East Texas Hot Links

pittsburg-signWhen traveling we look for the unique, interesting and out of the way places and foods. Think and act like a local is our motto. So we are in east Texas and everyone says “you have to try hot links”. Being from south Louisiana we are familiar with hot and are always open for new experiences. Well this one was different. Continue reading

Witness Park and Prayer Tower – Pittsburg, TX

PittstowerChickens and bells – not so connected. In Pittsburg, TX they are closely related. Every hour four Paccard bells from France chime and play hymns from the Prayer Tower in Witness Park. Okay so what about the chickens? The tower was a gift to the town from Bo Pilgrim, one of the founders of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. Continue reading

Texas Depression Era Roadside Park – Mt. Vernon, TX

parkTexas is a BIG state and in the 1930s it must have seemed even larger when traveling. This was a time when cars traveled slower with no air conditioning or other comforts. Stopping and resting was important for the occupants as well as the vehicle. The State of Texas realized this and began building roadside parks during the depression. Using young labor through the National Youth Administration, over 600 parks were built throughout Texas. Continue reading

International Boundary – Republic of Texas and Louisiana

CoverMass on Sunday mornings can lead to many different things. This particular Sunday we were invited to share breakfast with the parishioners. We not only learned about their parish and its rich history we also learned of an international boundary within the continental United States – the last such one know. Continue reading

The Church of St. Anne – Robeline, Louisiana

Texans love their history and their state – this is a fact. Yet we learned a little bit of early Texas history in Louisiana today.

20160824_113350Who knew – the first capital of Tejas (Spanish Texas) was in present day Louisiana. Yes, all my Texas friends, that is correct. How did Cajuns come to know Texas history? We went to Mass at The Church of St. Anne near Robeline, LA. Continue reading

Broken Wheel Brewery & Fresh Catch Bistreaux – Marksville, LA


FlightIn a small central Louisiana city, you will find a small craft brewery, in a very small room, with small vats which produce beer with big beer taste. They may be small and can only brew enough to satisfy the needs of their restaurant, but it is definitely worth a visit.  Continue reading

Joie de Vivre Coffee and Culture Café Revisited

What's CookingLeaving church Sunday, as usual John was lobbying for donuts. Laurie was shaking her head fervently as we walked to the truck. The truck just so happened to be parked near Joie de Vivre Coffee and Culture Café with an outdoor sign of “What’s Cooking!” Laurie’s eyes veered to the sign and gazed upon Crawfish Flatbread. John was easily convinced and in we went to try the beckoning flavors. Continue reading

End of the Season

ApplesSouth Louisiana’s climate allows growing seasons all year long. No matter the time of year there is always something being harvested. The farmers markets in the area offer an array of vegetables and fruits on a regular basis. As we travel north, the farmers markets we find are generally seasonal.  In our travels this is one aspect we have to continually remember as we search for local produce. Continue reading