If you want to understand Louisiana culture and life, it helps to stay in a historic Louisiana home — like The Stockade. Once a Civil War stockade, our six-room B&B gives guests a feel for the timeless, untouched Southern lifestyle … with the exception of flat screen TVs and air conditioning, of course!
In addition to staying in the right place when you’re visiting Louisiana, it’s important that you understand the slang, too. Here is a list of a few common phrases you’ll hear in the Pelican State:
- Neutral ground is a term from New Orleans that describes the median that divides the two sides of the street. Call it a median, and you’ve just outed yourself as a tourist.
- You don’t drive on interstates, you drive on highways.
- In New Orleans, people don’t shop for groceries; they make groceries. (The expression derives from the French faire son marché, meaning, “to do one’s market shopping,” with faire translating either as “to do” or “to make.”)
- Teenagers in Jena go around “making loops,” which is just what it sounds like — driving around town aimlessly.
- Anyone who isn’t from the South is a Yankee.
- We don’t use shopping carts. We use buggies.
- We don’t have soft drinks, colas, or pop. We have Coke. As in, “What kind of Coke do you want?” “I’ll take a Sprite.” Pepsi is Coke. Root beer is Coke. Simple.
- In Louisiana, we don’t call them “chain-link fences,” we call them hurricane fences.
- In South Louisiana, you’re not about to do anything — you’re fixin’ to do it.
- And of course the ever famous Y’all! Don’t you dare say “you guys.” Don’t even think about it.
In addition to mouthwatering cuisine, Louisiana also has a lot to offer in terms of locally-brewed beers. Here are a few:
Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is located 30 miles north of New Orleans. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. By 1994, the company outgrew their original site and moved up the road to a larger facility to keep up with demand. Abita brews over 151,000 barrels of beer and 9,100 barrels of root beer in their state-of-the-art brewing facility.
Parish Brewing Company was founded in 2008 by a man who worked as a chemical engineer before leaving the corporate world to become a brewmaster. Brewed in Lafayette Parish, Parish beer takes pride in being fresh — it has no preservatives and is never pasteurized.
Bayou Teche Brewing‘s founder dreamed of creating a beer that would pair with the Cajun cuisine he grew up eating. He taught himself to brew beer and made several different styles of beers until he found recipes that complemented Cajun and Creole food. He then returned to Arnaudville, where he taught his brothers his secrets and worked with them to brew their first batches of beer together. Bayou Teche Brewing was founded by the Knott brothers in 2009.
While po-boys are the most famous kind of Louisiana sandwich, a close runner-up is the muffaletta (pronounced muff-uh-LOT-uh). A muffaletta is a round sandwich with layers of olive salad, salami, mortadella, mozzarella, ham, and provolone. Average muffalettas are approximately ten inches in diameter, and can be bought in half- or quarter-sizes.
The Italian sandwich has its origins in New Orleans, and is said to have been created by Salvatore Lupo at Central Grocery. Lupo, a Sicilian immigrant, opened Central Grocery in 1906. He invented the now famous sandwich to feed farmers who sold produce in the French Quarter.
So how much do Louisianians love Lupo’s now-famous sandwich? A (muff)LOTTA!