louisiana muffalettas

Our Team’s Favorite Local Muffaletta Spots in Louisiana

The muffaletta, sometimes spelled “muffuletta,” is a New Orleans staple and has called the Crescent City home for more than 100 years. It was created in 1906 at Central Grocery, an Italian-style deli located in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, by Sicilian immigrant Salvatore Lupo. The traditional muffaletta sandwich consists of olive mix, genoa salami, ham, mortadella, and provolone and …

Bowl of gumbo with rice and shrimp on top and served with boiled egg

Not Just a Southern Staple: Gumbo North of I-10

There is a common misconception that the central and northern regions of Louisiana don’t participate in the Cajun and Creole traditions associated with south Louisiana, which include iconic foods such as jambalaya, boudin, and gumbo. This is simply not true. You can get a bowl of gumbo in Shreveport just as easily as in Lafayette. But before we dig into …

bowl with spoon of gumbo with shrimp, tomatoes and sausage

Hot, Hearty, & Spicy: Gumbo in Cajun Country

When most people who are not from Louisiana hear the word “Cajun,” they automatically think of spicy, peppery food including gumbo. Those of us who live here know how inaccurate that is because spicy is just one aspect of Cajun cuisine. As for Cajun gumbo, there’s plenty to delve into about that, but first let’s explore the region of Louisiana …

Gumbo in New Orleans & Terrebonne Parish

Make It Big & Easy: Gumbo in New Orleans & Terrebonne Parish

Although gumbo is enjoyed in every corner of Louisiana, it’s most often associated with New Orleans by tourists and the national media. There’s a lot to learn about this world-famous dish that’s ever-popular in restaurants and homes all over the Big Easy and surrounding areas such as Terrebonne Parish. But first let’s set the table with a few tidbits about …

Pot of Louisiana gumbo boiling.

The Original Melting Pot: Louisiana’s History of Gumbo

Louisiana is known for its savory dishes and flavorful food staples the world over. However, of all the foods found within its boot-shaped borders, gumbo may very well be the most renowned. It’s the perfect collision of cultures, borrowing flavors from a variety of groups to create something altogether unique and delicious. Plus, gumbo’s flexibility in ingredients and preparation means …

history roman candy company

The History of the Roman Candy Company

All images courtesy of Daniel Kottemann. What if I told you that one of the longest-running and most beloved food businesses in New Orleans was a 1900s kitchen on wheels whose star employee was a mule named Miss Mae? Would you believe me? On any given day in the Crescent City, you may just stumble upon this particularly sweet tradition. …