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Let’s Geaux on a (virtual) Rôder!

They say from pressure comes diamonds and your May Lagniappe Box highlights two very important industries under pressure: the small business community & the hospitality industry here in Louisiana. We hope you enjoy the interactive adventure with us as we highlight each cultural zone of Louisiana and the new virtual ways we’ve been able to stay connected as a greater community this spring. Also, look for an accompanying email in your inbox this week with an easy click thru each interactive adventure we mention here! 

Thank you for continuing to support small local Louisiana businesses in these times. Your May 2020 Lagniappe Box directly impacts 5 Local Louisiana companies: your support very much matters! 

Grab your ipad and let’s geaux on a virtual rôder together! 

  1. Sportsman’s Paradise

Located in northern Louisiana, Sportsman’s Paradise takes advantage of its rolling hills, dense forests, bountiful wildlife, clear lakes, and rushing rivers by offering outdoor adventures that include everything from bird-watching to deer and quail hunting to record-breaking trout fishing. We’ve included Shreveport based, Bee Hippie’s ‘Bee Cool’ lip balm in your Lagniappe Box, made with Louisiana beeswax and lots of love. Spend some time celebrating Sportsman’s paradise by enjoying local blooms and art with some of the virtual experiences below!

 

Bee Cool Lip Balm

Queen Bee · hummerandsonhoney.com

Retail: $4

Regional Virtual Experiences

  1. Art Spaces is Shreveport’s first Arts Center dedicated to the Creation, Production, Presentation, Promotion, and Exploration of all of the art disciplines and forms for multi-generational audiences.
  2. Shreveport Fun Guide has a full arsenal of fun things to do the whole home, including a whole schedule of live-stream and chill community events! 
  3. New fun Shreveport coloring pages for the kids! 
  4. Watch the roses bloom on the American Rose Center’s Facebook video, Spring Bloom Is Coming 

 

  1. Crossroads

Located in the center of Louisiana, the Crossroads region was once known as “No Man’s Land,” and wasn’t included in the original purchase in 1803. But times have changed and this area is now notorious for its rich culture and beautiful and diverse natural habitat The variety of geography in this region allows for a bevy of recreational activities such as water sports, fishing, hunting, and camping as well as the dining, fine accommodations and historical attractions in the larger cities of Alexandria and Natchitoches (the oldest city in Louisiana). A crossroad worth exploring and one of the reasons we’ve included a brand new Sweet Baton Rouge tee celebrating these standout regions. Wear your parish(es) with pride this May and celebrate our Crossroads with some Meat Pies and a Steel Magnolias movie night! 

Louisiana Parishes 

Sweet Baton Rouge · sweetbatonrouge.com

Retail: $30

Say hi to our first-ever Louisiana Parish t-shirt softly colored for a fun pop of color on a navy v-neck t-shirt. Your new Louisiana Parish t-shirt is great to Roder while working from home as we take you from parish to parish! 

Regional Virtual Experiences

  1. Steel Magnolias Movie: Catch Steel Magnolias on Amazon Prime, enjoy all the amazing things Natchitoches has to offer from Lasyone’s Meat Pie to the historic downtown area and festivals on the Cane River! 
  2. Bald Eagle Stream: Check out live Bald Eagle Live Stream three pairs of eagles on Kincaid Lake
  3. Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins are open by private reservations. The historical fields are filled with open cotton bolls. Frogmore offers two tour options: Cotton Then & Now or The Plantation Civil War. Tours begin immediately upon arrival.

 

  1. Cajun Country

Cajun Country spans across the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, with the heart of the region in Lafayette. The first French Canadians settled in Cajun Country and developed a unique culture known for their dialect (Patois), spicy food, and Zydeco music. Cajun Country is a perfect place to attend a lively crawfish boil, explore a historic antebellum home, tour the TABASCO® hot sauce factory (we’ve included a bottle in your box), embark on an exciting Cajun swamp tour or stop by one of the region’s many festivals and celebrations. One visit to Cajun Country and it’s easy to see why the region’s residents believe in joie de vivre — “The Joy of Life!”

Original Red Sauce Tabasco · tabasco.com 

Retail: $3 

Since 1868, TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce has been handcrafted with just three ingredients: aged red peppers, Avery Island salt and distilled vinegar. This simple recipe produces a unique pungent flavor that works with just about any cuisine. Gluten free, with zero calories and less sodium than other pepper sauces, Original Red is sold in over 180 countries and territories worldwide. 

 

Regional Virtual Experiences

  1. Take a virtual tour of Avery Island and where TABASCO® Sauce is made? See sweeping aerial views of Avery Island, Louisiana, where the McIlhenny family has worked the land and made TABASCO® Sauce for five generations and counting. Plus, get a close look at some of the indigenous wildlife that share our island and a glimpse into life in this Southern Louisiana “Cajun” paradise
  2. Miss the food, music, and scenery of Cajun Country, allow Lafayette Travel has plenty of exciting ways to bring the best of Acadiana right into your living room or kitchen. Visit lafayettetravel.com and look for their virtual online resources! 
  3. Learn all about the Jungle Gardens, botanical garden, and bird sanctuary located on Avery Island, Louisiana for a fun virtual experience. 

 

  1. Plantation Country 

Home to Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital, this aptly-named region counts the majority of Louisiana’s historical plantations, each one with its own unique history. Visitors to this region can experience these old antebellum estates by driving River Road or taking a walking tour in any one of Plantation Country’s Parishes while also enjoying the excitement of LSU and many incredible parks. While we’re all staying in,  Red Stick Spice is keeping the greater community connected and fed this spring! Join Anne in virtual live cooking sessions and YouTube archives of delicious meal ideas like Shrimp & Corn Macque Choux with the mix included in your box! This region is filled with new virtual ways to discover the greater capital region from home.

The Stuff Seasoning

Red Stick Spice  · redstickspice.com

Retail: $3

Just because you’re on a salt-free diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Cajun flavor! The Stuff With No Salt is the go-to all-purpose answer to any of your seasoning needs. We keep a bottle of The Stuff on our kitchen counter to add to anything and everything!

Regional Virtual Experiences

  1. Enjoy a virtual cooking class thanks to Red Stick Spice with Cooking Shrimp & Corn Macque Choux using The Stuff seasoning! 
  2. Take a virtual tour with LSU and discover the beauty of LSU’s campus from the comfort of your own home.
  3. Explore the USS KIDD by taking a virtual tour of the ship.
  4. Catch Mike the Tiger on the Tiger Cam 24/7.
  5. Knock Knock Children’s Museum is more than just a place to play with a purpose. We are a resource to help you and your family navigate this trying time.
  6. Watch the zoo’s Malayan Tigers in real-time through the Zoo animal cam on BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo’s website.

 

  1. Greater New Orleans 

From the world-renowned festivals of New Orleans to the end of the Great River Road in Plaquemines Parish, this area offers a variety of experiences for visitors. The city of New Orleans has long been a refuge for the creative powers of artists, writers, and musicians, and their influences can be seen around the city. New Orleans offers visitors beautiful architecture, a distinguished zoo and aquarium, night clubs, art museums and galleries, shopping, first-class cuisine, authentic music and streetcar, and riverboat rides. Join us in celebrating the blossoming of New Orleans this spring. Under pressure, the region knows how to double down and make the best of a difficult time. From Fest in Place to French Quarter virtual tours, it’s easy to feel the kindness and culture of this fascinating region. Spread some of that love with your Cafe Du Monde Greeting Card and send someone you love a little local love this May.

Cafe du Monde Greeting Card

Little Histories · littlehistories.etsy.com

Retail: $5

Celebrate the beauty of the historic French Market Cafe du Monde across from Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Little Histories aims to tell you the story behind the architecture that surrounds us. Each card is carefully illustrated to show you the beauty of a building and tell the story of where it is, what it is, and what it has been. 

Regional Virtual Experiences

  1. Discover New Orleans with one of the most comprehensive virtual experiences in the world on New Orlean Virtual Tours on neworleans.com and feel like you’re riding in a streetcar down the picturesque St. Charles Avenue.
  2. New Orleans Museum of Art has a lot to offer through the virtual tour of NOMA’s galleries on noma.com.
  3. New Orleans City Park is as magical and unique as the city of  New Orleans, enjoy the virtual tour all throughout the park at neworleanscitypark.com.
  4. From beignets to café au lait, Café Du Monde is a New Orleans tradition. Bring part of our New Orleans tradition to your home. Since you can’t go to Cafe Du Monde, we are bringing it to you, Beignet’s is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar, served up in threes.

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