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buena vista resort

For the first 12 or so years of my life, my family trekked from Houston (and later Fort Smith, Arkansas) to Hot Springs, Arkansas, for vacation. We stayed at Buena Vista Resort, a throwback to the 1940s when this lakeside oasis drew people from all the neighboring states. Even in the ’80s, the place was booked in the summer, and we’d often see the same people year after year. I made friends with the resort manager’s daughter, Wendy, and every summer I’d run up to her house, and then we’d explore the property, playing mini golf and rolling down what…

sans souci art gallery

“What do you want to do when we go to Lafayette,” I asked my mother. “Well, there’s an arts and craft gallery I’ve always wanted to go to,” she replied. We spent a happy hour browsing the eclectic collection of art, jewelry, pottery, and decor at the tiny shop called Sans Souci in the oldest surviving commercial building in downtown Lafayette (circa 1840). It’s a craft guild filled with art from Louisiana artists (and beyond). I picked up a couple of simple prints (now, if only I actually had the wall space for them!). She bought a piece of “wearable…

biscuits

I love biscuits. Buttermilk. Cat’s Head. Angel. (Though I don’t care for a sweet biscuit. I also refuse to taint a crunchy biscuit with gravy. Sacrilege.) But I took them for granted my first 32 years when I lived in the South. You could get frozen biscuits at Wal-Mart. And at every restaurant. But living in San Diego, biscuits are hard to come by. Naturally, one of the few places I’ve found sells sweet biscuits, since the owner is from South Carolina (biscuit recipes vary wildly from one region of the South to another). I’ve learned to make my own…

I’ve been to Lafayette, Louisiana dozens of times…only I haven’t really¬†been there. It’s 25 minutes from the tiny town of Church Point, where my grandmother, aunt and uncle, and cousins live, so Lafayette is where I and my family stay when visiting them. However, I’d never really explored the town…until recently. My mother went to what is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and she hadn’t really been to the town since she graduated…well, a long time ago. So we planned a mini trip together.