Acadiana

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A refreshing trip to the cradle of Cajun and Creole cooking and small communities proud of their unique heritage.  What really made this stop memorable were the people we met and the amazing flavors we tasted.  While we didn't stay long, we packed in many rich experiences and even found time to watch most of the NCAA playoff game thanks to a massive, wall size TV screen housed in a posh, new sushi bar located in Lafayette's otherwise dead (on a Monday night anyway) downtown area.

We inadvertently completed an "exploratory (get lost) drive" somewhere around Butte La Rose, LA, whereby our search for McGee's Landing, a NY Times reviewed crawfish hot spot, all but seemed a lost cause after passing several miles of tiny vacation homes (with individual names like, "Dad's Pad When Mom's Mad", Laissez Bon Temp Rollez", "Casa Cielo" and "The Heavenly Spot"), a crazy, drawbridge operated by some sort archaic pulley system, and several more miles of narrow, barely paved road sandwiched between a levee and a river.  We did finally arrive at McGee's, but found it closed, for lunch that is.  The friendly lady we ran into on our way back to the car told us that, in fact, they were open on Mondays, but only for cleaning and swamp tours.  We lunched, instead, at Chez Jacqueline's (located in Breaux Bridge), a very long wait, but very good seafood gumbo.  We pulled into Blue Moon Saloon Guesthouse just in time to catch the last of the sun on hitting the front porch.  A nice treat on what turned out to be an unexpectedly cold day.

Our visit to Lafayette was greatly enriched by Blue Moon Saloon Guesthouse.  Known as a good live music venue, there was a show even on an otherwise dead Monday night.  We caught a little of it after dinner.  Josh Hoge, Tony Lucca, and Curtis Peoples played until close to midnight.  Extraordinary fellow travelers we met and roomed with at Blue Moon engaged us in conversation until early in the morning.  We got to know a wonderful, young Marxist scholar, Marcello from Naples, Italy and Brice, a super nice guy from Iowa who's riding his bike around the world on $3 a day.  After discussing U.S. political and economic history, Marx, and 20th century American novelists with Marcello, we moved on to food, and Café des Amis, a restaurant located in Pont Breaux, LA, that Marcello had visited earlier that day, and highly recommended.  So, the next morning, we packed up, said our goodbyes, exchanged contact info and arrived at Café des Amis just in time for a very special lunch.  John says it's the best meal he's had, ever.  And it was amazingly good.  Between the two of us, we savored the turtle soup, crawfish etouffee corn bread, crab cakes with Vidalia Onion dressing and for dessert, bread pudding with white chocolate sauce.  Our palettes and hearts were delighted by what we found in Acadiana.
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Samuel on

I have to go to Covent Garden next week, This is undoubtedly, one of the best and the most famous regions in London. It is also one of the best places in London for shopping and socializing. This dazzling district offers a wide variety of entertainment such as shopping, eating, Can you tell me where to Book Cafe des Amis restaurant ?

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