout the week, and special events such as “Parent and Child Night” encourage people to try out the concept without the commitment. Creative themes such as “Doll Brunch and Fashion Show” and “Disney Snack Stand” will give Lafayette fresh ideas on family fun. While these class treats sound tempting and tasty, April stresses the lessons behind the obvious “cooking” class. “Beyond the measuring and mixing, the classes will boost children’s self-esteem. They’ll learn about nutrition, planning meals and valuable life skills through the classes. There are no ‘home-economics’ classes in school to teach them these skills,” she said.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES Aside from the regular scheduled classes, Mix It Up! offers excellent birthday packages for aspiring chefs and their buddies. Birthday party menu options range from cupcakes and cookies to salsa and quesadillas. “It’s an easy party for busy moms and dads. We do all the work, and parents get to leave the messy kitchen for us to clean.”

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KING CAKE PULL-APART BREAD 3 rolls refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 stick butter, melted Bundt pan

GLAZE 1 cup powdered sugar 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Purple, yellow and green sugar sprinkles

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon into a Ziploc bag.

3. Cut biscuits into quarters. Coat them with melted butter. 4. Place butter coated biscuit quarters into Ziploc bag and shake until completely coated with sugar and cinnamon mixture. 5. Coat the Bundt pan with nonstick spray, and place coated biscuit quarters into the pan. 6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until dough is lightly golden and has puffed up. 7. Invert on to a platter. 8. Make the glaze: Whisk powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Spoon glaze over the cake, covering it completely. Top with sprinkles.

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LOCAL LIFESAVERS Making a difference in lives one animal at a time By Mandie Kiddy

SHANNON J. GONSOULIN, DVM

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Veterinarian/Owner of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in New Iberia

337: How do you help animals in need? Ezekiel: One of the ways members of the veterinary profession contribute to helping pet owners keep their pets happy and healthy is by educating them on proper pet care such as nutrition, dental hygiene and grooming. Disease prevention, which includes receiving the appropriate vaccinations, heartworm and flea/tick prevention, is another key component of pet care. There is also the medical treatment aspect of saving animals which includes but is not limited to administering medications, IV fluids, helping a pet through recovery of an illness or procedure, treating wounds and first aid.

337: Why is it important to curb the pet population? Gonsoulin: I see mainly two important reasons: first, to decrease the spread of deadly diseases and second, to decrease the overwhelming number of unwanted animals roaming and breeding uncontrollably.

337: Why is it important to curb the pet population? Ezekiel: For one, it is truly heartbreaking to think of the large number homeless animals who are scared, starving, sick or injured. These animals have never known affection, safety and security. Curbing the pet population is pertinent as overpopulation increases the spread of diseases due to the lack of proper veterinary care. These diseases can affect other animals including domestic pets as well as humans.  

337: How can others help you in your efforts? Gonsoulin: We have a special account in which we accept donations. The funds are used to pay for injured, sick or unwanted animals brought to our clinic. People can contact our clinic at 337-365-9060 and speak to Eva Leblanc to make donations.

337: What is your favorite part of what you do? Ezekiel: The most rewarding aspect of being a veterinary nurse is being able to help and support an animal and their owners through difficult times. Seeing an animal recover through an illness or trauma and being there to provide them with support and encouragement is incredibly rewarding. Of course, interacting with all the cute animals is a plus!

337: What is your favorite part of helping voiceless animals? Gonsoulin: Having a sick or severely injured animal go back home with their owners in which the initial prognosis was grave. It is very rewarding to have one beat the odds and knowing you were part of the success.

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Pecos Owners’ names: Mickie and Rick Collins Pet’s registered name: St. Vincent’s Pecos Sky Pet’s gender: Male Pet’s breed: Standard Poodle Pet’s favorite treat: Banana, peanut butter treats and Blue Bison cookies Funny trait: “Pecos is smart, athletic and the most affectionate standard we’ve ever had (he is our fourth). He believes he is an 80-pound lap dog!” said Mickie.

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By Brandon Comeaux As the spring approaches, the McNeese Cowgirls softball team has two Southland Conference titles to defend – the regular season championship as well as the tournament championship. 2016 was an incredible year for the Cowgirls who won 43 games, including 23 in Southland Conference play, and went on to play in the NCAA Tournament, losing in the Baton Rouge Regional to national powerhouses Arizona State and LSU. During the season, the Cowgirls defeated two nationally-ranked opponents (Baylor and Mississippi State) as well as other NCAA Tournament teams such as South Alabama and Ole Miss. Helping lead the way was returning Junior All-American Erika Piancastelli.

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C/3B Erika Piancastelli Accomplishments • Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year (2015 and 2016) • Southland Conference Freshman of the Year (2015) • NFCA All-American (2015 and 2016) • Southland Conference StudentAthlete of the Year (2016)

McNeese Southland Conference champion golfer Martin Eriksson (Sr.) • 2016 Golfer of the Year • Won Southland Conference individual championship • Led Cowboys to first conference team title in 36 years • First McNeese men’s golfer to earn CoSIDA

Academic All-America honors • Earned PING All-Region honors • Arnold Palmer Cup Semifinalist • GCAA All-America Scholar honors for second straight year

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Baseball Predictions, Basketball Accolades and Golf History By Curt Guillory Photo By: Chris Parent

LSU AMATEUR GOLFER IN PRO COMPANY Sam Burns, the LSU AllAmerican sophomore golfer, recently earned some high honors as he was named Amateur of the month by the Southern Golf Association. The honor was in large part to Burns winning the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic at El Paso Country Club. Burns was the first Tiger to win the event in its 42-year history and joined the ranks of

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native is having a record sophomore season by leading the team with a scoring average of 69.00 in six appearances. Keep splitting the fairways, Sam!

For Coach Paul Maineri’s LSU Fighting Tiger Baseball Team expectations couldn’t be higher. Being ranked No. 2 nationally in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s preseason poll. Three other SEC teams also made the preseason poll; Florida at No. 3, South Carolina at No. 4, and Vanderbilt at No. 6. Maineri believes this team has as much talent as any Tiger team before saying, “We have a confidant group that believes we can play for all the marbles if we go out each day, play as hard as we can, and take it one day at a time.” The Tigers are returning eight out of nine starting positions including senior second baseman Cole Freeman, senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, junior

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Accolades keep coming in for the Lady Tigers Basketball Team. Raigyne Moncrief earned second Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) Player of the week honors in as many weeks. The junior guard out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida recently rang up 22 and 20 points in consecutive games grabbing the attention of the LSWA. This was the first time Moncrief, or any Lady Tiger, scored 20 or more points in back to back games. Not surprisingly she is also the team’s leading scorer with a per game average of just over 14 points. Moncrief also has hot hands for the ball as she leads the SEC in steals per game and for the season. Photo By: Steve Franz

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Basketball defies expectations At the beginning of the season, a 12-4 start would have been an unrealistic expectation for anyone who took a glance at the Cajuns roster. After all, the Cajuns were only returning three starters and would have to rely on outstanding play from newcomers on the team. Fortunately, outstanding play is exactly what they received. Through 16 games of play, Frank Bartley, P.J. Hardy and Justin Miller have become staples in the Cajuns basketball program. Bartley, a transfer from BYU, sat out of the 2015-2016 season per the NCAA transfer rule, but has started all 16 games for the Cajuns this season and has averaged just over 30 minutes per game. Hardy and Miller are both true freshmen who have been vital components to the Cajuns’ success this season. Although, Hardy hasn’t started any games this season, he has seen 18.4 minutes per game. Hardy boasts an outstanding .561 3-point percentage on his 57 shots from outside of the arch. At 6’7” Miller is a big-bodied forward who appears to put the pieces together with effective play on both sides of the court. The three newcomers have meshed with the three veterans Jay Wright, Johnathan Stove and Bryce Washington. The six players have combined for an effective rotation for the Cajuns this season and helped lead the team to their 12-4 start. With conference play just a couple games in, the most important part of the Cajuns’ schedule is yet to come. However, if the Cajuns can match their quality of play for the remainder of the season, they may be one of the top seeds heading into the Sun Belt Conference Championship in March.

Cajuns fall to Southern Miss in New Orleans Bowl Despite being saved from a second consecutive bowl game omission in the Hudspeth era, The Cajuns’ football team lost their first New Orleans Bowl game in history to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 28-21. With the loss, the Cajuns ended their season 6-7. Although an improvement from last year’s 4-8 record, six wins is slightly below the nine-win bar set between the 2011 and 2014 season.

Scott Plaisance transfers to UNO Redshirt sophomore forward Scott Plaisance plans to transfer from the Cajuns’ basketball team to UNO. Although Plaisance was one of the few returning members from last season, he saw limited playing time in the 2016-2017 season. Plaisance averaged 2.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and seven minutes per game and started one game of his 11 played with the Cajuns this season. Plaisance is a product of Country Day High School in New Orleans and spent his first collegiate season redshirting with the Cajuns.

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LSU-EUNICE A decade of dominance By Brandon Comeaux In the city of Eunice, there sits two of the most successful athletic programs in the state of Louisiana – the LSUEunice Bengals baseball team and the LSU-Eunice Lady Bengals softball team. Since 2006, the two programs have won a combined nine national titles while competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Bengals Baseball By The Numbers • Year baseball program began at LSU-Eunice: 2000 • Record under Head Coach Jeff Willis (2003-present): 674-164 (0.798 winning percentage) • National championships: 5 (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015) • Former Bengals drafted by major league baseball: 53 • Bengal baseball players named to the NJCAA All-America team: 12 • Players representing the 337 (Acadiana area) on the 2016-2017 roster: 14

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Lady Bengals Softball By The Numbers • Year softball program began at LSU-Eunice: 2006 • Record under Head Coach Andy Lee (2009-current): 428-70 (0.859 winning percentage) • National championships: 4 (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016) • Lady Bengal baseball players named to the NJCAA All-America team: 7 • Players representing the 337 (Acadiana area) on the 2016-2017 roster: 10

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tan’s Automotive – it’s been a mainstay in Lafayette since 1977. Three generations of customers bring their vehicles there every day for Stan Cosper and his crew to keep them going. He has a love for providing his customers with great service. Sit down with him for just a few minutes, and he’ll speak fondly of the personal connections he’s made with them since he founded the company.   Cosper was born in Bryan, Texas, but he was raised in Lafayette. His father was the Director for the USL Student Union when he was in middle school. From riding mini bikes to working at different mechanic’s shops throughout Lafayette for money, Stan was fully embracing his “automotive obsession” from middle school through high school. He even built his first engine at 15 years old.   Then, in 1977, he went to a local bank in Lafayette and “bought (himself) a job” after borrowing $7,000. And thus, Stan’s Automotive was born.   That passion for cars and all things racing has been like fuel for him.

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“Motorsports is really a passion of mine, and it’s what keeps me in the auto repair business,” said Cosper. He fondly remembers his days of racing go carts, Formula 440s, Miatas and a whole host of other racing machines all over the South.   Cosper loves connecting other people’s passions for racing with the sport itself. As a matter of fact, he put Sarah Montgomery and her father, Robert, in touch with Lafayette resident Brent Mosing, who took Sarah under his wing and introduced her to Spec Miata racing.   “I have so many friends of mine here in town that we would crew for them, help them and race with them. I love car racing. I love the comradery.” “My friends and I talk about how we almost have as many friends in the pits and the nights between the races as I do actually racing. It’s almost like a different family. It’s fun.”

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hat started as a fun family event, turned into a passion for racing and a successful career for a young racing champion. As a child, Sarah Montgomery’s parents brought her to an Indy car race. In only a short time, Sarah went from zero interest in the sport of racing to becoming a dedicated and passionate racer. “There was nothing I enjoyed more than to sit in the stands with everyone else, hear the sounds of the cars, smell the fuel and the burning of the rubber,” remembered Montgomery. “I fell in love! I just loved everything about it.” Surprisingly, the day Montgomery attended the race with her family, future NASCAR driver Danica Patrick was driving in the race. Montgomery commented, “As a 10-yearold girl, Danica Patrick inspired me to do what I wanted to do.” After persistently asking her parents to get her involved in racing, they finally agreed and bought her a dirt oval go kart, which began her pursuit. She transformed from a 12-year-old go kart racer to a successful race car driver. 22-year-old Montgomery has turned her dream into an impressive career. Despite her demanding racing career, the UL Lafayette marketing graduate shines as a sales and marketing manager at Fresh Air Systems Technologies (F.A.S.T.). Yet, she still finds time to help others by volunteering with Lemons of Love (LemonOfLove.org); motivated to instill hope for women all over, to win their race over cancer. F.A.S.T. is driven in all that she does– whether on the track or in life.

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337: Favorite track to race and why? Montgomery: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. It is absolutely the most thrilling track we go to in our little Miatas. We average around 70 to 80 miles per hour!

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337: What do you love most about the Acadiana area? Montgomery: The food. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to move to other places. With my new job I could move to Chicago, but there’s no way I’m leaving. The food is too good. 337: What kind of car do you race? Montgomery: Mazda MX5 Global Cup Car

337: What have you felt has been the biggest struggle as a female in a male-dominated sport? Montgomery: I think the biggest struggle for me was when I first started car racing (about 15 years-old) against guys in their 20s and all the way up to their 50s. They didn’t think I could do it, and they were just kind of laughing at the fact that I was trying to be serious about this. Then, about a year later, I started to catch on and get the hang of things. They began to respect me a lot more and understand that I was there for the same reasons they were. Now, at the professional level, I don’t have any issues whatsoever. It’s taken me so long to get to where I am now. They respect that. If you can get through the first few potholes, you’re good to go. 337: What is the proudest moment of your racing career? Montgomery: My favorite on-track experience was winning the 2013 SPEC MIATA Championship at Circuit Grand Bayou (my local track in Belle Rose, La.). My favorite off-track experience is winning the 2015 Spirit of Mazda Award and the Spirit of Mazda Award again in March 2016. It’s the embodiment of what Mazda wants represented of themselves. To get that over hundreds of people was such a huge honor to me.

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SPORTSMAN’S PARADISE One of the great things about time spent at camp is getting to relax and laissez les bon temps rouler. From fun in the sun to the stories by the bonfire, there’s nothing quite like camp life in Sportsman’s Paradise. Show us your favorite part of camp culture (email contest@337magazine.com) for a chance to win a specialty meat package from Don’s Specialty Meats. C’est bon!

THE GOLDEN 5IVE Top RV spots in the 337 By Gannon Baca Whether it’s traditional camping versus glamping, Wi-Fi or roughing it, the RV lifestyle has more than a little something that keeps people coming back and asking for more. Check out this selection of top spots in the 337 that combine elements of camping in the wilderness and the comforts of home. *All sites reviewed are Big-Rig accessible, have pull-thru sites (in varying degrees), hookups for electricity at both 30 & 50 amps, water and sewage. All sites are family friendly and offer various recreational activities, based on location. All costs mentioned may vary, and are based on season, length of stay and associated discounts:

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Cajun Palms RV Resort Henderson, Louisiana Boasting the largest of RV accommodations in Acadiana with over 300 Lots, Cajun Palms sets the standard with both primitive and progressive camping alike. With amenities such as a swim-up bar and Movie Theater, Cajun Palms is truly the “Swiss Army knife” of RV destinations.

Poche’s RV Park Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Despite the fact that you’ll feel like a master angler by the time your stay is up, the 85-acres of peace and quiet are the true allure to this beautifully spacious RV Park. If sleeping on wheels is not your slumber of choice, reserve one of seven themed cabins. Was it mentioned that you’ll catch fish? Cost - $25 and up • Wi-Fi- FREE • Pets - YES Swimming- YES • Cable/Satellite Hookup - NO Tent Camping/Cabins - Tents • Family Friendly - YES Pet Area - YES

Bayou Wilderness RV Resort Carencro, Louisiana When reviews consistently talk about how friendly and helpful the staff is, you know a business is doing something right! Whether you’re low on cough drops or need to diagnose a propane tank, Bayou Wilderness RV Resort has perfected the art of service. The resort itself is far from onedimensional, take a leisurely stroll or enjoy the resort’s own personal swamp!

Cost- $35 and up • Wi-Fi- $12 Fee • Pets - YES Swimming - YES • Cable/Satellite Hookup - YES Tent Camping/Cabins - Cabins • Family Friendly - YES Pet Area - YES

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A+ Motel & RV Park Lake Charles/Sulphur, Louisiana Traveling toward the heel of the boot? If so, you’ll find an aptly named A+ Motel & RV Park in the greater Lake Charles/Sulphur area. Situated at the entrance of the Creole Nature Trail, A+ is known for being on “the level” …for their concrete sites, that is. It shouldn’t go unstated that A+ hits the mark on easy-access, cleanliness and overall tranquility. When in the westernmost portion of the 337, don’t miss the RV park with the highest marks.

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Coushatta Casino Resort /Red Shoes RV Park Kinder, Louisiana Approximately 15 miles north of the 337, you’ll find the town of Kinder, which is synonymous with the Grand Casino Coushatta. Revered as a Gambler’s Paradise, the true jackpot is the reasonably priced and highly reviewed “Red Shoes RV Park.” Take advantage of the on-site amenities, or hop on the next shuttle to the casino for a meal and entertainment; either way, you’ll leave a winner!

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you think Lake Charles is just a place to travel through on the way to Houston, you are in for an awakening! Lake “Chuck,” as the locals call it, boasts great restaurants, beautiful parks, gorgeous casinos and, of course, the best hunting and fishing anywhere! Right off the 210-loop are several great stops. One of my personal favorites is Darrell’s, a simple spot offering po’boys, chips, drinks and a full bar. Voted one of the top five po-boy places in the country (watch out, New Orleans), Darrell's piles on the protein between delicious crunchy -- but not overly thick -- French bread. Be sure to try the Darrell’s Special -roast beef, turkey and ham dripping with beef gravy and slathered with jalapeño mayonnaise. Try a half of the Special with a half of the Spicy Cajun Shrimp – both are worth the trip. Another local gem is La Truffe Sauvage, an authentic French restaurant nestled in the woods off Bayou Pines Drive. Set in an elegant chalet, La Truffe features culinary delights including pan seared moulard duck foie gras, gratin of onion soup and Blanquette de Veau. Delicieux! Of course, we can’t talk about Lake Chuck without trumping up the casinos. Catch the free trolley and check out the lodgy L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles or the glitzy Golden Nugget next door. Both supply much more than gambling, including restaurants, golf courses, pools, bars and beaches. Among L’Auberge’s hot spots is Embers Grille & Wine Bar, featuring a daily Social Hour with handcrafted cocktails and small plates. The 20-ounce bone-in ribeye is simply amazing, and there’s even a 42-ounce “Tomahawk” for those real carnivores. The clubby atmosphere, warm fireplace and cool piano bar offer something for all

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tastes. Stay late for cocktails and dancing at the smoking Jack Daniels Bar & Grill down the hall. Or plan a trip during the sizzling summer for the Liquid Society poolside concert series. Around the corner is the Golden Nugget Casino, home of 12 restaurants, bars and nightlife. The “Nugget” looks nothing like anything you’d expect to find in Louisiana. It’s glittery and gold, has an amazing pool, and houses one of the hottest nightspot you ever find, Blue Martini, featuring live music, specialty cocktails and an outdoor hookah bar. And, for those who prefer coming out during the day, both L’Auberge and the Nugget boasts designer shopping,

resort-style pools and glamorous spas. Treat yourself to a spa day at L’Auberge and have all-day access to the whirlpool, steam room and sauna, then slip out to the lazy river or the adults-only pool for a relaxing escape. If you’d like a more casual experience, check out the area’s brewpubs. Brand new to the scene is Crying Eagle Brewery Company, a wood and industrial wonder featuring a tap room and tours. Brews include locally inspired The Chuck, Calcasieu Common and Ready to Mingle. If you want food and music with a great selection of Louisiana Craft beer, try Rikenjaks Brewing Company. Recently reopened in a 70-year-old bungalow, Rickenjaks offers live entertainment, outdoor patio dining and a full bar. For the great outdoorsman, Lake Charles features the best hunting and fishing around. With the temperate weather, you can fish nearly all year long for fresh water fish like bass and perch or salt water treasures like redfish, speckled trout and flounder. Nearby are premier fishing destinations Big Lake and Hackberry. And because of Calcasieu/Cameron Parishes’ proximity to the Gulf, you can try game fishing or even spot a pink dolphin (yes, really).

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Navarre Beach Winter at the beach doesn’t have to be reserved for snow birds flying in from the north, but those escaping winter do inspire special events. The Navarre Beach Snowbirds Club, for instance, offers special events such as the Sweethearts Dance Feb. 13. There’s also the Louisiana influence spilling over, such as the Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 18. For a list of winter events in Navarre, visit FloridasPlayground.com/events.

Fishbone Alley Last October, the City of Gulfport unveiled its new Fishbone Alley, a back alley turned creative hub featuring whimsical artwork, vertical urban landscaping and more. The pedestrian walkway with reclaimed brick pavers, overhead twinkling lights and fun artwork in the downtown Gulfport entertainment district offers back doors to restaurant and bars. 88

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Wine, Women & Shoes Wine Women & Shoes, a four-day multi-event fundraiser for Sinfonia Gulf Coast — a professional nonprofit orchestra on the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida — will be Feb. 1719 in Destin. There will be vintner dinners in South Walton, Bubbles, Brews & Culinary Q’s Feb 18 and the Wine Women & Shoes Signature Event Feb. 19 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach. Proceeds will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit WineWomenAndShoes.com/sinfonia or call 850-460-8800.

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Trader Jon s, Pensacola Martin “Trader Jon” Weissman opened his Trader Jon’s tavern in Pensacola in 1953. It quickly became popular with U.S. Navy pilots stationed at the Naval Air Station. An exhibit at the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum in downtown Pensacola pays tribute to Weissman, offering pieces from Weissman’s massive collection of military and aviation artifacts, which lured celebrities like John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Prince Andrew and Bob Hope to his establishment. The exhibit also includes an almost mirror-image of the original bar, with the same model airplanes that once hung from the bar’s ceiling, flight suits and framed photos of Hollywood and local celebrities. For information, visit historicpensacola.org.

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Left to right: Jeannine Maillet-LeBlanc & Bernard LeBlanc (Bouctouche, New Brunswick), Tommy Michot (Lafayette, LA), Connie DeWitte, Barbara & Dale Savoie, Roger Belliveau (Acadian from New Brunswick, Canada), Brenda & Alan Broussard (Lafayette, LA.)

Discover where the French explorers and founding Acadian families came from, such as La Chaussée, Martaizé, D’Aulnay, La Rochelle. These cities were your Acadian ancestors’ homes before going to New World in the 1600s. You will have the opportunity to kneel in the church where they prayed before leaving and see the Towers of La Rochelle, the last landmark they ever saw of their native land. Also, walk in the footsteps of your ancestors in Châtellerault, Archigny, Belle-Île-en-Mer, Nanates and Saint-Malo where you will learn about the lives of Acadians who deported to France during the ‘Grand Dérangement and who eventually departed for Louisiana. You will travel through four regions of France: Îlede-France, Poitou, Brittany and Normandy. More so, you will enjoy over 2000 years of French history at popular tourist attractions of Europe such as Château

Laisser Les Bons Temps Rouler in France The trip will be 14 days and 13 nights, almost “all-inclusive.” Tour fees: $3,595 US plus airfare. Price is based on two individuals sharing one room. Single supplement is $500 US (one person in room).

This island, off the coast of Brittany, France is where many Acadians landed after the deportation. Many are still living on this beautiful island of about 3,000, mostly all of Acadian decent. The sign in this pic announces the Commemoration of 250th year anniversary of the Arrival of Acadians. 90

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MUSIC MARCH 4 ASO presents Perfectly Frank, a Century of Sinatra Heymann Performing Arts Center 6:30-8:30 p.m. MARCH 5 Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie Route 92 3 p.m.

MARCH 14 Route 66 (Jukebox Musical)

Donny Broussard & Louisiana Stars Vermilionville Performance Center 1-4 p.m. MARCH 7 An Evening with Southern Soul Assembly featuring Marc Broussard, JJ Grey, Luther Dickinson & Anders Osborne AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theatre 7:30 p.m. MARCH 8 Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theatre 7:30 p.m. MARCH 9 Dianne Reeves AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theatre 7:30 p.m. MARCH 10 The Dynamic Duo-Bryan & Tim Route 92 9 p.m. ML1 Media Presents: Metro Station The District 8 p.m. MARCH 11 5th Avenue Route 92 9 p.m. 92

Grand Opera House of the South, Crowley 7 p.m.

MARCH 12 Gerard Delafose & the Zydeco Gators Vermilionville Performance Center 1-4 p.m.

Contra & Square Dance with Anya Burgess & Friends Vermilionville Performance Center 1-4 p.m.

Mike Dean (Acoustic) Silver Slipper 6:30 p.m.

MARCH 24 The Dynamic Duo Route 92 9 p.m.

MARCH 17 Kip Sonnier Route 92 9 p.m. MARCH 18 Broken Meaux Jo Route 92 9 p.m. MARCH 19 The Country Round Up Band Route 92 3 p.m.

MARCH 25 Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie Route 92 9 p.m. MARCH 26 Walter Mouton & the Scott Playboys Vermilionville Performance Center 1-4 p.m. MARCH 30 & 31 O’Connor Family Band featuring Mark O’Connor AcA's James Devin Moncus Theater 7:30 p.m. 3 3 7M A GA ZIN E.C OM

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MARCH 31 Kip Sonnier Route 92 9 p.m.

FESTIVALS, FAMILY / COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FEBRUARY 18 Healing Traditions in Acadiana Vermilonville Performance Center 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Illuminated Bike Ride in Rio Parade Downtown Lafayette 6:30-9:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY 18 Florida Georgia Line

MARCH 3 Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences presents: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play AcA's James Devin Moncus Theater 6:30 p.m. MARCH 3-4 Monster Truck Destruction Tour Lake Charles Civic Center 6 p.m. MARCH 14-19 St. Joseph’s Altar Vermilionville La Chappelle 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MARCH 17, 24, 31 Natural Easter Egg Dying Vermilionville’s Historic Village 10 a.m.-4 p.m. MARCH 20 UL Fashion Show Acadiana Center for the Arts 7 p.m.

Cajundome 7 p.m.

MARCH 25 Spring Celebration Vermilionville’s Historic Village 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

MARCH 17 & 18 Lafayette Ballet presents Peter Pan Heymann Performing Arts Center 7 p.m.

Re-Lei for Life Iberia Sugarena, New Iberia 10 a.m.

MARCH 25 Cajun Comic Relief Heymann Performing Arts Center 12 p.m. & 5 p.m.

DANCE MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS Latin Dance Classes Cite’ Des Arts 6:30 p.m. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS Irish Dance Classes Cite’ Des Arts 3 p.m. MARCH 17 & 18 Lafayette Ballet presents Peter Pan Heymann Performing Arts Center 7 p.m.

THEATRE/OPERA/ BROADWAY MARCH 4 Rusalka AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater 12 p.m.

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Acadiana Symphony Orchestra presents Perfectly Frank Heymann Performing Arts Center 6:30 p.m.

MARCH 26 Alice in Wonderland Grand Opera House of the South, Crowley 7 p.m. MARCH 29 The Illusionists - LIVE from Broadway Heymann Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m.

ART/FILM TUESDAYS & THURSDAY Open Mic/Spoken Poetry Nights Poet’s Cafe & Live Music Joint, Lafayette 8 p.m. MARCH 13 My Life as a Zuchinni Acadiana Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m. MARCH 23-25 Still, Life: Envisioning a Bold New One AcA's James Devin Moncus Theater 7:30 p.m. MARCH 27 Les Vues Free Film Series: “The Flying Vet of Lafayette” Vermilionville Performance Center 6:30 p.m. 93


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“The Wedding Trees” by Don Bertrand

The Horse Farm, now Moncus Park, is a magical place. It was where my wife Camille and I chose to be married. I have been working on the development of a series of paintings to commemorate the emotional nature of this place and what a gift it is to our community. This is the first in that series.

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