The Flood of 2016

Venerable Crawfish here. While it is too late for this map to be of service to anyone during the harrowing Amite River Flood of 2016, perhaps this 100-year-flood zone map may be of use to folks in the future. It…

Crawfish housing market on the rise

If you live in Louisiana, you’ve probably seen a crawfish house. A crawfish house is a pile of dried mud erupting from the ground. It resembles a chimney. For most Cajuns, these crawfish houses represent everything that is good and…

Crawfish speed eating

If you’re gonna eat crawfish, you might as well enjoy it and take your time. However, Breaux Bridge State Representative Mike Huval won the celebrity speed crawfish eating contest at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival at the beginning of May.…

How the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival got started

Breaux Bridge native Sam Irwin’s book, Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, tells you everything you need to know about how the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival got started. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival takes place May 6-8.…

New York Times: Prairie crawfish companion

The New York Times recently featured Hawk’s Restaurant (north of Rayne, La.) in an article entitled Where Crawfish are Boiled, Fried and Celebrated. Congratulations to Hawk’s on the national recognition. It’s well deserved. Hawk’s was one of the “new” restaurants…

Jazz Fest tourist, caveat emptor!

Greetings from the bayou. Venerable Crawfish here. Some may call me a protectionist but I hate for tourists visiting Louisiana to not get their money’s worth. I mean to say, the bottom has dropped out of the oil barrel and…