a baton rouge restaurant roundup

Baton Rouge Restaurants - The Team at Bayleafmy team at Bayleaf

Well.  This is it, my last full day in Baton Rouge for a while (until I book a vacation down here, which has been known to happen many times in the past).  In honor of that last day in Baton Rouge I wanted to share with y’all my favorite restaurants that I’ve discovered while I’m down here and I highly recommend you trying them out as well.

  1. Another Broken Egg
    If you want brunch on the weekend or if you want brunch for lunch, this is your place to go.  Also, the hot chocolate is a wonderful addition to any day.
  2. Bayleaf
    Yes, this might be the only Indian place in Baton Rouge, but it is by far some of the best Indian food that I’ve ever had, outside of India.  If you’re new to Indian food start with the butter chicken, the saag paneer, and regular naan.
  3. Bistro Byronz
    Sure, there’s sandwiches and salads, warm dishes and pastas, but the real highlight here is the blue cheese chips as the appetizers.  Do it.
  4. Burgersmith
    Yes, the burgers are great.  You can get whatever you want on them.  The sides here are delicious though.  Especially the sweet potato tots.
  5. Chelsea’s Cafe
    This is my favorite restaurant in Baton Rouge.  The answer is always, always, something involving foccacia bread.  Whether it’s grilled veggies of foccacia, grilled cheese, or the pesto bread that is always the answer.
  6. Chimes East
    When people come to Louisiana for the first time, this is the place to take them.  In one quick appetizer run you can get hush puppies, boudin balls, crab legs, blackened alligator, and more.  Then you can top it all off with a poboy.
  7. Fat Cow
    This is a little bit of a fancier burger, but it’s a good burger.  There is nothing bad to be said about fresh mozzarella on a burger.  Nothing at all.
  8. IPO
    A tapas place in Baton Rouge, who would have thought?  I highly recommend the gnocchi.  And the bacon caramel popcorn.
  9. Izzo’s Illegal Burrito 
    I didn’t really like burritos before Baton Rouge.  Izzos gives me the joy of not having to have cilantro in/on or around everything (or you could add it by the handful if it’s really your thing).  There’s also queso, which puts it about a million steps above Chipotle.
  10. Monjunis Italian
    This is one of my two favorite Italian places in the city.  The red sauce is sweet and unlike anything I’ve had up North.  The bread and sauce they give you at the beginning is enough to fill you up on and you can always split a meal.
  11. Pinetta’s European
    This is my other faovirte Italian place in the city.  The red sauce is spicy and unlike anything I’ve had up North.  The pastas are served in a cast iron skillet piping hot to your table – and it’s so dark that it makes a great date place.
  12. Rotolo’s Pizzeria
    We discovered Rotolos far too late in our Baton Rouge life, but it has defaulted to our favorite comfort food.  We all highly recommend the calzones.  Not the pizza, the calzones.  I specifically recommend the angry pig.  It’s hard to argue with bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, and jalopenos.  We call that winning.
  13. Tsunami Sushi
    There are a handful of great sushi places in Baton Rouge, but this one has the best view.  It’s convenient and right downtown.  Another great date place.
  14. Yvette Marie’s Cafe
    This place is more of a catering company.  They make salads, sandwiches, and have cake.  They also have one hot plate every day.  This is some of the best cake I’ve ever had (oh yeah, and the sandwiches and salads are pretty good too), and it’s located in an antique shop that’s super cute.

Are there any that I missed?  I can check them out next time I find myself in town.  Hopefully sooner than later :)

my summer photo project: portraits

One of my goals for the year was to take photographs of a different friend every week all summer.  While that’s been a little bit hard with my travel schedule, I’ve still managed to do 4 shoots to date.  It really is amazing how much more you can learn on the job as opposed to reading websites.

Photo Session #1: Ryan

What I learned: This is probably the most pratical lesson that I’ll learn, do not wear a tight skirt while taking pictures.  You can’t move nearly as much as you need to.  Also, a week after I took these photos I had my boudoir shoot.  It was there that I learned that the photographer should come prepped with poses and learn how to tell the subject how to move.

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Photo Session #2: Janalyn

What I learned: I learned more about posing.  I learned that it’s okay to try something that doesn’t work.  I learned that it’s easier to take photographs when you’re above or on the same level as somebody else – lower created interesting angles.  I learned that it’s fun if the subject has a prop because it gives you something external to work with.  I remembered the joy of black and white photography.  Also, I confirmed that there are certain pictures that I really like even though they are blurry.

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Photo Session #3: Zoha

What I learned: We wandered the city taking pictures, which was fun because the background was ever changing.  It was also during this shoot that I started to develop what I believe to be my shooting style – I talk constantly.  It makes me feel more comfortable, and I think it puts the other person at ease as well because it makes things seem less formal.  Also, I really like close up shots of people, it makes for some fun pictures.

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Photo Session #4: Vania

What I learned: This girl knows posing.  It’s impressive.  She had so many ideas that I tried to take in so I could remember them next time.  I also had more fun with facial expressions.  I think I’m going to have a few go tos – the Home Alone face, tongue sticking out, looking really excited, and being pensive.  We’ll see what else I can add to the list.

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What’s Next?

Well, it was after Vania’s photoshoot that I finally read the manual for my camera.  I learned that some of the shots were wide angle because I was accidentally shooting in video mode.  I also learned how to manual focus – it’s not as intuitive as it was on my last camera, so I wasn’t using it.  I also bought the Photography Concentrate course called Really Easy Retouching, which I’m excited to take (when I find some time).  I also want to try shooting another boy sometime soon, I feel like masculine poses are harder to come up with – it will probably involve browsing some GQ magazines.  We’ll see what comes next.  My co-workers have been very good sports about posing for me – so we’ll see exactly who I can talk into it this week.

What have I learned from this experience overall?  I have pretty friends.

Pins that make me smile

Well, this is the last full week of my project in Louisiana.  It’s sad because we’re leaving.  It’s sad that we have so much work left to do before we go.  There’s many sad things.  So.  I’m going to try to combat that by making today’s roundup things that make me smile.

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Do you have any happy photos to share?  I’d love to see them.

stories of a resident assistant part 2

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This is part 2 of Stories of a Resident Assistant, stories told by real RAs about things that actually happened in college dormit… I mean residence halls.  Click here to check out part 1 of Stories of a Resident Assistant.

Warning: This post is rated PG13.  Mom, you might not want to read it.  All stories were submitted by a real (and retired) RA, names are being withheld to protect the innocent (or not so innocent).

  • I wrote a very stern email about how it is definitely not cool to ejaculate into the shared dryers.
  • My biggest regret was letting one of my residents take a keg up to his room on the last night.  I spent the rest of the evening paranoid about the activities that ensued.
  • My internatinoal residents confused our floor oven with a barbecue, putting coal and lighter fluid in the oven, catching the floor on fire.
  • My head RA asking me to sniff a yellow filled water bottle to ensure it was beer, only to find out it was urine.
  • My one resident punched the other in the face for opening the window. When I asked her why, she said, “I wanted to window shut, and she told me I was being a princess, so I punched her in the face.” The puncher’s name was Princess.
  • My resident nervously sat on my futon to express his discomfort with his roommate who routinely masturbated at 8am.
  • My residents making these cards when we went to make Christmas cards for the elderly for community service.

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  • My video gaming residents deemed the lounge they never seemed to leave as pants and shirt optional.
  • Once all the students left for winter break and spring break we had to conduct room searches to make sure everyone left. Another RA and I would check the fridge and freezer for any liquor and take a shot of whatever it was. Needless to say we got pretty hammered by the end.
  • One resident was found sleeping horizontally under the bathroom stalls in the men’s room.
  • That one time i got called by EMS because a resident “only had three drinks”: a fishbowl, and 2 four lokos.
  • That time a resident asked me “how do lesbians have sex?”
  • That time I lied to the cops to save a few of my residents from some mischief they did after I planted the idea in their heads.
  • That time my drunken female resident peed on the communal kitchen floor. She had no recollection of anything the next day.
  • That time my residents accidentally turned on their oven that they were using as storage setting off the fire alarm on the building.
  • The difference between a cool RA and a not cool RA is not about how much bullshit you let slide. It’s about how many condoms you give away.
  • The first week of school I was having sex with my girlfriend when I heard lots of giggling outside my door. We proceeded to fake having sex and I walked over to the door and opened it to find a dozen freshmen huddled around the door horrified that I found them. I simply said “welcome to college and may your time here be as enjoyable as mine”.
  • Turns out, if you blow weed into the heating vents, it’ll be evenly dispersed across just about every room above you.
  • You mean to tell me that you thought it would be a good idea to cook your bacon directly on the oven racks at 8am? Why didn’t you wake me up? I would’ve preferred your knock over a fire drill.

If you’re looking for more entertainment, I highly suggestion watching these two videos.
If you were ever an RA or worked at the front desk, this is a must.
If you like nerf guns, this is a must.  Made by my residents my last year as an RA.

Do you have any more stories to add to the list?