Last week I went with Donna and Gretchen on a road trip.They are both teachers, so they have vacation for the Easter holiday. I was a teacher once-upon-a-time and I remember how I loved those school vacations. We wanted to take full advantage of the time so we headed to Lafayette and The Village of River Ranch. River Ranch is a traditional neighborhood development and is a mixture of residential and retail blended with recreational areas accented with beautiful landscaping. It’s a town within the town of Lafayette located in the middle of Acadiana. The area has huge mansions, “regular” homes, garden homes, condominiums and apartments. There are also restaurants and shops all within walking distance of each other. There is a huge “City Club” that is for the use of the residents. The City Club offers a fitness center, a spa, and recreation for the kids, too.
Between the three of us we also sampled a couple of Poboys. Ham with Swiss and turkey did not disappoint. The meats and cheeses were tasty, but it was the bread that was the star of the sandwiches. It had a crispy crust, but a soft inside. Pure Poboy heaven can be found at Chris. If I had been on my own, I wouldn’t have selected Chris for our lady lunch, because of its unpretentious façade and casual nature, but Donna’s past experience there allowed us to partake of this delightful spot! There are three locations in Lafayette, but we went to the one on West Pinhook. I will go back there as it was inexpensive and authentic. http://www.chrispoboys.com/ is the website. Your mouth will water when you view the online menu posted there.
http://www.poupartsbakery.com/ has many snapshots of the bakery specialties. Again, prepare for some serious mouthwatering viewing if you visit their website.
The shopping took second chair to the eating of the day, but we did manage a little retail therapy before heading home. It was a perfect day spent with some of my favorite folks. As we drove home over the Atchafalaya Spillway we discussed our next trip. Look for a report of that trip in a future story.