Louisiana Gumbo in the Capital City

Louisiana Gumbo in the Capital City

Baton Rouge has really come into its own over the past several years with a great selection of restaurants serving great Louisiana food. On this visit, I stopped by Bistro Byronz on Government Road. By the way, they also have a restaurant in Mandeville and Shreveport. This is a family run restaurant and is a spinoff of the original restaurant that opened in 1979. The original restaurant closed in 1990 and the new concept opened in 2006. They have only one Gumbo which is a Chicken & Sausage Gumbo that comes in two…Read more
Treat Your Tastebuds at New Iberia’s World Championship Gumbo Throwdown

Treat Your Tastebuds at New Iberia’s World Championship Gumbo Throwdown

Different regions of the world have their culinary specialties.  Louisiana pretty much owns gumbo. Most people would agree that if you haven't tried gumbo in Louisiana, you haven't really tried gumbo. That’s not surprising since this tasty, spicy Creole dish originated here in the 18th century and folks have been handing down their carefully-crafted recipes and techniques since then. For those few readers who aren't familiar with gumbo, it's basically a cross between a stew and a soup containing vegetables, seafood, meat and spices. No two gumbos are alike; you’ll find that each version is unique, with its…Read more
Does Bistreaux New Orleans have the Best Louisiana Seafood Gumbo?

Does Bistreaux New Orleans have the Best Louisiana Seafood Gumbo?

One of my favorite French Quarter hotels is the Maison Dupuy Hotel.  The Maison Dupuy is classified as a typical French Quarter Style Hotel which means it’s built around a beautiful courtyard. Read more about the Maison Dupuy. Their restaurant is Bistreaux New Orleans which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They serve only a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo in two sizes. A cup is $5 and a bowl is $8. As you can see by the photo, I had the cup.  As the waitress was coming to the table with the gumbo, the rich Gumboroma arrived…Read more
Basin Seafood and Spirits: Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Basin Seafood and Spirits: Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Magazine Street in New Orleans has always been known as "Antique Alley" but in the past few years, you could call it "Restaurant Row". Almost every block of Magazine Street has at least one restaurant and, in some cases, six or more. Drive to Magazine Street, park your car (put money in the meter) and just enjoy your eating, drinking and shopping. A small restaurant in the middle of the 3200 block of Magazine Street has a different style of gumbo. The Basin Seafood & Spirits Restaurant has been there since May of 2013…Read more
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