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Re: “Thibo-don't bother

As a full-blooded Cajun, I am fairly certain that a restaurant owned by a mediocre hotel chain could never deliver anything other than what the reviewer described, I wanted to add one piece of advice and clarify a myth about Cajun cuisine to anyone wanting to try Cajun food for the first time. As a rule, when you go to a "Cajun" restaurant, don't order Italian food! Would you go to a BBQ joint and order sushi? No! Just because it's offered doesn't mean you should order it. Now, for the myth: Cajun food is not meant to be super spicy. The Cajun people left France for what is now known as Nova Scotia. The were then exiled again, and migrated to South Louisiana (no, people from North Louisiana know nothing about Cajun food). Because Cajuns are French, they are typically Catholic. Because the majority of Cajuns are Catholic (Lafayette, LA- considered the heart of Cajun Country-which by the way does NOT include New Orleans- has the second highest population of Catholics in the US. The population is roughly 150,000. You do the math.) Catholics typically have lots of children. Children typically cannot tolerate the heat generated from pepper. Cajun food is spicy, meaning that it is flavorful and full of a variety of spices. The Cajuns were poor, but they knew how to farm. And, in the sub-tropical climate combined with the rich and fertile soil, were able to grow the spices that are indicative of the Cajun cuisine. The spicy, peppery reputation was created in order to create an exotic mystery around the food. Entice people to try it by daring them to eat the hottest food imaginable. So- here are some very authentic Cajun dishes- Gumbo- a heavy soup served over rice. The base of this soup is roux (made from cooking flour and oil for a long time) and what is called "The Holy Trinity", onions, green bell pepper, and celery. Not tomato or any other crap. Etouffe: this means smothered in French. It's thick, creamy, heavy, and delicious! It can be made with shrimp or crawfish. I have made it for my squeamish friends with chicken and it was pretty good. I hope this helps anyone who wants to try Cajun food, although I would think a chain hotel restaurant would be last on my list of places to spend money! Laissez les bon temps roulez! That means "let the good times roll!"

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Posted by alithecajun on 12/17/2008 at 4:00 PM

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