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
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