I was recently invited to participate in a Cajun Culinary Adventure in Southwest Louisiana with a group of fellow food writers and knew instinctively that I should only pack stretchy pants. We were going to be sampling food that would be both elevated and chef-driven but also native and downhome. More
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Tucked into the northwest region of Louisiana, on the banks of the Cane River, is the little city of Natchitoches (pronounced Nak-A-Tish). One look will tell you that you are in one of the prettiest cities in the state. It was in Natchitoches that the movie Steel Magnolias was filmed in its entirety. More
Bayou Teche Byway stretches down through South Louisiana, like a snake that can’t make up its wind which way to coil. Native Chitimacha believed a giant snake carved out the waterway, creating the zigzag path now popular with paddlers. Historian Harnett T. Kane once said the bayou is “past in Louisiana,” a witness to historic events and the varied people who called the Teche home: Creoles, Cajuns, Native Americans and Africans, among others. More
Lovers of “Steel Magnolias” may know of Natchitoches’ famous Christmas festival, one of the nation’s oldest (2018 marks the 92ndanniversary) and largest (300,000 lights). It’s a must-see for those who love the holidays and all the revelry. But there’s more to the 2018 Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, a collection of central and north Louisiana cities that offer numerous holiday entertainment. More
It may seem a strange hotel name for visitors to New Orleans, but mention NOPSI to a native and they get it, will usually follow up with a story about visiting the old New Orleans Public Service Inc. building in the city’s Central Business District.
“This place is very important to us as locals,” explained Brett Forshag, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing. More