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29 10, 2019

The Capital of Cool – Part One

2019-11-12T10:53:53-05:00 October 29th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

With all the wonderful cities and towns of St. Tammany Parish, there has to be a good reason to leave the Northshore. Of course, I had taken many trips over the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to indulge in the sights, sounds and flavors of New Orleans. I have never been to the state capital, Baton Rouge. Well, the place whose name translates to "red stick" (supposedly due to the red cypress tree that was a land marker), is really cool. Tigers Do Scream LSU's Tiger Stadium holds over 100,000 excited fans. My friend, a big-time LSU fan, had tickets

23 09, 2019

Three Festivals to Fall for

2019-10-10T11:55:41-05:00 September 23rd, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

In last month’s post, I spotlighted three unique sights to experience in St. Tammany Parish. This month, the focus is on fall festivals. The Parish has plenty of festivals to enjoy throughout the season. Here are three over the October 18 – 20 weekend.   Three-Day Festival Whether you attend the Festival of the Lake or the Monster Mash, you are in for a treat. There will be games for all ages! This festival has been around for quite a bit. Festival of the Lake, presented by Our Lady of the Lake in Mandeville, runs October 18-20. The

25 08, 2019

Three Site Sights for Sightseekers

2019-08-26T15:08:19-05:00 August 25th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

With the hot days of summer winding down, now is the perfect time to experience some really cool things without leaving the Parish. Receiving recommendations from locals all over St. Tammany, here are my suggestions for three memorable sights that basically scream Louisiana. Site Sight #1 - Cabin Fever Right on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, beyond the city lights of New Orleans, you can become one with nature at Fontainebleau State Park. Spread over 2,800 acres, this nature lover’s paradise features recreation of all sorts. Whether you want to hike, bike, kayak, birdwatch or just laze on the sandy

19 07, 2019

Come On, Get Happy (Hour)

2019-07-19T22:13:02-05:00 July 19th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

We all know New Orleans is known for many things, one of which is the options available for happy hour. However, there really is no need to leave St. Tammany Parish, as we have plenty of places to enjoy a beverage or two. Below are three recommendations, no matter what type of libation you desire. Get Crafty Come for a cool cocktail, stay for a hot meal. When you want something a little out of the ordinary, a great place to satisfy that thirst is Lola. Created by Chefs Keith and Nealy Frentz, this Covington restaurant and bar

21 06, 2019

TGIW – Thank Goodness It’s Wednesday

2019-06-21T18:36:14-05:00 June 21st, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

Over the last several posts, I have recommended a variety of activities to enjoy in New Orleans. However, there is so much to do up on the Northshore that you may seldom venture to The Crescent City. Wednesday, or Hump Day as it is often referred, can seem like a day where nothing much happens. In St. Tammany Parish, you have lots of ways to make this weekday a great one. The Wednesday Brew Krewe is a great group for new friends and more exercise. Brew Krewe for You Abita Brewery offers a fantastic running club (I call

23 05, 2019

An Ideal Meal in Three Parts

2019-05-23T22:15:36-05:00 May 23rd, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

Every time I am in New Orleans, I get excited thinking about where I would eat my ideal meal. With so many choices, it would have to include favorites from three places. Entree - Savory Sandwich The muffuletta at Central Grocery is simply the best. I am not an olive person or a big sandwich kind of gal. However, the ultimate breakfast, lunch or dinner entree is definitely a muffuletta. And, the best place to get one doesn’t even qualify as a restaurant. Central Grocery is a third-generation, old-fashioned store that features local favorites. So, what makes the muffuletta

28 04, 2019

After Five, Take Five and More

2019-04-28T22:55:50-05:00 April 28th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

In past blog posts, I recommended three museums, three restaurants and three walking tours in and around the French Quarter. Now that things are really warming up in the Crescent City, here are my top three things to do after your workday. The Doctor Is In Doctor Gumbo's tour pours deep into the history of NOLA cocktails. We must start with libations, as so many of us venture to NOLA for this very reason. My favorite way to learn more about the history of the city's cocktails, along with imbibing in them, is the Doctor Gumbo way. This walking

26 03, 2019

Go Out on Tour in New Orleans

2019-03-26T21:01:37-05:00 March 26th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

In past blog posts, I have recommended three museums and restaurants in the French Quarter. Being that this is about New Orleans, I could not pass up the opportunity to mention three walking tours. Do You Believe in Ghosts? St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans is pretty creepy, even during daylight hours! I am an admitted scaredy cat. So when my friend suggested we try out a ghost tour, I tried my best to not show fear. While there are plenty to choose from for a ghost tour, we made a compromise and decided on the Cemetery, Voodoo

22 02, 2019

Mardi Gras Is One Fat Party

2019-02-22T14:56:47-05:00 February 22nd, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

This time of year, New Orleans is taken over with Mardi Gras celebrations. While it is common to refer to the entire season as Mardi Gras, it is actually Carnival, leading up to Fat Tuesday on March 5. In the two previous posts I wrote about three NOLA restaurants and three museums. Now, it’s time to get party-ready with three Mardi Gras must-dos. Mardi Gras World New Orleans and the entire area host a multitude of parades. The floats range from classy to over-the-top, yet all with extreme fun in mind. At Mardi Gras World, you will experience first-hand how

22 01, 2019

Day at the Museum

2019-01-22T20:45:13-05:00 January 22nd, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

Last month I recommended three French Quarter restaurants to try. This month, it’s all about three amazing museums. Second to None The National WWII Museum is a must-see when visiting New Orleans. Who would have thought a museum all about World War II would be the #1 tourist attraction in New Orleans? According to TripAdvisor, it is! I must admit I had no idea how memorable my visit to The National WWII Museum would be. The presentation of the exhibits, along with the awe-inspiring narratives provided by those who were there, are unlike any other place I have

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