So far, the highlight of the trip down in Texas has been the food. Tonight, we ate at a place called Delacroix which features Cajun cuisine. We're in east Texas, less than an hour away from Louisiana, and since it's crayfish season, it was high time I sampled my first crayfish of my life. Apparently I attacked them with sufficient exuberance for the local trumpet professor to say I was eatin' like a true Cajun. In order to eat them like a true Cajun, you've got to yank the tail off, squeeze the meat out and then take the head and squeeze out the juices--and let me tell you, that's darn tasty! All you taste are the spices and the crayfish juice, which is fantastic!
Along with the crayfish, I ate my first alligator, fried. It tastes like chicken, and that's no joke. It was good, though I would rather have had the blackened mahi-mahi that some of my other colleagues enjoyed. I also ate some crab ettouffe, a hearty crawfish stew that's simply delicious. The fried okra was fantastic, and so were the hush puppies.
Last night we had some remarkable Tex-Mex, with the best guacamole I've ever eaten, made table-side. Earlier this week we had some Texas BBQ, and lunch the next day at another Cajun restaurant.
It's been a good food week, and tomorrow we're ending up in Austin, a great food town. We'll have a few hours to explore the city in the afternoon, have dinner, do our show and then do a pub crawl on 6th Street, the music scene. We'll see when we get home though--our airline is American, and they canceled 1,000 flights today. It sounds like they're going to continue canceling flights through the weekend. If we get stuck, Austin's not too bad a place to be!