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Starting an adventure at the end of the road

Posted July 23, 2014 in Louisiana Travel

The Chauvin Sculpture Garden sits on the bayou banks of a small fishing town not far from Houma.

The Chauvin Sculpture Garden sits on the bayou banks of a small fishing town not far from Houma.

A road trip to the end of the line has a magnetic draw, and Louisiana offers plenty of these routes. Follow the one that leads through Chauvin and Cocodrie, however, and you may wish the road would never end. more…

Dancing and Dining on the Prairie

Posted July 11, 2013 in Louisiana Travel

Cajun dancing is hungry work, though happily wherever people are doing a waltz or two-step good food is usually nearby. That’s certainly the case on Saturday evenings in downtown Eunice, that farm town and hub of Acadian culture out on the Cajun prairie. more…

Alight Christmas: Bonfires Beckon in St. James Parish

Posted December 20, 2012 in Festivals, Louisiana Travel

Christmas Eve bonfires along the Mississippi River represent deep tradition for some Louisiana families, though for others making the trip to experience this amazing spectacle can be tricky. Family obligations and other traditions on Christmas Eve might preclude a road trip, even a short one. But it’s worth the effort, and with just a little advance planning — to put the in-laws on notice perhaps, or to organize a group for the outing — it can turn into an unforgettable part of your holiday. more…

Rallying – and Dancing – Around the Blackpot in Lafayette

Posted October 24, 2012 in Festivals, Louisiana Travel

There is a lot coming up for New Orleans this weekend, but the prospect of excellent, competition-driven Cajun cooking is on the burner too, and that’s often enough to inspire a quick road trip all on its own. My last post was about the French Food Festival this weekend in Larose, while today I’m highlighting a delicious, fun, just absolute sweetheart of a festival in Lafayette: the South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff. more…

Cajun Pride at the French Food Festival

Posted October 23, 2012 in Festivals, Louisiana Travel

There are plenty of high profile cooking contests out there these days, all over cable TV in particular. They have celebrity chefs, celebrity judges, fancy, gleaming kitchen sets and over-the-top cooking challenges. But I’ve always found that when it comes to really good, truly inspirational competitive cooking, you can’t beat a Louisiana festival where local families break out their own treasured recipes. Two examples are coming up this weekend in south Louisiana. And, even though this is a busy time in New Orleans, the allure of the eats that each offers should be enough to tempt a quick road trip. I’ll highlight one today, and the second tomorrow. more…

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