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The Cajun culture centres around cooking and eating. Each ethnic group has retained food traditions, and even within the various groups, traditions vary from area to area, and family to family. The cuisine is quite diverse and often very complex emanating from over 300 years of mixing cultures. The French contributed sauces (sauce piquante, étouffée, stews, bisque), sweets (pralines which was modified French confection with pecans instead of the original walnuts), and breads (French bread, beignets or square doughnuts with powdered sugar, and corasse, fried bread dough eaten with cane syrup). The Spanish contributed the jambalaya (a spicy rice dish like the paella). The Africans added okra which was either barbecue or deep-fat fryed. The Spanish then Okra with added hot spices and in soups. The Germans, who were in Louisiana prior to the Acadians, added their sausages (andouille and boudin) and "Creole" or brown mustard. The influence of the Caribbean came in the form of the bean and rice dishes of red beans and rice and congri (crowder peas and rice). Native Americans donatee filé and a liking for corn bread.
Gumbo which is closely identified with South Louisiana combines African, European and Native American cultures. This dish so closely identified with South Louisiana, melds African, European, and Native American cultures.
Address: New Orleans
Beignets (Ben Yay) - are donuts with corners and no holes, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Dressed - Sandwiches served with lettuce, tomatoes and mayo.
Gumbo (Gum bow) - Thick soup stock served with rice, duck, chicken, okra, shrimp, crabs
Hush Puppy - Fried cornmeal bread ball
Jambalaya (Jum' ba lie ya) - Rice based dish with anything - Poultry, tomatoes and cooked rice, ham, shrimp, chicken, celery, onions & and just about every seasoning.
Grits - Ground hominy grain, served as breakfast
Mudbugs - crawfish from the bayou! ("Crawfish boils" are a big party in New Orleans!)
Plantain (plan' ten) - Vegetable banana side dish--cooked like candied yams, served with meats; sometimes for breakfast (great!)
Po-Boys - French Bread sandwich split open and served with oysters, shrimp, ham, roast beef and gravy, soft shelled crabs
Crawfish - Elsewhere known as crayfish. Locals call them mudbugs. It's an edible, freshwater crustacean, frequently boiled with Creole seasoning, garlic, onions, new potatoes, and citrus.
Red Beans and Rice - Monday night tradition in New Orleans--Kidney beans served with rice, seasonings, spices and chunks of hot sausage.
Sauce Piquant (Sauce pee kont) - Spicy red gravy or sauce
Shrimp Creole - Shrimp dish served with a garlic, onion, bell pepper and tomato sauce
Tasso - Smoked red pepper ham
Pain Perdu (Pan pair do) - French bread served in similar fashion to French toast
Boudin (boo dan) – Hot spicy pork mixed with onions, cooked rice, herbs and stuffed in sausage casing.
Couche couche (koosh koosh) – a Cajun cornmeal cereal usually eaten with milk or syrup.
Crappie (crop ee) – Also called sac-a-lait, a large bream-like food fish.
Dirty Rice – pan fried leftover cooked rice sautéed with green peppers, onion, celery, stock, liver, giblets and many other ingredients.
Grillades (gree yads) – squares of broiled beef or veal. Grillades and grits is a popular N’awlins breakfast.
Address: New Orleans
This is in the Horseshoe Hotel and Casino. We checked out a few casino buffets before deciding on this one. Hollywood was very good, Casino Magic looked awful. The buffet was pretty extensive - huge bowls of shrimp along with Italian, Chinese, ribs, steak, chicken steaks, a good salad bar and vegetable dishes, not to mention a very good desert bar. Or just have some ice cream and put all your own toppings on it. Service was also very good. If you are a senior citizen, let them know and you will get 10% off. The Hollywood Casino also does a great buffet - good value for money.
Address: Horseshoe Casino, 711 Horseshoe Dr, Shreveport
This is an institution in New Orleans and no one goes to New Orleans without going to Café de Monde for Beignets (Ben Yeahs) and Café au Lait. The Beignets are a French style donut that are drowned (and I mean drowned) in powdered sugar. They come in servings of 3 and you can take out or have there – we did both. During the week and later in the morning the café was crowded but getting a seat was no problem. On a Saturday morning the scene is a whole lot different especially with a game on at the Superdome between Mississippi and Texas. The queue was a long way down and even the take out window queue was backed right up so be prepared to wait. But the wait is worth it and it is certainly a New Orleans tradition worth doing.
Address: 800 Decatur St, New Orleans
Price: less than US$10
Pat O’Brien’s was established in 1933 by Pat O’Brien and is probably the most famous hot spot in the city. Originally they were in the historical LaBranche building on Royal and St Peter Sts but moved to Bourbon Street in 1942. This building was built in 1791 as a private home which became the first Spanish theatre in the US. It was then a private home by the DeFlechie family before it was purchased by Pat O’Brien. It is said to have the largest volume business of its size of any other drink establishment in the world. There are several bars and a relaxing courtyard restaurant complete with fountain, for dining.
Favorite Dish: They serve many dishes of local cuisine including Etouffee’ (ay’ too fay). I had the Crawfish Etouffee which was very good. There are many variations but mostly it is a dish of rice and shell fish or meat and vegetable and smothered with a dark roux or tomato based sauce.
Address: 624 Bourbon Street, New Orleans
Lasyone Meat Pie Kitchen is famous for its meat pies, red beans, rice & sausage not to mention Cane River Cream Pie. For over a quarter of a century it has been a stopping off place for locals and travellers.
Favorite Dish: The ‘dirty rice’ and squash casserole is good not to mention the meat pie of course. They have a salad bar for repeat refills or just a ‘one trip’ salad for $2.95. The corn fritters weren’t quite what I was used to – more like a rolled deep fried corn bread ball. The menu has other 'specials for the day.'
Open Monday through Saturday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Address: 622 Second Street, Natchitoches
Price: less than US$10
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