Hurricane Isaac delays L’Auberge opening

Hurricane Isaac delays L’Auberge opening

Due to Hurricane Isaac, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge will delay its opening that was scheduled at 7PM on August 29, 2012. As soon as Hurricane Isaac has left, an assessment will be made and a new date will be available. You can go to www.mylauberge.com for more information, or go to www.visitbatonrouge.com or stay tuned to my blog.  (Read my previous post describing this beautiful new casino resort here.) I’m praying for the safety of everyone in the path of Hurricane Isaac.             The Louisiana Travelin'…Read more
A Capitol Place to Visit: L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge

A Capitol Place to Visit: L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge

Big things are happening on the levee in Baton Rouge and you will be able to see the results on August 29, 2012. L’auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge is rising over the mighty Mississippi and when complete, it will be the first resort casino in Baton Rouge.  L’auberge Baton Rouge is owned by Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., the same folks that brought you L’auberge Lake Charles. This adds another piece of the tourism puzzle to the Baton Rouge tourism landscape. Baton Rouge has been riding high over the past several years with great new…Read more
Louisiana’s First Annual Mac N’ Cheese Cook-Off

Louisiana’s First Annual Mac N’ Cheese Cook-Off

The Date: July 14, 2012 The Place: Arabi, LA The Event: The 1st Annual Mac & Cheese Showdown I know you’re asking yourself, “why a Mac & Cheese Showdown?” Well, just about every restaurant in St. Bernard Parish that’s worth its weight in pasta has a Mac & Cheese on their menu. Everyone has felt that a certain restaurant that has been around for years always had the best Mac & Cheese, so the M & C gauntlet was dropped and the challenge became a reality. By the way, the restaurant that has…Read more
Gumbo Hospitality in Lake Charles

Gumbo Hospitality in Lake Charles

More than enough time has passed for me to even consider a follow up to my experience at the World Famous Cajun Gumbo Cook-off Contest in Lake Charles. This extravaganza was on Saturday, February 18, 2012 and is one of the favorite events over Mardi Gras weekend. It was a rainy day, but that didn’t stop over 1,000 people from packing the Civic Center to taste just about all the gumbo they could.  There were 40 teams competing in the Cajun Gumbo Cook-Off. Here are details of the Gumbo Cook-off contest: There was a…Read more
WORLD FAMOUS CAJUN EXTRAVAGANZA AND GUMBO COOK-OFF

WORLD FAMOUS CAJUN EXTRAVAGANZA AND GUMBO COOK-OFF

  February 18, 2012 – February 18, 2012   Times: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Lake Charles Civic Center Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601 Phone: 337-475-7393 Admission: $5. Children 5 & Under are free   The Louisiana Travelin’ Man has been chosen to be one of the judges for one of the most popular cook-offs in Louisiana, The World Famous Cajun Extravaganza Gumbo Cook-Off contest.   This event is open to the public and they come out in droves to participate in all the festivities and to sample approximately…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: Abby Singer’s Bistro

Louisiana Gumbo: Abby Singer’s Bistro

There are several places to get great Louisiana food in Shreveport and downtown is no exception. On one of my recent visits, I went to Abby Singer’s Bistro. The restaurant is located upstairs in the Robinson Film Center building in downtown Shreveport. The Film Center shows award winning first run films as well as classics like High Society and Barbarella to name a few.This contemporary looking restaurant, with a balcony over Texas Avenue, is the perfect spot for a quick lunch or to unwind after a days work.They have a different type of…Read more
Louisiana Gumbo: Antoon’s Restaurant

Louisiana Gumbo: Antoon’s Restaurant

Natchitoches is the epitome of what you think of when it comes to small town charm with true southern hospitality. You walk along the riverfront and you can’t help but fall in love with Natchitoches. When it’s time to eat, there are several great places to choose from. On this trip I chose Antoon’s Riverfront Restaurant. From the picture it looks like someone’s house, but when you enter the great smells from the kitchen get your taste buds dancing, and when you taste their gumbo the dancing continues.They only have seafood gumbo and serve it…Read more

The Gumbo rating system

If you read my first blog, you saw that I am searching for the best gumbo in Louisiana. Before I start rating the gumbos, two things had to happen.1.     I needed to eat as much gumbo as possible2.     I needed a rating system and an icon to help give the rating system a special look.Well, I did the first and we created the second. Meet Croux. Croux will hold a spoon or spoons in his claw. The higher the number of spoons, the better the gumbo. If Croux has no spoon…No Gumbo for you.    0…Read more

COOlinary New Orleans

For the month of August, some of New Orleans best restaurants are offering special meals at special deals as part of  the 7th Annual COOlinary promotion.All you have to do is check out the COOlinary website and you’ll see the restaurants, the special meals and the special deals. Here are some examples that will get your taste buds dancing:Tujague’s Restaurant: Shrimp Remoulade; Filet Mignon, Dessert, and a glass of wine @ $30 (dinner)Bayona: Soup or Bayona Salad, Any entree on the menu, Dessert @ $20 (lunch) 20¢  martinis (bring a designated driver and(or) a…Read more

EatLafayette

Most people eat to live. In Louisiana we live to eat. And the heart of Cajun Country, Lafayette has taken that to heart with their 7th annual “EatLafayette™” campaign. We are talking local restaurants here. No chains allowed. You know the expression "When in Rome..." Well, when in Lafayette you have over 50 local restaurants to choose from that are part of the “EatLafayette™” campaign.What is “EatLafayette™”?  It’s a celebration of local restaurants that make the Cajun Culture so appetizing. It gives the local restaurateurs the opportunity to showcase their cuisine and offer…Read more