Cajun Country road trippin’–

IMG_0034 IMG_0040BAM!  Get on I-10 west heading out of New Orleans Airport, and in about an hour you enter Cajun Country deep in the bayous and swamps collectively known as Atchafalaya.  This is a magical place to visit in the United States because it truly feels like a foreign country in some of these parts, and this is a wonderful thing.

The Cajun people are descendants of the Acadians.  Acadians are basically French people who were kicked out of France a long time ago, made there way to Canada where they were kicked out by the Brits way back in the 18th century, and then they–the Acadians–eventually made their way down to these swampy parts in southwestern Louisiana where they now thrive with big farms, humble towns and villages, amazing food (Cajun breakfast on Saturdays in a town called Breaux Bridge is a sight to behold), lively music, staunch no-b.s. personalities, and a work ethic as powerful and enduring as that of any other group of people on Earth.  There are a lot of good vibes to soak up down here.  I highly recommend a visit to towns like Breaux Bridge, Eunice, Rayne, Lafayette, Welsh, Washington, Lutcher, Gramercy, Avery Island, etc.  There is no “scene” here–just great food, great people, great scenery, great music, and a vibe that is unique in the sometimes kooky country known as the U.S. of A.  Google “Cajuns” to learn more. . .you will like. . .plus, it’s just fun and good to learn stuff.

I send you straight-forward vibes from Cajun Country. . .feel them. . .they are real good for you.

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Just a light lunch…Cajun style–

IMG_0026 IMG_0023 IMG_0020 IMG_0028BOOM!  Here we are packin’ away a light lunch at Nobile’s in Lutcher, Louisiana–the only lunch spot in town.  Everyone who is anyone in town lunches here, and for good reason. . .the chicken and andouille gumbo is delicious, the seafood gumbo is delectable, the fried chicken is moist and crispy, the baked oysters are spicy and tangy, the butter beans and catfish are scrumptious, and the bread pudding is soothing and satisfying. . .mmm, aaaahh!  And it is all washed down with bottomless unsweetened iced tea–jaaa!!  Get on up in here and gobble away. . .I love lunching at Nobile’s, and you will too if you ever find yourself tooling around on the outskirts of Cajun Country.

I send you filling vibes from Lutcher, Louisiana. . .feel them. . .they are good for you.

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#1 potato chips…on Earth–

IMG_0005IMG_0002 IMG_0007 IMG_0009POW!  Here we are visiting the factory where they make the absolute tastiest potato chips on Earth, Zapp’s, located in Gramercy, Louisiana on the outskirts of Cajun Country.  The tastiest flavor of all is the Spicy Cajun Crawtators, and we are lucky enough to receive a gift of chips fresh off the production line. . .they are warm, crisp, and oh-so spicy and tasty. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!  If you love potato chips, and I know you do, then you must make a pilgrimage here at some point in your life. . .just drive on into Gramercy. . .go north from the center of town until you reach Airline Road. . .turn right. . .and the factory is on your left.  Walk up to the front door, ask for Herb, tell him you love these chips, and he might treat you to the best tasting chips you have ever had: Crawtators fresh off the line. . .jaaaa!

I send you crispy vibes from Gramercy, Louisiana. . .feel them. . .they are humble and good.

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#1 lobster roll…Boston–

photo 4 photo 3 photo 2photo 1OH BOY!  Here we are puttin’ a feed on at a fabulous joint called Neptune in Boston.  I don’t know if it is “the best” on planet Earth, but I do know that the lobster roll here is my favorite of all the lobster rolls that I have ever gobbled.  It is served warm with light grill marks on the roll. . .just warm lobster meat drizzled with butter and served straight-up with crispy, golden, tasty fries–I totally inhaled this thing and easily could have eaten two or three more.  Instead, I chose to ingest a sampling of their local oysters–all from just off the Massachusetts coast–and a healthy serving of fried clams. . .mmmm, aaaaahh–delicioso!!  There is always a line at Neptune so suck it up, put your name on the list, give them your cell number, head across the street to Vito’s for a cold beer or three while you wait for your call, then head on in and gobble as much of this goodness as you can. . .we love it here, and I know that you will too.

I send you totally gobble-worthy vibes from Neptune in the north end of Boston. . .feel them. . .they can help you grow big and strong.

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JFK ate here…

photo 2 photo 4  IMG_0001IMG_0011…Daniel Webster did too–plus so many others.  The Union Oyster House in the heart of Boston’s north end is an institution.  The chowder is thick and tasty, the oysters are fresh and glistening, the grilled oysters are hot and tangy, and the beer is icy cold and plentiful.  The vibe in here is relaxed and friendly. . .you can sit in the booth that John F. Kennedy used to sit in upstairs, if you like, or you can just hop on a stool at the oyster bar–my preferred spot–order up some goodness and sip and slurp away. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!  I love the Union Oyster House in Boston, and you will too if you ever find yourself wanderin’ around the north end lookin’ to put a feed on.

I send you fresh vibes from the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S.. . .feel them. . .they were here before you were, and they will be here long after you are gone so get over yourself.

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Follow me, baby–

photo 2 photo 3 photo 1POW!  Here we are at the famous L Street Tavern in South Boston, aka, “Southie.”  This is the roughneck section of town where lots of fascinating pubs and taverns exist and where lots of people get their asses whooped occasionally.  The L Street Tavern is famous now mainly because it served as a filming location for the movie Good Will Hunting, which starred Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck.  There are photos on the walls of Robin Williams visiting here. . .Matt and Ben brought him here before filming started to help him get a taste of what ‘Southie’ or South Boston is all about.  It’s not as rough here as it used to be according to a friend of mine, but other places like Murphy’s Law still have a real edge to them.  So, if you come to Southie be careful, be respectful, and drink up cuz the beer is cold and the conversation is free-flowin’.

My lady followed me to the L Street, as you can see above. . .I recommend that you find a lady, a real intrepid lady, and see if you can get her to follow you here.  If you succeed, then she is yours for life.

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John Adams was born here–

photo 2 photo 1WOW!  Here is the 18th century house that John Adams, America’s second President, was born in.  It is located in a town called Quincy, Massachusetts–about seven miles south of Boston–and the house is still standing on its original foundation in the same spot that it was built.  I am impressed.  Of course, the structure has been refurbished a few times over the past three hundred years or so, yet it maintains its Yankee simplicity and New England tenacity having endured three hundred northeastern U.S. winters. . .mmmmhhhhmmmm!  I love hangin’ out in Deacon John’s (that’s what they called his father) place, and I know that you will too if you ever find yourself wanderin’ around in eastern Massachusetts lookin’ for somethin’ ‘istoric to do.

I send you staunch vibes from the birthplace of John Adams. . .feel them. . .they will help you live a long and productive life.

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