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27 01, 2020

Parade Around Town

2020-01-27T18:17:59-05:00January 27th, 2020|Blog, Uncategorized|

There will be plenty of these to be had during Mardi Gras in St. Tammany Parish. New Orleans may be the first thing to come to mind in everything that is Mardi Gras. However, the Crescent City does not have a hold on all the fun. St. Tammany Parish knows how to celebrate the season in perfect fashion. After all, the public schools take an entire week off to enjoy the festivities. The following are three places to partake in Mardi Gras fun without crossing Lake Pontchartrain. Parade Around Covington In the bustling town of Covington, you get

30 12, 2019

Mandeville Is Mandatory for Good (Everything)

2019-12-30T17:24:54-05:00December 30th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

When I first discovered St. Tammany Parish after venturing outside the New Orleans area, the first place I happened upon was Mandeville. Having loved what I experienced, it was time to visit this beautiful place again. Start the Day Off Right Louisiana is known for its delicious food, and what better way to start off the day than with a delicious Cajun-and-Creole-inspired menu! When I Googled breakfast joints, one immediately got my attention. Liz’s Where Y’at Diner lived up to its unique name. While there were so many fantastic options, including a whole section on eggs Benedict varieties, I opted

27 11, 2019

The Capital of Cool – Part Two

2019-11-27T15:52:30-05:00November 27th, 2019|Blog, Uncategorized|

On my visit to Baton Rouge for an LSU game some weeks back, I was pleasantly surprised at just how cool this place is. Being just over an hour from the Heart of the Northshore in St. Tammany Parish, I knew it was well worth my time for a second look. Something Old With the Old State Capitol Building's majestic exterior, I felt like a princess walking into her castle. My first stop was a visit to the past. The Old State Capitol Building was the site of some significant historic events, including the state's secession from the

29 10, 2019

The Capital of Cool – Part One

2019-11-12T10:53:53-05:00October 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

25 08, 2019

Three Site Sights for Sightseekers

2019-08-26T15:08:19-04:00August 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

23 05, 2019

An Ideal Meal in Three Parts

2019-05-23T22:15:36-04:00May 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

2019-04-28T22:55:50-04:00April 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

2019-03-26T21:01:37-04:00March 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 01, 2019

Day at the Museum

2019-01-22T20:45:13-05:00January 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

19 12, 2018

Chew on This–New Orleans Is a Foodie City

2018-12-19T03:40:52-05:00December 19th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|

Louisiana’s Northshore has so many amazing things to see and do, and what makes it even better is its proximity to New Orleans. I thought it was about time to experience more of what the Crescent City has to offer. And of course, the best place to start is with food! While this photo shows the French Quarter somewhat quiet, we all know the area is bustling with excitement! Part I – French Quarter Food The French Quarter has been the backdrop for movies such as The Pelican Brief and Girls Trip, and it has been in the

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