There’s a meme going around called “My Three Best Travel Secrets” and I’ve recently been tagged by Gray Cargill of SoloFriendly.com. Gray, by the way, not only has a fantastic blog, but she has one of the coolest names. From what I understand, the game was started by Katie of Tripbase.com. Smart marketing, Katie 😉
The purpose is to highlight lesser-known venues or share a special place with readers. I’ve traveled the globe, but I’ll share three places in Louisiana that I personally enjoy:
Dancing at Teddy’s Juke Joint: This little dive is so close to my house that I could walk there if I really put my mind to it. Those that don’t know about this hidden little place will miss it as they drive down Old Scenic Highway in Zachary. For you non-locals, this would be Hwy 964. Teddy’s serves up some Baton Rouge Blues along with delicious and pocket-friendly soul food. I support this local venue so much that I wrote about it in the 2008 Official Louisiana Tour Guide. It may be holiday season right now, but at Teddy’s the Christmas lights are up 365 days a year. If you want a taste of the REAL Louisiana, Teddy’s food choices include such items as turkey wings, hot sausage, gumbo (seasonally), and pork chop sandwiches. Visit the last surviving roadside juke joint in the area and put on your dancing shoes. Check out Teddy’s Juke Joint website and be sure to let me know if you make a visit. I just might meet you there.
Drinking a beer at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop: Located at Bourbon and St. Phillip in the French Quarter, Lafitte’s quite possibly is my most favorite of all favorite places to enjoy a cold beer. This is the oldest bar in the United States and still holds the historic grit of when it posed as a front for the Lafitte Brothers’ smuggling business. Anyone who visits New Orleans with me is obligated to stop in Lafitte’s and sit down for philosophical ponderings of life and travels.
Eating Risotto at Besh Steakhouse: Risotto, when prepared correctly, is a culinary offering that I would ask for with my last meal. Inside of Harrah’s Casino is Besh Steakhouse, a high-end restaurant that serves delicious Louisiana inspired meals and fine wine. One thing you won’t find on the menu is the risotto. However, if you tell your waiter, “Shannon Lane said I MUST try the risotto,” then you’ll learn all about my third and final travel secret.
Now that I’ve shared just a few of my many secrets, I hope that if you experience any of these places that you stop back here at ShannonLane.com and tell me if you loved it or hated it. The offer always stands (if I’m around) that I’m always glad to join travelers and show them the places I love.
Who am I tagging?
Barbara Weibel from Hole in the Donut
Nancy D Brown’s What a Trip
Donna L Hull’s My Itchy Travel Feet(she’s already blogged about it)
Leigh Caldwell at Theme Park Mom
Denise Dube’s GlobalFoodie.com
Dot Dickinson Weekday Rambler