Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the Bayou as we go Platinum Jimbalaya in New Orleans.
Or if you’re being particular Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and a fillet gumbo but I took to Cajun cuisine the first time I sampled it.
On the forecourt of the American Travel Fair in Washington DC where the New Orleans delegation held their liquid breakfast.
Food for thought
That liquid being the famous local delicacy Sazerac.
And the jambalaya being a spicy rice pot of chicken andouille sausage, shrimps and veg.
Crawfish pie, well being crawfish which tastes a bit like lobster under a crust.
While gumbo is the Louisiana state dish, a soup of meat or shellfish, or maybe both.
With the Creole Holy Trinity of celery, bell peppers and onions.
New Orleans Saints
All of which was consumed with relish and all before 10am.
Before the Saints came marching in and led us into the conference room.
Those Saints being the famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Well we’re being seduced again by the tastes and sounds of New Orleans.
As the Big Easy delegation are the first out of the traps with details of their American Travel Fair party.
Which this May is being held in San Antonio in Texas.
And where helpfully their gig will be at the Westin Riverwalk where we’ll be staying…
Well, we are always where the party is at.
Rhythm in the heart
Of course New Orleans is just eight hours by road across the Deep South and served by road, rail, bus and air.
Or you could go Platinum with a 14-night fly-drive Southern Rhythms trip from €1519pp.
But let’s get the Irish Travel providers and American experts to give us the highlights…
Their pitch is that we will get to tap your feet to the beat in Nashville, Memphis, Lafayette and New Orleans, the region that gave rise to every form of contemporary American music.
And visit Natchez, perhaps the best preserved antebellum town in the South.
As well as historic buildings in Atlanta, where the spirit of Scarlett O’Hara is still in the air.
Although for all her fineries we’d be more Downstairs and all that jazz.
And Jimbalaya in New Orleans.