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My Confusing Horoscope

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  1. In southwest Louisiana, look for barbecue at places where they say they serve Creole, which means something very different there than in New Orleans. There are some places in Lafayette, for instance. Laura's, where you might get Cajun rice dressing along with your barbecue chicken. Dwight's in Lafayette is very popular for barbecue but only on Sundays. There must be some barbecue in Baton Rouge, too, but I am not familiar with it. Louisiana may not be Texas nor Memphis when it comes to barbecue, but it's probably more unique for its sides, in my opinion.
  2. Thanks for this tip! We were there in Truro last Sunday. I think what makes the fish and chips different here is the sweetness of the batter on the haddock. It almost tastes like waffles. It was just different from the other fish and chip dinners we had. And the lady behind the counter is quite a character, calling everyone honey, sweety, and my love. The hostess of our bed and breakfast said at first she thought it was an act, but she has since concluded she's just like that all the time. In Halifax we enjoyed the Five Fishermen. Happy hour from 4-6 with oysters for 1.50 a piece. I had Beaus
  3. I wasn't able to find poutine rapée in any restaurant on my recent trip to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, but a friend we visited in Halifax fixed us some delicious fresh mackerel and mussels. The mackerel was boiled and served with potatoes and onions. The mussels were steamed in white wine and garlic. We got a fine sample of NS home cooking from a generous host!
  4. My wife and I will be in the Moncton area June 20 (maybe staying in Dieppe or Shediac). Is poutine râpée the kind of thing we could typically get in a restaurant in that area or is it mostly a home dish? We would love to try it! Thanks! (Being a Cajun from Southwest Louisiana, I know first-hand that the best Cajun dishes are usually found in people's homes! Those who've only had Cajun food in restaurants don't know what they are missing, really)
  5. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal there! It's changed hands over the years. Some years it's been great, other times not so much. For what it's worth, Times of Acadiana has a People's Choice poll that ranked the chef, Brian Blanchard, 2nd, after Holly Goetting at Charley G's, but the rankings for Italian restaurants in Lafayette were notably unreliable: http://www.timesofacadiana.com/apps/pbcs.d...WS0104/80617006
  6. Made a quick trip through Lafayette last week. I can confirm that the Chris's Poboys on Moss Street is still as good as ever! Some people swear by Old Tyme Grocery on St. Mary Street but I have always been partial to Chris's. I breathed the whole roast pork poboy. I wish Philadelphia people who are proud of their roast pork sub could compare it with what Chris's serves! So much flavor in the thinly cut, moist roast! Dressed with just some shredded cabbage and a combination of mayo and mustard sauce. We also went to Pizza Village on Moss Street -- first time in years and as good as I remember
  7. Preview from a documentary called "Raised on Rice and Gravy." http://www.theind.com/index.php?option=com...=2291&Itemid=96
  8. If you can include products, your daughter might like to research Tabasco sauce, Steen's Syrup, and Louisiana coffees like Community and Mello Joy.
  9. The Independent Weekly has a story this week on places in and around Lafayette: http://www.theind.com/cover2.asp?CID=-2034404030 They left out Chris' Poboys on Ambassador Caffery in Lafayette, which is in a combination gas station-wine and cigar shop. Strange combination but they have my favorite poboys in the area: roast pork especially.
  10. Right at Metro Center is Ristorante Tosca for pasta. Good for eating at the bar. Nearby is Brasserie Beck, a Belgian place that opened last summer. Have a good stay!
  11. The link to those boudin ratings is in the story, but I thought I would also put it here. Don't aks me why.
  12. The Boudin Link story in The Ind On my last trip, I am sorry I didn't make it to the Eunice Superette, but I got some at Johnson's Grocery (now called Raymond Grocery) and it's still my favorite! The review at Boudin Link is outdated. So much boudin, so little time....
  13. She was a kind soul in Houston for the Katrina refugees, as I recall, and I will appreciate her for that.
  14. Just back from a four day trip to Lafayette. Food wasn't so much the focus of my trip this time, but I am happy to report on some old favorites that are still good! Boudin: Johnson's Grocery in Eunice is still the best! Same place but it's now called Raymond Grocery and it's open everyday! I like their spices and their ratio of meat to rice. It's tight in the casing and and crisp enough to eat, which I prefer to the rubbery casing at Hebert's Specialty Meats in Maurice Boudin and cracklins: Best Stop in Scott. Seafood gumbo: Don's in Lafayette. The original one downtown on Lee. I wish I could
  15. Thanks! I will check it out! Is it really about Louisiana cuisine or is it about New Orleans cuisine as suggested in the abstract? Did you research Acadiana too?
  16. Sorry for your bad experience, but it sounds very uncharacteristic to me. We've been eating at Sergio's for years and never had a similar experience. They certainly handle that volume on many occasions that we have been there, so I am guessing that they were a waiter short that night. (They've been having the same waiters there for years, too).
  17. Nice report! Hope to be down there in June visiting family. How was the music? Glad you mentioned Don's Seafood Hut. My wife's FAVORITE bread pudding, served soft and warm with cream. We never miss it when we are down there. You will see roux-based gumbos or okra-based gumbos but not a mix of the roux and okra in that area, if they are old-timey. That's more like NOLA. I like them both.
  18. How do you serve gumbo at your house? Do you put the gumbo in your bowl first then add the rice, as all feeling hearts and civilized people certainly do, or do you put your rice first and then pour gumbo over it, like those uncouth in-laws do it? It doesn't much affect the taste, but this has been the subject of disagreement between my nieces and their husbands.
  19. To dip in your barbecue sauce? Evangeline Maid, the bread of southwest Louisiana.
  20. Thanks a lot for your Katrina coverage. It was very moving. Good luck in your new endeavors! Okra? YES!!!
  21. My enterprising wife ordered 3 packs of tails online from Louisiana Crawfish this week for $56, shipped overnight, and they were from an outfit in Eunice. Pretty good too! Might seem steep, but we made 3 meals for the 2 of us off 2 pounds with an etouffee, and 1 is going to go real soon in a risotto recipe we have. The UL alumni crawfish boil will take place first week in May. In recent years it's been held at a park in Mt. Vernon, VA.
  22. In Louisiana we thought of maple syrup as the American kind and Steen's cane syrup as the Cajun kind. I am sure local maple syrup is much better in New England, but maple syrup in some form is sold all over the country, no? What about breakfast cereal for the list? Like Corn Flakes and Wheaties? "Breakfast of champions."
  23. Well, countries (and our own regions) are not always seen by others in their best light; sometimes by cliches and stereotypes. To return to the analogy with jazz for a moment. On the jazz music boards I visit, there are actually frequent discussions whether jazz is the truly uniquely American musical contribution to the world's culture, and people on those boards actually do say, without a speck of irony, YES, jazz is. Then come the tortured arguments justifying WHY so many of our musical genres are NOT uniquely American. Blues? No, came from Africa. Hillbilly? No, came from Scotland. Cajun? N
  24. Boiling Point on HWY 90 between New Iberia and Lafayette might also be the place you visited? Better call ahead for any of these out of the way places. I wouldn't want to steer you wrong on availability. Todd makes a good point.
  25. It may be early for crawfish but I have had them before New Year's some years. You could probably try closer to New Orleans, but if you want to go to the country, these recommendations on Emeril's site are still good.
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