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August
16

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.

Contact us to discover more about New Orleans.

August
10

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.

August
9

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!

August
5

7 Reasons Why You'll Love Living in Lafayette

Acadiana

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.

July
26

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.

July
27

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

July
22

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. 

July
11

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.

July
13

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.

July
14

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.

July
5

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.

July
1

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. 

June
27

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.

June
20

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.

June
15

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.

June
10

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.

May
27

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.

May
13

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
    Swoon
    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.

May
9

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.

May
4

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.

April
29

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.

April
27

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
    HomeBase
    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.

April
22

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.

April
13

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.

April
11

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. 

April
4

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.

March
22

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. 

March
16

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.

March
11

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.

February
28

Celebrate Crawfish Season at These Louisiana Spots

Crawfish

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.

February
25

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.

February
23

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.

February
16

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.

January
18

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.

January
14

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.

January
12

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.

January
4

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.

January
5

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. 

December
28

6 Stops Along the SWLA Boudin Trail

Boudin

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.

December
15

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. 

December
10

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.

November
24

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! 

November
8

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.

October
11

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

October
13

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.

Pricing

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.

Shows

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. 

Food

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.

October
15

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

October
8

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.

October
1

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.

September
29

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! 

September
24

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
    Vintiques 
    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.

September
8

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.

August
23

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.

August
27

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. 

August
16

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.

November
1

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.

August
9

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. 

July
16

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. 

July
5

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.

June
21

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.

June
18

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!

June
16

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.

June
14

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. 

May
19

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.

May
21

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.

May
3

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. 

May
7

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. 

April
26

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.

March
10

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. 

February
17

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. 

February
10

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. 

February
1

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. 

February
5

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!

January
13

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.

December
18

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.

December
7

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.

November
16

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.

November
18

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.

November
2

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.

October
12

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.

October
9

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. 

October
7

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. 

September
21

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.

August
26

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. 

August
10

Where to Find Fantastic BBQ in NOLA

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!

July
21

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. 

July
22

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. 

July
17

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.

June
17

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.

June
1

National Doughnut Day: Doughnut Shops in New Orleans

New Orleans Doughnuts

Sprinkled. Glazed. Powdered. Filled. It doesn't matter how you take it. In fact, it doesn't matter if you spell it "donut" or "doughnut," our real estate agents just want you to enjoy National Doughnut Day to its fullest potential!

National Doughnut Day takes place on Friday, June 5th and you'd better believe that we're going to be first in line for hot and fresh doughnuts! New Orleans is home to many wonderful bakeries and doughnut shops! Be sure to check out these awesome doughnut shops around New Orleans and pick up a dozen on National Doughnut Day.

  1. Bakers Dozen – 3305 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121
    Start your day with a Bakers Dozen, literally and figuratively! Once you get a look at all of their specialty themed doughnuts, you'll want to grab a box for the road. Of course, they also have the classic glazed and mixed favorites that you've grown to love. With prices starting as low as one dollar for a doughnut, these delicious treats won't break the bank.

  2. Daddy's Donuts – 2051 Caton St., New Orleans, LA 70122
    If you thought momma made the best doughnuts, then you clearly haven't tried Daddy's Donuts. When you roll into Daddy's Donuts, you're treated like family and treated to some of the tastiest doughnuts this side of town. Just make sure you don't leave without one of their signature bacon-maple frosted bars. These scrumptious treats are breakfast game changers!

  3. District Donuts Sliders Brew – 5637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
    The Purveyors of Deliciousness, District Donuts & Coffee Bar make everything from scratch, including their sprinkles! What makes them unique is that they also sell awesome sliders, which means you can order carryout for lunch or dinner and enjoy a doughnut with your meal! 

  4. The Donut Bakery – 6701 Tara Ln., New Orleans, LA 70127
    The Donut Bakery
    is one of our favorite stops for satisfying our sweet tooth, and we're not alone. NOLA residents rave that they're the best doughnuts in the city, and we challenge you to prove them wrong. One bite of their Mardi Gras doughnut, and you'll be hooked!

  5. Blue Dot Donuts – 4301 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
    Venture over to Canal Street and check out the scrumptious pastry case over at Blue Dot Donuts. Local favorites include the maple bacon doughnut, iced coffee, and the cinnamon sugar doughnut holes. Be sure to call ahead or stop in early because they do sell out! 

Just like New Orleans doughnuts, our New Orleans homes for sale are available to suit your tastes. Contact us today to schedule a safe private showing or a convenient virtual tour.

May
18

Plan Ahead for GiveNOLA Day

GiveNOLA Day

Every year since 2014, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has held GiveNOLA Day to support hundreds of local non-profits that make a positive impact on life in New Orleans. Each edition of the event has raised millions of dollars from both donors and sponsors, with the total growing every year. The 2020 edition of GiveNOLA Day comes at an especially important time, as so many local non-profits provide support for the people and communities impacted by COVID-19. Our real estate agents have all the details on the impact of GiveNOLA Day, and how you can contribute this year.

The Event: GiveNOLA Day 2020

When: June 2, 2020

  • Learn More about the History of GiveNOLA Day
    The Greater New Orleans Foundation has long provided support for local non-profits, through fundraising, leadership guidance, and community events. GiveNOLA Day has been one of the biggest days of the year for the Greater New Orleans Foundation since the first edition of the event in 2014, and it takes place entirely online so that you can donate no matter your location. Thanks to the donations of countless individuals and the support of local sponsors, the total raised by GiveNOLA Day has gone up every year.

    Funds raised by GiveNOLA day go to hundreds of registered non-profits located in the 13-parish area, with more than 750 local non-profits receiving donations in 2019. Any non-profit located in the area can register for a free profile from GiveNOLA, and the number of organizations receiving donations has grown every year. In addition to donations, extra funds are provided through awards for the non-profits that raise the most money and have unique donors on GiveNOLA Day.

  • How to Get Involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020
    This year's edition of the event has been moved to June 2, 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19, and takes place entirely online. Donating is easier than ever, and all you have to do to get started is to visit the GiveNOLA Day 2020 website. You choose how much you want to donate, and which non-profits you would like to support. If you don't have a specific charity in mind, you can learn more about participating local non-profits on the GiveNOLA website.

    Every penny of your donation, minus small costs for processing, goes directly to the organizations that you choose to support. The minimum donation is $10, and there is no maximum. And you don't have to wait until June 2 to make your contribution! Scheduled donations have already started, allowing you to schedule a donation early for the big day.

  • Local Sponsors Provide a Little Something Extra to Boost Donations
    Some of your favorite businesses located near New Orleans homes for sale are also getting involved with GiveNOLA Day 2020, by throwing their financial support behind this worthy event. For every donation made to the cause, those sponsors will add some lagniappe, or "a little something extra," to boost the financial impact of each donation. The 2019 edition of GiveNOLA Day raised $5.9 million for more than 750 New Orleans non-profits when you add up the contributions from both donors and sponsors.

If you want to live in a city that knows how to support its own through charity and community involvement, then New Orleans should be at the top of your list. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.

March
16

National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day: Local Businesses in Lafayette

Lafayette Local Businesses

Sunday, March 29th is the perfect time to support and celebrate local Lafayette shops, restaurants, and other mom and pop shops—after all, it is National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day! Our REALTORS® love shopping local and share some of their fave spots to check out.

  1. Rêve Coffee Roasters - 200 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    With several different locations, this locally-owned coffee roaster serves the Acadiana region and beyond with fresh, gourmet coffee. Take a break from a long day of searching for Lafayette homes for sale to sip on a warm latte and take home a bag of one of their special Louisiana Blends. You can also visit and enjoy their coffee at Campus Grounds at UL and Rêve Coffee Lab at 1042 Camellia Boulevard in Lafayette.
  2. Cat Clinic of Lafayette - 119 1/2 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506
    Next time your pet needs some TLC, take them to this new, locally owned clinic. This brand-new cat clinic not only offers top-notch veterinary care and grooming for your feline friend, but you can also enjoy coffee and local cat art in a waiting area designed especially for cat lovers! A graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Jasmine C. Champagne is an experienced feline specialist committed to helping cats in the Lafayette area.
  3. Hello Imagination - 104 Rena Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Located in the heart of Lafayette, this creative arts studio offers classes, workshops, and open studio time for children 18 months and older. Children can explore their creativity, learn techniques, and, most of all, have fun! Classes and workshops feature mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, and more. Hello Imagination offers themed art parties and makers camps as well and provides a fantastic opportunity for children to express themselves and find joy in the wonder of creating art.
  4. Lafayette Salt Cave - 2504 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Ready to relax and restore your body and mind? This local spa offers dry salt therapy, salt products, meditation, and more. Rest on a bed of pink ground Himalayan salt, breathe in the salty air and explore its texture beneath your body. You can also recline in a zero gravity chair, rest, and absorb the healing Himalayan salt air. Take a mini salt session break for 30 minutes on your lunch hour, which includes 22 minutes of halotherapy, which is believed to help ease the symptoms of respiratory conditions.
  5. Tula Tacos & Amigos - 427 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    With tons of tequila cocktails and a huge menu of Latin specialties like tacos, tostadas, Mexican street corn, tamales, pupusas, and ceviche, this open-air oasis features a courtyard that's perfect for chilling with friends anytime. Their fresh, house-made tortillas are a favorite with the locals. Each week they feature delicious, to-die-for food and drink specials and cocktails events throughout the year.
  6. La Poste Emporium and Exploratorium - 153 Fuselier Rd, Arnaudville, LA 70512
    The perfect place to get a feel for the local culture when you're checking out Arnaudville homes for sale! This fun, eclectic shop and gathering space offers music and instruments from around the world, books, cool gifts like science and nature artifacts, hand-crafted jewelry, folk art, and more. Also, a performance event, and education space, La Poste holds regular gatherings and workshops that feature everything from music and dancing to gardening and costume-making.

Our experienced real estate professionals can help you find the home of your dreams. Contact us to get started.

March
9

New Orleans Greenhouses for Your Garden

Beginning of Spring

The official first day of Spring is March 19th, and we can't wait! Our REALTORS® love the warm weather and all of the opportunities it brings.

Are you ready to take advantage of the spring season and refresh your home's landscaping? If so, you'll want to head over to some of the area's best greenhouses to pick up supplies and maybe even get some inspiration. Below are a few of our favorites around the New Orleans area. 

  1. The Plant Gallery: 9401 Airline Highway, New Orleans, LA 70118
    You'll need to take some extra steps to ensure your house stands out from the rest! The Plant Gallery has everything you need to do just that. This family-owned establishment has been in the plant business since 1991. While they started in the French Quarter with just two employees, they now have a staff of 60 professionals and a 5,000-square-foot space with a gift center and greenhouses. Their garden center has everything you need to DIY your landscaping, including plants, accessories, pots, and outdoor fountains. They also offer landscaping services in case you prefer to leave this task to the pros. 
  1. Ninth Ward Nursery: 2641 Deslonde St., New Orleans, LA, 70117
    Want to create a fun, tropical look in your outdoor space? Check out Ninth Ward Nursery! They specialize in the bamboo and tropical plants you need to turn your yard into a relaxing oasis. Their nursery is open on the first Saturday of each month from 9 am until 5 pm and by appointment. You can also find them at pop-up plant sales and markets throughout the New Orleans area. Need a little help? They also offer residential landscaping and monthly plant maintenance. 
  1. Perino's Home & Garden Center: 3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002
    With 65 years of experience, Perino's Home and Garden Center is well-known as one of the area's premier growers. They carry everything you need including flowers, plants, shrubs, and annuals. You'll also find all the landscape materials, outdoor decor, and furniture you need. Best of all, Perino's is located not far from some of the best Metairie homes for sale, so you can easily stop by while you're out that way.  
  1. Banding's Nursery: 26300 Highway 190, Lacombe, LA 70445
    If you're in the area checking out Lacombe homes for sale, you'll want to pay a visit to Banding's Nursery. This local, family-owned nursery has been serving the New Orleans area since 1960. They have a huge selection of plants, trees, and shrubs and are open seven days a week. You can head over and wander through the greenhouses, pre-order your plants, so they're pulled and ready when you arrive, or conveniently order online. They even offer free delivery for orders over $100. 
  1. Rose Garden Center: 4005 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, LA 70072
    Not far from some of the best Marrero homes for sale, Rose Garden Center carries everything you need to beautify your outdoor space. Here you'll find a wide selection of both ornamental and edible plants and plenty of garden supplies. It's also a pet store that carries a selection of freshwater fish, small animals, and select reptiles. 

If you're thinking about buying or selling a home in the New Orleans area, you're in luck! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. Search for New Orleans homes for sale on our website!

March
2

Where to Buy Crawfish in Baton Rouge

Crawfish Baton Rouge

While some areas mark the arrival of spring by robin sightings or flowers blooming, people in Baton Rouge eagerly await the beginning of crawfish season. March is prime time to enjoy Louisiana's iconic treat at these popular seafood restaurants and markets that are favorites with our REALTORS®.

  1. Tony's Seafood Market & Deli - 5215 Plank Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70805
    Surprisingly, Tony's Seafood Market & Deli began its existence in 1959 as a produce stand. But founder Tony Pizzolato quickly realized he could draw many more customers around Baton Rouge homes for sale by adding fresh crawfish, shrimp, and crab to his offerings. That decision led to Tony's becoming the largest seafood market in the Gulf South, selling up to 50,000 pounds of live and boiled crawfish per day during peak season. In a hurry? Pick up one of their famous plate lunches to go. Hours are 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when hours are extended to 7:30 p.m.

  2. Heads & Tails Seafood - 2070 Silverside Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    However you like to enjoy crawfish, you'll find it on the menu at Heads & Tails Seafood. Try it in étoufée, on a po' boy or fried to a tasty crunch. Specialties include Cajun crawfish eggplant and Poor Sloppy Pierre po' boy with fried crawfish tails topped with étoufée and pepper jack cheese. Before you leave, get some fresh, boiled or frozen crawfish to go along with fixings like a crawfish boil, roux, or étoufée base. Heads & Tails is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

  3. Crawfish Xpress - 57965 Laville St., Plaquemine, LA 70764
    After viewing Plaquemine homes for sale, stop in at Crawfish Xpress and take home some delicious seafood. Corn and potatoes are available as sides to go with the live or boiled crawfish, shrimp, and crab. Can't wait till you get home? Get an order of crawfish nachos to nibble on in the car. Crawfish Xpress also has a convenient drive-thru window. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

  4. Rouses Market - 58440 Belleview Hwy., Plaquemine, LA 70764
    Anthony J. Rouse, Sr. opened the first Rouses Market nearly 60 years ago. Today the third generation of the family is running the 64-store company with the same commitment to responsibly sourced seafood as their grandfather. Over the years, Rouses has developed and maintained relationships with top local fishers. The market carries seafood that is either wild-caught in natural habitats or raised in quality aqua farms. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  5. Montalbano's Seafood & Catering - 12740 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815
    Montalbano's Seafood & Catering is a true labor of love for the father-and-son team for whom the company is named. Randy, Sr. spent more than 25 years working in the wholesale food industry, while Randy, Jr. managed his own crawfish catering company after graduating from college. Their namesake business is both a sit-down restaurant serving lunch and a market selling fresh and boiled seafood as well as fully-prepared meals for carry-out. Montalbano's is open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Jambalaya, crawfish pie, filé gumbo, you'll have big fun on the bayou living in Baton Rouge. Contact us for experienced help with all your real estate needs.

January
21

15th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival: Event Spotlight

Cinema on the Bayou

If you're a cinephile who can't get enough of the silver screen, then you'll love Cinema on the Bayou! This annual event is celebrating its 15th year and will once again take over theaters throughout Lafayette. For eight days, over 180 films will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps see the world around you through a new lens.

The 15th Annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival: Louisiana's Reel Festival

As the second-oldest film festival in the state, Cinema on the Bayou is an event that garners casual movie-goers, filmmakers, and critics alike. The festival screened domestic and international films, with one even winning an Academy Award — The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Each year, the non-profit corporation the Cinema on the Bayou Film Society selects films that will offer viewers a better understanding of Creole and Cajun culture, encourage discussion on important contemporary matters, and bring together movie lovers of all backgrounds. For those who want to maximize their viewing experience with a minimal budget, screenings taking place at the Lafayette Public Library are free.

  • When: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 – Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

  • Ticket Prices:
    General Admission: $5 (Free for Lafayette Public Library Screenings)
    Full-Day Passes: $20
    Opening Night World Premiere and Reception: $20
    All-Access Pass: $100
    Friend of the Festival Sponsorship: $250
    Closing Night U.S. Premier Film and Reception: $15

  • Where: Screenings will take place throughout the following five venues.
    Acadiana Center for the Arts — 101 W. Vermillion St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Vermilionville — 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508
    Lafayette Public Library South Regional Branch — 6101 Johnston, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Cite des Arts — 109 Vine St., Lafayette, LA 70501
    Acadiana Cinemas' St. Landry Cinema — 1234 Heather Dr., Opelousas, LA 70570

  • Film Categories:
    Narrative Short Films
    Narrative Feature Films  
    Documentary Short Films
    Documentary Feature Films
    Animated Short Films  
    Experimental Short Films

With nearly 200 films on the schedule, you'll have to be selective with your screenings. Here are a few film suggestions from our real estate agents in each category:

  • Narrative Feature 
    The Last Earth Girl - Jan 24th at Cite des Arts
    Pour Mieux T'Aimer (To Better Love You) – Jan 29th at Vermilionville

  • Narrative Short 
    Camilla, Keep Your Word – Jan 27th at Cite des Arts
    Three Days Till Marrakesh – Jan 23rd at Vermilionville

  • Documentary Feature
    Felix in Wonderland – Jan 24th at Cite des Arts 
    Sushi & Sauce Piquante: The Life and Music of Gerry McGee – Jan 25th at Acadiana Cinemas' St. Landry Cinema

  • Documentary Short
    My Tuesdays at Catherine's – Jan 25th at Lafayette Public Library
    Train Hopper – Jan 24th at Vermilionville

  • Animation 
    My Little Goat – Jan 26th at Cite des Arts
    Lost Thing Is Here – Jan 26th at Cite des Arts

  • Experimental Short
    How To Explain Performance Art To My Teenage Daughter – Jan 24th at Cite des Arts
    Ceci Est Un Poeme D'Amour – Jan 24th at Cite des Arts

Would you like to have a film festival in your own home? Contact us today, and we'll show you the Lafayette homes for sale with perfect spaces to put your home theater!

January
14

Cathy Cusimano - Million in a Month December 2019

January
6

Where to Get King Cake in New Orleans

King Cake in New Orleans

If you've been to NOLA, you know that birthday cakes and wedding cakes don't hold a candle to our celebrated King Cakes. Each year, the King Cake Festival takes over Champions Square and offers up samples of the finest King Cakes from around the city. If you're looking for a local bakery where you can grab your own to take home, our REALTORS® got you covered. 

  1. Angelo Brocato — 214 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
    For over a century, the family of Angelo Brocato has churned out the best ice cream in the French Quarter. It's only natural that they bake up an equally delectable King Cake to sit alongside their custard-based gelato. Don't take our word for it — stop by and celebrate the King Cake Festival, your birthday, or simply the fact that you live in one of the tastiest cities in the country with a King Cake all to yourself!

  2. Manny Randazzo King Cakes — 3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, LA 70002
    How amazing are the King Cakes at Manny Randazzo's? They're so good that their award-winning Pecan Praline King Cake was dubbed the "King Cake King" in 2012. Exclusively baking King Cakes, Manny Randazzo's has a line around the corner every season as hundreds of locals and visitors eagerly anticipate sinking their teeth into one of these renowned King Cakes. Trust us, these King Cakes are worth the wait! Pick one up after looking at Metairie homes for sale.

  3. Adrian's Bakery — 4710 Paris Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
    Adrian's Bakery delivers a taste of New Orleans so scrumptious, you'll be thankful that this sweet shop sells goodies throughout the year. Their savory King Cake is certainly one of the highlights of their menu. If you're cruising by the University of New Orleans, stop by to sample one of their fresh pastries.

  4. Bywater Bakery — 3624 Dauphine St., Bywater, LA 70117
    Straight from the Culinary Institute of America, Bywater Bakery's chef Chaya brings her talents to NOLA to share her love of baking beautiful food. Bywater Bakery is a fantastic place for breakfast and lunch, as well as a reliable source for specialty catering, but her cakes are her signature staple. As the bakery's name suggests, this location is close to Bywater homes for sale. Order up a King Cake and one of her famous Chantillies — there's no such thing as too much cake!

  5. Breads on Oak — 8640 Oak St., Ste. A., New Orleans, LA 70118
    The artisan bakers at Breads on Oak aren't just pastry chefs and bread bakers — they studied the Old World French bread techniques that made New Orleans one of the greatest bread cities in the country nearly a century ago. These bakers put just as much study and effort into every made-from-scratch King Cake they create. Don't fill up on King Cake alone, though —Breads on Oak also has an amazing menu of all-vegan, made-by-hand dishes like sandwiches, pastries, soups, and more.

  6. Dong Phuong's Bakeshop — 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans, LA 70129
    DP Bakeshop
    invites your taste buds to experience New Orleans cooking with Vietnamese flair. As one of the first Vietnamese bakeshops in the city, DP's experimental take on New Orleans' classics is unlike anything you've had in the bayou. We promise you won't be disappointed!

New Orleans is a sweet place to call home, and not just because of the King Cake! If you'd like assistance buying New Orleans homes for sale, contact us today.

January
6

New Year New Hobbies to Try in Baton Rouge

Hobbies in Baton Rouge

The New Year has arrived, and our REALTORS® want you to kick off the decade with a bang! As we move into the 2020s, make a resolution to learn a new skill. From dancing and cooking to art classes and more, here are a few of our favorite places around Baton Rouge, where you can fall in love with a new hobby!

  1. Ric Seeling Dance Studio — 10776 N. Harrells Ferry Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    We're in the Roaring '20s now — surely, you need to know how to dance for such an occasion. Head to the Ric Seeling Dance Studio and get your feet moving! All adults — from classically-trained dancers to those with two left feet — are invited to this premier studio for group or private lessons. You'll receive top of the line instruction in country, hustle, Latin, ballroom, and of course, swing dancing! It may take two to tango, but rest assured you can come alone and get matched with a partner of the same experience level.

  2. Create Studios — 546 Bienville St., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Do you have a creative passion but struggle to find the medium that's right for you? Create Studios is the perfect place to express yourself while learning different art forms. They offer classes in a diverse array of arts, including etched glass, stained glass mosaics, metal stamping, jewelry design, and painting. Paint an Andy Warhol-inspired pop art of your pet or design your own Mardi Gras chandelier out of beads for your new home. Bring your imagination and a few beads — Create Studios will take care of the rest!  

  3. Louisiana Culinary Institute — 10550 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Anyone who's lived for a day in Baton Rouge knows Louisiana has some of the best food. If you've ever wanted to learn how to make a few of our hometown favorites in your own kitchen, now's your chance! The Louisiana Culinary Institute offers adult classes specializing in Creole and Cajun dishes. Imagine whipping up your own tasty batch of boudin, gumbo, maque choux, or jambalaya without ever leaving home! Sign up for classes and make 2020 the year of amazing dinner parties!

  4. LSU Museum of Art — Shaw Center for the Arts 100 Lafayette St. 5th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Art is part of Louisiana's lifestyle, and the LSU Museum of Art invites adults to immerse themselves in this world of creativity and culture at the Shaw Center for the Arts. Their interesting and educational programs teach you about art while helping you create your own. Along with lessons, they have other weekly events such as free admission to the museum on Friday nights and Yoga in the Galleries. Whether you're an artist or merely appreciate beautiful works, the LSU Museum of Art will quickly become your new favorite hangout.

  5. BREC — 6201 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Here's a great resolution — make an effort to spend time surrounded by Louisiana's wonderous natural spaces this year! BREC makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors with its engaging programs. Belly aerobics, badminton, BMX, and ballroom dancing are among the many heart-pumping classes offered. For a more relaxing experience, you can attend an astronomy lecture, watch a movie in the park, and enjoy one of their many weekly special events. 

Looking for a new home in 2020? For help scheduling appointments to tour Baton Rouge homes for sale, contact us today!

November
18

Bakeries in Lafayette for Your Thanksgiving Desserts

Bakeries in Lafayette

Freshly baked bread, sweet pastries, and delicious treats of all shapes and sizes can be found at bakeries throughout Lafayette. With the holidays right around the corner, you can skip the baking for your holiday meals, and count on these Lafayette bakeries for a variety of treats! 

  1. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop - 454 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70603
    If you want to find the best pies in the south, look no further than the shelves of the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop. You can order everything from apple and cherry to chocolate meringue and key lime. Everything is made to order, which ensures you always have a fresh piece to enjoy. 
  2. Langlinais Baking Company - 815 South Saint Antoine St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Langlinais Baking Company is legendary for its po'boy's, breadsticks, burger buns, and hot dog rolls. Each has just the right amount of sugar and spice to make a nice meal. Their bread is always soft and served straight from the oven and make the perfect addition to every Thanksgiving meal.
  3. Bake My Day - By Appointment Only
    The folks at Bake My Day take great pride in delivering the very best pastries and treats for your holiday celebrations. You will fall in love with everything from their ragin' cajun chocolate cake spiked with cayenne and cinnamon, to the banana-rama laced with dark rum and brown sugar. You can also schedule classes where they will teach you the tips and tricks that will help you make your family's favorite treats. 
  4. Poupart Bakery, Inc. - 100 E. Vermilion St, #103 Lafayette, LA 70503
    With 40 years of experience under their chef's coats, the team at Poupart Bakery, Inc. are masters of the kitchen. They are experts at beignets, make a genuinely astounding bisque, and can create cakes and pies that will make everyone in the family smile. They can cook up a full catering order that includes everything from dinner rolls to fruit, vegetable, and cheese platters.
  5. Champagne's Market - 454 Heymann Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Champagne's Market is your one-stop-shop for everything on your Thanksgiving shopping list. From the savory to the sweet, they have a broad selection of fresh-baked foods. You can even pick up the champagne to go along with the Thanksgiving toast.    

Our real estate agents invite you to contact us to learn more about the many bakeries, delis, and shops in the area for the perfect Thanksgiving feast. We will even help you find the perfect new home for you to celebrate the holidays with your family and friends this year, next year, and for many years to come.    

November
25

Shop Small Saturday: Where to Shop in Baton Rouge

Shop Local Baton Rouge

Living in Baton Rouge means you're never far from some excellent shopping. Local small businesses are a big part of what makes the city such a popular place to call home. With Shop Small Saturday around the corner, this is the perfect time to get out and explore all the Baton Rouge small businesses in the area. We've got the details on some great Baton Rouge businesses to visit on Shop Small Saturday!

  1. Bella Bella – 3064 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Baton Rouge homes for sale
    allow you to visit so many unique local businesses, like the Bella Bella women's clothing shop. Bella Bella stocks all of the latest styles, allowing you to keep up with the latest trends and find the perfect gift for anyone on your list who loves fashion. There's a huge selection of shoes, along with excellent looks for both formal occasions and everyday wear.

  2. The Market at Circa 1857 – 1857 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Searching for one-of-a-kind art and amazing antiques? Visit The Market at Circa 1857 to shop for home décor and so much more. Part art gallery, part antique shop, this unique local destination is a fantastic place to grab items for your own home or someone else.

  3. Little Cajun Village – 6490 Hwy 22, Sorrento, LA 70778
    Interested in exploring history and culture as you shop for unique items? The Little Cajun Village will take you back to another era, with great shopping and plenty of fun surprises. This little village features restored Acadian homes, each with a shop inside. You can pick up crafts, spices, artwork, hand-made decorations, and so much more. There's also a delicious little dining spot located on-site.

  4. Mid City Craft Wine and Brew – 711 Jefferson Hwy, Suite 1C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Whether you're stocking up for holiday parties or shopping for the perfect gift, Mid City Craft Wine and Brew has precisely what you need. This local bottle shop stocks a massive selection of craft beer, both local and national, as well as craft wine. Stop by for a weekly tasting, and experience what Mid City has to offer. If you're looking for flavors you won't find anywhere else, this is the place to be.

  5. Red Stick Spice Co. – 660 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Preparing to cook your own holiday meals, or looking for the perfect gift for the amateur chef on your list? Red Stick Spice Co. has you covered. This shop stocks nearly every spice under the sun, along with a selection of teas from around the world.

  6. Cottonwood Books – 3054 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    If you love books both new and old, then Cottonwood Books is more than worth a visit on Small Business Saturday. Cottonwood Books may be a small business, but it has an unmatched selection of books from across eras. There are more than 40,000 books in stock, including many rare finds. The team is also happy to help you order any books.

Shop Small Saturday is a great chance to visit the many local small businesses that make Baton Rouge such a unique place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.

October
29

Pumpkin Spice Season: Lafayette Coffee Shops to Try

Lafayette Coffee Shops

With the fall weather comes delicious fall flavors! Lafayette has many local coffee shops for getting not only your caffeine fix but your fix of flavors you can only get in the fall. The following are some coffee shops our REALTORS® are sure you will want to check out. 

  1. Zuhause Bakery & Coffee - 6774 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    It may be a long way to Munich, but you won't have to travel far to enjoy your favorite German pastries. At Zuhause Bakery & Coffee, they are busy brewing some of the finest artisan coffees and strudels, twists, and Danish's this side of the old country. This makes Zuhause a fabulous place to sit back, relax, and read the paper as you search through Lafayette homes for sale.

  2. Classic Cup - 2627 Veterans Memorial Dr, Abbeville, LA 70510
    You can always find your old favorites at Classic Cup Abbeville. You will also find plenty of new treats to enjoy as you head into work or stop off for a Sunday chat with friends. One trip here and you will understand why everyone is so eager to buy Abbeville homes for sale and move into the community.

  3. Java Square Cafe - 103 W Landry St, Opelousas, LA 70570
    Java Square Cafe is where the cool cats like to hang out. They are happy to serve you an Americano when you want to keep it simple. They can also pour you a hot and spicy Chai Latte when you want to mix things up. A favorite in all seasons, you will love their milkshakes and gelato in the summer, and their hot chocolates and drip coffee in the winter. A few trips here and we guarantee you will want to take a look at Opelousas homes for sale so you can enjoy their coffee every day of the week.

  4. Black Cafe - 518 S Pierce St #100, Lafayette, LA 70501
    Black Cafe is located in the heart of Lafayette, which makes it a perfect place to stop in on your way to work. They brew each cup to perfection and feature a wide selection of breakfast items, including the ever-popular beignets. From the Cafe Au Lait to the Espresso, it is easy to find a morning pick-me-up that will perk up your ears and keep you going strong until closing time. 

  5. Johnston Street Java - 3123 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA 70503
    Johnston Street Java is the place to go when you want a pure cup of coffee with a side of all-American service. Their flavor selection is one of the largest in the south, and you will want to drop in week after week just so you can try them all. You will also love their simple yet delicious breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and cookies they cook up fresh every day of the week.

We invite you to contact us to learn more about the fantastic coffee shops and amenities these communities have to offer. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you find the perfect property for your future. 

August
12

Lafayette Living: Discover the Plate Lunch Paradise

Lunch in LafayetteWhile the Lafayette area is well-known for outstanding Creole and Cajun cuisine, the humble but satisfying plate lunch is an equally popular staple of the local restaurant scene. Our REALTORS® take you on a tour of some of our Lafayette locals' favorite places for plate lunch specials.

  • Soulful Eats - 1815 Charity St., Abbeville, LA 70510
    When you serve the kind of delicious, homemade food found at Soulful Eats, you don't need a trendy name. Everything on the menu is indeed full of the heart and soul that comes from people who are passionate about cooking. Weekday plate lunch specials feature items such as smothered turkey necks and fried pork chops, while BBQ plate lunches are available on Sunday from 11 a.m. until they're sold out, so stop in before viewing Abbeville homes for sale. Soulful Eats is open for lunch and dinner every weekday but Monday.
  • Blazin Wings - 1015 Main St., Franklin, LA 70538
    Not surprisingly, chicken is the main event at Blazin Wings, just minutes from Franklin homes for sale. But they also put a creative spin on the classic plate lunch by incorporating Louisiana seafood and Southern favorites like hush puppies with global dishes such as hummus and fried rice. The plate lunches, along with the chicken, shrimp and fish meals, are perfect for take-out.
  • Kelly's Diner - 1531 S. Union St., Opelousas, LA 70570
    The retro-50s decor at family-owned-and-operated Kelly's Diner creates the perfect ambiance to enjoy their tasty plate lunches. Many of the main items come from Kelly's Country Meat Block, the adjacent butcher shop and market. Several items are prepared using proprietary sauces created and made in Kelly's kitchen and sold next door. Be sure and save room, because the plate lunches at Kelly's include dessert. Hours are 10-:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, making it easy to fit in a visit as you tour Opelousas homes for sale.
  • Glenda's Creole Kitchen - 3232 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    No less an authority than the late Anthony Bourdain proclaimed Glenda's Creole Kitchen as serving "the gravy of the gods." Glenda opened her restaurant in 2000 after co-workers began paying for her home-cooked lunches. Each Monday through Saturday, the menu features a different pair of side dishes to accompany a rotating selection of four to six plate lunch options. On Sunday Glenda's serves a BBQ dinner with your choice of entrée and sides for $11. Hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily, and there's a handy drive-thru window to swing by before or after visiting Breaux Bridge homes for sale.
  • Dwight's - 4800 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    If it's variety you're looking for, you don't have to travel far from Lafayette homes for sale to find it at Dwight's. A different assortment of plate lunches is offered every day and they're served cafeteria-style, so you can order half-and-half to sample other options. Dwight's is also known for crawfish, and during the season you can enjoy a traditional boiled dinner each evening. On Sunday it's time for Dwight's popular BBQ lunch, which begins at 11 a.m. and lasts as long as the food does. Weekday lunch hours are 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Whether it's dining, culture or entertainment you seek, Lafayette has something for everyone. Contact us for help buying or selling your Lafayette area home.

August
26

Downtown Lafayette Galleries

Art Galleries LafayetteCreativity at Every Corner

Lafayette has a uniquely vibrant culture and nowhere is it more evident than in the profusion of artistic creativity in the area. Whether you're looking to decorate Lafayette homes for sale or you just want to admire expressions of talent, pay a visit to these great galleries in and around Lafayette.

  • The Cajun Picasso - 102 Woodvale Ave., Lafayette, LA 70503
    With a name like The Cajun Picasso, how could you resist taking a peek inside? Dusty Reed, who shares his nickname with the gallery, is a lifelong resident of Southern Louisiana who finds endless inspiration in his hometown of Lafayette. His mixed-media Louisiana folk art, or as he dubs it, "colk art," is distinguished by vivid images and bright colors. Gallery hours are noon - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment.
  • Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery - 219 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 501
    It's appropriate that Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery, home of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, should be housed in what is believed to be the oldest commercial building in downtown Lafayette. If you're looking for a gift or a treat for yourself, Southern Living Magazine named the gallery as one of the top places to shop in the South. Browse one-of-a-kind items of pottery, textiles, glass, and other media, all created by the 250+ members of the Guild. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum - 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70503
    The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum may have its roots in academics, but its broader vision is that "viewing art promotes dialogue and understanding between individuals, families, and communities." In addition to a permanent collection of European, Asian and American works, the museum presents exhibits featuring a wide range of artists with local ties. The museum is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours of 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. each Wednesday, during which admission is free. Regular admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids aged 5 to 17.  
  • Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance Center - 200 N. Magdalen Square, Abbeville, LA 70510
    Abbeville homes for sale have enviable access to the Abbeville Cultural and Historical Alliance Center, a remarkable multi-layered facility honoring the city's rich heritage. Within the Center, the Vermilion Arts Council maintains a gallery with a changing display of original works, predominately from local artists. The Council's Carousel of Arts is a popular annual event. Hours at the Center are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Todd Art Gallery - 700 Main St., Franklin, LA 70538
    Photographs can make you see even familiar objects from a whole new perspective. Todd Art Gallery features stunning photographic images of local and regional scenes taken by Francis Todd, father of gallery owner Glenn Todd. Many prints are available framed or on canvas, ready for a place of honor in Franklin homes for sale
  • Cajun Palette Art Gallery - 2942 Grand Point Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
    Cajun culture is an integral part of Louisiana's heritage, and some of its artistic contributions are on view at Cajun Palette Art Gallery. Original works are available as well as limited edition prints along with jewelry, ornaments, and photographs. The gallery is open noon - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, so take a break from touring Breaux Bridge homes for sale and drop by.

Our REALTORS® have the inside scoop on the events, activities, and amenities that make the Lafayette area such a special place to live. Contact us for more information on selling or buying a home.

August
26

Where to Get the Best Yakamein in New Orleans

Yaka Mein New Orleans

Yakamein, also known as "Old Sober" or simply "Yock," is a distinctly New Orleans dish featuring a mash-up of Asian and African-American flavors. While it originated as a street food served in a styrofoam cup, yakamein has found its way onto the menus of several local restaurants.

Discover the joys of yakamein at one of these locations near New Orleans homes for sale.

  • Meauxbar - 942 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Meauxbar is an elegant French bistro adding its own upscale twist to yakamein. Chef John Bel tweaks the classic recipe by using short ribs or rib-eye instead of stew beef and adding crispy bits of fried chicken skin for texture. Meauxbar opens for dinner at 5 p.m. daily, while brunch is served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on weekends. Yaka-main is offered on both menus.

  • Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken - 3168 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
    Traditional New Orleans seafood recipes handed down from family members form the foundation of the menu at Capt. Sal's Seafood and Chicken. But they have also incorporated some popular Chinese dishes, and as one Yelp user described it, the yakamein at Capt. Sal's is "a physically and spiritually curative experience." Veggies like bok choy, carrots and bell peppers make this yakamein a bit lighter than other versions. Capt. Sal's is open 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

  • Prime Example Jazz Club - 1909 N. Broad, New Orleans, LA 70119
    What's better than a hearty bowl of yakamein? How about enjoying your soup over the smooth sounds of live music at Prime Example Jazz Club? True to her New Orleans roots, chef Germaine Gains also prepares popular Creole dishes such as gumbo, red beans, and rice and fried or grilled catfish. Prime Example opens at 4 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Red Rooster - 2801-1/2 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
    Indulge your craving for two New Orleans originals at Red Rooster, which opened in 1977 as a stand selling snowballs. This sweet hot-weather treat is made with fine, fluffy shaved ice and a variety of flavored cane sugar syrup. As Red Rooster expanded from seasonal to year-round, they added a number of dishes including yakamein. Red Rooster is primarily a take-out window, but they have added some covered outdoor seating. Hours are 10:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  • Rampart Food Store - 1700 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    Ask locals about "the orange place" and they'll direct you to Rampart Food Store, a citrus-colored convenience store with a take-out counter in the back. Rampart uses ramen noodles instead of the traditional spaghetti noodles in their yakamein and adds texture with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Rampart is open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m daily except for Sunday, when they close at 7 p.m.

  • The Yaka-Mein Lady - Various locations
    No list of top yakamein purveyors in New Orleans would be complete without Linda Green, aka the Yaka-Mein Lady. Linda gained iconic status in the local culinary community on the strength of her near-perfect yakamein, which has been called "the gold standard." National publications and TV networks such as the New York Times, Food Network and Travel Channel have also sung Linda's praises. Linda's yakamein can be found at every major New Orleans festival and as a regular fixture at After Hours, the Wednesday night entertainment series at Ogden Museum. Planning a party or special event? The Yaka-Mein Lady also offers catering services.

New Orleans is a city full of literal and figurative flavor like no place else. Contact us and let our REALTORS® provide experienced help buying or selling your New Orleans home.

July
22

6 Places to Celebrate with Your Friends in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Places to Hangout
"Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends leave footprints in your heart." ~ Eleanor Rosevelt

August 1st is National Girlfriends' Day, and it's the perfect time to celebrate that special relationship you share with your best friends. Our girlfriends are always there for us through thick and thin, and there's no better way to show them how much you care than by planning a day filled with fun adventures in Baton Rouge. 

Whether you're in the area searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale or you've made your way here for a weekend getaway, there's no shortage of great things for you and your friends to do together. From the moment you wake up until it's time for bed, our REALTORS® have planned out the perfect day for you!  

  1. Brunch at Juban's Creole Restaurant: 3739 Perkins Rd. Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Nothing says "Girl's Day" like bottomless brunch, and Juban's Creole Restaurant is the place to do it! Their brunch menu features plenty of decadent seafood options, unlimited Champagne, Mimosas & Bellinis, and great drink specials. You'll need plenty of energy to get you through the day, so go ahead and indulge.

  2. Paddleboarding at Muddy Water Paddle Company: 4355 Perkins Rd Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Once you and your girlfriends are fueled up, it's time for some adventure! Head on over to Muddy Water Paddle Company for a paddleboard lesson or book a party and enjoy a day on the water. Whether you're experienced paddleboarders or absolute beginners, this is guaranteed to be an adventure you won't soon forget. 

  3. Tour and Rum Tasting at Three Roll Estate: 760 St. Philip Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    After playing on the water, you'll definitely be ready for something a bit more low-key. A tour and rum tasting at Three Roll Estate is a great way to unwind while enjoying another unique experience.

    Learn how the spirits make their journey from the sugar cane farm to the distillery and into your glass. Tours last 45 minutes and end in the tasting room where you'll get to try some of the distillery's premium rums. 
  1. Relaxing Massage at Healthcare Gallery and Wellness Spa: 3488 Brentwood Dr. Suites 102 & 103 Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Part art gallery and part wellness spa, Healthcare Gallery is the perfect spot for you and your girlfriends to rejuvenate before your night out. Book yourselves some aromatherapy relaxation massages to help ease muscle tension and leave you feeling great. 

  2. Dinner at Tsunami:100 Lafayette Street, 6th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    Since you're celebrating a special day, you don't want to slack on your dinner plans. Tsunami restaurant will give you the memorable experience you're looking for.

    Located on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Mississippi River, the only thing better than this restaurant's view is the food. The menu includes a huge selection of sushi as well as steaks, dinner entrees, and, of course, sake. 
  1. Nightcaps at Olive or Twist: 2122 Perkins Palm Ave. Suite A Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    There's one more stop you need to make before you call it a night. That's because you won't want to miss out on the awesome atmosphere and unique drink options at Olive or Twist. Choose from a huge selection of spirits, order a specialty cocktail from the menu, or play "cocktail roulette" by choosing from a list of options and letting your bartender create a unique surprise. Trust us when we say this is the perfect ending to your unforgettable girl's day. 

Once you've spent some time exploring Baton Rouge with your besties, you'll quickly see why so many people love living here. Are you ready to start looking for your dream home in Baton Rouge? Contact us today to get started. 

July
8

What to Do When It's Jam-Packed with Junk

Lafayette Donation Centers

5 Area Donation Centers to Visit on National Give Something Away Day

In early 2019, Marie Kondo's Netflix series about "tidying up" went viral and sparked a nationwide decluttering trend. In the spirit of KonMari, celebrate National Give Something Away Day on July 15 by finding a new home for unwanted items at one of these donation centers around Lafayette suggested by our REALTORS®.

  1. ARC of Acadiana Thrift Store - 710 S. Union St., Opelousas, LA 70570
    Donations to ARC of Acadiana Thrift Store, located not far from Opelousas homes for sale, provide a two-fold benefit. Proceeds support ARC's mission to improve quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities, and the store itself provides a place for ARC's clients to learn valuable work skills. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day but Sunday.

  2. Chez Hope - 801 Main St., Franklin, LA 70538
    Chez Hope offers shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence. The organization, founded in 1982, also operates an outreach program to raise public awareness and promote social change. Items needed at Chez Hope include new and used linens, full-size bath, beauty and hair care products, feminine hygiene supplies, trash bags, and disposable tableware. Make an appointment to drop off your donation during a break from viewing Franklin homes for sale

  3. Goodwill Industries - 1811 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA 70515
    Over the years, Goodwill Industries has helped so many individuals and families that it ranks in the top five in the most recent Brand World Value Index, which identifies brands that inspire consumers with their mission. The organization has a local donation center and retail store just minutes away from Breaux Bridge homes for sale that accepts clothing and household goods in usable condition. 

  4. Vermilion ARC Resale Clothing Store - 104 N. St. Charles St., Abbeville, LA 70510
    Kids grow out of clothes so quickly they're often barely worn. Recycle wearable items by taking them to the Vermilion ARC Resale Clothing Store. Proceeds from all sales fund ARC's work with developmentally disabled individuals. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, making it convenient to stop by while touring Abbeville homes for sale

  5. Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 3123-1/2 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70503
    Homeownership provides a valuable feeling of self-sufficiency, and Habitat for Humanity makes the dream attainable for individuals and families in need. Habitat for Humanity ReStore, close to Lafayette homes for sale, funds the organization's mission through sales of donated building materials, furniture, and selected housewares. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. If you're pressed for time or items are too bulky to move, contact the store to schedule a pick-up.

Whether you're buying or selling a home, our friendly and professional REALTORS® can help streamline the process. Contact us to learn more.

July
8

Hottest Food Trucks in New Orleans

New Orleans Food Truck

After a busy day of showing the best New Orleans homes for sale, you'll sometimes find our REALTORS® grabbing a bite to eat from some of the most iconic restaurants in the city.

But you won't find these famous eateries in a shopping center or tucked away in a fancy hotel. No, the best-kept secret in the New Orleans culinary world is our food trucks.

Over the last decade or so, food trucks have taken New Orleans by storm – and we're not the only ones. A thriving food truck scene is popping up in America's top cities from coast to coast.

The story of the food truck industry began overseas, where they can be glimpsed offering hot food 24 hours a day in many of Europe's bustling university cities. The last few years have seen a huge surge in quirky, creative food truck concepts by entrepreneurs right here in America.

Let's visit with seven of the top New Orleans food trucks you won't want to miss:

  1. Rollin' Fatties – 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112
    Rollin' Fatties is the talk of New Orleans: With dozens of raving reviews, its fans call it the best burrito in NOLA. Stuff a big, affordable burrito with beef, pulled chicken, tofu, or fish and chow down! Tacos and nachos are also available.
  2. Food Drunk Food Truck – 1205 North Al Davis Road, New Orleans, LA 70123
    Food Drunk Food Truck is on a never-ending journey to provide hearty lunchtime fare to workers and visitors in the Central Business District. It's so popular, you can even phone in your order. The intrepid truck stocks ribs, burgers, chicken, and more.
  3. Crepes a La Cart – 1039 Broadway Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
    Crepes a La Carte is a snazzy New Orleans take on the classic French pastry. Sweet and savory crepes are available in abundance: There are more than 50 varieties. Major categories include vegetarian, smoked salmon, sweet, and savory specials like the Monte Cristo crepe.
  4. La Cocinita Food Truck –  1719 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70113 
    La Cocinita brings contemporary Venezuelan-inspired street food to New Orleans. Chef Benoit Angulo has cooked up Venezuelan specialty dishes since childhood. Now, La Cocinita features arepas, tacos, and bowls with your choice of braised chicken, braised pork, or vegetables.
  5. Bonafried – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Southern fried chicken sandwiches are the specialty at Bonafried, a local success story that's a fixture at music festivals. The truck is out for lunch every day, so check Facebook for where to get your Classic, Special with "sweet heat" glaze, or Tennessee Hot chicken sandwich.
  6. Taceaux Loceaux – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Serving up lunch and dinner at rotating locations every day, Taceaux Loceaux may be the biggest name in food trucks in NOLA. The menu here is all about gourmet specialty tacos: You'll find everything from prawn to brisket to the vegetarian-friendly fried cauliflower.
  7. Mamita's Original Hot Tamales – Throughout New Orleans, LA
    Mamita's is one of the longest-running food trucks in New Orleans, with a special recipe said to date back to 1923. Beef, corn, and chicken tamales are always in demand and wow, do they go fast! You can get as many as a dozen fresh or frozen. Check its Facebook for weekly locations.

Fantastic street food is just one of many pleasant surprises waiting for you here in the Big Easy. Latter & Blum Inc. REALTORS® will help you find the perfect home so you can enjoy everything New Orleans has in store. Contact us to learn more.

July
2

Top Spots for Ice Cream in New Orleans

Nola Ice Cream

Our REALTORS® know the lip-smacking tastes of Creole cooking is one of the most enjoyable things about living in New Orleans. Whether you're here to visit or stay, you'll have the chance to try out a sensational culinary tradition that leaves you full and satisfied.  But, wait: Some dishes transcend location, culture, and time.

One treat everybody loves is ice cream.

You might not expect it, but NOLA has some of the best ice creams you'll find anywhere in the United States. Come to tour New Orleans homes for sale, and you'll be right in the thick of it: Some of the best family-owned ice cream parlors are right here in the Big Easy.

Let's look at seven places to snag head-turning frozen treats in New Orleans:

  1. Drip Affogato Bar – 703 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Drip Affogato Bar is the place to sample the Italian treat whose name translates to drowned. It is made with a scoop of silky gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. There's a huge array of fancy flavors, from Vietnamese iced coffee to Bananas Foster. Don't miss it!
  2. Piccola Gelateria – 4525 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Piccola Gelateria has 18 flavors of homemade gelato and sorbet. Gelato-stuffed brioche sandwiches are the headlining lunch item. It's kid-friendly, too: Mascot Piccola, a teddy bear, welcomes visitors from the bench outside.
  3. Fat Boy Pantry – 1302 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Fat Boy Pantry makes every visit special with unique flavors that change daily. Yes, daily! The small batch ice cream will tempt your taste buds, but that's not all: It's also a full-fledged lunch and breakfast joint that serves up one of the best lobster po' boy sandwiches in town.
  4. Ice Cream 504 - 2511 Jena St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Michael Southall (aka the High Priest of Ice Cream) crafts his icy treats with fresh milk and sugar and fruits the same way his Aunt Ruby did in her back yard so many years ago. You'll savor the flavor of Southall's small-batch ice cream--made without gum or preservatives--at Ice Cream 504 located just off Freret Street.
  5. Mile High Pie at Jack Rose -- 2031 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Jack Rose Restaurant is on the grounds of the luxurious Pontchartrain Hotel. Once affiliated with the historic Caribbean Room, Jack Rose's mythic ice cream desserts live on with luscious homemade chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint ice cream covered in meringue flambé.
  6. Creole Creamery – 4924 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
    Creole Creamery is one of the best-known family-owned ice cream parlors. With a history dating back more than a decade, it's well on its way to "local legend" status. Original flavors like honey lavender add flair to the authentic malts, hot fudge sundaes, and classic banana splits.
  7. Angelo Brocato's – 214 North Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119
    Angelo Brocato's is a place you can't miss in any NOLA visit. With a century of expertise in ice cream, it's loved far and wide for its spumoni, pine nut cookies, and dessert tiramisu. Cannolis are filled fresh to order, so the outer shell remains crisp, a delightful textural experience.

Whether you're looking for something hot and spicy or cold and refreshing, New Orleans has unforgettable flavors to tempt every palate. Likewise, there's a New Orleans dream home just waiting for you. No matter what your tastes are, our real estate experts are ready to assist you.

Contact us to start your NOLA home search.

July
1

Baton Rouge Downtown Development District and Its Passion for Progress

Baton Rouge Downtown

Our REALTORS® stay current with all the exciting developments going on in Baton Rouge.  Because of community organizations like the Downtown Development District, buyers of Baton Rouge homes for sale benefit from a thriving economy, a diverse list of employers, and a downtown like nothing else you've ever seen.

The Downtown Development District – "DDD" to just about everyone – sponsors cultural events, business initiatives, and resident get-togethers aimed at benefiting the community. It's one of the most active community associations in the entire United States.

What is the Downtown Development District?

The DDD is a political subdivision of the state with a focus on fostering business and community partnerships in Historic Spanish Town, Beauregard Town, the Central Business District, Capitol View North, and Downtown East.

The DDD is a forum where residents, business owners, and civic leaders talk and work together. It helps locals get the most of Baton Rouge's 20 entertainment venues, eight art museums, and many green spaces. It also coordinates with out-of-town visitors, like movie studios.

Key players in the community are always soliciting feedback, and locals are always welcome to make their voices heard. That's a significant reason why Baton Rouge has one of the fullest social calendars of any big city. There's always something to see and do around here!

What Does the Downtown Development District Do?

Its original goal was to fight urban sprawl, but it has done so much more.

Operating for more than 30 years, the Downtown Development District is known for lots of things. It presents a monthly award to local businesses, recognizing unique contributions to the Downtown area. It supports and publicizes events, and helps steward the city's natural resources.

Some of its proudest achievements include:

  1. Capitol Park
    Back in 2000, Baton Rouge set out an ambitious vision to consolidate municipal offices in the city and beautify the area at the same time. Now, Capitol Park is rich with striking examples of Art Deco architecture and boasts the nation's tallest state capitol building.
  2. Historic Preservation
    The DDD has been behind dozens of restoration and conservation projects. One of the largest centered on the Old State Capitol, which dates to 1847. It's known as the Castle of Baton Rouge thanks to its striking appearance, and now welcomes visitors as the Museum of Political History.
  3. Revitalizing the Riverfront
    The Baton Rouge Riverfront is one of the city's most beautiful resources, but it was underused until a new development plan was put together in 1990. Now, it hosts spectacular annual events like Baton Rouge's Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration. Millions of tourists enjoy the area, too.
  4. Arts & Entertainment District
    The Baton Rouge Arts & Entertainment District is home to world-class galleries, shops, the best local nightlife, annual festivals, and free concerts. You'll also find farmers markets and the beloved Shaw Center for the Arts.
  5. The Downtown Greenway
    Preserving green spaces in central Baton Rouge is a key goal of the DDD. It's currently in the midst of a plan to launch a 2.75-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian paths. These will connect parks, cultural institutions, and neighborhoods, all without adding to congestion.

That's not all: In the next few years, more than 500 new housing units are expected to become available in downtown Baton Rouge. If you want to live in a forward-looking city where things are always getting better, there's never been a better time to plan your move.

To make the most of Baton Rouge, you need real estate experts with true local insight. Contact us today to find out more.

June
17

NOLA Pralines - A Sweet Tie to New Orleans History

 

Pralines New Orleans5 Places in New Orleans for the Perfect Pralines

While most people think of Mardi Gras and King Cakes when they hear the words New Orleans, visitors soon learn that we take our pralines pretty seriously here too! If you've been touring New Orleans homes for sale, it's time to start thinking like a local. Get started today by learning about these decadent sweet treats made of sugar, milk, butter, and pecans. 

Not only are pralines the city's signature candy, but they have a  deep, rich history dating back to the early 1900s. While you can find pralines in almost every tourist shop, grocery store, and convenience store, they are definitely not all created equally.

National Praline Day is on June 24th, and you need to be prepared! Check out these five sweet spots while you explore the city pursuit of the perfect praline. 

  1. Southern Candymakers: 334 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 70130
    Arguably the most famous praline shop in NOLA, Southern Candymakers has been making fresh confections every day for over 25 years. Voted "Best Candy Pralines" at the Atlanta Gourmet Show, the original flavor is a must-have. They're hand-made the old fashioned way, using marble slabs and only the finest ingredients.

    Unlike many other praline makers, Southern Candymakers uses jumbo pecan halves instead of crushed pieces. If you're feeling adventurous, our real estate agents recommend trying the rum flavor! You can also choose from chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, and sweet potato pralines. 
  1. Aunt Sallys: 810 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    An iconic local brand, Aunt Sallyshistory of making Creole pralines dates all the way back to 1935. The original family recipe is poured thin, creating a slightly crisp candy. The newer recipe, produced since 2000, is thicker and creamier with a more fudge-like texture. Sallys also makes a chewy version of the praline that's designed to appeal to those who love caramel and nuts. No matter which kind you try, you won't be disappointed! 

  2. Loretta's Authentic Pralines: 2101 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116
    A quaint corner shop with a homey feel, Loretta's Authentic Pralines has been serving up pralines made with a family recipe for over 35 years. Choose from an array of flavors including original, chocolate, rum, peanut butter, coconut. Don't care for pecans? No problem! Loretta's serves up pralines without them as well. 

  3. Leah's Pralines: 714 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    For over 70 years, Leah's Pralines has been satisfying both locals and visitors with the delicious pralines made from Leah Johnson's family recipes. Choose from traditional, creamy, or chocolate. Better yet, try them all! Leah's sells a Creole sampler and a praline sampler, so it's easy to taste to your heart's content. 

  4. Laura's Candies:  331 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    Established in 1913, Laura's Candies is the oldest candy shop in New Orleans. They make their Creole pralines by hand daily and are famous both original and crispy pralines. Laura's is also one of the only candy shops serving up maple pralines, which is a must-try flavor! 

New Orleans is a city that's rich with history and culture. If you want to learn more about living in New Orleans, we can help! Contact us today to get started. 

June
10

Living in New Orleans Faubourg Marigny Neighborhood

New Orleans homes for sale and Marigny area homes for sale are some of the top real estate finds here in Louisiana. Although living anywhere in "The Big Easy" is a treat, the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood is something unique: It has a rich history as New Orleans' second suburb.

Let's visit and take a look at this wonderful place to live in New Orleans.

When You Think "New Orleans," Think of Marigny

New Orleans is known for its history, music, and food – and Marigny has it all.

Outside of the French Quarter itself, you're unlikely to find a more iconic expression of the true New Orleans. It has developed into a cosmopolitan and singles-friendly neighborhood while still retaining the authentic flair that harkens back to its roots in the 1800s.

A flight of residents left Marigny quiet in the 1950s, but the Creole and Classic Revival-style cottages that were left behind are now being restored in record numbers. Historic businesses, such as bakeries and general stores, have also been repurposed as homes.

The Arts Scene is Flourishing in This Historic Neighborhood

Meanwhile, larger spaces – such as warehouses – have been transformed into artists' studios and performance spaces. Today's Marigny has a lively and vibrant art scene that draws on the area's past. When you visit, you'll see the difference in doing New Orleans as the locals do.

That's right: You don't have to hit Bourbon Street to enjoy Creole cuisine and jazz. The jazz clubs in and around Marigny tend to have a more intimate atmosphere. You can find a show and a delicious dinner any day of the week, but it's easy to take things at your own pace at the same time.

Long story short, you will always feel welcome here!

Faubourg Marigny is at the Crossroads of Everything

The watchword of real estate is "location, location, location" ... and Marigny has it!

The Marigny neighborhood is relatively small, about seven by ten blocks in all, bordered in the south by Crescent Park and the Mississippi River. That means you'll only be a short walk from the French Quarter on one side and the Bywater neighborhood on the other.

A word deserves to be said about Bywater, which is often spoken of in the same breath as the Marigny area. It is known as a thrilling place to explore thanks to its remarkable trove of traditional architecture. New meets old thanks to the trendy and experimental bars and eateries.

And, of course, the French Quarter needs no introduction. The heart of New Orleans history is also one of the most legendary tourist districts in the whole United States. When you want to sample the revelry and bon vivre of this "crown jewel," it'll always be available to you.

Explore Faubourg Marigny for Yourself with Help from Our Team

Our real estate agents are waiting for the opportunity to help with your New Orleans journey.

With our blend of local experience and unbeatable customer service, we make real estate easy for you. From finding your dream home to a successful closing day, we'll be there for you.

Contact us to find out more today.

June
24

Live Music Venues in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Music VenueOne of the best things about choosing from Baton Rouge homes for sale is knowing that you'll be living in one of the music capitals of the south.

Baton Rouge is the stomping grounds of top musicians from a number of genres. Ranging from hip hop to Dixieland to blues to country, you can find just about everything in Baton Rouge.

Our REALTORS® love to introduce clients to the music scene here. On any given afternoon or evening, you can choose from a wide range of live music venues. They run the gamut all the way from the biggest auditoriums to cozy local bars where karaoke night is always on tap.

Let's look at some of the best places to catch live music throughout Baton Rouge:

  1. Texas Club – 456 North Donmoor Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Texas Club bills itself as the premier live music venue in Baton Rouge. That's a big claim, but it makes a strong case with its spacious, comfortable surroundings and a long history of some of the nation's top acts. Such stars as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Jason Aldean have been in attendance, not to mention rockers like Styx and Kansas.
  2. Varsity Theatre – 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    The Varsity Theatre is always hopping with a full roster of live music almost every single day. Top national acts are attracted on a regular basis, and it's known to be one of the bigger and better venues for music fans who like to party with the energy of a whole crowd. Upcoming acts include Astronomy on Tap, Issues, Jaryd Lane, Loudness War, and Citizen Cope.
  3. Red Dragon Listening Room – 2401 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    The Red Dragon Listening Room is the place to go when you want a laid back and intimate atmosphere for your listening pleasure. You won't sacrifice comfort – most of the seating is on plush sofas – yet the acoustics are top notch. The Red Dragon welcomes a mix of national acts and local up and comers who are defining their genres for the next generation.
  4. Henry Turner Jr's Listening Room – 2733 North Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Henry Turner Jr's Listening Room is a venue that has been dedicated to introducing the people of Baton Rouge to fresh new musical talent. Established in 2014, it is now open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday every week. Local, regional, and national touring acts have dropped by, all of them closing with a headline performance by Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor. Admission is always just $10!
  5. MidCity Ballroom – 136 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    The MidCity Ballroom is one of the hottest venues in Baton Rouge and took on the overflow acts from a popular bar, The Spanish Moon when it closed for renovations. Even though it's only been around since 2017, it has made a big splash thanks to its combination of live music, lessons, and unbeatable atmosphere. Shows average about one or two each week, but they're worth the wait.

Ready to rock out in Baton Rouge? Contact us to learn about the local real estate opportunities!

June
17

Best Catfish Restaurants Around Baton Rouge

Catfish Baton Rouge

Our REALTORS® love a good catfish fry-up ... and we think you will, too!

June 25 is National Catfish Day, and there's no better place to celebrate it than right here in the middle of all the action, Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge is the epicenter of Cajun cooking, and there are few bigger stars in that culinary tradition than the catfish.

Not surprisingly, you'll find that the streets of Baton Rouge are dotted with famous catfish restaurants. Today, we'll help you pick out some of the very best.

If you want to experience true flavor, check out these Baton Rouge restaurants featuring catfish on their menus:

  1. Parrain's Seafood Restaurant – 3225 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Parrain's Seafood Restaurant has been serving up mouth-watering seafood selections since all the way back in 2001. Specialties include the catfish perdu: Catfish fillets served with shrimp and crawfish etouffee on a bed of rice. You can also have catfish as one of the fried platters, in a standard or thin-sliced form. Whole fried catfish is also available.
  2. Drusilla Seafood Restaurant – 3482 Drusilla Lane D, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
    Drusilla Seafood Restaurant is where to go for the classic Cajun-fried catfish fillets, in both adult and kids' menu form. You can complement your dinner with your choice of fried oysters or fried shrimp. Several of the house specialties also come with catfish, including the "Taste of Louisiana" platter: Delectable shrimp au gratin, fried popcorn shrimp, and more.
  3. Crawford's Restaurant – 1980 Staring Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Crawford's Restaurant – that's Crawford, not crawdad – is the one and only home of the infamous c-fish. What makes it so unique? It's fried "the Ken Sr. way," and has attracted a bevy of five-star reviews from locals and visitors alike. In addition to the catfish plate, you can also enjoy Crawford's catfish po'boy, easily one of the best seafood dishes in town.
  4. Dempsey's – 13580 Coursey Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    Dempsey's prides itself on authentic Louisiana cooking. Jambalaya with fried catfish is right there on the weekly specials menu (it's the headliner for Monday), so you know it's got to be good. Other specials include Cajun meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, and ... once again, on Friday, jambalaya with fried catfish. Go get some!
  5. George's Southside – 8905 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    George's Southside will tempt your taste buds with catfish dishes whipped up by "the original" South Baton Rouge catfish restaurant. Known as the first on the internet in Baton Rouge (dating all the way back to 1996), George's has a fun and friendly atmosphere nobody else can match. It's open seven days a week, and you can even get a souvenir bumper sticker on request.

Catfish isn't the only thing unique about Baton Rouge. With sage advice from an expert real estate agent, you can tap into all Baton Rouge's great real estate opportunities. No matter your budget, style, or timeline, our team supports you with reliable knowledge and attentive customer service. It has never been easier to find Baton Rouge homes for sale that are right for you ... and get to closing the easy way.

Contact us to find out more today. We look forward to meeting you.

June
10

How to Spend Fathers Day in Baton Rouge

Father's Day Baton Rouge

Sunday, June 16 is one of the biggest days of the year: Father's Day!

Our REALTORS® decided to take a little break from showing the best Baton Rouge homes for sale to compile a short list of things you can do to celebrate Dad on Father's Day. When you explore the historic city of Baton Rouge, you'll find something for every type of father.

Let's look at five of the best ways to enjoy Father's Day in Baton Rouge this year:

  1. Walk-On's – 3838 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar has been named one of the top sports bars in the United States, and it lives up to that reputation! Dad will have a unique experience here. Every dish is made from scratch, from the traditional gumbo to the seared ahi tuna, wraps, and burgers. It's a great place for a festive family dinner – and, of course, you'll always see the game playing on the big screen.
  2. Tin Roof Brewing Company – 1624 Wyoming Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    Tin Roof Brewing Company is just one of the many local breweries you'll discover dotting the Big Easy. Dad can sample plenty of fresh, local options made from the best malts, freshest hops, and well water right from the parish to give it that unique Baton Rouge flavor. In addition to the five regular brews, there's always a seasonal brew on tap. Live music happens every month, too.
  3. The USS Kid – 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    What could be better for Father's Day than visiting a living piece of history docked right in the Mississippi? The USS Kid dates back to 1945 and has been lovingly restored to its original appearance. When you drop by, you can inspect 50 different interior spaces or take the standard 90-minute tour. You'll also want to peruse all the full-scale replicas in the Veterans Museum.
  4. Audubon Golf Trail – 18460 Santa Maria Parkway and Throughout Baton Rouge
    The Audubon Golf Trail is a collection of top quality golf courses all around Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. It's a fun-filled way for dad to hit the links and practice his putt in a wide range of luxurious, well-kept surroundings. To get started right in the heart of the city, check out the Santa Maria Golf Course, one of the top-ranked municipal courses in the United States.
  5. 2019 Father's Day 5K and 10K Race – (Just About) Anywhere in Baton Rouge
    The 2019 Father's Day 5K and 10K Race will mark the continuation of a proud Baton Rouge tradition. This is its sixth year in action! But it's not a traditional race: It's a virtual one. You pick the course and complete your race any time in June, then report your time to the organizers. At least 15% of each race registration will go to help disabled children build confidence and character.

Spend a little time in Baton Rouge and the city is sure to grow on you. With a little help from us, Dad could be spending Father's Day 2020 doing DIY projects in the home he's always wanted.

Contact us to find out more. The best Baton Rouge real estate awaits!

June
3

Spending a Saturday in Lafayette

Spend Saturday Lafayette
Whether you're interested in food, culture, nightlife or family fun, there's nothing quite like spending a Saturday in Lafayette. The city's deep, diverse roots, fascinating history, beautiful outdoor spaces, and legendary dining spots provide something for every taste. Lafayette is a warm, welcoming place whether you're a long-time resident or newcomer to the city. Our REALTORS® are here to help you experience the city, with our guide to spending a Saturday in Lafayette.

  1. Brunch at Prejeans – 3480 NE Evangeline Thrwy, Lafayette 70507
    Start your Saturday with a trip to Prejeans, one of Lafayette's most acclaimed dining spots, for a classic Cajun brunch. Prejeans has been a popular spot for decades, earning awards for its creative dishes while serving everyone from local families to international dignitaries. The menu draws heavily from French and Cajun cultures, with a delightful list of desserts to enjoy after a delicious, filling brunch.
  2. Living History at Vermilionville – 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette 70508
    With a full stomach from a great brunch, you'll be ready to start seeing the sights. Begin your tour with a trip to Vermilionville, a living history museum where you can experience the language, music, dance, culture, and everyday life of the unique cultures that created the city we all enjoy today.
  3. Downtown Museums on Jefferson Street – Jefferson St., Lafayette 70501
    Craving more info on the unique culture, art, and history of Lafayette? Head from Vermilionville to Lafayette's dynamic downtown, where you'll find a collection of museums geared toward every age and interest. Popular museums downtown include the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the historic Alexander Mouton House, the Lafayette Science Museum, and the Children's Museum of Acadiana.
  4. Stop at the Lafayette Sign – 201 E Vermilion St., Lafayette 70501
    While you're hanging out downtown, be sure to make a stop at the famed L-a-f-a-y-e-t-t-e sign, where you can take a photo to commemorate your Saturday in the city. There is no "y" in the actual sign, but that's where you come in.
  5. Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market – 3100 NW Evangeline Thrwy, Lafayette 70507
    Looking for a great souvenir from your Saturday in Lafayette, or shopping for Lafayette homes for sale and searching for the perfect decorations for your future home? Make time on your Saturday to visit the Jockey Lot Flea Market, a huge, family-friendly market with great deals on unique items that you won't find anywhere else.
  6. Dinner at Dat Dog – 201 Jefferson St., Lafayette 70501
    With a full day of fun, you're probably starting to feel pretty hungry once more. Why not enjoy a quick, casual, and delicious meal at Dat Dog? Customize your own hot dog from a dizzying list of options, and enjoy a true Lafayette treat. Dat Dog serves nearly every type of sausage you can imagine, including vegan options.
  7. Music and Drinks at Artmosphere – 902 Johnston St., Lafayette 70501
    Cap off your busy Saturday with a trip to the Artmosphere bistro, for great drinks, delicious snacks, and live local music. Of course, Artmosphere is also one of the best places in the city to enjoy some dancing, with a welcoming local crowd.

Enjoying all that Lafayette has to offer is so much easier when you have a home in the city, and our team is here to help you find the perfect fit. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.

June
3

Meet Five Local Tailors in Baton Rouge on National Tailors Day

Baton Rouge Tailors

June 5 is National Tailors - Meet Five Local Businesses in Baton Rouge

Our REALTORS® know that your home is a reflection of your personal style.

When you go looking for Baton Rouge homes for sale, we will help you find one that fits you like a glove. Unfortunately, gloves (and other articles of clothing) aren't quite what they used to be. Off-the-rack clothing can never fit quite as well as something made just for you.  June 5 is National Tailors Day, and now is the best time to discover just how great custom-tailored articles can be. Although every tailored piece is a bit more expensive, they will also have a tendency to last much longer. Plus, an experienced tailor will make every item look more flattering.

Whether you're in the mood for a custom suit or just a simple alteration, a good tailor is hard to find. Demand is growing and expertise is shrinking ... but not here in beautiful Baton Rouge.

In honor of National Tailors Day, let's meet local tailors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:

  1. Ann's Tailor – 8723 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Ann's Tailor can help you with all your custom tailoring and sewing needs for men, women, and children. With more than 35 years of experience, their results are top notch. What's more, they can also help with custom interior decorating elements like drapes and cushions.
  2. El Bengal Tailor – 2771 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    El Bengal Tailor is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1972. Now on its second generation, it specializes in men's alterations, women's alterations, denim, and leather. El Bengal is beloved by a coterie of repeat customers who have been visiting it for years.
  3. AB Fashion Tailoring and Alterations – 6010 Jones Creek Road Suite H, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    AB Fashion Tailoring and Alterations brings more than 16 years of expertise to the realm of hand-tailored formalwear. Alterations and custom-made clothing are available for men, women, and children. They will even help you with next day service for those "fashion emergencies!"
  4. Helen's Tailor & Alterations – 12046 Coursey Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
    Helen's Tailor and Alterations is prized for its reasonable rates and quick, courteous service. Located right in the heart of Baton Rouge near Parklawn Park and several local landmarks, it's a terrific place to get back to basics on your tailoring and alteration needs.
  5. Stitch Baton Rouge – 9880 Bluebonnet Boulevard Suite C-3B, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    Stitch Baton Rouge operates its own full-fledged fashion blog that complements the on-trend tailoring and alteration services you'll find here. Not only can you get the finest clothing alterations, there are also personal style consultants and private fittings so you'll always look your best.

Are you ready to find a home in Baton Rouge that will truly be a perfect fit?

Contact us to get started. We look forward to helping you.

May
27

6 Favorite Doughnut Shops in Lafayette

Donuts in Lafayette

While Lafayette might be best known for its Cajun cuisine, city residents also have an affinity for the occasional sweet treat. Our real estate agents love to stop and grab a doughnut or beignet before they set out for a day of showing potential buyers the best Lafayette homes for sale

National Doughnut Day is coming up on June 7th, and whether you prefer a bear claw, eclair, glazed, or something in between, there's a great area doughnut shop where you can find what you want. Check out this list of our favorite sweet spots in Lafayette. 

  1. Meche's Donut King: 402 Guilbeau Rd. Lafayette, LA 70506
    It only takes one stop at Meche's Donut King to understand why patrons use words like "spectacular" and "life-changing" to describe the experience. Stop by and enjoy hot, fresh doughnuts that melt in your mouth, fresh-made kolaches, and their nationally-famous king cakes. 
  2. Cajun Market Donut Co.: 1812 W. Pinhook Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508
    Whether you prefer a traditional, filled, or cake donut, donut holes, or something more savory, Cajun Market Donut Co. has got you covered! Bring your little ones in for the "donut decorating" kid's meal so they can make memories while enjoying their sweet treat. Also, make sure you don't leave without grabbing a stuffed bread to enjoy later in the day.  
  3. Home Cut Donuts & Kolaches: 5611 Johnson St. Lafayette, LA 70503
    Home Cut Donuts & Kolaches may be a bit difficult to find, but it's well worth the effort. Whether you choose to go through the convenient drive-thru or come in for counter service, you're sure to love the fresh and perfectly-frosted doughnuts, savory kolaches, flaky croissants, and delicious breakfast sandwiches. 
  4. Honey's Donuts Coffee and More: 4300 Moss St. Lafayette, LA 70507
    Super-friendly, family-owned Honey's Donuts Coffee and More is well known for their fresh, melt-in-your-mouth sweet treats. The apple fritters and breakfast sandwiches are two of the most popular menu items. If you're in a hurry, you'll also love the fast and convenient drive-thru. 
  5. Crispy Donut: 2700 N. University Ave. Lafayette, LA 70507
    A hidden gem in Lafayette, Crispy Donut is famous for their unique cake doughnuts that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Their doughnuts are also lighter and a bit less sweet, making them perfect for those days when you don't want to feel weighed down. The apple fritters and breakfast croissants are also excellent choices. 
  6. Jak's Donuts: 3200 Verot School Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508
    If you prefer your doughnuts lighter with a more "bready" texture, then Jak's Donuts is the place for you. They're also known for having some of the best icings around. The fritters, cake doughnuts, and breakfast tacos are just a few of Jak's most popular menu items. 

Let Us Help You Find a Sweet Real Estate Deal! 

If you're looking for a sweet real estate deal in Lafayette, we're here to help. Contact us to discuss your goals and how together we can make them a reality. 

May
27

6 Spots for Boiled Crawfish in New Orleans

New Orleans Crawfish
Down in Louisiana, we love our crawfish.  Some folks love their crawfish baked.  Others prefer it prepared in an etouffee.  However, if you ask any native Louisianian, they may tell you there is no other way to eat this crunchy crustacean than from a good, old-fashioned crawfish boil.  There are too many crawfish spots in our city to name them all, so our real estate agents compiled this list of six eateries in the Crescent City to dine on this local delicacy.

  1. Bevi Seafood, Mid City, New Orleans, 236 N. Carrollton Ave.
    Some of the best places to get a good crawfish boil are seafood companies like Bevi. They know good crawfish and start with that as the base of their boil. Bevi adds crabs, oysters, and shrimp to their boils, so you get extra ocean goodness.  Along with seriously good crawfish, you can also get authentic Po-boys, softshell crabs, and fried green tomatoes.  
  2. Grand Isle Restaurant, Warehouse District, 575 Convention Ctr Blvd.
    Calling itself a "fancy fishing camp," Grand Isle Restaurant offers fresh out of the Gulf seafood in its boils, oyster specials, and redfish on the half shell. Grab a chair on the patio, Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and enjoy half-price drink specials and 75 cent oysters on the half shell.  
  3. Deanie's Seafood, French Quarter, 841 Iberville Street
    Casual in the atmosphere, but elite in taste, Deanies has been recognized as one of NOLA's top seafood restaurants. Here their crawfish also comes in an etouffee', on a pizza, or in a silky, smooth bisque. This is a wonderful place to sit outside in their traditional Vieux Carre courtyard, enjoy a warm night, and hot seafood.  
  4. Mid City Yacht Club, Mid City, 440 S. St Patrick Street
    Since seafood and beer go together like shrimp and grits, a classic bar with great food can be just the right way to suck the heads and pinch the tail. Mid City Yacht Club got its start as a bar in the back of a grocery store and gained its current personality and owners just after Hurricane Katrina. Its owners bought the flooded establishment just after the hurricane and used wood from their own damaged house to rebuild. Now, it's a great place to gather some friends, order a pitcher, and dig into plates of steaming, oh so fresh seafood.  
  5. Captain Sal's Seafood and Chicken, Bywater District - 3168 St. Claude Avenue
    Just like good barbeque, some of the best seafood comes from less than fancy buildings. Captain Sals won't bust your budget, but we can't promise it won't burst your belly. Serving up rich, buttery crawfish with spicy corn and potatoes, this place makes sure the Creole and Cajun heritage shines through. You can also get gumbo, jambalaya, fried seafood, and in a twist, Chinese food. 
  6. BOIL Seafood House, Garden District - 3340 Magazine Street
    Started by a family of Louisana fishermen, BOIL Seafood House offers buckets, literal buckets, of seafood in a variety of flavors and spice levels. Like your crawfish Cajun style with a medium heat level? No problem; BOIL has you covered. In addition, they step away from traditional seafood house fare with their Asian inspired chargrilled oysters, Tuna Tataki, and Vietnamese Shrimp Cake.  

If you are looking for New Orleans homes for sale, don't forget to investigate the neighborhood seafood options. Contact us to help you find a home that fits you as well as crawfish fits a boil.

May
27

Best Swamp Adventures Baton Rouge

Swamp Adventures Baton Rouge

Louisiana is a state unlike any other. From our food and wildlife to our people and our culture, life among the swamps and bayous is something special. Baton Rouge homes for sale are always getting scooped off the market because of their proximity to the adventure and fun that the surrounding wetlands offer. Next time you're browsing homes in the area, our REALTORS® insist that you check out these five great attractions.

  1. Brec's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center – 10503 North Oak Hill Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 
    A stroll through the swamp can be an educational exercise. Over a mile of trail weaves you through the forests and swamps as you keep a lookout for snakes, otters, deer, turtles, armadillos, foxes and other critters that roam the area. The large conservation facility at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center has loads of exhibits featuring the plants, minerals, and animals that call Baton Rouge home. With programs and activities for all ages, the whole family can spend the afternoon learning about the wild world that surrounds the South Baton Rouge homes for sale.
  2. Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge – St. Francisville, LA 70775 
    Don't let the name fool you – Cat Island is not the stomping grounds of our favorite furry felines. The Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is an ecological sanctuary that protects the habitats of many plants and animals that are threatened or endangered. Different species of wintering waterfowl, wading birds and hardwood trees call this swamp home, as do crawfish, white-tailed deer and songbirds. Cat Island is great for kayaking, hiking, photography and wildlife viewing but you should also know that fishing and hunting is permitted at certain times of the year to help the refuge maintain sound wildlife management. There are plenty of Saint Francisville homes for sale in the area if you'd like to call these swamps home too.
  3. Last Wilderness Swamp Tours – 33115 LA-75, Plaquemine, LA 70764 
    If you're looking at Prairieville homes for sale, you may wonder what adventure awaits you on the opposite side of the Mississippi River. Head on over to Last Wilderness Swamp Tours and find out! This father and son team will give you a Louisiana swamp tour like no other. Their small, quiet boats will take you deep into the Atchafalaya Basin where you'll explore one of the largest wetlands in the country. See the swamp the way it was meant to be seen – from the seat right atop the water!
  4. Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours – 1377 Henderson Levee Rd., Breaux Bridges, LA 70517 
    Drive a short distance west of Port Allen homes for sale, and you'll discover Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours. With one of the largest airboat fleets in the southern end of the state, there's plenty of room for you to bring a group of family or friends. For 20 years, locals and visitors alike have been spending their spare time in the swamp with Captains Tucker, Nick and Craig as they explored the bayou together. These 90-minute tours are available seven days a week all year long.
  5. Attakapas Adventures Swamp Tours – 1324 Hwy. 401, Napoleonville, LA 70390 
    All of our Highlands homes for sale are within an hour or less of scene Louisiana swamplands. For an ecological and historical tour of the swamps in South Louisiana, take a drive south to Attakapas Adventures Swamp Tours. You'll ride along the bayous in their pontoon boats sneaking peeks at alligators, pelicans and bald eagles lounging in the area.  

Contact us for directions to other great swamp tours in the area or for help buying one of the charming Baton Rouge homes for sale.

May
20

Living in Lafayette - Outdoors Adventures in Cajun Country

Lafayette Outdoors

When the sun is shining, birds are singing, and fish are biting, you'll find few better places to spend time outdoors than Lafayette. From swamp tours to fishing, paddling, and live sports, there's something for everyone around Lafayette. The area is filled with natural sites and wildlife, with a tradition of exploration that dates back centuries. Explore the wilderness with the help of knowledgeable, local guides, or plan your own adventure at one of many vibrant parks in the area. Our real estate agents are here to help you plan your next outdoor excursion, with a guide to six fun, family-friendly outdoor adventures in the Lafayette, LA area.

  1. Couret's Swamp Tours – Interstate 10 Exit 121, Butte La Rose 70517
    Lafayette is surrounded with natural beauty, so sometimes it helps to have a local guide to explore unique spots. Couret's Swamp Tours is a third-generation, family-owned business offering tours of the Atchafalaya Basin area. Explore the best of Lafayette's outdoor scenery, with an expert guide at your side.
  2. Cajun X Cables – 2211 Mills St., Lafayette 70507
    Interested in trying your hand at wakeboarding, but don't have a boat? No problem! Cajun X Cables is a full-size cable wake park, where you can spend time on a wakeboard or kneeboard without ever needing a boat. You can bring your gear, or rent from the helpful staff at the park.
  3. Lamson Park – 194 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette 70506
    Lafayette homes for sale make it easy to reach a ton of great outdoor destinations, including Lamson Park, home of the Ragin' Cajuns. More specifically, Lamson Park is home to the Ragin' Cajuns softball team, a perennial powerhouse that routinely contends on the national level. The park has seen many renovations over the years. It is a favorite spot for residents to enjoy live sports, and witness some of the best young softball players in the world close to home.
  4. South Louisiana Redfishing Charters – 306 Beach Ln., Franklin 70538
    Looking for some fun on the water? The waterways around Lafayette are home to a wide variety of gamefish, including Redfish, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Drumfish, Sheepshead, and much more. South Louisiana Redfishing Charters makes it easy to find the best fishing spots locally, with help from an experienced guide. Schedule a half-day, ¾ day, or full-day trip, with all-inclusive prices that cover bait, equipment, tackle, and fuel.
  5. Pack & Paddle – 601 E Pinhook Rd., Lafayette 70501
    Established in 1974, Pack & Paddle has been Lafayette's one-stop shop for outdoor fun ever since. Shop for a kayak of your own, schedule a rental, and learn about local kayaking areas. Pack & Paddle also features gear for hiking and fishing, along with guides on the best spots in the area.
  6. Swamp Tours of Acadiana – 1321 Rookery Rd., Breaux Bridge 70517
    Located just minutes from Lafayette in Breaux Bridge, Swamp Tours of Acadiana offers laid-back tours, with boats that seat six or eight people. Explore local wildlife, and learn more about local natural sites from your guide. You can also schedule a private tour, geared toward bird-watching and photography.

Still searching for the perfect home that allows you to enjoy all of the outdoor attractions around Lafayette? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.

May
20

10 Top Music Venues in New Orleans

Music Venue New Orleans

New Orleans' heartbeat is its music, whether it comes from the moan of a saxophone, the twang of a fiddle, or the intricate harmonies of a cool jazz band. If you love music and are searching for New Orleans homes for sale, you are sure to also be on the lookout for a fantastic music venue to spend your evenings. 

Our REALTORS® have their short list of favorite music venues in New Orleans:

  1. The Spotted Cat Music Club, 623 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
    When you find yourself in the Faubourg Marigny District craving some great jazz, look no further than The Spotted Cat. A cash only, no cover charge venue, they host such bands as Shotgun Jazz Band, the Jumbo Shrimp Band, and Antoine Diel & The Misfit Power.
  2. Tipitina's, 501 Napolean Ave, New Orleans
    Starting as a small neighborhood joint, Tipitina's is dedicated to the music of Professor Henry Byrd, who curated a unique blend of Southern R & B, blues, and boogie-woogie, influencing many of New Orleans best-known musicians.
  3. Carousel Bar, Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St, New Orleans
    For an upscale night with a bit of whimsey, check out this local favorite in the Hotel Monteleone, where the bar actually revolves. Live music, small bites, and a plethora of craft cocktail choices make this a definite place to visit.
  4. Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St, New Orleans
    Longtime New Orleans bar and music venue, the Maple Leaf hosts national music acts along with up and coming local bands. While honoring its jazz beginnings, this iconic gathering spot features the music of all genres including R & B, funk, blues, and jam bands.
  5. Three Muses, 536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
    As its name suggests, Three Muses offers what seems to be the muses of New Orleans: Music, food, and spirits. The small plate menu offers such temptations as lamb sliders, lobster lemongrass ragoons, and Italian baked mac and cheese. Mix that with some cool jazz notes, and you've got an evening to remember.
  6. Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter St, New Orleans
    This historic hall offers fans of pure jazz a place to enjoy contemporary sounds while relishing in a bit of New Orleans music heritage. Shows run on the hour, and you can get reservations through their website.
  7. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen St, New Orleans
    You can get great jazz every night at Snug Harbor, along with dinner and drink. Do you like your saxophone with a side of shrimp remoulade and a Bordeaux Blanc, or juicy ribeye and a hardy merlot?
  8. Mid City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
    If you're in the frame of mind to kick back and strike out for a different kind of music experience, head to Mid City Lanes Rock 'n' Bowl. Mid City Lanes is a combination music venue bowling alley and offers drinks and snacks. It's the perfect place for a night out with friends.
  9. Le Bon Temps Roule, 4801 Magazine St, New Orleans
    In a building built in 1890, this site has been nurturing New Orleans music for decades. It was one of the first places to re-open after Hurricane Katrina, and became a place for recovery workers and returning evacuees to gather, drink, and relax together. 
  10. Music Box Village, 4557 N. Rampart St, New Orleans
    This unique place is much like New Orleans itself: a mix of art, music, and cultural experience under the warm, Louisiana skies. Here you can grab a drink, hear great music, enjoy funky art, and breathe in the creative vibe. 

Contact us today to start your home-buying journey. Our REALTORS® are experts in finding just the right neighborhood to fit your unique song. 

May
20

Spending a Perfect Day in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Spend a Day
Take a break from searching for Baton Rouge homes for sale and spend a day enjoying our lively community. There are many places to grab a bite, learn something new, or just enjoy a pretty day outside. Our REALTORS® have these tips on how to spend a day in Baton Rouge.

  • Brunch - Simple Joe Café, 3057 Government Street
    Start your day with a leisurely brunch at Simple Joe Café, no matter if you prefer breakfast or lunch food for brunch. For those breakfast people, you can order up a three-egg omelet with a wide range of choices for fillings. Or try their blueberry quinoa for a different twist. Lunch people can dig into the Pow Burger, where the beef is mixed with pork sausage to make an awesome patty. 
  • Mid-morning Stroll - Riverfront Plaza & City Dock, 300 S. River Road / USS Kidd
    After a big meal, nothing is better than walking it off by exploring the area on foot. Riverfront Plaza & City Dock is a terrific place to watch the mighty Mississippi, wander around the fountain and a beautiful 4-panel mural, or just sit in the sunshine and watch the people watch the river. You can also tour the USS Kidd Fletcher Class destroyer. Explore the mission of the 'Pirate of the Pacific' and learn about the men who served on her.
  • Satisfying Small Bites - Magpie Café, 3205 Perkins Road
    After a big meal, you may not want a traditional lunch, but a little bit of something could tamp down the "hangries." Make your way to the Magpie Café, which specializes in local, organic ingredients and extra good coffee. There is a downtown location, but you might want to visit the original in the Perkins Road Overpass District. Here's where the coffee-loving owners transformed a former tattoo parlor into an expresso bar café. Do not skip the coffee! Magpie has its own "director of coffee" as well as an in-house roaster assuring coffee lovers a divine experience. 
  • At One with the Animals and the Stars - BREC Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road
    For your afternoon in Baton Rouge at the BREC Baton Rouge Zoo. Here you can make friends with a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula or get to know a Kirks Dik Dik. Open for almost 50 years, the zoo hosts a range of animals, from reptiles to birds to mammals. However, it doesn't just house the animals, the Baton Rouge Zoo also is active in conservation work and educational programs.
  • Louisiana Art and Science Museum, 100 River Road South
    For indoor entertainment, visit the Louisiana Art and Science Museum offering exhibits on subjects from ancient Egypt to the solar system. Perhaps, the best reason to visit the museum is to go to a planetarium show. Their 60-foot domed theater and 15,000-wat digital surround sound will let you get lost in the stars. 
  • An Evening Out - Tsunami, 100 Lafayette St. 6th FloorThe Varsity Theater, 3353 Highland Road
    For dinner, head out to Tsunami on Lafayette Street where you can set aside crawfish and Cajun, and indulge in some delicious sushi. Using fresh ingredients and flavors with flare, the chefs at Tsunami offer up dishes they call "edible art." After dinner, wrap up your lovely day in Baton Rouge with some live music and drinks at The Varsity Theater.

Once you've gotten to know Baton Rouge and are ready to buy a home, contact us and we will be happy to guide you in finding just the right place.

May
13

Lafayette Shopping at These 6 Local Malls and Markets

 

Shopping in Lafayette

Whether you're shopping for fun or picking up the necessities, there's no doubt that Lafayette is a fantastic place to shop. The area is filled with both the big-name businesses you know and smaller, local shops that offer everything you need close to home. "Laissez les bons temps rouler," or "let the good times roll," as you explore all that the Lafayette shopping scene has to offer. Our real estate agents have all the juicy details on the best places to shop throughout the Lafayette area.

  1. Acadania Mall – 5725 Johnston St., Lafayette 70503
    If you're looking for your favorite big-name retailers close to home in Lafayette, then the Acadania Mall is the place to be. The mall is home to nearly 100 retailers, along with dining and entertainment destinations. There are special events to be found at the mall regularly, including plenty of sales from the biggest names in retail.

  2. Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market – 3011 NW Evangeline Throughway, Lafayette 70507
    Shopping for Lafayette homes for sale, and looking for furniture, art, or other household goods for your next home? The Lafayette Jockey Lot Flea Market is your one-stop shop for home goods, collectibles, food, unique treasures, and so much more. The market features more than 500 booths and is open every weekend.

  3. Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market – 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette 70506
    Whether you're hungry for good food or a great deal, you'll have no trouble finding it at the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. The market is open every Saturday from 8 am to noon, with dozens of local vendors offering fresh ingredients for your own creations, prepared meals, juice, arts, crafts, and so much more. Pick up some fresh seafood, enjoy a premium cup of espresso, and explore all that the market has to offer.

  4. Lafayette Art Association and Gallery – 1008 E St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette 70503
    Searching for unique art, or a store where you can spend hours browsing and enjoying yourself? The Lafayette Art Gallery is the city's top destination for art of all types, featuring original art, photography, and crafts for you to explore. There are regular art exhibitions to enjoy, along with a busy schedule of special events, art classes, and even opportunities to share your own art with the world.

  5. Lagniappe Antique Mall – 124 W Bridge St., Breaux Bridge 70501
    Located just outside of Lafayette in Breaux Bridge, the Lagniappe Antique Mall is one of the top places in the state to shop for antiques. With more than 35 vendors offering antiques from a wide range of eras, styles, and locations, Lagniappe Antique Mall is a fantastic place to pick up a truly unique gift or find the perfect items to decorate your home.

  6. Louisiana Hot Stuff – 449 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. Ste. 200, Lafayette 70518
    Looking for items with a Louisiana theme, in a shop that stocks a little bit of everything? Louisiana Hot Stuff has been in business for more than 20 years and offers all of the Louisiana essentials. Pick up barbecue sauce or hot sauce created by local artisans, grab a unique gift or stock up on Louisiana-themed apparel. This store is also the perfect place to shop if you're looking for gear representing the Saints, LSU, and other local teams.

Are you still searching for the right home close to all of these great, local shopping destinations? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Lafayette, LA area.

May
13

Celebrate National Wine Day at These 5 Wineries Near Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Winery
Wine lovers, mark your calendars! Saturday, May 25 is National Wine Day, and our REALTORS® have some great ideas about how you can celebrate the occasion in and around Baton Rouge. Be sure to check out these incredible Louisiana wineries and vineyards.

  1. Dubois Winery - 417 E Ascension St, Gonzales, LA
    A cozy little winery nestled in a beautiful historic house in Gonzales, Louisiana, Dubois Winery has always been a labor of love for proprietor Rick Dubois, who opened up shop after restoring the building in 2015. The winery is just down the road from many Prairieville homes for sale and offers tours and tastings by appointment every Saturday. It's a great place to sample and learn about local wines.

  2. Pontchartrain Vineyards - 80158 Louisiana 1082, Bush, LA
    Offering up fine table wines in the classic French tradition, this establishment's greatest asset (other than great wine) is its gorgeous tasting room overlooking the rolling landscape of the vineyard. In addition to tasting some truly exceptional Louisiana wines, Pontchartrain Vineyards serves up live music most weekends in spring and fall, and their wine club offers some serious discounts and benefits for members. 

  3. Casa De Sue Winery - 14316 Hatcher Rd, Clinton, LA
    This family-owned winery is best known for its tasty vitis rotundifolia varietal and blueberry blends and has a long and storied past to go along with every bottle. The land that Casa De Sue Winery sits on, just minutes from these Zachary homes for sale, was purchased and planted in 1972, but Louisiana law made it illegal to produce and sell alcohol until two decades later when Casa de Sue Winery opened to the public as the first licensed Louisiana winery since prohibition.

  4. Amato's Winery - 12415 W Blackcat Rd, Independence, LA
    Located in the small town of Independence, LA, Amato's Winery is just under an hour from numerous homes for sale in Baton Rouge, and well worth the trip. It's the only licensed winery in Tangipahoa Parish, specializing in sweet and semi-sweet strawberry wine made from local strawberries. Their blackberry and even orange wines have been a big hit with customers too, making Amato's Winery a great place to sample something new. 

  5. Milicevic Family Vineyards - 28480 LA-435, Abita Springs, LA
    Milicevic Family Vineyards began way back in 1950 in Hercegovina, and when the family came to America, the wine came with them. Ivan Milicevic purchased land in Abita Springs, Louisiana in 2015 to start a new chapter in the family business, and now produces some of the finest wine in the state. Be sure to ask about wines made from Blatina and Zilavka grapes, which exist nowhere in the world except Hercegovina and now Louisiana. 

From local wineries and breweries to incredible restaurants and vibrant nightlife, we think Baton Rouge is a great place to call home, and our team of dedicated REALTORS® are committed to helping you find your dream house here. Contact us today to learn more about living life to the fullest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

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