Ode to Baton Rouge

We have lived in Baton Rouge for a whole year today! What a celebration. Baton Rouge is our favorite city we’ve ever lived in. Seriously. Small town feel in a city with lots of people, lots to do, and plenty to eat. Our life here has been filled to the brim. A few reasons we love Baton Rouge:

1. Summer Rain. In the summer it is really hot and really humid, but this is tempered by weekly rain showers and thunderstorms. I love the coziness and the effect it has on my garden.

2. Restaurants! This city has no shortage of delicious places to eat. Sushi, Cajun, Italian, Greek, Seafood, Steakhouses, Organic Cafes, there are a plethora of flavors and cuisines found here. Some of our favorites are: Waka House, Gino’s, Magpie Cafe, Whole Foods, Albasha’s, and Roberto’s (ultimate fave).

3. Louisiana-isms. Instead of saying, “I have to be at work at 10:00.” People say: “I have to be at work for 10:00.” Grammatically incorrect, yet endearing. “Come see,” means “Come here”, thankfully the use of “y’all” is in full force, and my favorite are all the french words mingled in like “etoufee” and “roux”.

4. Festivals & Parades. People like to get out and have a good time. Parade days take up the entire day are are filled with food and friends. It’s a little rowdy at times, but a blast to be around such lively people.

5. LSU. We had a blast going to LSU games in the fall and look forward to football season starting up again. Again, it’s a full day affair surrounded by purple and yellow. It’s fun to jump into the passion!

6. The trees. Louisiana has great trees. Everywhere you look there are trees towering up. My favorite are magnolias.

7. Hospitality. People here open their homes and hearts to everyone they meet. Generosity and friendliness abound.

8. Fresh produce and the Farmer’s Market. South Side Produce, an open air produce market, and the bi-weekly Farmer’s Market allow me to buy delicious, fresh fruits and veggies.

9. My husband and my puppy. Living life with my husband this year has been a blessing and a joy. My little puppy Boone is the cutest thing ever. He is a born and bred Louisianan puppy. And I love him.

10. People. Hands down, my favorite thing about Baton Rouge are the friends we’ve made. Remember when I told you that we moved to Baton Rouge to start a church? I’m amazed that in just a short time our little church of 9 has grown to nearly 200 people. I love that our church has grown primarily through friendships and relationships: friends inviting friends. It definitely feels like a big family, and a happy one at that.

We love living in this city! If you don’t live here, you should visit!

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8 Comments on “Ode to Baton Rouge”

  1. Ah, the beauty of discovering new places. Your Ode to Baton Rouge is beautifully scripted and your appreciation for South Louisiana’s brand of Southern hospitality is a welcome reminder of how fortunate we are to live in this special place. We all need to stop and smell the magnolias!

  2. Bull, Eva says:

    I loved this!! 🙂 made me even more excited to be there soon to see it and hang out with you. Love you!

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. mary linds says:

    i loved this post so much. it made my Louisiana pride swell with joy! im delighted that you love your new home in Louisiana and happy that we love so many of the same things about it. This was so fun to read! love you blog. and love you!

  4. kate says:

    walk in peace. love you, sister!


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