crawfishHi! I'm not from the swamp,ย but I moved to the bayous of South Louisiana about four years ago and have realized how fun it is to eat here. I know, I know . . . everyone talks about the food here . . . gumbo, jambalaya, sauce piquante. But I'm mostly a vegetarian, and they mostly eat stuff with faces.

Anyway, long story short, I was pretty freaked out when I first moved here because I didn't eat like them . . . and mostly I still don't. But really they just mix it up differently. The ingredients are all there. And I've come to realize this is a place that puts local food, companies and goods above all others.

And this journey to find all of South Louisiana's treasures has turned into a whole lot of fun.

And look for the Louisiana icon to see where I'm finding fresh and local!