I adore Louisiana. I do. For a Californian—and Philadelphian before that—I've spent an inordinate amount of time eating and drinking my way through South Louisiana; New Orleans, of course, but also Lafayette, New Iberia, LaPlace, Mandeville, and more. Even a casual spin through the Whiskey Forge will show my affection for the place.
And while I honestly believe there are few places on this Earth as beautiful as California, we're picking up stakes and moving to Baton Rouge sometime between, oh, next week and the middle of September. Over the next several weeks, I'll be packing the culinary library, making Goodwill runs, and trying to decide if we take both cars or put one up for sale.
Then there's the liquor. The one guideline I'm following (not an inflexible law, just a organizing principle) is that open bottles won't make the trip. So, we've been enjoying an inordinate number of cocktails the past few months as we make sure that anything open gets enjoyed right here on California soil.
Over the coming weeks, I'll toss out recipes of what we're drinking to lighten the load. Until then ~ Laissez les bons temps rouler!