Happy Fat Tuesday! Naturally I think of NOLA every Mardi Gras, as it is the epicenter of pre-Lent debauchery. Now, I feel really bad about my name. It really leaves me wide open for temper jokes. But even worse, I don’t feel like I should ever revisit the Great State of Louisiana. And if I do, I should probably just go by Katie. I visited Louisiana in high school and fell hard for its charms and dream of going back to this beautiful state.
The opulence is almost outlandish, then it seems to retreat to being quaint. It is somehow simultaneously very unimpressed with itself and proud of itself. There is a fairy tale like grandeur that hangs so dense in the air that it is almost tangible. The air is thick and the accents thicker. Everything appeals to your senses. The sights are beautiful and mystic. The food is glorious. The sounds are constant, depending where you are, it may be the drone of a jazz band, the sounds of the Mississippi flowing behind the levy in your back yard, or the rattle of a street car. It is an experience that you should have.
So here is a little outline of the things I love the most about Louisiana.
I love Cajun food. A lot. I could live on gumbo and bread pudding, I would mix it up with jambalya, po boys, and dirty rice for variety though. Oh and beignets and chickory coffee would suit me just fine the morning.
1. Seafood Gumbo by Dianne Parks 2. Painting of Coffee and Beignets at Cafe du Monde New Orleans by Bill Ives 3. Piled High Bread Pudding (recipe) by Jeanette Vierra
Speaking of food. One of my passions in life is Tabasco Sause. I love this stuff something fierce. I make my food selections based on my ability to justify using Tabasco sauce on it. Because I still have this threshold that I cant just drink it. Yet.
Tabasco by Shelley Grund
I don’t want to oversimplify this one, because this state has been incredibly culturally significant as far as music goes. But let us just let it rest on one dear name, Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong 11×14 print by Lynnp6260
Lastly, I just adore the architecture. Coming from the land of Ticky Tacky Houses, I have a deep appreciation for the diversity and dedication to details of the homes. From the Antebellum mansions to the shotgun houses, they are simply stunning in their completely own eccentric way.
Now, go enjoy yourself this Mardi Gras and laissez les bons temps rouler!
PS Don’t forget to enter the giveaway before midnight tonight!