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Old April 26, 2018   #6571
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Don, that is some cheap eating. I spend WAY too much $ when I go to Sam's. I have tried hummus at least a half dozen times and it's a no go for me. I know some people love it, but I just don't get the attraction. Different strokes I guess.

My dad used to slice a tomato and cover it with gravy. He also did the same with cantaloupe. Yuk!
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Old April 26, 2018   #6572
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I think we are going to have chili cheese dogs for supper.
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Old April 26, 2018   #6573
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Hummus = refried beans, I'll take refried beans.

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Old April 26, 2018   #6574
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Hummus = refried beans, I'll take refried beans.

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I do like Hummus, but I eat it for my lunch most days because it is an easy way to keep the weight off. The rice crackers I eat it with also help. They are mostly air with little substance.

I love re fried beans, but real good re fried beans are about 15% hog lard. It makes them creamy and smooth and tasty. It also adds the weight instead of controlling the weight.

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Old April 27, 2018   #6575
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With meat prices going up this year, I have been noticing some that have gone up a lot. Crab legs were $7.99 per pound last year. That's not cheap eaten to me, but it was something special. This year, they are selling for $12.99 per pound. Too rich for my blood. Hamburger meat just keeps going up in price.

Locally, not all seafood is going up in price. Luckily for me, shrimp is still around the same price. Pork and chicken are the same price. Beef is still - if you find it cheap enough - buy it.

I don't guess I'll ever get used to food prices going up so much.
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With meat prices going up this year, I have been noticing some that have gone up a lot. Crab legs were $7.99 per pound last year. That's not cheap eaten to me, but it was something special. This year, they are selling for $12.99 per pound. Too rich for my blood. Hamburger meat just keeps going up in price.

Locally, not all seafood is going up in price. Luckily for me, shrimp is still around the same price. Pork and chicken are the same price. Beef is still - if you find it cheap enough - buy it.

I don't guess I'll ever get used to food prices going up so much.
The price of every thing is going up. I noticed one truck stop this morning selling unleaded regular gas priced at $2.99 per gallon. Most were priced at $2.69 per gallon. I have no idea how high the price will go. In the past, fuel prices were based on the availability and price of crude oil plus domestic refining capacity. That has changed since Saudi Arabia has stopped selling cheap oil to maintain market share and the United States has started exporting refined products like gasoline. This creates an artificial shortage in the United States which raises prices.
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Yes, I've been watching gas prices going up weekly. You can still find it here for $2.49, but $2.59 is seen more often.
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Here in Southern California gas is at least one dollar more, $ 3.49/ $ 3.59 Mike
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Sometimes the logic and ignorance of people confound me to no end.
The same people will say they dont eat catfish because they are bottom feeders and scavengers but will suck down crabs until their stomachs are as tight as a drum..

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Here in Southern California gas is at least one dollar more, $ 3.49/ $ 3.59 Mike
I really dont know what to say.
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Sometimes the logic and ignorance of people confound me to no end.
The same people will say they dont eat catfish because they are bottom feeders and scavengers but will suck down crabs until their stomachs are as tight as a drum..

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And shrimp which I consider the cockroach of the sea. They are mighty tasty though. I do suggest deveining them though. And lets not forget crawfish which is also a bottom feeder.
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There was a refinery explosion in WI last night and oil went up 5 cents a barrel. That probably translated to a 20 cent per gallon jump at the pumps. Yeah, right.
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Here in Southern California gas is at least one dollar more, $ 3.49/ $ 3.59 Mike
I think the difference is in state taxes and the fact that California doesn't want any new crude oil processing plants constructed in California. They prefer to pay the cost of transporting crude oil products like gasoline into the state to distribution terminals instead of processing the products in state. California has seventeen tiny refineries producing a total of less than 500,000 barrels of finished product daily. Motiva refinery alone in Port Arthur, Texas refines 650,000 barrels per day. Right across the road from Motiva is the former Chevron/Gulf refinery producing 500,000 barrels per day. All of it makes a difference in the cost of fuel at the pump.
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Not everything is going up, Ya'll come down to Lafayette this weekend!!!

Wednesday was the start of the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette. It's a big party with awesome music and excellent food, It's free and they ask to not bring coolers to keep it that way. This is also the weekend of Jazzfest in New Orleans and they still draw 300k people.

Here's what the website says.

Festival International de Louisiane is a non-profit organization that produces the largest international music and arts festival in the United States with a special emphasis on the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world and an estimated economic impact of 49 million annually. With over 300,000 festival goers every year, the annual festival features musical performances by artists from over 20 countries along with workshops, exhibits, visual art, theater and other forms of performance arts. The 5-day festival is held in April transforming downtown Lafayette, Louisiana into an entertainment mecca.


https://festivalinternational.org/2018-artists/

I posted this because you can't find cheaper prices for the food at the festival. Check out the menu and prices.

Here is a complete listing of official Festival food vendors, as well as what each spot will be offering.

Scene LUS Internationale

Poseidon's Greek Restaurant
Spinach pie, $5
Stuffed jalapenos, $5
Hummus, $6
Gyro wrap, $7
Honey chicken tenders, $7

Poupart's
Bread pudding, $4
Crawfish pistolettes, $6
Shrimp friant, $6
Frenchy cheese steak po'boy, $6
Shrimp and tasso pasta, $7

Norbert's Restaurant
Boudin, $4
Meat pies, $6
Pork jambalaya, $6
Fried shrimp with fries, $8
Crawfish etouffee with fried catfish, $10

Poor Boy's Riverside Inn
Sweet potato beignets, $4
Alligator balls with fries, $6
Fish tacos with fries, $6
Grilled gator bites with fries, $6
Mini crab cakes with fries, $8

New Orleans Original Daiquiris
190 Octane
Margarita
Pina colada
Strawberry daiquiri
White Russian
JD Bank Pavillion de Cuisine

Geauxsicles Gourmet Ice Pops
Cookie Mac-ster, $5
Crantastic, $5
Mojito, $5
Strawberry chance, $5
Summertime, $5

Fezzo's Seafood, Steakhouse and Oyster Bar
Sausage po'boy with barbecue sauce, $6
Bread pudding with rum sauce, $6
Fried catfish with fries, $8
Fried catfish with etouffee, $8
Grilled ribeye wrap, $10

Dean-O's Pizzarama
Double cheese pizza slice, $4
Pepperoni pizza slice, $4
Crawfish nachos, $8
Shrimp and grits, $8
Boudin pizza burger, $8

Bon Creole Seafood
Red beans and rice with sausage, $7
Praline chicken and waffle, $7
Crawfish po'boy, $9
Crawfish spinach boat, $9
Shrimp po'boy, $9

Dairy King
Soft serve cone, $3
Soft serve cup, $3
Soft serve waffle cone, $5

Alligator Shakes
Alligator balls, $6
Boudin balls, $6
Chicken and sausage gumbo, $6
Seafood gumbo, $6
Alligator sauce piquante, $7

Antlers Restaurant & Bar
Meat pies, $6
Pork and sausage jambalaya, $7
Crawfish maque choux, $7
Crawfish etouffee, $8

Mandez's Seafood, Bar & Grill
Beignet fries, $6
Duck quesadilla with chili lime creme, $6
Seafood egg rolls, two for $8
Pulled pork nachos, $9

Zeus Cafe
Baklava, $3
Chicken shawarma wrap, $6
Falafel wrap, $6
Gyro wrap, $6
Spicy chicken wrap, $7

Blu Basil Wine & Grill
Avocado pork pot stickers, $8
Coconut shrimp, $8
Kimchi fries, $9

FilAsian Kitchen
Pork kabob, $3
Dutch cake, $6
Seafood pasta, $7
Chicken kabob with fries, $8
Bacon-wrapped shrimp with fries, $9

Galeries du Festival

Zea Rotisserie & Grill
Roasted corn grits, $4
Duck empanadas, $5
Thai ribs, $7
Gulf shrimp and grits, $8
Crawfish boil Bateaux, $10

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Sunrise sunset smoothie, $4 or $6
Caribbean jerk wrap, $7
Baja chicken wrap, $7

Snow-T-Go
12-ounce shaved ice snowball, $4
20-ounce shaved ice snowball, $5
32-ounce shaved ice snowball, $9
Popcorn, $5
Caramel popcorn, $6

Scene Laborde Earles Law Firm Fais Do Do

Gulf Tacos
Belly of the beast taco, two for $9
Gulf taco, two for $9
Shrimp taco, two for $9

Blue Dog Cafe
Pecan praline bread pudding, $5
Louisiana Purchase chicken pasta, $6
Corn and crab bisque, $7
Crawfish enchiladas, $7

Lagneaux's
Boudin, $4
Seafood jambalaya, $6
Shrimp po'boy, $8
Alligator bites, $8

Fat Tuesday
Margarita, $8
Pina colada, $8
Strawberry daiquiri, $8
Scene TV5 Monde Lafayette

Big Wil & The Warden
Asian Cajun vegetarian egg rolls, $10
Alligator sausage po'boy with fries, $11
Ribeye steak po'boy with fries, $11
Fried eggplant seafood volcano, $11
Gyro sandwich with fries, $11

Clambeaugh's
Chicken-and-sausage jambalaya, $8
Red beans and sausage, $8
Smothered okra, $9
Crawfish etouffee, $9

Bratz Y'all!
Bavarian beer brat, $8
Black forest beer brat, $8
Drunk pig, $9
King brat, $9
NOLA schnitzel, $9

Ice Shack
Ice bites, $4
Snowcone, $5
Dutch cake, $6

Dix "Almost Famous" Daiquiris
Small Tres-Rita Tres Generaciones, $5
Medium Tres-Rita Tres Generaciones, $8
Tres-Rita Tres Generaciones refill, $6
Scene des Jeunes

Kona Ice of Carencro
Klassic Kona, $4
Color change Kona, $6
Color change refill, $4

Pot & Paddle Jambalaya Kitchen
Cookies, $2
Hot dog, one for $3 or two for $5
Macaroni and cheese, $5
Chicken and sausage jambalaya, $5
Hot dog mac 'n' cheese, $7

LUS LA Craft Biergarten

C'est Bon Manger
Bayou nachos, $8
Crawfish, shrimp and spinach bread bowl, $8
Fried catfish with garlic fries, $8
Shrimp etouffee with fried fish, $8
Bang bang shrimp po'boy with garlic fries, $10

Umami Bites
Flash fried Brussels sprouts, $7
Coconut sweet rice bowl, $10
Pork belly wonton tacos, $10
Pork and ginger potstickers, $10
Vietnamese spring rolls, $10

Scratch Farm Kitchen
LocoRito burrito, $8
LocoRito burrito with pulled pork, $11
Beta bowl, $9
Curry up, $9
Curry up with pulled pork, $11
W.E. grassfed burger, $10

Rouge a Roux's
Sweet potato bread pudding balls, $6
Boudin balls, $7
Smoked brisket and pepper jack fries, $7
Jerk chicken sandwich with fries, $9
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Old April 27, 2018   #6585
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I attended it many times. I think they set up booths in the parking lot of the football stadium of the University of Louisiana Lafayette. They also used to use the parking lot for parking and use shuttle buses to move people around town too different events.

This late in the game, you probably won't find a hotel/motel room near Lafayette, so plan on staying in Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, or Alexandria. All three cities are about a one hour drive from Lafayette.

I remember when some dignitaries from ​Le Cannet, France (Lafayette's sister city in France) visited during the festival. They spoke very limited English. Unfortunately Cajun French and French, French can sometimes be very different. They almost needed an interpreter for the two different "French" languages.

It's a great time to be in Louisiana. It's mudbug season. If anyone ever tells you to come to Louisiana because it is Love Bug season. Politely say no thank you. It's similar to saying "it is mayfly season? in the north east. You will need to clean your windshield every few miles.
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