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5 Alexandria Restaurants for Healthy Dining

Alexandria Restaurants

If healthy eating is one of your New Year's resolutions, adjusting your daily eating habits can be the hardest part. However, when you live in a great place like Alexandria, it's actually very easy to dine out and eat healthy at the same time. There are many local health-focused restaurants where you can find delicious food that's in line with your goals. Here are some of our Realtors® favorite healthy dining destinations.

  1. Salad Station - 3220 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71301
    Looking for the best salad bar in Alexandria? You'll find it at Salad Station. With dozens of ingredients, including proteins, veggies, fruits, legumes, and dairy, you can create the perfect salad that matches your diet. Plus, all ingredients are fresh and high-quality. Living near Salad Station makes healthy eating easy! 

  2. The Main Dish - 5821 Provine Pl, Suite C, Alexandria, LA 71303
    The menu at The Main Dish features several health-focused entrees. We recommend Helena's Chicken, which consists of seasoned grilled chicken breast topped with grilled onions, white cheese, and a side of veggies. There are also several healthy and delicious salad and soup options, as well as a seasonal menu. After your meal, be sure to swing by one of these Alexandria open houses, which are just a short drive away.

  3. Alibaba Mediterranean Grill - 3613 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71303
    If you're in the mood for some high-quality, fresh, and authentic Mediterranean cuisine, Alibaba Mediterranean Grill has got you covered. Traditional Mediterranean entrees, wraps, salads, soups, and more -- you can eat healthy without sacrificing flavor. They also have some of the best gyros in town!

  4. Word Of Mouth Cafe - 918 Foisy St, Alexandria, LA 71301
    With fresh, healthy food, homestyle cooking, and a charming atmosphere, Word Of Mouth Cafe is one of Alexandria's best-kept secrets. With some of the most delicious hot-pressed sandwiches in town, a wide selection of wraps, and great soups, it's one of our favorite places for lunch. This restaurant can strike the right balance between health, taste, and freshness. Also, you can expect friendly service at this neighborhood restaurant.

  5. Pho U - 4722 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA 71303
    Pho is not only delicious, but it's also very healthy, and Pho U is an excellent place to order it. With 16 different varieties of pho, plus vegetarian, rice platters, and noodle dishes, there is a lot to choose from on this menu. Our favorite is the Pho Tai, which is a broth with round-eye steak, rice noodles, onions, scallions, basil, bean sprouts, lime, and jalapenos. 

With so many healthy restaurants around Alexandria homes for sale, you can stick to your goals without forgoing the wonderful dining scene Louisiana is known for! Contact us today for information on the local area and on life in the Alexandria area.


Yoga Studios Near Lafayette

Lafayette Yoga

New year, new yoga studio? Yoga offers a great workout that's accessible for everyone, and the start of a new year is the perfect time to embrace this healthy habit. Whether you're already an experienced yogi or you're just getting started on your yoga journey, there are a ton of great yoga studios around Lafayette where you can take the next steps. Our Realtors® have all of the details on 5 of the best yoga studios near Lafayette for you to enjoy in 2023.

  • GoodWolf Power Yoga – 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Ste. 208A, Lafayette, LA 70508
    For yoga sessions built to benefit both body and mind near Lafayette homes for sale, it's tough to top the experience at GoodWolf Power Yoga. Teacher Baron Baptiste provides instruction through the Baptiste Power Yoga methodology, which his father Walt Baptiste developed in the 1940s. This style of teaching blends yoga with meditation and self-inquiry to create a truly holistic experience with each session. There are more than 15 types of classes here, with something for every taste and experience level.

  • The Space Yoga Studio – 411 Rena Dr., Lafayette, LA 70503
    If you're new to yoga and would like to learn the basics in an encouraging, inclusive, empowering environment, classes at The Space Yoga Studio are the perfect place to start. The talented team of instructors here strives to inspire with every class and provides a space where you can truly be yourself. There are some great beginner classes here if you're just getting into yoga, along with a wide variety of fitness-focused classes.

  • Acadiana Yoga & Wellness – 913 Harding St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    With yoga classes for all experience levels, as well as pilates classes, special events, educational workshops, and teacher training, Acadiana Yoga & Wellness offers so many ways to help you be your best self. For new students, there's a special program available to help you experience all that this excellent studio has to offer. For $30, you can enjoy 30 days of yoga – more than enough time to get a taste of the huge variety of classes offered here.

  • Zen Den – 135 Arnould Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Featuring small class sizes, excellent instruction, a wide variety of hot yoga classes, and an atmosphere that inspires mindfulness, the Zen Den is a place that aims to bring out the best in its students. While you can choose to pay a one-time fee for any class, the best way to experience the Zen Den is with a membership. By paying a monthly membership fee, you have constant access to all of the 10+ classes which are on the schedule most weeks.

  • Little Creek Yoga – 708 Jefferson Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Located in a beautiful historic home, Little Creek Yoga is the first donation-based studio in the Lafayette area, striving to make yoga affordable and accessible for everyone. While there's a suggested donation of $10-$20 per class, there's no requirement, and participants are encouraged to contribute what they can afford. Enjoy Yoga Basics with Sally, Open Studio Time with Katie, Restorative Yoga with Grace, Tai Chi with Ashley, or Recovery Dharma which is taught by various members of the community.

Searching for a home near your favorite yoga studio? Our local real estate team is here to help, and we have plenty of Lafayette open houses to help you find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA, area.


King Cake Season: Where to Order King Cake in NOLA

King Cake

King cake is an important part of any Mardi Gras season, and our Realtors® know plenty of local spots where you can order one!

If you're here to visit New Orleans homes for sale, why not enjoy one of the biggest events of the year: Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday? No Mardi Gras is complete without a king cake, and after a full day of New Orleans open houses, you might just find you want some to keep your energy up.

Luckily, there are hundreds of local bakeries throughout New Orleans and neighboring communities that are glad to help you sate your craving. King cake is a sweet pastry with lots of icing, sprinkles, and luster dust. For a truly authentic king cake, there's no place better than the heart of New Orleans itself.

Let's drop by just a few of the many places you can get real king cake in New Orleans:

  • La Boulangerie – 4600 Magazine Street #1518, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The culinary scene in New Orleans is inseparable from its French history, and La Boulangerie ("the bakery") takes it to the next level. Using authentic French baking techniques right down to the flour, bakers here take pride in the art of bread. The king cake is just one of the diverse array of specialties you'll enjoy with your choice of coffee, tea, and other refreshing beverages.

  • Bittersweet Confections – 725 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Another Magazine Street favorite for those who appreciate all things carbohydrates! Bittersweet Confections is anything but bitter when you want a moist and delicious king cake of your very own. Modest and unassuming at first glance, it wins kudos for its custom cakes and handmade truffles. Its custom Mardi Gras cake can rise to a maximum size of ten inches, feeding up to 30 partygoers.

  • Croissant D'Or Patisserie – 617 Ursulines Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Croissant D'Or Patisserie exudes class with everything from the striking stained glass accents in the cafe to the beautifully lighted and presented display case with the morning's products. Croissants, cakes, tortes, and cookies are always on the menu. There's even a curated assortment of classic French quiche dishes, plus omelets and continental breakfast. King cake can be ordered special during the Mardi Gras season.

  • O'Delice French Bakery – 6033 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    O'Delice French Bakery is a cozy little shop and one of the best-kept secrets in New Orleans when it comes to brilliant baked goods. Stop in for a chat, a croissant, and a freshly brewed cafe, and you'll soon become a regular. Savor the fresh, one-of-a-kind selections, including a rotating menu of cakes. The praline cheesecake is popular all year round, while the king cake is among the city's most colorful.

  • Laurel Street Bakery – 2701 South Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
    Laurel Street Bakery is one of the top New Orleans bakeries outside Magazine Street. With fresh bagels, breakfast, and lunch every day, there is truly never a bad time to visit. Fans wait for an extensive holiday menu to drop every year, including the king cake. King cakes ship all over the United States, so you can share them with loved ones from far and wide. The traditional bread pudding is another "can't miss."

Contact us to learn about New Orleans real estate opportunities.


Where to Play Pickleball Around Lafayette

Pickleball Lafayette

Our Realtors® are passionate about showing off Lafayette homes for sale and holding the best Lafayette open houses. But even a dedicated team like ours needs some interests outside work. Pickleball is one of them – and it's taking the Lafayette area by storm.

Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton, and even ping-pong. It can be enjoyed either indoors or outdoors on a court 44 feet long. The width of the court can vary based on the type of competition. A paddle sport with a plastic ball, pickleball is versatile: It can be played as singles or doubles, and it has very simple rules.

Experts consider pickleball to be the fastest-growing sport in America. It is easily picked up by players of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, including children and seniors. Over the last few years, it's popped up all over Lafayette, too. There are so many opportunities to try it out you might wonder where to start.

Let's get the inside scoop on pickleball in Lafayette.

  • Thomas Park Recreation Center – 301 Geraldine Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503
    One of two local recreational facilities used by the "Agin' Cajuns" senior pickleball committee, Thomas Park Recreation Center is the centerpiece of Lafayette's municipal Thomas Park. It is open from Monday through Friday, starting at 8 a.m., with a two-hour break at noon. The exterior tennis courts can be used for pickleball games on Mondays and Fridays from 3 p.m. through to the park's closure at 9 o'clock.

  • Comeaux Recreation Center – 411 West Bluebird Street, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Comeaux Recreation Center is a popular place for both youth and adult sports and practice. Monday to Friday, it opens from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, it welcomes visitors from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pickleball is available in season – from May through August – on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The pickleball courts have attracted so many players that plans are in the works to light them soon.

  • George Dupuis Recreational Center at Brown Park – 1212 East Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette, LA 70507
    With four indoor courts to choose from, George Dupuis Recreational Center at Brown Park is a terrific place to try out pickleball when other local options are full or unavailable. The lighted tennis courts are great for pickleball. There's also a weight room, indoor gym, and a unique "Timber Challenge" workout station. You can hit the 1-mile jogging trail to warm up or cool down after your exciting pickleball game!

  • AA Comeaux Park – 300 Comeaux Memorial Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510
    AA Comeaux Park is the centerpiece park of the community of Abbeville, founded in 1850. It has a wide range of sports fields and courts to choose from. You can participate in baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and walking on the track. Pickleball is a more recent addition to the slate of activities that's gotten more popular with each passing season. The park isn't far from Abbeville homes for sale.

  • Youngsville Sports Complex – 801 Savoy Road, Youngsville, LA 70592
    When you need a reliable place for pickleball just a short journey from Youngsville homes for sale, you need look no further than the Youngsville Sports Complex. Billing itself as "Louisiana's Premier Sports and Recreation Facility," it provides convenient court reservations for tennis, pickleball, and even beach volleyball. Competitive adult pickleball is held at the indoor Recreation Center.

Contact us to find out more about Lafayette real estate.


Where to Ring in 2023 Around New Orleans

2023 NOLA

No city does celebrations quite like New Orleans, and with New Year's Eve around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning for the big night. Whether you're looking for a fun, early activity with the kids, a gourmet meal with pairings to match, or a celebration that will still be going well after the clock strikes midnight, you won't have to travel far from New Orleans homes for sale to find it. Our Realtors® have all of the exciting details on some of the best New Year's Eve events in New Orleans this year.

  • Big Night New Orleans NYE Gala – 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130
    With world-class food, an open bar, multiple party areas, live performances on multiple stages, and even a silent disco, the Big Night New Orleans New Year's Eve Gala offers everything you need to welcome 2023 in one convenient, festive location. Reservations are suggested, and guests for this event must be 21 or older.

  • Zoo Year's Eve – 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    The youngest members of the family will love ringing in 2023 with the Zoo Year's Eve celebration at the Audubon Zoo, and parents will love that this celebration happens at noon, leaving plenty of time for other activities. There will be music, games, and prizes for the kids throughout the morning, followed by the big New Year's countdown at noon.

  • Allstate Sugar Bowl NYE Parade – Marigny/Bywater & French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70130
    If you're a college football fan counting down the seconds until the Sugar Bowl, why not start the day by celebrating with the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year's Eve Parade? This Mardi Gras-themed parade winds its way through some of your favorite New Orleans neighborhoods before wrapping up on Canal Street. The parade lasts from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM, and it's well worth finding your spot along the route early to enjoy the best views.

  • NYE Gala on the Riverboat City of New Orleans – 400 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    What could be better than spending New Year's Eve on the Mississippi River, with fireworks and starlight in the sky above? You can look forward to that stunning scenery and so much more with the New Year's Eve Gala on the Riverboat City of New Orleans. Get ready for a night of dinner, dancing, delicious drinks, and unforgettable views.

  • NYE at the Riverview Room – 600 Decatur St., 4th Floor of Jax Brewery, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Billed as the "Times Square of the South" celebration, New Year's Eve at the Riverview Room offers a full evening of fun capped off with incredible views of the NYE midnight ball drop and the fantastic fireworks over the river. This is a black-tie event, perfect for an elegant New Year's Eve.

  • New Year's Eve @ BB's Stage Door Canteen – 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    If live music is a must for your New Year's Eve celebration, then you're sure to love spending the evening at the New Year's Eve @ BB's Stage Door Canteen event, which includes lively performances from the Victory Swing Orchestra and a decadent midnight chocolate buffet. Enjoy a 4-course dinner, then dance the night away while you wait for midnight.

Searching for a new home in 2023? Our team is here to help with New Orleans open houses for you to explore and so much more. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the New Orleans, LA area.


Catch a Game at These Lafayette Sports Bars

Lafayette Sports

Whether your favorite sport is football, hockey, or baseball, watching the game together is a great way to bond and celebrate. Watching in your own living room can be fun, but if you're in the mood to watch at a sports bar instead, the Lafayette area has some great options. Our Realtors® know Lafayette has plenty of great places to catch a game at! Spend your next game day at these local spots. 

  • The Taproom: 201 Settlers Trace Blvd. #4001, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Taproom
    is one of the most popular sports bars in the Village of River Ranch. They attract quite a crowd during Saints games. You can expect lots of cheering and comradery. 

    The Taproom has a menu that's perfectly suited for game day with your friends. Choose from several flatbreads, plus wings and other appetizers. Guests love the soft pretzel with Creole honey mustard. Pair your meal with a beer from the extensive craft beer list. Or, choose one of the beer mixes – like the Barney, a mix of 1/2 Purple Haze and 1/2 Andygator.

  • Pete's: 3903 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Since 1968, Pete's has been a favorite among sports fans. You can stop by a few Lafayette open houses, then catch the game at Pete's in the afternoon. This locally owned place has more than 20 TVs, and they play NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, and NCAA games.

    On the menu at Pete's, you'll find sharable options like mozzarella wedges and onion rings. As an entree, you can't go wrong with the Pit Boss, a burger topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, fried onions, and BBQ sauce.

  • The Bulldog: 109 General Mouton Ave., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Bulldog 
    is a traditional sports bar with pool tables, televisions, and awesome happy hour deals. Stop by between 4 and 9 pm to enjoy 2-for-1 draft beers.

    If you're hungry, you're sure to find something appealing on The Bulldog menu. Their quesadillas are awesome; choose between chicken, Buffalo chicken, steak, and shrimp. Other popular choices include the Hangover Burger and the Lafayette Cheesesteak, a wrap stuffed with grilled steak, Swiss cheese, jalapeno peppers, and a side of crawfish dip.

  • Corner Bar: 3103 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Corner Bar
    is a neighborhood bar where you can socialize with your friends and also make new friends. They have a couple of TVs and usually play football, college basketball, and hockey games. They have lots of craft beers on tap, along with frozen sangria and margaritas.

    Corner Bar also has a larger event room, which you could rent to host a viewing party with friends and family. When the weather is nice, there's also an option of sitting on their patio. 

If you're new to the area and still looking for a place to live, contact us. We'll help you search Lafayette homes for sale and help you find a house that feels like home. 


Holiday Foods to Try in NOLA

New Orleans Holiday

'Tis the season for excellent holiday foods! As maybe the top culinary destination in the country, New Orleans has memorable food in every season. Restaurants actually step up their game during the holidays, when our Realtors® look forward to sampling these delightful treats in between New Orleans open houses.

  • Compère Lapin - 535 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Compère Lapin
    is a mischievous rabbit who is the main character in several Caribbean and Creole folktales. It's also the name of an acclaimed restaurant owned by Nina Compton, winner of multiple James Beard awards. Chef Compton has elevated the simple buttermilk biscuit, a Southern classic, to a new level. These tasty treats are served with honey butter and bacon butter for a sweet and savory combo. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Saturday when closing is 11 p.m.

  • Jack Rose - 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Find out why Emery Whalen and Brian Landry, founders of Jack Rose, were recently named Restauranteurs of the Year by the Louisiana Restaurant Association. A wonderful mix of seasonal and Cajun flavors is showcased in their popular royal red shrimp and fusilli, which is also a staple of their holiday menu. While the dish is perfect for sharing, no one will judge if you keep it all for yourself. Jack Rose is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Brunch is served 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends.

  • Bar Marilou - 544 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    New Orleans proudly displays elements of its French heritage. It's only fitting that Bar Marilou, a colorful spot tucked inside a former library, was designed by Paris-based Quixotic Projects for their first venture in the U.S. The star of the Continental-style small plates menu is the signature, Pommes Marilou. These crispy potatoes are topped with an elegant dollop of crème fraîche and bowfin caviar. Hours are 4 p.m. - midnight Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Tujague's Restaurant - 429 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    NOLA history is alive and well at Tujague's Restaurant, celebrating its 160th birthday in 2018. One of their traditions back in the earlier days was the lavish Butcher's Breakfast, which was the seed that grew into the brunch of today. During the holidays, Tujague's serves a traditional four-course réveillon menu. Customers keep coming back for the pan-roasted Maple Leaf duck, which is a delicious seasonal alternative to beef, chicken, and seafood. Tujague's is open daily from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

  • Antoine's Restaurant - 713 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LO 70130
    What would holidays in New Orleans be without the creative libations the city is known for? Café Brûlot Diabolique, as served at iconic Antoine's Restaurant, is part drink, part theater. The mixture of chicory coffee, cinnamon, Triple Sec, and brandy is set aflame tableside, usually with the lights dimmed to boost the dramatic effect. Although Café Brûlot Diabolique is served year-round, it's particularly appropriate during the holidays, when the festive atmosphere adds to the enjoyment. 

No matter what time of year, we have our fingers on the pulse of the market for New Orleans homes for sale. Whether you're buying or selling, contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.


Upcoming Hockey Games in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Hockey

Is professional hockey ready to make a comeback near Baton Rouge homes for sale? Three showcase games taking place at Raising Cane's River Center may help pave the way. Our Realtors® take a look at hockey's past and future in the Red Stick.

  • History of Hockey in Baton Rouge
    In 1996, Baton Rouge gained its first professional hockey team when the minor-league Erie Panthers moved to town. As a transplant, the team initially remained in the East Coast Hockey League.

    A contest was held among fans to determine a new name. The winning entry was "Kingfish," chosen as a nod to Louisiana history as the nickname of former governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long. Raising Cane's River Center, then known as the Riverside Centroplex, served as home to the Kingfish, who were affiliated with the NHL's St. Louis Blues.

    Kingfish coaches included noted hockey figures such as Pierre McGuire, Dave Schultz, and Cam Brown, who pulled double duty as a player. The Kingfish spent most of their years in the Southwest Division, along with teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida.

  • Federal Prospects Hockey League
    The Class A Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL) marks its 12th season in 2022-23. The league currently numbers 10 teams located throughout the Eastern and Southern United States. Two new teams, the Motor City (Detroit) Rockers and Mississippi (Biloxi) Sea Wolves are having their inaugural season. After a year's absence, Elmira (NY) is returning to the FPHL with a name change from Enforcers to Mammoth.

    FPHL management will be watching the upcoming Baton Rouge games closely. Based on the level of interest, Baton Rouge could be awarded an FPHL franchise for 2023. Each team in the fan-friendly league streams games on their own YouTube channel.

  • Upcoming Hockey Games in Baton Rouge
    As part of their first season, the Mississippi Sea Wolves will be playing in all three games scheduled at Raising Cane's River Center. On Thursday, December 8, the Sea Wolves take on the Carolina (Winston-Salem) Thunderbirds. Their opponent on Thursday, December 15, and Monday, January 2, will be the Port Huron (Michigan) Prowlers. All three teams compete in the FPHL's Continental Division. Game time is 7 p.m., and tickets range from $10-$20 on Ticketmaster and at the River Center box office.

  • Louisiana Ice Sports Association
    Not content just to watch? The Louisiana Ice Sports Association (LISA) is dedicated to providing the Baton Rouge community with high-quality facilities for youth and adult hockey, figure skating, and Learn to Skate programs.

    For the 32nd year, LISA will be holding their popular holiday event, Ice Skating on the River. Public skating sessions lasting 75 minutes each take place at the River Center between Friday, December 16, and Tuesday, January 3. Admission is $20, which includes skate rental. Visit the website for full schedule of times.

No matter what time of year, Baton Rouge homes for sale are always in season. Contact us at Latter & Blum for up-to-the-minute information.


Lafayette Dining: Plate Lunch Spots

Lafayette Lunch

Our Realtors® know there are plenty of good places to order a plate lunch in Lafayette! 

Between checking out Lafayette homes for sale and attending Lafayette open houses, make time for a hearty meal to keep your energy up. The Acadiana region offers all the classics like jambalaya, crawfish, and gumbo, but the real star of the show in our area is the plate lunch featuring rice and gravy.

Looking for an authentic taste of Lafayette? Here are just a few of your options:

  • Office Hours Sandwich Shop – 2303 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Office Hours Sandwich Shop is where you can pair the traditional full plate lunch with a half sandwich and soup so you'll feel satisfied all day long. Po'boy sandwiches, specialty burgers, lunch baskets, salads, and full half-pound burgers are available. For your plate lunch selections, consider a chicken and sausage gumbo, spaghetti and meat sauce, smothered turkey wings, hot chili, or crawfish and shrimp gumbo.

  • Dwyer's Cafe – 323 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Dwyer's Cafe is a best-kept local secret that you'll be pleased to make your own. Unlike some nearby spots known for their plate lunch, it opens early for a robust breakfast. You can have your pick of the breakfast specials, sandwiches, omelets, biscuits, muffins, toast, or pancakes. What about the famous plate lunch? Daily specials serve up three sides and a meat like smothered steak, roast pork, fried chicken, or catfish.

  • Acadian Superette – 600 Lamar Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Acadian Superette is a popular stop for its Cajun plate lunches and short-order diner classics. It has been lauded for its special BLT sandwich, with house-made bacon prepared right on-site. If you can't quite get enough of one of the meat offerings, you can buy it directly from the Superette's specialty meat section. A beautiful patio provides ample outdoor seating both day and night.

  • T-Coon's Restaurant – 1900 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    T-Coon's Restaurant has been around for four generations so far and is still going strong. It's open seven days a week for all your lunch plate cravings, starting at 6:00 a.m. and ending at 2 in the afternoon, rain or shine. Regulars have put T-Coon's on the map for "The Stuff," a house-special combination of spices you can use to enhance eggs, poultry, steak, barbecue dishes, veggies, fish, and other seafood.

  • Cafe Coachella – 2700 Moss Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Cafe Coachella makes a name for itself as one of the most authentic soul food restaurants in Acadiana. Drop by on Sunday for heaping helpings of some of the best barbecue you will ever have. Visitors here rave about the excellent service, good vibes, and affordable prices. Some have even called it the best plate lunch restaurant on the North Side. Find out for yourself with one of its fresh, spicy plates!

  • Acadiana Jerky Co. & Smokehouse – See the Website for Location Information
    Acadiana Jerky Co. & Smokehouse is a drive-through restaurant acclaimed for the Sunday barbecue service, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 o'clock. Whether you opt for the smoked or the regular boudin, you can expect an ideal meat-to-rice ratio and an attractive price. If you're feeling daring, try out the black pudding made with pork blood, pork fat, suet, and grain – a unique Louisiana blood sausage.

Contact us at Latter & Blum to discover more.


Alexandria Holiday Shopping Guide

Alexandria Holiday Shopping

Alexandria's merchants have something for everyone on your shopping list. Whether you prefer to shop online or in person, use this guide from our Realtors® to find all the holiday gifts you need from small businesses right here in town.

  • Alexandria House of Flowers - 2203 Rapides Ave., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The gift of flowers never goes out of style, and with some help from Alexandria House of Flowers, your gift is sure to be a hit! Shop their selection of seasonal favorites, or check out their bouquets and arrangements specifically made for the holidays. Another option is to sign up your loved one for their floral subscription service, which allows you to give the gift of local flowers for months to come! Choose how many months you'd like these flowers to be delivered, and the florists will send a unique arrangement.

  • Addie's Boutique - 4002 Jackson St. Unit A, Alexandria, LA, 71303
    Whether you want to gift clothing and accessories this holiday season or are shopping for yourself and looking for a new outfit to impress at holiday festivities, Addie's Boutique has you covered. This boutique offers personal styling tips along with your shopping experience that helps ensure you'll love what you get from this local store. Browse their selection of clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts online or at their Jackson Street location. 

  • Toy Zone - 3437 Masonic Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301
    There's something extra special about a toy store during the holiday season! Shop for the kids on your list when you stop by the Toy Zone. This store has two locations in Louisiana, with the Alexandria location housed in the Alexandria Mall. Stop in to browse their full selection or order from their convenient website. Stock up on toys for everyone you need to shop for and enjoy free shipping when your order is over $50.

  • Day's Southern Pecan Company - 727 MacArthur Dr., Alexandria, LA 71303
    Few things please a crowd like candy! And Day's Southern Pecan Company has a huge selection to choose from. Their online shop offers treats like pecan brittle, mini pecan pies, and chocolate-dipped pecans. Or opt for their plain pecans and let your giftee decide how they'd like to use this delicious ingredient. Gift tins are also available so you can give a selection of favorites for the holiday season!

  • River Oaks Square Arts Center - 1330 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Give truly one-of-a-kind gifts this holiday season when you stop by the Gift Shop at River Oaks. Located in downtown Alexandria, River Oaks Square Arts Center features a gift shop with unique finds sourced from resident, local, regional and national artists. Their selection is always changing! Other gift ideas that support this center include gifting a membership or attending their 2022 Porch Sale.

Alexandria's small businesses are already thriving, and with support from people like you, they'll continue to grow and expand. Why not get closer to the action? Contact us today, and let us show you a few of the beautiful Alexandria homes for sale that we have available in the area. Or stop by our Alexandria open houses. We know we'll find you a place you'll fall in love with. 


5 Lake Charles Holiday Events

Lake Charles Holiday

From sparkling lights to sugary cookies, the holiday season is a time of fun and festivities. You might be looking forward to a big dinner with family or a quiet evening of wrapping gifts. If you're looking for a community-oriented way to get into the holiday spirit, Lake Charles has a lot to offer. Here are some of the top holiday events our Realtors® recommend checking out. 

  1. The Nutcracker: 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Attend the Lake Area Ballet Theater's performance of The Nutcracker, presented at Tritico Theater at McNeese State University. There will be two public performances this year, one on Friday, December 9th, and another on Saturday, December 10th. 

    The Nutcracker is one of the best-known classic ballets set to the music of Tchaikovsky. It tells the story of a girl named Clara whose nutcracker comes alive during the holidays. Appropriate for all ages, this ballet is sure to put you in a festive mood. 

  2. Elf The Musical: 1 Reid St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    If you love Elf, the movie here is your chance to see it in a whole new way. Elf The Musical is being performed at the ACTS Theater with recurring performances every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from December 2nd - December 18th. 

    Elf tells the story of Buddy, an oversized elf who learns he is a human with human parents. He sets off from the North Pole to New York City, where he meets his real father and learns a lot about family and the magic of Christmas. This musical is sure to make you laugh and cry.

  3. Santa's Hot Chocolate Run: 800 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Are you looking for a more active way to celebrate the holidays? Santa's Hot Chocolate Run is a 5-mile race open to runners and walkers of all abilities. There is also a 1-mile fun run for kids. The race begins at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Lakeshore Drive.

    There is a $35 advanced registration fee. Or, you can register on the day of the race for $40. All participants will get a free t-shirt and post-race hot chocolate.

  4. Snow Village and Christmas Card Workshop: 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Visit the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center between December 2nd and 21st, and you'll discover a stunning little village at the Snow Village and Christmas Card Workshop. Admire more than 700 lighted houses, skate on a skating rink, and make some crafty cards.

    This event will take place Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10 am - 6 pm. Stop by once, or come back again and again. All ages are welcome, and there is no fee to attend.

  5. A Very Merry Holiday Symphony: 900 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Take a break from looking at Lake Charles homes for sale, and enjoy a performance by the Lake Charles Symphony. This holiday-themed performance will feature all of the classics. As the performance ends, Santa will fly in to take family photos.

    A Very Merry Holiday Symphony is scheduled for 6:30 pm on December 10th, 2022. It will be held in the Buccaneer Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Lake Charles is a lovely place to live around the holidays, thanks to community events like these. If you're thinking of moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the best Lake Charles open houses and navigate the local real estate market with ease.


2022 Holiday Home Tours in New Orleans

Nola Holiday Homes

NOLA's stunning architecture becomes even more impressive during the holidays. Our real estate agents eagerly anticipate the visual delights on display at these holiday home tours taking place around New Orleans homes for sale.

  • PRC Annual Holiday Home Tour - The Rink Shopping Center, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Since 1974, the Preservation Resource Center has been dedicated to the promotion and preservation of NOLA's historic architecture. After a two-year hiatus, the PRC Annual Holiday Home Tour is back for its 47th year. View six private homes and one bonus property in the iconic Garden District done up in their holiday finery. Live musical performances, along with book signings and design talks, add to the festivities. Be sure to visit the holiday boutique, featuring handmade art, clothing, and other gift items. Tours run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11. Tickets are $45.

  • Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour - The Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 
    There's always something happening in the French Quarter, and the holidays are no exception. Patio Planters Holiday Home Tour offers a delightful glimpse into stunning homes in this historic district. As a volunteer organization focused on the promotion and beautification of the French Quarter, Patio Planters sponsors this self-guided tour. Explore the various architectural and decorating styles found in the featured homes. Proceeds from the tour support the popular Caroling in Jackson Square event that takes place later that evening. Tours run from noon - 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. 

  • Holiday Traditions and Christmas Tree Lighting - New Orleans Spring Fiesta Headquarters, 826 Saint Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    New Orleans is a true melting pot of various cultures. Learn about their fascinating stories during a courtyard tour of homes with Holiday Traditions and Christmas Tree Lighting. Since food is a beloved part of every holiday, there will also be a tasting of Creole and Cajun dishes. The event is sponsored by the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association, which, despite the name, promotes NOLA's cultural heritage year-round. Holiday Traditions is scheduled for the weekends of December 3-4, and 9-10 from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Admission is $30, with an additional $20 fee for the optional food tasting.

  • 19th-Century Christmas - Gallier House, 1132 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Examining traditions of the past often adds a valuable perspective to the present. Take a trip back in time to a 19th-Century Christmas at Gallier House. Once home to architect James Gallier, Jr. and his family, Gallier House incorporates classic NOLA architecture along with features that were ahead of their time in the 19th century. The centerpiece of the tour is a 19th-century Creole-style Christmas tree. Topics include holiday meals and decorating during the time period. Hermann-Grima House at 820 St. Louis St., the sister museum to Hallier House, will also be spotlighting historic holiday traditions. 19th-Century Christmas is open 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily from November 30 - January 9. Admission is $16 for adults and $13 for ages 8-18. 

New Orleans open houses are a great way to find your own perfect home. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Baton Rouge's Festival of Lights

Baton Rouge Lights

This December, our real estate agents are excited to welcome back Baton Rouge's oldest holiday tradition, the Festival of Lights! There's simply no better way to kick off the holiday season. 

If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, you'll definitely want to make time to experience all the festivities. Read on to learn more about this year's Festival of Lights celebration!

Festival of Lights 2022

Every year, the Festival of Lights transforms the night sky above baton rouge into a sparkly winter wonderland. The 2022 Festival of Lights takes place on Friday, December 2nd, beginning at 4 pm. The event is open to the public free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. 

The festivities take place at North Boulevard Town Square. This spectacular green space lies between North Boulevard and River Road in the heart of Baton Rouge and is a year-round setting for events and festivals just minutes from many Baton Rouge homes for sale

What to Expect

The Festival of Lights is a little different every year, but each occurrence marks the official start of the holiday season in Baton Rouge. There's always a good time to be had! Here's what you can look forward to: 

  • Tree Lighting and Fireworks - Mayor Broome will begin counting down to the lighting of the Baton Rouge Christmas Tree at 6:20 pm! Every year, the lighting of the 25-foot tree with 250,000 sparkling lights is a true highlight of the evening. The tree lighting will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River, so be sure to pick a spot with a view!

  • Santa Makes an Appearance - None other than Santa Claus himself will assist Mayor Broome with the lighting of the Christmas tree. Afterward, guests will be invited to take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Old State Capitol from 6:30 to 8:30, followed by a Christmas film in the old House Chamber. 

  • Snow Village and Ice Skating - Yes, you read that right! Ice skating in Baton Rouge! 10 tons of real snow will be brought to Repentance Park (located between the Old State Capitol and River Center), where kids aged 5 to 15 will be able to go snow tubing starting at 5 pm. An ice skating rink will be located on the first floor of the River Center Plaza and will be open to kids 5 to 10 years old, starting at 4 pm. 

  • Artist Village - The Festival of Lights also brings an opportunity to do a little shopping! Numerous local vendors will be on hand at the Artist Village with a wide variety of arts, crafts, and handmade goods of all kinds. There will also be a bake sale, food vendors, and more than enough hot chocolate to go around! 

Contact us today to learn more about celebrating the holidays in Louisiana. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in the Baton Rouge area!


Holiday Events and Markets Near Lafayette

Lafayette Holidays

Are you ready for a helping of holiday cheer? Once again, Lafayette is pulling out all the stops for a bright and festive season. Mark your calendar for these special events and markets that are recommended by our Realtors®.

  • Christmas at Couret Holiday Market - Couret Farms, 300 Flores Ct., Lafayette, LA 70507
    Take in the rich historical ambiance around Lafayette homes for sale when you attend the Christmas at Couret Holiday Market. The stunning grounds of Couret Farms make a beautiful backdrop as you shop for gifts from more than 60 vendors on hand. Products for sale range from clothing and jewelry to delicious baked goods. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa. When you're ready for a break, enjoy lunch from one of the area's popular food trucks as you listen to live music. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, and admission is free.

  • Dolly's Lemonade Holiday Market - RustiQue Rose Event Centre, 200 Midway St., Lafayette, LA 70506
    While it's not quite as seasonal as hot chocolate, Dolly's Lemonade Holiday Market is as festive as it gets. Dolly makes the best old-fashioned lemonade around, but she'll be sharing center stage with numerous local vendors selling adult and children's clothing, jewelry, bath products, and personal items that make great gifts. Bring your appetite and get your fill of all the tasty food and beverages that will be available as well. The market takes place on Sunday, December 4, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., and admission is free.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical - Heyman Center, 1373 S. College Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dr. Seuss's beloved holiday classic was turned into an animated TV special and a live-action movie. Now you can experience the magic of Whoville firsthand with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. The show played to record-setting audiences on Broadway, and now it's taking the stage at the Heyman Center. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. Tickets are $36-$75.

  • A Merry and Bright Holiday Series - Parc International, 200 Garfield St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Brightly-lit trees, caroling, and parades: all the traditional holiday elements are part of A Merry and Bright Holiday Series. Since 2019, Parc International in downtown Lafayette has hosted this series of family-friendly events designed to share the holiday spirit. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, with the Lighting of the Tree Concert. The Christmas Carnival, featuring Santa's parade, takes place the next day at 2 p.m. Candlelight Christmas sing-along is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, while a screening of The Polar Express is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 at 3:30 p.m.

  • Fa-La-Lla-Ma Family Day - Painting with a Twist, 107 Energy Pkwy., Suite B, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Don't feel up to fighting the Black Friday crowds? Spend a relaxing and creative afternoon at Fa-La-Lla-Ma Family Day. You and the kids can each put your own spin on a whimsical portrait of a llama wearing a Santa hat and surrounded by holiday lights. The event takes place on Friday, November 25, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Admission is $29 per person.

Lafayette open houses are always in season. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.


Get Creative in Baton Rouge: 5 Paint Studios to Visit

Baton Rouge Painting

Whether you fancy becoming the next Van Gogh or you're simply looking for an exciting way to engage your creativity, visiting a paint studio is a fun way to spend a day. Baton Rouge offers a wide range of classes for all experience levels and artistic tastes. Our Realtors® have the details on 5 Baton Rouge paint studios that offer fun, creative experiences for you to enjoy.

  • Mid-City Artisans – 516 Moore St., Ste. 101, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    If you enjoy creating art with different mediums, few studios offer more variety in their classes than Mid-City Artisans, all from a convenient location near Baton Rouge homes for sale. Classes here cover painting, drawing, paper arts, crochet, mixed media, resin, glass, pottery, clay, and even jewelry making. In addition to a wide variety of beginner classes and kid-friendly classes, Mid-City Artisans offers on-demand classes for more experienced artists.

  • Painting with a Twist – 711 Jefferson Hwy., Ste. 3A, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Painting, wine, and good times are the name of the game at Painting with a Twist, the perfect destination for a memorable, creative night out with friends. In addition to a busy schedule of regular classes, perhaps the best way to enjoy Painting with a Twist is by booking a private party. You'll get to choose from more than 8,000 works of art to find the perfect painting and leave with a wonderful work of art created by your own hands.

  • The Hampton Canvas – 10066 S. Choctaw, Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Owner Maia Anderson created The Hampton Canvas as a way for everyone, regardless of their artistic experience level, to express their creativity in an inspiring, welcoming setting. You will start with a pre-drawn, black & white sketch, then learn how to add color and customize it to suit your unique style. Regularly scheduled classes include Ladies Night, Date Night, Kids Corner, Guys Night, and Sunday Social. You can also schedule a private class, team-building event, or even an art-themed field trip.

  • Throw Me Something – 257 Lee Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Interested in painting on something other than canvas? Throw Me Something offers pottery painting classes for all ages, where you pick out a blank ceramic sculpture or piece of pottery, then learn how to paint it in a way that expresses your unique creativity. After you're done, your ceramic art will be fired in a kiln, prepared for a week, then be ready to take home and decorate your shelves for many years to come.

  • Painting and Pinot – 7248 Perkins Rd., Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    As the name hints, classes at Painting and Pinot are all about having a great time. Painting classes here include everything from painting your own wine glasses to creating art on a blank canvas themed around all of your favorite holidays. There are also classes for kids and more traditional classes for adults where you'll learn to create your own versions of famous paintings. If you want to paint a particular picture, booking a group of 8 or more allows you to choose from any painting in the archive.

Fantastic studios are just the start of the many ways that you can exercise your creativity when you call Baton Rouge home, and our local team is here to help with everything from Baton Rouge open houses to closing on your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.


Events at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

Jazz Museum Events

When you tour New Orleans homes for sale, you're in the midst of one of America's truly unique hubs of culture. With its rich musical heritage, delicious food, and unmistakable French influences, our real estate agents are confident you'll have many reasons to fall in love.

New Orleans is known as the birthplace of jazz. Between New Orleans open houses, you should make time to visit one of the area's foremost institutions: The New Orleans Jazz Museum. Established back in 1961 and occupying the Old U.S. Mint Building, it seeks to conserve and share the history of jazz.

There's always something new to see, hear, and do at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Volunteers and staff keep up a busy calendar of events all through the year, and it's not too late to get in on the action.

Let's visit the museum and see some of its upcoming events:

  • Jazz Yoga
    Jazz Yoga is one of the most popular events held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and runs nearly every week – often twice a week. For example, you can catch it on Saturday, November 12, in the morning or Tuesday, November 15 in the afternoon. Participants of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy jazz, meditation, and mindfulness. To get the most from the experience, bring your own yoga mat.

  • Arrowhead Jazz Band
    Presented by the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Arrowhead Jazz Band will be performing on Tuesday, November 22, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – a truly unique live jazz experience. Arrowhead is made up of a medley of National Park Service Rangers playing alongside other local musicians. In a fun-packed hour, they'll share a lively musical experience of New Orleans jazz, along with blues, gospel, and more.

  • The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating
    A signature program of the New Orleans Jazz Museum that local musicians look forward to each year! The Ella Project Crescendo Session: Legacy Creating will be returning for two hours this Tuesday, November 15. This early evening roundtable will discuss important issues for succeeding as an independent musical artist. The upcoming jam session focuses on managing your publishing catalog, estate planning, and termination of copyrights the right way.

  • The Brain and Miracles of Music
    Do you ever wonder what goes on in the brain during the intense, high-energy improvisation of a jazz riff? Dr. Randy M. Rosenberg, MD, an associate professor at Temple University's Louis Katz School of Medicine, will unveil the mysteries of music creation on Thursday, November 17, starting at 2 o'clock. Admission is free! The Brain and Miracles of Music will also feature live jazz music.

  • Beginner French
    Beginner French is another cornerstone program that's becoming much more frequent at New Orleans Jazz Museum. Led by The Alliance Française de La New Orleans, it will be that organization's first French course in the heart of the French Quarter – and many follow-ups are planned. To join the first session, which will meet for ten weeks, drop in on Saturday, November 19, at 10:00 in the morning.

  • 5th Annual Improvisations Gala
    Kick off the social calendar in December with one of the biggest nights in New Orleans Jazz, the 5th Annual Improvisations Gala. This iconic celebration takes place on Saturday, December 3, from 7 p.m. through to 10 o'clock. Some of the leading names in jazz from the local and national scene will take the stage as guests enjoy fine Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in New Orleans today.


Lafayette Restaurants: Southside District Dining

Lafayette Dining

Lafayette is known for its Creole and Cajun cooking, but that's not the whole story. You can find any world cuisine in Lafayette, and our real estate agents will be glad to introduce you to the best places to sate your cravings. After a day of Lafayette open houses, why not enjoy a refreshing dinner?

From downhome classics to unique fusion concepts, you're only steps away from an unforgettable meal when you choose Lafayette homes for sale. The biggest question is where to begin your culinary journey!

Let's take a look at some of your many dining options in Lafayette's Southside District:

  • The Cajun Table – 4510 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Cajun Table has fresh seasonal seafood that sets a high bar in a place known for it. Platters like the boiled blue point crab or Gulf shrimp are big enough for the whole family to share. Catering is an option when you want to give guests a meal they won't soon forget. Burgers, wraps, salads, and plates run the full gamut of surf and turf. For a classic experience, don't overlook the crawfish etouffee.

  • Chris' Poboys – 703 Robley Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Chris' Poboys is a local mainstay when it comes to the unofficial sandwich of Louisiana. A po'boy is filled with your choice of fried shrimp, oysters, or other local seafood alongside lettuce, tomato, pickles, and roast beef. Piled high on French bread and slathered with your favorite homemade sauce or mayo, it is meant to be a hearty meal you can take almost anywhere.

  • The Churros Boutique – 5725 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Churros Boutique is out to create the best dessert in Lafayette. Its approach? Gourmet churros that you can't get anywhere else. Flavors like "Tropical," "Strawberry Cheesecake," "Cookies n' Cream," and "Rainbow" are just a few of the many lip-smacking selections. You can even get a whole churro cake for special occasions. 

  • Mae Sone Noodle House – 4807 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Mae Sone Noodle House bills itself as one of the first true Asian cuisine restaurants to open its doors in Lafayette. Its Asian fusion menu includes all of your favorite rice and noodle dishes as well as specialty creations of the chef. You can't go wrong with your choice of beef, chicken, fish, seafood, or any of the delicious combinations. It's filling food that will keep you coming back again and again.

  • Masala Indian Kitchen – 2208 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Masala Indian Kitchen is celebrating the recent re-opening of its dining room and welcomes visitors from far and wide. This restaurant lovingly showcases what North Indian cuisine has to offer, from meat to seafood to delectable vegan and vegetarian dishes. Halal and gluten-free options are also represented. A reservation is recommended for this highly popular date spot.

  • Rickey Meche's Donut King – 2605 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Rickey Meche's Donut King is open from 4 a.m. for all of your donut cravings. In addition, it is known for its king cakes, which can be ordered online during Mardi Gras season. With loads of memorable flavors, you won't regret getting up early to enjoy the freshest batch in town. Pair it with your favorite coffee or tea, including hot or iced varieties, and savor a truly sweet start to the rest of your day.

Contact us to find out more about Lafayette, LA, real estate.


Bring Your Dog Along to These Baton Rouge Spots

Baton Rouge Pets

Our real estate agents are very attached to their dogs. This is why we're always on the lookout for new dog-friendly restaurants and shops around our area. From parks to pet-friendly cafes, you and your pup can easily have a fun day out. Here are some of the best dog-friendly destinations around Baton Rouge:

  • La Divina Italian Cafe - 3535 Perkins Rd #360, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Grab a meal or a beverage at La Divina Italian Cafe, and order one of their famous Dog Gelato's for your pup. This great local spot has delicious foods, tasty beverages and is very pet friendly. Sit with your dog on their gorgeous outdoor patio and indulge in some tasty (and healthy) Italian-inspired cuisine. If you fall in love with this cafe, you might be interested in touring one of the fantastic Baton Rouge homes for sale just down the street.

  • Raising Cane's Dog Park - 1442 City Park Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Looking for somewhere to let your pup run around and socialize with other dogs? Raising Cane's Dog Park is the perfect place. This 1.2-acre park has a section for small dogs and one for large dogs, plus a water supply, plenty of benches, and a pavilion for picnics. The park is also conveniently located right next to the Greenwood Community Park, so the whole family can enjoy a day outside.

  • Cypress Coast Brewing Co. - 5643 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    If you're in need of a pet-friendly hangout spot with great food and beer, check out Cypress Coast Brewing Co. With plenty of beers on tap, indoor and outdoor seating, and a dog-friendly gathering space outside, this brewery is a great place to hang with friends on the weekends. After your meal, you'll definitely want to check out these Baton Rouge open houses.

  • Highland Coffees - 3350 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Pups are permitted in the outdoor seating area at this fantastic local coffee shop, which is located at the north gates of LSU. Highland Coffees has a charming outdoor patio area with lots of seating and greenery. It's a great place to recharge, so stop by and grab a cup of coffee and your favorite baked good. 

  • The Overpass Merchant - 2904 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The Overpass Merchant is a classy yet casual restaurant with great food and drinks; however, their outdoor patio, which is situated underneath an Interstate 10 underpass, is one of the main highlights of this restaurant. Plus, the patio is pet-friendly! It's one of the best hangout spots in town, especially when the weather cools off.

Life is better with your furry best friend by your side. It's easy to plan a whole day out on the town with your pup, thanks to our wide range of dog-friendly parks, cafes, and restaurants. Contact us today for more information on living in Baton Rouge. 


Downtown Lake Charles Block Party Information

Lake Charles Downtown Party

Calling all Lake Charles residents and those looking at Lake Charles homes for sale. A favorite annual event is just around the corner. That's right — the Lake Charles Downtown Block Party is coming up on October 29th. Hosted by the Lake Charles Downtown Business Association, this is a party you won't want to miss. Here are the key details to know for the October Downtown Block Party.

  • Time and Date
    As mentioned above, the block party will take place on Saturday, October 29th, this year. Live music and vendors will be there from 3:00-7:00 pm. While the actual Candy Crawl part of the party will be from 4:30-6:30 pm. You don't have to stay for the entire event, but the event organizers do promise a special surprise at the end. Stop by for an hour, or stick around all afternoon. The nice fall weather will make for a lovely experience.

  • Location
    The Downtown Block Party takes place along the 300 Block of Broad Street. Many of the businesses along the street will be open and participating. Others will have tables and activities set up.

  • Key Attractions
    There's no shortage of things to do at the Downtown Block Party. October's event will feature a Candy Crawl. Gather candy from various vendors and residents who are handing it out. This is like trick-or-treating but in a controlled space. Feel free to wear your costumes for extra fun, but it's not required. Candy Crawl maps will be available at Panorama Music House to see where you can stop to pick up candy. These maps will also be available on social media prior to the party so you can plan out your route before the event even begins.

    All that walking around for the Candy Crawl means you'll work up an appetite! Food trucks will be on-site, serving delicious food throughout the party. From pizza to tacos, you can enjoy all of the favorites. Take a seat and listen to live music performed by local Lake Charles bands as you eat.

  • Sponsors
    The Downtown Block Party is organized and hosted by the Lake Charles Downtown Business Association. Throughout the year, this organization hosts multiple block party events to bring the community together for a fun time in the downtown area.

Take a break from attending Lake Charles open houses, and attend the Downtown Block Party. It's a great way to meet other Lake Charles residents and support local businesses. Plus, you'll get a true feel for the area and the local events you can expect throughout the year!

If you are still looking for a place to call home in the area, contact us soon. Our Realtors® would be glad to guide you during your home search and help you find the Lake Charles home near all your favorite local events.


Travel the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail

Houma Crawfish

Houma homes for sale put you within reach of one of the unique ecosystems in the U.S.: The Louisiana Bayou. It gives the area one of its culinary legacies, the crawfish. Our Realtors® want to introduce you!

Crawfish, also known as crawdads, have long been a staple of Louisiana's traditional Cajun and Creole cooking.

An Introduction to the Bayou and its Crawfish

The connection between the Bayou and the prehistoric past is obvious: Louisiana Bayou alligators exist practically unchanged from the form they took 85 million years ago. Likewise, many insects, shellfish, and other creatures are similar to their forebears – including the beloved crawfish!

The ultimate celebration of the crawfish comes in the form of the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail.

All About the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail

The Bayou Country Crawfish Trail is a homegrown Houma landmark that was established so residents and newcomers alike could taste everything crawfish have to offer. Broiled, baked, fried, or however you like, you'll see crawfish in all their glory. That includes classic dishes and innovative fusion cuisine!

With special events and deals going on all year long, there's never a wrong time to enjoy the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail. To get special crawfish merch, all you need to do is send in five receipts from anywhere on the trail. Then, you'll receive a free Crawfish Trail t-shirt as a "thank you" gift.

There are two distinct crawfish seasons to choose from:

  • "Heads" Season
    Heads season takes place around Mardi Gras, which is always held 47 days before Easter – meaning it can range from February 13 to March 1. Boiled crawfish is an absolute must during this time, and hot "peel and eat" crawfish are available by the pound from hundreds of restaurants and markets.
  • "Tails" Season
    Tails season is a Houma tradition, extending the enjoyment of crawfish well beyond the regular schedule. In the height of summer, live crawfish are tough to come by, and boiled food may not mix well with the heat – but you can still savor crawfish tail meat in all the Cajun dishes you can think of.

Houma's Top Stops on the Bayou Country Crawfish Trail

  • Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' – 5602 West Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
    Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' is an unpretentious, kid-friendly roadhouse ideal for introducing little ones to the joys of crawfish. With both indoor and outdoor seating, a full children's menu, and cornbread that will knock your socks off, it's great for a family night out.

  • Bayou Cane Seafood & Poboy – 6539 West Main Street, Houma, LA 70360
    Bayou Cane Seafood is a locally owned Cajun and Creole restaurant serving up crawfish and other soul food dishes. You can sample a fried seafood platter or try the classic po'boy sandwich with crawfish, crab, shrimp, plush redfish fillet, or speckled trout.

  • C'est Bon Cafe – 1687 Grand Caillou Road, Houma, LA 70363
    C'est Bon Cafe lives up to the name with an unbeatable array of hearty Louisiana fare. Pair Southern "home cooking" style dishes with some of the freshest seafood in Houma for a mouthwatering experience, then top it all off with fun and friendly service.

Contact us to find out more about real estate in Houma or visit Houma open houses.


Halloween Fun in the French Quarter

French Quarter Halloween

If you're looking for fun things to do during the Halloween season, New Orleans is the place to be. The historic French Quarter knows how to party - which means there are tons of events you won't want to miss. After visiting New Orleans open houses, why not experience some of these Halloween events for yourself? Here are our favorite spooky happenings in the French Quarter between now and Halloween.

  • Krewe of Boo - 221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    This exotic and colorful Halloween parade through the downtown area has been a New Orleans tradition since 2007. Running this year on Saturday, October 22nd, it begins at 6:30 pm and goes through the French Quarter to the Warehouse District. Not just a parade but an artistic achievement, Krewe of Boo has intricately designed props and sculptures and elaborately costumed characters that you have to see to believe.

  • Music Box Scare Fair - 4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Run by the Music Box Village arts organization, the Music Box Scare Fair is an all-ages Halloween music experience. Taking place in their sonic sculpture garden, check out their musical architecture installations from local artists. Running October 29th from 3-9 pm, tickets are $12 for adults or $5 for children.

  • Creole Death and Mourning Tour - 1132 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Held at Gallier House, a historic 19th-century townhome, the Creole Death and Mourning Tour provides an intimate look at Catholic mourning rituals among Creoles in the Victorian era, showing how the house was laid for mourning and what was done. The tour runs now through November 14th. There are morning and afternoon tours available, but the best are the 7 pm After Dark tours, which include wine afterward in the courtyard.

  • A Journey Through the City of the Dead - 501 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112
    This event runs throughout the year, but Halloween is the perfect time to go! Taking place at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, A Journey Through the City of the Dead is a guided tour through the graves. See the tomb of 19th century "Voodoo Queen" Marie Laveau, as well as the 9-foot Pyramid Tomb owned by Nicolas Cage. The tour shows you the "City of the Dead" up close and tells the stories of its residents. Tours leave every half hour, between 9 am and 3:45 pm.

  • Frenchmen Street Halloween Party
    Frenchmen Street
    is right up there with Bourbon Street when it comes to New Orleans nightlife. And on Halloween night, they host one of the year's biggest parties. There's no specific address for this one - just several thousand people in the street, having a blast. The party starts around 10 pm and continues into the night, with live music, entertainment, costumes, and more.

New Orleans has plenty to see and do year-round. And there are plenty of New Orleans homes for sale that will put you in the center of everything you want to do. If you're ready to make this area your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the right house for your needs.


National Gumbo Day: Where to Order Around NOLA

Gumbo in NOLA

National Gumbo Day is officially celebrated on Wednesday, October 12. But around New Orleans homes for sale, any time is right for this flavorful stew. Treat yourself to some of the finest gumbo around at these great NOLA restaurants.

  • Gumbo Shop - 630 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    When you name a restaurant after the main attraction, you better deliver, and Gumbo Shop has been bringing the goods since 1948. The dish has won the "Best Gumbo" award in the Best of New Orleans poll for more than 20 consecutive years. Choose from seafood okra, chicken andouille, and vegetarian gumbo z'herbes. For variety, don't miss the full Creole dinner, with your choice of gumbo, main dish, side, and dessert for $29.99. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 11 p.m.

  • Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    When Mr. B's Bistro opened in 1979, it came with an impressive pedigree. The restaurant is one of several locations owned and operated by members of the Brennan family, whose other iconic properties include Brennan's and Commander's Palace. Mr. B's was one of the forerunners offering upscale dining in a casual atmosphere. Their dark and smoky Gumbo YaYa quickly became one of the more highly-regarded versions of the dish. Lunch and dinner are served Wednesday through Saturday, while brunch and dinner are served on Sunday. Visit the website for hours.

  • Olde NOLA Cookery - 205 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    With large windows and balcony seating that provide views of Bourbon Street, Olde NOLA Cookery offers people-watching to go with its delicious food. Customers give high praise to the cheerful, attentive staff and family-friendly setting. Order gumbo a la carte or as part of the Taste of New Orleans platter, which also comes with crawfish etouffee, red beans, and rice with smoked sausage. Save room for some bread pudding topped with their signature praline and rum sauce. Olde NOLA Cookery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.

  • Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar - 509 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    In a city bursting with incredible architecture, Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar is located in the oldest existing building on Canal Street. While the surroundings are historic, the interior has been updated for relaxed, comfortable dining. A bowl of their chicken and andouille gumbo is big enough to share. Pair it with a Cajun Bloody Mary, mixed with Creole House's homemade spice blend for extra zip. Hours are 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Cajun Seafood - 1479 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Don't feel bad if your first visit to Cajun Seafood is intimidating. It takes a while to absorb the sheer variety of options, ranging from boiled and fried seafood to po' boys, chicken, and Asian-inspired yak-ka-mein soup. Food is served cafeteria-style, which keeps the frequent lines moving swiftly, but there is also a selection of made-to-order entrees. Want to whip up your own feast? Fresh raw fish and seafood are sold by the pound. The largest location is in NOLA's Tremé neighborhood, but there are three other spots that make Cajun Seafood a convenient lunch spot when visiting New Orleans open houses. Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at 11 a.m. 

Our Realtors® have the inside scoop on all the best dining and entertainment places around NOLA. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Oktoberfest in New Orleans


Finding New Orleans homes for sale is about more than just the house or the neighborhood. It's about the atmosphere and the culture that the area has to offer.

When you live in the New Orleans area, you can expect a busy social calendar full of fun festivals.

If you've spent the week checking out New Orleans open houses, why not spend the weekend experiencing some of that culture for yourself by checking out Oktoberfest? In Germany, Oktoberfest starts in mid-September. But in true NOLA fashion, the party lasts for multiple weekends here!

Here are some of the places in New Orleans where you can experience Oktoberfest for yourself.

  • Deutsches Haus - 1700 Moss St, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Deutsches Haus is a German cultural center that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. It includes a festival hall and two bars, where they serve 20 different German and craft beers. They're also the main sponsor of Oktoberfest in New Orleans. The Deutsche Haus Bier Musikanten (Deutsche Haus Beer Musicians) will be performing the first two weekends. They're also selling limited edition, German-made, ceramic Oktoberfest steins, which you can pre-order. They're beautifully crafted and a great souvenir. 

    The Deutsches Haus hosts its annual Oktoberfest on October 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22 this year. Tickets to the official festival are $10 per day and free for children under 12. The proceedings are steeped in local tradition, featuring a variety of events, from German music and dancing to funny singalongs to a beer stein holding contest, and much more. There's even a children's area with games, arts and crafts, and family-friendly performances.

  • Faubourg Brewing Co. - 3501 Jourdan Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126
    Faubourg Brewing Co. hosted their annual Oktoberfest during the traditional celebration time. But that doesn't mean you've missed out on all the fun! Be sure to check out their website for their latest beer offerings, which you can order by the pint, pitcher, or as a part of a flight. Voted Top Craft Brewery by New Orleans Magazine, this brewery is well worth a stop at any point of the year. 

  • Bratz Y'all Bistro - 617-B Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117
    If you're looking for authentic German food, Bratz Y'all is a necessary stop on your Oktoberfest journey. Their offerings include everything from beer brats to schnitzel to Bavarian Leberkäse - German meatloaf served with an egg, sunny side up. They also have pretzel dips, apple strudel, and much more. Plus, plenty of German beer! The restaurant has a beautiful outdoor patio and live music that plays not just during Oktoberfest but throughout the year.

  • Cochon Butcher - 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Throughout the year, Cochon Butcher serves up sandwiches with farm-fresh, artisanal ingredients. In October, they hold their own Oktoberfest celebration that includes a special German-inspired menu throughout the month of Oktober. They serve not just German beer but also German wines and German cocktails - plus small plates of authentic German food, such as fried sauerkraut, bratwurst balls, potato pancakes, and Bavarian pretzels with beer mustard. 

Oktoberfest is an event that's not to be missed, but New Orleans has plenty to offer its residents all year. If you're ready to make this city your new home, contact us. Our Realtors® will help you find the house that's right for you.


Museums Your Kids Will Enjoy in Baton Rouge

Kids Museums

If you're moving your family to the area, our Realtors® know educational opportunities are around every corner in Baton Rouge.

After a full day of looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale or attending Baton Rouge open houses, your little ones may be hankering for a break. Around here, you'll have plenty of options for an educational outing full of fun and excitement. Some of America's leading kids' museums are just minutes away.

Let's visit just a few of the Baton Rouge museums kids are sure to love:

  • Preserve Louisiana – 502 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Headquartered at the site of the Old Governor's Mansion, Preserve Louisiana is a nonprofit educational organization that helps to maintain and manage historic buildings throughout Louisiana. In that effort, it offers guided tours through the Old Governor's Mansion as the cornerstone of its campaigns. Volunteers also work to organize other events like lectures and historical recreations throughout the year.

  • USS Kidd Veterans Museum – 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day, the USS Kidd Veterans Museum is a family-friendly way to learn about World War II by touring Baton Rouge's very own "Pirate of the Pacific." The USS Kidd is one of just four Fletcher class destroyers still extant today and the only one that has been preserved in its original World War II service configuration, making it a unique learning opportunity for children of all ages.

  • Burden Museum & Gardens – 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Burden Museum & Gardens is a Louisiana State University facility with acre after acre of carefully tended gardens aimed at preserving the botanical uniqueness of the area. With 440 acres total, it is home to the award-winning LSU Rural Life Museum, plus the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and the Windrush Gardens. LSU's Rural Life Museum was recently named one of the "Top 10 Outdoor Museums in the World."

  • Knock Knock Children's Museum – 1900 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Knock Knock Children's Museum was designed from the ground up to feature interactive exhibits that will entice young imaginations. Open every day, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it is the place to go for learning through play. There are 18 themed "Learning Zones," and you can come and go throughout the day whenever it's convenient for your family. Knock Knock even hosts children's birthday parties.

  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum – 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Louisiana Art & Science Museum is the state's flagship public museum and has one of the region's top art collections. "Family Hour Stargazing" is among the most popular attractions for young visitors, with Saturday sessions at the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium teaching children about the stars and their constellations. There are dozens of exhibits to choose from, including some featuring Sesame Street.

Ready to move to an area that the whole family is sure to love calling home? Contact us to learn more about Baton Rouge real estate opportunities.


National Cookie Month: Lafayette Bakeries

Lafayette Bakeries

In case you missed the news, October is National Cookie Month. As anyone with a sweet tooth would agree, that's a holiday that our Realtors® can definitely get behind!

We also have some truly exceptional bakeries here in the Lafayette, LA, area. Whether your treats of choice are macarons, pralines, or good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies, you'll find plenty of places to enjoy them near Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Keller's Bakery Downtown - 1012 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Before they immigrated to America in the late 1700s, the Keller family were bakers in the Alsace region of France. The family still brings all those generations of experience to Keller's Bakery Downtown, a direct successor to the original Keller's Bakery, which was established in 1895. They offer a dizzying array of sweet baked goods, including classic cookies like oatmeal, shortbread, butter pecan, and sugar cookies.

  • Poupart Bakery Inc. - 1902 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Poupart Bakery, Inc. is an authentic French Bakery that's been in business since 1967. Located a stone's throw from many Lafayette open houses, they offer a wide range of breads, pastries, and cakes (including king cakes, of course). If you're looking for something a little more "bite-sized," their macarons and iced shortbread cookies are simply perfection. You can always count on Puopart Bakery when you need a quick sugar rush!

  • Caroline's Cookies - 1921 Kaliste Saloom Rd #124, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You can experience some of the best cookies in Acadiana at Caroline's Cookies, a cozy bakery that focuses entirely on unique and delicious cookies. Caroline's Cookies started as a hobby that grew into a successful home bakery and eventually led to the opening of a brick-and-mortar storefront in Lafayette. The cookies here are thick, fluffy, and decadent, and the menu of seasonal flavors changes every month. 

  • Gambino's Bakery - 3802 Johnston St C, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A family-owned Louisiana bakery since 1946, Gambino's Bakery is arguably best known for their amazing custom wedding cakes and king cakes. But they have an incredible array of other offerings on their menu, including dessert trays loaded with cookies and other bite-size treats like brownies, eclairs, petit fours, and turtles. Gambino's Bakery has also grown to include locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as right here in Lafayette. 

  • Bonne Vie Macarons - 607 Kaliste Saloom Rd Suite A, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You'll find Lafayette's best macarons at Bonne Vie Macaroons, a quaint and cozy shop that offers a welcoming atmosphere as well as decadent desserts. The authentic French Macarons are available in any quantity and combination of flavors, with options ranging from classic vanilla-almond or chocolate ganache to lemon meringue or creme brûlée. And while macarons are certainly the stars of the show, Bonne Vie Macarons also offers other sweet treats, like brownies, mini cream tarts, end even espresso drinks. 

  • Bouki's Baker - 319 N Sterling St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    When you need custom cookies for any occasion, check out Bouki's Baker. A local business founded by cookie artist Robin Bostick, Bouki's Baker offers beautifully decorated custom cookies that truly look almost too good to eat. But rest assured, they're just as tasty as they are pretty! Keep an eye on their calendar too; Robin occasionally teaches cookie decorating classes where you can learn to make your own. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Lafayette area! And be sure to ask us how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family in Louisiana. 


Celebrate Local Artists at the Gallery Promenade

Lake Charles Gallery

The Lake Charles area is lucky to be home to many talented local artists. Their work is featured in a number of galleries and shops — and you can also check it out at the upcoming Gallery Promenade. This annual event is a favorite among locals and is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with artists and galleries in the Lake Charles area. Take a break from looking at Lake Charles homes for sale, and admire art at this local event. Here are the key details to know before you attend:

  • Time and Date
    This year's Gallery Promenade is scheduled for Friday, September 30, 2022. It will officially last from 5 pm until 9 pm. However, in the past, some galleries and local restaurants have welcomed attendees a little later than this, after the festival is officially over.

    Fall is the perfect season for a gallery event like this one. The weather should be pleasantly cool so you can walk around all evening from gallery to gallery without getting too hot.

  • Location
    The Gallery Promenade takes place throughout Lake Charles. You can easily walk to some of the participating galleries right around the lake, but there are others a bit further out that you may prefer to drive to. Galleries in the area include Candice Alexander Art Studio, the magnificent Gallery by the Lake, and the Frame House Gallery.

  • Things to Do
    The key thing to do at Gallery Promenade is to visit the participating art galleries and admire the work on display. As you do so, you'll learn about many different local artists and their work. There will be some artwork for sale, so this may be a good opportunity to decorate your new home. You may also discover an artist whose work you want to buy later on. Some galleries will be serving refreshments throughout the evening.

    There will also be some street displays set up during the festival. This is a good way to discover up-and-coming artists who don't yet have their work in the larger galleries.

    Another great attraction at the festival will be the food trucks. They'll be set up and serving food throughout Lake Charles during the event. Stop by and support a local business by buying delicious tacos, a burger, or some ice cream while you admire local art.

Gallery Promenade is a lot of fun, especially for art lovers. It's one of many lovely Lake Charles events throughout the year. Ready to move to an area full of local events and a great art scene? If you're thinking of moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us at your convenience. Our Realtors® will help you find Lake Charles open houses to attend as they guide you through the buying process.


Visit These Gardens in New Orleans

Gardens in NOLA

New Orleans homes for sale are surrounded by natural beauty that will inspire you. When you are relaxing after a full day of New Orleans open houses, be sure to take some time to enjoy the many green spaces that The Big Easy has in store.

Our Realtors® know there are plenty of wonderful reasons to make New Orleans your next home: The history, unbeatable music and dining scene, and a lifestyle you simply can't find anywhere else. But you don't have to head out to the Bayou to enjoy Louisiana nature: It's right in your backyard.

New Orleans goes one step beyond the usual municipal park concept with its focus on gardens. Some of them are historic, playing a role in the unfolding story of the city, while others are botanical gardens that encourage research, conservation, or hands-on skill development.

Let's visit some of the most beautiful gardens you can explore in New Orleans:

  • Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden – 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124
    Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is an acclaimed sculpture garden where the work of local and international artists is displayed in harmony with nature. In addition to more than 90 original works in a picturesque landscape, you can see an ever-changing assortment of temporary exhibitions.

  • Longue Vue House and Gardens – 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70123
    Longue Vue House and Gardens is a historic museum that has been lovingly maintained for nearly 100 years. The cornerstone of the estate was laid back in 1921, the grand vision of New Orleans businessman Edgar Bloom Stern and his wife Edith. The gardens have been open to the public since 1968. Today, they attract visitors all year long and host a variety of workshops.

  • New Orleans Botanical Gardens – 5 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
    New Orleans Botanical Gardens is the centerpiece of the New Orleans City Park, one of the most vital parts of the New Orleans social scene. There's always something new to see and do here, and it's wise to venture into the botanical garden with each change of season. This garden is replete with more than 2,000 plants from across the globe and has been in operation since all the way back in 1930.

  • Paradigm Gardens – 1131 South Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Billing itself as an "intimate and lush" place for your favorite private events right in the heart of New Orleans, Paradigm Gardens is known for partnering with the top restaurants in the area to produce experiences you'll never forget. It's been the place to go for everything from Goat Yoga to Roots of Music Festival and the signature, seasonal Paradigm Market and Brunch.

  • Press Street Gardens – 7 Homer Plessy Way, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Located on the grounds of the NOCCA Foundation, Press Street Gardens is unique. As an urban farm and outdoor learning lab for visitors of all ages, it's a nonprofit partner of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Fresh fruit, veggies, and herbs are produced all year round here. It's also widely used as the site of birthday parties, weddings, film screenings, and other events.

Contact us today to discover more about New Orleans real estate opportunities.


Spend the Day at Moncus Park

Parks in Lafayette

If you're looking for a relaxing, fun-filled activity for the whole family, consider taking a trip to Moncus Park. You and your family can enjoy a ton of different activities and events in this well-kept municipal park near our Lafayette homes for sale - and best of all, you'll pay next to nothing for the experience. Let's take a look at what Moncus Park has to offer and how you can plan the ultimate park day trip. 

About the Park

Moncus Park is located at 2913 Johnston Street in Lafayette and is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM. The play areas are open from 9 AM to 9 PM.

If you want to access the dog park, your dog will need a special park tag. You can get this tag by submitting your dog's vaccination records to park officials and paying a $13 annual fee. This tag system ensures that all dogs can use the park safely.


Moncus Park encompasses several acres of green space crisscrossed by miles of hiking trails and walking paths. These paths take you through the park's open areas and the stunning ravine forest on the far end of the entrance. You're sure to have a great time exploring the area and discovering all the natural beauty of this space. When you're done, you can take a seat on the rolling hills by Lake Reaux to relax and catch your breath. 

Have a furry friend or two in your life? Take them to the Giles Automotive Dog Park, a paradise where you can let your dog off his leash to explore the park's paths, hills, tunnels, and other features. All dogs must have park tags to visit the park, and for safety's sake, small and large dogs are only allowed in the park on specific days. Dogs under 16 inches tall must visit on odd days, while dogs that are taller than that can visit on even days.

Kids will have a great time swinging, climbing, and sliding down the equipment at the state-of-the-art Ochsner Playground. The playground includes activities for kids of all ages, so even the youngest visitors will have no trouble finding something fun to do.  

Programs and Events

Moncus Park is a great place to hang out anytime, but it also hosts a huge roster of programs and events for residents to enjoy. Options include yoga classes, CrossFit training, youth gymnastics classes, sign language classes, children's painting, and storytime sessions, and more. 

One of the park's most popular events is its Food Truck Fridays tradition. Every Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, a collection of local food truck vendors assembles at the park to serve lunch to hungry residents. The lineup is constantly changing and includes local favorites like Big Belly Sandwiches, Yo Daddy's BBQ and Blues, and Beignet Box. Drop in for a delicious lunch you can eat right there in the park. 

On Saturdays, you can also visit the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. Stationed near the park's entrance, this is the perfect place to pick up some fresh produce or one-of-a-kind gifts!

Ready to move to an area where excellent parks are always nearby? Our Realtors® are here to help! 

Contact us today to talk to our real estate team or sign up for one of our Lafayette open houses – you're sure to love the many properties we have up for sale right now. 


Where to Order Beignets in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Beignet

Few states have produced more iconic foods than Louisiana. There are a lot of unique dishes to savor in the Baton Rouge area. One thing you simply can't pass up is an opportunity to try some authentic beignets. 

Beignets are a type of deep-fried dough pastry that originated in France before becoming a Louisiana staple. If you're in the area checking out Baton Rouge open houses, be sure to make a pit stop at one of these amazing local beignet shops.

  • Rue Beignet - 18135 E Petroleum Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    You can smell the unmistakable aroma of beignets being prepared for blocks around Rue Beignet every morning. Their bakers are up well before the sun, preparing each day's batch, which is one of the reasons this beloved establishment is one of the most popular places for fresh beignets near our Baton Rouge homes for sale. Rue Beignet also offers their signature treats with a wide range of toppings, from classic powdered sugar to cinnamon, Nutella, and caramel.

  • Coffee Call - 3132 College Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The house-roasted beans at Coffee Call are some of the best in town, but this coffee shop isn't just one of our Realtors®' favorite spots for their morning joe. They also have a great selection of baked goods, and beignets are very much the stars of the show. In fact, Coffee Call has been one of the best spots for beignets and cafe' au lait in Baton Rouge since 1976, and they show no signs of slowing down! The beignets here have been called the best in Louisiana, beating out even the top spots in New Orleans.

  • The Vintage - 333 Laurel St, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
    Now with two locations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, The Vintage offers classic beignets as well as some unique twists on the old formula. Share a flight of beignets with various toppings, or try a savory beignet smothered with bacon gravy with a poached egg. The Vintage also makes some killer espresso drinks and serves an excellent selection of wines and cocktails to go with their lunch and dinner menus. 

  • Beignet Done That - 14241 Coursey Blvd b1, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    A popular family coffee shop as well as a student study spot, Beignet Done That is a great locally-owned beignet joint. In addition to classic beignets and slimmed-down beignet "fingers," they also offer a full range of hot and iced coffee and espresso drinks. Beignet Done That has a warm, welcoming atmosphere that will definitely make you look forward to visiting again. 

  • The Ruby Slipper - 3535 Perkins Rd #375, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    A cheerful lunch and brunch spot in Baton Rouge's Highlands/Perkins neighborhood, The Ruby Slipper serves up Southern specialties like shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, and seasonal beignets. The Ruby Slipper also makes out-of-this-world mimosas and bloody marys. Their menu includes a great selection of vegetarian, keto, and gluten-free options (the beignets, for the record, are vegetarian but very much not keto-friendly or gluten-free). 

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in Baton Rouge! If you're on the hunt for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it here in Louisiana!


Fall Events Near Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Events

After the school and work days are done, it's time to head out for some quality time together. Luckily, the Baton Rouge area offers a calendar full of fun events that the whole family will enjoy. Our Realtors® and their families love these entertaining events and activities around Baton Rouge homes for sale.

  • Urban Nature Hike - Milford Wampole Memorial Park, 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Baton Rouge may be a lively city, but there are plenty of green spaces to explore. Get some exercise while learning more about the great outdoors on an Urban Nature Hike. Enjoy a stroll through beautiful Milford Wampole Memorial Park as your guide shares facts about the park along with helpful tips about outdoor adventuring. Ages 6 and up are welcome. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. The hike is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, from 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

  • Boo at the Zoo - Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
    Scare up some Halloween fun at Boo at the Zoo. A great day at the zoo becomes even more festive when you wear your favorite costumes. The fascinating animals found at the zoo include an Eastern black rhinoceros, emu, and jaguar. Be sure to get some Instagram-ready shots of the family posing alongside Fall and Halloween-themed structures found throughout the grounds. Participation is included in regular zoo admission fees, which are $8.75 for adults and teens and $5.75 for ages 2-12. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the weekends of October 22-23 and 29-30.

  • Live After Five - Rhorer Plaza, 10 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Scientists say that sharing musical activities brings families closer together. Not that anyone really needs another reason to attend Live After Five and their wonderful lineup of concerts. Pack up some lawn chairs and blankets for comfy seats as you listen to top local performers. This year's acts include blues singer Jonathan Boogie Long and the 90s party tunes of The Mixed Nuts. Showtime is 5 p.m. every Friday night from September 16 - October 28, and admission is free.

  • Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire - Independence Park Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Described as "science fair meets county fair meets farmers market meets Burning Man for families," the Baton Rouge Mini Maker Faire will jump-start anyone's creative juices. A diverse group of "makers" share their passion for hobbies, crafts, and pastimes ranging from robotics and 3D printing to ceramics and textiles. Live builds let participants try out their own maker skills. This year's event takes place from Sunday, October 9 through Saturday, October 15. Visit the website or follow them on Facebook for more information.

  • Family Color Run - West Baton Rouge Parish Library, 830 North Alexander Ave., Port Allen, LA 70767
    On September 24, start your morning with a memorable family fun run at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library. The Family Color Run starts out bright and early with check-in at 9:30 a.m., and the actual run will start at 10 a.m. from the library. Entry is free, and all ages are invited to participate. Don't forget to wear white that way, the colors from the event show up prominently. Plus, this event is close to many great Port Allen homes for sale

Baton Rouge open houses are a perfect way to keep the whole family engaged in finding a forever home. Contact us to learn more.


Oyster Season in New Orleans

Oyster Season

When it comes to iconic Cajun and Creole cuisine, oysters stand out as one of the most important components. They can be an ingredient or stand alone as a main course. Our Realtors® know that when you browse New Orleans homes for sale or New Orleans open houses, oysters can make for a great meal.

Let's drop in on some of the most memorable places to get oysters in New Orleans:

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant – 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Drago's Seafood Restaurant may well be the biggest name in oysters in New Orleans and one of the first brands to build a durable franchise around this beloved food. In fact, you can even order a charbroiled oyster kit for delivery. There are three locations and a catering service to choose from.

  • Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Coming to you from the heart of the French Quarter, Acme Oyster House is perhaps best known for the oyster po'boy, which can also be made with shrimp and a variety of other seafood. Acme claims to shuck more than one million oysters every year and offers them cooked in all the classic ways as well as raw.

  • Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House – 144 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House is a legendary oyster house. Open daily on historic Bourbon Street, it hosts live music and other events regularly. In addition to having some of the best oysters around, it is the home of the New Orleans Bourbon Society, a free membership organization for appreciating spirits.

  • The Blue Crab – 7900 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
    The Blue Crab is the newest addition to the thriving dining scene in New Orleans' Lakefront District. Overlooking the iconic Lake Pontchartrain, it is owned by locals and serves seafood sourced from coastal waters. Craft cocktails and quality outdoor catering await you in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar – 739 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With multiple locations throughout New Orleans, you're never far from Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The original French Quarter location will thrill you with its delicious oysters as well as live music and a highly sought-after wedding venue. You can even get off-site catering for your next big event.

  • Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar – 4338 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar is one of the leading names in authentic Louisiana seafood, found in the trendy and happening Uptown area of New Orleans. With a convenient location on the historic St. Charles streetcar line (as stop #24), it's easy to work it into any tour of the city.

  • Neyow's Creole Cafe – 3332 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Neyow's Creole Cafe offers a lavish menu in which oysters and other shellfish are just one of the mouth-watering attractions. With a seasonal menu featuring seafood gumbo, crab claws, jazzy wings, southern fried chicken, ribs, pasta, and salads, you can truly have a "surf and turf" experience.

  • The Half Shell on the Bayou – 2517 Bayou Road, New Orleans, LA 70119
    The Half Shell on the Bayou combines comfort food favorites with Louisiana seafood in new and exciting ways. In addition to the oyster platter, you could try the New Orleans red beans and rice, heaping catfish platter, grilled chicken, spaghetti with grilled mackerel, and other chef-led selections.

There's always something new to see and do here in The Big Easy. Contact us to find out more about New Orleans real estate today.


Historic Hotels Near Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Hotels

The rich history surrounding Baton Rouge homes for sale extends to many of the local hotels. Whether you're a resident or just visiting, immerse yourself in the city's fascinating past with a visit to one of these great hotels recommended by our Realtors®

  • The Heidelberg Hotel - 201 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    While it no longer bears its original name, the Heidelberg Hotel still plays a significant role in Baton Rouge's history. Built in 1927, the hotel gained fame as a favored hangout of Huey P. Long, one-time governor and U.S. Senator of Louisiana. Ironically, the Heidelberg became the de facto state capital for Lieutenant Governor Paul Cyr when Long tried to serve as both governor and senator simultaneously. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, the Heidelberg underwent a $70 million restoration in 2006, when it reopened as the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

  • Watermark Baton Rouge - 150 Third St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    As the city's first skyscraper built in 1927, the Watermark Baton Rouge was a giant step toward creating a modern urban setting. At the time, the Watermark was home to the headquarters of Louisiana Trust & Savings Bank. In a nod to tradition, many locals still affectionately refer to the hotel as the Old Louisiana National Bank building. Celebrate special occasions at The Gregory, the elegant on-site restaurant at the Watermark and one of Baton Rouge's more popular dining destinations. The restaurant is named after local artist Angela Gregory, whose exquisite murals adorn the walls of the dining room.

  • Dauphine Orleans Hotel - 415 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Discover the many attractions of the iconic French Quarter during a stay at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel. The cottage-style guestrooms are located in three historic buildings, including Hermann House, the one-time home of a wealthy New Orleans merchant, and an 18th-century carriage house. Even though you're just steps away from the French Quarter and right down the street from New Orleans homes for sale, the luxurious rooms provide a peaceful oasis where you can relax and recharge. 

  • The Southern Hotel - 428 E. Boston St., Covington, LA 70433
    For much of its existence, dating back to 1907, the Southern Hotel has been deeply woven into the community around Covington homes for sale. The charming hotel has been the site of many special occasions, from wedding receptions and honeymoons to birthday and anniversary parties. Furniture, paintings, and other works by local artists are prominently displayed throughout the building. 

  • The Hotel Bentley - 200 Desoto St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Hotel Bentley was built in 1908, but its philosophy is to "remain faithful to the past while keeping an eye on the future." Legend has it that founder Joseph Bentley, a wealthy lumberman and noted eccentric, built the hotel out of spite when he was refused a room at the Ice House Hotel. The location, just minutes from Alexandria homes for sale, provides convenient dining opportunities at the Bentley's three upscale restaurants.

Touring Baton Rouge open houses? There's no better reason to enjoy a stay at one of these special hotels. Contact us at Latter & Blum for more information.


Festivals in NOLA this Fall

NOLA Festivals

The days may be getting shorter, but when the seasons start to change, the fun doesn't stop around New Orleans homes for sale. Join our Realtors® and immerse yourself in these lively events taking place over the upcoming weeks. 

  • Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, 1205 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Founded in 2006, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a relative newcomer to the entertainment scene, but the music and food it celebrates have a long and storied tradition in NOLA. Performers scheduled for the two music stages include blues legend Charles Musselwhite, reported to be the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd's character in The Blues Brothers. The newest generation will be represented by Charlie's daughter Layla, an accomplished blues musician in her own right. Festival dates are Friday, October 14, through Sunday, October 16. Admission is free, with VIP passes available for $250.

  • Oak Street Po-Boy Festival - 8316 Oak St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    After a two-year hiatus, NOLA's iconic sandwich is back in the spotlight at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. More than 40 vendors will be offering their take on the po-boy, vying for best-of-fest honors. Fried shrimp, oysters, and catfish are the favorites, but which will it be this year? In addition to live music, a market, and a kids' zone, there will be a number of events and activities focused on the history of the po-boy. The festival takes place on Sunday, November 6, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission is free, but a $5 wristband is required to access the food vendors. VIP and fast passes are available for $99 and $20, respectively.

  • Carnaval Latino - Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    It's a feast for all senses at Carnaval Latino, which is held in downtown New Orleans every October. The event honors the rich Hispanic culture which has been deeply entwined with the city for nearly three centuries. Festivities kick off on Friday night with a colorful parade, "Desfiles de Las Americas," led by the Krewe of Quetzal. Food, art, and music fill the following day, with local and international performers on hand. Mark your calendar for the parade on Friday, October 7, and Carnaval Latino on Saturday, October 8. Admission is free.

  • New Orleans Film Festival - Various locations
    While NOLA has long been a popular location for moviemaking, the New Orleans Film Festival is so influential that it's become known as "Cannes on the Mississippi." For the last 10 years in a row, MovieMaker Magazine has included the event on its list of "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee." The festival is known for its diverse programming and the Emerging Voices Mentorship, which pairs up-and-coming filmmakers with film industry leaders for one-on-one guidance. This year's festival is scheduled for November 3-8, with a virtual festival running through November 13. Visit the website for full schedule and pricing.

  • Ghosts in the Oaks - City Park, 5 Victory Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
    Ghosts in the Oaks, one of NOLA's most beloved holiday events, makes a triumphant return in 2022. Family-friendly activities include arts & crafts, trick-or-treating, and hot dog roasts around a campfire. The fun takes place 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. from Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23. Admission is $25, with early admission at 5 p.m. available for an additional $5. 

Ready to buy or sell a home before the end of the year? Contact us at Latter & Blum for information about New Orleans open houses


Spend the Day in Downtown Alexandria


Looking for a great place to spend the day in Central Louisiana? Whether you're shopping for Alexandria homes for sale or just visiting for the day, you're sure to find plenty to love about downtown Alexandria. Our Realtors® have all of the details on some of the best attractions to enjoy while spending the day in downtown Alexandria.

  • Alexandria Museum of Art – 933 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Alexandria Museum of Art is the perfect place to start your journey because it combines art and history to showcase the best of downtown Alexandria. The museum is located in the Rapides Bank Building, which was constructed in 1898 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum itself was founded in 1977, hosting 5 to 7 unique exhibitions each year that showcase both historic and contemporary art. It's also a popular place for special events, with everything from yoga classes to lectures on the schedule.

  • Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center – 1202 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Do your artistic tastes lean more towards performance arts? Then the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center is sure to have a show with your name on it. The venue seats more than 600 guests for live performances, including plays, concerts, recitals, musicals, ballets, and performances from the Rapides Symphony Orchestra. While it was built in 2004, the venue features the ornate, elegant atmosphere of a historic theater.

  • Arna Bontemps African-American Museum – 1327 3rd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    The Arna Bontemps African-American Museum is dedicated to the life and work of poet Arna Bontemps, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance who was born in Louisiana. Located in the home where Arna Bontemps was born, the museum highlights his literary legacy, cultural significance, and early life in Alexandria. There are frequent events here throughout the year, and the museum is also part of the Louisiana African-American Heritage Trail.

  • Louisiana History Museum – 503 Washington St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Interested in learning more about the history of downtown Alexandria? The Louisiana History Museum is dedicated to sharing the history of both Alexandria and Louisiana as a whole. It's home to one of the largest collections of historical artifacts in Louisiana, with more than 50 exhibits and displays for you to explore. Guided tours are also available, and admission to the museum is free.

  • River Oaks Square Arts Center – 1330 2nd St., Alexandria, LA 71301
    Another hub of the arts in downtown Alexandria, the River Oaks Square Arts Center hosts more than 30 resident artists and offers the unique experience of being able to watch those artists as they work. You can also enjoy a wide range of lectures, workshops, special exhibitions, and events here throughout the year.

Searching for a home close to all of these amazing attractions and so much more? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Alexandria, LA area.


About the EatLafayette Passport

EatLafayette Passport

If you haven't spent much time in Lafayette, you might find the city's incredible wealth of restaurants and eateries a bit overwhelming. How do you pick just a few places to eat at during your time in the city?

Our Realtors® are excited to see a program drawing more attention to Lafayette's excellent restaurant scene. Here are a few more details about this passport program showcasing Lafayette's local restaurants and the benefits you get from using it when you dine out. 

What is the EatLafayette Passport? 

The EatLafayette passport is your access key to the EatLafayette program and is available through the city's official website. To sign up, simply enter your name, email address, phone number, and a few other personal details. You will then receive a link to your passport via email or text message.

Tap the link to download it, then save it to your home screen. You can then use it to check which restaurants are participating in the EatLafayette program and check in to each when you arrive there for a meal. 

Participating eateries offer all kinds of different dishes, including seafood, burgers, pizza, fine dining, and even macarons. You'll find many of Lafayette's best restaurants on the passport list, including Judice Inn and Charley G's Seafood Grill. It's an excellent resource for tourists and newcomers to the area near our Lafayette homes for sale, and its additional benefits only make it more worthwhile. Be sure to check their website for the full official list of participating restaurants.

Save On Your Restaurant Bill

In addition to gaining prize drawing entries, the EatLafayette passport also offers a more immediate benefit: discounts. Some of the restaurants involved in the program are offering special perks to people who participate, including reduced prices on specific menu items, discounts you can apply to your whole order, or freebies you can enjoy with a purchase. 

Not all of the eateries participating in the passport program are also offering these perks. Be sure to check your passport to find out what you can expect at each restaurant you plan to visit. You'll find the relevant details included under each restaurant's listing. You'll also need to check in before you can get access to the offer, so remember to do that right away when you arrive. 

Get a Taste of Louisiana's Best

So many great restaurants are just waiting to be tried in the Lafayette area! Lafayette's world-class food is worth savoring, and the EatLafayette passport gives you a great excuse to sample more of it. If you move into a home in the area, it will all be right outside your front door. Contact us today to learn more about any of our Lafayette open houses and find out just how easy it can be to settle down near your favorite Lafayette restaurants.


Walking Tours in NOLA

Nola Walking Tours

New Orleans homes for sale are part of a city that's packed with unique history and culture. Between your schedule of New Orleans open houses, it's a wise idea to explore and see everything that the "Big Easy" has to offer. The best way to do that is by foot, and there are plenty of opportunities.

Of all America's most amazing cities, New Orleans tops the charts for the sheer number and diversity of walking tours available every day. Our Realtors® know that many of our customers enjoy these tours and use them to get a better sense of what New Orleans is really all about.

Let's dive in and look at some of the top walking tours in NOLA.

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours

New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours bills itself among the biggest and oldest walking tour companies here in New Orleans. Tours leave from various locations and usually include small groups. Seven highly experienced tour guides are available to take you on a classic walking tour or one of your own choosing.

If you want to get acquainted with all the top landmarks of New Orleans quickly, a "legendary" walking tour may be your best bet. There are four different tours to choose from and custom packages available.

These packages await at New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours:

  • Legends & Spirits Cocktail Hour
    New Orleans is packed with myths and legends, stories of larger-than-life characters who helped make the city what it is today. With this tour, you'll visit historic restaurants that will give you a true taste of NOLA's unique cocktail culture – both figuratively and literally. Naturally, this one is for adults only!

  • The French Quarter Tour
    The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Here, you'll get the chance to see all the top examples of its striking French and Spanish architecture. Thanks to its high elevation, the area has maintained a treasure trove of centuries-old buildings preserved and waiting for your visit.

  • New Orleans Ghost Tour
    New Orleans is said to be one of the "Most Haunted" cities in America. Taking place exclusively at night, this tour will give you the chance to revisit real historic events and hear about eyewitness accounts of the unexplained. On your way around New Orleans' "murder mansions," you might just see a ghost!

  • The Garden District Tour
    In a city known for its character, the Garden District stands out as a neighborhood unlike any other. With lavish gardens, tree-lined boulevards, and Southern charm aplenty, it will offer you experiences that stick with you for a lifetime. You'll see celebrity mansions and the storied Lafayette Cemetery.

Free Tours by Foot

Free Tours by Foot is an alternative online marketplace for booking walking tours, swamp tours, and much more with experienced local guides. As you would expect, it offers tours of the Garden District, French Quarter, and the iconic Ghost Tour. But there are several other options not found elsewhere.

Among these are:

  • The Voodoo Tour
    This tour will bring you to sites such as Congo Square and others strongly associated with voodoo while explaining its basic ideas and history.

  • Treme
    Treme is the oldest continuously occupied black neighborhood in the United States. As the origin place of jazz and America's soul food traditions, it epitomizes much of what makes New Orleans so special. Tourists will discover the history and see the sights of this historic neighborhood.

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Where to Grab Lunch in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Lunch

Baton Rouge has an incomparable culinary scene. Just minutes from Baton Rouge homes for sale, you'll find world-class restaurants in a medley of styles. Some are known throughout the U.S., while others are local favorites. Our Realtors® can introduce you.

Between Baton Rouge open houses, try these intriguing lunch spots:

  • Milford's on Third – 150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Although Milford's on Third is best known for its breakfast, the promise of classic delicatessen fare "without all the fanfare" means you can stop in any morning and appreciate the sandwiches and pastries all afternoon long. Lunch is served alongside breakfast from early in the morning until the 3 p.m. closing time, seven days a week. This family-owned spot also offers curbside and takeout service.

  • The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room – 3357 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Offering some of the best Southern cuisine and soul food in a city known for it, The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room is so popular that it has three nearby locations to choose from. For over 25 years, it's been a mainstay among students, faculty, and visitors to Louisiana State University. Offering Cajun and Creole cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere that welcomes families, it is lauded for its extensive list of spirits.

  • Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar – 7731 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar is the place to go for innovative coastal cuisine. Creative dishes with fresh, local ingredients run the gamut from the indispensable raw oysters to tuna tataki to the spicy crab and crawfish maki roll. In addition to the brunch and lunch every day, it offers lavishly appointed spaces for all your most memorable group events. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Louie's Cafe – 3322 Lake Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Louie's Cafe is beloved in the local area as an LSU tradition dating all the way back to 1941. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available from open to close – that is, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Among the lunch offerings are the famous Louie's Combos, the legendary Big Louie Burger, and Louie's Super Club. The menu is updated regularly!

  • Tony's Seafood – 5215 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    Tony's Seafood bills itself as Louisiana's largest seafood market, with "Catering to Geaux" any time of the day and night. The most popular items to pick up in bulk include fresh-caught Louisiana blue crabs, Tony's signature broiled crawfish, and domestic wild-caught shrimp caught in local waters. Don't miss out on the Cajun boudin balls and fried whole catfish for a lunch you won't soon forget.

  • Mason's Grill – 13556 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Mason's Grill blurs the line between lunch and brunch. Boldly calling itself Baton Rouge's Favorite Restaurant, it has something new every day of the week. You can enjoy the original Taco Tuesday, create your own burger with a huge range of buns, cheeses, and meats, or stop by for champagne brunch every weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 in the afternoon. There's simply nothing Mason's can't do.

  • Zorba's Greek Bistro – 5713 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Zorba's Greek Bistro stands out as one of the top Mediterranean restaurants in Baton Rouge. The menu is packed with delectable finds centering on the cuisine of Cyprus Island. Lunch guests can savor a slew of appetizers, soups, salads, gyros, souvlaki, and specialty sandwiches – the lamb halloumi sandwich is the headliner here. Dinner will not disappoint, with plenty of large shareable plates and hearty entrees.

Contact us to discover more about Baton Rouge real estate.


Shop Local Vendors at the French Market

Shop French Market

Our Realtors® never tire of wandering among the vendors at the French Market. There's always a huge selection of food and drink, clothing and jewelry, art and souvenirs waiting to be discovered.

And it's always changing! If you're in town visiting New Orleans open houses, you don't want to miss a trip to the French Market.

History of the French Market

The French Market has existed in something resembling its current form since 1791. Some of the oldest parts of the present-day market were built in 1813. At that time, it was commonly referred to as the Meat Market, as it was the only place in the city where meat was sold. 

Over the course of the 19th century, an informal bazaar grew in the space between the Meat Market and the nearby Vegetable Market. A building to house that bazaar was erected in 1872, looking very much like the French Market of today.

The most recent major renovations to the French Market were carried out by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, though many smaller additions and renovations have taken place in the decades since. 

French Market Vendors

Most of the vendors at the French Market come here every single day, and many have been set up here for years. But the market still changes from day to day, and you truly never know what you might find. 

Although the French Market is seen by some as a tourist spot, it's also a favorite hangout for locals. Plenty of NOLA residents come here every week, not just to see what's new but to pick up their reliable favorites. Some of the things you'll find in the French Market include:

Visit the French Market

The French Market is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It's sandwiched between the Mississippi River and the French Quarter and is just minutes away from many New Orleans homes for sale

Although it's changed a lot over the years, the French Market is still a hub for commerce, culture, and community in New Orleans. It belongs on the short list of destinations that no NOLA trip is complete without!

Contact us today to learn more about all the sights and sounds of New Orleans. If you're on the hunt for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in the New Orleans area!


7 Reasons Why You'll Love Living in Lafayette


Moving to a new city often includes equal parts of excitement and apprehension. But Our Realtors® know the Lafayette area is truly something special. Here are just some of the reasons people move to this area.

  1. Diverse Population and Culture
    Lafayette embodies the modern-day version of the "melting pot" ethic that formed the foundation of our country. Niche, the noted site that reviews cities based on a wide range of criteria, ranks Lafayette as the most diverse place to live in its namesake parish. 

  2. Pleasant Weather
    No need to be a snowbird in Lafayette. According to Best Places, the city averages zero inches of snow per year versus the U.S. average of a whopping 28 inches. While Louisiana's humid summers are well-known, the other seasons make up for it. Spring and fall temperatures usually sit comfortably in the upper 70s and lower 80s, and even winter temperatures are relatively mild in the 40s.

  3. Low Cost of Living
    Your hard-earned dollar goes further in Lafayette. On a scale of 100, which represents the national average, Best Places calculates Lafayette's cost of living at 87.7. The city ranks considerably lower than average nearly across the board, with the biggest savings in the categories of groceries, healthcare, and utilities.

  4. Affordable Housing
    Housing is the biggest item in nearly everyone's budget, and Lafayette delivers great values. The median home cost is $180K-$190K, about $100K less than the national average. The property tax rate is roughly half the national average, which adds to the attractiveness of homeownership. In addition, there's a neighborhood in Lafayette to suit everyone, featuring historic homes and urban apartments, quiet suburban areas, and rural properties. 

  5. Family-Friendly
    Niche also recognizes Lafayette as a great place to raise a family, awarding the city a B+ grade in "Good for Families" and B- in "Public Schools." Many local attractions, such as Vermillionville and the Children's Museum of Acadiana, provide a mix of entertainment and education. Families can also enjoy outdoor fun with opportunities for paddling, fishing, camping, and hiking in the city known as the "Sportsman's Paradise." Acadiana Park Nature Station is a particular favorite for its programs and activities, including night hikes, nature talks, and Young Naturalist Clubs.

  6. Year-Round Festivals
    Festivals are a great way to meet people and learn what makes a community special. Lafayette loves to party, as evidenced by the full calendar of festivals. The headliner is the Festival International de Louisiane, which has been held each spring for 37 years. Other popular events include fall's Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, along with countless festivals celebrating Lafayette's food, culture, and history.

  7. Eclectic Food Scene
    It goes without saying that Cajun and Creole food reign supreme in Lafayette, but the restaurant scene has a surprisingly diverse representation of cuisines. In July, Food Network named Johnson's Boucaniere to their list of "50 States of Barbecue," applauding their flavorful brisket and pulled pork, while the Lafayette Daily Advertiser turned a spotlight on the city's robust offering of tacos and Mexican street food

Need any more reasons to visit Lafayette open houses? Get the inside scoop when you contact us at Latter & Blum.


Outdoor Dining Spots Throughout Lake Charles

After a full day checking out Lake Charles homes for sale, it only makes sense to get out and have some fun. You are sure to find outdoor dining options for you, no matter what your favorite cuisine might be.

Our real estate agents are often asked about the best restaurants in Lake Charles. While the city has something for everyone, one topic comes up again and again, thanks to the area's natural beauty: Outdoor dining. Always popular in Lake Charles, it has really taken off in recent years.

Let's look at just a few of your many Lake Charles outdoor dining options:

  • 1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar – 949 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar is a classy and sophisticated spot nestled right in the midst of beautiful downtown Lake Charles. While enjoying all the views from the public square on Ryan Street, you'll savor American, Creole, Cajun, and French delicacies. The Sunday Brunch brings out the best of 1910! Outdoor seating is always available.

  • Pujo Street Cafe – 901 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Pujo Street Cafe does a little bit of everything, with a chef-inspired menu that ranges from Creole and Cajun classics to steaks, seafood, pasta, and desserts. You'll feel like you're right in the beating heart of New Orleans from your own Lake Charles neighborhood. The covered patio is one of the best around, and it eagerly welcomes your canine friends so long as they remain leashed at all times.

  • Luna Bar and Grill – 719 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Luna Bar and Grill combines delectable food with an eclectic atmosphere that attracts locals and visitors alike. Luna's patio is an important part of the Lake Charles live music scene. Visit in the evenings, and you may see an up-and-coming Lake Charles musical act or a well-known star. As for the food, it does dinner and lunch – and on Sundays there is a "Jazz Brunch" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Loggerheads Bar and Riverside Resort – 3748 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Loggerheads Bar and Riverside Resort is at one of the city's best locations, right alongside the Calcasieu River. Guests must be 21+ to enter, thanks to the wide-ranging menu of wine, liquor, beer, and spirits. As you join in the fun, you'll note the casual atmosphere and some of the best outdoor seating to be found here in Lake Charles. There's enough space for dozens of visitors to enjoy a view of the water in peace.

  • Rikenjaks Brewing Company – 3716 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Rikenjaks Brewing Company has recently made its triumphant return to Lake Charles. Originally a major player in the growing Lake Charles dining scene in 1990, Rikenjaks went on hiatus for some time before reappearing in its current spot. Now, it offers daily specials, drinks, and live music. Tuesday is Team Trivia night, and every Friday and Saturday includes live music right on the patio.

Eager to discover Lake Charles for yourself? Contact us to find out more or stop by one of our Lake Charles open houses.


Visit the Alexandria Zoological Park

Alexandria Zoo

The Alexandria Zoological Park (also known as the Alexandria Zoo) has been one of the city's top attractions since it first opened in 1986. Its popularity hasn't waned in the more than 30 years that have passed. 

Our real estate agents know there are many family-friendly places located near Alexandria homes for sale

Let's take a closer look at this zoo to discover what makes it so special. 

Animals and Exhibits

The Alexandria Zoo showcases a wide variety of mammals, birds, fish, and amphibians for the city's residents. Animals are grouped according to habitat in spacious walkthrough exhibits decorated with themed objects to complete the guest experience. 

You'll find most of the classic zoo animals here, including lions, kangaroos, and small monkeys. However, it's the unusual animals like the maned wolf, capybara, and Brazilian tapir that many guests fall in love with during their visit. Visit the zoo's world-class Brazilian jungle habitat to see all three!

The zoo's birds are arguably the highlight of their animal exhibits. Their enclosures contain elegant herons, striking cranes, and rosy pink flamingos, among many others. The zoo also keeps flocks of parrots of every color, including endangered species like the yellow-headed amazon and the umbrella cockatoo. 

Finally, the zoo also contains an impressive collection of frogs and fish, including the eye-catching red-eyed tree frog and the distinctive blue tang and clown anemonefish. It may be hard to spot some of these creatures up close in the zoo's massive naturalistic habitats, but that makes the thrill of spotting one all the more enjoyable.

Zoo Amenities

Beyond its amazing animal exhibits, the Alexandria Zoo is also equipped to provide guests with everything they need during their day of fun.

If you get hungry during your visit, you can stop by the zoo's restaurant for a bite to eat. This small casual eatery serves staple foods like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fries, as well as snack-friendly favorites like soft pretzels, ice cream, and lemonade.

Events and Education

The Alexandria Zoo takes pride in its role as an educational resource and conservation leader in the state of Louisiana.

Each animal has its own profile on the zoo's website, where guests can learn about the animals they are observing, what makes each of their habitats unique, and what is being done to help preserve their populations in the wild. The zoo also distributes useful information on how to implement conservation efforts within your own home. 

If you visit the zoo on certain days, you may also get to take part in some of the institution's special events. Their yearly events include an Earth Day celebration, a Mardi Gras Party, the Zoo Boo Halloween event, and the Holiday Light Safari. They also host a special after-hours party for members of their FOTAZ (Friends of the Alexandria Zoo) program once a year, usually in the late spring. 

The Animals Await

The Alexandria Zoo's wholesome educational activities offer fun for the whole family, and it's far from the only exciting attraction in the area. Contact us today to learn more about the area or visit one of these Alexandria open houses


Drive-Thru Daiquiri Stands in Lafayette

daiquiri stands

Many first-time visitors to Louisiana are shocked when they see their first drive-thru daiquiri stand. Our real estate agents always get a kick out of watching people's reactions! 

You might just pass a daiquiri stand or two if you're out visiting Lafayette open houses. Understandably, you might want to learn a little more about this uniquely Louisiana phenomenon.

How is This Possible?

To make a long story short, there's a particular loophole to Louisiana's open container law that allows frozen alcoholic beverages to be kept (but, importantly, not consumed) inside a moving vehicle, as long as the container is unopened. 

In the case of daiquiris, the word "unopened" is generally defined as having the lid intact and no straw protruding out of it. Locally, daiquiris are usually sold with tape over the straw hole to show that it's "closed". 

Best Daiquiri Stands in Lafayette

The upshot of all this is that drive-through daiquiris in Louisiana are not only wildly popular but also completely legal. That's why we're eager to share our favorite daiquiri stands near these Lafayette homes for sale:

  • Cupid's Daiquiri - 109 Louisiana Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501
    You can choose from well over 100 varieties of daiquiri at Cupid's Daiquiri, which has been serving the Lafayette area since 2007. Their signature drink is the Mary Jane, which is a bold, piña-colada flavored concoction made with melon liquor, spiced rum, coconut rum, and blue curaçao. 

  • Daiquiri Depot - 241 Donlon Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Although it has recently re-opened in a new location (the former Wendy's on Donlon Avenue), Daiquiri Depot is actually the oldest drive-thru daiquiri establishment in Lafayette. Owner Heather Louvierre was forced to move after the original location on the Evangeline Thruway, open since 1984, was damaged by fire. Luckily, they still serve up the same delicious daiquiris and excellent boiled seafood. 

  • New Orleans Original Daiquiris - 5601 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    A beloved local chain that now has dozens of locations across the state of Louisiana, New Orleans Original Daiquiris is certainly one of the most recognizable drive-thru daiquiri stands out there. The Lafayette location serves up all their classic flavors, like Jungle Juice, Crawgator, Margarita, and Banana Banshee. 

  • Daiquiris Supreme - 4680 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Whether you want to grab daiquiris through their drive-through window or sit and sip awhile in their indoor bar area, Daiquiris Supreme has some great options. In addition to classic flavors like piña colada and margarita, they also offer some high-octane choices like "Blue Diesel," which is made with Everclear 190, tequila, vodka, and blue curaçao.

  • Frankie's BEST Daiquiris - 110 14th St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Does Frankie's BEST Daiquiris make the best daiquiris in Lafayette? It's hard to say, but they put the word "BEST" right their in their name in all-caps, so we're not going to argue. They serve up to 60-plus flavors and are best known for their weekly gallon-sized daiquiri special for "Wild Wednesday," and for offering a free Jell-O shot with every order. 

  • Mandez's Seafood Bar & Grill - 110 Doucet Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Unsurprisingly, Mandez's Seafood Bar & Grill is a seafood establishment first and foremost. They serve up some excellent po'boys, shrimp tacos, and fried fish, and are a popular Lafayette lunch spot. But Mandez's also makes tasty daiquiris for either dine-in or to-go, and their rotating monthly specials always offer unique and tasty flavor combinations. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 


Riverboat Cruises in New Orleans

Nola Riverboats

Riverboat travel is part of the rich historical legacy of New Orleans. Explore NOLA from a new perspective aboard one of these delightful riverboat cruises recommended by our real estate agents.

  • New Orleans Steamboat Company - 400 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Board the Riverboat City of New Orleans for a jazz-filled trip along the river from New Orleans Steamboat Company. Daytime and Sunday cruises start off with a calliope concert, followed by a performance from Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers Jazz Trio. Evening cruises features a Grammy-nominated jazz trio. A knowledgeable guide is on hand to share information about the port. Optional lunch, brunch, and dinner buffets are available. Prices start at $39 for adults and $16 for kids ages 6-12. 

  • New Orleans Paddlewheels - 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Take a trip back in time near New Orleans homes for sale with New Orleans Paddlewheels. The Creole Queen is a stunning throwback to the days when these classic ships were a regular sight on the river. With three private dining rooms that accommodate 880 passengers, the Creole Queen has the largest indoor capacity of touring vessels in New Orleans. Their signature historic cruise, offered twice daily, includes highlights such as Lafitte National Historic Park and the French Quarters of Treme and Marigny. Other options include jazz, brunch, and holiday cruises, with meals available on all. Prices start at $39 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6-12.

  • New Orleans Pedal Barge - 2651 Paris Rd., New Orleans, LA 70129
    The iconic Mississippi River is a majestic sight, but the swamps and bayous of NOLA have their own unique beauty. While it's not a riverboat like the others on our list, you can take a one-of-a-kind trip along the Bayou Bienvenue River on a New Orleans Pedal Barge. Plus, it's a great option for groups! Cajun Queen and Bayou Boogie seat 18-22 passengers with 12 pedal stations for an interactive experience. Not up to a workout? The barges have backup motors to handle the job. Both boats are equipped with Bluetooth speakers and party lights. Guests can bring their own food and beverages, and fishing is permitted. New Orleans Pedal Barge also offers a 12-person luxury pontoon boat and the Freaky Tiki, which holds up to 25 passengers. Visit the website for information about pricing and reservations.

  • The Riverboat Louis Armstrong - 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Have an unforgettable experience when you book an event at the biggest venue on the Mississippi River. The Riverboat Louis Armstrong offers enough space for 2,500 guests, making it a memorable backdrop for meetings, weddings, and other special events. This space includes four dining rooms and three fully-stocked bars. Unlike other riverboats on this list, this riverboat will remain dockside and only sail under special circumstances. Besides hosting weddings and corporate events, The Riverboat Louis Armstrong also hosts a number of concerts, brunches, and other seasonal events. Keep an eye on their website for the latest information on these upcoming events.

Enjoying a cruise on the river is even easier when you live nearby! New Orleans open houses are a perfect way to find or sell a home. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Trivia Nights in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Trivia

Looking for a fun way to test your knowledge, enjoy a night out with friends, and maybe even take home some great prizes in the process? Some of the best bars, burger joints, and pizza parlors near Baton Rouge homes for sale offer regularly scheduled trivia nights where you can compete for prizes while enjoying great specials on your favorite menu items. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find trivia nights around Baton Rouge.

  • Mid Tap – 660 Arlington Creek Centre Blvd., Ste. D, Baton Rouge, LA 70820
    With 48 self-serve taps, a full-service cocktail bar, and a delicious menu of bar bites, Mid Tap offers everything you need to enjoy a night out with your favorite people. There's also a busy lineup of special events every week, starting with an all-day happy hour on Mondays which includes trivia night beginning at 7:30 PM.

  • City Slice – 124 W. Chimes St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    The team at City Slice is known for serving up some of the best pizzas and craft brews in Baton Rouge. But did you know that they also offer delicious tacos? Tuesday Trivia N' Tacos is a regularly scheduled event at City Slice that kicks off every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. Test your knowledge to compete for City Slice gift cards and enjoy some delicious tacos while you compete.

  • The Smiling Dog – 4215 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    For the classic Baton Rouge pub experience, it's tough to top the atmosphere at The Smiling Dog. This local pub features pool tables, darts, a dog-friendly patio where you can dine outdoors, and plenty of TVs to watch all of the biggest games. Every Monday at 8:00 PM you can participate in the Pub Olympics, where you will compete in rounds of trivia, darts, and pool to win outstanding prizes.

  • Pluckers Wing Bar – 4225 Nicholson Dr. #101, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    While it doesn't feature a weekly trivia night like some of the other entries on our list, the Pluckers Wing Bar Facebook page will keep you up to date on all of their latest trivia nights. Past topics at Pluckers Wing Bar trivia nights include Star Wars, HBO, Disney, and Sitcom Night, so this is a great place to visit if you love pop culture trivia.

  • Burgersmith – 3613 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Another great destination for pop culture trivia is Burgersmith, which features trivia at its Perkins Road location on Tuesday nights, and at its Denham Springs location every Wednesday evening. This summer will feature trivia themes related to some of your favorite classic TV shows, including The Office, Friends, and Seinfeld. Grab a gourmet burger and a cold drink, then let the fun begin.

  • Rally Cap Brewing Company – 11212 Pennywood Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Trivia Tuesday is the name of the game at Rally Cap Brewing Company, which hosts trivia every Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. It's free to play every week, and the top three teams will win prizes from the bar. Doors open at 3:00 PM, leaving plenty of time to sample the craft brews and tasty food on the menu here.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the outstanding food and fun events around Baton Rouge? Our Baton Rouge open houses make it easy to find the right match. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.


Where to Order Sushi in Lafayette

Lafayette Sushi

Louisiana is known for Cajun and Creole cooking, but the local restaurant scene includes a number of international cuisines. Our real estate agents get their sushi fix at these incredible restaurants near Lafayette homes for sale

  • Tsunami Sushi - 421 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Get ready for a wave of fresh flavor when you visit Tsunami Sushi. This funky yet fancy restaurant honors Japanese cuisine while adding a touch of Southern flair. The house specialties are as much a treat for the eyes as for the taste buds. Try box-style sushi, pressed in a mold for a unique shape, or sashimi tuna in ponzu sauce arranged in a sunflower pattern. Side dishes include fusions such as collard greens with kimchee and sweet potato hash with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, and noon - 11 p.m. Saturday.

  • Rock-n-Sake - 107 Stonemont Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Looking for a party? Head over to Rock-n-Sake, where the tunes are pumping, the sake is delicious, and the fresh sushi "swims to your plate." Supplement your sashimi and rolls with creative small plates such as sushi deviled eggs, topped with tuna tartare and black tobiko, or beef tataki, thinly-sliced flat iron steak with five-spice seasoning. Save room for some tempura cheesecake, a customer favorite. Rock-n-Sake is open for lunch Thursday and Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Kirin Sushi Steak House - 3366 Verot School Rd. #102, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Dining with friends or family members who aren't adventurous eaters? Keep everyone happy at Kirin Sushi Steak House. In addition to a fabulous selection of nigiri, sashimi, and rolls, the menu features hibachi-prepared seafood, steak, and chicken. Those with bigger appetites go for the combo dinners, such as chicken & filet mignon or shrimp & scallops. Customers give Kirin high marks for cleanliness and friendly service. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 10:30 p.m. 

  • Tokyo House - 1505 Bonin Rd., Suite 200, Broussard, LA 70518
    You've been viewing some great Broussard homes for sale, and you're ready for a break. Tokyo House has a fantastic lunch special that can't be beaten. Choose two from a list of nearly three dozen sushi rolls for only $8. Add a third roll for just $3 more. Dinner is equally budget-friendly, with combos that serve one to four people for approximately $15 per person. Don't be surprised to find the owner among the cheerful staff offering a gracious welcome. Tokyo House is open Monday through Saturday. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and dinner hours are 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Osaka - 2809 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    The beautiful sushi dishes, considered some of the best presentations in town, are certainly enough reason to visit Osaka. But if you need more, Osaka is also the only restaurant in Lafayette serving authentic Korean food. The menu features japchae, a beloved dish of stir-fried sweet potato noodles, veggies, and your choice of protein, and bibimbap, the classic rice bowl topped with chili sauce and a fried egg. Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday hours are noon - 10 p.m., and Sunday hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Ready to work up an appetite touring Lafayette open houses? Get up-to-the-minute info when you contact us at Latter & Blum.


Bar Hopping in NOLA

Bar hopping nola

New Orleans is well known for its hip and happening nightlife. There are dozens of bars in the historic city center, some of which have been around for more than a century. After a full day of scoping out New Orleans homes for sale or attending New Orleans open houses, you can kick back with some bar hopping.

You don't have to wait until Fat Tuesday to party in the Big Easy. Whether you just want to drop in for a quick drink or plan to spend a night meeting with friends old and new, this may just be the best place. Our real estate agents say there's something for everyone!

Let's take a look at just a few of your many exciting options:

  • Pal's Lounge – 949 North Rendon Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Pal's Lounge is an ideal place to start if it's your first night ever bar hopping in New Orleans. It has just about everything that distinguishes the NOLA bar scene from all the rest: An excellent location right in a historic neighborhood, the classic "corner bar" and long bar aesthetic, reasonable prices starting around $7 for a specialty cocktail, and plenty of regulars who are ready to welcome new faces to the fold.

  • Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge – 1500 North Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Don't worry: You probably won't run into your mother-in-law at Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, but many of New Orleans' leading jazz crooners and artists frequent the guest list. Standing out from the pack with a bright and stylish exterior, it is a neighborhood institution founded by local musician Ernie K. Doe. Named for Ernie's #1 hit, the bar features free crawfish boils on Fridays, and the patio hosts lots of live music.

  • Finn McCool's Irish Pub – 3701 Banks Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Finn McCool's Irish Pub comes to you straight from Ireland. Founders Stephen and Pauline Patterson opened their doors in 2002 after extensive travels in the Emerald Isle. McCool's is beloved in the neighborhood because their rebuilding back in 2006 helped catalyze a resurgence of the neighborhood. These days, you can pop over for a beer on tap, pool, darts, and soccer. It's the closest thing to Dublin right in New Orleans and highly popular with the international community.

  • Twelve Mile Limit – 500 South Telemachus Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Twelve Mile Limit is lauded for its beautiful and spacious patio, providing some of the best views in New Orleans. It has also been acclaimed for its innovatively designed house cocktails. Devoted regulars say the flavors stand head and shoulders over the rest, but Twelve Mile Limit is far from pretentious. Its partnership with Que Pasta enlivens the drinks selection by pairing it with a genuine Latin lunch and brunch menu.

  • R Bar – 1431 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    R Bar, also known as the Royal Street Inn, is back and better than ever after a challenging time in 2020. With a friendly neighborhood watering hole on one side and high-quality hospitality in historic digs on the other, you might just find this is your new home away from home. The R Bar itself is an iconic "dive" experience complete with dim lighting and billiards at all hours. It doesn't get more authentic than this.

Contact us to find out more or get started with New Orleans real estate opportunities.


Visit Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge This Summer

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

Louisiana is home to many different ecosystems. If you'd like to spend a day admiring the area's natural wonders, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to do so since it has many unique species of plants and animals. Our real estate agents often recommend that newcomers visit the refuge to learn more about local wildlife. Plan your visit with the information below.

  • Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge: An Overview
    Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1996 as a way to preserve the freshwater marshes in South Central Louisiana. The land is maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is within easy reach of many Houma homes for sale.

    With more than 4,600 acres of marsh and swamp land, the refuge is bisected by the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. Several man-made canals also stretch across the refuge. Visitors can walk along the 1-mile path or navigate the swamps by boat. 

  • Visiting the Refuge: 3599 Bayou Black Dr., Houma, LA 70360
    The refuge is open to the public 24 hours a day. If you drive to the official address listed above, there is a parking lot that can accommodate several vehicles. The boat launch is right next to the lot, and there is a $5 fee to launch. Or, you can walk the 1-mile path on foot. Just be aware that it does get wet and muddy. You'll want rain boots or waterproof shoes if you decide to walk.

    Make sure you stop by the little kiosk near the start of the nature trail during your visit. The displays there will teach you all about the refuge's natural ecosystems and the animals you're likely to see.

  • Plant Species
    You'll see everything from oak trees to swamp grass at the refuge. But one plant you really don't want to miss is the tupelo trees. This unique species of tree will only grow on swamp lands. They are known for their big, colorful flowers, which are heavily pollinated by bees. The bees make honey from the nectar, and tupelo honey is highly valued for its health benefits.

  • Animal Species
    As the name suggests, you can expect to see plenty of animals at Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge. American Alligators roam the swamps. Covered in scales, these reptiles can grow up to 14 feet in length. Bald eagles have also been spotted in the refuge, mostly between October and May. 

    The refuge is also brimming with smaller birds, from palm warblers to painted buntings. You'll often see black-bellied whistling ducks and yellow-crowned herons swimming in the swamp. Many of these species rest on the marshes as they're migrating south.

If you spend an afternoon at the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, you're sure to fall in love with the region's natural wonders. If you love it enough that you decide to move here, don't hesitate to contact us. Our talented real estate agents will help you find the perfect place to call home. 


Disc Golf Courses Throughout Louisiana

 disc golf

Looking for something new to do this summer? Grab your friends and family and go play a round of disc golf! Disc golf is pretty similar to regular golf. The major difference is players throw a flying disc instead of using balls and clubs, and the objective is to land the disc in a basket instead of a hole.

Our real estate agents have been really getting into this fun summertime activity, so we're up to date on all the best disc golf courses around the great state of Louisiana. You'd be surprised at just how many great courses there are around:

  • Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf - 107 Sutherland Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70611
    Located in Sam Houston Jones State Park, the Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf Course contains 21 challenging wooded holes spread out over 4,353 feet. Fees are $1 per person and loaner discs are available at the park office. The park also contains plenty of camping and rental cabins if you're planning to make a whole weekend out of it.

  • Ward 3 Recreation Disc Golf Course - 3210 Power Center Pkwy, Lake Charles, LA 70607
    This 9-hole, 28-par disc golf course near Lake Charles is great for beginners. Ward 3 Recreation offers a mostly open course with a few obstacles that mostly consist of park amenities (playgrounds, picnic tables, etc.). Certain sections do have a few trees. The course is a lot of fun, and if you like the area, there are some great Lake Charles homes for sale just a few miles away. 

  • City Park Disc Golf Course - 65 Diagonal Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
    This popular disc golf course is 18-holes and contains many obstacles including live oak trees, lagoons, and bridges. The City Park Disc Golf Course is actually the only course in New Orleans. Located in City Park, each hole is a par 3, making it great for players of all skill levels. 

  • LHC Disc Golf Park at Scotlandville 3100 Monte Sano Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70807  
    You'll find a challenging and well-maintained 61-par course at LHC Disc Golf Park with 18 total holes (including two par 5's). It's actually the second-largest course in the state. The terrain is mostly flat, yet you will find your fair share of subtle rolling landscapes. The course is open from sunrise to sunset. 

  • Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course - 14024 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Highland Road Park Disc Golf Course has two basket locations per tee (purple baskets are the short course, gold baskets are the long course). You'll find beautiful hilly and woodsy terrain, as well as a scenic creek that runs right through the course. There is even a tiny pro shop onsite making this location perfect for disc golf fans near Baton Rouge homes for sale

Have fun ringing those disc golf baskets, as it's one of the many fun things to do around Louisiana. If you're in the market for a new home, contact us today.


Dog-Friendly Restaurants Near NOLA

dog friendly places in NOLA

Looking for restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale where your favorite canine will be welcome to join you? You may not be able to bring Fido to New Orleans open houses, but you're sure to find plenty of places for delicious cuisine where dogs are part of the fun.

Our real estate agents know that finding a great yard for pets is a big driver behind purchases for many of our customers. With that in mind, we've collected a list of some New Orleans eateries that will be glad to show you some hospitality with your pal in tow.

Just remember that New Orleans' pet-friendly restaurants do require dogs to be on leashes!

Let's take a closer look at some of your many options all throughout The Big Easy:

  • New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood – 510 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    New Orleans Creole Cookery Seafood will dazzle you with an enormous selection of Creole food right in the heart of the French Quarter. The historic surroundings make delectable food even more delightful. If you have a four-footed companion in your party, you will be especially interested in the outdoor patios, which offer ample space and the soothing sounds of sparkling fountains.

  • The Ugly Dog Saloon – 401 Andrew Higgins Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Ugly Dog Saloon welcomes your dog (ugly or otherwise) to one of New Orleans' many 20th-century success stories. Ugly Dog first opened its doors in 1998, right in the Warehouse District. Since then, it has become synonymous with award-winning barbecue that smells and tastes amazing. An array of outdoor seating ensures your pooch will have plenty of room!

  • Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant – 701 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant sits on St. Charles Avenue in one of the most desirable parts of the city. The vision of Chef Donald Link, it opened to the public for the first time in 2000. A James Beard Award winner, its menu is defined by local ingredients that meet in a fresh fusion of French Southern and rustic Italian cooking. The wine list is one of the most expansive in New Orleans.

  • The Bulldog Uptown – 3236 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Bulldog Uptown is at the crossroads of the Garden District and the entertainment district centered on Magazine Street, making it the ideal way to start or end an evening of excitement. Voted "Best Bar Food" multiple times by local publications, it has nearly 50 draft beers to choose from. Lauded for its spacious patio (one of the largest on Magazine Street), it is a great place to bring your dog.

  • The Crown & Anchor – 200 Pelican Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114
    If you are looking for a classic pub experience right in your own backyard, look no further than The Crown & Anchor. The Crown & Anchor is steeped in history – although first known by that name in 1998, it has been a tavern in one form or another going as far back as 1900 and has been consistently run that way since 1960. Its drinks, snacks, and specials are sure to please you and your pooch.

We know both you and your pets will love living in NOLA. Contact us to discover more about New Orleans today.


Historical Sites Near the Mississippi Riverfront

Mississippi River

Since Baton Rouge formed around the Mississippi River, it's no surprise that many of the city's historical sites are close to the waterfront. Immerse yourself in the rich history around Baton Rouge homes for sale at these fascinating locations.

  • Louisiana's Old State Capitol - 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    When Baton Rouge was selected as the capital of Louisiana in 1845, plans began for an impressive Gothic-style statehouse equal to the city's new stature. Today, Louisiana's Old State Capitol is a National Historic Landmark that serves as a museum to promote education and awareness of the democratic process over the years. Exhibits include a look at the legacy of Huey Long and a gallery of Louisiana statehouses of the past. The museum also hosts a series of visiting exhibits on a variety of topics. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and admission is free.

  • USS Kidd Veterans Museum - 385 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Military history comes alive at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum. The ship is named for Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, Sr., who lost his life while serving on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. First launched in 1943, the USS Kidd is the only remaining Fletcher-class destroyer restored to its original configuration. Visitors can see the dented helmet of an infantryman who participated in the D-Day invasion and read the names carved on the black granite walls of the Louisiana Memorial Plaza. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Admission is $12.53 for adults and $8.36 for ages 5-12.

  • Riverfront Plaza - 300 S. River Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    No matter how many times you visit Riverfront Plaza, there's always something new to see. This 5.4-acre greenspace, right on the banks of the Mississippi River, offers endless opportunities for historical exploration, physical activity, and live entertainment. Examine maps that depict the evolution of the Mississippi's course over the years and marvel at Frank Hayden's "Red Stick" sculpture that pays tribute to the city's namesake. Water pools and gardens, levee terraces, and a dock overlook provide a scenic backdrop. The park is accessible 24/7. Alternatively, you can explore this area on your bike when you travel along the Baton Rouge Mississippi River Levee Bike PathThe trailhead for this 4.31-mile path is located under the Mississippi Bridge and makes for a fun and active way to explore the area. 

  • Beauregard Town - Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Located just a few short blocks from the riverfront, Beauregard Town brings a charming European feel to the streets of Baton Rouge. The city's second-oldest neighborhood dates back to 1806 and follows French colonial architectural traditions. Thanks to the beautiful homes and "Catfish Town," a warehouse district separating the residential area from the riverfront, Beauregard Town was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Let our real estate agents help you plan a tour of Baton Rouge open houses. Get started when you contact us at Latter & Blum.


Driving Ranges Near Lafayette

Driving Range Lafayette

Go to Lafayette open houses, and you'll be only a few minutes away from some of the best driving ranges and golf courses in the state of Louisiana. Most driving ranges are associated with professionally sized golf courses, and many offer classes to help you boost your skills even further.

Let's take a closer look at some of the places around Lafayette to perfect your golf swing:

  • North University Golf Center2305 North University Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70507
    As part of the Wetlands Golf Course, North University Golf Center is a convenient place to putt, chip, and drive minutes from a full eighteen holes. The Center is well known for its professional staff and its attention to detail, with modern facilities in a beautiful setting. To warm-up for the day or test out new clubs, you are invited to the driving range – where you can learn directly from friendly golf professionals.

  • Lafayette Golf Academy2231 Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Lafayette Golf Academy is a top-rated local driving range with full educational courses to help golfers of any background to take their game to the next level. Adults, teens, and kids can get in on the action with classes divided by age. There are also special events that take place on a regular basis.

  • Cane Row Golf Club – 500 Darby Lane, New Iberia, LA 70560
    If you are looking for the fun and excitement of golf near New Iberia homes for sale, then you will not want to overlook Cane Row Golf Club. Formerly known as Squirrel Run Golf Club, this course stands by its long-time mission of offering you golf the way it was meant to be played. You can enjoy lessons at the driving range, get supplies at the complete pro shop, dine at the clubhouse, and even try out local food trucks that stop nearby.

  • Farm d'Allie Golf Club – 1235 Beau Bassin Road, Carencro, LA 70520
    With nearly 20 years in business, Farm d'Allie Golf Club is a haven for spending time on the links out by Carencro homes for sale. Golf clinics are available for men, women, juniors, and corporations. Detailed instruction helps you master the individual facets of the game, like short game and full swing. There's even an outdoor club fitting service for amateurs through professional players.

  • Muni Lafayette Golf Course1121 Mudd Avenue, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Muni Lafayette Golf Course (also called Herbert Municipal Golf Course) is a gorgeous and conveniently located golf course that frequently plays hosts to charitable events. The course was originally completed all the way back in 1926, but it enjoyed a major renovation in 2010. You can book a tee time right from the website or even join the official "e-Club" for the latest information on happenings near Lafayette homes for sale.

Contact us to find out more about what Lafayette has to offer.


One-of-a-Kind Restaurants in Houma

Houma Restaurants

No matter what your reason for visiting Houma might be, one thing is for certain: you won't be leaving hungry. Houma is known for having some of the best and most unique restaurants in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are eager to share some of their favorites!

  • A-Bear's Cafe - 809 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    Founded in 1963, A-Bear's Cafe is a long-running mom-and-pop eatery that has more than earned its place among Houma's best Cajun restaurants. They're known for live music, all-you-can-eat catfish, and a relaxed dining room that makes you feel like you're eating at a friend's house. A-Bear's Cafe is located just minutes from many Houma homes for sale.

  • 1921 Seafood - 1522 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    Houma offers no shortage of amazing seafood restaurants, but 1921 Seafood stands out. This local, owner-operated seafood joint has been going strong for more than 30 years, offering up fresh-caught seafood that's always prepared to order. From shrimp and crabs to oysters and crawfish, 1921 seafood serves some of the best seafood baskets, platters, boils, and po-boys in town. 

  • Lumiere Jazz & Blues Bistro - 7913 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    A local favorite for a tasty meal and excellent live music, Lumiere Jazz & Blues Bistro was established in 2021, making it one of the newest restaurants to make a splash in Houma's culinary scene. Enjoy some classic Southern cuisine while talented local and regional musicians grace the stage. The bartenders at Lumiere make some killer cocktails too, and they have a great outdoor patio overlooking the bayou. 

  • Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' - 5602 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    Boudreau & Thibodeau's Cajun Cookin' offers a seafood-focused menu that includes all the classics—char-broiled oysters, seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya—and their unpretentious, no-frills space will make you want to come back again as soon as possible. They also serve some truly unique Cajun delicacies, like frog legs and alligator bites. 

  • 531 Liberty Cafe - 531 Liberty St, Houma, LA 70360
    531 Liberty Cafe offers elevated pub grub with a Southern twist. Their menu includes some very tempting small plates (duck bacon and sweet corn empanadas, lemon-basil brussels sprouts) as well as salads and sandwiches. But what really makes this place special is the craft cocktails, which range from the traditional to the adventurous. The orange vanilla rum old-fashioned is a particularly unique twist on an all-time favorite. 

  • Big Mike's BBQ Smokehouse - 3034 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    With all the great Cajun seafood restaurants around, it's easy to forget that Houma offers some next-level barbecue as well. For a friendly reminder of that fact, look no farther than Big Mike's BBQ Smokehouse. This family-owned restaurant smokes their brisket, pulled pork, and sausage over hickory wood and tops it off with their house-made sauce. 

  • Papi Cheo - 863 Verret St, Houma, LA 70360
    Everything at Papi Cheo is made fresh and from scratch using fresh ingredients and recipes that have been passed down through generations. The restaurant is owned and operated by the Manzano family, who bring home-cooked authenticity to every meal. You'd be hard-pressed to find better tacos, burrito bowls, and steak fajitas this side of the border!

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Great food is just one of the many things you can expect in the Houma area, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Louisiana's Bayou Country.


Local Shopping: Lafayette Boutiques

Local Shopping

Shopping local is a great way to boost the local economy and invest in your community, and it couldn't be easier in Lafayette. We take shopping seriously -- our area has so many glamorous boutiques and fun shops where you're sure to find your favorite new outfit. In fact, you could easily spend an entire weekend rummaging through all the trendy clothes and accessories our local shops have to offer.

Our real estate agents are always in tune with the latest deals. After all, local shopping is one of our favorite weekend past times. Here is a quick list of some of the best local boutiques:

  • Glamour Chic Boutique - 216 E Willow St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    You're sure to find some glamorous clothes, shoes, accessories, and more at Glamour Chic Boutique. This small local shop features unique apparel, and they also have one of the best curvy selections in town. If you're planning to head out with friends this weekend, Glamour Chic is a great place to grab an outfit.  If you like shopping here, you might be interested to know there are some beautiful Lafayette homes for sale just down the street.

  • Jewelies Boutique - 407 Rena Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    You never know what fun dresses and accessories you'll find at Jewelies Boutique. This large, local independent shop makes it a goal to help women find their own unique style. Shop tops, bottoms, dresses, curvy, and even baby clothes. Most items are casual and contemporary. New products arrive daily, and there are always new deals, so you'll always want to check back frequently or checkout their website. 

  • Elle Rae - 125 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Need a new party dress or swimsuit? Find it and more at Elle Rae Clothing. Located in The Boulevard Shopping Center, this cute store offers a huge collection of high-quality boutique styles. They also have plenty of plus-size options. Need help finding something? The friendly staff can help you locate the perfect item. Shop in-store or online.

  • Swoon Lafayette - 1700 Kaliste Saloom Rd building 1 suite 100a, Lafayette, LA 70508
    is the perfect little shop to find the perfect spring outfit. Shop dresses, jumpsuits, tops, jackets, sweaters, and more -- they have such a creative, unique collection and great prices. With a huge collection, you can really find something for everyone. Check out their website to see what's on sale or swing by the store to shop in person.

  • Marcella - 201 Settlers Trace Blvd Suite 3010, Lafayette, LA 70508
    You'll find on-trend, cute clothing and accessories at this downtown women's boutique. Marcella's inventory always includes new, versatile pieces that are high quality, stylish, and affordable. Make sure to stop by for $20 Tuesday, where you'll find a number of great items on sale. Prices are reasonable, and in-store shopping, curbside pick-up, and delivery options are all available.

No matter your style, you can find something trendy and on point at one of our amazing local boutiques. For more recommendations on Lafayette businesses, contact us today.


Where to Order Locally Made Ice Cream in NOLA

Local Ice Cream

New Orleans homes for sale are located near some of the best Cajun and Creole cooking in the United States. Less famous, but no less satisfying, are the many sweet treats you can discover here in The Big Easy. Our real estate agents want you to know about some of the many options for local ice cream just minutes from some of the city's most attractive homes:

  • Creole Creamery – 4924 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Creole Creamery has earned the status of a local legend, led by Chef Bryan Gilmore since back in 2004. Inspired flavors like lavender honey, Creole cream cheese, and Thai basil coconut make Creole Creamery stand out, as does the cheerful 1950s aesthetic evocative of the classic malt shop. Take on the eight scoops of the Tchoupitoulas Challenge to get your face on the Wall of Fame!

  • Piccola Gelateria – 4500 Magazine St #5, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Piccola Gelateria
    is one of the premier New Orleans gelato spots. Gelato, a traditional Italian dessert, has the potential to be smoother and softer than regular ice cream. Delicate, innovative flavors are on display at Piccola Gelateria, with 18 on the menu at any given time. They range from sea salt caramel and tiramisu to local favorites like licorice, rose petal, King Cake, biscotti, and many more.

  • Ice Cream 504 – 2511 Jena Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Ice Cream 504 is the vision of Chef Michael Southall, who crafts his own iconic small batches of ice cream without the use of gum or preservatives. Although its unassuming location may be easy to overlook, Ice Cream 504 is a fan favorite for what its owner calls "sitting on the porch ice cream." Handmade waffle cones round out the experience for even greater satisfaction.

  • Angelo Brocato's – 214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Angelo Brocato's is a family-owned and operated business with more than a century of history in New Orleans. The flavors, aesthetic, and dedication to craftsmanship all come straight from the Old Country. Scintillating flavors include Sicilian pistachio, chocolate chip, and salted caramel. The menu also features a full assortment of other Italian desserts like spumoni and cannoli.

  • Pandora's SnowBalls – 901 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Pandora's SnowBalls starts, as the name suggests, with its snowballs, round confections that can be rolled in coconut, honey, and more. There are dozens of flavors to choose from, with some of the more popular selections including mango, bubble gum, wedding cake, and sour watermelon. Don't overlook other offerings like soft serve and ice cream sundaes. Pandora's opens between March and October.

  • Aqua S – 1000 Girod Street #4B, New Orleans, LA 70113
    At Aqua S, the premium soft-serve ice cream from Australia makes its way to New Orleans. This acclaimed brand doesn't disappoint, with an imaginative flavor archive that will keep you coming back for more. Top picks include honey lemonade, sweet potato, red velvet, strawberry green tea, and a whole host of others. More than 100 flavors are available at any given time, with frequent rotation.

  • Drip Affogato Bar – 703 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Coffee and ice cream come together like never before at Drip Affogato Bar, a high concept spot that has captivated New Orleans locals and visitors alike. Traditionally, affogato is a dessert made from vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso. Drip takes the concept a step further with more flavors, delicious pastries, and a dazzling list of tea and juice beverages. Try the "Gelato Rougarou Cookie Monster!"

Contact us today to discover New Orleans.


Florists in Baton Rouge for Mother's Day

Baton Rouge Florists

Mother's Day is around the corner, and now is the time to start planning a special gift for all of the wonderful moms in your life. Fortunately, Baton Rouge is home to some amazing florists that offer everything you need for Mother's Day this year, from simple yet beautiful arrangements to elegant gift baskets that are packed with items that mom is sure to love. Our real estate agents have the details on five local Baton Rouge florists where you're sure to find a great gift for Mother's Day.

  • Heroman's Florist – 2291 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    With more than 140 years of experience selling flowers near Baton Rouge homes for sale, it's safe to say that the team at Heroman's Florist knows how to put together a truly memorable Mother's Day gift. You can do all of your shopping online with local delivery/in-store pickup or head to one of their two Baton Rouge locations to get help picking out your gift from the very knowledgeable staff. From lavish arrangements with four-dozen roses to blooming plants that mom can enjoy all year long, you're sure to find something special at this experienced florist.

  • Billy Heroman's – 10812 N. Harrell's Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Another well-known experienced local florist, Billy Heroman's has four locations around Baton Rouge, including the 10,000 square foot flagship Harrell's Ferry store. As the flagship location, the Harrell's Ferry store is staffed by some of the team's most experienced designers, who will be happy to help you pick or design just the right arrangement. You can even opt for the special "Flowers for a Year" gift, with new flowers delivered once per month all year long.

  • Blushing Blooms Floral & Gifts – 3482 Drusilla Ln., Ste. G, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    In addition to a great selection of both custom and pre-made floral arrangements, Blushing Blooms Floral & Gifts offers a diverse selection of themed gifts to pair with your Mother's Day flowers. Gifts include fun home décor, special teas, LSU-themed items, and plenty of great baby gifts for the new moms in your life. Of course, there are also tons of beautiful floral gifts, including roses, tulips, lilies, orchids, hydrangeas, and dahlias.

  • Trey Marino's Central Florist & Gifts – 13561 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818
    Now in its second generation of local family ownership, Trey Marino's Central Florist & Gifts offers both in-store shopping and convenient local delivery for its artistic, colorful floral arrangements. For Mother's Day, the team at Trey Marino's has put together two special floral packages, with the Mother's Day Designers Choice and Premium Designer's Choice arrangements. These arrangements are sure to be popular, so ordering ahead of time is recommended.

  • Comeaux's Florist – Prairieville, LA 70769
    Proudly owned and operated by an all-women team, Comeaux's Florist is an online, delivery-only florist located in Prairieville which offers delivery throughout Baton Rouge. If you're shopping for a mom who loves to garden or care for houseplants, this is a great place to shop. They offer herb planters, dish gardens, and a wide variety of traditional houseplants, along with their extensive selection of custom, hand-crafted floral arrangements. Find their full selection online, or give them a call to discuss your custom arrangement before Mother's Day.

Searching for your next home in Baton Rouge? Our team is here to help, starting with Baton Rouge open houses to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


Cool Off With Snowballs in Houma

Houma Snowballs

In Louisiana, people around Houma homes for sale cool off year-round with frosty treats known as snowballs, which are available in a variety of flavors. Our real estate agents beat the heat with cool snowballs from these great local restaurants.

  • Bee Cool Snowballs - 124 New Orleans Blvd., Houma, LA 70364
    Cake made from ice? That's just one of the creative treats you'll find at Bee Cool Snowballs. Their top-selling flavor is the wedding cake snowball, stuffed with Bride's Cake ice cream and topped with creamy condensed milk. Choose from one of more than 50 additional flavors or mix and match to create your own combo. "Cool" stands for "confident, outgoing, open, and loyal," which describes the "Bee Team" led by the Babin family. Hours are 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and weekends.

  • Brooke's Sno-World - 6493 W. Main St., Houma, LA 70360
    The colorful creations at Brooke's Sno-World are almost too pretty to eat, with the emphasis on "almost." Kids love flavors such as Batman, Hannah Montana, and Powerpuff Girls, while Mom and Dad go for the Daiquiri Corner, including Bahama Mama, Fuzzy Navel, and Hurricane. If you just want dessert, they won't judge, but Brooke's also serves a full menu of fried catfish, oyster po'boys, and other appetizers and entrees. They have a second location in East Houma at 808 Grand Caillou Rd. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when doors close at 9:30 p.m.

  • The Cajun Freeze - 1863 Bayou Blue Rd., Houma, LA 70364
    The Cajun Freeze boasts the best snowballs on the bayou, and their appreciative customers agree. More than 80 different flavors come in seven sizes, ranging from small to supersize, to satisfy any size craving. Try one of the specialty cream flavors, such as Reese's. Dress your snowball up with nuts, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, and other tasty add-ons. The Cajun Freeze opens for the season in April, with hours from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Thursday, when closing time is 6 p.m.

  • Nikki's Snowballs - 4234 County Dr., Bourg, LA 70343
    Nikki's Snowballs are sold out of a charming stand that resembles a mini-version of Bourg homes for sale. The snowballs are so full of luscious juice that one regular customer tells people to "grab some napkins." As if the snowballs, ice cream, and freshly-baked brownies weren't enough of a draw, Nikki's also features a petting zoo that kids (and their parents) just can't resist. Follow Nikki's on Facebook for information about the opening date. Hours are 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Central Sno - 5606 N. Hwy. One, Lockport, LA 70374
    Do you consider yourself to be an adventurous eater? Head to Central Sno for one of their Pickle Surprise snowballs, which includes dill pickle flavor, sour spray, sour candy, a frozen pickle shot, and a pickle spear. If your taste runs to more traditional flavors, Central Sno has you covered there as well. For another refreshing treat, add your choice of snowball flavors to their fresh-squeezed lemonade. Use the convenient drive-thru window to pick up your snowballs during a day of viewing Lockport homes for sale. Central Sno is open 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Contact us at Latter & Blum and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents.


Alexandria Gardening Stores and Greenhouses

Alexandria Gardening

With spring finally here, it's time to start choosing plants and items like edging and fountains to spruce up your garden. You'll be able to find the items you're looking for - along with expert advice and excellent customer service - at Alexandria gardening stores and greenhouses.

Our real estate agents suggest shopping at the following locations for your gardening needs:

  • GibKo Landscaping - 110 Evergreen St., Bunkie, LA 71322
    Whether you'd like to buy a new potted plant to spruce up your porch or want to overhaul your entire garden, GibKo Landscaping is a go-to destination. They receive new plants each season, with ferns, geraniums, and vegetable plants, among others, arriving in early spring. In addition to plants, you'll also find plenty of pots, patio furniture, and other decor to help complement your outdoor space. You can buy the items you need and do the work yourself or hire GibKo to install landscaping and even water features.

  • HomeBase - 515 MacArthur Dr., Alexandria, LA 71303
    has everything you'll need to improve your garden, including fountains, ponds, edging, pavers and stepping stones, raised gardening beds, garden fencing, and more. They carry a small selection of succulents, so the store is mainly a place to find everything else related to gardening. If you'd like to scout out items online before browsing in the store, you'll be able to see how many of each item are in stock.

  • Petrus Feed & Seed - 2914 N. Bolton Ave., Alexandria, LA 7130
    Petrus Feed & Seed
    is a family-owned business that was first started in 1926. Farmers and homeowners alike now shop at its locations, which carry a large selection of lawn and garden products, vegetable plants, seeds, and more. Their knowledgeable, helpful staff can assist you with everything from choosing plants and seeds to recommending the best fertilizer for your soil type. And even after you've bought your plants and seeds, they'll continue to help by diagnosing and treating any issues in your yard and garden if you bring in a sample.

  • Holloway's Nursery - 11528 Highway 165 S., Forest Hill, LA 71430
    Holloway's Nursery
    has been in business for over 50 years, and over the years, it's grown into an establishment that provides plants, trees, and shrubs to gardeners nationwide. It's hard to imagine that the shop won't have the plants you want since they have millions in stock, many of which you can view on their website under the "Our Stock" tab. You can choose to have your plants delivered or pick them up, depending on what's more convenient for you.

  • Michael's Nursery - 546 Hwy. 113, Glenmora, LA 71433
    Michael's Nursery
    aims to provide quality plants at reasonable prices, along with personalized service and reliable delivery. You'll be able to choose from a large selection of evergreen shrubs, perennials, roses, flower bulbs, seeds, and ground covers as well as plants in the "Southern Living" collection. The vast majority of the plants are grown on-site at the nursery's two locations, each of which is surrounded by about 15 acres of land.

Contact us if you're looking for a home to buy and would like to see Alexandria homes for sale. We've been helping people in the Gulf South buy and sell real estate since 1916 and understand that finding the right home is much more than a business transaction. It's an essential part of having a happy, prosperous life, and we'd love to help you find the right home for you.


Lafayette Patios for Outdoor Dining

Lafayette Dining

Outdoor dining has become much more popular in recent years, but it has always been a big part of the experience of dining in Lafayette. Named after the famed French officer who played a decisive role in the Revolutionary War, beautiful Lafayette homes for sale are a celebration of Louisiana's second city.

When you drop in to attend Lafayette open houses, the natural next step is to enjoy one of the city's many amazing restaurants. You will never be short of choices in Lafayette. Options range from your classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to sophisticated fusion concepts.

The mild weather and beautiful surroundings of Lafayette mean that almost every restaurant that has the opportunity provides at least a few tables for outdoor seating. Our real estate agents are confident you will find places to suit anything you have a craving for. Let's visit some of Lafayette's leading outdoor dining spots:

  • Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant – 900 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Spoonbill Watering Hole & Restaurant is known for some of the best burgers in Louisiana. Be warned – it doesn't take reservations, so you may want to show up early to this hopping local mainstay. As you'd expect from some of the best of Lafayette, the menu is also bursting with delicious seafood.

  • Half Shell Oyster House – 109 Old Camp Road Suite #114, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Perfect for those who know what they want, Lafayette's own Half Shell Oyster House provides you with the freshest bivalves at great prices. The iconic oysters anchor a chef-led menu also featuring seafood pasta, crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, Lafayette quesadillas, and a range of gumbos.

  • Bon Temps Grill – 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, Bon Temps Grill promises its guests good food and fun times. It is also lauded for its weekend brunch selection. A down-to-earth lunch menu is replete with comfort food like the meatloaf po'boy sandwich, French dip, and smoked Cuban sandwich.

  • Social Southern Table & Bar – 3901 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    The multiple award-winning Social Southern Table & Bar has a strong claim to some of the best organic food in Louisiana and pairs it all with an expansive drinks menu. Available for lunch, brunch, dinner, and catering, it is the place to celebrate any special occasion.

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant Lafayette – 3151 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Drago's Seafood Restaurant Lafayette is one of the biggest regional names in seafood and bills itself as the home of the original charbroiled oyster. It also stands out as it is among the few restaurants serving a full half-dozen or dozen raw oysters on the half shell, along with robust gumbos and surf and turf specials.

  • Tsunami Sushi Lafayette – 412 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    In a region synonymous with seafood, you can hardly get fresher than sushi. Tsunami Sushi Lafayette is the local answer to the Japanese classic, with creative rolls that put a local spin on a delightfully flavorful experience. Baked salmon and diverse small plates are also available.

Contact us to discover more about Lafayette today.


Where to Buy Locally Roasted Coffee

Coffee in Louisiana

When choosing a place to live, easy access to high-quality, locally roasted coffee is always a priority for our real estate agents. When coffee is roasted locally, it's guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful -- and once you start drinking great coffee, it's difficult to accept just any alternative. 

One of the many great things about Baton Rouge is our vast number of amazing coffee shops all around town. These shops roast locally and also source the finest beans from all over the world. If you'll only drink the very best coffee in the morning, we recommend checking out some of these Louisiana coffee destinations:

  • River Road Coffees - 11569 Investor Dr #4261, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    One of our favorite coffee brands is headquartered just down the street from these beautiful Baton Rouge homes for saleRiver Road Coffees sources the finest Arabica beans and roasts them using the perfect temperature while monitoring for the appropriate color. Then, they perform in-house cuppings every Friday for quality assurance. The Baton Rouge blend is one of the most popular choices. You can find River Road Coffee across dozens of local Baton Rouge grocery stores.

  • Congregation Coffee - 240 Pelican Ave, New Orleans, LA 70114
    One of New Orleans' best coffee brands is Congregation Coffee, which roasts high-quality beans at its roastery on Tchoupitoulas Street. You can order coffee online, sign-up for a monthly subscription, or stop by Algiers Point, their flagship cafe. After buying your beans, be sure to swing by these amazing New Orleans home for sale just around the corner. 

  • Flamjeaux Coffee - 2012 Jefferson St, Mandeville, LA 70448
    Named for the flames used during many Mardi Gras parades and celebrations, Flamjeaux roasts all beans locally in Old Mandeville. Order your coffee online or stop by the store to pick up your order and try some samples. If you visit during a roasting, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful smell. If you like the area, you might be interested in exploring some of these Mandeville homes for sale.

  • Orleans Coffee - 3445 Prytania St Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Orleans Coffee has been roasting coffee every morning in New Orleans since 1985. This shop sells dozens of premium blends and often features monthly specials. You can also find tea and other merchandise. Purchases can be made online, or you can stop by their espresso bar, which is located not too far from these Kenner homes for sale

  • Abita Roasting Co. - 1011 Village Walk, Covington, LA 70433
    For some of the best local coffee at a reasonable price, check out Abita Roasting Co. The beans are roasted locally and brewed at their local cafe in Convington, where you'll also find great breakfast foods and a comfortable atmosphere. If you're on the go, you can also head through the drive-thru. After purchasing some beans and enjoying a cup of coffee, make sure to check out these nearby Covington homes for sale

For many of us, access to good coffee in the morning is non-negotiable. For more recommendations, contact us today.


NOLA Culinary Scene: Local Chefs

Local Chefs

NOLA's incredible culinary scene is thanks to the area's talented chefs! Our team is always excited to try new restaurants near New Orleans homes for sale. Let our real estate agents, who are also ardent foodies, share the 411 on these exciting local chefs. 

  • Emeril Lagasse 
    Are you one of the many devoted followers who have "kicked it up a notch" based on the urging of Emeril Lagasse? Emeril's cooking chops, exuberant personality, and catchphrases such as "BAM!" made him one of the first stars during the early days of Food Network. While Emeril hails from New England, his career flourished in New Orleans, starting in 1982 when he succeeded fellow celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme at the iconic Commander's Palace. His 13 restaurants include three in New Orleans: NOLA, Emeril's, and Meril (which is actually named for his daughter).

  • Leah Chase
    Although she has passed away, no discussion of New Orleans chefs would be complete without Leah Chase, who was true culinary royalty. Not only was Leah known as the "Queen of Creole Cuisine," she was the inspiration for the character of Princess Tiana in the Disney classic, The Princess and the Frog. Leah and her husband, Edgar "Dooky" Chase Jr., turned his family's po'boy shop into a beloved fine-dining restaurant and community gathering spot named Dooky Chase's.

  • Nina Compton
    After graduating from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, St. Lucia native Nina Compton earned her stripes working under renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Scott Conant. Nina then began her love affair with New Orleans while finishing as runner-up and winning Fan Favorite in Season 11 of Top Chef, which was filmed in the city. In 2015, she returned to open Compère Lapin, with a menu that blends Nina's Caribbean roots with the flavors of New Orleans. Success led to the opening of a second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, in 2018, the same year Nina was named "Best Chef: South" by the James Beard Foundation.

  • Meg Bickford
    Born and raised in Louisiana, Meg Bickford is the latest in a long line of illustrious executive chefs at Commander's Palace. The restaurant hired Meg straight out of John Folse Culinary Institute, recognizing the talent and skills that would serve her well in the fast pace and demanding standards of their kitchen. Meg excelled in roles of increasing responsibility, gaining accolades such as Louisiana Cookin's "Chefs to Watch" along the way. By 2020, Meg had earned the opportunity to become the first female executive chef at Commander's Palace, creating dishes such as Miso & Sugarcane Shrimp-Coated Redfish.

  • Isaac Toups
    While Isaac Toups is another Top Chef alum, making it to the final round of Season 13 and winning Fan Favorite, the bayou is in his blood. His family's roots in South Louisiana go back more than three centuries, and his first job in the industry was working for Emeril Lagasse. In 2012, Isaac and wife Amanda opened Toups' Meatery, adding his sophisticated technique to rustic dishes such as smoked duck cassoulet and veal schnitzel. Isaac credits both of his grandmothers for their influence on his unique "born and braised" style of cooking.

Treat yourself to an incomparable meal at one of these restaurants after a day of viewing wonderful New Orleans open houses. For more information, contact us at Latter & Blum. 


Cocktail Tours in New Orleans

Cocktail Tours NOLA

New Orleans homes for sale give you the opportunity to live in the middle of a culinary capital of the United States. If you're visiting the Big Easy to take in New Orleans open houses, why not extend the experience by tasting what the city cooks up?

Our real estate agents know the unique history and culture of New Orleans are among the biggest reasons people are drawn here. When you choose cocktail tours in New Orleans, you can enjoy a little bit of everything. And you have plenty to choose from.

Walking tours are a mainstay of historic cities like New Orleans. Adding a cocktail or two from your stops is a great way to sample what local bars and restaurants have to offer. You have the chance to meet people, see the sights, and encounter local watering holes you'll want to return to.

Let's look at just a few of the many tours New Orleans offers:

  • Nowaer Tours – 518 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Owned by a New Orleans native, Nowaer Tours is a boutique tour company that lifts the curtain on the colonial history and diverse culture of New Orleans. The highly popular French Quarter tours bring you right through the culinary heart of New Orleans and provide plenty of opportunities for a sip on the way.

  • Nightly Spirits – 410 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Nightly Spirits is a combination of two New Orleans favorites, the cocktail tour, and the classic ghost tour. Yes, New Orleans has more haunted attractions than almost any other U.S. city, and you don't have to wait until Halloween to see them or hear the unforgettable stories behind them!

  • Drink & Learn – 1019 Desire Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Drink & Learn is there to help when "your brain gets thirsty." Themed interactions and presentations from trained tour guides will enlighten you on everything unique about New Orleans – including the variety of cocktails that were first developed here, some of which are truly unique in the world.

  • New Orleans Culinary History Tours – 4648 Lafaye Street, New Orleans, LA 70122
    Operating since 2004, New Orleans Culinary History Tours is the original culinary history walkabout within the Crescent City. Its tours focus on the oldest and most storied restaurants, including Antoine's (established in 1840) and Tujaque's (established in 1856). 

  • The Old New Orleans Rum Distillery – 2815 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70122
    The Old New Orleans Rum Distillery is the oldest operating rum distillery in the continental United States. Tour participants will get to see its load-out of custom distilling equipment and hear all about its unique distilling approaches. A convenient shuttle can get you to the tour site from the French Quarter.

  • WeVenture – 1340 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    WeVenture provides private and custom tours in New Orleans that let you explore the fascinating French Quarter or anywhere else in the city that interests you. Tours can be tailored to your needs and might include special features for a birthday party, bachelor party, family reunion, and much more.

  • Gray Line New Orleans – 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Starting from the famous Gray Line "Lighthouse" ticket booth in Woldenberg Park, Gray Line New Orleans is an attractive first stop for visitors who want to know about all the best places to visit during their trip. The 150-minute talking tour always starts with a complimentary NATCHEZ Jazz Punch!

Ready to learn more about what NOLA has to offer? Contact us to find out more today.


Seafood and Farmers Markets in Jefferson Parish

Seafood Markets

Some of the best farmers markets in the Greater New Orleans area are located in Jefferson Parish, a vast area that spans the banks of Lake Pontchartrain to the remote Gulf Coast Islands. 

Unsurprisingly, Jefferson Parish is a great place to find locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood. With spring in the air, our real estate agents are excited to highlight some of our favorite markets in Jefferson Parish. 

  • Gretna, Louisiana Farmers Market - 300 Huey P Long Ave, Gretna, LA 70053
    The Gretna Farmers Market is a year-round open-air market that is one of the best places around to find fresh produce and homemade goods near Gretna homes for sale. The Gretna Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, rain or shine, under the market pavilion between 3rd Street and 4th Street. Every other week September through December and March through May, the market happens in conjunction with the Gretna Art Walk. 

  • Farmers Arts Metairie Market - 2713 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001
    The Old Metairie Garden Club holds various events throughout the year, and the Farmers Arts Mataire Market is a perennial favorite. The market is held at Bayou Metairie Park, just minutes from many New Orleans homes for sale. Although it doesn't happen as often as some other markets in the area, it always brings an amazing array of vendors, including produce, live music, crafts, and kids' activities. Upcoming dates are always posted online so you can plan ahead before you visit Metairie homes for sale.

  • Westwego Shrimp Lot - 100 Westbank Expy, Westwego, LA 70094
    Jefferson Parish locals know that the Westwego Shrimp Lot is the best place around to get fresh-caught seafood. This iconic market has been a staple of the area since 1978 and features various vendor stalls that are all independently owned by fishermen and seafood companies. The Westwego Shrimp Lot spans 10 acres and offers everything from fish and shrimp to crab and oysters. It's also open year-round, rain or shine, and includes Market Wego, where you'll find the best Cajun food around. All within a short drive of Westwego homes for sale.

  • Lafreniere Park Farmers Art Market - 3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie, LA 70003
    You'll find all things local and delicious at the Lafreniere Park Farmer's Market. This reliable weekly outdoor market features dozens of vendors offering fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, eggs, pickles, preserves, and ready-to-eat specialties ranging from tamales to crawfish pies. The market takes place every Wednesday from 2 pm to 7 pm at Lafreniere Park, which is convenient to many upcoming New Orleans open houses. The 2022 season runs from January to November.

  • AJ & Sheron Fabre Market - 920 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Jean Lafitte, LA 70067
    Gulf Coast seafood is the star of the show in the community of Jean Lafitte, home to the Jules Nunez Seafood Pavilion and AJ & Sheron Fabre Market. With a picturesque location overlooking Bayou Barataria, this market was put on hold in 2020 but has returned in a big way. In addition to fresh-caught shrimp, fish, and other seafood, it's a great place to find local produce, arts and crafts, and other unique goods. The Seafood Pavilion also features booths for local restaurants, where you enjoy a great meal like softshell shrimp pasta, boiled crawfish, or seafood gumbo. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Greater New Orleans area. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Louisiana. 


Start Your Day at These Baton Rouge Brunch Spots

Baton Rouge Brunch

Baton Rouge homes for sale are known for all kinds of advantages. One of them is the amazing dining scene, packed with an array of Creole and Cajun treats. But no matter if you're in the mood for surf, turf, or lighter breakfast fare, you can enjoy it all at a Baton Rouge brunch spot. There are so many to choose from, you will never really run out of options.

Let's take a closer look at just a few of the best brunch spots in the Capital City:

  • Milford's on Third – 150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Milford's on Third is a classic delicatessen with a long history in Baton Rouge. On the grounds of the historic Watermark hotel, it's a little slice of New York City in the middle of Louisiana. Whether you want a hearty bowl of oatmeal, a breakfast sandwich, or warm pastries, Milford's has you covered.

  • Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar – 7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar, led by Executive Chef Andy Papson, is all about indigenous cuisine of the Baton Rouge area. Visit around breakfast time and you'll find tables replete with signatures like catfish boil benedict, beignets Tallulah, shrimp and grits, and – yes – avocado toast.

  • Soji Modern Asian Restaurant & Bar – 5050 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Who says you can't have Asian food for brunch? Soji Modern Asian Restaurant & Bar is a delightful place to sate your cravings for signature raw fish or small plates like kung pao bao, dumplings, lemongrass edamame, salt, and pepper calamari, and even your choice of ramen bowls.

  • Bistro Byronz – 8200 Village Plaza Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Bistro Byronz has a little bit of everything, so you never need to worry that you might be missing out. Lunch, dinner, famous Sunday brunch, a complete kids' menu, and a wine list all await you. You won't want to miss the corn and shrimp soup, which attracts visitors from miles around.

  • The Gregory – 150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    The Gregory is a diverse and luxurious dining spot that epitomizes the best of haute cuisine. Local, sustainable ingredients combine with deep insight into southern cooking to give you a truly unique experience. Big plates like garden ravioli, chicken piccata, duck, and redfish are among the stars.

  • Another Broken Egg Cafe – 2531 Citiplace Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    With two locations to choose from, Another Broken Egg Cafe boasts an expansive menu of more than 130 items. In addition to the traditional selection of brunch favorites, the cafe offers a full gluten-free menu, signature cocktails, and seasonal specialties with fresh local ingredients.

  • Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine – 7731 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Beausoleil Coastal Cuisine is a place to eat, drink, and enjoy a variety of cuisines with local and global inspiration. You'll have the chance to sample a wide range of chef-driven Louisiana favorites as well as sushi, a full raw seafood bar, and much more. 

Contact us to discover more of what Baton Rouge has to offer.


New Restaurants in the Lafayette Area

Lafayette Restaurants

In Louisiana, food is more than just sustenance. It's embedded deep in the local culture. When our real estate agents are ready to relax after one of their Lafayette open houses, they head to one of these wonderful new restaurants making their mark in the community.

  • Catalon Legacy Food Truck Park - 8105 Maurice Ave., Maurice, LA 70555
    One of the hottest culinary trends comes to Lafayette in a big way with Catalon Legacy Food Truck Park. The family-owned spot is also a tribute to patriarch Eldridge Catalon, who in 1947 opened his grocery store on the same land where the food truck park now stands. The rotating list of participating trucks includes Nina Creole, Mouthful of Goodness, and G&G Quality Catering. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for information about hours and truck lineup, especially if you'll be in the area looking at Maurice homes for sale.

  • LUNA Bar and Grill - 533 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    While LUNA Bar and Grill is new to downtown Lafayette, the pet-friendly, celestial-inspired restaurant already has a stellar reputation. For years, the original LUNA has been a popular gathering spot in downtown Lake Charles. Chef/owner Dave Evans isn't messing with success, bringing the same casual ambiance and first-class food and drinks. Don't miss the Remoulade Trio, a zesty mix of crab, crawfish, and shrimp, and the Anthony Bourdain, a wedge salad topped with shrimp, pickled red onions, chopped bacon, and goat cheese. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Poppa's Fried Chicken - 810 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Do the words "too much-fried chicken" exist around Lafayette homes for sale? Not when the food is as tasty as Poppa's Fried Chicken. Serving up homestyle cooking in a fast-food setting, Poppa's is no one-trick pony. Customers love the burgers and sandwiches such as the Mac Tsunami, a double-patty burger covered with mac & cheese. If you can't make it to the restaurant, check out their food truck at 1416 Moss St. Restaurant hours are 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  • Vestal - 555 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Looking for a new spot for date night or a special occasion? Located in a historic building in downtown Lafayette, Vestal has an intimate ambiance and upscale menu that will make any night memorable. Named after Vesta, the Roman goddess of hearth and home, the restaurant features a stunning 14-foot fireplace where food is cooked over the open flame. In addition to high-quality steaks and seafood, Vestal offers a delicious raw menu that includes ceviche, Crudo, and tartare. Vestal's kitchen is open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, while the oyster and cocktail bar stays open until 11 p.m. and midnight, respectively.

  • Priya's J&J Indian Foods - 4807 Johnston St., Suite L, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Spice up your dining experience with the bright flavors of Priya's J&J Indian Foods. Priya Joseph is already a beloved figure in the community since selling her homemade food at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. Now customers can enjoy her samosas, curries, and signature Better Butter Chicken at the cozy and colorful brick-and-mortar restaurant. Lunch is served weekdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and dinner hours are 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

There's always something new to see and do around Lafayette. Contact us at Latter & Blum for the latest news and information about the real estate market.


Celebrate Crawfish Season at These Louisiana Spots


Are you ready for crawfish season and don't want to wait for the Lake Charles Crawfish Festival in April? Some of your favorite dining destinations around Lake Charles are ready to help you celebrate with a dish that is always best enjoyed in Louisiana. No matter how you enjoy your crawfish prepared, there's sure to be a local seafood spot ready to serve you. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 great spots to chow down on some crawfish around Lake Charles.

  • Zydeco Crawfish – 5400 Gerstner Memorial Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70607
    Consistently voted as the best crawfish drive-thru near Lake Charles homes for sale with both steamed, to-go crawfish and live crawfish to cook at home, Zydeco Crawfish is ready to help you celebrate the season. They're moving from their previous location into a brand new building, but you can still expect the same great service. Stop by anytime for a quick, convenient way to satisfy your crawfish craving.

  • Steamboat Bill's – 1004 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    With two locations in Lake Charles along with the Boiling Wagon that you might see at local events, Steamboat Bill's is a local favorite for all sorts of seafood, crawfish included. What started as the dream of a roadside merchant has grown into a popular local chain, where you can always find fresh seafood and good times. They also offer catering for events of all sizes if you're thinking of planning a party this crawfish season.

  • JT's Seafood – 2908 Lake St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Known for a menu that mixes authentic Southern barbecue with fresh seafood favorites, JT's Seafood is always ready to serve you during crawfish season. When you're shopping for fresh ingredients, JT's Seafood is the place to be. Fresh shipments of crawfish, crab, shrimp, and fish arrive regularly. Of course, you can also pick up prepared meals, complete with all the fixings and cooked to order.

  • The Crawfish Stop – 3437 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Another excellent drive-thru destination for crawfish, The Crawfish Stop has two locations in Lake Charles for your convenience. This locally owned and operated business is drive-thru only, perfect for picking up some steamed crawfish on the way home from work. Every crawfish meal is served with potatoes, along with sweet corn and a delicious dipping sauce. Order your crawfish by the pound, and let The Crawfish Stop handle all of the cooking for you.

  • Beauxdines' Seafood & Specialty Meat Market – 3013 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Whether you want to pick up some fresh crawfish to steam at home with your own recipe or grab your crawfish hot, fresh, and ready to eat, Beauxdines' Seafood & Specialty Meat Market has you covered. Visit the drive-thru to grab a quick meal, or head inside to shop from an extensive selection of high-quality ingredients. If you stop by on the weekend, you'll often have some live music to enjoy while you dine.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the amazing dining spots around Lake Charles? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area or stop by our Lake Charles open houses.


Plan Ahead for the 6th Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival

Book Festival

Whether you prefer fiction, non-fiction, or a little bit of both, there's an upcoming event that you won't want to miss. The 6th Annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival is scheduled for April 1 - 3, 2022, and is a favorite among local avid readers. It's one of the most exciting events for book lovers in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are happy to share some more details below.

  • What Is It?
    The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival is a celebration of the work of Southern and Louisiana authors. This year, the theme is Celebrating New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux's Hometown, and Great Southern Writers. Osha Gray Davidson, the author of Best of Enemies: Redemption in the New South, is also being honored as this year's Great Southern Writer. 

    While Davidson is the honored author for this year's festival, there are also many activities centered more broadly around literature that both readers and authors will enjoy.

  • What Activities Are Offered?
    In addition to lectures and literature, the festival will offer various walking tours, cooking demonstrations, and poetry workshops. There will also be a reader's theater where you can listen to various works being read out loud. The Jambalaya Cajun Band and Andy Smith Band will be playing live music for the crowd. Finally, there will be a special tribute to Ernest Gaines, the acclaimed author of Lessons Before Dying.

    This festival offers something for all ages. There will be several children's writing activities and workshops at the Parish Library and George Rodrigue Memorial Park. On Saturday, there's also a workshop on creating a Little Free Library, which will teach you everything from how to build the library to how to keep it stocked with books.

  • Where Is the Festival Held?
    The festival activities are being held at a variety of locations throughout historic New Iberia. You can see a complete list of activities and locations on the event website.

    Several lectures will take place at the Shadows-on-the-Tech Visitor's Center on Main Street. Sliman Theater is hosting most of the reader's theater performances, and Parish Library is hosting many author meet-and-greets and children's workshops. 

  • How Do You Buy Tickets?
    If you'll be in the area looking at Lafayette homes for sale or New Iberia homes for sale, then consider attending the festival while in town. Tickets are for sale on the event website, with several different ticketing options for attendees.

    You may purchase tickets for individual activities, or you can buy an all-inclusive package for $190 per person. The all-inclusive package gives you tickets to six separately ticketed events, along with free portions of the festival.

    Even if you don't want to buy tickets, there are plenty of free activities and performances you can participate in. All are welcome to listen to the bands and attend free workshops, such as the Little Free Library seminar.

Ready to write your own Louisiana story? If you happen to fall in love with the region while you're in town for the festival, don't hesitate to contact us. We can guide you in attending Lafayette open houses, helping you discover the perfect place to call home.


Order the Catch of the Day at These Baton Rouge Restaurants

Baton Rouge Restaurants

Oysters, crawfish, and po' boy sandwiches are mainstays of Louisiana Creole cuisine, and our real estate agents know just where to find them. Fresh seafood is just one more reason why Baton Rouge homes for sale are so popular.

Here's a handful of local restaurants where the catch of the day is always worth trying:

  • Parrain's Seafood Restaurant – 3225 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Parrain's Seafood Restaurant offers a delectable combination of surf and turf, including what it touts as the freshest seafood in town. Steak and chicken dishes complement crawfish, shrimp, seafood gumbo, and more. You can order up a succulent grilled duck breast or a whole fried hen to go with specialties like catfish perdu and crawfish etouffee.

  • The Original Krab Queens Baton Rouge –  5260 Corporate Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The Original Krab Queens Baton Rouge bills itself as the home of the best butter sauce you'll find in Baton Rouge. You'll be using plenty of it when you order up the boiled seafood platters from this classic crab shack. The popular "Just Crab Platter" delivers on the name with two snow crabs alongside fixings: Corn, egg, sausage, and potatoes make for a hearty meal.

  • Phil's Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant – 4335 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 7080
    Phil's Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant has a history dating back to 1950 and remains family-owned and operated. It features brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar menu, as well as catering and hosting for private events. Entrees run the gamut from po' boys on local French bread, barbecued shrimp fettuccine, trout almondine, and – of course – heaping fried or grilled crab cakes.

  • The Juicy Seafood Restaurant & Bar – 3132 College Drive Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 7080
    With new specials every day, The Juicy Seafood Restaurant & Bar always has something new to tempt your taste buds. Starters, sides, veggies, and seafood are the mainstays here, in a space that's casual but always hip and happening. Blue crab, crawfish, shrimp, snow crab legs, sea scallops, and other delights from the sea come fully dressed in corn, potatoes, and optional boiled egg.

  • Drusilla Seafood Restaurant – 3482 Drusilla Lane D, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Coming to you from the heart of Baton Rouge for nearly 40 years, Drusilla Seafood Restaurant has a full selection of your favorite fried, boiled, and blackened seafood dishes. Its goal is to serve the most authentic Louisiana cuisine in the city and has been named "Best Seafood in Baton Rouge" by a number of local critics and publications. The famous seafood gumbo anchors a mouthwatering menu.

  • Drago's Seafood Restaurant – 4580 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    The claim to fame for Drago's Seafood Restaurant is the original charbroiled oyster. With six locations, including one in Baton Rouge, it is a true Louisiana success story. In addition to the half dozen or dozen charbroiled oysters, you can choose raw oysters on the half shell or fried oysters Voisin. Other house specials include the sautéed alligator, seafood pasta, and shrimp and eggplant stack.

  • John's Seafood – 2750 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    You'll have plenty to choose from at John's Seafood, where reviews acclaim both the hot wings and the oysters. Besides the usual po' boys, chicken, oysters, and shrimp, you'll discover a number of unexpected treats. It's a great way to enjoy a little bit of everything for lunch or dinner.

Contact us to find out more about Louisiana real estate or stop by one of our Baton Rouge open houses.


New to Baton Rouge? Take One of These Tours

Baton Rouge Tour

There's so much to see, do, and experience when you're new to Baton Rouge that it can be hard to decide where to start. So why not let a local expert be your guide? Whether you're interested in history, food, drink, culture, or the great outdoors, there's a local tour with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all the details on some of the best Baton Rouge tours to help you get familiar with your new home city.

All About Baton Rouge Tours – 750 Florida St. Unit #4644, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

If you're looking for a diverse selection of different tours close to Baton Rouge homes for sale, then All About Baton Rouge Tours is the perfect place to start. They offer a tour for every interest, with expert guides who will take you to see some of the city's most fascinating destinations.

  • Baton Rouge City Tour
    For a general overview of some of the interesting places around the city, the Baton Rouge City Tour is a great option. This guided and narrated tour is perfect for getting to know Baton Rouge.

  • Baton Rouge Food Tour
    Sure, food is the focus of this tour, but you'll also experience plenty of other unique things along the way. The Baton Rouge Food Tour seamlessly blends food, art, culture, and history to give you a local's view of the city.

  • Haunted Tour
    Feeling brave? This fun, quirky tour will take you to see some of the spookier historic places around Baton Rouge.

  • Swamp Tours
    Travel beyond the city to experience the vast natural beauty, native plants, and local wildlife that make Louisiana such a special place to call home.

Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours – Baton Rouge, LA 70802

All you need to participate in Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours is your own two feet and a desire to explore the city. Food tours tend to be the most popular offerings from this tour company, but they also offer plenty of other ways to experience Baton Rouge. Try a historical tour, an art tour, or take a sightseeing tour to get acquainted with local landmarks. Enjoy Baton Rouge Walking Tours has no physical location, but you can easily schedule your tour in advance online.

Three Roll Estate Distillery Tour – 760 Saint Philip St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Three Roll Estate Distillery is an award-winning producer of fine spirits located in the heart of Baton Rouge. You can enjoy the Three Roll Estate Distillery Tour every Thursday through Sunday to learn more about how the distillery creates its spirits from sugarcane that's grown and pressed on-site. The tour includes a look behind the scenes at the distilling process from start to finish and ends with a tasting.

Tin Roof Brewery Tour – 1624 Wyoming St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Known for its taproom, outdoor dining space, and commitment to producing some of Louisiana's most distinctive craft brews, Tin Roof Brewing Co. is more than worth the trip for any beer enthusiast. Every Friday, the team here hosts the Tin Roof Brewery Tour. During the tour, you'll get to see the art and science that goes into creating every unique beer at Tin Roof.

Still searching for your next home in the city? Our local team has you covered. Visit one of our Baton Rouge open houses, or simply contact us to buy and sell homes in the Baton Rouge, LA area.


Dine at these Food Halls in New Orleans

Food Halls NOLA

Food halls have become quite common over the past few years. It's so much fun to walk through these halls, admire all of the choices, and order whatever you find most appealing at the time. You can even order an entrée from one vendor and a side dish from another. New Orleans happens to be home to a few different food halls where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Our real estate agents recommend checking out these tasty places when you're in town visiting for New Orleans open houses

  • Pythian Market: 234 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Pythian Market is a bustling food hall in downtown New Orleans. It's open Monday - Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sundays for breakfast and lunch. Along with various food vendors, you'll find a few retailers selling locally made arts and crafts. 

    There are 11 different vendors inside Pythian Market. 14 Parishes serves incredible Caribbean cuisine, including vegetarian and vegan options. You can grab a cocktail at Bar 1908, or enjoy a poke bowl at Kais. Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken, & Waffles is another tasty option, especially for breakfast or brunch. And of course, you can power up for the day with a coffee from Lattes on Loyola. 

    Pythian Market is located inside the historic Pythian Building, which was built in 1908.

  • St. Roch Market: 2381 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
    St. Roch Market is a smaller food hall that focuses on chef-made, local foods, and beverages. They offer counter-side service, and you can even dine on their patio during nice weather. This food hall has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure.

    One of the vendors at St. Roch Market is Buttermilk, which serves fried chicken and other southern treats. You can also enjoy Mediterranean cuisine from Dolma or oysters from Elysian Seafood. Wash it all down with a seasonal craft cocktail from The Mayhaw.

  • Auction House Market: 801 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Auction House Market opened in 2018 and has quickly become a favorite among locals. The hall has a beautiful aesthetic; it's decorated with green plants and white marble.

    The Mayhaw also has a bar located inside Auction House Market, and they host Happy Hour Monday - Fridays from 4 - 7 pm. For food, one great choice is Asianlicious, which serves sushi and noodle dishes. If you're in the mood for Mexican cuisine, Trippy Tacos is the place to go. You can even order ahead online for convenience. 

  • French Market: 1008 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    French Market is a bit different from your typical food hall. It's an outdoor, open-air market that dates back to 1791! French Market is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm, making it the perfect place to stop for a workday lunch.

    One of the top restaurants in this market is Cafe Pontalba, which serves New Orleans' classics. Corner Oyster House Bar & Grill serves American dishes like seafood platters and burgers. If you're in the mood for something sweet, visit Holy Crepes, which offers vegan and gluten-free options.

    While you're at French Market, make sure you also browse the accompanying flea market for crafts, artwork, and more.

These vibrant food halls are one of the best things about living in New Orleans. If you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. Our friendly, experienced real estate agents will help you consider your options and discover the best homes to suit your needs.


Explore Lafayette: 6 Places to Visit this Year

Lafayette 2022

When buyers approach us looking for Lafayette homes for sale, we always get a little excited for them. Lafayette is such a great place to live. Not only does the city have a rich history, but it's full of fun things to do and places to explore. Whether you're already a local, or getting ready to make Lafayette your new home, make sure to check out these Lafayette destinations in 2022.

  1. Jefferson Street and University Avenue, Lafayette, LA
    The area around Jefferson Street and University Avenue in downtown Lafayette is one of the best parts of the city to shop, explore, and visit local restaurants. You'll find a little of everything from bridal boutiques to local delis. This area is very walkable. The large, 3D letters that spell out "Lafayette" in Sans Souci Park make for great photo ops!

  2. Vermilionville Historic Village: 3000 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Vermilionville is a historic village consisting of several 18th and 19th-century homes that have been maintained and restored. Here, you can learn about the region's Cajun and Creole history. Take a self-guided tour or join one of the guided tour groups for an additional charge. Vermilionville also offers cooking demonstrations, boat tours, and dance lessons. 

  3. Buck & Johnny's: 100 Berard St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Buck & Johnny's
    serves incredible Cajun cuisine all around, but they're really known for their Zydeco Breakfast. At Buck & Johnny's, you can enjoy breakfast while listening to and learning about Zydeco music. Try the Zydeco omelet, the Cajun Boudin Breakfast, or the Troubled Water, which is grits topped with crawfish etouffee. 

  4. Hilliard Art Museum: 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Hilliard Art Museum
    is an art museum at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It's open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, and admission is only $7.50 for adults. Notable collections at Hilliard Art Museum include Twenty Years of Marais Press, Universe of the Mind by Master Shen-Long, and Sanctuary: New Work by Linda Alterwitz. The museum offers guided tours, and visitors are welcome to write or sketch in the galleries if desired. 

  5. Avery Island: Avery Island, LA
    Avery Island
    is a collection of five tiny islands that rise above the water level of the salt marshes about 20 minutes outside Lafayette. It's well worth taking a quick drive to the islands when you have a free Saturday. Avery Island is home to several unique species of birds. You can also visit the Tabasco Brand Factory and Museum and learn how this infamous sauce is made.

  6. Lagniappe Antique Mall: 124 W. Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    The town of Breaux Bridge is just a 10-minute drive from Lafayette. Here, you'll discover the Lagniappe Antique Mall, an incredible 17,000 square foot shopping center. The place is packed with antiques, collectibles, and local artwork. The Lagniappe Antique Mall is located inside the historic Domingue Motor Co, which was built in the 1920s. It's open to shoppers Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm. This is the perfect place to buy gifts or decor for your new Lafayette home. 

These are just six of the many amazing things to do in and around Lafayette. Venture out there, and discover the best the region has to offer. If you're still looking for a home in the area, don't hesitate to contact us or stop by one of our Lafayette open houses. We'll tell you how our real estate agents can help.


Where to go Biking in Baton Rouge

Biking in Baton Rouge

Whether for exercise, exploration, or your daily commute, Baton Rouge is a bike-friendly city with ample options for getting around on two wheels. There are plenty of bike paths, both paved and off-road, along with a great collection of bicycle clubs that make it easy to connect with other riders. Our real estate agents have the key info on some of the many ways that you can enjoy biking in Baton Rouge.

  • Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path – Between River Rd. and Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, LA
    We start with a trip along the riverfront on one of the more popular bike paths located near Baton Rouge homes for sale. The Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path travels from downtown Baton Rouge past Tiger Stadium, with great views to enjoy while you ride. The bike path is 4.31 miles long, and offers a wide variety of local attractions where you can stop along the way. There are plans to expand this bike path significantly, with a Downtown Greenway that will connect all of the downtown parks.

  • LSU Lakes Loop – 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    For another pleasant ride along the water, try a trip around the LSU Lakes Loop which can be accessed from Milford Wampold Memorial Park. The park itself has about .25 miles of paved trails, but the LSU Lakes Loop stretches considerably further than that. Sandy beaches along the lakes make for the perfect place to stop and take in the view, especially around sunset and sunrise.

  • Perkins Road Community Park – 7122 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    A trip to Perkins Road Community Park offers a variety of options for biking. The park is connected by a series of paved trails open to bikers, skaters, runners, and walkers, ideal for a leisurely ride. Perkins Road Community Park is also home to the BMX Raceway when you're in the mood for something more adventurous. There's even a velodrome, a 333-foot paved track that allows cyclists to reach speeds that wouldn't be possible on other trails. These attractions are free and open to the public, with the BMX Raceway and velodrome requiring helmets to enter.

  • Hooper Road Park – 6261 Guynell Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70811
    Mountain biking is on the menu in Baton Rouge as well, thanks to the trails at places like Hooper Road Park. This 200-acre, wooded park is home to more than 5 miles of mountain bike trails and is open from sunrise to sunset. This is a great place to get a taste of local natural beauty without leaving Baton Rouge.

  • Comite River Park – 8900 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818
    Another popular place for getting in touch with nature, the 5.5-mile mountain bike trail at Comite River Park is located along the edge of the Cypress Bayou and Comite River. This is a more advanced trail, perfect for mountain bikers looking for a fun challenge.

  • Baton Rouge Bike Club – P.O. Box 253, Baton Rouge, LA 70821
    There are quite a few bike clubs around the city as well, and the Baton Rouge Bike Club has been connecting local riders for more than 50 years. Become a member to enjoy a busy schedule of events and plenty of other perks.

Ready to find a home that makes it easy to explore your favorite city on two wheels? Our local real estate team is here to help. Visit one of our Baton Rouge open houses or contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


National Hot Tea Month: Tea Shops in NOLA

Tea Shops NOLA

Our real estate agents want to invite you to celebrate National Hot Tea Month this January!

Tea is one of the most diverse and storied beverages in human history. Although it is closely associated with the United Kingdom, the finest teas in the world have generally come from China and India.

You can enjoy a delightful cup of tea right in your own Louisiana neighborhood. Around New Orleans and throughout the state, there are dozens of excellent tea shops, coffee shops, and boutiques that can cater to any taste. You'll find some of them only minutes from New Orleans homes for sale.

Let's take a look at some of your options for a National Hot Tea Month treat:

  • Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea – 4641 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 7011
    "Monkey steep, monkey brew" is the motto at Monkey Coffee and Tea, where you can find a hot or cold beverage to perk you up any time of the day. The tea selection includes such favorites as English breakfast, Earl Grey, peach loose-leaf, and chai. Green and herbal teas are also available.

  • Le Salon at Windsor Court Hotel – 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Le Salon boasts a premium location on the lavish grounds of the Windsor Court Hotel. Tea room staff hold an authentic English afternoon tea service that features 26 fine loose-leaf variety brews. You'll also get to enjoy gourmet tea sandwiches, scones, and fresh-baked desserts.

  • Royal Blend Coffee & Tea – 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005
    Open for dine-in and takeout orders, Royal Blend Coffee & Tea pairs its drinks with an assortment of pastries, hot breakfast, and lunch entrees. Whether you are looking for chai tea, hot tea, or traditional southern iced tea, you will find it and much more within a short drive of Metairie homes for sale.

  • Ding Tea NOLA – 1440 Lapalco Boulevard, Harvey, LA 70058
    Ding Tea NOLA bills itself as a Taiwanese boba tea house. If you've never tried milk tea boba, this will give you a whole new way to appreciate your favorite drink. In addition to various tea types and flavor additions, you'll choose from "popping bubbles" that add an extra flair. Stop by after checking out Harvey homes for sale.

  • The English Tearoom & Eatery – 734 East Rutland Street, Covington, LA 70433
    The English Tearoom & Eatery seeks to reproduce the traditional English tea experience. It is one of the only local teahouses so popular that reservations are recommended – it also serves as an event venue on Sundays. It showcases dozens of teas in 15 major varieties, including its own special "Abbey Road Blend." It's just minutes from Covington homes for sale.

  • The Roosevelt New Orleans – 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    The Roosevelt New Orleans is a lavish Waldorf Astoria hotel. It has five dining locations, including the famous Rooftop Bar and some of the best room service in the city. For tea, try Teddy's Cafe, which you'll find conveniently located right in the hotel lobby.

Looking for a new home where you can be near your favorite cafes and shops? Contact us to discover more about New Orleans real estate today.


Music Venues Throughout Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Music

Baton Rouge and live music go hand-in-hand. It's one of the things our real estate agents love most about life in this historic city overlooking the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge has always been at the intersection of American music traditions, and it remains that way today. 

These days, the best live music venues in Baton Rouge host everything from national touring acts to promising up-and-comers. You might see a hot new indie rock band or a local blues legend, sometimes on the same stage on the same night. 

  • The Texas Club - 456 N Donmoor Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    One of the premier venues in Baton Rouge, the Texas Club is known for hosting major country and rock acts while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. This 1,000-capacity music venue provides a truly unique musical experience, and legends ranging from Garth Brooks to the Allman Brothers Band have graced its stage. Located a stone's throw from these Baton Rouge homes for sale, the Texas Club is, without a doubt, one of the best places in town to catch a show. 

  • Boudreaux & Thibodeaux - 214 3rd St # 2D, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Just two blocks from the banks of the Mississippi River, Boudreaux & Thibodeaux is a hotbed for live, local music in Baton Rouge. This hopping bar and nightclub includes two spaces on two floors that offer live music, drinks, and food. On many nights, there's an acoustic happy hour band up on the balcony, followed by a bigger dance band downstairs. This is one of the best places around to see local Cajun and blues bands, and there's never a cover charge. 

  • Mid City Ballroom - 136 S Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    There's no other venue in Baton Rouge quite like the Mid City Ballroom. Located in an old church that's been renovated and re-opened as a live music venue, the Mid City Ballroom has incredible acoustics and offers performances by local, regional, and national touring acts in a relaxed, intimate space. The ballroom also shares its space with Pop Shop Records, a great local record store where you can browse new and vintage vinyl. 

  • Teddy's Juke Joint - 16999 Old Scenic Hwy, Zachary, LA 70791
    Nestled among the fields and farmlands on the outskirts of Baton Rouge and near Zachary homes for sale, Teddy's Juke Joint is the type of place you could easily miss if you didn't know what you were looking for. Opened in 1979, the juke joint is a labor of love for owner Teddy Johnson, a musician himself, who often performs here on the weekends and DJs during the week. Teddy's Juke Joint is an amazing hole-in-the-wall where you can hear authentic Louisiana music, including a regular Tuesday night blues jam. The beer is always cold, and the kitchen turns out amazing traditional Southern soul food. 

  • Red Stick Social -1503 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    You'll find Red Stick Social inside Baton Rouge's renovated Electric Depot building, and live music is just one reason to visit this unique space. Equal parts bar, bowling alley, event space, and music venue, Red Stick Social presents live music every Friday and Saturday night on indoor and outdoor stages. It's a great place to hang out, grab drinks with friends, bowl a few rounds, and enjoy a killer live band.

Looking for more information about life in Baton Rouge? Our real estate agents are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about finding your dream home and living life to the fullest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 


6 Stops Along the SWLA Boudin Trail


Maybe we're biased, or we're just hungry....but the food in Louisiana can't be beaten. Louisiana food is truly one-of-a-kind and delicious. This certainly includes homemade boudin you can find at local spots. Even better, there's a whole trail dedicated to this fantastic food! When our real estate agents are craving one of the state's iconic foods, they head to the SWLA Boudin Trail and these wonderful shops and restaurants.

  1. Leonard's Food Quarters - 1708 Gerstner Memorial Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Leonard's Food Quarters is more than just a business to its namesake founder. After a 30-year career that began in a bowling alley kitchen, Leonard wanted to create a legacy for his children. Every item on the menu, from boudin to salad dressing, is infused with a touch of soul. Call ahead to have your order ready at the convenient pickup window. Leonard's is open weekdays from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  2. Hebert's Specialty Meats - 1140 Country Club Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70605
    Boudin does double duty at Hebert's Specialty Meats, which has been serving the community around Lake Charles homes for sale for more than 40 years. Buy boudin by the pound or get it as a stuffing in chicken and turkey. Don't forget to take home some of Hebert's flavorful house seasoning. Hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  3. Honey B Ham and Deli - 506 E. Prien Lake Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Take the stress out of the holiday and special event planning when you leave the food to Honey B Ham and Deli. In addition to boudin dishes and balls that serve 20, Honey B has a full selection of BBQ, turkey, side dishes, pies, and, of course, ham. Need a quick lunch? Grab a sandwich, salad, gumbo, or etouffee. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  4. Sonnier's Boudin - 1217 Mill St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    When you put the name of your product in your business, you're making a statement, and Sonnier's Boudin delivers. Sonnier's isn't content to serve only basic boudin, offering it in various combinations of smoked, spicy, pepper jack, and chicken. Be sure to try their sausages that come in pork, beef, deer, and chicken, with a variety of add-ins such as green onion and jalapeño. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

  5. The Boiling Point - 1730 Beglis Pkwy., Sulphur, LA 70663
    Surf meets turf at The Boiling Point, a down-home Cajun seafood restaurant just down the street from Sulphur homes for sale. The Boiling Point has crawfish boudin to go alongside their regular and pepper jack varieties. Boudin also gives the classic burger a whole new dimension. Complement your meal with a side of coleslaw, which many customers declare to be the best in the state. The Boiling Point is open weekdays from 6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  6. Insane Sausages - 2255 Hwy. 109, Vinton, LA 70668
    Insane Sausages takes boudin south of the border with saucy versions such as pork enchilada and boudin quesadillas. Their sausages are equally creative, with flavors such as bourbon brown sugar chicken and pork and syrup. In October, Insane Sausages was one of the award-winning competitors at the Boudin Cook-Off in Lafayette. Stop in after a day of viewing Vinton homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 

Variety is truly the spice of life around Lake Charles. For more information about buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Latter & Blum.


Louisiana Gumbo: Where to Try Gumbo This Winter

Louisiana Gumbo

There's no one way to make gumbo. Cooked with a dark roux, thickened with okra or filé, packed with sausage or shrimp, flavored with the Creole "holy trinity" of celery, bell pepper, and onion, there are endless possibilities. 

Despite its many variations—or perhaps because of them—gumbo is a dish that our real estate agents will never grow tired of. It's the official state dish of Louisiana, and if you want to savor some of the finest gumbo our state has to offer, we recommend these amazing stops. 

  • Luke - 333 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Since opening its doors in 2007, Luke has established itself as an amazing Creole-influenced Brasserie that draws inspiration from French and German cuisine as well as traditional Cajun fare. Their Seafood Gumbo à La Creole is deep and flavorful, with generous portions of andouille sausage and chicken. Luke is located in New Orleans' Central Business District, a stone's throw from these New Orleans homes for sale

  • Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop - 2309 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA 70001
    Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop serves up gumbo by the pint (or by the quart, if you're feeling ambitious). Don't make the mistake of driving right past this place without stopping on your way to check out Metairie homes for sale. They make several types of gumbo, but their flagship specialty—known as "mumbo gumbo"—features filé, chicken, shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, sausage, okra, and tomato. It's on a whole other level. 

  • Poche's - 3015 Main Hwy # A, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    An old-fashioned restaurant and meat market, Poche's has been serving the community of Breaux Bridge since 1962. The establishment has been family-owned since day one, and their traditional Cajun recipes have been handed down through generations. Chicken and sausage gumbo is a seasonal menu item, but when it's available, it's known far and wide as some of the best around. 

  • Landry's Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse - 2318 US-90, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Not to be confused with the similarly-named seafood chain, Landry's Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse was founded in 1969 near New Iberia homes for sale, and like so many of the great Cajun food establishments, has been locally and family-owned ever since. They have two gumbos on the menu: seafood and chicken and sausage. Either one will make your day, and if you get there between 11 am and 2 pm, you can make it a soup-and-sandwich combo with a catfish or shrimp po'boy. 

  • T-Coon's - 1900 W Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    T-Coon's was established in 1993 near Lafayette homes for sale. The restaurant's founder and cook David Billeaud, draws on six generations of Cajun and Creole cooking experience. Chicken and sausage gumbo is available only during the colder months at T-Coon's, but there are always delicious Louisiana specialties on the menu, like crawfish etouffee and catfish courtbouillon. 

  • Parrain's Seafood - 3225 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Baton Rouge has no shortage of great seafood restaurants, but Parrain's Seafood ranks near the top. The seafood specialists here source the freshest seafood imaginable from fishermen far and wide. That effort pays off in dishes like their seafood gumbo, rich, hearty, and packed with flavor. It makes a great appetizer for the iconic "Whole Shebang" seafood platter. Perrain's also has a welcoming rustic ambiance, with a great outdoor patio perfect for visiting after viewing Baton Rouge homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Great food and unique culture are just part of what makes Louisiana a truly unique and special place to call home. 


Gift Ideas From Local Lafayette Shops

Lafayette Local Shops

Running out of ideas for meaningful gifts? Our real estate agents are always inspired by the many independent small businesses in our community. Take a break from viewing Lafayette homes for sale for some holiday shopping at these delightful shops.

  • Lagniappe Records - 311-B Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Vinyl has made a big comeback in recent years. Treat the audiophile on your list to some classic discs from Lagniappe Records. Part of the fun of shopping at Lagniappe Records is that old-school thrill of flipping through albums in search of a hidden gem. If you need some help, the husband-and-wife owners are friendly and knowledgeable. Hours are noon - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

  • The Bougie Bar - 403-B S. Buchanan St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    "Bougie" is a French term for "candle," and this unique shop is a great source for DIY gifts. Make your own custom-blended candle while sipping on your favorite wine at one of The Bougie Bar's classes. Sign up for an existing session or assemble a group of friends for a private party. Cost is $40 per person, which includes all materials and a souvenir wine glass, and a 15 percent discount on retail purchases.

  • Pavy Art + Design Studio - 100 E. Vermilion St., Suite 108, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Share Louisiana pride with a special gift from Pavy Art + Design Studio. The shop's pillows, prints, jewelry, and accessories are based on "Pavicons," the visual vocabulary and iconic imagery of local artist Francis X. Pavy. As an accomplished artist who has worked in ceramics, painting, block-printing, and mixed media, Pavy draws inspiration from music, folklore, and other elements of Cajun and Creole culture. Pavy Studio is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Deuxième Vie Creative - 549 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Do you have a friend or family member who's an avid crafter? Maybe you want to nurture a child's imagination and creativity. Deuxième Vie Creative, which translates to "Second Life," offers a wide range of craft kits that incorporate repurposed materials. The recipient of your gift will have fun making a wall hanging from an old 45 record or a wind chime with colorful beads. If you prefer, pick up a ready-made gift at their on-site boutique. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • Beausoleil Books - 302-A Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    In this digital age, there's still nothing like the comforting feel of holding an actual book. Head to Beausoleil Books for a thoughtfully curated selection of best-sellers, classics, and special-interest titles. It's also a good excuse to spend time in the Whisper Room, the cozy adjoining lounge that offers wine and cocktails, charcuterie, and desserts. Relax with a glass of wine and a plate of cheese while diving into a new book. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Genterie Supply Co. - 408 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Genterie Supply Co.
    may have an industrial sound, but the "supplies" are actually stylish clothing, accessories, and home decor products. Follow them on Instagram for updates on all the latest arrivals. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 3 p.m.

Gift yourself and your family with a beautiful home in Lafayette. Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started on your search.


Baton Rouge Bakeries for Holiday Treats

Bakeries in Baton Rouge

Serving baked treats over the holidays is a festive, welcoming touch, but it's hard to find the time to create all the goodies you'd like to offer. And you won't be able to create the variety of flavors and designs you can get at a local Baton Rouge bakery.
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following bakeries for some sweet holiday treats:

  • The Ambrosia Bakery - 8546 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Whether you're looking for an impressively delicious cake to serve to your holiday guests or want some small treats to set out on a platter, The Ambrosia Bakery has it covered. A Fall Cupcake Wreath makes a beautiful Thanksgiving display, with dozens of cupcakes arranged in the shape of a wreath and finished with fall decorations. Or try a selection of petit fours decorated with a whimsical scarecrow, pumpkin, and fall leaf designs in icing. If the cupcake wreath is a hit on your Thanksgiving table, you'll also want a Christmas wreath version with vibrant green icing on the cupcakes and a red ribbon made of icing. 

  • Cupcake Junkie - 12240 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816  
    As you might expect, Cupcake Junkie sells many of these treats - both full-sized and mini versions - in a wide variety of flavors. But your choices certainly aren't limited to these sweets, since the bakery also offers cake slices, whole cakes in several different sizes, brownies, lemon bars, and cookies in flavors including chocolate chip and caramel pecan. Cupcakes come in vanilla, chocolate, and salted caramel, and cakes come in an almost endless list of flavors like brown sugar cinnamon, almond, red velvet, and more. You can also choose from different icing and filling options. 

  • SmallCakes Cupcakery - 18135 E. Petroleum Dr. Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70809  
    At SmallCakes Cupcakery, it's all about the cupcakes and ice cream. Their cupcakes have been featured on the daytime talk show "The View" as well as the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." Each morning 18 creative signature flavors of cupcakes are baked and frosted from scratch using quality ingredients, with seasonal flavors like pumpkin and maple bacon included. If you'd also like to offer your holiday guests - or even yourself - an extra treat, order some ice cream. They're based on the cupcake flavors, and 15 flavors of small-batch ice cream are made each day.

  • CounterspaceBR - 3753 Perkins Rd., Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70808  
    CounterspaceBR bakes treats like cakes, pies, breads, whoopie pies, and cookies from scratch at its location in the heart of Baton Rouge. Order the take-and-bake cinnamon rolls for breakfast or lunch and give your guests or your family a weekend treat. Or offer a variety with an assorted box of salted chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon roll blondies, lemon oat bars, black-and-white cookies, and chewy gingerbread cookies. After Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, set out a Mississippi Mud Pie or Aunt Elnora's Pecan Pie.

  • Brew Ha-Ha - 711 Jefferson Hwy. Suite 2-A, Baton Rouge, LA 70806  
    Opened as a coffee shop in 2004, Brew Ha-Ha added cake balls to its menu in 2006. It then expanded to a full bakery serving cake balls in various sizes and a long list of flavors including caramel apple, banana pudding, carrot, and chocolate mint. This allows you to mix and match and serve your holiday guests a wide variety of flavors. The bakery also offers a cake ball cake, puff pops, and Oreos.

Local businesses are one of the many features that make life in Baton Rouge extra sweet, especially during the holiday season! Contact us to see Baton Rouge homes for sale or to sell your home in the area, and we'll put our skills, expertise, and market insights to work for you! 


NOLA Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving

NOLA Thanksgiving

Like many of you, our real estate agents are extra grateful to share the holidays with family and friends this year. Spend less time cooking and more time socializing with Thanksgiving dinner at these amazing restaurants around New Orleans homes for sale

  • Brennan's - 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Brennan's may have undergone a facelift in 2014, but its upscale food and gracious service have been French Quarter traditions since 1946. Their three-course Thanksgiving Day menu offers a choice of six different entrées, including Eggs Hussarde, one of the iconic dishes created at Brennan's. Thanksgiving Day dinner is served from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and the price is $75.

  • Josephine Estelle - Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Family reigns supreme at Josephine Estelle, located in the Central Business District at the Ace Hotel. The restaurant is named after the daughters of the owners/chefs, whose cuisine is inspired by recipes passed down for generations. On Thanksgiving, they'll serve a four-course prix fixe menu for $65 that offers a vegan option of roasted acorn squash. If you prefer dining at home, order dinner to-go for pickup on November 24 or 25. Thanksgiving Day hours are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

  • Mister Mao - 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    America is a melting pot, so celebrate Thanksgiving with the global cuisine of Mister Mao. Savor the international flavors of Thanksgiving menu items such as Balinese Tuna Tataki, Turkey Tikka Masala, and cioppino. Three-course meals are $65, with optional wine pairings for $30. Seatings are available at noon, 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are required.

  • Jack Rose - Pontchartrain Hotel, 2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Once you pass through the front door at Jack Rose, you know you're in for a special event. Guests come for the ambiance as much as the food. Thanksgiving menu items such as duck gumbo, grilled octopus, and stuffed roast turkey are filled with the Creole flavors Jack Rose is known for. Save room for their signature Mile High Pie. Thanksgiving Day hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Luke Restaurant - 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    While turducken has become popular throughout the country, the turkey-duck-chicken combo has its roots right here in New Orleans. Turducken with wild mushroom giblet gravy is the star of the Thanksgiving menu at Luke Restaurant. Complete your dinner with a choice of two classic sides, such as oyster dressing and sweet potato casserole. The three-course meal for $35 is served from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Mr. B's Bistro - 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    The authentic regional cuisine of Mr. B's Bistro has been recognized by Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, and other major national publications. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving dishes, choose from Mr. B's favorites such as wood-grilled fish, shrimp & grits, and gumbo. For a true NOLA experience, raise a toast to family and friends with a Sazerac. Mr. B's is open from 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Will you welcome the holidays in a new NOLA home? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started.


NOLA Ghost Tours Perfect for Spooky Season

Ghost Tours

Fall is our favorite season in Louisiana. The arrival of autumn starts to take the edge off of the intense summer heat, making it the best time to take an outdoor walking tour in New Orleans.

Fall also offers an opportunity to explore New Orleans at its ghostly best. It's when the tales of the city's ghosts, witches, and vampires really come to life. Our real estate agents recommend these fantastic haunted tours to anyone who wants to experience the spooky side of NOLA!

  • New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours - 620 Decatur St #600, New Orleans, LA 70130
    One of the first NOLA tour companies to offer haunted tours based on historical fact rather than theatrical frights—you won't see any costumed actors providing jump scares here—New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tours offers some of the most fascinating glimpses into the city's haunted past. This tour company offers haunted pub crawls, voodoo and cemetery tours, and tours of real haunted locations in New Orleans like Lalaurie Mansion and Laffitte's Blacksmith Shop.

  • Gators and Ghosts - 728 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    With a wide range of offerings that include bayou boat tours, plantation tours, and cemetery tours, Gators and Ghosts provides a well-rounded look at what makes Louisiana unique. French Quarter Ghost Tours are some of their most popular packages, including nightly walking tours and bus tours that offer bone-tingling details on the ghostly history of the city. Gators and Ghosts also lead nighttime walking tours of the famous above-ground cemeteries of Canal Street. 

  • French Quarter Phantoms - 718 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    French Quarter Phantoms offers thrilling and exciting New Orleans ghost tours. Their small group walking tours are led by master storytellers who capture the city's spooky ambiance and strange haunted history. In addition to ghost and vampire tours and cemetery tours, one of their most fascinating options is the French Quarter Voodoo Tour, which illuminates its history in New Orleans, beginning at the iconic Congo Square.

  • History Tours - 723 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Arguably the most famous ghost tour operator in New Orleans, Haunted History Tours has been featured on CNN and the Discovery Channel, among others. Take a two-hour stroll through the French Quarter and visit some of its most eerie and infamous locales, and learn the stories of ghosts, witches, and vampires that populate the city's past. Haunted History Tours have been operating in New Orleans for over 20 years, and their tour guides know the ins and outs of every ghostly spot in town.

  • Crawl New Orleans - 1130 Decatur St Suite C, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Contrary to what its name might suggest, Crawl New Orleans offers more than booze-soaked bar crawls (although it does offer those). This tour company also hosts a spooky Haunter Crawl Tour in the French Quarter, which includes stops at the Old Ursuline Convent and Lalaurie Mansion, two of New Orleans' most notorious haunted locations. Rest assured, there are also a couple of bar stops scheduled on the tour!

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans, Louisiana! It's a truly unique and special place to call home, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your NOLA dream home among the many New Orleans homes for sale


Plan Ahead for the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

Baton Rouge Fair

If you're new to the Baton Rouge area, our real estate agents can help you find all the best things to see and do in the area. For instance, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is a tremendously fun event for both individuals and families, and locals look forward to it.

Last year, the fair was, unfortunately, canceled due to COVID. This year, however, it's back, running Thursday, October 28th through Sunday, November 7th. Anytime you go will be fun, but certain shows and attractions only run on certain days. Here's some of what you can expect, so you can plan your trip to the fair.


The first thing to know is how much a trip to the fair will cost you. Due to the nature of many of the rides at the fair, admission is based on height. Anyone under 48 inches gets in free. For fairgoers 48 inches and above, it's $5 Monday through Thursday, or $10 Friday through Sunday. Parking is free.

Once inside, however, in order to go on the rides, you'll need ride coupons, which are sold separately from admission tickets. Ride coupons are $1 each, but some rides may require multiple coupons to get on. Or, you can purchase a wristband for $25, which allows you unlimited rides on any attraction at the fair. Being that the fair has over 40 rides for all different age groups if thrills are your thing, this is probably the best option.

All stage shows, concerts, and other non-ride attractions at the fair are included in the price of admission.


Many of the shows and attractions will be at the fair every day. Magician Tim Spinosa performs hand magic with a variety of everyday items, though his skills at illusion and charisma in front of an audience ensure that no two shows are alike. Meanwhile, Washboard Willy performs unique rhythm and music, with the help of his audience. There's also a petting zoo, piglet racing, and more.

There are also a few concerts you'll have to plan ahead for. Bands like Careless Whisper, Old Sole Band, Justin McCain Project and Groupon Sensacion will be playing on the first weekend. Blue Crab Redemption, Rusty Yates Band, and others will be performing on different days throughout the week. 


One of the biggest draws at any fair is the food! The GBRSF has a variety of food stands and food trucks to choose from. Corky Westmoreland has rolled ice cream and slushies in two locations around the fair, while Jeremy Westmoreland has funnel cakes, nachos, corn dogs, and more, in three locations. And Roger Westmoreland has all the decadent fair food you've come to love and expect, from deep-fried Snickers, Twinkies, and pecan pie to turkey legs, pork chops on a stick, and more.

If you want to check out the food trucks, Smokin' Like Ya Like It has barbecue sandwiches, wraps, tamales, and their brand new Smokin' Spaghetti. Allo Girls Catering has golden chicken, hurricane fries, and banana pudding. And Jambalaya by Shake has gumbo, boudin balls, etouffee, and more!

And that's just a taste of the different food items the fair has to offer this year.

Want to live right near all the fair festivities? There are plenty of Baton Rouge homes for sale right near the fair. Contact us to help you get settled into the perfect home for you.


Ghost Pepper Hunting: Louisiana-Made Hot Sauces

Louisiana Hot Sauce

Louisiana is known for many things—Creole culture, Jazz music, Mardi Gras—but hot sauce definitely belongs on the list. All across America, Louisiana hot sauce is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to zesty, spicy, smoky goodness. 

Ask a bunch of folks from Louisiana what the best local hot sauce is, and you'll get a bunch of different answers. Our real estate agents are here to weigh in on the matter and suggest you go on a ghost pepper hunt this October. These are some of our favorite hot sauces that could only come from Louisiana! 

  • Crystal Hot Sauce
    Made in New Orleans since 1923, Crystal Hot Sauce (or, more properly, "Louisiana's Pure Crystal Hot Sauce") has been Louisiana's premier hot sauce for close to a century. With a flavor profile that puts the hot peppers front and center, Crystal Hot Sauce packs a punch but is never overwhelming. It's great for splashing on eggs or adding some kick to a bloody Mary. Crystal also makes several variations on their classic recipe, including an "Extra Hot" version for those who demand a little more heat. 

  • D.a.T. Sauce
    A family-owned hot sauce company based in Morgan City, Louisiana, D.a.T. Sauce is a twist on classic hot sauce, made from a secret family recipe. It's the kind of sauce you can put on just about anything. And while D.a.T. Sauce certainly has some heat to it, it's not blow-the-doors-off hot. It's more about flavor, with a balance of garlic, onion, and tomato along with a generous dose of red pepper. 

  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce
    Famous for its cheeky name, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce is an all-around solid hot sauce that offers a balance of peppery punch and salty, savory goodness. A few drops of it adds a little heat to a slice of pizza or a plate of eggs and home fries. Slap Ya Mama also makes a killer Cajun seasoning blend, as well as some tasty Jalapeno hot pepper sauce. 

  • Tabasco Pepper Sauce
    The Tabasco Brand is arguably the most famous Louisiana hot sauce, the one that's spread far beyond state lines to become ubiquitous pretty much everywhere. There's a good reason for that. Tabasco sauce is perfect in its simplicity, with just the right level of heat. They make about a dozen varieties at this point, but the Original Tabasco Red Pepper Sauce is still king. It's also still made right here in Louisiana using red pepper, vinegar, salt... and that's it. 

  • Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Sauce
    Cajun Power's original Garlic Sauce doesn't have much spice at all (but it's great on barbecued shrimp). But thanks to popular demand, the folks at Cajun Power introduced a version with more kick. Their Spicy Garlic Sauce adds some satisfying red pepper heat to the traditional garlic-centric flavor profile, and the result is a spicy sauce that's great for marinating, grilling, or dipping. It's also perfect for chicken wings with a punchy Cajun twist. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the things that make Louisiana unique. It's a special place to call home, and our team is here to help you find the perfect Lafayette homes for sale


Fall Festivals Coming to the Lafayette Area

Lafayette FestivalsFall is here! Our real estate agents are looking forward to it. Are you?

Crisp weather, colorful foliage, and hot cocoa are just a few of the reasons to enjoy fall. When you're in the Lafayette area, there are plenty more to discover. Lafayette is known for a busy social calendar that combines Cajun cuisine and family-friendly entertainment into a fall you won't soon forget! And it's not just about Halloween – in Lafayette, folks get creative with their events.

There's so much to see and do, let's dive in and take a look at some of Lafayette's top fall festivals:

  • Spooktacular Fall Fest – 817 Albertson Parkway Suite H, Broussard, LA 70518
    Sponsored by Saketini Sushi and Hibachi, the annual Spooktacular Fall Fest brings fun and excitement to the scary season. Kids in costume can enjoy trick or treating and the costume contest. Adults can visit plenty of booths by local artists and artisans. At the end of the night, Saketini will be offering free kids' hibachi with adult purchase. It might just become your favorite near Broussard homes for saleTo be first in line, be there at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 23!

  • Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest – 200 Garfield Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Boudin Cook-Off and Acadiana Bacon Fest is your chance to get familiar with boudin, a beloved Cajun-cooked sausage dish made from pork meat, rice, vegetables, and seasonings. Now entering its thirteenth year, this is considered the premier boudin event and attracts chefs from Louisiana and Texas. Sample, vote, and enjoy, all for free on Saturday, October 16 between 10 a.m. and 4! Plus, it's a short drive from Lafayette homes for sale.

  • Gulf Brew 2021 – See Website for Location Details, Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
    The biggest fundraiser led by Acadiana Center for the Arts all year round, Gulf Brew 2021 is the largest and oldest craft beer festival in the area. On Saturday, October 16 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., tasters will get to visit with dozens of breweries and enjoy more than 200 beers, filling out their "Brew Book" along the way. Visit local shops and restaurants as you go, knowing that your contribution makes a difference for a true community institution!

  • Gumbo Festival – Bouligny Plaza, 102 West Main Street, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Where else would you go for America's most iconic Gumbo Festival than Lafayette? Running on October 12 and 13, this family-friendly shindig includes the Cajun Creole Foodfest, Roux Run, and Meanest Beans Cookoff on Saturday, capped off with the Youth Gumbo Cookoff. Sunday brings the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff itself. You won't want to miss a second of the fun, friends, and delicious food!

  • International Rice Festival – 303 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526
    The International Rice Festival is the biggest agricultural festival in Louisiana and has a long and storied history dating back to 1937. Held to honor the rice industry and all those who contribute to it, it now doubles as one of the biggest live musical events in the state. Featuring two sound stages plus a Classic Car Show and Fiddle and Accordion Contest, it's all happening between October 14-17, minutes from Crowley homes for sale.

Contact us at Latter & Blum today to discover Lafayette real estate.


Take a Scenic Drive on the Wetlands Cultural Byway

Wetlands Cultural Scenic Byway

Houma is the heart of Bayou Country. Surrounded by the meandering wetlands and woodlands of Terrebonne Parish, it's a historic and cultural hub in which every era of Louisiana's wild history can be seen. 

Our real estate agents always tell first-time visitors the same thing. If you want to really experience the Houma area at its finest, drive the Wetlands Cultural Byway.

The Wetlands Cultural Byway traverses more than 280 miles of Southern Louisiana, crisscrossing a diverse landscape that includes picturesque small towns, open countryside, seemingly endless bayous, and the wild Gulf Coast. The town of Houma is a prominent feature on the byway, which utilizes several different highways to create a fascinating portrait of Louisiana. 

Where to Stop Along the Byway

The Wetlands Cultural Byway includes numerous unique natural, cultural and historical sites, as well as some great opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation. It's enough to keep visitors coming back again and again, but these particular stops along the Byway are truly essential:

  • Mandalay Nature Trail - 3599 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    Located about 5 miles southwest of Houma in Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, the Mandalay Nature Trail offers a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Southern Louisiana's natural landscape without going too far from civilization. This 3/4-mile out-and-back trail offers expansive wetlands views and some great opportunities for bird watching. 

  • Fourchon Beach - Golden Meadow, LA 70357
    The southernmost point on the Wetlands Cultural Byway, Fourchon Beach is a beautiful strip of white sand that's known as Louisiana's only surfing spot. It's popular for fishing as well and offers spectacular views. The beach was re-opened in 2018 after suffering damage from Hurricane Katrina 13 years prior.

  • Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building - 202 Main St, Lockport, LA 70374
    Boatbuilding is anything but a lost art in Louisiana. At the Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building experts in this ancient trade carry on old traditions and show them to the modern world. The museum house historic boats from many different eras—pirogues, skiffs, Native American dugout boats—as well as new boats made in the old styles.

  • St. John's Episcopal Church - 718 Jackson St, Thibodaux, LA 70301
    Tucked among the picturesque homes of Thibodaux, Louisiana, St. John's Episcopal Church and the historic cemetery on its grounds offer a window to the past. The church itself was built in 1843, and the cemetery offers centuries of history. 

  • Chauvin Sculpture Garden - 5337 Bayouside Dr, Chauvin, LA 70344
    There's nothing in the world quite like the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, a vast, immersive folk art experience that includes more than 100 statues. All are the work of reclusive artist Kenny Hill, who depicted his own religious struggles in the handmade sculptures for decades before abandoning the property in 2000. Today, the sculpture garden is open to the public free of charge.

Exploring Bayou Country is an experience like no other, and our team is here to help guide you on your journey. Contact us today to learn more about life in Houma, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas.


Why Lake Charles is Louisiana's Playground

Lake Charles

From relaxing on the water to enjoying the glitz and glamour of multiple casinos, there's never a shortage of things to do in Lake Charles. If you've been exploring Lake Charles homes for sale, you'll want to know a bit more about why this city is affectionately known as "Louisiana's Playground." Here are a few of the amazing amenities this area has to offer.

  • Outdoor Activities
    If you enjoy hunting, fishing, water sports, golfing, or other outdoor activities, you'll love living in Lake Charles. The area has several award-winning golf courses, gorgeous waterfront areas, and even a lazy river with a swim-up bar. There are also abundant opportunities to go shelling along the Gulf beaches and paddleboarding in the area's waterways. Lake Charles is home to the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, where you can see birds, alligators, and tons of other wildlife in its natural habitat. There are also three wildlife refuges in the area, making it the perfect place for nature enthusiasts. 
  • Vibrant Nightlife
    Lake Charles has not one but two world-class casino resorts located right next to each other. The L'Auberge Casino Resort and the Golden Nugget Lake Charles both have a huge array of upscale amenities, including golf courses, restaurants with award-winning chefs, spa facilities, live entertainment, and stunning pool areas. The Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel also has several delicious restaurants and an array of amenities. 
  • Rich History
    The city of Lake Charles has a long history, dating back to the early 1900s. It's full of old historic buildings and landmarks. One building of interest is the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse, which is listed as one of the top ten most haunted places in the United States. The area near the lake is also lined with 100-year-old oak trees and a 170-year-old tree known as the "Calcasieu Manor Tree," making it the perfect backdrop for leisurely walks. 
  • Appreciate the Arts
    There are many theaters and musical groups in the Lake Charles area as well as five different museums. Residents and visitors often enjoy listening to the Lake Charles Symphony, exploring art museums, or visiting the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu, where you'll find the world's largest display of Mardi Gras costumes. Lake Charles is also home to more than 75 festivals, including the Louisiana Pirate Festival and the area's family-friendly Mardi Gras. 

If you want to live someplace where you'll never get bored, Lake Charles is the perfect location! There's truly something here for everyone. Our real estate agents can help you find your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your home buying goals and get started! 


Antique Shopping in Lafayette

Lafayette Antique StoresIf you're looking at Lafeyette homes for sale, then you've probably noticed: there are a lot of fun and unique things to do in the area. Lafayette is especially well known for its antique stores. Ready to go on an antique treasure hunt? Be sure to stop by these local stores. 

  • Jenni B's Antiques: 510 Eraste Landry Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Jenni B's Antiques is a small, welcoming antique shop located inside a quaint brick building. They are open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm. Inside, you'll find a little bit of everything, from antique silverware to artwork.

    This is a great shop to visit if you're looking for antique flower vases to decorate your table, or for some cookie jars or pitchers for your dining room. They even have some antique luggage, gorgeous wood bookshelves, and a wide array of figurines.

  • Revival Antiques & Etc.: 910 Alfred St., Lafayette, LA 70506
    Revival Antiques & Etc. 
    opened in 2010 and has since become a favorite among antique shoppers in Lafayette. The shop is located in a historic, 1880s building, which gives it an authentic vibe. Their inventory is always growing, with new items added every day.

    This shop has a great selection of antique furniture. You'll find oak chairs, armoires, sideboards, and more. They have a whole section of blue and white china, along with rugs and mirrors. The store is open Thursday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. 

  • Vintiques: 414 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    is an antique store located inside The Oil Center. They focus on offering antique furniture, but they also carry a lot of decor. Inside, you'll see gorgeous, handmade wooden armoires, framed art, hand-painted china, and more. The store is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

    Vintiques has a great selection of lamps and chandeliers. Visitors love the warm and welcoming atmosphere and the high quality of the items. This is the perfect place to visit when furnishing a new home.

  • Lafayette Antique Market: 3108 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Opened in 1993, the Lafayette Antique Market is one of the most popular antique stores in the area. It's a larger store than most on this list and a great place to spend an afternoon browsing. You'll find all sorts of antique dining furniture and china. They carry a lot of Florentine items and blue and white china.

    This shop is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Visitors often comment on how friendly the staff is and how often new treasures are added to the shelves.

  • Reflections of Olde Antique Mall: 700 West Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Reflections of Olde Antique Mall 
    is a larger antique store with several different rooms to explore. One room houses larger tables and other antique furniture. Another room has a lot of artwork, and still another is filled with glassware and figurines.

    Shopping at this antique store can really feel like you're on a treasure hunt. You may find the perfect piece of art for your living room wall or a gift for that special someone. The shop was established in 1999. They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

If you love shopping for antiques, our real estate agents highly recommend visiting these shops. Contact us if you're looking for a home in the area and need a real estate agent to guide you.


Orchards & Farms to Explore Throughout Louisiana This Fall

NOLA Orchards

New Orleans homes for sale stand out in part thanks to the thrilling outdoor experiences you can have right in your own backyard. But that isn't limited to the historic bayou. Our real estate agents want to remind you about the fun and fresh treats that come from visiting a Louisiana farm near you!

More than 60 different types of produce are grown all throughout Louisiana, including native fruits such as the fig, blueberry, pawpaw, pomegranate, and persimmon. Of these, the fig stands out as the undisputed king of Louisiana fruits. You will find them in all kinds of dishes, from sweet to savory.

Let's look at some of the farms you might visit when you buy a home here in The Pelican State:

  • Brookshire Farms – 8916 Brookshire Road, Abbeville, LA 70510
    Brookshire Farms is famous for chemical-free, pasture-based ways of raising animals. They call it an "artisanal" approach and the results shine through in everything Brookshire has to offer. For those who can't make it to the farm, pickup locations for its various delights are also available all across Louisiana. But when you explore Abbeville homes for sale, you could be within just minutes of the freshest farm products!

  • Windy Hills Farm – 8380 Highway 963, Ethel, LA 70730
    Ethel homes for sale are within a short journey of Windy Hills Farm. Best known in the area for its Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands, it hosts visitors all throughout November and December, typically each Thursday through Sunday. Guests can choose and cut their own tree from throughout the property. They will also have the opportunity to visit with a wide variety of farm animals, fowl, and pets.

  • The Party Farm – 6001 North Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71107
    The Party Farm offers family-friendly events not far from Shreveport homes for sale. Kids love the petting zoo as well as the friendly riding ponies. Birthday parties and other bookings also include two hours of rental for the barn. Cows, goats, sheep, pigs, and many more are residents of The Party Farm always eager to greet guests and make new human friends. It's the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime!

  • Kemp Farms – 38511 Weiss Road, Denham Springs, LA 70706
    Nothing says "fun at the farm" like a good old-fashioned hayride, and that's the centerpiece of a visit to Kemp Farms. Kids and teens love Kemp for its wide range of activities suitable for all age groups, including group tours, birthday parties, animal visits and petting, horseback riding, and all kinds of games. It is the ideal family farm experience for any new resident settling into their choice of Denham Springs homes for sale.

  • Eddie Romero's Orchard – 5119 Freetown Road, New Iberia, LA 70560
    Eddie Romero's Orchard is the place to go when you want some of the best fresh heirloom tomatoes anywhere in Louisiana. A quick jaunt from some wonderful New Iberia homes for sale, Eddie Romero's is an experience well worth repeating every season of the year. Blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and figs are just a few of the treats grown here, along with all kinds of local citrus varieties.

Life is good in Louisiana in any season. Contact us to learn more about the best in Louisiana real estate.


Lake Charles Food Trucks to Visit

Lake Charles Food TrucksLake Charles sure doesn't have a shortage of tasty places to eat. In addition to loads of more traditional restaurants, the city also has some amazing food trucks. These are great places to grab a quick lunch or even enjoy a casual dinner with friends while walking through a park. Here are some top food trucks our real estate agents recommend ordering from this summer.

  • Cajun Girls Cookin': 5616 Common St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Serving Cajun and Creole cuisine, Cajun Girls Cookin' will make you feel like you've gone to New Orleans. They're often at their Common Street location, but sometimes they set up at Memorial Hospital or at various local events in the city.

    Some of the favorite menu items here are the fried pork chops, shrimp on a stick, and chicken on a stick. Finish your meal with a beignet stick for a sweet treat.

  • Danny's Place: 1707 Broad St., Lake Charles, LA 70601
    Danny's Place serves a variety of American and Cajun cuisine. They have different menu items every day of the week, so there's always something new to try.

    On Friday, they serve a classic fish fry with French fries. On Tuesdays, chicken wings with pork 'n beans are the go-to. Another favorite at Danny's Place is the Frito pie, which you can add to any dish. It's one of those classic southern side dishes that can't be beaten.

  • Ailene's Asian Grill: 2203 US-171, Lake Charles, LA 70601
    If you're looking at Lake Charles homes for sale and you find yourself in the mood for some Asian cuisine, this is the place to stop. Ailene's Asian Grill serves authentic Filipino food and other Asian dishes, and they've built quite a following over the past few months.

    One favorite at Ailene's Asian Grill is the fish balls, which are traditional street food in the Philipines. The Tonkatsu ramen is also incredible, as is the wonton soup. If you're craving something on the sweeter side, try the sesame chicken or the sweet and sour chicken.

  • Cowboy Cones: Lake Charles, LA 70609
    You won't get a whole meal at Cowboy Cones, but you will get one of the best snow cones you've ever had. This food truck rolls up to local Lake Charles parks, soccer fields, and neighborhood pools during the summer. If you come across them, you have to stop for a sweet treat.

    One of the coolest things about Cowboy Cones is their long list of flavors. Options like Bahama Mama, King Cake, Sour Apple, and Peach are favorites. There are also a few wild cards like Pickle, which is more enjoyable than you might think.

  • Taqueria Los Sanchez Food Truck: 5402 Common St., Lake Charles, LA 70607
    What could be better than a taco on a hot summer day? Taqueria Los Sanchez Food Truck is a great place to get them. The service is always friendly, and the truck is open for lunch and dinner.

    Tacos are the star of the show here, and you can order carne asada, chicken, al pastor, or carnitas pork. 

Eating at a food truck is such a lighthearted and delicious experience. We hope you get a chance to stop by one of these Lake Charles food trucks this summer. Should you be moving to the area and looking for a real estate agent, don't hesitate to contact us.


Where to Hear Live Music in Houma

Houma Music Venues

There are many reasons to love life in Louisiana, and our real estate agents are always grateful to call a place with such a rich and unique culture home. One of the truly great things about it is the music!

The Houma, LA area offers no shortage of great places to enjoy live music. From traditional Cajun and Zydeco music to modern rock and country, these live music venues in the Houma area always provide great entertainment. 

  • The Jolly Inn - 1507 Barrow St, Houma, LA 70360
    There may be no better place in Houma to dance to a live band than the Jolly Inn. This beloved local restaurant and dance hall serves up classic Cajun cooking and routinely hosts upbeat bands playing traditional Cajun music. It's always something different, but you can count on being able to move your feet to it. Check in every Friday to see who's playing! They have great menu options as well and are located just minutes from many Houma homes for sale.

  • Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center - 317 Goode St, Houma, LA 70360
    A vital institution dedicated to preserving Louisiana's Cajun culture, the Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center is a must-visit destination in Houma. Nestled in the heart of the city's Historic District, the Folklife Center has events ranging from Cajun cooking classes and dance lessons to duck decoy carving and displays by local artists. They also hold live music events regularly, including some of the best local and regional acts playing everything from Zydeco and country to blues and jazz. 

  • The Music Cove - 227 Howard Ave, Houma, LA 70363
    With its laid-back atmosphere and dive-bar vibes, The Music Cove is a perennial local hangout for fans of country and classic rock. They get some great local and regional bands here and also host touring acts from time to time. The Music Cove has a wide-open dance floor where you can show off your moves, and it's always a great place to enjoy a cold beer, play a few rounds of pool, and hear a great band. 

  • A-Bear's Cafe - 809 Bayou Black Dr, Houma, LA 70360
    A-Bear's Cafe first opened its doors in 1963, and since then, it's become something of an institution in Houma. To this day, it has a reputation not only for hosting great music but for the kind of warm, welcoming atmosphere. A-Bear's has a cozy mom-and-pop restaurant feel, and their Friday night live music is the stuff of local legends. You never know what kind of band you'll see here, but you can count on a good time and some of the best-fried catfish in Louisiana. 

  • The Balcony - 7834 W Main St, Houma, LA 70360
    A staple of the local weekend nightlife scene, The Balcony is a classic live music bar in the heart of Downtown Houma. Unlike a lot of bars that happen to have music, the Balcony makes music the main attraction that everything else revolves around. They have live music every Friday and Saturday night, and they're only open on nights when there's music. You can catch bands and solo artists here playing anything from rock and funk to hip-hop and country. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. From great food to incredible live music and nightlife, Houma and the surrounding areas offer an atmosphere unlike any other place in America. 


New Restaurants to Check out in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Food

Everyone has a few tried and true favorites — restaurants you visit again and again because you love them so much. But sometimes, instead of visiting a restaurant you know, it's fun to try something new. Although 2021 has been challenging for the restaurant industry, there are some enticing new places to eat in Baton Rouge. Stop by one of these new restaurants while you're looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale.

  • Rio Tacos & Tequila: 333 Third St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Rio Tacos & Tequila is a new Mexican restaurant in the downtown area. They're open daily for lunch and dinner, offering dishes and drinks made from fresh, quality ingredients.

    Start your meal at Rio with an appetizer to share. The queso, made with hatch chiles, is a top option. Guests also love the pork empanadas. When the time comes to order entrees, you can't go wrong with the fajitas or the sizzling chicken. And don't forget to pair your meal with a cocktail, like the Rio house margarita or a strawberry Mexican mule.

  • Rêve Coffee Lab: 8211 Village Plaza Ct. Bldg. 4 Ste 1A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    If you're looking for a quick place to stop for some coffee and a pastry or a quick lunch, then Rêve Coffee Lab is a perfect choice. This new cafe has a modern atmosphere with large, sunny windows and green plants.

    In addition to a selection of espresso beverages and cold brew, which guests love, Rêve offers a selection of sandwiches and small plates for lunch. The Drunken Goat Cheese Dip is a favorite, as is the New School Caesar Salad. 

  • Leola's Cafe and Coffee House: 1857 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Leola's Cafe and Coffee House
    is a new restaurant serving weekday lunch and weekend brunch. If you stop by on a weekday, you'll be greeted with a lovely menu of salads and handhelds. The Adultish Grilled Cheese, made with cheddar and brie, is a fan favorite.

    If you visit Leola's for weekend brunch, you'll be greeted with more breakfast options. Try the bagel and lox or the Crustless Vegetarian Quiche. If you're in the mood for something more savory, the Turkey and Brie sandwich is a great choice.

  • Maker's Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine: 216 Lee Dr. Suite D, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    If you're in the mood for something different, then Maker's Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine is a great new restaurant to try. They blend modern ideas with traditional Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine to create unique and satisfying dishes.

    One favorite at Maker's is the Seared Halloumi, which is flambéed cheese with garlic sauce and tomatoes. Guests also love the beef shawarma salad and the beef kabobs. Make sure you don't leave without enjoying some baklava. 

  • Kolache Kitchen: 15168 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Kolache Kitchen has been a Baton Rouge mainstay for a few years, but they recently opened this new location. Kolaches are a stuffed, doughy snack traditional in Central Europe, and Kolache Kitchen serves them in many varieties.

    Favorites here include the classic sausage and cheese kolache, the ham and cheese kolache, and the mushroom, red pepper, and provolone kolache. Don't forget to finish your meal off with a cinnamon roll and maybe a frozen Vietnamese coffee.

There are always fun and delicious new restaurants opening in Baton Rouge. It's one of the reasons our real estate agents love the area so much. Contact us if you're moving to Baton Rouge and need a real estate agent to guide your home search.


Catch a Show at These Theaters in NOLA

NOLA TheaterNew Orleans is "The Big Easy," and our real estate agents want to make it easy for you to enjoy!

When you're looking for New Orleans homes for sale, you know you'll also be getting a heaping helping of culture, cuisine, and fun! This city is one of America's live music capitals. It celebrates its heritage with some of the best down-home jazz jam sessions you'll find anywhere!

But even though jazz is a big part of the story, it's not the whole story.

The city is full of world-class venues to catch a concert, play, ballet, song, or story – something passed down through the ages or full of modern flair. It's all up to you here in New Orleans.

Let's take a closer look at seven local venues that you won't want to miss:

  • The Music Box Village – 4557 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    The Music Box Village is a large-scale community art project conceived by members of New Orleans Airlift, a New Orleans nonprofit led by local artists. Reflecting the DIY skills and imagination of dozens of local creators, its interactive "musical houses" are the perfect place to catch a musical or dramatic performance.

  • The Stage Door Canteen – 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Located within the National World War II Museum, The Stage Door Canteen pays homage to the original venue by that name used to entertain troops. Visitors can see it all in evening and matinee performances: Big bands, dancing, vintage-style vocals, and theatrical shows harkening back to The Stage Door's rich history.

  • Ashé Cultural Arts Center – 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Ashé Cultural Arts Center provides exhibits, slam poetry, speakers' series, and (of course) dramatic productions celebrating the rich diversity and cultural heritage of New Orleans. It is a spectacular way to connect, learn, and experience community.

  • The Orpheum Theater – 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
    The Orpheum Theater recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. Productions range from classic jazz to modern alternative, one-man (and one-woman!) shows, and off-Broadway originals. There's always something new going on at The Orpheum.

  • UNO Lakefront Arena – 6801 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70122
    On the campus of the University of New Orleans, UNO Lakefront Arena is a centerpiece of the beloved college's music and drama programs. It also invites star-studded performances from around the world: Everything from the family-friendly Paw Patrol Live! to the Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival.

  • The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park – 916 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
    The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is a living tribute to the long history of New Orleans Jazz. Music is always a part of the learning and fun at this park. Famous for its children's programs and activities, it also has permanent exhibits on every era of the New Orleans Jazz tradition.

  • Dixon Concert Hall at Tulane University – 104 Dixon Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Dixon Concert Hall at Tulane University seats 1,000 and will thrill you with its concert series. Ensembles from throughout Tulane's music and theater departments showcase their best work here on a regular basis, inviting supporters and the public.

Setting the stage for a move to NOLA? We can help! Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about New Orleans real estate.


Food Tours You Can Take Around NOLA


Food Tour NOLA

NOLA is a foodie paradise, so it can be challenging to take in as much of it as possible. Our real estate agents get the most bang for their buck with these informative and delicious food tours, just minutes away from New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Destination Kitchen Tour - 600 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 
    Whether you're a visitor or a long-time resident, you're bound to learn something on the Destination Kitchen Tour. Visit some of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans, including the home of a champion from Food Network's Chopped, while hearing fascinating tales about the history and culture of the city. Along the way, you'll taste iconic dishes such as a muffuletta sandwich featured in USA Today and pralines featured on Good Morning America. Tickets for the three-hour tour are $69.50.

  • Doctor Gumbo Tours - 823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 
    Doctor Gumbo, aka New Orleans native Dylan O'Donnell, has eaten and conducted tours at various locations around the globe. When Dylan and his family returned home after Hurricane Katrina, he put his experience to use, developing entertaining and educational tours of the city he loves. Three-hour tours cover local food or beverage for $70, and a four-hour combo tour is available for $130. 

  • Bon Moment - 3159 Chippewa St., New Orleans, LA 70115 
    New Orleans has a rich historical and cultural heritage unlike that of any other American city. Bon Moment, which translates to "good time," conducts food and beverage tours that explore specific neighborhoods, focusing on what makes them special. Enjoy a sweet dessert after viewing stately mansions and cemeteries in the Garden District, or savor some German-NOLA fusion in the trendy Bywater neighborhood. Beginning in October, Bon Moment will offer a nightlife tour of Frenchman Street. Tours are three hours long, and the price is $95, or you can choose an option with non-alcoholic drinks for $75.

  • New Orleans Urban Adventures - 1340 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Getting away from the traditional tourist destinations is often the best way to experience the heart of a city. Take a deep dive into NOLA food and culture with an epic five-and-a-half-hour excursion from New Orleans Urban Adventures. Ride the famous St. Charles streetcar on your way to sampling gumbo, beignets, and other Cajun Country favorites. Tickets are $109 for adults and $104 for kids.

  • Nightly Spirits - 410 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112
    Looking to dine someplace with a side of spooky? The New Orleans Ghost Tour Pub Crawl from Nightly Spirits lets you sample cocktails alongside things that go bump in the night. A costumed tour guide leads you through some notably haunted bars and buildings while sharing stories of voodoo, ghosts, and spirits. Tickets are $25, and the purchase of alcoholic beverages is optional. 

NOLA is truly a melting pot where anyone can feel at home. Have questions about New Orleans real estate? Contact us at Latter & Blum for friendly, knowledgeable help. 


Your Guide to Downtown Lafayette

Downtown Lafayette

Whether you're looking for a quiet evening out on the town or lively entertainment, our real estate agents agree that Downtown Lafayette is the place to be. Have fun exploring these fascinating places and activities, just minutes from Lafayette homes for sale

  • ArtWalk
    Immerse yourself in the boundless creative energy of Acadiana at ArtWalk. On the second Saturday of each month, Downtown Lafayette's museums, galleries, and studios stage events designed to showcase local artists and performers. 2021 brings two new participants to the festivities. Lafayette Arts & Fleas will have a market in Parc de Lafayette, while Louisiana Crafts Guild is hosting Marché Sans Souci along East Vermilion Street. ArtWalk is a delightful outing for couples, families, and anyone who appreciates art. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., while Marché Sans Souci opens at 2 p.m.

  • Alexandre Mouton House- 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The long and distinguished history of Alexandre Mouton House dates back to the turn of the 19th century when it was built by Jean Mouton, one of the area's first settlers. From 1825 to 1836, the home was occupied by his son Alexandre, who later became the first Democratic governor of Louisiana. Today, Les Vingt-Quatre Club maintains the home as a museum featuring historical and cultural artifacts that tell the story of Lafayette's past. Alexandre Mouton House is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

  • Children's Museum of Acadiana - 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Learning doesn't have to be dull. The Children's Museum of Acadiana combines the entertainment factor of games with knowledge- and skill-building in a number of valuable areas. Kids have a blast "designing" structure in Architecture Alley, caring for stuffed animals in Happy Paws Hospital, and running their own news show in Le TV des Enfants. Check the museum calendar for information about programs such as S.T.E.A.M. Kids Sundays. Admission is $7 and must be reserved online. The museum is open every day but Monday. Visit the website for times.

  • Rock 'n' Bowl - 905 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Bowling to a musical backdrop has become a popular pastime, but this activity takes on some Lafayette flair at Rock 'n' Bowl. Live music from top local zydeco, blues, swamp pop, and country performers keeps the party going. Fuel up beforehand with dinner at Ye Olde College Inn, only steps away from Rock 'n' Bowl. The menu ranges from fried oysters and cheeseburgers to pan-seared duck breast and crawfish Delacroix. Bowling alley and restaurant hours are 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with Ye Olde College Inn closing at 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday.

  • The Wurst Biergarten - 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    The Wurst Biergarten might best be described as a culinary amusement park. This family- and the pet-friendly open-air venue has food trucks along with a wide assortment of local and regional craft beers. Between live music, open mic comedy, and trivia, there's always something special going on. You're also likely to find pop-up craft booths selling vintage and unique items. The Wurst Biergarten is open 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday, noon - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-midnight Sunday. Times may change due to weather, so check Instagram or Facebook.

Ready to buy or sell a home around Lafayette? Contact us at Latter & Blum to get started. 


Dine at These French Quarter Restaurants

French Quarter RestaurantsRestaurants in NOLA's French Quarter combine historical architecture with world-class cuisine for a dining experience that's unmatched anywhere in the country. Our real estate agents love living near amazing restaurants like these five, just down the street from New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant - 624 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant
    brings some luck o' the Irish to the French Quarter. Opened in 1996, the restaurant is an offshoot of legendary Pat O'Brien's Bar. Relax at a fountain side table and enjoy one of the specialty drinks with a burger, jambalaya, or alligator bites. Hours are 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

  • The Court of Two Sisters - 613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Originally built as an elegant private home, The Court of Two Sisters became a notions shop in 1886. Bertha and Emma Camors served tea and cakes to their upscale clientele, a tradition that's carried on today. Two Sisters is renowned for their daily brunch buffet, served from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy classics like eggs Benedict, turtle soup, and corn macque choux while listening to a live jazz band. The dinner menu, available from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., includes a three-course chef's menu with your choice of starter, entrée, and dessert.

  • Manolito - 508 Dumaine St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Laid-back island vibes meet the energy of the Big Easy at Manolito. The Cuban-influenced spot has gained national attention from major publications such as GQ and Food & Wine. Manolito was founded as a tribute to Havana's El Floridita, one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite watering holes. Bartenders put on a show with their display of "throwing" cocktails from one glass to another. The food menu includes the classic Cuban sandwich along with arroz con pollo and cheese arepas. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Monday, while the bar is open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Sylvain - 625 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Where else but New Orleans could you celebrate with champagne and French fries? This combo embodies the playful sense of humor that resonates throughout Sylvain. On a budget? Replace the champagne with a six-pack of Miller High Life. Customer favorites include the crispy pork belly with Filipino lechon sauce and the tamari and calamansi-glazed short ribs with bone marrow soubise. Sylvain is open 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday,  and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday. Brunch is served Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Brennan's - 417 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    While dinner is usually the main event at most restaurants, breakfast at Brennan's is a longstanding tradition in New Orleans. Start your day with brioche French toast, Mississippi fried rabbit, or pastrami hash at this iconic restaurant that invented Bananas Foster and popularized tableside dining. Be sure to visit the 10 turtles living in the courtyard fountain, affectionately dubbed "the slowest second line on Earth." Brennan's is open Thursday through Sunday, with breakfast and lunch served 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Life in New Orleans is truly a new experience every day. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more about buying and selling a home in this unique city.


Doggy Daycares Throughout NOLA

NOLA Dog DaycaresIf you know you're going to have a busy day, dropping your dog off at a doggy daycare can be a great option. This way, your dog can have a great day going on walks and playing with other dogs while you work through your busy schedule. There are a lot of great doggy daycares throughout the NOLA area. 

  • Mid City Animal House: 4001 Toulouse Street, New Orleans LA, 70119
    Mid-City Animal House
    is a one-stop-shop for dog grooming, boarding, and daycare services. Their doggy daycare service includes a full schedule of play with caregivers and other dogs. There are three playrooms and an outdoor, fenced area for the dogs to use.

    At Mid-City Animal House, you can drop your dog off for a full day or half-day. You can also buy packages of 10 or 20 day passes. Discounted rates are available for owners with two dogs.

  • Dogtopia: 9501 Airline Hwy, New Orleans LA, 70118
    If you have a long day of looking at New Orleans homes for sale, consider dropping your dog off at Dogtopia while you shop. They offer doggy daycare Monday - Friday from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm and on weekends from 10 am - 5 pm.

    Dogtopia's facility is climate-controlled, so your dog will stay comfy in the summer. The indoor playrooms have rubber footing, which is great for sensitive feet and older pups with arthritis. The daycare center even has webcams, so you can check in and watch your dog play throughout the day.

  • Canine Connection: 4920 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans LA, 70115
    Canine Connection
    has been serving the New Orleans area since 2006. They are open 24 hours a day, offering all sorts of playful luxuries, including a doggie swimming pool. With 5 indoor playrooms and 10 outdoor playspaces, there's plenty of space. Owners can check in on their dogs at any time via webcam. 

    Canine Connection also has a retail shop and offers grooming services. So, you can always schedule grooming after you pick your dog up, ensuring they smell and look their best when you bring them home. 

  • Mary Mac's Doggie Retreat: 1470 Annunciation St. New Orleans LA, 70130
    Mary Mac's Doggie Retreat
    aims to foster a friendly, quiet atmosphere that's suitable even for anxious dogs. It's a smaller space and a good choice for dogs who need more individualized attention. The owner has a background in social work and cares for each dog as she would care for her own.

    Mary Mac's offers both full-day and half-day doggy daycare options. They also offer grooming services and overnight boarding. Dogs can play alone or in small groups, depending on owners' preferences.

  • Zeus' Place: 4601 Freret St. New Orleans LA, 70115
    Zeus' Place
    is a place where your dog can play with friends, both indoors and outdoors, while you check in on them via webcam. 

    If your dog has a good time at Zeus' Place, you can buy a package of 10 or 20 days at a discounted rate. Discounts are also available to dog owners with multiple dogs, as long as they can share a space. Zeus' Place also offers grooming and boarding services.

Doggy daycares give your pup a chance to socialize, get rid of extra energy, and relax in a different space. Your canine companion is sure to have a great time at any of these facilities. Contact us if you and your dog are looking for a real estate agent in NOLA.


Where to Stock up in Lafayette For Your Summer Grilling

Lafayette Butcher Shops

Grilling season is upon us, and our real estate agents are here for it! And we don't want to brag, but down here in Louisiana, we happen to know a thing or two about grilling. 

Whether you're starting the day-long adventure of smoking a whole hog in your barbecue pit or just throwing a few burgers on the grill, one thing is for sure: you need quality meat. Here's where to get it in the Lafayette, LA area.

  • Took's Market - 3103 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    The folks at Took's Market have more than 30 years of experience in the meat business. Their specialty is deboned stuffed chicken, but you'll find an incredible variety here, from bacon-wrapped filet mignon and stuffed pork chops to 14 varieties of sausage, all made fresh in-house. With a location convenient to many Lafayette homes for sale, Took's also offers a wide variety of side dishes, as well as pre-made lunch plates and a weekly Sunday BBQ if you don't feel like cooking.

  • Kirk's U Need a Butcher - 713 LA 728-8, Lafayette, LA 70501
    All your grilling needs are covered at Kirk's U Need a Butcher. They offer an incredible variety, from beef short ribs and pork steaks to whole chickens and house-made sausage. If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, just ask. Kirk's also offers various smoked and pre-marinated meats, along with their own brand of special seasoning. 

  • Little Veron's - 403 Rena Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Little Veron's first opened their doors in 1962, making them one of Lafayette's longest-running specialty grocers. Bringing nearly 50 years of experience to the table, they offer a fantastic selection of custom-cut meat, fresh seafood, pork, and poultry. And although Little Veron's is famous for their meat and deli counter, the store has grown over the years to include a dairy section, fresh produce, a wine and liquor shop, and home goods of all kinds. They also carry all your BBQ essentials, from lighter fluid and charcoal to ice and paper plates.

  • Billy's Boudin and Cracklin - 523 Apollo Rd, Scott, LA 70583
    Unique specialty meats are the name of the game at Billy's Boudin and Cracklin. Looking for spinach and pepper jack-stuffed chicken breasts? How about marinated pork tenderloins stuffed with crawfish and wrapped in bacon? You'll find those and dozens of other delicious Cajun goodies at this bare-bones establishment near Scott homes for sale, which is so popular among locals that there's often a line out the door. 

  • Chops Specialty Meats - 1019 Albertson Pkwy, Broussard, LA 70518
    Family-owned and operated for 13 years, Chops Specialty Meats is your one-stop shop when you need food for the grill in Broussard, LA. The folks at Chops offer just about every cut of beef and pork you can think of, along with poultry and a lot of cool specialty meats (elk, buffalo, rack of lamb, frog legs, the list goes on). You'll also find prime grill-ables, including seasoned beef patties, marinated chicken, and 15 varieties of sausage. They cater too, and their in-store deli is a popular lunch spot near Broussard homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn about life in Lafayette and the surrounding area. We're proud to call it home, and we can't wait to help you find your dream house in Louisiana!


Summer Learning for Your Kids in Baton Rouge

Summer Learning Baton Rouge

Does summer vacation mean cries of, "Mom, there's nothing to do?" Our real estate agents share some great summer programs around Baton Rouge homes for sale where kids can participate in fun activities and even learn a few things along the way.

  • Piano Pathways Summer Camps - 9270 Siegen Lane #304, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Playing a musical instrument is a skill that provides creative expression while boosting self-confidence. Piano Pathways Summer Camps offer sessions for students of all levels. Beginners can learn the basics, while more experienced students can challenge themselves by playing in competitions and ensembles. There's even a camp that combines music with science, technology, engineering, and math. Camps run through July 23. Private lessons are available for students who want to continue developing their abilities.

  • Kid-Possible Summer Camps - Jefferson United Methodist Church, 10328 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Youngsters can develop mind, body, and spirit at Kid-Possible Summer Camps. Each one-week session features a balance between art, science, and physical activities, focusing on a specific theme with a mission to be solved. The highlight is a field trip corresponding to that week's theme, such as "Adventure to the Animal Kingdom." Sessions run through August 6 and fee is $190. Lunch and pre-and post-care are offered for an additional fee.

  • Painting and Punch Summer Camps - Painting and Pinot, 7248 Perkins Rd., Ste. B, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Every child has a creative spark that makes them unique. Painting and Punch Summer Camps allow them to nurture their individual personality through a variety of art projects. Each day's agenda explores the style and period of a noted artist. Campers then use the inspiration to create their own piece with watercolors, chalk, and other media. At the end of the week-long session, campers hold an art show where their work is displayed for parents. Groups are divided into K-4th and 5th-9th. Sessions are scheduled through July 23 and fees are $135-$150, which includes supplies and snacks.

  • Episcopal Summer Camps - Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Is your child a budding Bobby Flay or J.K. Rowling? Episcopal Summer Camps cover an amazing variety of interests, from musical theater to sewing and fashion to creative writing. Inventive weekly themes include, "Desserts, Desserts, Desserts," "The Mathematical Mind: Fractals," and "Go for the Gold," in which campers stage their own Olympic Games. Sessions run through July 29 and each one is geared toward a different age group from K-10th. Fees start at $175.

  • YMCA Summer Camps - Various locations
    The YMCA may be the gold standard for family-friendly activities, and they really ramp it up during the summer months. YMCA Summer Camps are offered in five exciting categories: Adventure, Arts and Creativity, Mind, Discovery, and Sports. Week-long camps through August 6 let kids participate in one, two, or all five. Themes are designed for certain age groups ranging from 4-13. Weekly fees are $125 for members and $175 for non-members, with $25 registration fees waived for Household/Family members. With camps being held at five different Baton Rouge locations, there's one located conveniently close to you. 

Every season of the year is a wonderful time to be in Baton Rouge. Contact us if you're ready to buy or sell a home.


Food Trends: Where to Order Bubble Tea in NOLA

Bubble Tea in NOLA

Call it bubble tea, milk tea, or boba. Whatever name you use, this cool beverage is amazing in the summer months. Plus, there are many lovely bubble tea shops in the NOLA area. Here are a few particular ones that our real estate agents recommend. 

  • Vivi Bubble Tea: 3000 Severn Ave. Unit A, Metairie LA, 70002
    If you're in the area looking at Metairie homes for salethen stop by this shop for a bubble tea break. Vivi Bubble Tea offers a lot of creative bubble tea beverages. The Flaming Brown Sugar boba is a great option if you're in the mood for something sweet. If you want something more traditional, try the Signature Fruit Tea. There are tables where you can sit and enjoy your tea, although many customers do take it to-go.

  • Dream House Macarons: 1331 Barataria Blvd., Marrero LA, 70072
    The name might be Dream House Macarons, but this shop's bubble tea is as delicious as their French baked goods. Their brown sugar milk tea is a popular choice, and it comes with plenty of tapioca balls. 

    For something really special, make sure you order some macarons with your boba. The ube caramel ones are delicious, but they offer a big selection of flavors to appeal to all tastes. Stopping here will be a wonderful treat if you're looking at Marrero homes for sale nearby.

  • Mopho: 514 City Park Ave., New Orleans LA, 70199
    If you get hungry while looking at New Orleans homes for sale, then stop by Mopho for some pho and bubble tea. They have an extensive food menu with options like smoky pork pho and beef pho.

    The bubble tea at Mopho comes in tall glasses with colorful straws, making the drinking experience even more fun. Many drinks also have creative names, such as Guns + Roses Boba Tea and Tropic Like It's Hot. 

  • Follow Tea: 3334 Severn Ave., Ste 8, Metairie LA, 70002
    Follow Tea
    offers a high-end bubble tea experience. They make all of their teas with fresh ingredients. Many of the teas come topped with cheese or soy foam, adding an extra level of flavor.

    One favorite at Follow Tea is the Cherry Cheese Tea. If you prefer brewed tea, then try the Jasmine Green Tea or the Oolong Tea. You can add golden boba, crystal bubbles, or coconut to any tea upon request. Their dining area is beautifully decorated and a nice place to sip your beverages. 

  • Smoothie Bubble Tea: 2653 Barataria Blvd Marrero, LA 70072
    For when you can't decide between a smoothie or bubble tea, get a combination of the two at Smoothie Bubble Tea. Flavor options include mango, coconut, peach, and more. Plus, besides the expansive list of flavors, customers can also get food items like Vietnamese poboys and tasty waffles. 

Bubble tea is such a wonderful beverage to enjoy in the summer, especially in a warm climate like New Orleans. It might even make you fall in love with this city even more. If that happens, contact us, and we'll put you in touch with a local real estate agent. 


Food Trends: Where to Order Birria Tacos in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Tacos

The Baton Rouge food scene is on point, so it's no surprise that one of the hottest food trends is popping up around town. Our real estate agents have become fans of eating birria tacos served at these great restaurants around Baton Rouge. 

  • Birria & Barbacoa De Chivo Los Compadres - 10457 Airline Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Good things come in fours at Birria & Barbacoa De Chivo Los Compadres. Their birria special includes four tacos and a bowl of consomme, which will probably leave enough for you to enjoy later at home. People rave about the flavorful, piping-hot consomme that makes a perfect complement for the tender, marinated meat, and gooey cheese. Beef is the most popular choice, but adventurous diners can try the goat. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends.

  • Aztecas - 9375 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Looking for lunch or dinner while you're out viewing Baton Rouge homes for sale? Head over to Aztecas, a food truck located outside Monterey Plaza Shopping Center. In addition to birria tacos, Aztecas offers another trendy variation known as vampiros, which is described as a cross between a taco, a tostada, and a quesadilla. Follow up your meal with one of their refreshing fruit cups. Aztecas is open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon - 8 p.m. weekdays.

  • Modesto - 3930 Burbank Dr., Suite F, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    How authentic is Modesto? Their motto is, "Más Mex, Less Tex." Their birria tacos are made with high-quality prime brisket and served with a side of guajillo tomato consomme. If you want your beverage to be traditional as well, Modesto has you covered. Their bar stocks nearly five dozen brands of top-shelf tequila. Margaritas are served in the classic style as well as fruit-infused flavors such as blood orange, mango, and blackberry pomegranate. Order online for easy carryout. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Secret Birria - 323 Octavia St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    Want to be a real birria insider? When you're in New Orleans, check out Secret Birria, a taco stand that's so under the radar you could easily pass right by. Patterned after the speakeasy-style for an air of mystery, Secret Birria keeps the menu simple, with a focus on birria tacos and their equally acclaimed fish tacos. Their birriarito features birria meat wrapped in a tortilla with a splash of creamy white queso. Many customers order their birria tacos with a must-have side of cracklings and queso dipping sauce. Secret Birria is open Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • BR Guilty Pleasures - Baton Rouge, LA 70812
    Valencia Labostrie, owner of BR Guilty Pleasures, doesn't do anything halfway. When Valencia decided to add birria tacos to the offerings of her mobile cocktail service, she went all-in. In addition to traditional birria tacos, the menu includes birria pizzadillas, birria taco nachos, birria burritos, birria tortas, and even birria ramen. Pair your food with a berry sangria, mojito, Margarita, or V's freestyle cocktail, which is whatever Valencia feels like mixing up that day. Follow BR Guilty Pleasures on Facebook or Instagram for information on ordering and pickup.

When you call Baton Rouge home there are many local restaurants to enjoy! If this sounds like the setting of your dream home, contact us at Latter & Blum to learn more.


Where to Find Local Brews in Lafayette

Lafayette BreweryThe craft brewing scene in Lafayette is vibrant and growing, with local breweries creating unique flavors that you won't find anywhere else. Local bars, restaurants, and beer shops are also serving up all of the best brews from throughout the Acadiana region. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a local craft beer in an outdoor dining space and pair your favorite brew with some of the best food that Lafayette has to offer. Our real estate agents have the details on the best places to find delicious local brews around Lafayette.

  1. Parish Brewing Co. – 229 Jared Dr., Broussard, LA 70518
    For a fantastic local brew from a truly local source, make the quick trip to Parish Brewing Co. and get ready to treat your taste buds to something special. The beer lineup here includes flagship brews like Ghost in the Machine, Parish Pilsner, and Reve Coffee Stout, along with dozens of other selections. Stop by to enjoy a drink in the art-filled taproom or to pick up your favorites to enjoy at home.

  2. The Tap Room – 201 Settlers Trace Blvd. #4001, Lafayette, LA 70508
    The Tap Room 
    is one of the most popular bars near Lafayette homes for sale, and one look at their list of local craft brews will show you why that's the case. This local bar also has an eclectic dining menu that's packed with unique hot dogs that are loaded with toppings and delicious flatbread pizzas that pair perfectly with all of your favorite brews.

  3. Marcello's Wine Market – 2800 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Looking to stock your own fridge with some of the best brews that Acadiana has to offer? Then don't let the name of Marcello's Wine Market fool you. While this is certainly a great place to shop for local wine, it's also well-stocked with a huge variety of local craft beer, including some hard-to-find brews that aren't available at every shop.

  4. Wurst Biergarten – 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Food, music, and local craft brews are always on the menu at Wurst Biergarten, which features a large outdoor dining area that's perfect for enjoying a pleasant spring night on the town. This venue is both dog and child-friendly, with a rotating selection of food vendors that is sure to offer something for every taste. There are also fun-themed nights that offer live music, open mic comedy, and trivia contests.

  5. Social Southern Table & Bar – 3901 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    A chic, modern bar with a fantastic selection of craft brews, Social Southern Table & Bar, offers an upscale dining and drinking experience ideal for celebrating the special days in your life. The award-winning menu here is filled with fresh, farm-to-table takes on your favorite Southern dishes, with a rotation of local beers on tap and a long lineup of craft cocktails.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the delicious drinks, delightful dining, and excellent bars in Lafayette? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us today.


NOLA Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day

NOLA Restaurants

Mother's Day falls on May 9th this year, and if you'd like to take mom out to a New Orleans restaurant, you'll have plenty to choose from! The city is well known for its French-inspired cuisine, so you're sure to find a spot both you and mom will love.
Our real estate agents suggest treating mom to one of the following NOLA restaurants that are perfect for Mother's Day:  

  1. Café Degas – 3127 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Café Degas has a unique setting since it's not only is located on the beautiful, oak-lined Esplanade Avenue, it was also literally built around an oak tree, which grows through the dining room. Mom will love its casual café atmosphere along with its classic French cuisine. Dishes are simple yet artfully executed using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Treat mom to brunch with her choice of dishes, including Grits and Grillades, with braised veal, creole red gravy, and stone-ground grits, or Les Crepes Degas, with creole mustard, cured ham, Swiss, spinach, leek mornay, and a fried egg.
  2. Ralph's on the Park – 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119  
    Located in the heart of mid-city New Orleans, Ralph's on the Park overlooks huge oak trees and colorful clapboard houses that provide the restaurant with a beautiful view. The food offers a globally-inspired take on local farm-to-table cuisine, including locally sourced seafood, meat, and vegetables. Take mom to brunch and let her choose from dishes including a Mushroom Omelet, Monte Crisco Sandwich, or BBQ Shrimp and Grits. Or dine later in the day and choose from entrees such as Crabmeat Crusted Gulf Fish or a Grilled Strip Steak.
  3. Vyoone's – 412 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Voted best new restaurant in 2018 by New Orleans Magazine, Vyoone's has also been honored by Eater Nola for having the best summer salads. The restaurant is located in a historic warehouse building close to the New Orleans Convention Center. Weekend brunch is served on a beautiful French quarter-style courtyard or in the restaurant's chic interior, either of which Mom is sure to love. Try delicious French dishes such as a lump crab cake covered in mushroom and spinach cream sauce, served over penne pasta and topped with parmesan, or oven-roasted chicken breast topped with mushroom cream sauce and served with a seasonal vegetable medley.
  4. Brigsten's – 723 Dante St., New Orleans, LA 70118  
    Award-winning chef Frank Brigsten – who trained for 7 years under internationally renowned chef Paul Prudhomme – prepares inventive dishes that revitalize Creole/Acadian cooking at Brigsten's. His unique menu changes daily so he can incorporate local ingredients into his dishes. Customer favorites include Grilled Drum Fish with Crawfish and Jalapeno Lime Sauce, as well as the Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Pork Debris Sauce.
  5. Coquette – 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115  
    Located in the Garden District, Coquette has become a popular neighborhood gathering place and the perfect destination to celebrate a special occasion like Mother's Day. Dishes are in the style of contemporary Southern cuisine, inspired by international cuisine and prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Customers' favorite dishes include Gulf Seafood Stew, prepared with shrimp, crab, drum, and saffron, and Pork Shoulder served with chevre, turnip, cabbage, and dill.  

Contact us if you're interested in seeing New Orleans homes for sale. NOLA is a city like no other, with unique architecture, restaurants, and a rich cultural heritage, and we're sure you'll find a home to love. 


National Shrimp Day: Where to Order Seafood Near Lafayette

Lafayette Seafood

Monday, May 10th is National Shrimp Day. And as we're sure you know, Louisiana is a pretty great place to be if you're a seafood lover. Our local waters from the Gulf to the Bayou produce some of America's freshest, tastiest seafood. 

So if you're looking for great places to dine in celebration of National Shrimp Day, our real estate agents have a few ideas. Be sure to check out these incredible seafood restaurants in the Lafayette, Louisiana area!

  1. Lagneaux's - 445 Ridge Rd, Lafayette, LA 70506
    A Lafayette favorite for more than 40 years, Lagneaux's is known for its generous seafood platters and deep Cajun roots. In addition to a fish market where you can pick out all your favorites to cook at home—including 5-pound boxes of shrimp—Lagneaux's offers a warm, welcoming sit-down dining experience in a laid-back setting. They have an amazing Cajun seafood buffet that includes crab, crawfish, and shrimp. Plus, they're just minutes from many Lafayette homes for sale

  2. Drago's Seafood Restaurant - 3151 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Drago's Seafood has become so popular that they now have several locations, and it's not hard to see why. They serve some of Lafayette's best seafood, from shrimp and corn chowder to seared tuna and avocado salad. Their specialty is smoky, savory char-broiled oysters straight off the grill. If you really want to try something you can't get anywhere other than Louisiana, try the blackened alligator tacos. 

  3. Fiery Crab - 2330 Kaliste Saloom Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    With a name like The Fiery Crab, it's a safe bet that you're going to get some serious Louisiana seafood. Their menu does not disappoint, with locally sourced seafood including shrimp, crawfish, oysters, mussels, snow crabs, and blue crabs. The folks at the Fiery Crab specialize in 'Low Country Boil' style cooking, with bold flavors and complex spice blends handed down through generations. Your seafood of choice is served with corn, potatoes, and sausage, with the seasoning and spice level of your choice. 

  4. Louisiana Crawfish Time - 2019 Verot School Rd, Lafayette, LA 70508
    As much as we love shrimp, we have to show some love to Louisiana's other favorite crustacean: the crawfish. They're the star of the show at Louisiana Crawfish Time, a home-style crawfish joint in the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin. Whether you order boiled crawfish, shrimp, or a half-and-half combo plate, you're in for an unforgettable meal. This place gets packed during crawfish season, and they even also have a drive-through window if you're in a hurry! You can also buy shrimp and crawfish by the pound if you'd rather have your own seafood boil at home. 

  5. Dwight's Restaurant - 4800 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Dwight's Restaurant has a diner-like vibe and serves truly next-level seafood. From Gulf shrimp and local crawfish to amazing fried catfish, you simply can't go wrong. And if you don't happen to be in a seafood mood, they make a mean meatloaf and some killer barbecue as well. Dwight's offers different lunch specials every day of the week, so you'll definitely want to stop back in more than once. 

From its rich history and vibrant musical heritage to its one-of-a-kind cuisine, Louisiana is a very special place to call home. Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in the Lafayette area. 


Historic Sites Near Lake Charles

Lake Charles Historic Sites

Lake Charles is a place where history, art, architecture, and culture merge to tell a unique story that continues to evolve to this day. So much of the history of Lake Charles has been preserved to the present day, thanks to the work of local historical organizations and museums. You will also find a living history of the Lake Charles area in the form of historic homes, businesses, and public buildings, many of which are located downtown. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 historic sites near Lake Charles that you won't want to miss.

Historic Sites Near Lake Charles

  1. Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center – 1001 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center is the perfect place to start your historical journey near Lake Charles homes for sale. Part history museum, part art gallery, and part architectural marvel, this museum is one you definitely won't want to miss. It has exhibited works from some of history's greatest artists and also has countless unique artifacts.

  2. Charpentier Historic District – Downtown Lake Charles, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Do you love to explore historic architecture? Then a trip to the Charpentier Historic District, located in downtown Lake Charles, is sure to pique your interest. This is the part of the city where you will find beautifully preserved historic homes, with designs that span a variety of architectural eras. The district covers about 40 blocks, ideal for a driving tour or historic strolls on weekend mornings.

  3. Imperial Calcasieu Museum – 204 W. Sallier St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Discover what life was like in St. Charles in eras gone by when you visit the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, where history and local artwork hand-in-hand to tell the story of Southwest Louisiana. This museum is packed with historic art from local artists and unique photography that highlights the development of the region over the years.

  4. Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library – 411 Pujo St., Lake Charles, LA 70601

    Does your family have a long history in the Lake Charles area? Then a trip to the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical & Historical Library may shed more light on the history of your ancestors in the region. This is a great place to research your own genealogy and learn more about the families that have shaped local history.

  5. Brimstone Museum – 900 S Huntington St., Sulphur, LA 70663

    A brief drive west of St. Charles will take you to the Brimstone Museum complex, which is located close to Sulphur homes for sale. The Brimstone Museum tells the story of sulfur mining in the area and showcases the community's history. There are rotating exhibits on display throughout the year, including unique local art that you won't find anywhere else.

  6. Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu – 809 Kirby St. Ste 229, Lake Charles, LA 70601

    A fun, colorful museum filled with unique stories, the Mardis Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu is a must-see historic destination in Lake Charles. Home to the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana, Lake Charles has a long history with Carnival season. The Mardis Gras Museum houses one of the largest collections of costumes in Louisiana, along with a variety of fascinating exhibits on the history of Mardis Gras and the unique traditions that surround Carnival Season.

Ready to create the next chapter of your own story in Lake Charles? Our team is here to help you find the perfect home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lake Charles, LA area.


Pi Day: New Orleans Bakeries You'll Want to Try

New Orleans Pie

Pi Day is celebrated every year on March 14 to represent the first three digits of pi. Sure, it's a math reference, but you can also use the day as a great excuse to head to one of the fantastic bakeries or restaurants in New Orleans to enjoy a slice of pie.

Our real estate agents suggest indulging in some sweet or savory pie at one of the following locations:

  1. Boucherie – 8115 Jeannette St., New Orleans, LA 70118
    Boucherie is named for a southern Louisiana tradition that involved a community feast and is now recognized by individual families as well as through festivals. The fine-dining restaurant serves contemporary Southern food in an approachable atmosphere located just around the corner from New Orleans homes for sale. It has excellent entrees on the menu, including pan-seared redfish, but is also well known for its deliciously decadent desserts such as Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, Thai Chili Chocolate Chess Pie, and Chocolate Ganache Terrine. 
  2. Emeril's New Orleans – 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130  
    Emeril Lagasse is one of the most well-known celebrity chefs, and his food is closely associated with New Orleans. He has several restaurants in the Crescent City, including Emeril's New Orleans, where you can enjoy some delicious desserts inspired by the city. They include selections from New New Orleans as well as Classic New Orleans. On the classic side, try Emeril's Pecan Pie, which is topped with smoked cinnamon ice cream. Of course, you can't go wrong with any of the new selections either, including the Creole Cream Cheesecake with lemon curd, candied lemon peel, and pistachio bark.

  3. Noodle & Pie – 741 Slate St. (at Magazine St.), New Orleans, LA 70118
    You'll find Japanese ramen, creative small plates – and last, but not least, amazing pies at Noodle & Pie, all of which are made fresh daily. Try the Coconut Key Lime Pie, made with a graham crust, vanilla chantilly ice cream, and toasted coconut. Or order the Vietnamese Iced Coffee Pie made with iced coffee gelatin and an iced coffee cream layer. Whichever choice you make will be a deliciously different pie that's a far cry from what you'll usually find on a bakery or restaurant menu.
  4. Adrian's Bakery – 4710 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
    Adrian's Bakery is family-owned and operated and has become a popular spot for University of New Orleans students and others to satisfy their craving for sweets. The shop has been in business for more than 15 years, and each treat is made fresh daily. Try one of the bakery's cakes, cinnamon rolls, praline pound cakes, king cakes, cupcakes, or other popular desserts.

  5. Windowsill Pies – 4714 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    As the name implies, it's all about the pies at Windowsill Pies! You'll be able to order sweet and savory versions as well as breakfast pies, all of which are available by the slice or the whole pie. Stop by and select something fresh from the case, or order something off the menu.

Contact us if you're interested in buying a home in New Orleans, where you can visit bakeries and restaurants that have a truly unique local flavor. 


Love Reading? Baton Rouge Bookstores to Explore

Baton Rouge Bookstores

If you love to read, you're in luck! Baton Rouge has several independent bookstores that carry unique selections and are wonderful places to browse before you buy. From comic books to centuries-old collectible titles, you're likely to find what you're looking for at these local bookstores.
Our real estate agents suggest exploring the following bookstores around Baton Rouge:

  1. Cottonwood Books – 3054 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808  
    Locally owned and operated, Cottonwood Books has served the area for 35 years and has gained many loyal customers throughout the years. It's a booklover's paradise that's filled with around 35,000 used and rare books as well as 7,000 handpicked new titles. You'll even find books that are centuries old and a robust collection of Louisiana-based books. And if you have kids, let them browse and pick out a few titles in a section just for them.
  2. Recycled Reads – 3434 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806  
    Recycled Reads
    has books that are being sold by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. So, in addition to scoring some great books, you're also helping the Friends of the Library, which supports children's programs throughout the year, such as the author/illustrator program. All types of books are for sale, including fiction, textbooks, cookbooks, history, and many more. You'll even find DVDs, CDs, and LPs to buy. Everything's a bargain since you'll pay only $1 for hardbacks, large-format paperbacks, DVDs, and audiobooks, and pocket paperbacks are only 25 cents. Bring cash since that's the only form of payment accepted.
  3. The Bookcellar – 9702 Florida Blvd., Walker, LA 70785  
    For a great selection of used books, stop by The Bookcellar, located just around the corner from Walker homes for sale. Customers have praised the store's reasonable prices as well as its excellent and knowledgeable customer service. Many books of general interest fill the shelves, and if you find titles you love, you'll be able to score a deal since they're used.
  4. Cavalier House Books – 100 N. Range Ave., Denham Springs, LA 70726  
    The entire family can find books to love at Cavalier House Books, located near Denham Springs homes for sale. The shelves are stocked with a wide variety of titles for kids, teens, and adults, so prepare to spend some time browsing. The shop sells new and used books, so if you have titles you've already read, bring them in to exchange for credit toward other books. In addition to its many books, the store also hosts various reading clubs and other events, such as the "Low and Slow" book club, which reads and discusses long, intimidating titles.

  5. Southeast Cards & Comics – 1152 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    The books at Southeast Cards & Comics are mostly – not surprisingly – comics, and it has a treasure trove of titles. You'll find new comic releases on the shelves weekly and trade paperbacks and comics from Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Dark Horse, and others. You'll also be able to browse and shop for popular board games as well as collectibles and sports cards.

Contact us to look at Baton Rouge homes for sale and find out about the local shops, restaurants, recreational opportunities, and more, our area a unique local flavor. 


Chocolate Gifts from these Shops Near Baton Rouge

Chocolate Gifts Baton Rouge

Chocolate may not be able to solve all your problems, but it certainly makes life more enjoyable. Chocolate is a gift for any occasion. And besides, sometimes you just need to treat yourself. 

So whether you're looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift or maybe just a little pick-me-up after a hard year, be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite Baton Rouge sweet shops. 

  1. Delícia Gourmet Brigadeiro - Baton Rouge, LA
    Brigadeiro is a unique South American treat, a perfect blend of buttery, milky, chocolaty goodness topped with nuts, sprinkles, or candy. The folks at Delícia Gourmet Brigadeiro were inspired to start creating them after discovering these traditional sweets on a trip to Brazil. There are few places in the U.S. where you can get these bite-size delicacies, but Delícia Gourmet Brigadeiro is one of those places. They offer a stunning variety of flavors and will ship them to all 50 states. 

  2. Baum's Fine Pastries - 8046 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Baum's Fine Pastries creates sweet delights in all sizes, shapes, and flavors. This Baton Rouge staple offers everything from cookies and other bite-size morsels to wedding cakes and traditional New Orleans-style king cake. When you need something tasty for a special occasion, you simply can't go wrong here. They ship nationwide and are open for takeout near these Baton Rouge homes for sale.

  3. Lolli and Pops - 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70836
    You want candy? You've come to the right place. Lolli and Pops is your destination in Baton Rouge for all things sweet. Chocolates, macaroons, gummies, jelly beans—they've got it all. Plus, there's always something new and tasty in stock for any occasion. That includes an incredible selection of Valentine's Day specialties that make the perfect romantic gift for a special someone. 

  4. Chef Schonberg's Sweets - Baton Rouge, LA
    With a focus on gourmet cakes and cupcakes, Chef Schonberg's Sweets is one of the best places in Louisiana to satisfy your sweet tooth. In addition to elevated Southern-inspired baking, they also create decadent specialties like chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate covered Madelines. The team at Chef Schonberg's bakes daily and delivers your custom-ordered creation right to your door in Baton Rouge. 

  5. Zocalisa Fine Chocolates - Ponchatoula, LA
    An incredible artisan chocolatier in Ponchatoula, LA, Zocalisa Fine Chocolates creates some of the most decadent, mouth-watering treats you're ever likely to try. Check out their Louisiana Collection to get a wide-ranging sampler of all their best flavors. Zocalisa Fine Chocolates is less than an hour from Baton Rouge and a stone's throw from these Ponchatoula homes for sale.

  6. King Tremaine's Premium Candies - Baton Rouge, LA
    The delicious gourmet confections from King Tremaine's Premium Candies are truly on another level, and they make the perfect gift for any occasion. They make a wide variety of tasty treats, but Sweethearts—heart-shaped, authentic Louisiana pecan candies—are without a doubt their number one specialty. Order King Tremaine's Premium Candies online, have them shipped to your door, or look for them locally at the MidCity Makers Market in Baton Rouge. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Baton Rouge, LA. From finding the perfect gift to finding your dream home, our team is here to help every step of the way. 


New Orleans Cooking: Learn the Tricks with These Cooking Classes


Louisiana Cooking Classes

One of the most gratifying new experiences we've had in the past year has been learning to cook. Luckily, we live in New Orleans, home to some of the world's most vibrant flavors and most talented chefs. Learn some of their tricks from the comfort and safety of your own home with these virtual cooking classes:

  1. New Orleans School of Cooking - 524 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Family-owned since 1980, the New Orleans School of Cooking has established itself as the Crescent City's number one destination for cooking classes over than last 40 years. In the wake of the pandemic, they've shifted their focus more toward hosting virtual cooking classes via Zoom. Book a class today and learn to make NOLA staples like gumbo, shrimp and grits, and Jambalaya from the school's talented teachers.

  2. Langlois Culinary Crossroads - 1710 Pauger St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    Langlois Culinary Crossroads is a Cajun kitchen where guests take cooking classes and dine on the finished products. They're located mere minutes from these New Orleans homes for sale, but you can now take Langlois' classes virtually. Their chefs create a fun, entertaining environment and will pass along some skills to take your home cooking to the next level. These classes make for a perfect New Orleans date night or virtual dinner party. 

  3. New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute - 1519 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    One of Louisiana's leading not-for-profit culinary schools, the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI) is an amazing resource for aspiring chefs. Their focus is on educating a diverse community and increasing access, and minimizing barriers to careers in the culinary arts. Their live stream cooking classes are great for getting groups of people from all corners of the globe together in the same virtual space, where they can all enjoy preparing meals like New Orleans BBQ shrimp, chicken and andouille Jambalaya, and fish meunière. 

  4. Southern Food & Beverage Museum - 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
    Getting the next generation interested in cooking is the name of the game at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Their online cooking classes for kids are great fun, and they teach youngsters the foundational skills to become great future cooks. The teachers are friendly and charismatic, and the classes are fun and engaging. Most of them revolve around making simple, kid-friendly staples like pizza, tacos, and blueberry pancakes. 

  5. The Mardi Gras School of Cooking - 519 Wilkinson St Suite 101, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Mardi Gras School of Cooking is a premier culinary school, and they now offer virtual classes so that you can learn from the masters from the comfort of your own kitchen. Their classes change with the seasons, but they usually focus on a classic New Orleans dish or cooking technique. You might learn how to create a roux—the foundation of many great Cajun dishes—or discover the secret to baking the perfect New Orleans King Cake. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Orleans. It's one of America's most unique and diverse cities, and it's a truly special place to call home. When you're ready to find your dream home in New Orleans, our team is here to help. 


National Pizza Day: Where to Order a Pie Near Lafayette

Louisiana Pizza

National Pizza Day is on February 9th, so spend part of your day enjoying a slice at a restaurant around Lafayette. Whether you're looking for traditional toppings and crust or variations like a gluten-free crust or upscale toppings, you'll be able to find what you love at the local shops and pizzerias.

Our real estate agents suggest paying a visit to one of the following restaurants on National Pizza Day and keeping the rest in mind for another time: 

  1. La Pizzeria Lafayette – 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503  
    La Pizzeria Lafayette has served the area delicious handmade pizzas for 25 years. In addition to a 10 or 14-inch pie made with a traditional crust, you can also choose a gluten-free low-carb cauliflower crust. Choose your own toppings, or order from a creative specialty pizza that's listed on the menu, such as Crab Amore, with lump crab meat in a white wine sauce with mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese topped with fresh diced green onion. 
  2. Alesi Pizza House – 4110 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Alesi Pizza House
    has kept ownership in the family since its opening in 1957, and their tradition of homemade sauces has continued over the years. Order a 12 or 14-inch pie with your choice of toppings, or try a specialty pizza like Pizza Alesi, which is topped with cheese, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, and bacon. If you'd like to nosh on something other than pizza, the restaurant serves a long list of Italian favorites, including several types of fettuccine and veal dishes. 
  3. Pizza Village – 2340 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508 and 1935 Moss St., Lafayette, LA 70501   
    Pizza Village
    has served up pizza to the Lafayette area for nearly 50 years, specializing in a thin crust that's very crispy. They make their own sauce daily and are committed to using high-quality ingredients, such as cheese made to the restaurant's specifications in Wisconsin and delivered to them directly from the dairy. Order an 8, 11, 13, or 16-inch pizza, or try one off the menu like the Dupe Special, topped with hamburger, shrimp, and crispy pepperoni.
  4. Bread & Circus Provisions – 258 Bendel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70503 
    If you'd like to try wood-fired Neapolitan pizza with uniquely upscale ingredients, Bread & Circus Provisions is definitely worth visiting. You'll find ingredients that are a step up from what you'll usually see, such as grated Reggiano, chopped clams, spicy German-style smoked ham, and burnt garlic oil. The restaurant also has a nice selection of sharables to start your meal with, including chicken skins and eggplant hummus.
  5. Pizzaville USA – 1540 Johnson St., Lafayette, LA 70503 and A Derek Plaza Dr., Carencro, LA 70520   
    Pizzaville USA
    has been a popular family-friendly destination near Lafayette and Carencro homes for sale for 40 years. Their pizzas are baked with a crispy crust and come in themed pies like Uncle Sam's Special, which is topped with shrimp, Canadian bacon, jalapenos, extra mozzarella, and pineapple (upon request). And if the crust isn't your favorite part of the pizza, order a crustless version of a pizza in which sauce, cheese, toppings, and more cheese are layered in a souffle dish and then baked.

Contact us to find out more places to visit in Lafayette or to see Lafayette homes for sale. We'd love to help you make the area your home!


Grab Dinner at These Restaurants in the Warehouse District

Warehouse District Restaurants

Who's hungry for some delicious NOLA cooking? One of the reasons our real estate agents love living in the Big Easy is that we're mere footsteps away from some of the country's best dishes. From classic Cajun and Creole cuisine to innovative takes on international fare, New Orleans always has something good cooking. Next time you're headed out for dinner, check out these restaurants in the Warehouse District.

  1. NOLA Caye — 898 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Get a taste of the Caribbean without even crossing the expressway at NOLA Caye. Coconut shrimp, red beans and yellow rice, jerk chicken, and crispy plantains are among the menu items that showcase the Caribbean's diverse flavors. Many of these cultures influenced New Orleans' identity, and NOLA Caye honors the city's history by serving up authentic representations.

  2. Meril — 424 Girod St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    You haven't truly dined out in New Orleans unless you've eaten at one of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants. His fourth establishment in the city, Meril is a casual spot where you can enjoy cocktails and creative dishes. Order up or take home plates signed-off on by Emeril himself, including French onion dip, smoked Gulf fish dip, and turkey and sausage gumbo with steamed rice.

  3. Compère Lapin — 535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Every New Orleans restaurant serves something special, but when you step into the James Beard Award-winning Compere Lapin, you can expect an unforgettable experience. Savor small bites like conch croquettes and spiced pig ears before slurping down some cow heel soup. Devour curried goat or scialatielli, then finish the night off with soursop cheesecake or roasted banana zeppoles.

  4. Briquette — 701 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    The old Rodd Brothers Molasses Refinery from two centuries ago is now home to Briquette, a casual, contemporary restaurant featuring coastal cuisine. Seafood lovers will have trouble deciding between caramelized sea scallops, oysters Bienville en casserole, lump crabcake Napoleon, and steamed Prince Edward mussels. Bring a few friends so you can try as many as possible…and have a little fun drinking your way through their extensive wine list.

  5. Herbsaint — 701 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Head over to historic St. Charles Avenue and treat your taste buds to the upscale dining at Herbsaint. Consistently voted one of the top ten restaurants in the city, you'll never regret making reservations at Herbsaint. Cornmeal fried oysters, Muscovy duck leg confit, and Louisiana shrimp and fish ceviche are waiting for you. For dessert, choose between flourless chocolate cake, vanilla pot de crème, and banana brown butter tarts that will send you home with a full stomach and a wide grin.

  6. Peche Seafood Grill — 800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Rustic ambiance, local craft beers, and a stacked raw bar make Peche Seafood Grill a can't-miss restaurant in the Warehouse District. The chefs create their menus using ingredients from local farmers and fishers. Order up a seafood platter from the raw bar to share or snack on hushpuppies and smoked tuna dip as you wait for a plate of jumbo shrimp to swim onto your table.   

Would you love to live within walking distance of the best restaurants in the Warehouse District? We can help. Contact us today to see a full menu of the latest New Orleans homes for sale that have just hit the market.


Raise a Glass at These Baton Rouge Wine Bars

Baton Rouge Wine Bars

Raise your hand if you could use a tall glass of wine right now. Our real estate agents understand that this year has been unlike any other. Raise a glass to the end of 2020 with a drink from one of these Baton Rouge wine bars.

  1. Duvic's — 2854 Kalurah St., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Duvic's is Baton Rouge's favorite neighborhood overpass bar where your preferred martini is waiting. For over twenty years, their bartenders have mastered the art of the martini and paired them with amazing burgers, sandwiches, and more. Those seeking wine will be pleased with their wine list, though beers and nonalcoholic drinks are also on the menu.

  2. Sullivan's Steakhouse — 5252 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Are there any finer pleasures in life than a full-bodied glass of wine and a juicy steak? Pour over the wine list at Sullivan's Steakhouse featuring hundreds of options from around the world as you munch on cheesesteak eggrolls or jumbo lump crab cake appetizers. Enhance your house-cut steak with a broiled lobster tail and a side of three-cheese mac. Add a slice of New York cheesecake and another glass of wine to finish the night off in style.

  3. Mid Tap — 660 Arlington Creek Centre Blvd. Suite D., Baton Rouge, LA 70820
    Eat, drink, and celebrate your health at Mid Tap. White and red wines sit alongside classic cocktails and a rotating tap of domestic beers. Munchies like loaded beer-battered waffle fries and wings will tempt you to refill your wine glass hour after hour.  

  4. Bin 77 — 10111 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Never order a bad wine again! Bin 77 Bistro & Wine lets you taste any wine you wish before you order it, so you'll always be satisfied. Live music fills the air most nights as couples and friends split plates like crawfish and kimchi empanadas and grilled lamb lollipops. Whether you desire a full meal like grilled pork chops or if you just want to nibble on a cheese and charcuterie board with your wine, you'll love this adults-only wine bar.

  5. Olive or Twist Bar + Kitchen — 7248 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Olive or Twist Kitchen and Bar will have you asking, "Please, sir, may I have some more wine?" This upscale Baton Rouge bar features exceptionally crafted cocktails and your favorite bottles of wine. A lively spot that's perfect to begin or end the night, good times and good wines await you at Olive or Twist.

Would you like to stay in and have a drink in your own cozy home bar? Let us help you find the perfect space to display your wine collection. Contact us today to tour our latest Baton Rouge homes for sale.


Healthy Dining Options You Can Find in NOLA

Our real estate agents understand how important a healthy diet is. We're always on the lookout for the best bites around town that are good for the tastebuds and body. Next time your stomach is rumbling, check out these healthy dining options around New Orleans.

  1. City Greens — 5001 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    The freshest greens are always within reach in NOLA at City Greens. Though they're offering a take-out-only menu, you can still scoop up your favorites. The B.Y.O Salad or Wrap is always a win, mixed with your choice of greens, four additional veggies, dressing, and extra proteins like chicken or turkey. Of course, no one can go wrong with a BBQ Chicken Wrap or Thai Peanut Shrimp Wrap.

  2. Max Well — 6101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Get well at Max Well. Located on Magazine Street, Max Well creates all of their menu options with the planet, the people, and the animals in mind. All of their items are plant-based and fresh from the farm to your table. Small bites like Gyoza and Stuffed Avocados are just as tasty and filling as Bonita Bowls, Beet Wellington, and Tomato Chickpea Soup. Stop in for lunch or grab one of their house-made juices to go.

  3. Café Minh — 4139 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Send your stomach on a trip to the other side of the world with the Saigon's Southern Vietnamese flavors at Café Minh. Incorporating American and French influences into their Vietnamese cuisine, all unique items are made with fresh, local ingredients. Classic cups of pho are served alongside exciting options like Vietnamese BBQ Catfish, Minh's Bouillabaisse, and Slow Braised Asian Short Ribs. Skip the standard salads and sandwiches for some of Café Minh's creative flavors.

  4. The Salad Station — 618 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    The Salad Station brings family and farming together to introduce a pay by the pound concept. Build your perfect salad without worrying about under-eating or overpaying. Hit the salad bar first to fill your plate with greens, proteins, legumes, fruits, nuts, and other toppings. Then move onto the gourmet hot and soup bar for baked potatoes, chili, and other warm dishes. When you're finished, you can build a second salad to take home and continue your healthy eating streak.

  5. Seed — 1330 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Plant-based dining is on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Seed. You'll love the unique flavor combinations using a variety of diverse ingredients with a little dash of New Orleans style cooking. Mushroom Gumbo, Eggplant Shawarma, Korean Fired Cauliflower, and Tofu "Pork Belly" Bao are just a few of the menu's tasty items. If you could use a mid-day pick me up, their mocktails will hit the spot.

Are you looking for a new kitchen with enough pantry room for the freshest ingredients? We can help. Contact us today to schedule tours of our charming New Orleans homes for sale.


5 Places that Opened this Year in New Orleans

New Orleans New Restaurants

When you think of New Orleans, you probably think of classic Creole cuisine.

While nothing says New Orleans like soulful Creole comfort food, our real estate agents want you to know there's even more to try. The Big Easy is a city with a remarkable food culture. 

The city sees the introduction of more than a dozen new restaurants each year. While a lot of these are headed by newcomers, world-famous chefs have also made New Orleans home. From hearty home cooking to fusion cuisine and even the most experimental eateries, this place truly has it all.

Here's a selection of just a few of the latest restaurants to open their doors in New Orleans:

  1. Peewee's Crabcakes On-The-Go – 4500 Old Gentilly Road, New Orleans, LA 70126
    Peewee's Crabcakes On-The-Go is the work of chef and owner Charles Armstrong, whose culinary career has dotted New Orleans with pop-up restaurants and other successful ventures. This new space represents a more permanent home for Peewee's. Satisfying signature crab cakes come along with seafood platters and a variety of Creole mainstays. Everything has that special touch local foodies have come to expect!
  2. Alma Cafe – 800 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Alma Cafe features authentic Honduran cuisine by chef Melissa Araujo. Now settled into the spot formerly held by Paloma Cafe, she is best known for rich, robust breakfast and lunch menus featuring all the flavors of her ancestral home. Visitors love to pair the dark, flavorful coffee with a variety of meals and small plates. Shrimp dip, ceviche, and mushroom toast spice up a full list of bowls and sandwiches.
  3. Mr. Potato – 2800 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Not to be confused with a certain beloved children's toy, Mr. Potato is a new restaurant descended from one of the city's most popular food trucks. Now, it's a specialty joint known all around Louisiana for its generously stuffed baked potatoes and loaded fries. Don't underestimate the concept, as you can choose from seafood, steak, cheese, vegetables, and much more. It's a delightful (and filling) time.
  4. Union Ramen Bar – 1837 Magazine Street Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Union Ramen Bar brings one of the most iconic Japanese dishes to New Orleans as executive chef Nate Nguyen returns to the ramen game after more than five years. In addition to the lip-smacking ramen bowls, most of them based on chicken broth, you can sample poke and Vietnamese small plates. Confit oyster mushrooms, watermelon belly salad, and barbecue stuffed shrimp await your discerning palate.
  5. Cho Thai – 3218 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Cho Thai is descended from a family-owned West Bank Thai restaurant with a storied past and strong local following. In its new Magazine Street location, it serves up delectable Thai delicacies in a comfortable and modern space. Some of the top offerings include spicy clams, pork rolls, and chili basil crab claws. Looking for a new twist on the familiar? Don't miss out on the Louisiana crab fried rice.

Move to Crescent City, and you can enjoy some of the South's most delicious food right in your own neighborhood. Contact us to learn more about Louisiana real estate.


Classic Louisiana Food and Where to Find it in Baton Rouge

Classic Louisiana Food

Love classic Louisiana cooking, or interested in sampling our region's many delicacies for the first time? Then you'll feel right at home in Baton Rouge, where local restaurants bring the best of Louisiana to your table every day. From beignets to po'boys, king cakes to gumbo, you'll find it all at the best local dining spots. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your culinary adventure with our guide to 5 local restaurants where you can find classic Louisiana cooking in Baton Rouge.

  1. Rue Beignet – 18135 E Petroleum Dr. Suite H, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

    A sweet, simple treat made from fried dough and a generous sprinkling of confectioner sugar, a beignet pairs perfectly with your morning coffee. The team at Rue Beignet starts baking before the sun rises, and you'll be greeted by the welcoming smell of warm, fresh beignets before you even walk through the door. Everything is made with old-fashioned recipes and the freshest ingredients, with a wide variety of toppings available. Of course, the coffee is always hot, fresh, and delicious as well.

  2. Best Po'Boy and Seafood – 9330 Greenwell Springs Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814

    The po'boy is a Louisiana staple, and it's so much more than just a sandwich. As you'll see, when you peruse the menu at Best Po'Boy and Seafood, a po'boy can feature a truly diverse range of ingredients, sandwiched between warm, fresh French bread. Best Po'Boy and Seafood is conveniently located close to Baton Rouge homes for sale and serves some of the best sandwiches in the city. Order yours with fresh, fried seafood or delicious roast beef, then grab the perfect Louisiana side dish.

  3. Anthony's Italian Deli – 5575 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

    Brought to Louisiana by some of the early Italian immigrants to the area, muffuletta refers to both a sandwich style and the type of Italian bread that it's served on. The sandwich is made with a loaf of muffuletta bread, served with ham, salami, a mix of Italian cheeses, and a special olive salad that ties the whole delicious creation together. Stop by Anthony's Italian Deli for some of the best muffuletta in Baton Rouge, and be sure to try the toasted version for an extra treat.

  4. Ambrosia Bakery & Deli – 8546 Siegen Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70810

    Especially popular during Carnival season but also available to satisfy your sweet tooth year-round, the king cake is a classic Louisiana dessert that comes with some unique traditions. Many bakeries will bake a small, plastic baby into the cake, and whoever finds the baby brings the king cake for the next celebration. You can find king cakes and so much more at Ambrosia Bakery & Deli. The bakery here is fantastic, and the deli churns out delicious sandwiches that are perfect for enjoying before your cake.

  5. Rice and Roux – 2158 O'neal Ln., Baton Rouge, LA 70816

    Gumbo is a classic Louisiana soup that is also our state's official cuisine. It can include many different ingredients but almost always relies on a base of roux, bell peppers, onions, and celery, along with meat or shellfish. When you're in the mood for gumbo, Rice and Roux has you covered with delicious Cajun cooking in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Do you dream of delicious Louisiana delicacies waiting outside your front door in Baton Rouge? Then it's time to find your next home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.


5 Free Things to do Near New Orleans

Free Things to do in New Orleans

The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.

  1. New Orleans Museum of Art – 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
    NOMA, the New Orleans Museum of Art, is a favorite destination for many locals. Their rotating exhibitions and extensive collections can't be missed! However, if you're looking for a free way to appreciate art, head behind NOMA to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, where you can stroll the tree-lined paths and admire over 60 sculptures created by world-famous artists. Admission is free all year, except holidays.

  2. The Canal Street Ferry – Near 1 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Get a new view of New Orleans by taking a ride on the Canal Street Ferry. Also known as the Algiers Ferry, this boat takes you down the Mississippi for the best views of the city. It will cruise you from the French Quarter to Algiers Point, where you can enjoy Confetti Park, stroll the Algiers Bike Path, or visit the many bars, cafes, and shops around. The Canal Street Ferry operates seven days a week, with the first ferry departures launching between 6 AM and 10:45 AM and ending between 9:30 PM and 11:45 PM.

  3. Explore Uptown & The Garden District
    One of the best free things to do in New Orleans is to explore the city on foot. The vibrant communities hold hidden gems for wanderers who don't mind venturing off the beaten path. Two of the coolest neighborhoods to explore are Uptown and the Garden District. Uptown is a wonderful place to shop and admire historic architecture while the Garden District hosts mansions where you can also take a self-guided walking tour of the area.

  4. St. Louis Cathedral – 615 Pere Antoine Alley, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
    The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis King of France overlooks bustling Jackson Square. It is the United States' oldest Catholic Cathedral that continues to operate. Take a step back in history by visiting the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, or stop by St. Mary's Church next door, which actually predates St. Louis Cathedral.

  5. Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella – 200 Broadway St., Suite 107, New Orleans, LA 70118
    If you want to explore the city, surround yourself with local goods, and get to know your neighbors, a stop at the Crescent City Farmers Markets/Market Umbrella is ideal. These local markets sprout up around town, including in Uptown Square, Bucktown Harbor, and Parkway Bakery and Tavern. Check their schedule to see which vendors, musical guests, and specials will be at each market from week to week.

Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.


Weekend Getaway: Cabins You Can Stay in Near New Orleans

Cabins Near New Orleans

Looking for a chance to get away from it all? What could be better than a cabin?

How about a cabin that's just a short hop from the best New Orleans homes for sale?

In recent months, our real estate agents have gotten more questions from buyers who want to relax and unwind with a refreshing New Orleans weekend getaway. 

Although a true "log cabin" is rare in New Orleans, the area offers its own spin: The Creole cottage.

Preserved historic cottages dating to the 1800s are testaments to New Orleans' vivacious culture and style. Many of these unique properties are rented directly by the owner, so you can expect authentic southern hospitality to flavor a memorable visit. It's the ideal way to rest and recharge.

Plus, you might get inspiration for your own New Orleans home!

Start with this list to see if anything catches your eye:

  1. Audubon Cottages – 509 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Looking for a selection steeped in history? Audubon Cottages has it! You can choose from a variety of one- and two-bedroom suites with private, guest-only access to a saltwater pool said to be the oldest pool in New Orleans. The secluded surroundings give you a sense of serenity even right in the midst of the delightful French Quarter.
  2. Greatmen Cottage Vacation Rental Home – 3421 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
    Greatmen Cottage Vacation Rental Home is a historic Creole-style cottage built in 1838, offering three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the heart of the French Quarter. Every inch of the property drips with New Orleans architectural flair, but happy guests talk most about the airy terrace, garden, and fountain. Modern amenities have been added, and the neighborhood is a hub of delectable dining.
  3. The Cabins at Jean Lafitte Harbor – 4932 Kenal Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067
    About 45 minutes from downtown New Orleans you'll find The Cabins at Jean Lafitte Harbor, a cluster of five cabins with a rustic and homey feel. Located a little way from family-friendly attractions like the Audubon Zoo and Mardi Gras World, each cabin features hardwood floors and country-style furnishings. They're one more marvelous reason to choose Lafitte homes for sale.
  4. Four Cypress Acadian Cabin – 4980 Highway 308, Napoleonville, LA 70390
    Four Cypress Acadian Cabin is peaceful and romantic. Offering a fully air-conditioned cabin and a traditional porch for outdoor relaxation, it sits on five unspoiled acres. Guests can book their own Louisiana swamp tour or simply spend their time luxuriating in the fresh air. It's less than an hour from New Orleans – and only a quick drive to Napoleonville homes for sale and beautiful Lake Verret.
  5. Bayou Log Cabins – 200 West Kass Lane, Port Sulphur, LA 70083
    Want to get out deep into the bayou? Bayou Log Cabins has you covered less than an hour south of New Orleans. You'll get a classic experience that includes renting a log cabin – on high stilts – in a 200-year old fishing village. And terrific Port Sulphur homes for sale are nearby! Whether you decide to rent your own boat or go out on a charter expedition, anglers will love the chance to pursue trout and redfish catches.

From the historic to the modern, New Orleans has something to appeal to every taste. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about local real estate.


Where to Find Great Gumbo Near Lafayette

Gumbo in Lafayette

When new residents come into the Lafayette area, our real estate agents love showing them around and making sure they know about all the best local traditions. This includes highlighting area restaurants to enjoy the official state soup -- a steaming bowl of gumbo!

There are many variations of this tasty dish, which is why it's so much fun to try each chef's unique take on it. If you're in pursuit of the perfect bowl of gumbo, you're in luck. Here's a round-up of our favorite places to find great gumbo in the Lafayette area. 

  1. Charley G's: 3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Famous for their smoked duck and andouille gumbo, Charley G's has been a longtime favorite among Lafayette locals. In fact, they've been serving up this incredible dish for over 30 years! They've listed the recipe on their website, but we recommend heading over there for the chef-prepared version. While you're there, you can also enjoy their fresh Louisiana seafood and grilled aged beef, both of which are cooked over southern hardwoods. Spending some time in this relaxing and welcoming restaurant is the perfect way to end a long day of exploring Lafayette homes for sale. 
  1. Dooky Chase's Restaurant: 2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    If you've been looking at New Orleans homes for sale, you know that there's no shortage of great restaurants here. Dooky Chase's Restaurant is no exception! This family-owned and operated establishment has been serving up delicious food since 1941. It's truly a New Orleans treasure. On Tuesday through Friday, they serve a delicious lunch buffet that features many New Orleans staples, like hot sausage and beans and rice. You'll have to order the gumbo separately, but it's well worth it! Friday nights they have a regular menu with favorites like chicken creole, stuffed shrimp, and shrimp Clemenceau. 
  1. Prejean's: 3480 North Evangeline Throughway, Lafayette, LA 70507
    If you want to enjoy award-winning Cajun cuisine, look no further than Prejean's. This fun and friendly local restaurant has been pleasing residents for over 40 years. Their chicken and sausage gumbo is a three-time world champion! They also offer a delicious seafood gumbo made with shrimp, crawfish, and crabmeat and a gumbo made with smoked dixie duck and Acadiana andouille. When you've finished your gumbo, you'll want to enjoy some of their other amazing menu items, like fried green tomatoes, a crawfish enchilada, or the incredibly popular Prejean's Poboy. 
  1. Don's Seafood: 4309 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 7050
    A Cajun tradition in Lafayette since 1934, Don's Seafood has some of the best gumbo around. You'll want to try both the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo and the delicious seafood gumbo made with shrimp and crab meat. We recommend pairing your gumbo with some charbroiled oysters and a side of hush puppies or adding a cup of gumbo to the Seafood Combo. This amazing dish comes with stuffed shrimp, fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried oysters, shrimp étouffée, french fries, and coleslaw. It's a feast that's truly one to remember! 

The great food is just one of the many things to love about living in Lafayette. If you're ready to find your dream home here, we can help. Contact us today to get started. 


5 Bakeries in Baton Rouge Your Sweet Tooth will Love

Baton Rouge Bakeries

If you've been in the area looking at Baton Rouge homes for sale, you've probably noticed that there's no shortage of great dining options here! In addition to the huge variety of upscale and casual restaurants, Baton Rouge is also known for its outstanding bakeries. 

Our real estate agents often enjoy stopping by their favorite local shops for a cup of coffee and a sweet treat. Here are a few that you'll want to check out. 

  1. Les Amis Bake Shoppe: 11826 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    For specialty desserts in an array of both traditional and unique flavors, you can't go wrong with Les Amis Bake Shoppe. They offer a diverse selection of cake balls and cupcakes in flavors that change each week. They also sell cake and cheesecake by the slice, which is perfect for those sweet cravings. Some of the incredible cake flavors you'll find here include Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel (their signature cake!), Strawberry Silk, Coconut Cream, German Chocolate, and Mocha Espresso. Whether you need a custom cake for a special occasion or just want to satisfy your sweet tooth, you'll find exactly what you're looking for here. 
  1. Baum's Fine Pastries & Chocolate: 8046 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    A Baton Rouge tradition since 1934, Baum's Fine Pastries and Chocolate is the go-to option for cake and pastry delivery. They specialize in birthday and wedding cakes, but you don't need a special occasion to order their delicious confections. To order, simply visit their website, scroll through their photo gallery, and send them a picture of the treats you want. They'll create them for you and deliver them right to your door! 
  1. Cake Goddess: 14241 Airline Hwy, Ste 108, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Cake Goddess creates stunning custom cakes for all types of special occasions. Browse through their Facebook page, and you'll be blown away by their cake decorating skills! The best thing is, the cakes taste just as great as they look! You can also stop by the bakery at any time to enjoy a variety of tasty treats. You'll love their unique cupcake creations with flavors Banana Foster, Pina Colada, and S'mores. 
  1. Rosch Bakehaus: The Garden District, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    If you love fresh-baked bread, you'll definitely want to check out Rosch Bakehaus. This "cottage bakery" specializes in small-batch handcrafted bread (including sweetbreads and sourdough), traditional pretzel bread, pastries, custom cakes, and German-style pretzels. They use only unbleached flour, organic cage-free eggs, and organic, local, and seasonal produce whenever possible. You can visit their site, order online, and pick up your treats on the day you choose. It's super convenient and will soon become one of your favorite places to visit! 
  1. Cupcake Junkie: 12240 Coursey Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Are you a cupcake fanatic? If so, you're going to love Cupcake Junkie! They specialize in "boldly decadent" cupcakes made from premium ingredients. The offerings vary each day, but some of the amazing cupcake flavors you might find there include Pineapple Cream Cheese, Strawberry Lemonade, Peach Cobbler, and Key Lime Cheesecake. In addition to cupcakes, they also offer cakes, cake slices, cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and "Junkie Juice." Place a custom order or stop by and browse their daily selection, either way, you're sure to leave happy! 

Are you looking for a sweet deal on a new home? There are a lot of great options on the market right now. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 


6 Places to Order Brunch in New Orleans

Brunch NOLA

Brunch is often considered a weekend treat, but in New Orleans, where les bon temps always roulez, you can find brunch any day of the week. When only brunch will do, our real estate agents head to these great spots just minutes from New Orleans homes for sale

  1. Stanley of New Orleans - 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Thanks to a prime location on Jackson Square, guests at Stanley of New Orleans enjoy beautiful downtown views while dining on signature dishes such as Eggs Stanley, with smoked Canadian bacon, cornmeal-crusted oysters, and Creole Hollandaise. Prefer dessert for breakfast? Indulge your sweet tooth with housemade ice cream desserts from the retro-style soda fountain. Stanley serves all-day breakfast and brunch Thursday through Sunday.

  2. Jimmy J's Café - 115 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    A satisfied customer sums up the appeal of Jimmy J's Café: "Very small place, but BIG on taste." Jimmy J's menu features eggs Benedict, smoked salmon and bagels, French toast, and other classic brunch items made with a tasty Cajun twist. A customer favorite is the blueberry French toast, stuffed with creamy Brie and topped with an elegant brandy glaze. 

  3. FullBlast Brunch - 139 S. Cortez St., New Orleans, LA 70119
    When piloting the boat on fishing trips with his dad, Chris Belou would ask if he could open up the throttle "fullblast." Today, as owner/chef at FullBlast Brunch, Chris still goes all-out in everything he does. From the aptly-named Simply Breakfast of eggs, bacon, grits, and toast to iconic chicken and waffles, there's something for everyone. Since it's not brunch without mimosas, go "fullblast" with the mimosa flight of orange juice, cranberry juice, and mango juice. Get your brunch on beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday through Monday.

  4. Monty's on the Square - 801 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Rustic-chic decor enhanced by plenty of natural light creates the ideal ambiance for the Southern bayou-influenced cuisine of Monty's on the Square. Benedicts come in half-a-dozen varieties, including Big Easy with fried green tomatoes and Creole Hollandaise sauce. Be sure to start with an order of beignet fries or cinnamon-filled King Cake beignets. 

  5. Two Chicks Café - 901 Convention Center Blvd., Ste. 109, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Two Chicks Café is not a reference to the source of eggs, but rather two BFFs who decided to turn their shared love of food into a business. Menu items include popular brunch dishes along with healthier options such as homemade chia pudding, yogurt parfait, and fresh juices and smoothies. Two years ago, the "chicks" opened a second location at 920 Gravier St. Both cafés are open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, with Convention Center closed Monday and Gravier St. closed Tuesday.

  6. Biscuits & Buns on Banks - 4337 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Travel website Only in Your State put Biscuit & Buns on Banks at the top of their "9 Quirky Restaurants in New Orleans You Simply Can't Ignore." Maybe it's because of the shotgun house setting, or menu subtitles like, "Eggoholics R Us." In any case, come for the novelty and stay for the great food, such as hot sausage hash cakes, and fried chicken on brioche. Oh, and did we mention it's BYOB? Hours are 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends.

With equal parts history, culture, tradition, food, and entertainment, the New Orleans lifestyle is second to none. Whether you're buying or selling a NOLA home, contact us for all your real estate needs.


Food Trucks You Can Find in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Food Trucks

Don't feel like cooking, but you're not in the mood to dine out either? Food trucks offer portable restaurant-quality food that can be eaten outdoors or back home. Feed yourself or the whole family with delicious food from these great trucks near Baton Rouge homes for sale

  • The Kolache Kitchen - 7930 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Central Europe meets the bayou at The Kolache Kitchen, a food truck located in Baton Rouge's upscale Bocage neighborhood. A kolache is a soft-baked pastry that perfectly accommodates a wide variety of sweet and savory fillings. Options include mushrooms and red pepper, turkey, smoked sausage, or fruit. Since this IS Baton Rouge, there's also a Boudin kolache. Other tasty menu choices are tacos, sandwiches, and empanadas. A second truck can be found at 4245 Nicholson Dr. near the LSU campus. Both locations serve breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily.

  • Basel's Market Food Truck - Various locations
    Kaylyn Lindsly, the founder of Basel's Market Food Truck, is the daughter of Calvin Lindsly, who worked his way up from bagger to become the owner of Calvin's Bocage Market. Kaylyn runs Basel's Market, named after her Australian shepherd, with that same work ethic and emphasis on customer service. The truck serves up homemade comfort food such as crawfish pie, mac 'n' cheese, and chicken salad. Craft your personalized gourmet sandwich with your choices of bread, meat, cheese, veggies, and condiments. Follow Basel's Market on Facebook for daily locations and times.

  • Boo's Best BBQ - Various locations
    In the South, BBQ is truly a family affair. Ivory Brown learned to love grilling from his father, and Ivory's subsequent marriage inspired him to focus his passion by starting Boo's Best BBQ. The truck features traditional favorites such as chopped chicken, pork ribs, salmon, and sausage. Complement your meal with a rotating selection of green beans, boiled corn, potato casserole, and other sides. Order ahead for pickup of full pans and family meals. Follow Boo's Facebook page for the current schedule.

  • Cou-Yon's - 3653 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Keeping with the family BBQ tradition, brothers Paul and Michael Mladenka teamed up to start Cou-Yon's, a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Port Allen. Their Cajun-meets-South-Texas style was so popular that they opened a new trailer at the corner of Perkins and Acadian in Baton Rouge. In addition to the classic BBQ meats and sides, Cou-Yon's features their signature loaded baked potatoes that are a meal in themselves. Customers line up for the waffle fries served nacho-style, topped with queso, bacon, sour cream, jalapeños, onions, and your choice of meat. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 

  • Geaux Cuban - Various locations
    Enjoy some island flavor with one of the namesake sandwiches from Geaux Cuban. The popular sandwich is made with pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, mayo, mustard, and pickles between two slices of pressed Cuban bread. Other traditional favorites on the menu include roasted pork or chicken sandwiches and tacos, ham croquettes, and plantains. Try the Cuban nachos, with classic toppings served on crunchy corn chips. Visit Geaux Cuban's Facebook page to find up-to-date information on times and locations.

Our real estate agents love grabbing lunch on the go from one of these top food trucks. Learn more about why Baton Rouge is such a wonderful place to call home when you contact us at Latter & Blum. 


Where to Find Fantastic BBQ in NOLA


New Orleans is a foodie town like no other. With so many cultures influencing what's on our plate, it should come as no surprise that NOLA has tasty barbeque joints that rival the pits of Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your appetite and a bib so you can devour the finest meats that these five fantastic New Orleans barbeque spots have to offer.

  1. Blue Oak BBQ – 900 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    Get your barbeque fix at Blue Oak BBQ, purveyors of St. Louis-style ribs, Alabama-style pulled pork and Texas-style brisket. Their krewe is ready to serve you pit plates loaded with pulled pork, beef brisket, spare ribs, BBQ beans, roasted garlic mac n cheese, and ginger sesame slaw. Grab a few items ala carte or bring the whole crew in for an affordable family-style serving that is sure to leave you with full stomachs, wide smiles, and dirty napkins.

  2. Moe's Original Bar B Que – 3150 Calhoun St., New Orleans, LA 70125
    A Southern soul food revival, Moe's Original Bar B Que is more than just sweet and savory barbeque. With locations all around the country, Moe's brings its unique Alabama-style barbeque to neighboring Louisiana. Dive into classic NOLA eats like Southern Fried Catfish, a Southern Fried Shrimp Moe Boy, or a heaping platter of whatever just came out of the smoker. Sides like cornbread, banana pudding, and marinated slaw are made better with their Haul-It-Home options. Order up a whole smoked bird, rack o' ribs, or a Triple Wide Family Pack so you can savor leftovers for days.

  3. The Joint – 701 Mazant St., New Orleans, LA 70117
    If you stroll through the Historic Baywater District, you'll see that The Joint is always smoking. After featuring on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, The Joint earned national recognition as one of the best barbeque joints around. Get ready to load up a plate of ribs, brisket, burnt ends, chicken, and sausage. Their Down-Home Sides like mac n cheese, baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw are so good, they're worthy of a plate on their own!

  4. Frey Smoked Meat Co. – 4141 Bienville St., Ste 110, New Orleans, LA 70119
    The Frey family has been providing the people of New Orleans with the finest meats since the 1860s. Frey Smoked Meat Co. aims to give you a taste of old New Orleans with a barbeque twist. Their traditional barbeque lunch offerings are tasty, but we insist that you stop by for brunch. Order up BBQ Grits, a BBQ Benedict, or satisfy your empty stomach with The Cure, Texas toast topped with brisket chili, home fries, fried eggs, cheese, and southern white gravy that drips with deliciousness.

  5. Walker's Southern Style BBQ – 10828 Hayne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127
    Rated one of the top BBQ spots in New Orleans, Walker's Southern Style BBQ has earned national acclaim on the Food Network and The Travel Channel for its famous Cochon de Lait Poboy. A favorite of the Jazz Fest, the Cochon de Lait Poboy joins other tasty smoked meats, salads, and sandwiches on their menu. If you're visiting Walker's, a southern-style barbeque poboy is a must!

Are you hungry for a home close to NOLA's finest restaurants? Let us show you our listing of New Orleans homes for sale. Contact us today to begin your search!


Cool Down with an Iced Coffee at These New Orleans Cafes

New Orleans Iced Coffee

New Orleans is famous for a lot of unique food and drink—chicory, beignets, sazerac, gumbo—but doesn't always get the credit it deserves for its coffee scene. NOLA is home to some truly exceptional local roasters and coffee shops.

With summer in full swing and the temperature rising, our real estate agents love ordering iced coffee as a way to cool down. Here's where to get one in New Orleans:

  1. Spitfire Coffee - 627 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    A cozy urban nook in the French Quarter, Spitfire Coffee is known for making excellent espresso and spectacular pour-over coffees from small roasters. They do great iced coffee drinks too (especially the iced latte) and are within walking distance of some truly lovely New Orleans homes for sale. It's a great place to stop early in the morning before heading out to explore. 

  2. Mammoth Espresso - 821 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Mammoth Espresso offers meticulously crafted beverages in New Orleans' Warehouse District. You can taste the attention to detail in each of their drinks, especially their iced coffees. If it's a hot day, head straight for their menu of signature iced coffee drinks. 

  3. Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea - 4641 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    With a fun, funky atmosphere and lots of room to relax, Monkey Monkey Coffee and Tea is a reliable place to get great coffee, whether you want it hot or cold. On a really hot day, the Granita is the way to go. It's concentrated cold brew coffee, whole milk, and simple syrup, frozen to slushy perfection. They also offer a select menu of pastries and small bites made in-house, as well as a wide selection of teas, available both hot and iced. 

  4. Cafe Beignet - 600 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
    Cafe Beignet has four locations in and around the French Quarter, but we love the spot on Decatur Street. It's great for people-watching, and it's great for snacking on coffee and the city's favorite baked goods. And if you can't decide between an iced coffee and a bloody Mary, don't worry. Cafe Beignet serves both coffee and cocktails. 

  5. French Truck Coffee - 4536 Dryades St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    French Truck Coffee established itself quickly as one of the most recognizable roasters in NOLA. From its original walk-up coffee bar in the Garden District, French Truck has grown to include locations all around the city. Our favorite is the spot on Dryades Street known as the French Truck Cafe. In addition to all the great hot and cold coffee drinks you'd expect, they have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, and plenty of indoor and outdoor space to enjoy it. 

  6. HiVolt Coffee - 1829 Sophie Wright Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130
    HiVolt Coffee has always been a popular spot to sip espresso drinks. It's also a great place to order up a cold brew or iced Americano and savor it slowly as you stroll down the oak-shaded streets of the Garden District. Be sure to check out their selection of pastries and baked goods as well!

New Orleans is a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home, and we can't wait to show you around. Contact us today to learn more about eating, drinking, and living life to the fullest in New Orleans, Louisiana. 


Dine Out on the Patio at These Baton Rouge Restaurants

Baton Rouge Dining

As the nation begins to open up, it's clear that social distancing and other basic precautions are going to be the "new norm," at least for a while. If you've been craving a sit-down meal at a restaurant but are worried about safety, you may want to consider visiting one of the many local restaurants with outdoor patio seating. 

Our real estate agents have been gathering a list of their favorites, and now we're ready to share it with you. We guarantee you'll have trouble deciding which of these local hot spots to visit first.  

  1. The Velvet Cactus: 7655 Old Hammond Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    From their classic Mexican and Mexican-inspired dishes to the fresh lime and cane sugar margaritas and gorgeous patio with a scenic view, there are plenty of reasons to love The Velvet Cactus. This trendy restaurant is a popular destination for both lunch and dinner and also has an excellent brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're feeling adventurous, make sure you try some of their unique offerings like the Crawfish Boil Queso and the Vodka Frosê. 
  2. Flambêe Cafe: 8210 Village Plaza Court, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    French restaurant Flambêe Cafe offers patrons a delicious menu, pleasant atmosphere, and excellent service. Even better, it's just a short walk from some of the best Baton Rouge homes for sale. The menu features baguette sandwiches, burgers, salads, and "Tartes Flambêes." When you visit, make sure to ask about the chef's creation of the week, and don't forget to order some French onion soup. You won't be disappointed!
  3. Willie's Restaurant: 11260 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Family-owned Willie's Restaurant is the perfect spot for Louisiana classics like crawfish platters, po'boys, catfish, etouffee, and gumbo. They also have an excellent brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. If you're looking for a friendly place to kick back and relax, this is it! 
  4. Mid City Beer Garden: 3808 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    The Mid City Beer Garden is a beautiful outdoor space where you can enjoy amazing food and a frosty beer. This is a 21+ venue, so leave the kids at home -- but feel free to bring your furry friend! They carry a huge selection of beers and have a delicious food menu. Make sure you check out Taco Tuesdays and don't miss out on the weekend brunch. Mid City Beer Garden will be reopening for service on July 24th. Be sure to stop in for a pint when they reopen! 
  5. Bldg 5: 2805 Kalurah St., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Tucked right under the Perkins Road Overpass, Bldg 5 is the go-to spot for fresh, seasonally-inspired food, craft cocktails, and a trendy, upscale vibe. In addition to traditional menu items, this restaurant also offers a selection of small plates and unique dinner boards that are meant to share. It's the perfect place to enjoy dinner, drinks, and good times with family and friends.

The great dining options are just one of the many things to love about living in the Baton Rouge area. Want to explore some of the local neighborhoods? Contact us today! We would love to show you around and help you find your dream home. 


National Ice Cream Day: Ice Cream Shops in the Lafayette Area

Ice Cream in Lafayette

If you are looking for an excuse to check out some of the local ice cream shops in the Lafayette area, look no further! National Ice Cream Day is coming up on July 19th and is the perfect time to celebrate with a cone or cup of your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Lafayette is home to many wonderful local businesses serving up tasty, homemade ice cream. Our real estate agents suggest you pull into these local favorites on National Ice Cream Day or any hot summer day. 

  1. Carpe Diem - 812 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Seize the day by starting your adventure off at the best gelato-espresso bar on this side of Europe. At Carpe Diem, you can dine upon a crepe piled high with fruit and ice cream, sip a glass of wine, and savor the flavor of fabulous food and espresso. It's a great place to rest and relax in a fun, friendly atmosphere any day of the week.
  2. Jammin' Java - 3366 Verot School Rd., Suite 100, Lafayette, LA 70508
    At Jammin' Java, they take great pleasure in shattering the mold with every scoop. Their menu is the result of taking the traditional and twisting it, turning it and molding it into unique flavors. From frappes and milkshakes to ice cream sandwiches and more, you can find plenty of fabulous treats that will have you coming back for more. 
  3. Marble Slab Creamery - 3500 NW Evangeline Trwy G, Carencro, LA 70520
    Ready to get out of town for a little bit? Head on over to the Marble Slab Creamery for a little rest and relaxation. You can order a customized ice cream cake, sample some of their superbly decorated cookies and cakes, or mix and match your favorites to create a bowl of ice cream so large you'll need two spoons to eat it all. Black cherry and banana rum, peanut butter, and mango, if you can think of the flavor, they've already created it. They have more than 70 different flavors of ice cream, sorbet, and low-fat yogurt to choose from.
  4. Yogurtland - 104 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd., #100, Lafayette, LA 70508
    Looking for a slightly healthier alternative to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with? Venture over to Yogurtland. If you have meant to give them a try, now is a great time to pull in and discover just how sweet the Orange Blossom White Peace Light Ice Cream, Birthday Cupcake Batter, Almond Midnight Mocha, and more really taste. With so many flavors and combinations to try, this just might become your go-to place for a sweet treat at the end of the day.

It is our pleasure to help you discover the many businesses that make our city one of the sweetest in the south. Looking for a home near your favorite local businesses in Lafayette? Contact us to learn more about Lafayette homes for sale.


International Yoga Day: Baton Rouge Yoga Studios

Baton Rouge Yoga Studios

Get ready to strike a pose – a yoga pose that is! Sunday, June 21st, is International Yoga Day, and our real estate agents are looking forward to finding zen in a peaceful, uplifting yoga session. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and has gained popularity around the globe. If you're looking for a place where you can strengthen your mind, body, and soul, check out these yoga studios around Baton Rouge.

  1. Preservation Yoga – 8775 Jefferson Highway, Suite C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Change your life today at Preservation Yoga. The Original Hot Yoga Studio offers classes designed to improve your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, with session times ranging from one hour to ninety-minutes. Stop in and sign up for a hot yoga class, Yin Yoga session, or an Inferno Hot Pilates lesson and leave feeling rejuvenated. As an added perk, new students can receive 30 days of lessons for only $30.

  2. One Heart Yoga Center – 340 St. Joseph St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    A yoga studio uniting heart, body, and soul, One Heart Yoga Center promotes yoga classes for everybody. No matter your ability or skill level, you are welcomed with open arms to share in the healing and transformative powers of yoga. One Heart Yoga Center has certified yoga instructors as well as a massage therapist, a sound healer, a hypnotherapist, and an aesthetician at their facility to help you restore balance to every aspect of your wellbeing.

  3. Yoga Path – 711 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Yoga Path
    has been a favorite studio for Baton Rouge yoga enthusiasts. Though times are changing, Yoga Path is adapting in new ways and will now solely be a yoga school for those who want to complete their yogi training. Thankfully, there are still online classes available via videos on the website, and you can also sign up for private yoga lessons if you are interested in continuing with Yoga Path without becoming a certified yogi.

  4. Yogalates II – 3753 Perkins Rd., Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Yogalates II
    blends yoga, Pilates, and calisthenics into a complete workout. Everything from your muscles and joints to your organs and soul will be strengthened. They "train outside the box," allowing individuals from every walk of life to reap the benefits of these exercises no matter their skill level or physical limitations. Build, burn, and balance your way to a healthier life with Yogalates II.

  5. Parish Pilates & Yoga – 2931 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Tradition meets innovation at Parish Pilates & Yoga. This Mid City studio offers a comprehensive yoga program that includes some classes covering traditional, modern, and alternative yoga classes. As the only studio in the city that specializes in Springboard equipment Pilates, this studio offers a unique opportunity to challenge your body, mind, and spirit with support from a diverse community.

Would you love a serene space to practice yoga in your house? Contact us today to learn more about our Baton Rouge homes for sale.


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