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Celebrate the Atchafalaya Basin During the Month of October

BATON ROUGE, La (press release) – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, with the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA), proclaims October as Atchafalaya Month. Feed Your Soul in America’s Foreign Country with events, festivals, and activities all month long. “The Atchafalaya National…

La Nouvelle Louisiane

  Best New Restaurant Winner Chef Eric Cook (the talented chef and owner also behind the popular New Orleans restaurant, Gris-Gris) opened his second restaurant, Saint John, in the French Quarter last fall. As to be expected from Cook, the…

Grape Expectations

Savannah Ray left her home in Ouachita Parish one weekend and returned with a dream. Her husband, Michael, says, “She went to Sonoma Valley and thought it was pretty.” With timing that comedians spend years honing, he gestures toward…

Candle with Care

At A Glance Hometown | Charenton, Louisiana Age | 49 Occupation | Candlemaker, shop owner, Fifolet Candle Makers Web | fifoletcandles.com   Blink and you’ll miss the small, knee-high roadside “Candle Shop” sign out front. But off the main…

Passing it On

With assimilation and time many of Louisiana’s Native American folkways faded into history. Handmade tribal crafts gave way to mass-produced items purchased at local box stores. But somewhere deep in the DNA of tribal members, the old ways remain…

Play Well

LEGO fans, get inspired with mind-boggling life-size creations and exhibits, live shows by master LEGO builders and hands-on building activities during Brick Fest Live (Oct. 8-9), a traveling show held at the Shreveport Convention Center (brickfestlive.com).   Jeanerette First in…

Coming Home

The Bayou St. John area (officially Faubourg St. John) in New Orleans is known for its historic residences. Pitot House, the Old Spanish Custom House and The Sanctuary, all facing the bayou, are among the architecturally and culturally significant…

Rock of Ages

Brian Schwieger begins his tour of Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas by displaying a history book he studied in the 11th grade. The National Park Ranger from Tennessee learned how President Dwight D. Eisenhower and U.S.…

A Kebab by Any Other Name

Kebab, kabab, kebob, shish kebob, souvlaki, shashlik or a variety of other terms refer to pieces of meat, poultry, fish or vegetables, threaded on skewers and grilled. “Jim Beard’s Barbecue Cookbook,” published in 1958, calls it skewer cookery. Whatever term…

Double the Music and Double the Fall Festival Fun

It’s an Acadiana tradition about to hit its golden anniversary. And even though it hit a speedbump during the pandemic, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles has returned. Twofold. The annual fall festival, which turns 50 in 2024, has been celebrating…

Chicken and Waffles

  Makes 4 waffles FOR THE CHICKEN 4 pieces of chicken 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 cup all-purpose floor cooking oil FOR THE WAFFLES 1 cup all-purpose flour…

Lucy The Cow: A Sequel

In the last issue of this magazine (May/June) I wrote this column about Lucy the Cow. When I was a kid, a neighbor had a farm (and yes, he was actually named McDonald) and, with the agreement of my parents,…

Powerful Plumage

A Great Egret, the symbol of the National Audubon Society, wades through wetlands at Avery Island.   To submit your photos, visit louisianalife.com

Classic New Orleans with a Twist

This house began on a napkin,” said Mia Jahncke, referring to the initial drawing by her father-in-law, New Orleans architect Davis Jahncke, who designed the house as his last project before retiring from a career of more than a…

Embracing Salad Season

These are the dog days of summer when appetites wane and sweating over a hot stove is the about last thing anyone wants to do. In other words, it’s salad season. Fill up the salad bowl, pour a cold beverage…

The Beasts Will Teach You the Beauty of This Earth

The ancients believed birds were messengers of the gods linking humans to the supernatural world. Baton Rouge artist Mary Lee Eggart’s colorful drawings of various birds represent her deep spirituality, faith and love of nature. More recently, however, her…

Summer Reading List

Fantastic Journey The Ballad of Perilous Graves Music, mystery, magic and suspense, “The Ballad of Perilous Graves” by Alex Jennings casts a spell that will keep readers turning the page until the very end. Main characters Perilous “Perry” Graves, his…

Preferred Natives

In March 2022, three months into her role as caretaker of Briarwood Nature Preserve in Saline, Bayli Quick turned off Louisiana Hwy 9 to find the tall pines along Caroline Dormon Road ablaze. Rather than turn back, Quick drove…

Decadent Dining

The retro glamour of Baton Rouge’s swank new hotspot, the Supper Club, owned by Brandon Landry (founder and CEO of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux) is enticing diners with its seductive décor and luxuries such as Beluga caviar, baked Alaska and crème…