Does Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar Have the Best Seafood Gumbo?

Does Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar Have the Best Seafood Gumbo?

Located just a few minutes from the Louis Armstrong International Airport, you will find this very local restaurant that serves up some of the freshest seafood around. Being a local restaurant may mean they treat visitors like outsiders, but that’s not the case here. It was my first time and it felt like I was one of the family. The only Gumbo on their menu is a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo. $5.50 for a cup and $7.50 for a bowl. You can also have a combo of a half Po-Boy and Gumbo for $10.50.…Read more
Does Elizabeth’s Restaurant have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does Elizabeth’s Restaurant have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

This 20 year old local’s restaurant that visitors also flock to has a motto that says “Real Food Done Real Good”. That still applies today. In fact two years after they opened the restaurant, they figured out a way to make bacon better. How, you ask? Order their Praline Bacon and you will find out. It’s still there and it’s just as good as it was 18 years ago. Elizabeth’s serves two different Louisiana Gumbos each available in three sizes. They serve a Seafood Gumbo at $6 for a cup, $8 for a…Read more
The Peach Capital of Louisiana Serves a Great Gumbo

The Peach Capital of Louisiana Serves a Great Gumbo

Before I get to my Louisiana gumbo report I have to say something about Ruston Peaches*. They are the BEST. I know the folks from Georgia will disagree, but I’ll bet they never tasted Ruston Peaches. Here's some more information about Ruston. Now for a great Louisiana gumbo. There were some strange things with the gumbo at Beau Vines Steakhouse but in the end it all came together.  They serve a Louisiana gumbo in two sizes. A cup for $6.99 and a bowl for $11.99. Here is the first strange thing. The cup is actually…Read more
7 Creepy, “Uniquely New Orleans” Things to Do For Halloween

7 Creepy, “Uniquely New Orleans” Things to Do For Halloween

Updated: October 2016 In the coming weeks, people across the U.S. will be doing typical Halloween activities like pumpkin picking and hay rides, costume parties, haunted house attractions, etc. But here in New Orleans, things are FAR from typical. With a flair for the macabre and a close connection to the spirit world, NOLA is a city that celebrates the haunted, the spooky, the mysterious all year long. That's why there's just no better place to visit this time of year! Here are just a few uniquely New Orleans ways to celebrate Halloween: 1. Experience…Read more
Lafayette’s Downtown Alive! Music Fest Keeps Toes Tapping, Now Through Thanksgiving

Lafayette’s Downtown Alive! Music Fest Keeps Toes Tapping, Now Through Thanksgiving

Where would you head if you wanted to hear the best music in the world (or at least in the state)? Most people think of New Orleans, “the Birthplace of Jazz”, where you’ll find music festivals galore, brass bands invigorating the streets, and amazing musicians improvising jazz tunes at clubs all over the Big Easy. But there's another city right in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole Country that's giving NOLA a run for its money these days, and that's Lafayette. Located along the Vermilion River on the western edge of the Atchafalaya Basin, Lafayette…Read more
Does Buck & Johnny’s have a Buckin’ Great Gumbo?

Does Buck & Johnny’s have a Buckin’ Great Gumbo?

The Louisiana Travelin’ Man (that’s me) decided to go back to Cajun Country to see if they can live up to serving another great Louisiana Gumbo. Guess what? They didn’t disappoint. This time I went to Breaux Bridge which has one of the most popular restaurants and dance halls called Café Des Ami. I didn’t stop there on this trip because I didn’t bring my dancing shoes. I went a couple of blocks past Café Des Ami to Buck & Johnny’s which was recommended by a good friend. Buck & Johnny’s opened in…Read more
The Buckner Mansion: A TV Star in NOLA’s Garden District

The Buckner Mansion: A TV Star in NOLA’s Garden District

I was so excited when my good friend, Lisa, finally decided she’d come down to Louisiana to visit me! I’ve known her since our college days, and for some reason, we’ve never been able to get together on my home turf. But last month, it happened! Of course, she wanted to see New Orleans…who doesn’t, right? I started planning the itinerary in my head. I figured we’d visit some of the fascinating museums and galleries, tour some historic homes, and maybe even check out a haunted graveyard or two! Then there are all…Read more
Chauvin Sculpture Garden: An Artistic Gem Off the Beaten Path

Chauvin Sculpture Garden: An Artistic Gem Off the Beaten Path

Top photo credit To say a place is off the beaten path is one thing. But when a remarkable attraction doesn't even have a Wikipedia page, you know it's really under the radar. I'm not sure why it isn't more well-known though, because the Chauvin Sculpture Garden is an artistic gem. Add in the interesting back story about its eccentric creator and you've got a place that's really worth a visit. Chauvin is located about 30 minutes south of Houma, nestled among the bayous. As you drive through the residential neighborhood, past the…Read more
Fireworks Light Up Louisiana Skies This 4th

Fireworks Light Up Louisiana Skies This 4th

Who doesn't love fireworks?  Well, my dog isn't a huge fan, but most humans love to see the dazzling displays explode across the night sky. With Independence Day right around the corner, many cities across Louisiana are planning to light up the night with a brilliant show. I'm looking forward to being in New Orleans, to once again experience NOLA’s Go 4th on the River celebration, hailed as one of the “Top Five Must-See” fireworks displays in America by the American Pyrotechnics Association. The event takes place in historic Downtown New Orleans, and will feature two…Read more
Audubon Park: A Big Easy Oasis

Audubon Park: A Big Easy Oasis

New Orleans is a fascinating, vibrant city with so many things to see and do. You can search for alligators on a swamp tour, ghosts on a graveyard tour, or take in the sights and sounds of the city on a Segway! (I did this tour and had a blast!) The French Quarter is a must-see, as is Bourbon Street, where you can get a taste of the cuisine and music NOLA is famous for. You can also cruise the mighty Mississippi River, check out some fascinating plantations and museums, catch a few…Read more