Monday May 18, 2015 Bayou Segnette State Park, New Orleans
Last night the "Anon Travelers", Judy and I had a real Cajon dinner at Perino's Boiling Pot in New Orleans. We started with gumbo. Then we shared a platter of crawfish, shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob,and potatoes. On the side we had boudin sausage, and onion rings. The "Anon Travelers" really dug into this one. They loved it. Judy thought it was okay and I really didn't like it. I felt out of place. I think it must be an acquired taste that I don't have yet. I really tried to like it.
It was hard for me to get to the tasting part of the seafood. First with the crawfish you have to pick it up and twist its head off. Then you suck the juice out of its head. Then you proceed to crack the tail and remove the scales while pushing the meat forward through the broken end of the tail. You extract this meat and eat it. Yuk.
You probably know how to eat shrimp tails. Not quite as barbaric as the crawfish eating, however I'm not liking the shrimp deal either.
One thing on this trip I promised myself was to be more of an adventurist. I know what you are thinking, how much more adventuresome can you get than selling most of your things and your house and travel cross country in a van? I am here referring to my range of food choices. I grew up with a limited food palate.
My family ate mostly meat and potatoes, with a few casseroles, spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese thrown in. The fish we ate was fish sticks or the frozen fish you eat on fish sandwiches. The vegetables were frozen corn, canned peas and green beans.
Anyway, I guess I shouldn't be too disappointed yet. I'm sure there are plenty more things out there to try. And I did like the gumbo Judy had at the French Quarter, but not that gumbo we had last night.