How To Take The Tabasco Factory Tour

How To Take The Tabasco Factory Tour

After a week in New Orleans, we took the long way to Lafayette so that we could make one very important, and very tasty stop along the way. It’s no secret we like it hot, so a stop for the Tabasco Factory Tour seemed like a perfect stop while in Louisiana. The Self Guided Tabasco Factory Tour We arrived on Avery Island, the home of Tabasco. Avery Island is also home to the McIlhenny Company that has been producing Tabasco since just after the Civil War. The Tabasco Factory Tour starts in the Tabasco Museum, in the building that houses the ticket office. The museum focused on the history of Tabasco and the McIlhenny family. The tour continues through nine more phases, focusing predominantly on how Tabasco is made. The tour starts with a walk through a greenhouse that explains what kind of peppers are used to make the special sauce. Then, we learned about the barrels that are used in the aging process. This, to me, was very interesting. I didn’t know that they aged the pepper mash, or that the aging takes place in retired bourbon barrels. The blending floor includes dozens and dozens of vats where the peppers are mashed. The best thing? There is a little button to press that releases the smells from the blending floor. The smell alone was intoxicating. I could have stood there all day pressing that button. Then, we walked along the bottling floor, and through a separate section dedicated to advertising and marketing of Tabasco around the world. Although a relatively short tour, we learned a lot. Being that they offer a...
S2E21: Baton Rouge Craft Beer

S2E21: Baton Rouge Craft Beer

Talking Baton Rouge Craft Beer Looking for something to do in Louisiana, before noon, on a weekday? How about drinking down a few pints of Baton Rouge craft beer. That’s just what we did when we met Joe from Southern Craft Brewing Company. When he’s not a project manager for large oil and gas clients, he’s brewing beer, just through the back door of his uniquely located tasting room. We pulled off the highway, and wound our way to the back of an industrial park, and there’s where we found the Southern Craft Brewing Company. We talked with Joe about his transition from home brewer to official brew master. And, he’s off and running with award winning beers with names like Pompous Pelican, Red Stick Ryle, and Swamp Sting. We also got a quick little history lesson on Baton Rouge, and the famous red stick and what it means to follow your passion. And, when I said you should head over to the tasting room in the middle of the day, might want to check their hours first. In this case, Joe left his day job to open up the tasting room, and talk with us about the Baton Rouge craft beer scene. And, of course, there’s some country music playing in the background. Check out Southern Craft Breweing Company in Baton Rouge! Mentions on This Week’s Culinary Podcast Where to Find the Best Gulf Coast Eats! – Our guide on what to eat in Baton Rouge, and the rest of the region, including several of our restaurant recommendations where you can find Southern Craft Brewing Company beer. How We Survived Our...
S2E20: Tiger Deaux-Nuts Baton Rouge

S2E20: Tiger Deaux-Nuts Baton Rouge

Most of our our podcast episodes are scheduled ahead of time. We know who we are going to speak with, we do a little background research, and have a list of topics to discuss. This episode was just not that kind of episode. As soon as we bit into the first bit of a breakfast sandwich at Tiger Deaux-Nuts Baton Rouge, we knew we had to learn the story behind this little bit of donut heaven in Louisiana. The Best Breakfast Sandwich in Baton Rouge Jeff of Tiger Deaux-Nuts explained just what was on one of the best breakfast sandwiches we’ve ever eaten. First off, it included a special sausage, called boudin, and it was sandwiched between two slices of their famous donuts. It was so tasty I didn’t even need to add ketchup! Locals say it makes a “mockery of the McGriddle.” The Donuts at Tiger Deaux-Nuts Baton Rouge Jeff was a man with a dream. A donut dream. On this week’s episode of our food travel podcast, not only did we talk about a locally famous breakfast sandwich, but we learned how he came up with the idea of creating an artisan donut shop in Baton Rouge. And, what’s with the name? What is a deaux-nut anyway? It’s the Cajun way of spelling donut. Well, maybe not officially, but it’s a Cajun play on words. Trust us. Mentions on This Week’s Culinary Podcast Where to Find the Best Gulf Coast Eats! Tiger Deaux-Nuts in Baton Rouge Greenhouse on Porter – the biscuit and coffee shop in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. We chatted with the women behind the biscuits...
What is Boudin and Where to Eat It

What is Boudin and Where to Eat It

As we started our tour along the Gulf Coast, we kept hearing about where to get the best boudin in Louisiana, or in Mississippi. Being a couple of Yanks, though, we were confused. I had a list of Southern specialties I wanted to track down during the #USChowDown. But, we had never heard of boudin. So, we asked the very important question “what is boudin?” We learned. And, we learned in the world capital of Boudin. Boudin is almost a generic word for various types of sausages that are common on Cajun, Creole, and Acadian cuisine. Inspired by their French, German, and even Belgian counterparts, boudin sausages are completely different from the Italian versions. More similar to an Irish black or white pudding, boudin is made with rice as well as meat. It can also be made with pork blood, making it very similar to the Irish black pudding. Although the mixture that is stuffed inside the casing is pulverized to some extent, it’s a little less refined than a typical sausage. It’s more moist and loose. It’s normally served steamed, not grilled. And, in its most traditional state, boudin is not all that photogenic. Traditional Boudin Outside of Lafayette, Louisiana, is a small town named Scott. Just off the I-10 highway there are a series of boudin shops, all of which advertise boudin and crackling on large highway billboards. Billy’s Boudin and Don’s Boudin were suggested to us by folks in Lafayette. But locals continuously recommended only one boudin store – The Best Stop. Scott is also known as the boudin capital of the world, so it seemed like...
S2E19: Talking BBQ and Food Travel With Jay Ducote

S2E19: Talking BBQ and Food Travel With Jay Ducote

Part 2 of our chat with Jay Ducote, the unofficial food mayor of Baton Rouge. Whereas our first episode talked about Jay’s transition from typical office worker to food TV celebrity, this episode focuses on food travel. And, in particular BBQ and food travel. Talking BBQ With Jay Ducote According to Jay Ducote, the self proclaimed BBQ connoisseur, where is the best place to travel in the US for BBQ? Let’s just say, it involves beef, beef ribs, and brisket. Any guesses? Listen to the podcast. Well, we also talk BBQ pork, because we can’t have a single episode of this culinary podcast without Eric talking about pork. Talking Food Travel With Jay Ducote Our chat with Jay quickly turned from BBQ to Louisiana food specialties, including a special local sausage. We don’t want to give too much away as there will be special episode and blog post later about boudin. Jay also provides his advice on what to eat in Baton Rouge, including oysters which rival those available in New Orleans. We talked with Jay about local Baton Rouge chefs and their restaurants, focusing on local cuisine and use of fresh, local ingredients. We also talk about the possibility of Indian fusion tacos in Baton Rouge and the occupational hazards of being a food travel blogger. Tweet to Jay and let him know you heard about him on our culinary travel podcast!  Jay, like us, always wonders “Is there anyone out there listening?” Mentions on This Episode of our Food Travel Podcast Where to Find the Best Gulf Coast Eats! The Next Food Network Star – Jay was the...
S2E18: Talking Culinary Careers and the Food Network With Jay Ducote

S2E18: Talking Culinary Careers and the Food Network With Jay Ducote

Not everyone follows the path that was originally laid out for them. We certainly didn’t. And, neither did Chef Jay Ducote from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We sat down and talked about culinary careers, and how we ended up in ours, along with how the food blogging world has changed. How did Jay Ducote go from teaching Algebra to becoming the runner up for the Next Food Network Star? Jay was a substitute teacher, grant writer, and wanna-be professional tailgater. Luckily for us, he made the switch. All of Jay Ducote’s Culinary Careers We sat down with Jay Ducote at Tin Roof Beer in Baton Rouge, over a few dozen craft beers (yes a few dozen). We learned about all of his various culinary careers. And, he is one busy guy. He started his food blog, Bite and Booze, during his daily office worker lunch breaks. The food blog started from just wanting to share the stories of the meals he was eating around Baton Rouge. From that modest start he became the unofficial food mayor of Baton Rouge. Jay launched his own BBQ sauce and rub, his own wine, his own food podcast, and even his own local radio show. And, yes, he was a runner up on the Next Food Network Star. We talk about how he made it to TV and what is it like to be on a culinary reality TV show. You can follow Jay through his Bite and Booze blog on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Mentions on This Episode of our Culinary Travel Podcast Where to Find the Best Gulf Coast Eats! The Next Food Network...
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