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Louisiana Sunday

May 17, 2010

Hey guys! Is it Monday already?  Where did the weekend go? 

Sorry for disappearing yesterday, but we had a fun, busy day full of friends and family!

Around 10, we hopped in the car (me, Ryan, my parents, Katherine and Kevin + Sophie), and drove about an hour to the city of Natchitoches (that’s nah ki dush), Louisiana.  Natchitoches is actually the oldest city in Louisiana—it was a French colony established in 1714, and was the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase territory.

Front Street, the main street of the town, runs along the Cane River:

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…and is full of shops, restaurants, and beautiful building with wrought-iron architecture.  Our first stop was at a restaurant famous for its brunch: The Landing.

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Brunch was deeeeelicious:

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In addition to my waffle (and dessert) breakfast, they had all sort of (non-vegetarian) options, from catfish to oysters to frog legs.

After brunch, we strolled up and down the Cane River, stopping to look at some historical sites:

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and popped into a few shops of course!  Ryan’s parents both have birthdays coming up, and we found a few gifts to send along to Seattle for them.  Call it a Louisiana purchase.  🙂

After exploring Natchitoches for a few hours, we drove back to Shreveport, only to get back into the car again and drive to another event.  We were social butterflies yesterday!

We headed out to a friend’s house for a fun afternoon of oysters, crawfish, and beer.  My friends Ellen and Dillon were cooking up a Louisiana feast out by their pool—boiled crawfish, raw and grilled oysters, tomato pie, Kleinpeter’s banana pudding ice cream—whew!

I enjoyed a big slice of tomato pie, plus some crusty French bread and a few beers.  Obviously I didn’t have any oysters or crawfish, but I can’t resist posting this pic:

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Ohhhh, crawfish.  How I miss you.  Sigh.

Twas a great day, and a great weekend overall!  I hope you had a good one too!

Today, I have a lot of grading to do for my online classes…but the sun is calling my name!  A few hours by the pool might be necessary. 

This afternoon, I’ll be announcing a fun giveaway! Stay tuned!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2010 1:15 pm

    The cheesecake looks divine. Good luck with the grading!

  2. May 17, 2010 1:29 pm

    Hahahaha Louisian purchase! I like your shirt and wish I could see more of the purse.

    P.S. Crawfish?! That makes me want to become a vegetarian. ICK! 🙂

    • May 17, 2010 1:34 pm

      Come down to visit, Ashley, and we’ll show you how to suck their heads! 🙂

  3. May 17, 2010 1:33 pm

    looks like you guys are having a lot of fun with your folks 🙂

  4. May 17, 2010 1:48 pm

    What a wonderful weekend! Seriously, give me some of that sun please. It is rainy and dreary here.

  5. May 17, 2010 2:00 pm

    Sounds like a terrific day. I’m so jealous!

  6. Madeline - Greens and Jeans permalink
    May 17, 2010 2:57 pm

    So beautiful! I have to say, the thing I miss the most since living in Arizona is TREES! All those trees are making me jealous!

  7. louisianagrown permalink
    May 17, 2010 3:19 pm

    We don’t make it up to Natchitoches nearly often enough. It looks so beautiful right now! Those crawfish look beautiful to me, but I bet you some people are seriously grossed out looking at that… they just don’t even know!

    • May 17, 2010 4:17 pm

      lol– I know. I thought maybe I shouldn’t post it, this being a vegetarian blog and all…but they’re just so dang good! 🙂

  8. May 17, 2010 4:24 pm

    Awh that looks like such a fun day! I love days out like that 🙂
    I can’t wait for the give away 😀

  9. May 17, 2010 4:24 pm

    Hey there! I just found your blog and I’m lovin’ your writing style and photography!!! 🙂

    • May 17, 2010 4:26 pm

      Aww, thank you! Thanks for checking out the blog– I’ll be sure to check yours out as well!

  10. May 17, 2010 5:25 pm

    What a great time! That waffle has me craving waffles now! Looks so big and crispy! YUM!

  11. May 17, 2010 6:44 pm

    Your breakfast looks absolutely to die for. Anything that combines waffles, carrot cake and cheesecake in one sitting is just heaven!

  12. May 17, 2010 6:48 pm

    Haha Louisiana purchase, I like it! Everything looks amazing and beautiful!

  13. May 17, 2010 6:55 pm

    Those desserts look a-mazing!

  14. peanutbutterfingers permalink
    May 17, 2010 7:44 pm

    you seriously need to do a post on your photography! every time i visit your blog i am blown away by how pretty your pics are!

    glad you had a good weekend – your brunch at the landing looks like it would’ve been the highlight for me!

  15. May 17, 2010 7:52 pm

    I love a good crawfish boil. In fact, some of our good friends from Louisiana were supposed to have one next week, but cancelled it due to the Nashville flood. So bummed as I love me some good authentic cajun food, and it’s hard to find around these parts.

    Looks like such a fun weekend, especially your brunch!

    Louisiana Purchase – hehe, very clever. 😉

  16. May 18, 2010 2:52 am

    Oh, you make me want to visit Louisiana! I’ve never been and it looks so beautiful! Amazing, sunny days 🙂

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