Sunday, August 05, 2018

A few months ago I was invited to discover the state of Louisiana...in Houston.  Yes, the Louisiana Office of Tourism has started outreach to neighboring states to bring people to Louisiana.  I love Louisiana. During my previous place of employment I traveled to Louisiana at least once every few months.  I also fell in love with the casinos at Lake Charles, so I've take a few road trips just to the casinos.  My first time visiting New Orleans was an epic experience. I was still living in Pennsylvania and I flew down with a co-worker of mine during the month of December. I'll never forget thinking that I'll be going to the south and it's bound to be warmer than PA for the winter. 2 days after being in New Orleans, it snowed for the first time in 20 YEARS! 20 YEARS! What are the odds that my first visit to NOLA, trying to escape the winter it snowed for the first time in 20 years! I couldn't believe my luck! Ha! It was pretty fun listening to the residents on the radio excited about sledding down levees and not owning any snow brushes or ice scrapers for their cars. 

Anyway, I always have a great time when I visit Louisiana. Lake Charles and New Orleans are my favorite, but I also like Baton Rouge. When I was invited to the Feed Your Soul event at House of Blues Houston, I was excited!! I love everything about Louisiana, from the music, to the food! The event featured dishes prepared by renowned Louisiana Chef Lyle Broussard.  The dishes we ate were yummy Cajun/Creole creations. Which, some of you may know from my instagram is my new favorite cuisine. The cool part about sampling the dishes was Chef Broussard did cooking demos of the dishes we were eating while we ate them. After the main course there was a Banana Foster dessert station, where Chef Broussard prepared each of our desserts! We were able to chat with him at the dessert table. He was super chill and very talented.  I think I want to marry a Chef! Ha! 

In addition to the food, we were able to network with representatives from several tourism spots in Louisiana and hear from a state representative. We watched a Louisiana tourism video and heard from grammy-nominated saxophonist Huber “Mickey” Smith, Jr. The evening was a delightful evening and I can't wait until my next visit to Louisiana.

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