Gulf Coast

Houma: How Sweet She Is!

There’s no question you’ve entered some place special when you drive down south into Houma, which lies in the coastal parish of Terrebonne.  Its one-of-a-kind topography is riddled swamplands, bayous, and wetlands; hence its title “Louisiana’s Bayou Country” is apropos. …

Swept Away by Grand Isle

When you’ve got some of the best fishing, softest beaches and hypnotizing surf right off the coast of Louisiana, who needs anywhere else? Adding to its allure, Grand Isle oozes a presence unlike any place on earth – and is chock full…

THE GREAT FLOOD: AN ANNIVERSARY

Several years ago I sat down with my mom and one of her cousins to talk about the Great Flood of 1927. They were both little girls then at a time of life when the adventures of a spring flooding…

Time Out

Taking a little break from sports in Pensacola

Bayou Hopping

The woodland waterways of northeast Louisiana offer a world of adventure seemingly little changed since the days of De Soto, Mark Twain and Audubon. Here gators glide, pelicans preen, frogs hop, turtles bask on stumps and part-sunken logs while impossibly…

Veer South

Southern Style Now showcases Southern stars of art, writing and design

Julia Reed’s South Part 2

An interview with the author about her book, the New Orleans food scene and learning to make cocktails as a child in Mississippi

Mudbugs and Brews

Crawfish do’s and don’ts and a few New Orleans bars and breweries now boiling

Best Catch

Crawfish, oysters, shrimp and more bring Gulf Coast fare to your wedding festivities

Best Chefs

4 notable chefs bring innovative cuisine to Acadiana.

Why I love New Orleans

People often ask Mark and I why we moved to New Orleans. We came here for the first time many years ago for less than 24 hours. We were living in Austin, Texas and traveling through on a road trip…

And Now for Something Completely Different

In the months after Katrina, there was ongoing discussion between myself and the program director at the radio station carrying my weekly program (shameless plug: WGSO 990AM, the same station that now carries my Dine, Wine and Spirits Show every day…

New York Comes South

On Sunday, Hangout Fest brought New York to the South. The last day of Hangout featured a trio of New York based bands that all came south to wail. There was no hesitation or uncertainly in these acts. For a…

Everything Old is New Again

As I’m getting ready to go to Hangout again this year – and as usual I’m packing way too much – let’s reminisce through a blog I wrote on what to wear to Jazz Fest in 2012. Not much has changed since…

Cruisin' out of New Orleans

So I've been living here for almost six years now, and ever since the first day I moved into my Bywater house, I was like: I am going to the beach! It's only three hours away! But nope, I never went. Until…

Resolution

Assuming the definition of the word "resolution" carries the emotional commitment to absolutely adhere to a thought or an action, then how come most of us repeatedly make the same first-of-the-year resolutions and so darn few of us stick to…

Holiday Season on the Third Coast

If you take a hard look at all the activities and the necessary energy that focuses on the end of the year during the Holiday Season, you will appreciate that here along the Gulf Coast we do things with a…

Happy Holidays to One and All

The calendar time between November 1 and December 31 can be a string of moments of great joy. Families and friends gather to wish each other good fortune, reflect on moments past, and celebrate the season with gifts, special events…

Shared Experiences. Shared Beverages. Shared Cuisine

For all of our differences, and this being an election year there are folks at the ready to point out multiple points of differentiation, those of us living along the Gulf Coast actually have quite a few important similarities in…