Monthly Archives: August 2015

Motivational Monday – The Grass is Greener…

They say that the grass is always greener on the other side…

grass greenerWe have a tendency to look at other people’s lives through rose colored glasses.  We ignore everything negative about them while downplaying everything positive about ourselves.

But here’s the truth:  You may think the grass is greener on the other side, but if you would take the time to water your own grass, it would be just as green.

Instead of fixating on others’ success, start working on your own.  Before you know it, you’ll have the greenest, most beautiful grass you’ve ever seen!

The grass is greener where you water it!

Control Invasive Plants

Control Invasive PlantsFor invasive plants that tend to grow too large and take over your garden, simply cut the bottom off of a plastic pot, bury it in the ground, and plant your invasive plant inside it! 

 

This simple gardening technique limits the growth of the root system, giving you more control over the size of the plant once it reaches maturity; it also helps protect surrounding plants.

La Fonda

la fonda drawingIn December of 1957, Leebob Cox opened La Fonda in
Lafayette in hopes of making a living by selling Tex-Mex food and charcoal broiled steaks.  Unfortunately, his restaurant didn’t do so well in its beginning.  Cox later moved La Fonda to a new location on Johnston St., and business boomed.

And it’s been booming ever since.  La Fonda is now one of the premier Tex-Mex eateries, not just in Lafayette, but in all of Louisiana.  In addition to being a restaurant, La Fonda is also a well-known social scene, complete with a bar which serves notoriously potent margaritas.  The atmosphere is simultaneously fun, friendly, and semi-formal.  It’s the perfect place to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions.  At La Fonda, you’re guaranteed to be welcomed with a smile and served outstanding quality Mexican cuisine.

la fonda hall

Here’s the kicker–perhaps one of the most popular entrees that La Fonda serves isn’t Mexican at all.  La Fonda’s fried chicken is only one of several items on the restaurant’s “secret menu”.

Actually, if you know La Fonda’s history, it’s no secret at all.  Fried chicken was on the original menu at La Fonda.  In the 60s, Cox opened up a fast-food restaurant called Yankee Doodle, where he sold some of La Fonda’s more popular menu items, such as the fried chicken and tacos and enchiladas.  But as La Fonda’s business grew, Cox decided to close Yankee Doodle and focus on La Fonda.  The fried chicken was later removed to make room for new menu items.

So, La Fonda’s secret fried chicken is merely a very old menu item.  And even though it’s no longer officially on the menu, La Fonda’s staff will still happily serve it to anyone who asks for it.

fried chicken

In addition to fried chicken, other items on the secret menu at La Fonda are:

  • the super nacho, an all-inclusive classic
  • the waiter style nachos, which are cooked until the cheese is nice and crisp
  • sauce-less chicken wings appetizers, served with homemade dressings
  • the Don Briggs, a ribeye steak topped with queso, onions, and peppers

“Nothing ever dies,” says Ryan Gagnard, Cox’s son-in-law. “If it was on the menu once, we will make it, so we have more than 57 years of off-menu items, really.”

Zydeco Music Festival

zydeco festivalThis Labor Day weekend, head to
Opelousas, the Zydeco capitol of the world, to have a foot stompin’ good time at the 33rd annual Southwest Zydeco Music Festival!

In addition to hearing the best Zydeco, Cajun, swamp-pop, swing, R&B and southern soul artists Louisiana has to offer, you can also take part in dance events, listen to traditional storytelling, and sit in on discussions and presentations to learn about the music’s history, as well as its different cultural influences.

And, of course, it isn’t a festival without authentic, sinful Cajun and Creole cuisine!  The festival will feature a Black Pot Cook-Off, and local vendors will provide you with foods such as buffalo catfish, red beans and rice, fried chicken, smothered okra, and more.

The event begins on the morning of Saturday, September 5 with the traditional Zydeco breakfast, hosted in the heart of downtown Opelousas.

The Southwest Zydeco Music Festival will be held at Zydeco Festival Park until the last person stops dancing!

Monthly Archives: August 2015

Motivational Monday – The Grass is Greener…

They say that the grass is always greener on the other side…

grass greenerWe have a tendency to look at other people’s lives through rose colored glasses.  We ignore everything negative about them while downplaying everything positive about ourselves.

But here’s the truth:  You may think the grass is greener on the other side, but if you would take the time to water your own grass, it would be just as green.

Instead of fixating on others’ success, start working on your own.  Before you know it, you’ll have the greenest, most beautiful grass you’ve ever seen!

The grass is greener where you water it!

Control Invasive Plants

Control Invasive PlantsFor invasive plants that tend to grow too large and take over your garden, simply cut the bottom off of a plastic pot, bury it in the ground, and plant your invasive plant inside it! 

 

This simple gardening technique limits the growth of the root system, giving you more control over the size of the plant once it reaches maturity; it also helps protect surrounding plants.

La Fonda

la fonda drawingIn December of 1957, Leebob Cox opened La Fonda in
Lafayette in hopes of making a living by selling Tex-Mex food and charcoal broiled steaks.  Unfortunately, his restaurant didn’t do so well in its beginning.  Cox later moved La Fonda to a new location on Johnston St., and business boomed.

And it’s been booming ever since.  La Fonda is now one of the premier Tex-Mex eateries, not just in Lafayette, but in all of Louisiana.  In addition to being a restaurant, La Fonda is also a well-known social scene, complete with a bar which serves notoriously potent margaritas.  The atmosphere is simultaneously fun, friendly, and semi-formal.  It’s the perfect place to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions.  At La Fonda, you’re guaranteed to be welcomed with a smile and served outstanding quality Mexican cuisine.

la fonda hall

Here’s the kicker–perhaps one of the most popular entrees that La Fonda serves isn’t Mexican at all.  La Fonda’s fried chicken is only one of several items on the restaurant’s “secret menu”.

Actually, if you know La Fonda’s history, it’s no secret at all.  Fried chicken was on the original menu at La Fonda.  In the 60s, Cox opened up a fast-food restaurant called Yankee Doodle, where he sold some of La Fonda’s more popular menu items, such as the fried chicken and tacos and enchiladas.  But as La Fonda’s business grew, Cox decided to close Yankee Doodle and focus on La Fonda.  The fried chicken was later removed to make room for new menu items.

So, La Fonda’s secret fried chicken is merely a very old menu item.  And even though it’s no longer officially on the menu, La Fonda’s staff will still happily serve it to anyone who asks for it.

fried chicken

In addition to fried chicken, other items on the secret menu at La Fonda are:

  • the super nacho, an all-inclusive classic
  • the waiter style nachos, which are cooked until the cheese is nice and crisp
  • sauce-less chicken wings appetizers, served with homemade dressings
  • the Don Briggs, a ribeye steak topped with queso, onions, and peppers

“Nothing ever dies,” says Ryan Gagnard, Cox’s son-in-law. “If it was on the menu once, we will make it, so we have more than 57 years of off-menu items, really.”

Zydeco Music Festival

zydeco festivalThis Labor Day weekend, head to
Opelousas, the Zydeco capitol of the world, to have a foot stompin’ good time at the 33rd annual Southwest Zydeco Music Festival!

In addition to hearing the best Zydeco, Cajun, swamp-pop, swing, R&B and southern soul artists Louisiana has to offer, you can also take part in dance events, listen to traditional storytelling, and sit in on discussions and presentations to learn about the music’s history, as well as its different cultural influences.

And, of course, it isn’t a festival without authentic, sinful Cajun and Creole cuisine!  The festival will feature a Black Pot Cook-Off, and local vendors will provide you with foods such as buffalo catfish, red beans and rice, fried chicken, smothered okra, and more.

The event begins on the morning of Saturday, September 5 with the traditional Zydeco breakfast, hosted in the heart of downtown Opelousas.

The Southwest Zydeco Music Festival will be held at Zydeco Festival Park until the last person stops dancing!