City Social Magazine

MAR-APR 2018

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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10 R E A D U S o N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S o C I A L . C o M Cyril Vetter, Writer & Producer Writer and producer Cyril Vetter has been in the music and media business in Baton Rouge for more than 40 years. He's the author of several books including Dirtdobber Blues, Fonville Winans' Louisiana: Politics People and Places and The Louisiana Houses of A. Hays Town. His business requires fairly frequent travel and he chooses BTR as often as he can. "Baton Rouge Metro Airport takes the hassle out of flying," Vetter says. "The parking is convenient and reasonable, the terminal is clean and easy to navigate, the security process is organized and efficient and the gates are close and accessible, plus the fact that the major carriers who serve BTR are adding bigger jets, and the decision is easy. For business or vacation travel, BTR is better." " Dominican Republic Street Food: Fried pork belly, or Chicharrones, is served throughout the Caribbean, with each island and town giving the Latin American staple its own flavor and style (including Louisiana). But leave it to the Dominicans to turn the ubiquitous dish of cracklin into a delicacy. Credit: Dr. Jeremy Ramsey, Lycoming College Q&A with JAY Jay Ducote is a Chef, Author, Speaker, Entertainer, Hugger and Owner of Bite & Booze, Jay D's Louisiana Products and Gov't Taco. We sat down with Jay to learn more about his travels, where he's been…and where he's going. What are some of your favorite destinations? New York, Los Angeles, Portland (Oregon), Chicago…and, recently, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. What's your favorite thing about traveling? I love adventures and exploring. I've found that travel is the best way to open your mind to different people and different cultures. Doing what I do in the food and beverage world, I love to experience authentic cultures and the foods of places I visit. What place is top on your bucket list? In the States, I really want to get to Charleston and Savannah. I haven't spent time on the mid-Atlantic coast and their food scene seems to be legit. For international travel, if I had to narrow it down, I'd say that Thailand and Vietnam, or Uruguay and Argentina, would top my list. Why do you choose to fly BTR? BTR is close to home, which is always nice when trying to catch a flight and also a huge relief when I return. It's clean, easy to navigate and usually very quick to get through! Window or Aisle? I'm a window guy. My knees and elbows get bumped too much on the aisle, and I love having a window to the world! Geoff Clayton, Ball Family Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, LSU A global expert in astrophysics, Dr. Geoff Clayton performs research that involves the study of dust in various astrophysical environments: circumstellar, interstellar and extragalactic; this research takes him all over the world to study and lecture. Dr. Clayton has flown to Canada, Italy, England, Ireland and Australia. And that's just the last 12 months! With the Galapagos Islands on the top of his bucket list, expect to see Dr. Clayton in the skies all over the world. When visiting a new city, Dr. Clayton often walks around with a guidebook, so he doesn't have to rely on spotty connectivity. Thumbing through the pages offers historical information not always available in less technological parts of the world. Australia and London are annual visits with friends and family, so leisure travel is often in his plans. "I love to see new places and go back to the places I love. I particularly love ruins," says Dr. Clayton. But, the best way to learn about culture and meet locals? "Go to a bar." BTR is usually much more convenient for international travel than driving an hour to get to the New Orleans airport. Besides, he says, "you can check in, go through security and walk to the gate in about 10 minutes." Always on the aisle, Dr. Clayton is likely to be reading, watching a movie, or doing the NY Times crossword, anything to avoid talking to his seatmates. "My trip starts when I leave my house, not when I arrive at my destination. ALMA Observatory, Chile: In 2016, Dr. Geoff Clayton flew to the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile to visit the ALMA Observatory at 15,000 feet above sea level. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility, is a partnership between the European Southern Observatory, the United States National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan in collaboration with the Republic of Chile. Dr. Clayton has been using the ALMA observatory to study dust in Supernova 1987A. Dominican Republic Starbucks? On the island of Hispaniola, coffee is beyond fresh, with growers and roasters living side-by-side. Here, Jay Ducote visited with coffee farmers in the remote Puerto Rican village of El Naranjito. Credit: Dr. Jeremy Ramsey, Lycoming College. Lamb & Flag Pub, London: One of the best ways to live like a local is to look for the oldest pub or bar. This one in London is a favorite of Geoff Clayton. Originally built in 1638 as The Coopers Arms, the name changed to The Lamb & Flag in 1833. Famous patrons included Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, who is believed to have written a lot of his novel, Jude the Obscure, in this pub. The alleyway beside the pub was even the scene of an attack on the poet John Dryden in 1679. Sundance Film Festival, Utah: Ritchie Montgomery (Actor in award-winning film Blaze), Patrick Mulhearn (Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives at Louisiana Economic Development) and Peggy McDonald (Executive Director, Louisiana International Film Festival) in Park City, Utah. Mulhearn presented BLAZE Director Ethan Hawke with the Secretary's Award for Creative Independence on behalf of the State of Louisiana. Blaze was 1 of 3 films shot in Louisiana and entered in this year's Sundance Film Festival, along with The Tale and Assassination Nation. How to Get to Know a New City "I like to be with just a few people and hire a guide and then empower the guide to experiment and take us away from tourist areas." –Marie Constantin "Guidebooks help me to discover new places that I would otherwise miss. I love to go to a famous historical spot and then look for the nearest pub." –Dr. Geoff Clayton "I love to eat like a local. I try to stay out of tourist traps and eat where the locals eat and, if possible, find a way to get more home-cooked meals! –Jay Ducote

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