Where Can You Get a Great Louisiana Gumbo for Breakfast?

Where Can You Get a Great Louisiana Gumbo for Breakfast?

Louisiana has so much to offer when it comes to plantations, attractions, music and food and when it comes to food, Cajun Country has to be a must stop. You will need several days to make a small dent in what Cajun Country has to offer. I recently paid a visit to Avery Island in New Iberia and saw the latest offerings at TABASCO®. They just opened their new visitor’s center as well as their new Restaurant 1868. 1868 is open at 9am and stays open until the last tour. I arrived a little…Read more
Does the Seafood Palace in Lake Charles Serve some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does the Seafood Palace in Lake Charles Serve some of the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

When you drive up to the Seafood Palace, your first thought is to keep driving. Don’t. Pull in and get ready for a fantastic (local) food experience.  The Seafood Palace has been there for 15 years but the restaurant has been there for 47 years, originally as the Crab Palace. Besides fantastic gumbo, you will find some of the freshest crabs, cooked almost any way you want. For a special treat, order the fried crab. You can thank me later. Now, let’s get to the reason for this blog and the answer to…Read more
Louisiana’s Unique Christmas Bonfire Tradition Brings a Few Surprises

Louisiana’s Unique Christmas Bonfire Tradition Brings a Few Surprises

Sometimes, the best Christmas lights aren't found on a tree or in a store window. They're found on the levees along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Christmas Eve bonfires are a unique tradition you probably won't find outside Louisiana.  Typically, they are built on 15- 20 ft. teepee-shaped pyres. If you pass by the area during the month of December, you will most likely see the rows of tall wooden pyramids, waiting for their time to shine.  But leave it to good ol' Cajun creativity and ingenuity to improve on tradition. In past…Read more
Add Some Sparkle to Your Christmas Celebration on the Holiday Trail of Lights

Add Some Sparkle to Your Christmas Celebration on the Holiday Trail of Lights

There's no wrong way to do Louisiana's Holiday Trail of Lights. Some people make a mini-vacation out of it and spend 3 or more days taking in the 8 towns that make up the trail. Others like to day-trip it, getting an early start and spending a little time in all or most of the towns, just taking in the seasonal highlights. Others still pick one or two towns each year and experience everything that location has to offer. Whichever way you choose, the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights is sure to lift…Read more
Does Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar Have the Best Seafood Gumbo?

Does Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar Have the Best Seafood Gumbo?

Located just a few minutes from the Louis Armstrong International Airport, you will find this very local restaurant that serves up some of the freshest seafood around. Being a local restaurant may mean they treat visitors like outsiders, but that’s not the case here. It was my first time and it felt like I was one of the family. The only Gumbo on their menu is a Louisiana Seafood Gumbo. $5.50 for a cup and $7.50 for a bowl. You can also have a combo of a half Po-Boy and Gumbo for $10.50.…Read more
Does Elizabeth’s Restaurant have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

Does Elizabeth’s Restaurant have the Best Gumbo in Louisiana?

This 20 year old local’s restaurant that visitors also flock to has a motto that says “Real Food Done Real Good”. That still applies today. In fact two years after they opened the restaurant, they figured out a way to make bacon better. How, you ask? Order their Praline Bacon and you will find out. It’s still there and it’s just as good as it was 18 years ago. Elizabeth’s serves two different Louisiana Gumbos each available in three sizes. They serve a Seafood Gumbo at $6 for a cup, $8 for a…Read more
The Peach Capital of Louisiana Serves a Great Gumbo

The Peach Capital of Louisiana Serves a Great Gumbo

Before I get to my Louisiana gumbo report I have to say something about Ruston Peaches*. They are the BEST. I know the folks from Georgia will disagree, but I’ll bet they never tasted Ruston Peaches. Here's some more information about Ruston. Now for a great Louisiana gumbo. There were some strange things with the gumbo at Beau Vines Steakhouse but in the end it all came together.  They serve a Louisiana gumbo in two sizes. A cup for $6.99 and a bowl for $11.99. Here is the first strange thing. The cup is actually…Read more
7 Creepy, “Uniquely New Orleans” Things to Do For Halloween

7 Creepy, “Uniquely New Orleans” Things to Do For Halloween

Updated: October 2016 In the coming weeks, people across the U.S. will be doing typical Halloween activities like pumpkin picking and hay rides, costume parties, haunted house attractions, etc. But here in New Orleans, things are FAR from typical. With a flair for the macabre and a close connection to the spirit world, NOLA is a city that celebrates the haunted, the spooky, the mysterious all year long. That's why there's just no better place to visit this time of year! Here are just a few uniquely New Orleans ways to celebrate Halloween: 1. Experience…Read more
Lafayette’s Downtown Alive! Music Fest Keeps Toes Tapping, Now Through Thanksgiving

Lafayette’s Downtown Alive! Music Fest Keeps Toes Tapping, Now Through Thanksgiving

Where would you head if you wanted to hear the best music in the world (or at least in the state)? Most people think of New Orleans, “the Birthplace of Jazz”, where you’ll find music festivals galore, brass bands invigorating the streets, and amazing musicians improvising jazz tunes at clubs all over the Big Easy. But there's another city right in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun and Creole Country that's giving NOLA a run for its money these days, and that's Lafayette. Located along the Vermilion River on the western edge of the Atchafalaya Basin, Lafayette…Read more
Does Buck & Johnny’s have a Buckin’ Great Gumbo?

Does Buck & Johnny’s have a Buckin’ Great Gumbo?

The Louisiana Travelin’ Man (that’s me) decided to go back to Cajun Country to see if they can live up to serving another great Louisiana Gumbo. Guess what? They didn’t disappoint. This time I went to Breaux Bridge which has one of the most popular restaurants and dance halls called Café Des Ami. I didn’t stop there on this trip because I didn’t bring my dancing shoes. I went a couple of blocks past Café Des Ami to Buck & Johnny’s which was recommended by a good friend. Buck & Johnny’s opened in…Read more