Experience the Wonders of Louisiana’s Wetlands at the Barataria Preserve

Experience the Wonders of Louisiana’s Wetlands at the Barataria Preserve

Header image source I recently wrote about my wonderful visit to the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux, one of John Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s six sites scattered throughout south Louisiana.  The other sites include The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette, The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice, The Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery (the site of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812), The French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans, and The Barataria Preserve just outside of Marrero, where I spent a very memorable day!  This natural wonder encompasses over 23,000 acres…Read more
Does St. James Parish have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does St. James Parish have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

The River Parishes of Louisiana lay between Baton Rouge and New Orleans and span both sides of the Mississippi River. The River Parishes are St. Charles Parish, St. James Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish. The River Parishes also call themselves the New Orleans Plantation Country since some of the more popular plantations are located there. Read more about New Orleans Plantation Country here. If you have been reading my gumbo blog over the past years, you know I have reviewed Seafood Gumbo and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo. Most of them have…Read more
The Cajuns Come To Life at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

The Cajuns Come To Life at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Acadians, more commonly known as Cajuns, have had an enormous impact on the culture of Louisiana. Acadians are descendants of French settlers who, in the late 16th century, settled in the northeastern region of North America. When they were forced out by the British, most of the Acadians migrated to southern Louisiana, inhabiting the mosquito-infested swamps, bayous and prairies that nobody down there wanted. They became known as Cajuns, a corruption of the word Acadian, and you can learn all about them and their fascinating way of life by visiting the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in…Read more
Does Galliano Restaurant in New Orleans Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does Galliano Restaurant in New Orleans Have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

I don’t usually go to a restaurant shortly after they open as they need to get the kinks out and settle into a flow. Well, that changed as I went to a restaurant that has been open for only 10 days, but they are owned by the same people who have a restaurant nearby called ReBirth which has proven to be one of the better ones in New Orleans. Galliano calls themselves Southern Casual Dining and if you look at the photo of the interior you will see why. It’s very rustic and…Read more
Does the West Bank of Jefferson Parish Serve the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Does the West Bank of Jefferson Parish Serve the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Lafitte’s Landing has only been open for a little over six months in Harvey, Louisiana, which is less than 10 miles from Downtown New Orleans. The restaurant is part of the Tusa Restaurant Group which is a local family of restaurants. They have a pizza restaurant and a seafood bar & grille in Destin, FL, a sports bar and lobster and seafood restaurant along the Mississippi River in New Orleans and a beautiful restaurant in the French Quarter. Lafitte’s Landing Restaurant is a modern looking restaurant with a casual feel. They have only…Read more
Lake Charles Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-off

Lake Charles Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-off

The Louisiana Travelin’ Man will be back in Lake Charles for a return visit to their Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off on Feb 25th. If you have $5 in your pocket, you can join The Louisiana Travelin’ Man at this wonderful event and sample approximately 60 different gumbos. Here is what will take place on Feb 25th: • Cooking begins at 7:30 am and Judging begins at 11:30 am • Tastings begin after the judging until 1:30 • Admission: $5 per person with children 5 & under free • Where: Lake Charles Civic Center 900…Read more
Where Can You Get a Great Louisiana Gumbo for Breakfast?

Where Can You Get a Great Louisiana Gumbo for Breakfast?

Louisiana has so much to offer when it comes to plantations, attractions, music and food and when it comes to food, Cajun Country has to be a must stop. You will need several days to make a small dent in what Cajun Country has to offer. I recently paid a visit to Avery Island in New Iberia and saw the latest offerings at TABASCO®. They just opened their new visitor’s center as well as their new Restaurant 1868. 1868 is open at 9am and stays open until the last tour. I arrived a little…Read more
Does the Seafood Palace in Lake Charles Serve some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does the Seafood Palace in Lake Charles Serve some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

When you drive up to the Seafood Palace, your first thought is to keep driving. Don’t. Pull in and get ready for a fantastic (local) food experience.  The Seafood Palace has been there for 15 years but the restaurant has been there for 47 years, originally as the Crab Palace. Besides fantastic gumbo, you will find some of the freshest crabs, cooked almost any way you want. For a special treat, order the fried crab. You can thank me later. Now, let’s get to the reason for this blog and the answer to…Read more
Louisiana’s Unique Christmas Bonfire Tradition Brings a Few Surprises

Louisiana’s Unique Christmas Bonfire Tradition Brings a Few Surprises

Sometimes, the best Christmas lights aren't found on a tree or in a store window. They're found on the levees along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Christmas Eve bonfires are a unique tradition you probably won't find outside Louisiana.  Typically, they are built on 15- 20 ft. teepee-shaped pyres. If you pass by the area during the month of December, you will most likely see the rows of tall wooden pyramids, waiting for their time to shine.  But leave it to good ol' Cajun creativity and ingenuity to improve on tradition. In past…Read more
Add Some Sparkle to Your Christmas Celebration on the Holiday Trail of Lights

Add Some Sparkle to Your Christmas Celebration on the Holiday Trail of Lights

There's no wrong way to do Louisiana's Holiday Trail of Lights. Some people make a mini-vacation out of it and spend 3 or more days taking in the 8 towns that make up the trail. Others like to day-trip it, getting an early start and spending a little time in all or most of the towns, just taking in the seasonal highlights. Others still pick one or two towns each year and experience everything that location has to offer. Whichever way you choose, the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights is sure to lift…Read more