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Live Crawfish So it’s that time of year again. Carnival season is rolling in, King Cakes are being baked, and Mardi Gras is on it’s way. But the 2018 Crawfish season will be interesting this year. Those darned ole crawdads are hiding at the bottom of the swamps and farms due to the cold weather in south Louisiana. With Mardi Gras being so early this year, it’s going to be tough to fill the tables with fresh crawfish. Live Crawfish will be hard to come by, but luckily Cajun Grocer will start selling them later this week. Louisiana Crawfish season […]

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The Tradition of Tailgating

Tailgating and grilling at football game.

Here in Louisiana we love sports. This is especially true when it comes to football. Whether it’s high school, college or NFL, football dominates our weekends in the fall. We also love any excuse for a good party, celebrating with our friends and sharing a great meal. The tradition of tailgating for Louisiana sports is the perfect marriage because it merges traditional and new-age aspects of Cajun culture. The Origins of Tailgating You might think the tailgate party originated in the frozen parking lot of Lambeau Field when Vince Lombardi presided over the Green Bay Packers in the early years […]

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Cajun Summer Olympics

One of the things that makes Louisiana great is our unique culture. We have our own food, architecture, music and even our own sports — it’s true! Well, the truth is we just enjoy having fun and can turn almost anything into a competitive event. If there were such a thing as the Cajun Summer Olympics, these are a few of the events you might expect to see. 1. The Mardi Gras Bead Catch Anyone who has ever stood on a parade route in Louisiana during Mardi Gras will tell you that catching beads is a serious endeavor. The colorful […]

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Who was Jean Lafitte?

Jean Lafitte, the New Orleans Pirate.

Jean Lafitte: an American pirate or national hero? When and where he was born is unclear, and when and where he died is a mystery. And yet, he remains one of the most recognized names and talked about figures in New Orleans and Louisiana history. Although the facts vary, the stories are the same: he made a name for himself as a privateer and became a hero to many Louisiana natives. Beginnings of a Pirate Life Born sometime between 1770 and 1776 either in France or maybe in what’s now Tahiti (we told you the facts varied!), Lafitte’s first appearance […]

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History and Symbols of the Louisiana State Flag

Louisiana State Flag

For visitors to Louisiana, it’s easy to remember the most popular Cajun traditions like Mardi Gras, Cajun and Zydeco music, celebrations for every occasion and, of course, the delicious food that can only be found in South Louisiana. But one tradition you may not be so quick to remember is our unique state flag that depicts a pelican tearing at her breast to feed her young chicks. But why does that particular image grace the flag of Louisiana? We Cajuns take pride in the the history of that flag and the motto that accompanies it – “Union, Justice and Confidence.” […]

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The Cajun Holy Trinity

Cajun Holy Trinity - onions, celery & bell peppers

True Cajun cooking, as it’s meant to be, can only be found in the South. Louisiana is rich with the culture of les Acadians, French colonists from Canada. In the 1700s, they were forced from their Canadian homes and many made their way to Louisiana. Settling there and bringing the Cajun culture with them has helped to enrich the way of eating. We have been blessed to be able to enjoy these unique recipes, and sharing them is even more enjoyable. The language and food are French-derived, but the Cajun cooking is ours alone. If you can’t make it to […]

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Legends from the Bayou

Eerie Louisiana Swamp

The Cajun and Creole people of Louisiana are well-known for their folklore legends passed down from one generation to the next. From the swamps of the bayou to the civilized inner cities, mysterious stories abound. As many legends originate from true events, some unexplainable stories become that much more frightening. The Rougarou In the swampy bayous of the south, the beast is known as the “rougarou” or the “loup-garou.” The legend of the wolf-man like creatures began centuries ago in France. The tales arrived in the states with French immigrants and evolved over time. The swamp creature is said to […]

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Brand Feature: Savoie’s Foods

Savoie's logo.

Few brands capture the authentic taste of Louisiana better than Savoie’s. This company is a true Cajun treasure that has been a fixture in southern kitchens for more than 60 years. Now found in many parts of the United States, Savoie’s food products have made this company an ambassador for Cajun culture and pride. Ms. Eula Savoie and the Humble Beginnings of a Culinary Legend Back in 1949, Ms. Eula Savoie (pronounced Sahv-wah) opened a small grocery store in Opelousas near Lafayette, Louisiana. Now, Ms. Eula was a true Cajun lady in the grandest sense of the word. She knew […]

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History of the Shotgun House

Shotgun house in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Few things reflect Louisiana’s unique architecture better than the shotgun house. Second only to the plantation home in terms of familiarity, the shotgun house has an interesting history that reveals much about Louisiana culture. If you pay us a visit, you’ll likely encounter many examples of this modest dwelling on your trip. How the Shotgun House Got Its Name Ask someone at random how the shotgun house got its name, and you’ll probably get the common answer. It is said that because these houses have no hallways, a shotgun could be fired through the open front door and the shot […]

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The History of Festival International de Louisiane

Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Family Band performing.

In 1987, a group of individuals in Lafayette, Louisiana, had a rather unique idea. They decided to create a cultural heritage celebration that would, in the words of the Festival International Mission Statement, “enrich the community with a celebration of its native cultures through performing arts.” While known for its rich Cajun culture, Louisiana has always been a melting pot of ethnicities. The creation of Festival International de Louisiane was a sincere and successful effort to bring people together in a universal appreciation of the arts, food and good times. It remains, however, an especially important event for Francophones and […]

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