|Photo by Stephen Meaux from his documentary series dans ma cuisine|
Ramsey Morein is a geospatial consultant specializing in geospatial information, geodesy, LiDAR and civil mapping--but everyone knows her as the lunch counter girl at Bread & Circus Provisions. Ramsey, a small town girl from Evangeline Parish, claims she isn't a foodie but just a girl that likes to eat. And with her work with Pig & Plough Suppers and the farm to table movement, she is surrounded by folks that are helping the local foods movement move forward and getting swept away along with it.
1. Guilty pleasure- KK's Cafe and Cakery, 108 E Main Street in New Iberia. Working in New Iberia I've found myself looking for the perfect work place getaway. KK's is my zen...my happy place. I can eat gumbo in 100 degree weather and their shrimp gumbo reminds me of my Grandma's. I'll have it with the Tuna Salad Sandwich served on fat Texas Butter Toast! The recipe is perfect and you've gotta have a cup cake afterwards...I mean fa real, nap time!
2. Favorite Dessert- Fruit Popsicles by Cindy. You can find her at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm and I recently discovered she's got a Facebook page. These special lil' gems of fresh seasonal fruit hold a special place in my heart. Working almost every Saturday for almost a year at the Market, these lil' babies helped me and partner in market mischief, Emma Falgout, get through the rough patches. And nowadays, the Market is where I spend morning dates with my husband--with Popsicle in hand.
3. Hole in the Wall- Katfish Kitchen. 1855 Catfish Kitchen Rd. in Bunkie...or is it technically Eola? Who knows! Open Thursday-Saturday and they only take cash or check. Fried catfish is my weakness and they've been doing it up right since 1974. They've even got a hand painted sign that says so, adorning their metal shack. The atmosphere helps create this memorable experience. Nothing fancy here folks, just people doing what they do best- lil' golden orbs of milled corn steaming hot and covered in melting butter and fried gizzards. POOYIE!
4. Neighborhood Hangout- Saint Street Inn. 407 Brook Ave- Literally in my 'hood. There's not much to say about this place that hasn't been said. I couldn't do it justice, except for that I almost always sit at the bar, alone or with some locals or some stranger, but every single time I feel just as special and just as welcomed as the time before. This is my happy place, for food or libations or whatever--pull up a chair next to me at the bar, I promise I won't have anything nice to say!
5. Introducing Lafayette to Out of Towners- I'm torn between two of my favorite places. First, Jefferson Street Pub on the block of 500 Jefferson Street. With its rustic and liberating milieu, I've had many a great and terrible ideas sitting in that pub; usually over a Cuban and Fried Provolone. And you never know who might walk through that door! Second, it wouldn't be a Friday 5 if I didn't mention Bread and Circus Provisions at the end of the Bendel strip before you hit Pinhook. Being the original "Queen of Late Night Scream", I've insisted that any out of towners hit up this place. Brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night...You could binge eat/drink there from noon on Saturday until midnight.