Food & Drink

Touring local Instagram-worthy spots to eat and drink with stylist Cydney Cherise

These days, customers have high expectations for where they eat and drink. To attract a crowd, business owners have to brainstorm the perfect menu, ambiance, their playlist and even the setting for all those social media photo ops. From Soji’s tropical bathroom wallpaper and neon sign to French Truck Coffee’s signature yellow brick wall, 225 Dine wanted to know what spots local fashionistas found photo-worthy. Baton Rouge native and wardrobe…

Style & Home

Catching up with Baton Rouge native Meagan Melancon after ‘The Real World: Atlanta’

Meagan Melancon’s life changed forever when she responded to a casting call on Facebook. Last winter, the WAFB sports reporter saw a post by the casting director of The Real World. The reality show was auditioning Republicans between the ages of 21 and 34. In search of new experiences, the Southern belle took a leap of faith and applied. A few phone and Skype interviews later, and she was jetting…

Things to do

The Louisiana Book Festival returns next month, bringing opportunities to meet some of the state’s most talented up-and-coming storytellers

Get ready to read. The Louisiana Book Festival rolls back into town Nov. 2, and now in its 16th year, it’s a library of literary options. “We call it the Louisiana Book Festival for a reason,” says State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton, who helps organize the festival. “We’re highlighting everything about books and literature that’s great about Louisiana. The authors that we invite are all Louisiana authors, or they’re authors from…

Our City

A night at practice with Red Stick Roller Derby

The women on the Red Stick Roller Derby team don’t take the game lightly. When you’re ranked in the top 65 women’s roller derby flat-track teams in the world, you have to work for it. And work they do. It’s after 8 p.m. on a Sunday night when the Red Stick Roller Derby team begins warming up for scrimmage at a warehouse on Wooddale Boulevard. An empowering playlist featuring female…