Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cafe Des Amis…dancin’ on Saturday morning

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Zydeco  music is something like Rhythm and Blues with a cajun flair and a Caribbean beat….it’s hard to describe but it is fun and catchy and you just can’t help but be happy when you’re around it.  The band plays a Squeeze box and a washboard, along with their instruments.   In the little town of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana there is a famous place….Cafe Des Amis , and we knew that you had to go early on a Saturday morning for the Zydeco band, so it was high on the list of things to do in Cajun country.

So it was, that we all got up at 5:30 Saturday morning and piled in the cars heading up to Breaux Bridge for  breakfast and dancing.  TS, Carol and I looked at each other, kind of bleary eyed….thinking  “this better be good”!   And oh, was it ever good!!!

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Arriving for our spot in the waiting line around 6:50 (yes, that is AM!), there were already about 40 folks ahead of us. When the doors opened at 7:30 we were lucky to get a table…the place was packed to overflowing with twice that many still waiting to get in!!!

The band started tuning up and we ordered Beignets, coffee,  and tea for starters.  (You must eat slowly so you can stay for the dancing as long as possible!)

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Around 8:15 the Zydeco band announced “If you are not dancing, please don’t stand on the floor”, began their first song and the whole place started rocking! 

Indeed, if you were standing up, someone would grab your hand and drag you to the floor to dance to the cajun calypso beat!!!   Old and young,  friends and strangers, everyone was dancing to the music!!  Before long, Carol was out there  hopping with the best of them!!  Bob and I did a little dancing too, but decided it was almost dangerous out there….cajun feet in cowgirl boots were stompin’ everywhere!!   What fun!!! :)

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They serve lots of Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Cosmos,  with breakfast…which was a wonderful Crawfish Etoufee omelet with Andouille Sausage Cheese grits…My, was it good!!! 

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This was a  Saturday morning to be remembered forever!!! We laughed and were mesmerized by the music, people and food (and of course each other!)   Yes, indeed, we are going to miss this lovely little part of the world!

1 comment:

Mary said...

OK, this time I am REALLY jealous. What a fabulous morning! And all the other great times (and great food) you have been having in Cajun country. I just got back from a big lunch in a tropical paradise setting and still I'm both envious and hungry after reading about your adventures.