There's no place in the US - the world for that matter - quite like Louisiana.

We have our own way of doing almost everything, our own language (sort of), our own customs, our own music, and the best food on Earth. It's easy to tell when somebody's "Not from here."

I'm "Not from here," but I've been here long enough to know saving something isn't a "rescue operation," and what "makin' groceries" means.

My first job in the Bayou state was with a Baton Rouge based cafeteria chain. I learned Monday means red beans & rice. They taught me to make gumbo, crawfish etoufee, and to put bacon in my green beans.

Here's a list of 13 things from that you have to do to be "Officially" a Louisianian.