Acadiana-based Cajuncrawfish Serves Up Memories Nationwide: Shipped to Your Door, Ready to Boil

CajunCrawfish, a local, family-owned and operated farm based in Branch, La., is sharing Acadiana’s love of crawfish with the entire country. As one of the largest exporters of crawfish in the state, CajunCrawfish specializes in shipping live crawfish directly to your door, fresh and ready to be boiled.

Grillin’ With the Guru: Get in the Grillin’ Know

Want to know how to get the most out of your grill? Want to know about grilling temperatures, which woods to use, how long to cook that chicken? Be sure to tune in Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. or anytime online at and Facebook.

Palmyre: European Cocktail Bar Adds Sophistication to Lafayette’s Bar Scene

From the moment you walk into Palmyre, you feel transported to a European destination. The knowledgeable staff — ladies dressed in flouncy blue and white toile dresses and gentlemen in French chore jackets (a trend dating back to 1800s France) designed by celebrity stylist Lindsey Dupuis Bledsoe — guides you through the unique craft cocktail and swanky bites menu. You’ll find caviar service, truffled deviled eggs and decadent sweets. Somehow, you’re not in Lafayette anymore.

Mercy Kitchen: Lafayette’s Newest Cool Vibe

Well-traveled couple Stuart and Colleen Ottinger set out to recreate their favorite big-city eating experiences at home. The Lafayette natives love sampling spots at chic hotels, sparking them to launch Mercy Kitchen, a neighborhood eatery and drinkery located at 1312 Verot School Road (formerly Bon Temps Grill). “When we set out to create Mercy, it was to fill a void that we feel Lafayette had,” Stuart Ottinger explains.

The Country Club: Enjoy Fine Dining Amidst an Art Gallery Indoors, or in Palm-shaded, Poolside Bliss Outdoors

To quote Sheryl Crow, “This ain’t no disco. And it ain’t no country club, either.” It is about as close as you can get, though. One of the prices of progress has been the loss of the great American gay bar, and The Country Club is one of New Orleans’ last handful of establishments that caters to the city’s well-established LGBTQ+ community.

Bowling a Strike: Eat, Drink, Rock and Bowl — All at Once

You know how annoying it can be to plan an evening out with friends. You want to go out to eat, but your friend wants to go drinking at a bar. Your other friend wants to hear some live music, and your quirky friend wants to go bowling. How can you possibly decide? You’re in luck. Lafayette has welcomed Rock’n’Bowl to our proud roster of entertainment venues, and it’s a wacky, novel concept that works well in our wacky, novel city.

Chef With A Mission: Imonelli Brian Blanchard Serving Everyone From Celebrities To Evacuees


Working his way up from dishwasher to restaurant owner at iMonelli, award-winning Chef Brian Blanchard has served up authentic Italian cuisine and Cajun specialties to loyal Acadiana customers for over 30 years.