What is Avery Island famous for….???   well Tabasco Pepper sauce of course. (They call it Pepper sauce, not hot sauce). You can tour the factory, learn how the sauce is made and visit the Country Store that sells everything Tabasco, including Tabasco Chocolate, Tabasco Ice Cream, Tabasco Coca-Cola, and every type of sauce, dip, bbq sauce, jelly and candies that they make. But what we were really looking forward to (remember we are still in the middle of Cajun Country) was a food tour that is put on by Tabasco. The reviews on Trip Advisor were outstanding.

Our first stop of the day (technically not on Avery Island, but in nearby New Iberia was the Acadian Cultural Center. (Cajun and Acadian mean the same thing) We viewed this very dated Center and watched the video that was about 25 years old. Once we were past the 80’s mustaches, short shorts and similar items, the video was interesting.  The most interesting piece for us, was how Cajun Food came together, it draws on many different cultures and countries.

Here is what makes Cajun Food so good (next 6 photos)  You will hear us rave about Cajun Food, yes we will go on and on about it. It is that good.  It is by far the best tasting food we have had in many years. The food itself is worth a visit to Louisiana. Seriously Cajun Food is delicious. Do you get the point?

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Now that you have an idea of the different flavours that are going to be mixed together, lets get on with the show, err or the tour.

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Tabasco owns the entire Avery Island, and have a $1 toll to enter, to help pay for conservation and security etc they say.

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The factory. Every drop of Tabasco sold around the world is made in this building.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Country Store

Country Store

The factory. ( with levees on all sides to keep the floods out). Hurricane Rita in 2005, the water was one inch from entering the factory. The factory has never flooded.

The factory. ( with levees on all sides to keep the floods out). Hurricane Rita in 2005, the water was one inch from entering the factory. The factory has never flooded.

Ok, Tour has begun, we loaded into the brand new mini bus they use. Remember during this tour, we are going to where the Locals shop and eat. These are not the touristy spots. Some of the building look bad on the outside, some have no signs (because they don’t need them). People know where the good food is at. Our Guide George has lived in New Iberia for a long time, and worked at Tabasco for as many years.

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First stop: The boiling point for boiled seafood.

Massive Shrimp, and Tabasco cocktail sauce.

Massive Shrimp, and Tabasco cocktail sauce.

When you are peeling shrimp apart, you hands get dirty. Sinks right in the restaurant, great idea.

When you are peeling shrimp apart, you hands get dirty. Sinks right in the restaurant, great idea.

Next stop Legnons Boucherie

Next stop Legnons Boucherie

(L) Boudin (R) Cracklins

(L) Boudin (R) Cracklins

Words cannot possibly describe the flavour of good boudin. You need to try it. We sampled Pork Boudin and Crawfish Boudin. Boucherie Owner Mr. Legnon gave us the run down on his food.

Legnons

Legnons

Next Stop: Konrinko Rice. (we visited here the day before) This time we received the guided tour.

Next Stop: Konrinko Rice. (we visited here the day before) This time we received the guided tour.

This lady in the middle (sorry we forgot her name) was so friendly. We talked about rice for awhile inside, and then all chatted about various things outside the store. As our Guide George says, Cajuns want to talk to you, if you don’t talk, they will make you talk. They are very friendly people, and everything is based around the Family.

Next Stop: Dave's Meats

Next Stop: Dave’s Meats

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nothing fancy, but the food is unreal!

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among other things they sell, they have Jambalaya stuffed Chickens.

Remember the Bakery we visited yesterday? Well Dave takes that famous French bread and stuffs it with meats, cheeses etc. Delicious!!!

Remember the Bakery we visited yesterday? Well Dave takes that famous French bread and stuffs it with meats, cheeses etc. Delicious!!!

Next Stop: Bon Creole. Looks bad on the outside, but inside you will find the best Gumbo around

Next Stop: Bon Creole. Looks bad on the outside, but inside you will find the best Gumbo around. The sign is so faded, you cannot read it, but the food is so good, they don’t even need a sign. (Thanks for holding the door George)

Sausage and Seafood Gumbo.

Sausage and Seafood Gumbo.

George and Bon Creole Owner.

George and Bon Creole Owner.

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Sadly our last stop, Clementine's for Bread Pudding

Sadly our last stop, Clementine’s for Bread Pudding

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For those of you who don’t know Aya that well, she is a connoisseur of Bread Pudding. (Inside Clementine’s)

Aya gives this Bread pudding a 9 out of 10. For those of you who read the New York Times, Clementine's will be reviewed in their pages any day now. Yeah Clementine's is kind of a big deal.

Aya gives this Bread pudding a 9 out of 10. For those of you who read the New York Times, Clementine’s will be reviewed in their pages any day now. Yeah Clementine’s is kind of a big deal.

George with another Tabasco employee who had never been on a food tour. These tours can accommodate 14 people. We lucked out!! We were the only two people on the tour.

George with another Tabasco employee who had never been on a food tour. These tours can accommodate 14 people. We lucked out!! We were the only two people on the tour.

To wrap up the day: If you want to experience big flavour, delicious food, friendly people, and an overall amazing place, visit New Iberia, LA and make the 15 minute drive to Avery Island. This tour was so good, we are trying to plan another stop here next summer.

New Iberia (and area) is our favorite stop during the last 80 days or so we have been on the road.

 

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As the sun sets, with full stomachs, we hit the road for Las Vegas, Nevada. 2,800 Kilometres away.