Louisiana Life - September-October 2018

SURE BET

Margaritaville Resort and Casino in Bossier Louisiana casinos may amply satisfy those with an adventurous spirit, but one amenity allows guests to leave behing the excitement of the gaming floor. Several casino resorts in the Bayou State offer spas and…

FROM THE EDITOR

Not long after dockside gambling began in Louisiana I took my parents to experience what all the commotion was about. As gamblers my father could hold his own playing poker with the guys on a kitchen table or in the…

Old Times Renewed

  Much more than a conventional plantation tour, to visit Kent House in Alexandria is to see cultural conservation in action, with its proactive application of demonstration and teaching skills to preserve our collective and individual memory of traditions, folkways,…

PHOTO CONTEST

A fisherman casts his shrimp net in the Gulf of Mexico at Grand Isle. Submit your photos by visiting louisianalife.com  

Desert Dreams

Bruno House   Lubbock might be the epitome of this column’s title, being that it’s one of the farthest flung cities in Texas. Flying into the flat, dry West Texas town, looking down on agricultural squares resembling a quilt of…

(Not So) High Rollers

  On my 21st birthday, my mom and grandparents took me to a casino. It was the first time I’d ever set foot in one, seeing as you have to be of drinking age to get in, and it was…

Culture Club

Tal’s Hummus and Grilled Veggies Over the course of its history the people of seven nations — Native Americans, French, Spanish, Germans, English, Italians and enslaved Africans — were the most significant contributors to Louisiana’s Creole cuisine. The foodways of…

Pelican Briefs

Lafourche, Jefferson, Iberia Gumbo Galore Gumbo festival fans are facing a delectable dilemma in October. The Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay is held in Lafourche Parish Oct. 12-14 (lagumbofest.com) on the very same weekend as Bridge City’s World-Famous Gumbo Festival…

Fresh and Bold

“I was raised in the rice capital so I’m definitely a gravy man, but most recently I’ve been enjoying cooking anything on an open fire. I love how the fire makes you constantly adapt and teaches the chef how to…

Ounce of Prevention

  While doctors have made great progress in keeping breast cancer patients alive, Louisiana still has the second highest death rate for breast cancer in the United States. It’s a source of frustration for doctors in the region. Dr. Everett…

Morning Cheer

Bags of frozen mixed berries are widely available these days. The one I bought contained raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Since there is no added pectin, this is a soft spread. Made with a minimum of sugar, it is tart and…

Mount Up

  Bayou Song  With south Louisiana starting to make a turn from unbearably hot to comfortably cool, “Bayou Song: Creative Explorations of the South Louisiana Landscape” explores the Spanish moss-lined waterway of Bayou Teche and encourages readers to take a…

Calendar: September/October

Greater NOLA Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Southern Decadence. New Orleans. southerndecadence.net Sept. 10-16. Restaurant Week. New Orleans. coolinaryneworleans.com/restaurant-week Sept. 20-23. Burlesque Fest. New Orleans. neworleansburlesquefest.com Sept. 22. NOLA On Tap. New Orleans. nolaontap.org Sept. 22-23. Fried Chicken Festival. New Orleans. friedchickenfestival.com…

Time is on Their Side

  Catch Reed and Riley Stephens on the wrong day and it would be easy to assume the Metairie-born, Mandeville-raised brothers have a comically severe loathing for watches. An objective onlooker would see them slamming timepieces into freezers, hitting them…

Dean’s List

“I’m excited to experience New Orleans and all it has to offer: Its history, its landscape, and of course, the great food.” Camellia Moses Okpodu, Ph.D., the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Xavier University of…

Iconic Imagery

“Memento Mori”   According to the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, “nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” Over the years, Breaux Bridge’s transcendental photographer Lynda Frese has traveled the world, studying religions, mythologies, early goddess cults and the classical…

Modern Rustic

Outdoor living spaces were a must for the active family. The patio has an outdoor kitchen, a dining table and chairs and a sitting area with fireplace. The brick from Vintage Brick of Louisiana is reclaimed from an old church…

Raising the Bar

  When I was a child growing up in New Orleans my parents included me on an outing where they entertained an out-of-state client at the “Top of the Mart,” a rotating bar at the pinnacle of the World Trade…

Home Grown

Louisianians have a lot of pride in their state and are some of the most creative, fun-loving people that the South has to offer. From its festivals and quirky “parishes” to its unparalleled Cajun and Creole cuisine, the state’s unique…