Hello, and welcome to the next edition of my Travel Destination Guide. This week we are traveling to Louisiana. Louisiana is a southeastern state in the United States. The state and its people have a long history as a melting pot of French, African, American and French Canadian cultures resulting in its very own Creole and Cajun ways of life.
B STANDS FOR BEST FOOD
First stop Luna Bar and Grill located at 719 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana. It is an easygoing bar and eatery furnishing part California and part Louisiana cuisine.
1. Eggs Pontchartrain – two eggs, luna crab cake, shrimp or Louisiana crawfish, bacon, Cajun hollandaise and avocado.
2. Omelet Mamou – three egg omelet, Louisiana crawfish, cheddar jack, mushroom, onions and Cajun hollandaise.
3. Crawfish Bread – cheddar, Monterey Jack, Parmesan and crawfish.
Next stop Mason’s Grill located at 13556 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Homey family-owned eatery offering Southern-style American food and an amazing Sunday Brunch.
1. Acadians Benedict – two poached eggs served atop a freshly baked biscuit with Canadian bacon, topped with crawfish etouffee, and served with your choice of side.
2. French toast – three thick slices of cinnamon French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar. Topped with strawberries and whipped cream.
3. Chicken & Waffles – chicken and waffles with Carmel sauce. Served with a side of Mac and cheese
B STANDS FOR BEST DRINKS
Limiting the list to just two?! Decisions, decisions. I am sharing the top two drinks, for the moment anyway. Too many choices, too many tastes to love.
1. Rinse a chilled rocks glass with Absinthe, discarding any excess. Set that glass aside.
2. In a mixing glass, muddle 1 sugar cube, 1/2 teaspoon water, 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters and 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Add 1 1/4 ounce Rye whiskey and 1 1/4 ounce Cognac. Fill glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into the Absinthe glass.
3. If you are visiting Alexandria, stop by Finnegan’s Wake located at 812 3rd Street, Alexandria, Louisiana. Great drinks, great music, great time! Slainte!
1. Add 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 ounces light rum, 2 ounces dark rum, 2 ounces passion fruit juice, 1 ounce orange juice, 1 tablespoon simple syrup, 1 tablespoon grenadine into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Cover and shake until shaker becomes frosty and most of the ice is melted.
2. Strain into glass full of ice. It is recommended to use a Hurricane glass but, I don’t have one so a Collins glass is what I used.
3. Visiting Lafayette, stop by Green Oaks Lounge located at 400 Guilbeau Road #A, Lafayette, Louisiana. Cozy atmosphere, strong drinks and local live music. Cheers!
Louisiana, you have it all! Food and drinks and music. So much deliciousness from head to toe. I hope reading my Travel Destination Guide has inspired you to plan your next trip to the Big Easy. Did your favorite food and drink from Louisiana make my list? Share your favorites in the comments.
Thanks for traveling with me.
Until Next Time,