Before moving to Shreveport, I didn’t really know much about it. Now I’ve lived here for roughly a month and I love it! I still feel like I haven’t had much of a chance to see and do everything I want to yet, but my “must do’s” list in the region keeps getting longer and longer. I put a teeny dent in that list during my “weekend” which actually falls on a Monday and Tuesday. My boyfriend was in town visiting and we got a chance to eat lunch at Marilynn’s Place, a New Orleans themed restaurant designed to look like a hole in the wall, built in an old gas station. The atmosphere was chill and our food was AMAZING! I got pepper jack macaroni and cheese and fries. Clay got more traditional NOLA food like a fried catfish po’ boy and etouffe. Then we topped off our meal with beignets! Yum!
Then we tried to catch the Red River cruise tour, but unfortunately figured out it only runs Thurs-Sunday. Instead we walked along the Riverfront, chit chatting and enjoying the nice weather until we realized we walked a mile out. We turned around and headed back. We then went to the science museum, Sci-Port just in time for their special deal between M-F 3-6, it’s only $5.00 a ticket! The museum is designed for kids, but Clay and I felt like kids in that museum. We visited each exhibit and thought each of them were fun and entertaining. Went to the planetarium and watched a special show where we watched a museum staffer build a “fire tornado”. After exploring every inch of the museum we headed to the lobby so I could introduce Clay to CounterCulture yogurt, my new favorite! We ate it outside overlooking the riverfront. By then it was around 6:30 p.m. so we were thinking about dinner. We had heard the El Dorado casino had a good buffett so we wandered into the casino. We got to the buffett and it smelled so good! But when we told the lady at the cashier we needed two buffett tickets and she told us $58.00, my jaw dropped. Clay’s hand was in mid-air about to hand her his card when he looked at me with wide eyes, I shook my head quickly. Yeah being journalists in the first couple of years of our careers, there’s no way we could afford to drop that much money just for a meal. So we explained to the lady we weren’t that fancy and walked away.
Instead we went to a really nice pizzeria called Fresco. It’s locally owned and we ordered a cheese pizza for $11.00 and it was delicious. We sat on the enclosed patio and the breeze was wonderful. We then headed over to meet my co-worker at the Oyster Bar then drove back to downtown Shreveport to the Voodoo Cafe to hear a cool band out of Baton Rouge. It was a whirlwind of a day, but I felt like we got a good taste of a a variety of things Shreveport has to offer. I can’t wait to experience more of the city and Bossier. It will be fun especially since Clay announced today he is also leaving KNOE to join us at KSLA News 12. He loves staycations and exploring new places just as much as I do!