The wonderful Cajun cuisine is the other. Whenever we make the trip to Louisiana for Madi Gras, or to see Randy's family, there are places along the way we always stop, and the restaurant Prejean's in Lafayette is one of our favorites. The food is authentic Cajun, and cooked to perfection. In order to appreciate "authentic Cajun," you have to first understand the word Cajun, and where it comes from. Cajun is the shortened version of Acadian. In the early 1600's, French immigrants moved to Acadia, which is present day Nova Scotia, Canada, then in 1755 the British drove them out. That whole thing is a long story, but as they scattered the world over, many settled in Southern Louisiana, where the Spanish governors gave them choice lands in the prairies. There these stoic folks began raising cattle and farming. The Acadians had their identity shortened to Cajuns by their neighbors, and to this day, their culture, arts, music, traditions, and cooking is still referred to as Cajun.
As the wealthier English population began growing in Lousiania, remembering the experiences of their days in Acadia, the Cajuns began retreating to the swamp and marsh lands of the Mississippi River. The richness of all the culture this group of people gave birth to, is the influence of the style of music the musicians who enrich your dinning experience at Prejean's perform. It is referred to as Zydeco, and I love it!
I love this beautiful bronze which sits on
side of the restaurant, the two children riding the alligator just speaks to me of the fortitude the Arcadians. When they were driven to the swamps and marshes, they began making their living by logging cypress, fishing, and harvesting the Spanish Moss for making mattresses and for use as insulation.
Of course, no dinning experience is sweeter than the one shared with family and good friends. My daughter Meredith and her boyfriend Robert are with me on this trip. Randy was unable to come due to work requirements, and also I am enjoying the company of new friends we have made, Dennis and Cindy. Dennis is Robert's father, and an artisan and photographer.
You can find menus and all the details for your own dinning extravaganza, along with more information about the beautiful and enchanting Zydeco music at Prejean's website.