Thursday, April 16, 2015

Full Immersion Cajun Experience Part II

Tim and Diane's Cajun experience continued with a slower day on Friday, but still enjoying the food and people of Acadiana.   
We started with a late lunch at Dupuy's where they both had alligator bites and oyster appetizers.  This was followed by a fried shrimp dinner for Di and an eggplant Abbeville, a dish covered with a wonderful creamed crab sauce, for Tim.  They are both getting into the Cajun cuisine. 
Friday evening it was back to Betty's for her famous happy hour(s).  Here are Betty, Nanc and Di having a fun time sharing tales. 
Early Saturday morning (6AM) we were up and on our way to Cafe des Amis in Breaux Bridge for the Zydeco breakfast.  This is always on our must do list when we come to Acadiana and our goal is always to be first in line so we can get a good table where we can see the band while having breakfast. 
Here is why we go so early. The place only seats about 50 people, so less than half these people got in for the first seating.  Of course they can go to the bar for a drink, listen to the music and dance while they are waiting.
As you can see the place is packed with revelers dancing and enjoying a great time by 8:30AM.  Here is a link to a short video of Nanc and Di dancing to the music of Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush.
The band starts shortly after 8AM and goes nonstop until 11.  The Zydeco breakfast is a must see for anyone traveling through Acadiana.
While Nanc and Di were energized enough to do a bit of shopping after breakfast, Tim and I found a nice bench where we took a short nap:)  We did head back to Betty's for a longer nap before heading to our next Cajun experience........
 .............the Cajun jam session at Touchet's.  This music is very different from Zydeco and hearing both in one day gives you a chance to hear how they differ.  Here is a the link to a short video of the Cajun music.
The RVers from Betty's are big supporters of the Cajun jam sessions.  Left are Cookie, Nanc, Larry and Linda.  Right are Elle, Ken, Marie, Diane and Tim.  It was great seeing Ken and Elle whom we met here five years ago.
More RVers at Touchet's.  Steve, Diane, Nanc, Renita and Mark all having a fun time.
To the delight of all, Saturday activities were not yet over as Larry, Ken, Wayne, Dan and Cal jammed back at Betty's.  They took turns playing their favorite music from country to blues.
During the jam Elle and Linda brought out the washboard and ugly stick and provided more entertainment.
Di, Nanc and Tim were soon carrying on to the beat of the music...... everyone joined in, making it a fun evening.
Betty, the hostess with the mostest, joined in the fun.  Saturday was a long day but it sure gave our guests a better understanding of why we love to come to Betty's.
Sunday we just kicked back and relaxed after a long day on Saturday.  Of course we had to eat, so it was time for another Cajun eating experience, boiled crawfish.  Diane and Tim had never had mudbugs before, but they went though five pounds of crawfish and a pound of shrimp like real Cajuns. 
Sunday was also time to celebrate the birthday of one of Betty's "famous" Rvers, Brenda Lee.  I'm sure many people remember her song I'm Sorry.  I can tell you no one goes away sorry when they come to Betty's.

1 comment:

Bobbie and Jim said...

What a grand Cajun Experience you gave your friends. You really added all the "essential ingredients". Good job.