Crystal Hot Sauce , @CrystalHotSauce

Great flavors were born on Tchoupitoulas Street back in 1923. The story of Louisiana’s favorite hot sauce begins in the early 1920s, when Alvin Baumer borrowed some cash from his future father-in-law to purchase “Mill’s Fruit Products,” a small sno-ball syrup company in New Orleans (sno-balls are a summer treat made with shaved ice). Included in the sale was a recipe for a hot sauce made with cayenne peppers, called Crystal Pure Louisiana Hot Sauce. The name still holds true today!

Today, Baumer Foods, Inc. is still family-owned and run by Alvin Jr., and has become not only a Louisiana institution, but one of the fastest growing condiment manufacturers in the country. More than 4.5 million gallons of Crystal Hot Sauce are shipped to destinations in the U.S. and across the globe. And while Crystal Hot Sauce is still the heart of Baumer Foods, Inc., the company has also branched out into a successful, taste-driven product line, including Crystal Buffalo Wing, Worcestershire, Steak, Asian sauces and Figaro Liquid Smoke.

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens , @BBGardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 11,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.

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Freedom Festival

The City of Longview Texas hosted the annual 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration this year which included a concert and festival with activities for the whole family throughout the day at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex.

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Porter and Luke's

Porter and Luke's was established January of 2013 after being completely remodeled from the previous Zeke's. We have a main dinning room that seats up to 96 people, as well as the Duke Room which holds up to 34 people. The Zeke Room is reserved for private parties, we can comfortably seat 50 people and YOU get to decide how you want the room setup. The Zeke  Room is great for anything from a business meeting to a party (they offer an open bar if requested). If you would rather just stop in for a drink, we have a state of  the art 30 foot granite bar with a great drink selection and plenty of seating. Our food is freshly made and all seafood is brought in daily. Chef Vincent's Lunch and Dinner Specials change daily and feature some of our greatest cuisine creations. Our most popular  dessert dishes are bread pudding and the many different types of cheesecake we serve, all of them homemade. Whether you are craving great Louisiana seafood, Italian pastas, or if you just have a sweet tooth, Porter and Luke's is here to serve you!

Sylvia Avey, @SlysMiseEnPlace

Sylvia currently works in Raycom Programming and also writes on her own blog about food, drink and life’s tricky lessons. To view her blog Sly's Mise En Place Click Here


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