Tonight, ‘travelin’ music’ takes on a more literal meaning

Last week we were driving home after a week in Austin, Texas and spent Friday night in Lafayette, Louisiana, deep in Cajun country. That evening we had a great Cajun meal at a local restaurant, and the next morning drove a few miles east to the little town of Breaux Bridge, looking for breakfast.

Boy, did we find it.

As we drove down Bridge Street, we noticed a line of folks standing outside a local restaurant. Turns out they were waiting for entrance to Cafe des Amis, home of the legendary Zydeco Breakfast. What a spot. Once we waited in line, paid our $5 cover and got inside, we found a local band playing some great zydeco, about 50-60 people of all ages spinning and dipping on the wooden dance floor and a bar serving up bloody marys and mimosas by the score. It was quite the scene for 8:30 on a Saturday morning.

Breakfast was beignets, strong coffee and an omelette smothered in crawfish etoufee, a lot of which we later worked off on the dance floor. If you don’t walk out of that place with a smile on your face, you’ve got problems.

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Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
4:04 pm

i used to work with some boys from LaFayette. Some of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet.

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
4:07 pm

Jay,

“Breakfast was beignets, strong coffee and an omelette smothered in crawfish etoufee”

Why must you be so mean to us?

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
4:10 pm

That lady in the orange shorts can bust a move!

Jay

December 4th, 2009
4:14 pm

You think she has a future as an AGL lobbyist, Bosch?

Jay

December 4th, 2009
4:15 pm

… or maybe a past?

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
4:16 pm

Jay,

She looks too respectable. She can sure wiggle her stuff right though.

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
4:19 pm

Group C !!!!! We’re coming for you Wayne Rooney – June 12, 2010!!!

@@

December 4th, 2009
4:21 pm

Angelle’s Whiskey River Landing on the levee road. If you’re not near the swamps and sweatin’, you ain’t dancing Zydeco, jay.

Free air fare and a cajun neighbor. Life is good! Any fish camp’ll do too when you’re a local boy. They can make music with anything. The cover charge is free!

Normal

December 4th, 2009
4:25 pm

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
4:30 pm

Normal,

Check out the orange shorts.

RAMBLE ON!!!

December 4th, 2009
4:33 pm

Here’s one for the AJC and the rest of the drive media that refuse to report the biggest story of the last two weeks. Yes even bigger than Tiger Woods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqrrvncmws4

N-GA

December 4th, 2009
4:34 pm

Bosch,

My son, two buddies and their girlfriends have airline tickets, an oceanfront villa and tickets to 4 games in South Africa. He’s so excited he can’t even hold his water!

RAMBLE ON!!!

December 4th, 2009
4:36 pm

Kamchak

December 4th, 2009
4:37 pm

Bosch

Looks like a pretty good draw for the U.S. Group of death looks to be G with Portugal and Brasil.

@@

December 4th, 2009
4:37 pm

If this guy weren’t himself, he’d be my neighbor.

Lawd ah mercy, “R” can dance. Now I’ve got the fever….AGAIN! Too bad it’s hunting season or we’d be gone.

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
4:38 pm

“Breakfast was beignets, strong coffee and an omelette smothered in crawfish etoufee…”

Wat’s so special ’bout dat? :-)

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
4:38 pm

N-GA – Wow! That’s awesome! I’d settle for sleeping on the street and a ticket to one game.

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
4:42 pm

josef,

Surely, you jest.

Kamchak,

Yeah, it looks like a good draw. I think Brazil will pull that one out, but yes, it definitely is the toughest looking one – although Germany could have trouble with Ghana – they did pretty well last time, but the Deutschlanders will dominate.

Kamchak

December 4th, 2009
4:49 pm

Bosch

At least when pretty boy gets dissed on field in Portuguese, he can understand it.

Hey josef, how do you say “too much hair product” in Portuguese?

@@

December 4th, 2009
4:49 pm

j$, don’t know if you saw my message downstairs. Thanks for the video…that’s the guy. He’s quite versatile.

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
4:50 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
4:53 pm

Bosch–
Well, it’s pretty much daily fare in this house! Beignets are on the weekend, though, lots of effort…etoufee all the time and over an omelette is just a light supper using leftovers–nothing you’d want to serve company! The coffee is what’s in the pot going all day…

You and K’chak–have you had the Coppola wines…? got the “Rosso” working for Friday p.m. Rather nice blend with so many different levels it’s hard to describe…

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
4:58 pm

K’chak–

demais gel de cabelo OR demais hair-gel OR demais gel

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
4:59 pm

Kamchak

December 4th, 2009
4:59 pm

josef

No to the Coppola wines. I’m having the Redwood Creek Pinot Grigio–fish tonight.

getalife

December 4th, 2009
5:00 pm

They closed Bridge Street for the crawfish festivals.

It got out of control so they moved it to the park.

Still a party.

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
5:06 pm

It’s Friday night and the world’s boing to Hell in a handbasket so we might as well…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5Vdi_w-I6w

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
5:07 pm

going to Hell too

Brad Steel

December 4th, 2009
5:08 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
5:09 pm

K’chak–not dinner time yet! Lime Chicken on the menu with a Chilean Maipo Riesling…

Just a Thought

December 4th, 2009
5:11 pm

Ok, Im hungry now.

Brad Steel

December 4th, 2009
5:13 pm

here’s another for the rich and/or powerful cheaters. there cheatin’ keeps me quite entertained. i look forward to the next one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr7DVZVIqaA&feature=related

@@

December 4th, 2009
5:14 pm

Awwww, “Rudolph the Brown-nosed Reindeer”. Too cute Hillbilly.

The Geezinslaws had one in the margins — “Help I’m White and I can’t Get Down”.

I’m gonna let my husband listen to that one. “two left feet planted on the ground”.

Brad Steel

December 4th, 2009
5:15 pm

c’untry cheaters have the most earnest contrition. clinton had plenty o’ hillbilly in ‘m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rvLeCMTofE

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
5:18 pm

Brad Steel @ 5:13

Rosanne wrote that about her then husband, Rodney Crowell.

I’ll dedicate this one to all those Cheatin’ Politicians who need a little help with their game>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFhKwyi8LJo

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
5:20 pm

Okay, Jay and Bosch, better be careful…”did you ever see a Cajun when he really got mad…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJcluoG-wqY&feature=related

Normal

December 4th, 2009
5:25 pm

Cajun music has some really good fiddle and when I hear really good fiddle, I think of this guy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM6RgtUbWRU&feature=related

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
5:25 pm

Brad– @ 5:13 great choice. Just recently “rediscovered” Rosanne…this is the one that got me started… Remember when she emabarassed her daddy saying she was out “to put the c**t back in country?” Sorry, ladies, she said it, I didn’t! Daddy said he could put together the best country band in history just from his ex sons-in-laws….

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
5:29 pm

my favorite country cheatin’ song…been there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzedn0EsOUA

Normal

December 4th, 2009
5:30 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
5:30 pm

Always liked this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg4N145CS74&feature=related

Josef

Wasn’t that stepdaughter Carlene Carter who said that rather than Rosanne?

Joan

December 4th, 2009
5:30 pm

They are sure having a good time, but they are not doing zydeco dancing. We did all notice that Jay’s camera was just drawn to the little gal in the orange pants.

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
5:35 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
5:40 pm

Normal

December 4th, 2009
5:41 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
5:47 pm

Normal

December 4th, 2009
5:49 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
5:53 pm

Hillbilly @ 5:30 you beat me to it! Great minds… :-)
You may be right on Carlene…I’ve always attributed it to Rosanne…

Joan–
“…well, the stranger be git or a shotgun will…ain’t no time for lengthy speeches…”
The girl in organge pants moved her boody way too much in the wrong directions for real zyedeco…now her partner on the other hand….! :-)

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
5:57 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
6:08 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
6:10 pm

Hillbilly–@ 5:57 That one has always touched me as so who that part of me really is…

And, while we’re in New Orleans as seen by Nashville…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsRK3DNoa_Q

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

December 4th, 2009
6:12 pm

Well, do they have grits with that Cajun breakfast, with about a half pound of butter in the middle? If they don’t, it ain’t worth the money even if it’s free.

Have a good night everybody.

Matilda

December 4th, 2009
6:18 pm

A little traveling music for D…. I can’t believe you left us, but here’s your transportation, my sweet friend. HEY LOOK! It’s Jerry Garcia!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7Zxs9fFh40

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
6:19 pm

hillbilly..@ 6:08 Good choices but…

The definitive Iko Iko… but the yankee whi’ chirren sho’ don’ know how to dance,,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYxl_j8UECE

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
6:20 pm

Redneck–

Grits sometimes, by the real deal has rice….

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
6:20 pm

Josef @ 6:10

Johnny Horton must have been mortified to wear that get up. :-D

This was always my favorite thing he did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCVkLrwJTxg&feature=fvst

Bean time.

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
6:27 pm

matilda–
Good and everlasting song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y77hbSGS1PU

see what I mean…?

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
6:33 pm

Hillbilly—
Johnny Horton…Unmentionable’s favorite…he lived there growing up….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSt0NEESrUA

As a kid, I thought he said, “why up north to Russia’s own…

And, of course, “our song!” :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o00IRADa0i8&feature=related

Matilda

December 4th, 2009
6:35 pm

josef, thanks. I tried to find Clapton’s version from Timepieces, but it’s not on YouTube. That’s a great one. Also not on YouTube, but awesome is Sean Costello’s Goin’ Home. He went before anyone took a video of that one, apparently.

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
6:35 pm

@ 6:33–that was supposed to be the Johnny Horton version,,,but, well, you get the joke…

LA

December 4th, 2009
6:42 pm

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

TGT

December 4th, 2009
6:49 pm

Jay

December 4th, 2009
6:50 pm

Josef, YOU think she moved too much in the wrong direction.

Some of the rest of us … not so much.

I think there must be an explanation for that. Wonder what it could be….

And Joan, I didn’t shoot or post the video in question, just pulled it off YouTube. They have others of the event/place as well.

Angry Black Man

December 4th, 2009
6:52 pm

Not a real big zydeco fan. I’ve never understood why as close as NOLA is to the Mississippi Delta that you have to go all the way to Memphis to get a good dose of some Delta Blues…

Anyways, this is another shout out for Tiger, Richardson, et al…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7gMkiOPSeA

LA

December 4th, 2009
6:54 pm

Jay, did you shoot a lot of film on your road trip to Austin? Maybe you could share some of your photos if you have any.

TnGelding

December 4th, 2009
6:54 pm

Angry Black Man

December 4th, 2009
6:55 pm

And just so people don’t think I’m being one-sided, it could have been the lobbyist’s plan all along. For all we know, this could have been her previous job:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60ogwD_2AOA

LA

December 4th, 2009
6:55 pm

Hey look at that. Georgia State has a football team. It’s right above Jay’s head. I guess anything is possible these days.

Atlanta Native

December 4th, 2009
6:56 pm

Thanks Jay!

What a beautiful way to eat breakfast! I agree with you 100%!!!!

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:00 pm

Breaux Bridge?

This is Bayou Teche…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8siB-fUTzAw

And eats thereabouts…
Check out Mulate’s–best bread pudding you near bout ever put in your mouth (for those who don’t know, Louisiana bread pudding is not what you think!) and fried alligator….

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
7:05 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:06 pm

Jay–too much side-to-side and not enough slow and easy! Take your time, don’t get in such a rush!
On a toute la nuit et aussi le matin! Unmentionable is a Lousiana Choctaw on his Daddy’s side–and lemme tell ya…well better not… :-)

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 4th, 2009
7:08 pm

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
7:10 pm

josef,

Sorry I didn’t respond earlier – I fell asleep. But to answer your wine question, Yellow Tail is about as fancy as I get.

And I have a Cajun food question. What is the difference between etoufee and gumbo other than the file powder?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 4th, 2009
7:11 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:12 pm

Great post at 6:52==one of my all time favs!

Why Memphis and not NOLA? Tickets out were cheaper to Memphis…also Memphis was more hospitable–remember the post that the Moderator decided wasn’t pc?

@@

December 4th, 2009
7:15 pm

LA

December 4th, 2009
7:15 pm

josef nix, I agree. I was in Memphis two weekends ago to visit beloved Graceland with a few friends. Introduced them to BBQ Nachos at The Commissary in Germantown. No where on Earth can you find better BBQ than Memphis, TN.

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:21 pm

Bosch–
The difference is basically in the roux…an etoufee requires a really dark roux and a gumbo can get by with a lighter one…also an etoufee is more delicate in the spicing and more specific in ingredients..an etoufee really shouldn’t have okra and a gumbo must…a gumbo is more of a melange of ingredients, more highly spiced and left up to pretty much what you have in the kitchen…as Unmentionable put it, an etoufee is what you serve company, a gumbo is what you’ll eat an be glad you got it! And as with all Louisiana cuisine–it’s the cook who decides what is what and how to make it! If you want to start a real fight, just get a bunch of folks from down home started on how to make…..whatever…!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 4th, 2009
7:22 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:24 pm

LA–you the man! Best barbecue in America! Went to school in Memphis growing up, Mom’s family is from up that way…G-d! I love the barbecue there! Best pork and best beef you’ll ever get…Germantown, eh? Got family there…

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:29 pm

whiner–missed you a lot! One of my favorite Crosby, Stills and Nash @ 7:11–don’t always agree on much, but, my man, you DO have taste in music!

LA

December 4th, 2009
7:35 pm

josef nix, I lived there for a few years off of Union Ave near downtown. If not for the crazy crime I would still live there. I have my Memphis family who lives out in Germantown. My wife and I have lots of friends in Memphis. Great people and great food. And Graceland. Love me some Elvis. I really do miss that town but I don’t miss the high crime.

Did you go to U of Memphis? If so, I’m so sorry about Calipari. But I think they are in good hands.

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:38 pm

BTW– (and Jay, I know you’re opposed to “advertizing” here, but this is CUL-CHA!) About the best etoufee we’ve had outside the home-made is at Creole’s (or Cafe Creole) on Broad St. in Rome, Geogia. The make a good fried dill pickle, too. The po’boys are the real deal served on the right rolls…casual and quite cheap,,,

Kamchak

December 4th, 2009
7:42 pm

LA

December 4th, 2009
7:42 pm

josef nix, you gotta stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Making me…….so………hungry………………….

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:46 pm

LA–go to see my family still there. Lived with family in Chickasaw Gardens during the school year…went to Rolly Hosiery and MUS…Peabody ducks?

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:52 pm

LA–
Memphians?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2cHkMwzOiM

‘Member how you were likely to see him anytime any place?

And, well, Elvis goes without sayin’ My brother went to school with Cybill Shepherd…

Angry Black Man

December 4th, 2009
7:53 pm

josef

Thanks for the Po’Boy tip. I’ll be up in West Rome soon. Gotta pick up my old rocking chair that I had when I was little so I can pass it down to the ABD. Mom lives in West Rome.

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
7:58 pm

LA– Memphis? Hungry? How ’bout a burger from Dyer’s? Heart attack on a plate, but mmm good! :-)

ABM–West Rome? We took our kids up to Coosa to put them in school…75 mile commute was an a** kicker, but worth every bit of it!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

December 4th, 2009
8:00 pm

Angry Black Man

December 4th, 2009
8:02 pm

Coosa’s a great school. Mom’s lived there since 1980 or something like that. I’ve seen that place change quite a bit over the years.

And, I didn’t forget about the PC post, but the music did always puzzle me. I never really put 2 and 2 together.

Hillbilly Deluxe

December 4th, 2009
8:03 pm

Josef @ 7:52

That song is known for primarily one line, “he’s a bad mu…”, but if you listen to the instrumentation, especially the beginning, it’s almost symphonic. Isaac was quite the talented man.

Bruno

December 4th, 2009
8:03 pm

Howdy gang–It looks like Friday Night Music is in full swing. I’ll catch up in a minute. In the meantime, here’s a slice of pure Americana:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbfjnUlhVc4&feature=related

“Wave that flag, wave it high!!!”

SOUTHERN ATL

December 4th, 2009
8:03 pm

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
8:08 pm

ABM–
Greatest people we’ve ever met were in Rome. If all these people who love to bash the rural South only knew how well they received us there,,,they wouldn’t want to believe it. The stories I could tell would, and will I hope one day, fill a book. Their attitude was, “you leave them boys alone. They doin’ the right thing takin’ in them younguns to raise.” The Baptist preacher up the way came by to invite us to visit their church family. I told him we were gay and his answer was, “couples night is Thursday.” What more can you say? Little Bit and her husband are relocating there to put grandbaby in school there….

Bruno

December 4th, 2009
8:12 pm

ABM–You and DDR were steaming the place up yesterday. Your “Secret Garden” selection by Quincy Jones was phenomenal. Good job!

I’m not going to place any wagers on the Fl-Al game, but am starting to believe that Alabama might pull it off, or at least win via the spread (+5 1/2).

Football picks for the weekend: Texas (-14 1/2) over Nebraska. Eagles (-5 1/2) over the Falcons. And my 4-star play of the week is Minnesota (-3) over Arizona. Whoever set that spread must have been drunk.

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
8:14 pm

BRUNO–
Hey! Was wonderin’ where you were…you’re the best when it comes to Friday night!

Hillbilly–
Isaac Hayes was in a class to himself…absof**ingly amazing!

Bosch

December 4th, 2009
8:15 pm

josef,

Thanks for the etoufee/gumbo clarification. I cook like a mad scientist so the spices are pretty much the same for any kind of Cajun food we cook.

Another question, isn’t Shrimp Creole basically Shrimp Etoufee? I hope I’m spelling that right.

Speaking of Yellow Tail……….I’ll be right back. :-)

josef nix

December 4th, 2009
8:15 pm

JAY–side to side or….well? :-)