During our recent drive from Central Oregon to South Florida, we stopped off in Cajun Country in and around Lafayette, Louisiana. We camped in Carencro, and from there, ventured out to enjoy Cajun food, Cajun music, and a swamp tour aboard a small boat.
It was super-interesting to experience a bit of the Cajun culture. Not only did we have Cajun music entertaining us during dinner, we also had it during breakfast. Yes, in the town of Breaux Bridge, a restaurant offers a Zydeco breakfast concert. It was great! Of course, we hung around Breaux Bridge for the early afternoon jam session in a local café.
Later that same day, we went to a crackling cook off in Parks, Louisiana. What that you say, you don’t know what cracklings are. Well, they’re deep fried pig fat. Yes, you simply cut a thick layer of pig fat about three inches square, and then deep fry it (in pig fat) in a large pot over an open fire. Then, when it’s cooked down to maybe ¾ inch square, you serve it up in a greasy, brown paper bag. Yes, Cajun music accompaniment plus cardiologist and ambulance standing by.