Last week, I was driving across southern Louisiana between New Orleans and Houston on I-10, and pulled off at a random exit for a pit stop and refreshments. As I turned into the Dairy Queen parking lot, a giant metal sculpture caught my eye:
In case you didn’t know:
There you go, a mural of a frog who as been smoking boudin* instead of eating it, judging by the eyes. The black outline represents the dead body, I mean the shape of the great State of Louisiana.
I like this state. The people are generally friendly. They have all this water just lying around on the ground, in the open, doing nothing, which is pretty amazing after a year in drought-stricken Texas. They think fried chicken is health food. There are mosquitos the size of Volkswagens and alligators the size of semis. They have fantastic local cuisine, except for the deep-fried nutria.
In case you’re still not convinced that this is truly Frog City, I offer the following evidence, all recorded less than 200 yards from the Interstate exit.
*Boudin is a sausage made with ground pork, seasonings, and rice. It is quite wonderful grilled and served with a side of Creole style mustard. Since it’s about half rice, it’s not as dense or ‘meaty’ as most sausages. The Boudin served in Louisiana is the ‘boudin blanc’ referred to in the Wikipedia entry. Upscale restaurants and trendy chefs will make things like duck boudin, or chicken boudin with herbs, or other variations. While good, true Cajun boudin is pork. Period.
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