Movoto: #1. Louisiana’s National Monuments Are Hard To Pin Down (Image source: Flickr user The Sean and Lauren Spectacular)
Whether you’ve lived in Louisiana or you’ve always wondered what it would be like, there’s no doubt that the Sportsman’s Paradise is a place unlike any other.
A recent Movoto article details “27 Things You Need To Know About Louisiana Before You Move There” and it’s not all alligator hunting and Bourbon Street clichés either.
The article features a few lesser-known fun facts about state including #22, Louisiana’s current “beer-aissance” accelerated by seven craft breweries and it even mentions Louisiana’s growing affinity for the film industry.
Viola tricolor or Johnny Jump Up
There’s nothing like a relentless winter to make me leap for joy when I finally spot a couple of tiny, familiar springtime faces in the yard.
I have always wondered why these little flowers are called Johnny Jump Ups. The name, I imagine, must have been coined by Johnny, a Southerner living up north, jumping for joy at the sight of blooming flowers after enduring six months of winter.
As pretty as the flowers are, Johnny Jump Ups make a tasty little treat, too. Members of the same perennial family such as sweet violets, violas and pansies are edible as well. The most common way to integrate the colorful blooms into a meal is as a garnish or in a salad. They also make delicious spreads, jellies and even vinegar. Sweet violets (Viola odorata) can be used in tea, syrup and cakes or even candied. While the sweet violet flowers taste slightly perfumed, their leaves are tart.
Johnny Jump Ups have even been known to treat epilepsy, asthma and eczema.
For best flavor, harvest newly bloomed flowers in the morning. This is when the oils are most concentrated and blooms look their best. The more you harvest, the more flowers will grow.
919 NW Bond Street
Bend, OR 97701
This downtown hotspot in Bend, OR has authentic Cajun nuances that a Southerner can appreciate when far from home.
If you’re around for lunch, consider the Potato Chip Crusted Wahoo Sandwich. It’s a sort of an Oregonian take on a catfish poboy. The tarragon remoulade is like heaven in a ramekin and the sandwich is served with a delightful couscous salad on the side.
Zydeco has an extensive cocktail and dinner menu as well.
Mardi Gras makes a cameo in the Pacific Northwest.
As far northwest as we are, I didn’t expect to see anything like this for sale around here.
Even the local grocery store floral department couldn’t resist celebrating Mardi Gras.
Kudos to my dear husband for picking up this festive little arrangement.