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Spring is the perfect time of the year to visit Louisiana’s Coast. For birdwatchers or festival goers – it’s prime time and the opportunities are limitless. Your challenge will be where to start and limited by the hours in the day. If you're adventurous, this blog is for you!

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Lafourche Parish Offers a Southern Louisiana Cuisine Experience

Lafourche Parish is situated just a few miles south of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The parish offers a true Cajun dining experience rich in jambalaya, gumbo, red beans and rice, po’boy sandwiches, crawfish étouffée and pecan pie, along with red beans and rice. Recognized for its traditional Southern cuisine, the parish offers a variety of authentic restaurants at every level of eating, from casual to fine dining.

The Cajun individuals living in Plaquemines Parish are descendants of some of the first settlers from foreign lands to make their way to American soil. These were the French Acadians that settled in an area recognized as New France back in the 1500s. These individuals laid claim to a huge wilderness as far west as the Rocky Mountains, up to the Hudson Bay, and into Florida. It was their unique culture and style of dining that is now referred to as Cajun cuisine.

Plaquemines Seafood Festival
The Plaquemines Seafood Festival is being held May 17-20, 2012 and will be serving the best tasting seafood in Southwest Louisiana. The festival is designed to support local charities and is a wonderful time to come together and celebrate the rich heritage of Plaquemines Parish. The Seafood Festival will be located on F Howard Hebert Boulevard, right off Woodland Highway in Belle Chasse.

Most agree that when it comes to lobster, nothing beats the taste and quality of Maine lobster. For shellfish, it's Louisiana that has the best tasting wild brown and white shrimp.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 72 million Americans are obese, with all 50 states having rates of obesity over 15%. Obesity is more than just a weight issue; it's a leading cause for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer.

If you love the delicious taste of red snapper, now is your time to take advantage of the red snapper recreational fishing season. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the fishing season will start June 1 and end June 19.


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