Mudbugs

While we were still in Kansas, one of our favorite restaurants was Red Beans Bayou Grill, a mostly Cajun joint on west 21st St. in Wichita. We loved the etoufee, jambalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice. Our favorite event of River Festival each May was the Cajun food festival with Zydeco music. All that said, I guess it just figures that we love the food here in Louisiana!

Etoufee comes in several flavors like shrimp, chicken and crawfish, but our favorite is crawfish. It’s one thing to eat that dish with little pieces of meat in it and quite another to look at the little critters whole! Did I mention that their nickname is mudbugs? We stopped at a little shop in Lake Charles yesterday at noon.

They mostly sell crawfish, fish and shrimp raw, but they also sell them boiled, along with corn on the cob and red potatoes. We ordered 3 pounds of boiled crawfish and chose to eat at the picnic table on the premises. This is the remains about halfway through the meal!

This is definitely one of those foods that use more calories to get to than they provide. I checked in my Weight Watchers book and it takes 16 crawfish to equal 2 ounces of meat!

Our faces and hands were orange with the spices used in the boil, but those mudbugs were sure good. And no, we didn’t suck the heads.

Lake Charles was having a festival this weekend and we saw various arts on the streets. Several young dancers were dancing to swing music so we stopped to watch.

Beneath their feet you can see a picture with a quotation. The sidewalks were sprinkled with them, the work of school kids mostly dated 2006. Across the street we spotted a mime at work, too.

We spent the night at Camp Wal-Mart in Breaux Bridge and ate, what else, Cajun food again. LeRoy had crawfish etoufee and I had something new to me, macque choux, pronounced mach shoe, I think the waitress said. It’s a mixture of corn and crawfish served over rice. What’s not to like about that?

While we were looking for information about RV parks in the area, we saw the drawbridge for which the town gets its name. It appears that the center section raises straight up.

Today we’re on our way to New Orleans and have just stopped at one of my favorite sightseeing places of all, an outlet mall! Fortunately, shopping and buying are not necessarily synonymous, or we’d be in big trouble.

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