Re:Trip to Louisiana
Wed, 03/10/10 2:54 PM
Saturday April 4 cont. We soon arrived at a Roadhouse named Bayou Barn, for the crawfish boil. The food was ready, so we quickly jumped in the short buffet line. Among the items available were boiled Cajun potatoes, corn on the cob and two different kinds of jambalaya, one of which had alligator in it! There was also a large boat full of boiled shrimp. Unexpectedly, the shrimp still had their heads on, which was very cool. Outside, there was also a roast pig. And, of course, you can't have a crawfish boil without crawfish. All the food was all-you-can-eat and I promise you that my group of four ate their fair share. My vote for the best food went to the roast pork, Johnny loved the jambalaya, while Doug and Mariton voted for the crawfish. While we were eating, I had noticed a man sitting by himself. Our table could only fit four, so I couldn't invite him over, so I went and joined him. And he wasn't just anyone. It was Holly Moore of Hollyeats, my second favorite food website. Here is a photo of the two of us. He is a real nice guy. Why does it look like he is eating off of my plate? Hmmmm. A couple other photos: That last photo is my buddy Doug, chatting with Roadfooder JoeRogo. Since they are both from NE PA, they had lots to talk about and Doug told me later what a great guy he thought Joe was. Truthfully, I had so much fun socializing and meeting other Roadfooders, that I didn't eat nearly as much as usual. Since the Bayou Barn is literally right next to the water, we had plenty of visitors looking for food handouts. There was also a terrific live band, with many people dancing. The best dancer was Holden, a friend from past tours and one of the most enthusiastic Roadfooders out there. Jane and Michael Stern eventually took the stage and along with others from the Roadfood team, started playing along with the band on washboards and tambourines. On the bus over, they passed out notecards with numbers on them. Whatever number you received, you were now part of that group. Somehow, Doug, Mariton and I all ended up in group #5. Johnny was in another group. It was then explained to us that each group was to write their own jingle about Roadfood, perform it on stage and then the winners would get a prize. The prize was an advanced copy of the new Jane & Michael Stern book, "500 Things To Eat Before It's Too Late". Now, my buddy Doug is very creative, so I assumed that he and I would write our song. But, when we went looking for the rest of the people in our group, it turns out that one of them had already written one. Doug and I read it and our eyes lit up. This woman from Scotland had done a great job on the jingle, set to the Broadway song, "There's No Business Like Show Business". The nice people working in the office of Bayou Barn let us make some copies and we went off to practice. Soon, it was time for the competition. This group here went before us and were hilarious. This man, (who I believe is EliseT's husband) went up by himself and was also very funny. Other crowd pleasers were Holden, again by himself and our own CarolinaBob, with a poetic insult aimed at Chili's. Good job Bob! When it came time to go up on stage, Mariton balked, because she is shy and not growing up in the USA, she had never heard the song before. When I told her that if she goes and we win, she can give her copy of the book to cousin Johnny. Being the trooper she is, she agreed to go. I kept my copy of the lyrics and here it is: There's no food like Roadfood, the best food of all, up in Boston over to Chicago, down to Houston over to N'Orleans if Jane and Michael say we have to go there, we'll go there and feast, on pies and chicken and ribs and lickin' our lips, we'll make our way home, saying that this year was, just the best one yet, new friends we've met, our minds are set, the Sterns know food that is a fact, no need to check, Roadfoods the way to go! To make a long story short, we were declared the winners, along with the earlier group. I thought they were better than us, but I wasn't about to argue. No matter, it was still so much fun! It was eventually time to go home and we rode the bus back to Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. Since CarolinaBob was parked quite a distance away and none of us were keen on him walking so far, we gave him a ride back to his car. From there, it was straight back to the hotel. Everyone I spoke to had a fantastic time at the Roadfood Crawfish boil and it was one of my highlights of the year.
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