Category Archives: Acadiana

Rayne Frog Festival

frog_xingHop on over to Rayne, Louisiana next weekend for a toad-ally fun and exciting time!

The annual Rayne Frog Festival will be held Wednesday, May 11th through Saturday, May 14th at the Frog Festival Pavilion and Grounds in Rayne.

What does the Frog Festival celebrate, exactly? It all began with the Weill brothers, who in the late 1800s started a lucrative business exporting frog legs to world renowned restaurants from New York to France. On all of their invoices they wrote: “Rayne, Louisiana, Frog Capital of the World”.

The frog leg industry experienced a sharp decline in the 1970s, but the people of Rayne were reluctant to lose the title of Frog Capital of the World. In response to the industry’s decline, the first annual Rayne Frog Festival was held in 1973, preserving the town’s recognition.

kissing frog

Each year since then, Rayne has celebrated the impact of the frog leg industry on its town with a four day festival full of music, delicious foods and drinks, carnival rides, signature events such as frog racing and jumping, pageants, an arts and crafts show, and a Grand Parade.

So join in on the celebration; you’re in for an un-frog-ettable weekend!

Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette

Who’s ready for the parades, the music, the food and the fun of Carnival season in Southwest Louisiana? That’s right, it’s Party Gras time! And next weekend, the place to be is Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette, a five-day festival dedicated to the continuous celebration of Mardi Gras in a festive and safe environment.

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The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association will host the annual Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette from Friday, February 5 through Mardi Gras day at UL Lafayette’s Cajun Field. The Festival will include an exciting carnival mid-way, native Cajun foods, and an outstanding line-up of live music. To make the Festival a complete Mardi Gras experience, the route for all of Lafayette’s parades will pass directly through the Festival grounds. This popular festival features a robust line-up of live music, a gigantic carnival midway, ample parking, and terrific viewing spots for all of Lafayette’s parades.

What’s the best part about Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette? IT’S FREE! There is a $10 charge for parking at Cajun Field. All of the money generated from the Festival will be used by the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association to develop and promote Lafayette’s Mardi Gras parades and activities.

Let the Mardi Gras Festivities Begin!

mardi gras

Mardi Gras 2016 is in full swing!  Costumes are being bought, king cakes are being baked, royal balls are being held, and parades are being planned.  Here in Acadiana, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to celebrate Mardi Gras this year.  Here are only a few of the countless Mardi Gras celebrations going on throughout South Louisiana:

king cakeKing Cake 5K
This Mardi Gras inspired 5K Race will be held in Sugar Mill Pond on Saturday, January 30 from 8 AM to 11 AM. Race registration is $35 and includes a cool Baseball Jersey style Race t-shirt and ALL YOU CAN EAT KING CAKE! This event is fun for the whole family! A Kiddie Court with games and activities will be on site and a DJ playing your favorite Mardi Gras Party tunes.

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade
Head over to the city of Carencro on Saturday, January 30 at 11 AM as their annual Mardi Gras parade takes to the streets.  The Carencro Mardi Gras Association promises this year’s parade to be one of the best, highlighted by colorful floats, extravagant costumes, and an all around fun time for the whole family.

Krewe des Chiens Parade
The annual Krewe des Chiens Parade in Downtown Lafayette is arguably the most adorable and charitable Mardi Gras parade in Acadiana.  Head Downtown on Saturday, January 30 at 2 PM for the procession of Lafayette’s canine royalty.  This year’s theme is “Super Bowl Pawty: The Ultimate Tailgating Experience”!

Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade
The Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade is known beautifully decorated floats, rocking bands and some of the best beads and throws in Acadiana! The Rio parade rolls on Saturday, January 30 at 6:30 PM and will capture the attention and praise of over 100,000 smiling spectators.

Scott Mardi Gras Parade
The Scott Business Association will be hosting the 2016 annual Scott Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, January 31 at 1 PM and and guarantees a fun and festive celebration that will be entirely family friendly!

mardi gras dogPawdi Gras on the Pond
Bring your children, friends, and four-legged family members to Sugar Mill Pond on Sunday, January 31 at 2:30 for their annual Dog and Children’s Parade benefiting Angel Paws of New Iberia Humane society.  Kids can decorate bikes, scooters, and wagons and join the parade!

 

Eat Lafayette – Pizza Artista

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If you love pizza and haven’t yet visited Pizza Artista, you should know that you’re missing out on a new and exciting pizza experience.  Pizza Artista is a locally owned and operated pizza theatre that bakes personal pizzas made by you, the customer.  That’s right—at Pizza Artista, you’re the artist!  Choose from a variety of dough, sauce, and topping options to create a fully personalized pizza just for you.

pizza artista ownersPizza Artista is owned and operated by Louisiana natives Scott and Cynthia McClaskey and Kirk Miller.  Together, the trio has decades of experience in the restaurant industry, specifically the pizza industry.  Miller and the McClaskeys wanted to build something new and different; they decided to contribute to the growing fast-casual dining trend and with a restaurant specializing in what they do best—pizza.

The moment you walk into Pizza Artista, you’re greeted by the enthusiastic staff.  As you make your way down the assembly line, choosing the freshest, high quality ingredients to add to your pizza, each employee introduces themselves and assists you with the next step of the pizza making process.  You’re called by name, not a number, when your pizza is ready; then you can finally enjoy your very own culinary masterpiece!

If you’re not feeling particularly creative, you still have plenty of options.  The Pizza Artista menu is equipped with a variety of signature pizzas that you can order as is or customize to your liking.  Gluten-free, organic, and vegan options are also available. You can even create your own salad if you’re trying to follow through on that new year’s resolution.  Pizza Artista has something for every appetite and lifestyle.

classic cajun pizzaSince the owners are all Louisiana born and raised, Pizza Artista’s menu is imbued with a Cajun flair.  Signature Cajun inspired pizzas such as the Boucherie, the Classic Cajun, and the Chicken & Sausage or Seafood Sauce Piquant contain all your favorite Southern flavors in pizza form!

If you’re still not sold on Pizza Artista, just check out the tons of reviews left by satisfied customers.  See for yourself what makes Pizza Artista the perfect choice for your next lunch or dinner outing.

Category Archives: Acadiana

Rayne Frog Festival

frog_xingHop on over to Rayne, Louisiana next weekend for a toad-ally fun and exciting time!

The annual Rayne Frog Festival will be held Wednesday, May 11th through Saturday, May 14th at the Frog Festival Pavilion and Grounds in Rayne.

What does the Frog Festival celebrate, exactly? It all began with the Weill brothers, who in the late 1800s started a lucrative business exporting frog legs to world renowned restaurants from New York to France. On all of their invoices they wrote: “Rayne, Louisiana, Frog Capital of the World”.

The frog leg industry experienced a sharp decline in the 1970s, but the people of Rayne were reluctant to lose the title of Frog Capital of the World. In response to the industry’s decline, the first annual Rayne Frog Festival was held in 1973, preserving the town’s recognition.

kissing frog

Each year since then, Rayne has celebrated the impact of the frog leg industry on its town with a four day festival full of music, delicious foods and drinks, carnival rides, signature events such as frog racing and jumping, pageants, an arts and crafts show, and a Grand Parade.

So join in on the celebration; you’re in for an un-frog-ettable weekend!

Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette

Who’s ready for the parades, the music, the food and the fun of Carnival season in Southwest Louisiana? That’s right, it’s Party Gras time! And next weekend, the place to be is Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette, a five-day festival dedicated to the continuous celebration of Mardi Gras in a festive and safe environment.

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The Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association will host the annual Le Festival de Mardi Gras a’ Lafayette from Friday, February 5 through Mardi Gras day at UL Lafayette’s Cajun Field. The Festival will include an exciting carnival mid-way, native Cajun foods, and an outstanding line-up of live music. To make the Festival a complete Mardi Gras experience, the route for all of Lafayette’s parades will pass directly through the Festival grounds. This popular festival features a robust line-up of live music, a gigantic carnival midway, ample parking, and terrific viewing spots for all of Lafayette’s parades.

What’s the best part about Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette? IT’S FREE! There is a $10 charge for parking at Cajun Field. All of the money generated from the Festival will be used by the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association to develop and promote Lafayette’s Mardi Gras parades and activities.

Let the Mardi Gras Festivities Begin!

mardi gras

Mardi Gras 2016 is in full swing!  Costumes are being bought, king cakes are being baked, royal balls are being held, and parades are being planned.  Here in Acadiana, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to celebrate Mardi Gras this year.  Here are only a few of the countless Mardi Gras celebrations going on throughout South Louisiana:

king cakeKing Cake 5K
This Mardi Gras inspired 5K Race will be held in Sugar Mill Pond on Saturday, January 30 from 8 AM to 11 AM. Race registration is $35 and includes a cool Baseball Jersey style Race t-shirt and ALL YOU CAN EAT KING CAKE! This event is fun for the whole family! A Kiddie Court with games and activities will be on site and a DJ playing your favorite Mardi Gras Party tunes.

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade
Head over to the city of Carencro on Saturday, January 30 at 11 AM as their annual Mardi Gras parade takes to the streets.  The Carencro Mardi Gras Association promises this year’s parade to be one of the best, highlighted by colorful floats, extravagant costumes, and an all around fun time for the whole family.

Krewe des Chiens Parade
The annual Krewe des Chiens Parade in Downtown Lafayette is arguably the most adorable and charitable Mardi Gras parade in Acadiana.  Head Downtown on Saturday, January 30 at 2 PM for the procession of Lafayette’s canine royalty.  This year’s theme is “Super Bowl Pawty: The Ultimate Tailgating Experience”!

Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade
The Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade is known beautifully decorated floats, rocking bands and some of the best beads and throws in Acadiana! The Rio parade rolls on Saturday, January 30 at 6:30 PM and will capture the attention and praise of over 100,000 smiling spectators.

Scott Mardi Gras Parade
The Scott Business Association will be hosting the 2016 annual Scott Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, January 31 at 1 PM and and guarantees a fun and festive celebration that will be entirely family friendly!

mardi gras dogPawdi Gras on the Pond
Bring your children, friends, and four-legged family members to Sugar Mill Pond on Sunday, January 31 at 2:30 for their annual Dog and Children’s Parade benefiting Angel Paws of New Iberia Humane society.  Kids can decorate bikes, scooters, and wagons and join the parade!

 

Eat Lafayette – Pizza Artista

pizza artista logo

If you love pizza and haven’t yet visited Pizza Artista, you should know that you’re missing out on a new and exciting pizza experience.  Pizza Artista is a locally owned and operated pizza theatre that bakes personal pizzas made by you, the customer.  That’s right—at Pizza Artista, you’re the artist!  Choose from a variety of dough, sauce, and topping options to create a fully personalized pizza just for you.

pizza artista ownersPizza Artista is owned and operated by Louisiana natives Scott and Cynthia McClaskey and Kirk Miller.  Together, the trio has decades of experience in the restaurant industry, specifically the pizza industry.  Miller and the McClaskeys wanted to build something new and different; they decided to contribute to the growing fast-casual dining trend and with a restaurant specializing in what they do best—pizza.

The moment you walk into Pizza Artista, you’re greeted by the enthusiastic staff.  As you make your way down the assembly line, choosing the freshest, high quality ingredients to add to your pizza, each employee introduces themselves and assists you with the next step of the pizza making process.  You’re called by name, not a number, when your pizza is ready; then you can finally enjoy your very own culinary masterpiece!

If you’re not feeling particularly creative, you still have plenty of options.  The Pizza Artista menu is equipped with a variety of signature pizzas that you can order as is or customize to your liking.  Gluten-free, organic, and vegan options are also available. You can even create your own salad if you’re trying to follow through on that new year’s resolution.  Pizza Artista has something for every appetite and lifestyle.

classic cajun pizzaSince the owners are all Louisiana born and raised, Pizza Artista’s menu is imbued with a Cajun flair.  Signature Cajun inspired pizzas such as the Boucherie, the Classic Cajun, and the Chicken & Sausage or Seafood Sauce Piquant contain all your favorite Southern flavors in pizza form!

If you’re still not sold on Pizza Artista, just check out the tons of reviews left by satisfied customers.  See for yourself what makes Pizza Artista the perfect choice for your next lunch or dinner outing.