Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog

On the way to Avery Island









Betty's Patio

Betty painting






We slept in this morning, not caring about anything other than getting a good rest.

Once we finally got up, Marilyn put coffee on and we sat together sipping our coffee and talking about the things we wanted to do today.

I went outdoors still dressed in my PJ’s, to ask the neighbor if we should move our truck. Jim & Nancy are good people, full-timers from Michigan, who have a motor home parked next to us.

These RV sites are short so the truck has to be parked across the front of our RV, sort of like crossing a T.

Because the sites are also close together, our 20’ long truck sticks out slightly in front of our neighbor’s RV.

In spite of the close quarters here, the park is very quiet and peaceful. The only sound we heard during the night was the furnace kicking on once in a while.

We had plans of going to Suire’s grocery & restaurant for lunch and knew that we should be there by 11:00 as they have very little space for sitting down to eat.

We also planned to visit Avery Island and see where they make the world famous Tabasco sauce.

We do enjoy this Cajun Country, with it’s music and food.

First thing to tell you about is our lunch at a very well known grocery & restaurant called “Suire’s”.

This looks like an old-time country grocery, small, with a wooden front porch, wooden floors inside, and the walls are covered with articles and photographs of this very unique place.

Outside, as you walk up on the porch, you may notice the menu painted with spray paint, on the wall, near the entrance.

This wonderful little gift to Cajun cooking has been the subject of many fine eating articles in magazines and newspapers, such as “The New York Times” and others.

Marilyn & I found out about it because of the fact that many of our RV friends have eaten there, then written about it on their blogs.

We were terribly uncertain as to what to order. It was one of those “So Many Delicious Food, and So Little Time” kind of moments.

We wanted to try the Catfish, Oysters, Shrimp, Crabs, Gumbo, Etouffee, as well as the side dishes and the home baked desserts.

We spoke with Joan and her sister, Lisa, who suggested the Seafood Platter. What an excellent idea! The Seafood Platter offered Salad (Choice of lettuce salad or Potato salad), Fried Shrimp (3), Fried Oysters (3), Fried Catfish (1), Crab Patty (1),

Shrimp Patty (1), Shrimp Etouffee, French Fries, a Cup of Shrimp Gumbo, Bread, and home made Pineapple Cake.

They gave us two bowls of Gumbo instead of 1 cup, and told us that we could order anything extra we wanted. What a Meal!

We have pictures to post for you but the Wi-Fi here is very poor and it is a struggle to get the blog posted, even without pictures.

I promise to post pictures on each entry since we left the RGV, once we reach Hannibal.

Marilyn & I ate the entire lunch, and then took home some Shrimp & Crab Gumbo, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo and two, still warm from the oven, Blackberry Tarts.

I must say that if we do return to this part of the country some day, it will be the food and music which draws us back.

You folks owe it to yourself to try a lunch at Suire’s if you are near Kaplan, LA. It is south of Kaplan on Hwy 35 and worth the trip!

We stopped by the RV to put our purchased Gumbo in the freezer, before heading out to our next adventure, the Tabasco Factory on Avery Island.

That was a special treat also and we enjoyed it a lot. I have to tell you that when you cross the bridge to the island, there is a small shack at the entry where they take a donation/fee of $1.00 per person. The guy in the shack sticks a small, thin board out an open window, to you. There is a clothespin attached with a ticket for each person held tightly between the spring loaded parts. You accept the tickets, then attach your money where the tickets had been. The guy in the little shack then pulls the board with money attached back inside.

We took the factory tour, learning how the Tabasco Sauce is made, and then strolled through the factory store, where we sampled the Tabasco flavored ice cream and many sauces, before making a few purchases. By the way, the Tabasco flavored ice cream has the definite flavor of Tabasco, but I would not want to eat much of it.

I prefer more traditional flavors. LOL

Back at the RV Park, we planned to have dinner at the Cajun Claw, to eat some Crawfish. Alas, they are closed on Mondays as well as Sundays, so we picked the two worst days to be here. Bummer!

Nothing will dim the memory of that delicious lunch, so we’ll get by and maybe we can find Crawfish over in New Orleans tomorrow or the next day.

In any case, we have had a wonderful day here in Cajun Country.

We sure do love this lifestyle! We know that we are blessed by God to be living this way, and we are always aware that Life is Good!

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