Houma, LA : Experience Bayou Country’s Best Museums

Houma, LA : Experience Bayou Country’s Best Museums

Top photo source: flickr user Michael McCarthy In the heart of Louisiana’s Bayou Country lies Houma, a city heralded as a nature lover’s paradise. Here you’ll find over 2,500 square miles of swamps and wetlands, breathtaking scenery, world-class fishing, birding sanctuaries, nature preserves, and so much more. But Houma (located in the Atchafalaya Basin, just 55 miles from New Orleans), is also a city that’s proud of her cultural heritage and is home to some wonderfully diverse museums. Here are a few I found especially interesting: Houma’s Regional Military Museum commemorates the sacrifices…Read more
What do Strawberries and Great Gumbo Have in Common?

What do Strawberries and Great Gumbo Have in Common?

Ponchatoula, located in Tangipahoa Parish, is the home of the Strawberry Festival which is held in April every year and serves up the best strawberries you’ll taste anywhere in the country. I had the pleasure of spending some time in Ponchatoula recently and had lunch at a fairly new Café NOLA Restaurant (five years old) and I was pleasantly pleased. There are not a lot of restaurants in Tangipahoa Parish that serve Gumbo, but Café NOLA does and boy, do they do a great job. They have only one Gumbo and it’s called Gumbo…Read more
Wherever You Celebrate, Know the Mardi Gras Parade Rules

Wherever You Celebrate, Know the Mardi Gras Parade Rules

Today is Lundi Gras (Fat Monday)!  There are some celebrations going on today, but tomorrow is the big event, Mardi Gras! When people think of Mardi Gras, they naturally think of New Orleans…and rightfully so! Many historians believe that the first Mardi Gras in America took place on March 3, 1699 near what would become the city of New Orleans. French explorers landed, dubbed the area Point du Mardi Gras, and held a small celebration, which in later years grew to include street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners. Today, Mardi Gras (which refers…Read more
Another Very Good Gumbo on Louisiana’s Northshore

Another Very Good Gumbo on Louisiana’s Northshore

Abita Springs is a lovely bedroom community of Mandeville which is located in St. Tammany Parish. Abita Springs has a population of approximately 2,500 residents and is the home to one of the most popular breweries in Louisiana, The Abita Brewing Company. On a recent visit to Abita Springs, I stopped in at the Camellia Café which is located on Highway 59, approximately two miles north of I-12 and the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission. The Camellia Café has an older sister which is located in Slidell, also in St. Tammany Parish. The…Read more
St. Rose, Louisiana “May” Just Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

St. Rose, Louisiana “May” Just Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

Where is St. Rose? Let’s start big and work backwards. It’s in Louisiana, it’s in St. Charles Parish, it’s one of the three parishes of the River Parishes Tourist Commission (also known as New Orleans Plantation Country), it’s on River Road, which butts up against the Mississippi River and, it’s only 19 miles from the French Quarter. Read more about the River Parishes Tourist Commission here. I don’t usually go to new restaurants as I want to give them a chance to work out the kinks, but I went and I’m glad I did.…Read more
The Cajun Coast Serves a Very Good Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

The Cajun Coast Serves a Very Good Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

I paid a visit to the Cajun Coast recently, more specifically Morgan City to see the new Cajun Coast Visitors Center which is a beautiful building with a great view. See if you can spot the (real) alligator out back. The staff can guide you along to get the most out of your visit. Click here for more info on The Cajun Coast. After my visit to the Visitors Center, I went to lunch at a very local restaurant just a few minutes away, The Atchafalaya Café. This is a very casual restaurant…Read more
Does Trenasse Serve the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does Trenasse Serve the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Trenasse is a beautiful new restaurant located in the newly-designed lobby of the Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel. Now, this is not a hotel restaurant (not that there’s anything wrong with that), it’s an independent restaurant that happens to be located in a hotel. You find this a lot in New Orleans and other major food cities. I mentioned the newly-designed Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel: here is a link to their content page where you can find more info. What does Trenasse mean? Here is an explanation from their website:  Trenasse (truh-nah-sse), a colloquial…Read more
Jeff Davis Parish Serves up Some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

Jeff Davis Parish Serves up Some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

Cajun Country boasts a lot of great restaurants and I just found another one. This one happens to be in Jeff Davis Parish, on the lake in Lake Arthur. The Regatta LA Seafood & Steakhouse is approximately eight miles off of Interstate 10 due south, but is a world away. You will see what I mean from the photos. Before or after you enjoy a great lunch, make sure you stop by the Visitors Center and hold a baby alligator and head west to Lacassine to tour and taste some of the best…Read more
Minden, LA’s Fasching Festival: A German Holiday Celebration

Minden, LA’s Fasching Festival: A German Holiday Celebration

This time of year, when people think of holidays, it's not yet Mardi Gras that's on their minds.  But in Minden, LA, Carnival season starts in November, thanks to the town's German heritage. In Germany, "Fasching" (also called "Karneval") officially begins on November 11 at 11:11 am and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. This Saturday, November 21, Minden will be hosting their "Fasching Fifth Season" celebration in their historic downtown district, which will be all decked out for the holidays. This charming city in the piney woods area of northwest Louisiana is well-suited to host…Read more
You Can Count on Cajun Country Having Some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

You Can Count on Cajun Country Having Some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana

You would have to look long and far to find a bad Louisiana Gumbo in Cajun Country but I guess there might be some. I was lucky to stop by the Palace Café Steaks and Seafood in the Historic District of Opelousas in St. Landry Parish across the street from the Courthouse. (Read more about St. Landry Parish here.) One of the search engines shows the Palace Café with their Opelousas address but when you click on the website or menu it takes you to The Palace Café in New Orleans. The Palace Café in New…Read more