A dragonfly rests atop an alligator on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.
Chronological / Destinations / Louisiana / United States

Photo Essay: Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail

Southwest Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail, known as “Louisiana’s outback,” consists of 180 miles of wetlands, beaches, and more that are ripe for boating, fishing, crabbing, hunting and wildlife and bird watching. I photographed the serene area of the Trail near Lake Charles.

Tableau Restaurant's library in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Photo courtesy of Tableau
Chronological / Destinations / Food / Louisiana / United States

Tableau: A New Elegant Restaurant in the Big Easy

As I write this article in a very cold New York City, I wish I had the Hot Buttered Rum drink that I sampled in December 2013 at Tableau, a new restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The drink was the perfect antidote to an unseasonably cold New […]

A celebration of the senses during the Royal Street Stroll as part of the New Orleans Food & Wine Experience, New Orleans, Louisiana
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / Georgia / Louisiana / North Carolina / South Carolina / United States / Wines & Spirits

Ten Southern Festivals You Need to Taste

Food and wine festivals in the Southeast are hotter than a cast iron skillet full of corn bread. “We are witnessing a proliferation of festivals in the South and across the nation,” says John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance in Oxford, Mississippi. Of southern-specific festivals, white-hot Atlanta […]

I joined in the festivities riding on the John Wayne float.
Chronological / Destinations / Louisiana / United States

It’s Mardi Gras Time in Shreveport, LA

“I think we’ll be OK,” said Dave (on-board chief of libations), as our two-story float, “The Duke,” with its massive figurehead of John Wayne, took its place in line for the annual Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras parade in Shreveport, La. “That is,” he added, skeptically looking up at the […]