Super Bowl XLVII in the Big Easy

Super Bowl XLVII in the Big Easy

Company is coming and New Orleans is putting out its welcome mat. In fact, all of Louisiana is ready to welcome close to 150,000 fans and media to watch the Ravens and the 49ers battle it out. The date is February 3, 2013 but preparations have been going on for over a year with the new streets and new sidewalks in the French Quarter and downtown, over $300 million in renovations at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, and the extension of the streetcar line. Now, if you are looking for rooms in New…Read more
Why “choot ‘em” when you can hold ‘em at the Gator Chateau?

Why “choot ‘em” when you can hold ‘em at the Gator Chateau?

OK, admit it: you've watched that show "Swamp People" on the History channel, at least once.  And if you're like me, you have some combination of  respect / fear / revulsion / admiration for those massive, menacing, armored reptiles. They are probably the closest thing we have to dinosaurs on our planet. One look and it’s easy to believe that the species hasn't changed much in more than 150 million years. Now usually you'd have to venture out into the bayous and wetlands to get a close-up look at these amazing reptiles, but I…Read more
NOLA Welcomes in the New Year with Fireworks and Fun!

NOLA Welcomes in the New Year with Fireworks and Fun!

  If you’re planning on finding a nice, quiet destination to ring in the New Year; a place where you can relax and recuperate from the hectic holidays, then you'll definitely want to steer clear of the French Quarter. Then again, I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the inhabitants of this great city know how to party hearty when it comes to celebrating the New Year! In fact, they are expecting that about 50,000 revelers will be on hand for New Orleans 2013 New Year’s Eve Celebration.   As is…Read more

Catch “ZooLights”: the Holiday Light Extravaganza at the Baton Rouge Zoo

  It’s not unusual to see a wide variety of exotic animals like tigers, giraffes and elephants at the Baton Rouge Zoo. After all, that’s one of the reasons it’s the #1 year-round family attraction in the area. But at this time of the year, you can see the animals not only in the flesh (and fur), but in lights!   ZooLights is a special holiday tradition in Baton Rouge. During the month of December, visitors flock to the zoo to see the more than 50 larger-than-life light displays of some of their…Read more
Christmas on the River in Monroe-West Monroe

Christmas on the River in Monroe-West Monroe

It's Christmas on the River in Monroe-West Monroe, LA and the whole month of December is filled with holiday events, music, lights and lots of Christmas spirit!   Downtown Monroe and Antique Alley, across the river in West Monroe, will light up the area with incredible lighting features that dance to the Christmas tunes.  Shoppers, don't miss December 15 on Trenton Street on for special bargains at the antiques shops assisted by shopkeepers dressed in vintage holiday attire.    Christmas at the Biedenharn features beautiful holiday decorations throughout the historic Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens.…Read more
BlackPot Gumbo: Could this be the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

BlackPot Gumbo: Could this be the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

                        What do the following have in common?     Irish,  Cajun & Zydeco and Bluegrass music, an accordion contest, called square dancing, and a blackpot cookoff in the heart of Cajun Country, Lafayette…? That’s what you will find at the 5th Annual South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff at the Acadian Village.    The music kicks off at 5PM on Friday, October 26 and continues until Midnight. The cost for Friday is $20.00   Saturday, October 27 begins with a square dance…Read more
The Search for the Best Gumbo Continues…

The Search for the Best Gumbo Continues…

Murphy’s Seafood Restaurant 1700 N. Morrison Blvd. Hammond, LA 70401 985-345-9997 Tangipahoa Parish has a couple of very famous and great restaurants such as Middendorf’s in Manchac and of  Trey Yuen in Hammond (they also have one in Mandeville).  But on this trip I went to Murphy’s Seafood Restaurant. This was a week after Hurricane Isaac so I wasn't sure what to expect as Tangipahoa Parish was hit hard. The areas I drove through you would never have known there was a hurricane. Murphy’s has only one gumbo on the menu which is…Read more
The Louisiana Travelin’ Man is Hitting the Road

The Louisiana Travelin’ Man is Hitting the Road

Louisiana is a gumbo of some of the most unique festivals in the country and since I’m searching for the Best Gumbo in Louisiana, I must hit the road. If you want to join me, here is where I’ll be during the month of October (these are just a few of the events I’ll be attending): October 12-13: L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge L’Auberge Casino Hotel has been going strong since it opened in the beginning of September, and I will be there for two days to experience all they have to offer (see…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: Jolie’s Bistro in Lafayette

Louisiana Gumbo: Jolie’s Bistro in Lafayette

Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro 507 Pinhook Rd Lafayette, LA 70503 337-504-2382 www.jolieslouisianabistro.com Lafayette has always been known to have great restaurants serving great food, but now they have the honors to back it up. Lafayette has been named the "Best Food City in the USA" in the Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road® Rally, and Southern Living named Lafayette the "Tastiest Town in the South." One of the staples in just about all the restaurants in Lafayette is Gumbo. This isn't just ordinary Gumbo. It’s Lafayette, or Cajun Gumbo. There can be almost…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: The Napoleon House in New Orleans

Louisiana Gumbo: The Napoleon House in New Orleans

  The Napoleon House 500 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 70130 504-524-9752 www.napoleonhouse.com   The Napoleon House is located in a historic landmark dating from 1797 and has been family owned since 1914. They say it’s a European style café, but I consider it a great looking New Orleans joint, a hole in the wall where you can hear classical music while eating sandwiches, creole food and gumbo. The Napoleon House is located on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis Streets behind the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter. Service…Read more