Does Sportsman’s Paradise have the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Does Sportsman’s Paradise have the Best Louisiana Gumbo?

Scott’s Catfish and Seafood Restaurants are family run and you can see that at each of their locations. The first Scott’s Catfish & Seafood Restaurant opened in Monroe, LA in 2000. It took them awhile, but they opened their second location in Ruston, LA in 2011. On this trip, I visited the Ruston location. Before I discuss my Louisiana Seafood experience, I have to say something about Ruston, LA. There are cities and states around the country that claim to have the best peaches in the world or they are the peach capital…Read more
Nottoway Plantation — a Marvel of 19th Century Luxury

Nottoway Plantation — a Marvel of 19th Century Luxury

  As I drive along the Mississippi River Road and turn down the pathway towards Nottoway Plantation, I have to stop for a minute and just stare.  I've seen the photos, but viewing this incredible estate in person takes my breath away.  Nottoway is located just south of Baton Rouge in Iberville Parish.  An area rich in history, Iberville is known for its magnificent antebellum mansions, mighty oaks and stunning waterways. The mighty Mississippi runs right through the parish, and the stunning Atchafalaya Basin (the largest wetland and swamp in the United States)…Read more
“Go 4th on the River” – A Must-See Fireworks Show in New Orleans

“Go 4th on the River” – A Must-See Fireworks Show in New Orleans

If there's one thing New Orleans knows how to do, it's throw a great party. Independence Day is no exception! There are many places across Louisiana where you can see amazing fireworks displays, but not many where you can see dueling pyrotechnics and floating, exploding shells on the Mississippi River. For that kind of spectacle, you'll have to head to NOLA's “Go 4th on the River” celebration. Go 4th on the River is ranked by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the “Top Five Must-See Fireworks Displays in the U.S." The show features two "dueling barges" over the Mighty…Read more
“The Way We Worked” – Smithsonian’s Amazing Tribute to American Workers

“The Way We Worked” – Smithsonian’s Amazing Tribute to American Workers

Every day, Americans are hard at work doing whatever it takes to keep this great nation of ours thriving. Whether on farms or in factories, offices or classrooms, on the streets or in outer space, work is and always has been a major part of all of our lives. The Smithsonian Institute recognizes and celebrates the American worker (past and present) through a wonderful traveling exhibit, currently at residence at the Angola Museum just outside the gates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, located at the end of Louisiana Highway 66 (22 miles Northwest…Read more
The Bayou Country Superfest Brings Big Music Stars to Baton Rouge

The Bayou Country Superfest Brings Big Music Stars to Baton Rouge

It's one of the biggest festivals in Louisiana - and in a state known as the Festival Capital of America, that's really saying something. The Bayou Country Superfest draws fans from all the over the U.S. to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge for a three-day Memorial Weekend stadium-sized bash filled with amazing country music, tailgating parties, great food and plenty of fun. The main event at Superfest is the live music.  For three days, from May 23 - 25, BCS will bring together the biggest stars in country music for a series of back-to-back, unforgettable shows. The party kicks…Read more
Eat Like a Cajun on the Boudin Trail

Eat Like a Cajun on the Boudin Trail

Boudin (pronounced BOO-dan) is the savory, squishy, eat-behind-the-steering wheel treat that rivals crawfish as the quintessential food of Acadiana, the Cajun region of south Louisiana. It’s a sausage made of pork, rice, onions and various spices, but there are spirited debates about other ingredients and ingredient proportions. From gritty convenience stores to upscale charcuteries, boudin markets are more popular than the region’s ubiquitous drive-thru daiquiri bars. Most times, it’s eaten close to where it’s made – very close. Consider this wonderful quote from a Calvin Trillin essay about boudin: “I figure that about 80 percent of the boudin purchased in Louisiana is consumed before the purchaser has…Read more
A New Kingfish Comes to New Orleans and Brings a Great Louisiana Gumbo

A New Kingfish Comes to New Orleans and Brings a Great Louisiana Gumbo

If you know anything about Louisiana history, you will know that we have had some interesting governors over the past many years. One of the most interesting was Huey Long, better known as The Kingfish. Here is a website that will give you a better insight to this legendary governor.  On April Fool’s Day 2013 (the perfect day to open a new restaurant), a new Kingfish made its debut in the French Quarter on the corner of Conti and Chartres Streets.   Kingfish has only one Louisiana Gumbo on its menu and it’s…Read more
Dickie Brennan’s “Tableau” Restaurant Takes Center Stage

Dickie Brennan’s “Tableau” Restaurant Takes Center Stage

Tableau is the newest of Dickie Brennan’s restaurants and it’s become an instant hit. Its sister restaurants are: Bourbon House Seafood and Oyster Bar, Palace Café and Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse.  This is more than a great restaurant. It’s part of New Orleans history. Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre, located on the corner of St Peter & Chartres Streets, was founded in 1916 and is one of the oldest community-based theatre organizations. Click Le Petit above to read how the theatre and restaurant came about. Now, let’s talk Gumbo. Tableau’s Louisiana Seafood Gumbo has more…Read more
A Visit to NOLA’s Jackson Square Park

A Visit to NOLA’s Jackson Square Park

Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States of America, wasn't born in Louisiana but he is still revered here for being the hero of the Battle of New Orleans. The American forces under the command of General Andrew Jackson defeated the invading British army who were hell-bent on capturing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired during the Louisiana Purchase. The Battle of New Orleans was the final major battle of the war of 1812 and is regarded as the greatest American land victory of the war.…Read more
Metairie Scores with a Great Bistro and a Great New Orleans Gumbo

Metairie Scores with a Great Bistro and a Great New Orleans Gumbo

Andy’s Bistro is at home in Metairie, LA, which is a suburb of New Orleans, at a location that has housed several other restaurants since the 1970s, but this one should be around for a long time.  It’s only been open approximately one year, but the regulars keep coming back and the newcomers like me will become regulars. Andy’s Bistro only serves one gumbo and, as the menu says, it’s a Gumbo of the Day. The cost for a bowl is $8.50.  I have a feeling that the Gumbo of the Day is…Read more