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Best of 225: Dining | Juban’s

An oyster carousel is presented at Juban

The Oyster Carousel is presented at Juban’s on Fri., Apr. 13, 2012. Juban’s has won Best Bread Pudding and Best Fine Dining Restaurant in this year’s Best of 225 Awards. (Photo by Erin Parker/225)

This afternoon, I’m sharing another 225 Best Of 2012: Dining two-category winner — Juban’s, a local haunt I have been hearing about (and salivating over) since I came to college nearly a decade ago.

Readers selected Juban’s as the Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Baton Rouge, as well as the restaurant with the Best Bread Pudding, and my instructions for this assignment were simple — photograph the bread pudding (which looked delicious) and another dish to showcase what Juban’s had to offer.

Upon further discussion with my editors, we decided upon the Oyster Carousel as this dish, wanting to photograph something a little different. And the oysters — with their various colors and various textures — looked magnificent displayed upon a simple white plate on top of the black granite bar.

To learn more about Juban’s, visit their website and their Facebook page.

Best of 225: People | Chris LeBlanc Band

Chris LeBlanc, of the Chris LeBlanc Band, plays the guitar inside his home studio in Central, La. on Mon., Apr. 16, 2012. The Chris LeBlanc Band won the Best Local Original Band in this year

Chris LeBlanc, of the Chris LeBlanc Band, plays the guitar inside his home studio in Central, La. on Mon., Apr. 16, 2012. The Chris LeBlanc Band won the Best Local Original Band in this year’s Best of 225 Awards. (Photo by Erin Parker/225)

 

This morning, I want to share our final Best of 225: People 2012 winner with y’all. The Chris LeBlanc Band, headlined by Chris LeBlanc himself, won the Best Local Band in this year’s awards.

I was told Chris has a recording studio behind his Central, La., home, and I wanted to capture him in that environment.

The day I came to photograph Chris was a hazy one, and while we were taking his portraits, it began pouring. I’m talking buckets, y’all. Of course, we didn’t realize this until we were done with the photographs and feeling good about the images I made of Chris playing one of his several guitars.

We stood in the doorway of his studio, staring at the quickly-flooding space between the door and the carport, weighing our options. Chris came to an active conclusion first, running to his house, grabbing an umbrella and then insisting I hang onto the umbrella and get to my car so I could make my next assignment.

So not only did I get some fantastic photographs of Chris in his home studio, but I also got a souvenir umbrella from this assignment.

Thanks, Chris!

To learn more about Chris LeBlanc and the Chris LeBlanc Band, visit their website and their Facebook page.

Best of 225: Entertainment & Nightlife | Baton Rouge Zoo

Parker Lewis, 6, has her face painted by Alex Walton during Zippity Zoo Fest at BREC

Parker Lewis, 6, has her face painted by Alex Walton during Zippity Zoo Fest at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo on Sat., Mar. 31, 2012. The Baton Rouge Zoo is celebrating its birthday, and it hosted Zippity Zoo Fest during the weekend to celebrate being 42 years wild. The Baton Rouge won 225′s Best BREC Park/Facility in this year’s Best Of 225 Awards. (Photo by Erin Parker/225)

This afternoon, I want to share another Best of 225: Entertainment & Nightlife 2012 winner — the Baton Rouge Zoo, which won the Best BREC Park/Facility category in this year’s awards.

Back in March, I was sent to the Zippity Zoo Fest, which was celebrating the Zoo’s 42nd birthday. I was told to make sure to get some good images, as the Zoo had won a Best Of award, so I did my best to get various shots from the activities going on that day.

I had a blast walking around, seeing all the animals and interacting with the parents and children who came out for the event. And I like to think I captured the festival — and the essence of what the Zoo is all about — through the several photos I turned in for this award.

To learn more about the Baton Rouge Zoo, visit their website and their Facebook page.

Best of 225: Dining | Bonefish Grill

The small Ahi Tuna Sashimi sits on the bar on Mon., May 14, 2012 at Bonefish Grill in Baton Rouge. The Ahi Tuna Sashimi was named the Best Seared Ahi Tuna in the Best Of 225. (Erin Parker/225)

The small Ahi Tuna Sashimi sits on the bar on Mon., May 14, 2012 at Bonefish Grill in Baton Rouge. The Ahi Tuna Sashimi was named the Best Seared Ahi Tuna in the Best Of 225. (Photo by Erin Parker/225)

This year, 225 added a Best Seared Ahi Tuna category in the Best Of 2012: Dining section, and Bonefish Grill was the winner with their Ahi Tuna Sashimi.

This assignment was one of my final Best Of assignments, and it was a quick one, as I had to dash in, then run out after to make another previously scheduled meeting. I visited Bonefish during the afternoon hours, when it wasn’t open, and almost immediately after my arrival, the manager brought this dish out. The tuna, itself, looked delightful, and we easily set the scene by placing the final dish on the bar with a full martini.

The light was lovely on the bar top, so no extra lighting was needed, and this final shot was what I imagined the image to look like while brainstorming beforehand. That never happens for me, so it was exciting to have it occur on this assignment.

To learn more about Bonefish Grill and their Ahi Tuna Sashimi, visit their website and their Facebook page.

Best of 225: Entertainment & Nightlife | Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar

LSU fans eat and drink at Walk On

LSU fans eat and drink at Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar on Fri., Apr. 27, 2012. Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar has won Best Bar to Watch Sports in this year’s Best of 225 Awards. (Photo by Erin Parker/225)

This afternoon, I want to share a Best of 225: Entertainment & Nightlife 2012 winner who opened up around the same time I came to college in Baton Rouge — Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar.

I don’t remember the first time I heard about this bistreaux, but I do recall watching quite a few March Madness games at the bar in my collegiate career. And to this day, Walk-On’s appeared to be the place to meet, mingle and hang out before any home LSU baseball game. In fact, while I was on this assignment, my husband and I ran into one of his good friend’s parents who are big baseball fans.

The time I spent at the bar was an adventure, and it was exciting to see so many Tiger fans out in droves before a home game. I love that about this town.

To learn more about Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, visit their website and their Facebook page.