Tag: mardi gras

27 Feb 2015

Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market  0

Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.com
 
Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.blogspot.comAfter 25 years of business in the same location, The Louisiana Market at 2710 Hodges Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana, has become more than a familiar sight among the Cottage Shops; it’s a tradition. The current owner, Lisa Foreman, began working at The Louisiana Market three years ago with plans to buy it, and in July of 2014 that’s what she did. Her only employees are her family, and they show great dedication and support. Lisa was so warm and inviting, and it was obvious she loves what she does. Most of our visit was spent talking about and meeting her local artists (many to be seen on future blog posts!) and exploring the shop.
 
Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.blogspot.comThe Louisiana Market has anything and everything Louisiana! “What I try to do is to promote Southwest Louisiana,” Lisa explained as she showed us the wide variety of products, art, and décor she carries. She has cookbooks, dishware, and gourmet foods including Virgin Pecan Oil. You’ll find unique t-shirts and jewelry, most referencing Louisiana. They even make super cute gift baskets for any occasion. Most recently they filled miniature pirogues with goodies for a local Mardi Gras Krewe.
 
Lisa works closely with local artists selling their works and helping them reach a broader audience. She even connected one with the flag company she buys from, and now the artist’s designs are featured on flags! There are beautiful works all around the shop including watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings, local pottery, and recycle art.
 
Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.blogspot.comSpecialty coffee is also available at The Louisiana Market. All the beans are roasted and flavored in Mooringsport, Louisiana, and they are sold by the pound, whole or ground. The flavors are so unique with names like Swamp Gold and King Cake. I actually bought a half pound bag of ground Café Beignet and love it! I can’t wait to go back and try another flavor.
 
 
 
We will definitely be regular customers now and know where to find unique gifts in the future. So whether you need a present for a native Cajun or want to share the Louisiana spirit with a faraway friend, pay a visit to The Louisiana Market to find exactly what you’re looking for!
Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
For more information visit thelouisianamarket.com, like them on Facebook, or call 337-656-2908.
 
 
15 Feb 2015

Fearless Finds: Java Joltz  0

Fearless Finds: Java Joltz-- A cool and creative coffee joint with quirky flavors, a charming atmosphere, and a sweet staff in Jennings, Louisiana | bonveillercher.com
Lately we have been searching for anything Mardi Gras, so when we discovered a local business served a King Cake Latte we had to go try it! Java Joltz is a coffee shop and bookstore in Jennings, Louisiana, (just down the street from the Rocket Drive Inn) that serves soups, sandwiches, and lots of coffee.
 
Fearless Finds: Java Joltz-- A cool and creative coffee joint with quirky flavors, a charming atmosphere, and a sweet staff in Jennings, Louisiana | bonveillercher.blogspot.comWe walked in and each ordered a blended King Cake Latte, and my mom and Myron ordered a couple sandwiches. While waiting for our goodies we met the owner, Christy Lepretre, to find out more about this cozy coffee shop.
 
Originally Java Joltz was called Books ‘n’ Java and opened in 2010 at a different location. But in 2013 coffee sales took off and a drive-thru was needed, so they moved to their current location: 115 E. Shankland Suite E, Mid City Shopping Center in Jennings. They have a drive-thru! If only I worked in Jennings…
Fearless Finds: Java Joltz-- A cool and creative coffee joint with quirky flavors, a charming atmosphere, and a sweet staff in Jennings, Louisiana | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
Fearless Finds: Java Joltz-- A cool and creative coffee joint with quirky flavors, a charming atmosphere, and a sweet staff in Jennings, Louisiana | bonveillercher.blogspot.comAnyway, though you wouldn’t believe it with the extensive and creative menu, soups and sandwiches are a new addition at Java Joltz having been available for about two months. They have such amazing flavor combos, including their best seller the Mayflower which is turkey and Gouda on sourdough with spinach leaves and cranberry pepper jelly (coincidentally the same sandwich my mom and I had been eyeing before ordering!). To order a sandwich, they hand you a list of ingredients that you can check off to make the sandwich uniquely yours. We loved that!
 
Fearless Finds: Java Joltz and their King Cake Latte -- A cool and creative coffee joint with quirky flavors, a charming atmosphere, and a sweet staff in Jennings, Louisiana | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
Then we got our coffees. WOW! The King Cake Latte is delicious! It’s perfectly sweet and full of flavor, and they even make it look amazing with purple and green syrup and gold and green sprinkles! Christy told us that after her daughter and an employee created the King Cake Latte last year so many people requested it after Mardi Gras that it’s now available year-round. That’s a problem for me. How am I supposed to try out all the other flavor combinations like Funky Monkey and customer-created Breakfast @ Tiffany’s when this one is always an option!?
 
After I had already fallen in love with the place, Christy began to tell us where she gets her ingredients from. “I’m all about having fresh ingredients and supporting locals,” she told us. Her coffee beans are locally roasted by Reve Coffee Roasters of Lafayette and sent within 24 hours. This brings me back to my time spent in Austin and their famous “Keep Austin Weird” movement that promotes small, local businesses, and I’m so excited to see something similar taking root in Southwest Louisiana.
 
Fearless Finds: Java Joltz-- A cool and creative coffee joint with quirky flavors, a charming atmosphere, and a sweet staff in Jennings, Louisiana | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
Music is also in the air at Java Joltz! Every other Saturday they host a jam session sponsored by Steve Riley and a few others. You can even perform at Java Joltz! The first Friday of every month is open mic night. Songs need to be approved, and the sets are mostly acoustic.
 
We even got a sneak peek at a few upcoming sandwiches! With Lent starting this week, they will have a buffalo shrimp sandwich on sourdough with guacamole, lettuce, and tomatoes. They’re also serving a twist on the grilled cheese sandwich, the Pepper Popper Sandwich, with cheddar cheese, pepperjack cheese, jalapenos, and banana peppers on wheat berry bread.
 
Christy and her crew were so sweet, and we really enjoyed our drinks, food, and visit with them. Christy also said she was so appreciative of the community of Jennings and their continued support, it was even bringing tears to her eyes. We can’t wait to go back and already have our orders in mind for our next trip.
Fearless Finds: Java Joltz-- A cool and creative coffee joint with quirky flavors, a charming atmosphere, and a sweet staff in Jennings, Louisiana | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
For more information check out their Facebook page, call 337-246-3700, or visit their website javajoltz.wix.com/javajoltz.
 
07 Feb 2015

King Cake Bread Pudding  1

 
King Cake Bread Pudding - Seven easy ingredients and one hour to create a mash-up of two favorite Louisiana desserts! | bonveillercher.com
It’s Mardi Gras season here in Louisiana! And, as with any holiday, food and sweets are the second most important part, just behind family. When trying to think of a recipe to share, we wanted to do something a little different than the traditional king cake. Almost immediately mom suggested mixing king cake with our favorite bread pudding recipe from her mom and my Granny. As much as I hate to admit it, I wasn’t too keen on the idea, but really I just wasn’t sure how it would work. Determined to prove me wrong, my mom began scouring Pinterest. Within minutes she stumbled upon a king cake bread pudding recipe at showmeyournola.com! It was such a simple switch! However, to keep it in the family so to speak, we used Granny’s recipe to bring together these two tasty Louisiana traditions. With seven ingredients and a total of about one hour prep and cook time, the results were delicious!
 
King Cake Bread Pudding - Seven easy ingredients and one hour to create a mash-up of two favorite Louisiana desserts! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
Ingredients:
1 King Cake (we chose a cinnamon-filled variety)
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
4 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
 
 
King Cake Bread Pudding - Seven easy ingredients and one hour to create a mash-up of two favorite Louisiana desserts! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
Cooking Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 1 ½ quart baking dish
  • Cut up the king cake into small pieces
  • Combine and mix all ingredients in a bowl
  • Cook for 45 minutes or until top is light brown and there is no jiggle 😉
  • Let cool and enjoy!!

 

 

**Note: living in a house built over one hundred years ago, my mom only has a convection oven, so the baking time is based on that appliance. My Granny’s original recipe calls for a one hour baking time, so plan according to your situation.
 King Cake Bread Pudding - Seven easy ingredients and one hour to create a mash-up of two favorite Louisiana desserts! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com

The result was amazing! We even brought a couple pieces to Granny, the bread pudding queen, and she said, “My bread pudding is good, but y’all really hit it on the head with this one!”

Have any favorite Mardi Gras recipes? Comment here or e-mail us to share!

02 Feb 2015

Vintage Memories: Mardi Gras 1967  1

Looking through old photos is a favorite pastime of ours, and it’s especially fun when there is an interesting story behind them. Vintage Memories is a series we are doing that spotlights just that kind of photo. However, we only have so many old pictures to go through, so we want y’all to share some favorites.
 
Pictured here is a Mardi Gras parade in Mamou, Louisiana, in 1967. Everyone is dressed in the traditional Mardi Gras garb usually only seen in rural areas. Most are handmade, brightly colored, and unique, but unlike the elaborate costumes of big city Mardi Gras parades, these outfits need to be durable and comfortable because parade participants are often riding horses and chasing chickens for the gumbo! Although it’s difficult to see here, the sign in the back is from Reed’s King Freeze. Seeing this sign sparked our interest, and our exhaustive internet search has left us empty-handed. We’d love any information on this vintage business. What type of business was it? Is it still open? Please comment or e-mail anything you might know about it.
 
Now that we have shared our vintage Mardi Gras, we want to see yours. Please contact us if you have a photo and story of a Mardi Gras of the past, so we can share it in an upcoming post.
 
Katrina & Lexi