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BECOME CAJUN for a WEEKEND!

Have you ever wanted to be Cajun for a day or two and experience the culture and culinary delights of Acadiana and Lafayette, Louisiana? Now you can!

We've put together a weekend sampler for our visitors (and locals alike). Come experience the joie de vivre (the joy of living) and celebrate a day or a weekend in the heart of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. Become Cajun for a weekend!

Delights of Acadiana, Louisiana

SATURDAY:

8:00 AM - ZYDECO BREAKFAST - Cafe' Des Amis - 140 East Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517 (337) 332-5273 http://www.cafedesamis.com/ - There's no better way to start your weekend than to experience a Zydeco Breakfast at Cafe' Des Amis, a cultural blending of food, music and historic preservation. The breakfast menu features specialties that rival even the best brunch restaurants of New Orleans. The music begins at 8:30, but be sure to arrive early!

10:00 AM - McGEE'S ATCHAFALAYA BASIN SWAMP TOURS - 1337 Henderson Levee Road, Henderson, LA 70517 (337) 228-2384 http://www.mcgeeslanding.com/home.htm - McGee's is a "must-see" for visitors to Cajun Country offering swamp tours, airboat tours and floating guest cabins. There's a restaurant and marina, full service bar and deck with live music on weekends. Your tour guide will share a personal experience of what it's like to live on a house boat or stilt house and enjoy a way of life unique to this area.

12:00 Noon - LUNCH - DWYER'S CAFE - 323 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501 (337) 235-9364 - Dwyer's Cafe is a place where friends and family gather to visit, eat and visit some more. The crawfish ettouffe is a must, although the hamburger steak with grilled onions and gravy is hard to pass up. No matter what you're selection, you'll delight in the choice.

1:00 PM - CAJUN JAM - VERMILIONVILLE - 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, LA 70508 (337) 233-4077
http://www.vermilionville.org/ - Vermilionville authentically portrays a way of life preserved with a distinctly French accent.  Situated on the banks of the Bayou Vermilion, this Cajun/Creole heritage and folklife park recreates life in the Acadiana area between 1765 and 1890.   The beautiful grounds, which are laid out as an historic village, contain eighteen structures, including six restored original homes.  In most of the structures, costumed interpreters demonstrate traditional crafts or musical styles. Bring your instrument or just enjoy the musical interaction. Held every Saturday at Vermilionville! Come enjoy this welcoming and creative environment.

2:00 PM - DOWNTOWN SHOPPING http://www.downtownlafayette.org/ - Downtown Lafayette is filled with unique shops and specialty services to delight any taste or palette. With such a variety to choose from, it's difficult to know where to begin. From original art to shops of clothing, furniture and gifts, it's easy to make a day of shopping here. Enjoy the casual atmosphere as you walk from place to place while taking in the beautiful streetscape.

6:00 PM - DINNER - PREJEAN'S - 3480 N.E. Evangeline Frwy. (I-49) Lafayette, LA 70507 (337) 896-3247 http://prejeans.com/ - Located in the heart of French Louisiana, Prejean's Restaurant captures the hearts of all who visit. Enjoy some of the best cuisine available in the south. Culinary treats include succulent seafood dishes, wild game and world famous gumbos. Traditional music fills the air with the sounds of live Cajun bands entertaining nightly.

9:00 PM LIVE MUSIC - BLUE MOON SALOON 215 East Convent Street, Lafayette, LA 70501 (877) 766-BLUE http://www.bluemoonpresents.com/site/home.html - The Blue Moon Saloon is a premier venue for America's roots and honky-tonk troubadours. A great place to meet, rub elbows, dance, and give thanks to have the good fortune to spend an evening in Lafayette!

SUNDAY:

10:30 AM - 2:00 PM SUNDAY BRUNCH Live! - BLUE DOG CAFE' - 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, Louisiana 70503 (337) 237-0005 http://www.bluedogcafe.com/index.php - Sit. Stay. Eat. View the works of artist George Rodrigue and enjoy a variety of musical groups playing Cajun, Creole, Zydeco and Swamp Pop up close and personal, while sampling some of the best traditional Cajun fare around. A truly unique dining experience and guaranteed to be family friendly!  

 

Looking for fun things to do, places to visit or simply need information on recreational areas or upcoming events in Acadiana? Contact i List For Less! Our professional, courteous staff will provide you with information to help plan your getaway or weekend retreat.

 

Boudain Balls image compliments of Wikipedia and NSAum75. Cajun music instruments image courtesy of Wikepedia and Michael miceli. Gumbo image courtesy of Wikipedia and Toytoy.



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Comment balloon 6 commentsMike Mayer • September 14 2010 09:38PM

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Mike, sounds fun and delicious!  Really Delicious!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 9 years ago

great localism post, so many good places to eat in Lafayette!  My son lives there and I was just thinking that it was a good time to make the 45 min drive again soon!  I always make him take me out!

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) about 9 years ago

Mike,
you are the Chef ! ;) these shots look very delicious and as a matter of fact i'm starving now, I'm going to blame you because I'm hungry!

 

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 9 years ago

Tony - The food here is truly inspiring!

Marilyn - 45 minutes!? You must have a heavy foot... LOL. Next time you're in town, look me up!

Ray - I must confess the graphics had me salivating and looking towards my kitchen for a bite. Sorry for your hunger pains... my bad! LOL.

Posted by Mike Mayer (Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Mike, Now you're talking. Man that food looks great. I was fortunate to have friends that worked at K Pauls Louisiana Kitchen back in the early 80's when I wandered out this way from Florida and Maine. Wow did my taste buds get an education.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) almost 9 years ago

Hi Mike -

When I was a kid in Orange County California, my mom and  my "Momo" did all the cooking. They both are from Cow Island, Louisiana. I thought they were phenomenal cooks and none of my friend's mom could hold a candle to them. I hated sleeping at my friend's houses because the food was sooo lousy.

So, I move to the Acadiana area 5 years ago on a whim, and was shocked to discover all the cooking tastes just like my family's recipes.

I had no idea I was raised on a 95% ethnic diet. The only rice and gravy I ever ate was my Momo's and it was sublime. And, no other kids in knew had a "Momo". Now, everywhere I go there is fabulous rice and gravy and they are all cooked by real geunine "Momos!"

Sometimes I think I have died and gone to heaven.

~Michelle

Posted by Michelle Molinari, Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor) almost 9 years ago

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