It's Carnival Time! AND MORE NEWs
HISTORIC PROPERTY & CULTURAL NEWS
H O O R A Y !
O N E S O L D! | TWO! UNDER CONTRACT!
SO MUCH GOOD NEWS!
PORCH DREAMS REALIZED
MUSEUM QUALITY ROOMS
FABULOUS PARADE PARTY SIPS & NIBBLES
KING CAKE CHRONICLE RETURNS
FEATURING BEST KING CAKES EVAH!
LOUISIANA SAKE & MORE!
Image from Brennan's
SAVE THE DATE!
LSU Rural Life Museum Symposium:
300 Years of Louisiana's German Coast, March 5
Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, March 23-27
Iris Day, Longue Vue, March 29
Society for Louisiana Irises Annual Convention, Lafayette, April 6-8
Books Along the Teche Literary Festival, New Iberia, April 6-9
ICAA Grand Coteau Tour, April 9
Southern Garden History Society, Mt. Vernon, April 22-24
Natchez International Crepe Myrtle Festival, July 8-10!
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I am excited to offer Fairfax, an Elegant Colonial Revival Mansion
This Income Producing B & B Sits in a Grove of Ancient Oaks
Facing Bayou Teche, Franklin, LA
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I love the excitement of Mardi Gras and the many opportunities it brings to gather with friends...and it's the season to enjoy King Cake! And it's the perfect way to gather with small groups - your pod, during the pandemic.
I began this story in Feb of 2020 and have added a few more favorites! I still love everything from last year and there's more now on my list!
Louisiana has so many wonderful bakeries. I enjoy trying everything from the classic homespun cinnamon-flavored King Cakes we grew up and other offerings including 3 that I'm highlighting below.
What's your favorite? Leave a note to spread the word.
A Few King Cake Favorites
The Queen Cake
Pairing suggestion my Satsumacello!
-Click for My Recipe-
Their version of the traditional galette de rois. This is phenomenal! Flaky pastry is filled with pecan citrus frangipane! Local artist Jackie Brown makes the feves....Availability is limited. Call ahead or email to order. I emailed my order and they were very responsive. Get the large!
This new bakery is a great addition to the city.
LIMITED HOURS DUE TO COVID - CAN ORDER ONLINE
Levee Baking Co. • 3138 Magazine St., Ste D, New Orleans, LA 70115 • email@example.com
The Cajun Kringle
A crowd-pleaser! This is a classic offering from Haydel's: Flaky pastry with praline filling that's topped with caramel icing and decorated with pecans!
I picked mine up from the new 3117 Magazine Street outpost. For everything Haydel, visit their website or go to the mother store.
4037 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA, 70121
Crawfish King Cake
Garlic and butter brioche filled with warm Crawfish au Gratin and topped with colorful Parmesan Cheese.
Serve it warm with a green salad and you'll thank me later! I love this casual neighborhood gem in the Bywater. I haven't tried their sweet King Cake offerings and I'm tempted to do that soon with such heavenly sounding flavors as their Chantilly King Cake which is filled with Marscarpone Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries, and their Bouille King Cake that's filled with a Cajun custard....amongst their many offerings.
They are also offering a pop up location in the CBD for King Cake Season at 234 Loyola Street - in the Pythian Market, closed Wednesdays, 8am-6pm.
3624 Dauphine St. Bywater, New Orleans
The King Cake Bevi
get the recipe here!
Sip the flavors of Mardi Gras with this wonderful seasonal take on their ever popular Bourbon Milk Punch - this version made with rum. It's available to-go for taking in the street side revelry (HINT!). This is a delightful combination of homemade vanilla ice cream, orgeat syrup, cinnamon, orange, and local Old New Orleans Rum.
144 BOURBON STREET, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130 504.522.0111
2021 New Offerings with Pairing Recommendations!
The insanity continues - More delicious offerings now than ever!
King Cake is a most excellent reason for celebratory
moments in safer small gatherings.
And another Shout out goes to Bywater Bakery!
Heaven in a bite! The Chantilly King Cake
filled with Mascarpone Cheese & Fresh Berries
Chicory Coffee Served Black in Hand-painted 1820's Paris Porcelain Demi Tasse
I make sure to use them every carnival season
to help celebrate life.
LA PETITE SOPHIE
Brioche Strawberries & Cream King Cake
PAIRING SUGGESTION: BOURBON MILK PUNCH!
Market + Eatery
HERE'S AN INSIDER'S TIP:
The Commissary is an extension of Dickie Brennan's restaurants and offers the most delectable items to create celebratory experiences.
A few menu highlights:
Bloody Mary's, party dishes like: Crab & Brie Dip, Beef Debris Po-Boys, Gumbo Ya-Ya, Red Bean Hummus, Pimento Cheese, Smoke Catfish Dip, and everyone's favorite: Crabmeat Cheesecake -whole or squares with a side of sautéed roasted mushrooms and Creole meunière sauce!
Angels are singing!
MORGAN STREET BAKERY
My friend Poppy Tooker
Madisonville, La new find.
Here's another stunner from
this gem in Baton Rouge
Pink Champagne King Cake
with pink champagne mousse filling, iced, painted, sprinkled and glittered with everything pink!
Champagne is always a great idea!
HAPPY MARDI GRAS Y'ALL!
I became aware of our rich culinary culture early on having grown up in Bayou Teche Country, Patoutville, just next door to New Iberia. Our family was filled with great cooks. Simple backyard gatherings, crab boils this time of the year, often become incredible feasts.
The pleasures of the table, and how it evokes friendly conversation and develops lifelong friendships is a tradition I carry forth in my life. Sometimes I post pics on social media capturing these traditions. Are you enjoying blueberries and peaches these days? Has peach cobbler always been this good?
Fittingly, New Iberia and Natchez get their due in this short list of tasteful small southern towns in Forbes Magazine (click for story).I'm glad for the Tabasco shout-out, which is like adding sunshine to a meal, and over in Natchez, Regina Charboneau gets her due. I encourage you to visit all the restaurants featured, and to bring a friend. Bon Appetit!
masks for all
Sara & Paul Costello experience Maison Chenal
IN FULL BLOOM!
From the Maison Chenal Estate
photos courtesy of Paul Costello
Just this weekend, writer & interior decorator Sara Ruffin Costello and her husband and photographer Paul Costello visited my Maison Chenal listing. It was an exquisite outing as so much was in full bloom.
The parterre gardens and ancient oaks add much to the 18th century French Creole setting. See my listing here!
Paul generously agreed to share his photos! You might also enjoy Sara's and Paul's instagram posts as their friends excitedly chimed in desirous of purchasing the estate, with lots of entertaining ideas to celebrate together.
I've received a few property queries since. The tranquil setting inspires!
See my Maison Chenal listing
to learn more about this incredible property
18TH CENTURY LOUISIANA
FRENCH CREOLE PROPERTY & HISTORIC COLLECTION
The tout ensemble:
MAISON CHENAL (c. 1790), LACOUR HOUSE (c. 1750)
along with their historic dependencies
THE HOLDEN COLLECTION:
the world’s premier collection of Louisiana French Creole and Acadian architecture, art, decorative arts, and furniture comprising 1,400 items that were made in or used in Louisiana from the early 1700’s - the 1830’s
Historically researched gardens, mature landscape with ancient Live Oaks and access to False River
What a delightful morning to wake up and see Hubbs House as the featured home in Sunday's paper!
While the story isn't available with the online news edition, I hope these photos are legible...."This listing would make such a charming and rustic getaway from the hustle & bustle of the city," and I couldn't agree more! Here's the link to more Hubbs House details. Please also reach out to me to learn more.
A Respite: Blooms!
Enjoy the Blooms!
Through this difficult time, I hope you are well. I'm writing to share a few things that lift my spirit in hopes that I can help lift yours.
The incomparable beauty of the south, our rich history & culture, phenomenal cuisine, my dear friends and family, and my faith buoy me through challenging times.
I'm even upbeat about the market for historic homes, and I'm excited that my listings are featured in 2 national news stories! I appreciate your allowing me to share that good news.
And, I'm not going anywhere. Please reach out to me. Call me on my cell (504) 481-4790, or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org to help you purchase or sell historic homes in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Please consider sharing my blog & website with your friends. See my client referrals at zillow.com.
My best to you,
LOUISIANA IRISES ARE IN BLOOM!
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