Looking for something holiday-related to do on the Northshore this weekend? Check out these fun activities!

Santa makes an appearance at all of these events!
  • Mandeville- Winter on the Water: This is the 22nd year of Mandeville’s Winter on the Water– presented by The City of Mandeville and the Old Mandeville Business Association. The fun begins at 11AM this Saturday, December 7, at the lakefront gazebo. Gather ’round to listen to the Mandeville Elementary bell ensemble play Christmas tunes. You can also take pictures with Santa, have your face painted, and listen to Benny Grunch and the Bunch! Santa’s Walking Parade will begin at noon. This is a free activity that’s fun for the whole family! 

  • Mandeville- Holiday of Lights @ the Koop Drive Playground: Celebrating its 20th year, the Holiday of Lights is a free, fun-filled event for the whole family. Festivities begin at 5:45 the nights of 12/6-7 and 12/12-14. Come out to the Tammany Trace Kids Town Pavilion & Kids Konnection Playground to enjoy spectacular holiday decor, twinkling lights, and free performances and kiddie rides. Santa pictures will be available and printed onsite for $20. While admission and rides are free, refreshments will be available for a charge.
  • Slidell- Christmas Under the Stars: On December 6 & 7 and 13 & 14, head down to Griffith Park in Olde Towne Slidell from 6-9PM for the 31st annual Christmas Under the Stars Celebration. You’ll have a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, tour life-size Christmas cottages, sing songs, and enjoy lights, decorations and the Parade of Trees. Admission is free!

  • Covington-Christmas at TerraBella: This friday, 12/6, from 6-8:30, head out to TerraBella Village for their annual Christmas at TerraBella celebration. Featuring free admission, live music, hot chocolate, Christmas crafts, letters to Santa, and rides on the TerraBella express, this is a holiday event that’s sure to please everyone! For $10, you can take a pic with Santa, too!

  • Madisonville-Merry Madisonville: This Saturday, 12/7, from 2-8PM, you can celebrate the 11th annual Merry Madisonville, a day of fun for the whole family. Head to the Madisonville Town Hall because Santa arrives by boat from the Lake Ponchartrain Maritime Museum. Admission is free and you will also be able to enjoy caroling, activities and photos with Santa.

Do you know of any activities we haven’t mentioned? Comment below!

Local Restaurant Spotlight:

Sal and Judy’s

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Growing up on the Northshore, I’ve seen my fair share of restaurants come and go. To put it in south Lousiana terms, they might have been good but they ain’t there no more. Some, however, have withshood the test of time- Nuvolari’s still offers its upscale Italian on Girod Street, Fazzio’s still churns out its tasty seafood/Italian fare in Mandeville, and Morton’s is still frying seafood on Water Street on the Madisonville lakefront as they have been for almost 35 years! But my absolute favorite Northshore restaurant, still thriving after its inception in 1974, is Sal and Judy’s.

A dining experience like no other, Sal and Judy’s offers Sicilian-Creole cuisine with an unparalled depth of flavor that can only be described as sublime. I’ve been eating at Sal and Judy’s for 30 years and I’ve never once been disappointed. You might think I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not. From the hand-crafted cocktails to the myriad southern-inspired appetizers and entrees, to the Kentucky Derby pie for dessert, everything is always amazing. And, while some restaurants seem to embrace the “less is more” policy when it comes to portion sizes, Sal and Judy’s definitely subscribes to the “give them enough for a second meal” policy, so you never leave wanting for anything else. Trust me, the food is so good that you’ll wake up the next day incredibly happy to have that to-go box in the fridge.

Fair warning, if you’ve never been and feel inspired to go, Sal and Judy’s is NEVER not busy. You’ll need a reservation; especially around the holiday season. Because of its popularity with locals, it also exudes energy and, depite its white table cloths and professional waitstaff, is not a super quiet and low-key experience. What you’ll find when you’re dining at Sal and Judy’s is tables of people laughing and reminiscing, enjoying amazing food and life in general. Is it a great date-night restaurant? Yes. Is it where you go if you want to sit in silence and stare into your significant other’s eyes? Probably not. But if you want incredible food and courteous, professional service (much of the wait staff has been there since I was a little girl!), Sal and Judy’s can’t be beat.

Redfish with Nicholas Sauce and fresh green beans

So, on to the food. What exactly is so good about it? Well…everything! To me, though, the secret is in the sauce. Their sauces are beyond reproach. Their arguably most famous sauce, called Nicholas, is butter-based and loaded (and I mean LOADED) with lump crabmeat, shrimp and mushrooms. Speckled with green onions and parsley, it’s decadent without being overly rich and the ingredients scream fresh.

Eggplant Louis

On our most recent visit, we tried a sauce we’d never had before- sauce Louis- and it didn’t disappoint! In fact, I think it’s my husband’s new favorite. Loaded with lump crabmeat, this creamy tomato-basil sauce was served over delicately fried eggplant, for the ultimate Cajun-Italian combination. Though I highly recommend trying a dish with a sauce, you really can’t go wrong with anything. From their fried seafood to their traditional lasagna, it’s all delicious.

One particular dish that deserves its own paragraph is the crab claw appetizer. Also offered in an entree size (for the die hard fans), this is my favorite dish of any restaurant…ever. It consists of dozens of meaty crab claws in a white cream sauce so delicious you won’t believe what hit you when you take your first bite. It’s served with a full loaf of warm, crusty French bread, perfect for slathering in the excess sauce. Need more bread? (Because carbs don’t count at Sal and Judy’s) They’ll bring you another perfectly warmed loaf without question…or judgement. So, I implore you, if you go to Sal and Judy’s, get the crab claws! You’ll thank me, I promise.

Crab Claw Appetizer

So, next time you are looking for incredible food in a warm and inviting atmosphere, I highly recommend you check out Sal and Judy’s. It’s been a Northshore staple for 35 years and I have a feeling it’ll still be here in 35 more.

Have you been to Sal & Judy’s? Do you agree with my review? Leave a comment below!

New Listing!

52628 Hwy 90, Slidell, LA70461

$595,000

Waterfront Living at its Best!

Do you love the idea of crabbing and fishing off your own dock? Come home to this stunningly picturesque fishing retreat in Slidell! This amazing home was custom built by the contractor/owner for his personal use, and it features dozens of high-quality upgrades and additions. It boasts 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2,079 sq ft of living space. The home is raised and the ground floor features a 1000lb capacity cargo elevator in addition to the stairs. It sits on a 1.5 acre lot. The covered carport area leaves ample space for cars and storage. The home, with a like-new feel, features an open floor plan, high ceilings, and 4′ double insulated windows that allow for a beautiful and serene water view. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, wooden cabinetry, granite countertops and a huge center island. Entertain on the ample balcony overlooking the Geoghagen Canal, which is a short 8 minute boat ride to Lake Pontchartrain and 1/4 mile to the Rigolets Marina. Additionally, the home features a private pier made of synthetic concrete to withstand the elements for years to come. The dock, with boat lift, features electricity as well as water, and upgraded lights for nighttime fishing. This home really does have it all! 

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Northshore 4th of July Festivities

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Looking to celebrate the 4th on the Northshore? Here are a few great options!

  • WED. JULY 3 from 6-9PM: SPARKS IN THE PARK- COVINGTON- BOGUE FALAYA PARK.
    • According to their website: “This fun, family event includes patriotic music and fireworks at Bogue Falaya Park in downtown Covington. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will an exciting fireworks display beginning at dusk (approximately 8:45 pm). Free for kids are face painting and balloon twisting, and concessions will be available for purchase. You can also join in the 2nd annual Hot Dog Eating Challenge, starting at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic. This event is free and open to the public.”
  • WED. JULY 3 @6PM: PEARL RIVER 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION– PEARL RIVER- DOWNTOWN
    • Opening celebration is at 6PM and fireworks will begin at dusk.  Admission is free and there are multiple activities for children.
    • Click here for all the details!
  • THURSDAY, JULY 4 11AM- TIL 10PM: MADSIONVILLE OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION– WATER STREET ON THE MADISONVILLE RIVERFRONT
    • Fireworks begin at 8:30PM, admission is free
    • parade, pageant, kids activities, contests, prizes and food!
    • Schedule of Events
  • THURSDAY, JULY 4 4-6PM: THE MANDE MILKSHAKERS INDEPENDENCE DAY EXTRAVAGANZA– MANDEVILLE LAKEFRONT

 

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🏡New Listing🏡 114 Windsong Place, Pearl River, LA 70452

This adorable, newly updated home has it all! It is completely move-in ready and is located on a quiet, dead-end street. It has never flooded! Features include:

  • 4 bedrooms/2 baths
  • 1590 square feet living
  • new flooring
  • freshly painted interior
  • 3 cm granite
  • instant hot water
  • black granite under mount sinks
  • low decibel dishwasher and disposal
  • gas hookups behind stove
  • laundry room with built-in ironing board
  • office/computer area
  • large fenced yard with rear shed
  • carport for RV, boat or car storage

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Northshore Neighborhood Spotlight: Riverwood

(Covington, LA, 70433)

The Northshore is filled with so many beautiful neighborhoods! We want to spotlight different neighborhoods each week to show what the Northshore has to offer. What’s so great about our area is the ability to choose between newer neighborhoods and older, more established neighborhoods. There are benefits to both and it ultimately comes down to your personal preference. Love mature trees and a mixture of architectural styles? An older neighborhood might be for you. Prefer the low maintenace of fewer trees and more modern homes? You might want to concentrate your home search on a more recently built subdivision.

The Neighborhood of Riverwood

Today we are going to spotlight Riverwood subdivision. Riverwood is one of the most established subdivisions in Covington, having been founded 1964, but it is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods, as well. It borders both the Pontchitolawa Creek and the Tchefuncte River and its 344 homes are all situated on at least 1/2 acre lots. Located in Covington, but close to Mandeville and the Causeway, Riverwood offers great convenience to New Orleans commuters, as well. Driving through Riverwood, its easy to see why its one of the most beloved Northshore neighborhoods. The beautiful, mature trees make for a serene and park-like setting while the large lots lend a feeling of openness and space.

Tree canopy in Riverwood

Amenities

Riverwood offers many amenities to its residents, including a pool, clubhouse, playgrounds, boat dock and boat launches. Riverwood does have a governing body called the Riverwood Improvement Association. Membership is mandatory for residents and the annual dues are $160. The pool, however, requires an additional annual fee of $230 for a family membership and $130 for a senior/single membership- not a bad price for the convenience of swimming right down the street from your home!

Home Ownership in Riverwood

As the square footages of homes in Riverwood vary greatly, so do the home prices. Currently, there are homes listed in Riverwood between $240,000 (with 2085 sq ft) and $620,000 (with 5307 sq ft)! So Riverwood presents home ownership opportunities for a wide range of potential homeowners. But one thing is common among every Riverwood resident- pride of ownership!

Check out some pictures of Riverwood and its great amenities!

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Playground
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gated entry to clubhouse/pool/boat docks/playground

Do you live in Riverwood? What else is special about it? What other neighborhoods would you like to see spotlighted? Leave us a comment below!

Northshore Easter Bunny Photo Opportunities

Hi all! With Easter quickly approaching, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the upcoming local opportunities to take pictures with the Easter bunny. We are lucky to live in an area that affords us ample opportunities to carry out this much-loved tradition. Please note that the popular Southern Hotel in Covington’s bunny photo sessions have completely SOLD OUT. Here are some other local opportunities that are still available:

Friday April 5 from 5-10PM-OLDE TOWNE CRAWL– located in Olde Towne Slidell across from the soda shop. Pictures are free!

Saturday April 6 from 1-4pm- THE CANDY BANK– 201 Carroll Street in Old Mandeville. Photographer Steve Randon will be offering 4×6 photos.

Saturday April 6 from 9-11AM- CROSSGATES SPRING FLING– Gause Blvd location in Slidell. The bunny will be available for photos and an $8 admission includes lots of other fun activities!

Saturday, April 13 10-12:30AM- EASTER AT THE MARKET– located at the Mandeville Trailhead. Photos and many other activties for the family to enjoy.

Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 from 12-4PM- PETSMART– The Mandeville PetSmart will offer free bunny photos with your pet and the rest of your family!

Saturday April 13 from 10-12- NORTHSHORE PARENT EASTER EGG HUNT- your $5 admission (for everyone over age 6 months) will include activites and a picture taking station with the Easter bunny.

LEARNING EXPRESS MANDEVILLE– will host a second round of bunny pics at a date and time to be announced, so stay tuned for that information.

Did I miss one? Fill us in below! Take care and Happy Easter!