Louisiana vibe

I really enjoyed sharing the pictures from my west coast trips last time, and it seems that this post became more popular than any of my previous baking posts… Which is kind of weird for a baking blog, let’s admit it. Well, let’s not worry about that, and enjoy the compliment as it comes! And good news, I’ve got plenty of pictures from various trips, and I’ll keep on posting them randomly 🙂

Today’s pictures are from a trip to Louisiana I’ve made with Jen, one of my best friends, back in 2010. This place is gorgeous, and its soul radiates through the mixed culture… The cajun and creole foods, the broad smiles, the colorful markets, the mint juleps, the crazy nights of Bourbon street, the ghost/voodoo folklore, the myrtle trees heavy with fragrant flowers, the steamboats on the Mississippi, the jazz… In New Orleans, you can walk in an empty street and find a man sitting on the pavement with his saxophone, simply enjoying the music he plays for himself… And you can also find one of the oldest bars in America (1775!!), a proper pirate’s tavern!

My favorite picture is the one of Oak Alley plantation, and its double row of three-century old trees… This place has a very special vibe, almost a mystical feel, and I properly fell in love with it. Jen had to practically drag me out of it to follow the rest of the visit! Make sure you stop by if you ever visit Louisiana!

Enjoy 😉Jackson Square and St Louis CathedralNew Orleans - French quarterNew Orleans - French quarterNew Orleans - French quarterSpicy sauces!Home of bourbon...A streetcar named desire...Laura's plantationLaura's plantationLaura's plantationLaura's plantationLaura's plantationOak alley plantationOak alley plantationSt Louis cemetery, New OrleansFrench quarter, New Orleans


West Coast Nostalgia…

I know, I know, muffinmaniac is a cooking blog. But I have warned you in the introduction post: I also happen to have tons of travel pictures, and I have just realized that I haven’t posted a single one of them yet…

Traveling has been such a big part of my life for the past years that I am bitterly missing it, now that I am more or less stuck here. But I keep on daydreaming about leaving again, discovering new places, filling my eyes with the beauty of the world… I try to keep my belongings to a minimum, so when the time will come, I’ll fit my life in a suitcase, and bugger off.

While I’m yearning for some adventure, let’s go through the pictures, and remember what the Californian’s sun felt like on my skin…

San FranciscoGolden Gate BridgeJapanese Tea Garden, San FranciscoPoint Lobos State ParkCA Road 1Morro BaySanta BarbaraMalibu Surfrider BeachDown to the South...Venice Beach, Los AngelesLong Beach, Los AngelesGrand CanyonBig Sur


And yes, indeed, the Grand Canyon isn’t in California. But I love this picture.

No worries folks, the next post will be about baking again… I have a kick-ass recipe from my mama to show you 😉