Some days, it can seem like the world has gone crazy. Then, you see a story like this about two teenage workers at Brookshire's Grocery Store in Springhill, LA, and you realize the world isn't so bad after all!
This incredible story about two local teenagers comes to us thanks to Casey Warford. Casey sent me the link to the Facebook post that you'll see below from Jessica Bailey Glass, who witnessed a random act of kindness the other day at her local grocery store. It seems that a middle age woman was checking out and was a little short on cash. Without pause, both the bagger and the checker reached into their own pockets to make up the difference. That would be pretty amazing all on it's own, but these two kind hearted individuals were teenagers. Clearly, they've been raised right. Check out the post from Jessica below.
Pretty amazing, right? Don't you wish that we as a society would share more stories like this on social media than picking fights with strangers over issues we have no control over? I know I do. Hats off to these two young adults. I hope that your kindness is returned tenfold!
Do you know the story behind the 100-year-old crater in Shongaloo, LA?
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This metropolis is locating near West Monroe. I think it's funny because I read the name as "baw-come-ville". And they're home to the "Bawcomville Redneck Christmas Parade". Does that not sound epic?!
And because "Burp" was taken, we present Belcher, located in the very northwest portion of the state. 263 gaseous people call this place home.
I really couldn't find much about Coon. I believe it's located on the Atchafalaya River and there's a Coon Rd there. But the name alone is worth inclusion on this list.
I just saw it on the map. The locale didn't even register in the latest census. Let's just move on...
Most of us know about Grosse Tete, which is French for "big head". The Grosse Tete exit is that quick stop after you exit the basin bridge.
This town is named after a local man who would, upon request, dance a jig. It was his childhood nickname, but when he grew up, his nickname got changed to Punchin. However, by that time the town name had already stuck.
Actually this community is named after Algonquian-speaking Native Americans who inhabited the area. It means "stand here and there", which may have referred to the tribes' migratory problems. But it's still pretty darn silly to say.
On your way from Crowley to Eunice, you might just stop at the Mowata Store, next to the church and baseball field. And yep, that's about all that is there, other than a lot rice fields. But the name rocks!
Located near the Arkansas border in NW Louisiana, Shongaloo means "running water" or "cypress tree". Oh, and they have a civic center and an adjacent museum.
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This is just a fun name to say. It was a real dude's last name, as in U.S. Senator George Augustus Waggaman (1782-1843). It's located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River and a little over 10,000 people live here.
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Sammy's Food Service & Deli - 3000 Elysian Fields, New Orleans
Ever had a killer Thanksgiving meal, Mardi Gras style? Well, you can have it here. A flavor of New Orleans is in every bite of their turkey loaded with oyster stuffing. Oh, and don't leave without trying the pumpkin bread pudding.
Red's Chinese - 3048 St Claude Ave, New Orleans
Red's brings New Orleans flavor to Chinese food with crawfish-filled fried wontons, tingly MaPo Dauphine with tofu, and Bywater Eggplant, spiced with gochujang.
Piece of Meat - 3301 Bienville Street, New Orleans
A full-service butcher shop and restaurant, they're known for adding their own twist to local favorites. To make their Boudin Egg Rolls, they wrap house-made boudin sausage around pepper jack cheese and then roll it into wonton paper and deep fry it. "That wrecks boudin for me from now on," said Guy. "You take things that people love and you show them how great it could have been for all these years."
Turkey and the Wolf -739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans
Owner/chef Mason Hereford is the king of making crazy, off-the-wall cuisine feel familiar. He makes homemade cheese for the Hog's Head Tacos and also whips up a delicious vegetarian Collard Green Reuben.
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Marjie's Grill - 320 S Broad Ave, New Orleans
If you want a marriage of Southeast Asian with New Orleans influences, then Marjie's Grill is your kind of place. They combine local ingredients with Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian spices. "You know what you're doing," said Guy after trying their Honey Butter Yardbird and Crispy Pork Knuckles.
Bourrée - 1510 South Carrollton Ave, New Orleans
Guy headed to this Cajun smoke house for a spot-on taste of New Orleans. One of the faves was their flaky hot sausage meat pies which feature a rockin' house-made poblano ranch. The beef tallow fries are also "stupid good," according to Guy.
Casamento's - 4330 Magazine St, New Orleans
Do you like oysters? Of course you do, you're reading this. Casamento's serves up crispy fried oysters on soft (not crusty) white bread. It's the restaurant's most popular dish.
The Joint - 701 Mazant St, New Orleans
Everything here comes out of the smoker. And it's good good! From racks of ribs, pork butt and brisket sandwiches to Cajun sausage and even salad dressing. Guy calls their special North Carolina-style sauce, made with apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, pepper and cayenne, "an orchestra of flavor."
Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar - 1418 Magazine St, New Orleans
Guy made his first bagel here. All of their bagels are handmade and go great with handmade lox or one of Surrey's fresh-squeezed juices. They've got the classics too, with their own twist, like boudin that's packed with savory andouille.
Joey K's Restaurant & Bar, Facebook
Joey K's Restaurant & Bar - 3001 Magazine St, New Orleans
Joey K's is a family-owned eatery in a century-old building. It's the place to go for "a real taste of Louisiana soul food." Some of the menu highlights include the popular Shrimp Magazine along with classics like Red Beans and Rice, Fried Oysters and Jambalaya.
The Creole Creamery, Facebook
The Creole Creamery - 4924 Prytania St, New Orleans
Head Chef Bryan Gilmore is a wizard and he's concocted over 400 flavors of ice cream. Try Lavender Honey-flavored ice cream or perhaps Sweet Potato Sassafras Praline.
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The Rivershack Tavern - 3449 River Rd, Jefferson
Classically trained chef Mike Baskind does all the basics like burgers and poboys. He is also known for daily specials including Turtle Soup, Rabbit with Spaetzle and more great dishes.
Parasol's Bar and Restaurant, Facebook
Parasol's Bar and Restaurant - 2533 Constance St, New Orleans
Everything made is here is done with tender loving care. Guy quickly learned that meant poboys stuffed with "capital-T tender" roast beef and delicious muffaletta sandwiches.
Katie's Restaurant, Facebook
Katie's Restaurant - 3701 Iberville St, New Orleans
Located in Mid-City, Katie's is known for top-notch local cuisine. They have a seafood sandwich so big it's known as "The Barge." When Guy Fieri visited, he couldn't help but praise their handmade pizza topped with Cajun pork.
Mahony's Po-Boy Shop - 3454 Magazine St, New Orleans
At Mahony's, they make poboys 22 different ways. Guy chowed down on the Peace Maker, a poboy stuffed with fried oysters, bacon and cheddar. And for dessert, he enjoyed a slice of the sweet potato crunch pie.
Avery's on Tulane - 2510 Tulane Ave, New Orleans
Husband and wife team Justin and Christy Pitard are putting their twists on local favorites. A highlight is the Oysters Rockefeller Poboy, made with crispy fried oysters and creamy spinach sauce on a garlic-butter baguette. "That is gangster," raved Guy. He was also a big fan of the Fried Potato Salad, saying, "I am officially, 100% ripping that off."
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Seither's Seafood - 279 Hickory Ave, New Orleans
Chef and owner Jason Seither grew up on the bayou and loves taking local, old school ingredients and adding his own wild style to the dishes. The Volcano is like an upside-down Asian-style taco salad with fresh ahi, crab salad and shrimp. The Totem Pole is a towering dish of crab stuffing, crispy soft-shell crab, fried eggplant and a shrimp kabob.
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La. Pines Cafe - 1061 Robert Rd, Slidell
Chef Jim Vandenburg delivers good old Louisiana comfort food. When Guy chomped down on the smoked prime rib poboy drenched in au jus and smothered with horseradish, he exclaimed, "Angels were singing." Regulars love their Cajun corn pudding and smoked rib plate as well.
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