I’m home in Louisiana for the holidays. And that means food. Lots and lots of food. How has it gone so far? Let me show you.
1. Fried shrimp platter from Soileau’s in Opelousas, eaten upon completion of 25 hour drive from New York.
3. Pepper jelly and crackers. A light pre-meal snack.
5. Ferdie’s Special from Pizza Shack in Opelousas.
6. Boiled crabs, crawfish, and shrimp from Crawfish Town U.S.A. in Henderson.
7. No. This isn’t a duplicate. Boiled crabs, crawfish, and shrimp from The Boiling Point in New Iberia.
8. Fried venison backstrap, French fries, barbecued pork roast.
9. Popeyes’s fried chicken. Note that this has to be a record for the longest time I’ve been on a Louisiana visit without getting Popeyes’s.
10. Fried fish, French fries (and a little more venison).
11. Chicken and sausage gumbo in Melville.
12. Chicken and sausage gumbo with potato salad in Grand Prairie. Christmas Eve.
13. Fried turkey, pork roast, ham, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes. Christmas Day.
I ran 16 miles last week, which wasn’t even close to offset the food. Keep in mind that I’ve got a few more days left, and not pictured are the desserts or the accompanying booze. But here’s a general idea of the latter.