Join me in New Iberia!
OPEN HOUSE INVITE
Historic Simien House
Queen Anne Cottage
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 15
424 West Main Street
Zoned Commercial & Residential
New Price $260,000
Built: circa 1910
Additions: late-20th century
Land: 10,200+/- sqft
Living square footage: 2,679 sq. ft.
Covered front porch
Enclosed back patio
Parking lot to accomodate 15 cars
2 storage houses, detached
property is zoned commercial and can be used
either as an office or a
Property Information Packet
For those taking in the Simien Open House and others venturing to New Iberia, Louisiana ...You are deep in the heart of Bayou Teche Country where I grew up! I offer a few stops to enjoy the day. But first things first - a wonderful Cajun lunch experience.
BON CREOLE LUNCH COUNTER
for the best Shrimp Po-Boy ever!
I always make a point of seeking out beautiful trees. Here's William Guion's Evangeline Oak photo. I call your attention to his blog The 100 Oaks Project.
It's Valentine's Day Weekend and could there be a more enduring symbol of love than the Evangeline Oak immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem about Evangeline and her long lost love Gabriel. It's a beautiful tree. Go see. Just 10 miles from Simien House.
The Jungle Gardens at Tabasco on Avery Island: Breathtaking blooms throughout the year along with phenomenal bird-watching opportunities.
Shadows on the Teche: Built in 1834 and set amongst moss draped ancient oaks. Take in the well-preserved home and gardens - operated by National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Enjoy a leisurely drive through the rolling hills of East Feliciana Parish
Clinton is 45 minutes from Baton Rouge and two hours from New Orleans
HISTORIC HUBBS HOUSE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
NOON - 3 PM
Creole Cottage on 7 Acres
New to the market・first time sold in about 100 years
Mature landscape with live oaks, magnolias and bamboo
along the historic "Road to Baton Rouge"
Hubbs House Property Information Packet
KING CAKE WILL BE SERVED
10799 OAK DRIVE, CLINTON, LA
Read More Here
Mature landscape with live oaks, magnolias and bamboo
along the historic "Road to Baton Rouge"
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!
New Orleans 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
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.
Levee Baking Co. • 3138 Magazine St., Ste D, New Orleans, LA 70115 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Laura Plantation is an extraordinary Creole heritage site. Through exhaustive research, the owners, my friends Norm and Sand Marmillion, were the first to present the intriguing history of Creole society and the unvarnished truth about the lives of slaves. Laura Plantation is at the top of my list for plantation tour recommendations.
...and so does Julia Reed! Recipe featured:
Julia Reed's NEW ORLEANS
Food, Fun, and Field Trips for Letting the Good Times Roll
Photo by Paul Costello
PETER PATOUT'S FAMOUS SATSUMACELLO
A few years ago, I gave my dear friend Julia Reed a bottle of my homemade satsumacello and she loved it enough to include it in her wonderful book - as part of her fun field-trips from New Orleans…to my country home in Patoutville.
P.V. is deep in the heart of sugar cane country, and I’m across the street from our family’s sugar mill. In grinding season, it’s quite the spectacle with smoke swirling, trucks unloading and all the energy the seasonal activity generates around the clock until suddenly it ends, usually by January.
Citrus season coincides with grinding season and many mature satsuma trees are near my home. While Julia Reed generously credits me for this recipe. Poppy Tooker is the one who steered me to creating this wonderful treat. Sip slowly!
Makes 6 cups
10 - 12 Satsumas
1 750 ml bottle of Everclear
3 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
That's my courtyard!
Get the backstory here!
Holiday Shopping Ideas:
Wash the satsumas in hot water with a vegetable brush to remove any residue of pesticide or wax. Pat them dry.
Continually zest the satsumas with a zester or vegetable peeler, being careful not to include any white pith from the peel. (The pith, the white part under the rind, is too bitter and will spoil your satsumacello.
Place the zest in a large jar and fill with the Everclear. Let sit at room temperature for at least 10 days and up to forty days in a cool, dark place. Turn the jar upside down 2 or 3 times to help bring out the flavor of the zest. The zest will eventually turn white.
When ready to proceed, combine the sugar and the water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes, until sugar is well dissolved.
Strain the Everclear/zest mixture through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth or a paper towel into the simple syrup mixture. Stir and allow to cool. When the satsumacello has cooled completely, you may pour it into individual bottles.
THE BARONESS DE PONTALBA AND THE RISE OF JACKSON SQUARE EXHIBITION
JOIN ME: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
I encourage you to revisit it,
or see it for the first time...
Meeting the Pontalba family and reconnecting
them to Louisiana has been a highlight of
my life. Fate! Read more here.
Sunday marks the last day at the Cabildo,
and what an extraordinary year it's been!
I feel so fortunate to have reconnected New Orleans with the descendants of one of the most prominent founding families.
Please join Andrew Hopkins and me for a final walkthrough,
this Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2PM
at the Cabildo
If you're a Friends of the Cabildo or the Louisiana Museum Foundation member, admission is complimentary.
(If not, please consider joining to support these organizations.)
Otherwise expect a nominal entrance fee.
With this final walkthrough, Andrew and I will be sharing stories and reminiscing the highlights of the last few years that have involved the remarkable Pontalba family, who today live in their family chateau in France, where their ancestors have been living since 1805.
Afterwards, come by at 4PM:
cocktails in my courtyard
Join me in a toast to
Charles Edouard and Isabelle,
Baron and Baroness de Pontalba
and their son Pierre....
without them none of this
would have ever happened!
(The Pontalba's are in France & not attending)
In order to prepare properly, please let me know if are coming by Friday, October 11. RSVP here!
A Few Memories!
Reconnecting the Pontalba Family to Louisiana has been a highlight of my life.
Help Preserve our Early Louisiana History
Word is spreading amongst historians, major learning institutions, and cultural supporters to develop the next chapter for Maison Chenal.
Here's why it's worth saving.
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Bayside Enters New Era!
New family to own and care for this historic gem.
Previously in Roane family for nearly 90 years
I'm excited to announce that Bayside Plantation has sold. And with this sale, a few important things have happened.
1) Working with my broker Tracy Talbot, founder of Talbot Historic Properties, we successfully balanced the interests of both the buyer and seller as dual agent for $775,000.
2) Well-preserved historic homes command higher prices - and by setting a new high market value for the Teche Country region, you can expect that this bodes well for other historic homes and for the strength of that market.
We also believe that historic homes offer the buyer a more satisfying living experience. Bayside has been well-maintained. Built in 1850, the home is on the National Historic Register and sits on 11.8 acres along Bayou Teche. The house is surrounded by a grove of ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss. Further, many architectural details remain intact.
3) We are thrilled Bayside Plantation's new owners are throughly committed to the future care of this exceptionally beautiful home and property!
To read more about Bayside and the sale of this incredible property, click here. If you yearn for a historic home, please be in touch. Note my contact information at the bottom of every page of my website.
What do mythical creatures, craft cocktails, a Creole aristocrat and a vengeful father-in-law have to do with the development of Jackson Square?
THE PONTALBA EXPERIENCE AT THE CABILDO, 8.7.19
I recommend Country Roads Supper Club events as they're highly entertaining and delicious cultural events held in remarkable settings.
This upcoming Pontalba Experience on Saturday, September 7, offers an incredibly rare opportunity to dine in the upstairs gallery of the Cabildo - a magnificent Spanish Colonial building integrally tied, of course, to the Pontalba story....and then's there's the enchanting view overlooking Jackson Square!
The evening is steeped in the 19th century...all tied to the Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square Exhibition that closes in early October.
Combine the unforgettable setting, theatrical performances on site, along with the artistry of Dickie Brennan's talented chefs and inspired drinks from his Tableau Restaurant, and you have a magical evening! For ticket and additional information click here.
For those that love the backstory, this is history filled with drama, intrigue and unforgettable architecture...Jackson Square!
Consider reading Christina Vella's book, Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba, in advance. You'll deepen your understanding of our state's rich history.
Vella's book helped me recognize an opportunity to reconnect the Pontalba family back to New Orleans...thus helping to bring the Baroness de Pontalba and the Rise of Jackson Square Exhibition together in time for our Tricentennial Celebration.
History continues to enrich my life and so much for the better! For more about my experience with the Pontalba family, visit: https://www.peterpatout.com/blog/climax-of-tricentennial-year!
Two national publications feature my homes
Julia Reed, and Garden & Gun....details below
Julia Reed celebrates New Orleans & south Louisiana culture in her new book. Front cover shot in my courtyard.
Julia Reed's New Orleans: Food, Fun, and Field Trips
for Letting the Good Times Roll
All photos are courtesy of Paul Costello Photography
It's an instant classic and should be part of any southern cookbook collection. I'm so excited for my dear friend Julia Reed's accomplishment. What fun it was to be part of her effort. So when Julia called asking to shoot a chapter in her upcoming book at my house in the French Quarter, my quick answer: Well of course!
I have to believe that we inspire each other. Years ago, Julia Reed walked into my antique store in the French Quarter. She fell in love with some esoteric prints of bugs. They were ridiculous. After all, who buys pictures of bugs? I did and she did! Then, I realized that she lived nearby and I closed the shop and went over there for a drink, and the laughs and good times have been ceaseless since.
Julia's classic Seafood Gumbo is below along with a Rum Pecan Pie. That's my kitchen stove and though it's something of a relic, countless memorable meals have been created in that galley-sized kitchen. Most days begin with a strong cup of chicory coffee made in the French drip pot sitting there on the stove. Of course, they're sweetened with natural cane sugar from my family's mill in Patoutville and it makes me think of my French heritage.
Julia Reed is a world-class tastemaker and has an extraordinary talent for bringing people together. The other New Orleans celebrations she includes are magical: phenomenal settings with wonderful dishes featuring her recipes along with favorites from prominent chefs and home-cooks...and, it's a great cultural read. Paul Costello's photos are the perfect accompaniment to her narrative.
I particularly appreciate Julia's love for my home in South Louisiana. And as she started thinking about her forays over the years with me in Cajun country (we've shared many great adventures!), she decided to include a chapter at my country house in Patoutville set amongst the sugar cane background.
She penned this sweet note to Patoutville:
There's no bad time to visit Patoutville, but it is especially beautiful in summer and early fall, when the sugarcane is wait-high in the fields. In late fall and winter, the trucks full of cut cane form miles-long lines at the mill and there's twenty-four hours-a-day drama as great clouds of smoke fill the sky.
Ancient Oaks at BAyside Plantation
My cousin's nearby Bayside Plantation, was another destination in this chapter. As a realtor specializing in historic properties, I'm representing the sale of Bayside (click the above Bayside link for more images and listing details.
The culmination of the South Louisiana photo shoot was this fabulous meal celebrated with dear friends. I love that Julia was inspired by Teche country artist George Rodrigue's Aioli Supper Club and chose to recreate that celebration in her book. It's based on old Creole Gourmet Society traditions....another homage to the rich culture of South Louisiana.
Among the most cherished compliments
shared here from Julia:
... she's first referring to George Rodrigue and her vision to recreate the Aioli Dinner from his painting:
I think the artist would have approved of our
gathering under the live oaks. He so respected the traditions of his ancestors, and Peter, with his
antiques-filled houses and love of the land,
honors the past and his own Louisiana history
with more joie de vivre and élan than anyone I know."
Thank you Julia Reed!
As always with you, life is a magnificent celebration.
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