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...
The Best Gulf Coast Eats

The Best Gulf Coast Eats

What happens when two Yankees come home to the US for the first time in years? We head south. We have been lucky living in Bangkok to find some decent American comfort food. We’ve found good pizza and hamburgers and even found some good Mexican in Bangkok. The one thing we haven’t found is Southern comfort food. That’s we we spent a few weeks driving across the US south, in search of the best Gulf Coast eats. We spent a good chunk of our six week road trip along the Gulf Coast of Mexico. Starting in Tampa, we made our way west. We spent a night in Mobile, Alabama, visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast, followed by a week in New Orleans, and then off to Lafayette and Baton Rouge. This stretch of our American road trip was one of the tastiest. We ate some amazing food. But, some of the dishes we ate just stood out. These are the best Gulf Coast eats, and the ones you should track down! What to Eat in the Gulf Coast Chargrilled Oysters We’ve never been big oyster eaters. I’ve occasionally had them raw, but I have always struggled a bit with the texture. When I started to hear about how prevalent chargrilled oysters are along the gulf, I became a lot more intrigued. We started with a half dozen at Wintzell’s in Mobile, Alabama. We started easy with grilled oysters covered in cheddar cheese, bacon, and jalapeños. With a few drops of Louisiana Hot Sauce, they were fab. I was hooked. We tried chargrilled oysters as often as possible. They generally were...
S2E17: Our First American Road Trip

S2E17: Our First American Road Trip

#USChowDown – An American Road Trip We have several weeks of great culinary stories coming to you on the podcast. We’ve already published a few, but there are more to come. This episode is just an overview of our thoughts on the #USChowDown, and how we are still a little surprised that we survived our first American road trip! #USChowDown was a huge success, even if we returned to Bangkok a little wider around the waist than when we left. But, if we came back after eating all that food thinner than before, that would have been strange. We ate great food across the Gulf Coast, had a BBQ party hosted in our honor in Macon, and ate at one of the top restaurants in the US. So, not too shabby, uh? We even survived two weeks with family, visiting Eric’s sisters in North Carolina, my sisters wedding, and spent time with Eric’s mother in New Jersey, who watched us spend a weekend eating New Jersey pizza. We tell all these stories, and more, on this week’s episode about our first American road trip. Mentions on This Episode of the Food Travel Podcast Where to Find the Best Gulf Coast Eats! How to Survive Your First American Road Trip Kia America – The road trip would not have been the #USChowDown without Biscuit, our 2016 Kia Optima Viking River Cruises – where we met our good friend Eileen! The Weekly West Wing Podcast – it kept us sane on our American road trip Halls Chop House – Sunday Gospel Brunch and one of the top restaurants in the US Recent...
S02E15: Biscuits and Po’boys – Mississippi Gulf Coast Eats

S02E15: Biscuits and Po’boys – Mississippi Gulf Coast Eats

Mississippi Gulf Coast Eats We ate so many great meals in our few days exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Neither of us had ever been to Mississippi before, and frankly, as Northerners, we probably carried some preconceived notions of what Mississippi is all about. But, within the few days we spent exploring the best Mississippi Gulf Coast eats, all of these notions were dispelled. The Greenhouse on Porter On this week’s episode of our food travel podcast, we sit down with Kait and Jessie, the partners behind Greenhouse on Porter in Ocean Springs. Not only are they making some amazing biscuits, but in a few short years, they have created a neighborhood cafe, set, yes, inside a green house on Porter Ave. We had breakfast there three days in a row, and each day had loads of great conversations with locals, who welcomed us with open arms. It was an entirely pleasant, and uniquely Southern experience for us. We also chatted about their locally famous, annual biscuit tournament. This was a special little discussion for us, too, because we named our #USChowDown Kia Optima “Biscuit.” It all comes around to the food. And, although Kait and Jessie have no problem sharing their biscuit recipes, their recipe for their famous “fluff” is a secret, which Kait describes simply as “magic.” Taranto’s Crawfish We also sit down with Gindy Taranto of Taranto’s Crawfish House in D’Iberville, Mississippi. Set on the corner of a country road, and packed to the brim during a busy weekday lunch, they have some of the best po’boy sandwiches in the region. We talk with her about...
S02E14: Talking Award Winning BBQ at The Shed BBQ

S02E14: Talking Award Winning BBQ at The Shed BBQ

Award Winning BBQ There is just something about the phrase “award winning BBQ.” BBQ is some serious business. I’ve seen national competitions on the Travel Channel and always admired the patience that comes from making good BBQ. Sitting down with an award winning BBQ master, in of all places, Mississippi, was like a dream come true. That’s what happened when we met Brad Orrison of The Shed BBQ in Ocean Springs. Brad, and his sister Brooke, started The Shed BBQ only about a decade ago. And, even with all of the trials and tribulations that come with operating a restaurant along the Gulf, including being wiped out not only by Hurricane Katrina, but also by fire, they are still standing strong. And, they make a mean BBQ too. And, as I’ve mentioned they, are offering up some award winning BBQ. We sat down with Brad, with his father, Daddy-O, proudly looking on, to talk BBQ, and all kinds of meat. It’s the first podcast episode we’ve recorded with a five year old pounding on a piano in the background, just as a plate of bacon strips arrive at our table. A few days after we recorded this food podcast episode, Daddy-O gave us a behind the scenes tour of their Saucery, where they produce hundreds of gallons of award winning BBQ sauce every week. Yeah, I felt just like a Travel Channel host getting this sort of inside scoop. We also talked abut Brad’s work with Operation BBQ Relief, where he and fellow BBQ masters travel to disaster areas to deliver hot meals to people in need. Just a...
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