Venus Trapped in Mars

08 March 2016

24 Hours in Shreveport, Louisiana

This past weekend we visited Shreveport, Louisiana! How did we choose Shreveport? Well, duh we love to gamble. Oh, and I had a free IHG hotel room that was going to expire if I didn't use it by Friday, March 4th. Apparently this free hotel room had been sitting on my account for a full year, and I didn't happen to notice it until just days before it expired. Go figure.

So I messaged CB to brainstorm where we should go for one free night, informing him that we had 6 days to make this happen. CB offered up Shreveport. When I found out this was a mini Vegas (very mini, like super mini... and by Vegas I mean it was nothing like Vegas) only 2.5 hours from home, I immediately secured our room. 

We left Dallas right after work on Friday and arrived in Shreveport by 8:30pm, fireball mini bottles in tow. The hotel had a free shuttle, so we hopped in and asked the driver to take us to Horseshoe. Our driver told us about a place called The Blind Tiger (more on this in a moment) which we'd actually already been told about by someone else.

Driver: yada yada yada.... go to the blind tiger
Us: Oh, we were told about that place... 
Driver: Ohhhh weeeeeee! It's so good it'll make you slap three people in line! 
Us: Well, that settles it then. 

When we arrived at Horseshoe, it very much felt like a casino I'd been to in Indiana called Belterra. It was a riverboat casino with only a few floors, and not much of a selection by way of slots. The ladies were all wearing their finest Forever 21 and magically, within seconds, my hair smelled like I'd used the ashes from a nearby tray as a deep conditioning treatment. 

Not seeing my favorite 25 cent slot machine, Wheel of Fortune, I decided to hang with CB at the Craps table. I'm very picky with my gambling, as you'll know from my post "The Girls Guide to Casinos," so if the machine isn't exactly what I want then I won't play.

CB very sweetly tried to explain Craps and Roulette to me. Here's the general idea of how to play both:

Craps: 7 is the devil.
Roulette: Put down $100 and leave 10 minutes later with 100 fewer dollars. 

Quite frankly, I didn't see the appeal of Roulette but that's just me. 

The next morning afternoon we went to slap 3 people in line at The Blind Tiger. 





I spy CB....








We started with Bloody Mary's and mini meat pies.  I'd never had a meat pie before, so this was a little out of my comfort zone. The name alone, meat pie, had me anxious. Other than the scalding hot interior leaving me with third degree burns on the roof of my mouth that I'm still nursing at this very moment, these were mind blowingly good. We got a mix of beef, crawfish and shrimp, and I was relieved to never bite into any of the beef variety. 

Then after I stuffed myself to the brim with meat pie, I remembered we still had lunch coming. As our lovely server dropped off our heaping plates of jambalaya, crab cakes, fried corn, dirty rice, a now unidentifiable type of fish, crawfish étouffée and several more meat pies, I began questioning our appetizer selection. 














It was all so good that it'll make you slap three people in line. That is, if you had the energy, which I did not. All I had the energy for was a nap, but we pressed on... because we are WARRIORS. I probably could have bathed in that fried corn but that's for another post on another day. 

During our meal, CB kept going ON AND ON AND ON AND ON about the Margaritaville Casino.

CB: It's new and super nice
Me: ok 
CB: It's right next to the boardwalk, you'll love the boardwalk
Me: ok
CB: We can get you a margarita
Me: Sure 
CB: I bet they have Wheel of Fortune
Me: Cool 
CB: You'll really want to go here. 
Me: Sure 
CB: You're going to love this place
Me: ok 
CB: Let's go
Me: ok 
CB: Should we go?
Me: yes
CB: Let's just check it out... 
Me: wait a second, what am I missing....

*we drive up and over the bridge, crossing into Bossier city, where Margaritaville Casino is*
CB: oh look, there's a Bass Pro here! Who knew?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? WHAT. A. COINCIDENCE. I mean, since we're here we should check it out I could use 4,587,456 different fly fishing things. It'll just take a moment. 






*Me enjoying that Margarita.*

Boys, they're just so sweet, aren't they? Always looking out for the women they love. 

We spent the rest of the day at Margaritaville and it was an absolute blast. This hotel was really nice, and honestly mirrored something you'd probably see in Vegas. 24 hours in Shreveport wasn't enough time, and we will definitely be going back. Not to mention Helene recommended a place called Straun's, that she refers to as an institution we must visit! No restaurant left behind, that's always been my motto. 





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24 comments :

  1. first, these pics are so great! I didn't realize you only spent such a short time! looks like it was so much fun. and def going to blind tiger when I go next. and Straun's of course :)

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  2. So many pretty colors in those pictures. Also, that food is making me oh so excited for our NOLA trip this weekend.

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  3. So like you had a nice mini getaway.

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  4. Your lunch at Blind Tiger looks absolutely amazing! I'm glad you had a great time!

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  5. What a great mini getaway. Looks like such a colourful place!

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  6. Your pics are on point as always, and it sounds like a fun little weekend!

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  7. haha! the city that you mentioned... that's the city my friend lives in that I told you about! So funny. It's also funny to me because her and her husband went to Dallas for a quick anniversary trip last month. Sometimes it just feels like a really small world, ya know?

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  8. The name doesn't sound great... but the place looks great! I've always wanted to go to Louisiana and your pictures are definitely making me wanna go even more!

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  9. That food looks amazing!! Definitely need to check that place out!

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  10. Ok sounds like you had a good time and had some yummy food and all, I don't gamble just can't be bothered don't see the attraction but that is just me

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  11. its so awesome reading your posts after watching it all go down on Snapchat!

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  12. "The Girls Guide to Casinos" was good. After that I've found another interesting guide https://casinority.com/how-to-win-at-the-casino-real-big/ It helped me a lot because my wife aren't good in gambling. I think after reading she will does it better

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  13. I'm not sure I can ever go back to any other place, after an experience like this. This place is appropriate in a space that lends so much gravitas to events. The design of Chicago venues is sharp and environment is unbelievably good.

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  15. Hey, glad you enjoyed our #CoolDowntown! The BT is fab, but come back and save time for a close-to-Heaven Salted Caramel Frappucino at Bon Temps Coffee Bar, an 'appetizer' meal of Duck Nachos, Spring Rolls and a giant Cheese Tray on the balcony of Abby Singer's Bistro, an Indy flick later at Robinson Film Center, downtown's art house cinema---and cap it off with a dessert and live music at The Noble Savage Tavern. Then come back again and we'll come up with ANOTHER itinerary for you!

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    1. YES PLEASE TO ALL OF THAT!!!!!! DUCK NACHOS???? I've never heard of such a think but I clearly need that in my life. It's such a quick trip from Dallas, I have no excuse not to come back. (I also enjoyed the complimentary miller light I received while on the slots! hehe)

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  16. I agree about Horseshoe's slot selection and I always hate when my hair immediately starts smelling like an ashe tray :/

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    1. I gotta go back and try some of the other casinos... I actually prefer some of the older ones, just because their slots tend to be a bit nicer to me :P

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    2. The Ducks Nachos are A-mazing! Some of my other local faves are: Blue Cheese Chips-Bistro Byronz, Chips & Salsa & Carne Asada- Oyster Bar, Atmosphere & $20 Margarita @ Superior Grille, Shrimp-Buster- Herby K's, Steak & Au gratin potatoes - the Cub, the gardens @ the Norton, a tour thru South Highland and Piermont- gorgeous...lots to do, come on back girl!

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  17. Next time you're in Shreveport, hit me up! I've lived here for about ten years, and I literally just learned how to play craps about a month ago. You definitely have to come back and eat at Strawn's! That strawberry pie is everything. I'm glad you had a fun visit and enjoyed your first meat pie! Yum!

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  18. It is the most magnificent pictures I've ever seen. This food makes me wanna leave my gaming http://onlinecasinoguide.co.nz/ and go there

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