Long After Halloween, The Spirits Are Alive in LA

Long After Halloween, The Spirits Are Alive in LA

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean that all the ghosts have hung up their sheets and packed it in until next October 31. As a matter of fact, quite a few are still plying their trade, haunting visitors at various locations all over Louisiana. If you still haven’t had your fill of ghostly encounters, there's no better place to be than Louisiana for truly haunted locations: One of the places you must visit is The Myrtles Plantation located in St. Francisville, a beautiful, quaint town not far from Baton Rouge. The…Read more
The National World War II Museum: an American (and New Orleans) Treasure

The National World War II Museum: an American (and New Orleans) Treasure

 photo credit: Dsdugan I recently had the opportunity to visit the incredible National World War II Museum in New Orleans.   It was one of my most memorable stops while staying in the Warehouse District this summer, which I wrote about previously (read it here.)   The sprawling National World War II Museum opened on June 6, 2000, the 56th anniversary of D-Day, and was originally called the National D-Day Museum. It is located in downtown New Orleans, and contains five pavilions on a six-acre campus. The museum is a remembrance and celebration of the major contributions and sacrifices Americans made during…Read more
Art, Culture, and History Come Alive in NOLA’s Warehouse District

Art, Culture, and History Come Alive in NOLA’s Warehouse District

There are plenty of reasons why visiting New Orleans is on so many peoples’ bucket lists. Of course, all of the great food, drink and music are a major draw, but the Big Easy is a lot more than just the greatest party city in the world; it is also a hotbed for art and culture. Most people visit the well-known areas such as the French Quarter and the Garden District, and rightfully so. They are definitely must-see destinations. But just adjacent to the French Quarter is an up and coming area called…Read more
Have a Peachy Time in Ruston, LA

Have a Peachy Time in Ruston, LA

What's one of the best parts about summer in Louisiana? Peach season! Somehow, the state of Georgia gets all the attention when it comes to this delicious fruit, but Louisiana peaches are some of the sweetest, juiciest and best in the USA. You can find peach orchards sprinkled throughout the state, but North Louisiana is where you want to be for the best of the fuzzy fruit. Just a bit over an hour east of Shreveport, you'll find Lincoln Parish, where the town of Ruston has become the heart of peach country and…Read more
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