Posts for : March 2015

27 Mar 2015

Southern Snapshots: A Cameron Pelican  0

Southern Snapshots | bonveillercher.com

 

 

 

Pelican seen from the Cameron, Louisiana ferry | bonveillercher.com

This beautiful pelican caught my eye on the ferry ride from Cameron to Holly Beach. He was busy fishing and didn’t mind me taking pictures of him at all. He even paused for a moment to look at me and posed!

Southern Snapshots is our newest blog series where we will share photographs of things we see in our daily lives. We’d love to share your pictures and captions as well! Please leave a comment or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com!

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26 Mar 2015

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux #2: Gris Gris Gator  0

Gris Gris Gator | The second Gator on the Geaux we have found in Lake Charles, Louisiana! | bonveillercher.com

 

Look at our latest gator find! It’s Gris Gris Gator!! When we first started researching and looking for Gators on the Geaux we found a picture of this voodoo lady gator, and we were crossing our fingers she was still around somewhere! Then, on a misty night, we loaded up in Myron’s truck with Jacob (my husband), and the four of us headed out to Lake Charles to find as many gators as we could!

Thanks to one of the friendly staff members at the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, we actually had a map with the names and locations of about 70 Gators on the Geaux. Unfortunately, many are no longer in their original spots, so most of the huntin’ was creeping around downtown Lake Charles and shouting when we saw the outline of one in the dark!

We were heading down Pujo street, and there she was!! I got Myron to pull over, and we were so excited it was her! She resides on the side of whatever building (we were way too amped up to look at what the business was inside the building) at 518 Pujo street in downtown Lake Charles. There is a perfectly positioned spotlight on her, so she looks extra eerie in the dark!

 

Gris Gris Gator | Huntin' for Gators on the Geaux at bonveillercher.com

She wasn’t our only find that night, so keep watching to find out the other gators we visited that night!

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See Gator #1 here!

20 Mar 2015

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: Rooster’s Antique Market  0

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: Rooster's Antique Market of Lafayette, Louisiana | bonveillercher.com
After coming across Rooster’s Antique Market’s Facebook page, we couldn’t wait to make our way to Lafayette to check it out! Then when we got there and discovered the Louisiana Antique Trail brochure, everything just fell together so well, and this blog series was born!
 
Rooster’s is at 3209 Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette, Louisiana, and can be easily found by looking for the giant metal rooster marking its driveway! The market has a collection of vendors with lots of antiques, including furniture, art, collectibles, and many other fun finds. I had to resist buying several different Louisiana wooden signs! They also sell Maison Blanche Vintage Chaulk Paint.
Bon veiller, cher: Following the Louisiana Antique Trail - Rooster's Antique Market in Lafayette. | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
Their hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10am-6pm. For more information call 337-216-0513, follow them on Facebook, or visit their website RoostersAntiqueMarket.com.
 
Stay tuned for our next stop down the Louisiana AntiqueTrail!
 
18 Mar 2015

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail  0

Bon veiller, cher: Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: Follow along with us as we travel down the Louisiana Antique Trail and discover all the special and unique shops across the state! | bonveillercher.com
Since I was little, my mom and I have loved antiques and shopping for vintage items. I love finding unique pieces or discovering the stories from the past, and each antique shop is different from last. Looking around one a while back we found a brochure for the Louisiana Antique Trail that listed 95 stores all across the state!! Obviously we knew we had to try and visit each one for the blog! They even have a website devoted to it at LouisianaAntiqueTrail.com!
 
So keep following along as we share what makes each shop special along the trail!
15 Mar 2015

Fearless Finds: The RE Market  0

Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.com
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.comSpring is in the air, so what better place to be than the Spring Fling at The RE Market?! This past weekend The RE Market had sales, refreshments, and art classes to welcome Spring, and I got to speak with the manager and a few vendors as I looked through the booths.
 
The RE Market has something for everyone! They have antiques, vintage finds, repurposed home accents, architectural salvage, and so much more. Looking for a gift? The RE Jeweled booth by designer Celia Joe Black has creations made from repurposed items and is a must stop. I also had the pleasure of meeting Susan Sarradet Bergeaux in her booth, Sunset Creek, which features home accessories and interior design. There are far too many amazing vendors to name; you’ll just have to go see for yourself!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.comThe RE Market is located at 303 North Lake Arthur Avenue in Jennings, Louisiana, a street over from the Donut King. Formerly the old 7up Bottling Company, the building has a very eclectic, shabby-chic look to it, which is perfect for this type of business. It just fits! While walking around, my sister said “Come here, you’ve got to see this!” and led me to the inside of the original front doors of the building to a large tiled 7up logo on the floor. It was so cool!
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
Kayla Gary, the manager, and her lovely staff welcomed me in, and she couldn’t talk enough about the start of The RE Market and how they’ve grown in the past three years. The business started out as a 200 square foot cabinet showroom, and now it’s this 10,000 square foot “REpurposed, REnewed, and REmarkable” place housing 30+ vendors with a waiting list!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
The RE Market is open Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm. For more information you can call 337-821-0083 or 337-275-7312 or visit their website at REaccents.com
 
P.S. The RE Market is stop number 44 on the Louisiana Antique Trail! We will be doing a blog series about this soon as we attempt to visit all 95 shops on the trail! Check out LouisianaAntiqueTrail.com for more info.
 
14 Mar 2015

Pelicans on Parade #1  0

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We love Gators on the Geaux in Lake Charles, so when we stumbled upon Pelicans on Parade, a similar public art project, in Lafayette we couldn’t resist trying to seek out as many as possible! 
 
We were actually spending the day in Lafayette researching and visiting businesses for the blog when we spied this Pelican and her buddy at the South College Center on the corner of Bertrand & Johnson. Her name plate was missing, but she was beautifully painted and adorned in celebration of Mardi Gras.
 
Bon veiller, cher: Pelicans on Parade #1 | Public art displays in Lafayette, Louisiana | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
We’re searching for more! Do you know of any located around Lafayette? Please comment or e-mail us, so we can find them!

 

11 Mar 2015

Fearless Finds: The Strand Theatre  4

Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The Strand Theatre in Jennings, Louisiana, will be showing old movies in 2015! | bonveillercher.com
 
My mom and I have always been lovers of old movies. We love seeing the fashion and technology of the past, and some of our all-time favorite actors and actresses are from old Hollywood. So you can only imagine our excitement when we found out The Strand Theatre in Jennings, Louisiana, is showing old movies on the big screen all year long, and, as if that wasn’t enough, one of our favorites was the next in the lineup: Pillow Talk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The Strand Theatre in Jennings, Louisiana, will be showing old movies in 2015! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
My mom and I watched Doris Day all the time when I was younger, and her movies always feature forgotten things of the past like party-lines and automats. It was so much fun to watch it on the big screen in the quaint atmosphere of the old Strand Theatre. Tickets are only $3! And they have popcorn and drinks for sale, too.
 
We had so much fun and can’t wait to go back! I’ll definitely be there for Clue in November!
 
The Strand Theater is located at 432 N Main Street in Jennings. Their next showing is Paint Your Wagon on March 28 at 7:00. Some of their upcoming movies are The Apple Dumpling Gang, Grease, and all three Back to the Futures!
 
 
 
For more information call 337-821-5509 and like them on Facebook.
 
06 Mar 2015

Huntin’ for Gators on the Geaux #1  4

Bon veiller, cher: Huntin' for Gators on the Geaux #1 | Public art project in Lake Charles, Louisiana | bonveillercher.com
Remember this amazing piece of art we discovered at the Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center? Well he’s inspired us to start huntin’ for Gators on the Geaux! Gators on the Geaux is a public art project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and although many gators have been stolen and/or destroyed, there are still many hanging out in and around Lake Charles. 
 
So this guy will be our starting point, and we are going to hunt down as many as we can, keeping you updated along the way, of course! Wish us luck!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Huntin' for Gators on the Geaux #1 | Public art project in Lake Charles, Louisiana | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 

 

Do you know of any Gators on the Geaux? Comment or e-mail us their locations, so we can add them to our list!
05 Mar 2015

Fearless Finds: Pint House Pizzaria  3

Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.com
 
I get so excited when there are new restaurants in town, and if it’s a favorite of mine like pizza I just have to go! Pint House Pizzaria at 329 Broad Street in Lake Charles opened in July of 2014 and has such amazing pizza combinations, desserts, beers, and more!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
Although we opted for a traditional pepperoni pizza because I’m super picky, Pint House Pizzaria offers pizzas like the Atomic Rooster and the Napalm Duck, the latter is made with ranch sauce, two types of cheeses and peppers, duck, and chipotle and srirache sauces! The pizzas are handmade and cooked in a brick oven which makes for an incredible crust that’s both crispy and soft at the same time. While you can of course purchase whole pizzas, they also offer a lunch buffet Monday through Friday from 11 to 1:30 so you can test out a few different pizza varieties. It’s only $8.99 for adults and $5.99 for kids twelve and under.
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
To wet your whistle, Pint House Pizzaria has a long list of craft beers and rotating kegs. A few with names we couldn’t forget were La-31 Biere Noir, Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp, and Monty Pythons Holy Grail Ale! For non-alcoholic beverages, they have handmade sodas in lots of flavors including Jamaican Cola, Cotton Candy, and Smores. Ice cream sodas, shakes, malts, and beer floats are also on the menu. 
 
(In case you’re wondering, we had water. Yes, we know we are boring, but next time we won’t be!)
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Once you’re near full up on pizza and beer, you can top of your meal with fresh, homemade gelato or sorbetto! We had Vanilla Marscapone Chocolate Biscotti gelato, and wow it was so good!! My mom talked with the sweet worker who helped her, and she said she actually made the gelato! You can see her pictured with the gelato case. They’re constantly changing flavors, so you always have something new to try!
 Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
The environment is so cozy and warm, and all the staff was super friendly! Looking at their Facebook page, Pint House Pizzaria also hosts local artists on their stage on some Saturday nights. We’re definitely planning a trip back to try more flavors of the pizza and gelato and to experiment with some handmade sodas!
 Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
For more information on Pint House Pizzaria check out their website, pinthousepizzaria.com, where you can order online, like them on Facebook, or call 337-419-1931.
 
01 Mar 2015

Vintage Memories: A Sunday Veiller, 1968  2

Vintage Memories: a Sunday veiller, 1968 | bonveillercher.com
 
Do you miss the good ole days? I do. The slow-paced, playing with your cousins, stepping in chicken poo days. Going to Mama (pronounced Mahh-mahh, like “Ahh! I’m scared”) and Papa (pronounced the same but with P’s) Aucoin’s house for Sunday dinner was what we did each week. The kids would play outside while Mama and the women cooked in the kitchen, and the men sat around and visited. Mama would often have fish cooked in her famous white gravy that no one, and I mean no one, can make like she did. The men would eat first while us kids would eat all around on the floor. Then the women would eat and clean up. It was the perfect Sunday. It was what families did, what they made time for. I’m glad I have these memories to look back on and remember. They make me smile, and I love sharing them.
Do you have a favorite tradition from your childhood? Tell us! Comment below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com.