And when I say experience the tastes, I really mean it. Like any good festival or fair, it was a junk food bonanza. Upon entering the park—which was filled with vendor booths hawking all sorts of goodies as well as hundreds of people milling about or sitting in lawn chairs to hear the jazz and blues music emanating from the concert stages—my eyes were met with a line of makeshift kitchens, some of which were turning out culinary delights rarely found in this part of the country, such as hush puppies, beignets and alligator-on-a-stick. Fried alligator? Hmm, I’ll pass, thanks.
Had to have the beads. They are actually little dice. I felt like I should have done something inappropriate to get these Mardi Gras beads, but don't worry ma, I didn't!
But wait. Pulled pork sandwich, shave ice and funnel cake? Now that’s right up my alley. The boy and I were starving once we got to the festival since it was about 2 in the afternoon so we immediately took stock of our options—which meant walking back and forth, carefully scanning each menu, for a good 15 minutes. Finally, we settled on our choices. For him: spicy Cajun fried chicken and French fries. For me: A messy, BBQ sauce-laden, pulled pork sandwich topped with crunchy cole slaw. It was so big I had to eat it with a knife and fork. Serious.
But that was only the start of our calorie-overload adventure in Cajun-land. Check out the photos to get the full (and I mean, full) picture.
**A bite-sized movie review: "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" is just “eh.” Better to see it on DVD if you haven’t already shelled out 20 bucks to see it in the theater. While I am a devotee to romantic comedies, this was the type of film that gives chick flicks a bad name. It was at times boring but, most unfortunately, it was not very funny. No LOL-ing here. And not even the devilishly handsome Matthew McConaughey could save it. Better luck next time, I guess. I hate to admit it, but we should have gone and seen the boy’s top pick: "Terminator Salvation." I had resisted, not because I don’t want to see it, but because the last two movies we saw were "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (good plot, great action, fantastically hunky leading man) and "Star Trek" (you already know my opinion on that). What can I say? Lesson learned. For now.
P.S. Thanks for all the nice comments on my tattoo!