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Fried Alligator and Boudin Balls, Anyone???

This past weekend I had the distinct pleasure of attending the 76th International Rice Festival in Crowley, LA. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Louisiana culture, the state’s Department of Tourism reports that Louisiana holds over 400 festivals every year – and is “often called the Festival Capital of America.” The New Orleans Times Picayune  puts it this way:  “If you can eat it, drink it, play it, dance to it or ogle it, there’s a festival for it in south Louisiana. Probably this week.”

With that being said, the Rice Festival provided a delightful expression of diversity in two forms that really matter: People and food! These festivals seem to be the time that everyone pretty much put aside any race-centered or ethnic differences and instead become Louisianans who want to have a good time.

Yep, there was plenty of Swirling going on:


Where else in the world can large crowds of Blacks and Whites (with good sprinklings of Asians and Latinos mixed in) listen to and enjoy music like this:

And not only that, DANCE to it: 

AND, in addition to the fried alligator and spicy boudin balls, enjoy a good serving of pig feet or tripe?

This gentleman proudly told me I couldn’t take a photo unless he was in it!

(I purchased some wonderful homemade pralines. My cousin bought a bowl of pig feet – they were seasoned to perfection and delish! Yes, I eat pig feet – don’t judge me).

The truly adventuresome were able to help themselves to good ole helpings of squirrel, rabbit, or shark. Gotta try that shark next time . . . . .

 Join in the fray: What’s the most exotic food you’ve ever eaten? Would you be willing to try fried alligator, boudin balls, squirrel, or shark?

Copyright © 2012 Michelle Matthews Calloway, A Swirl Girl™, All rights reserved.

October 24, 2012 at 4:40 PM 6 comments

Oh HAPPY Day!!!

I just found out that my dissertation proposal is approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board)!!!! Woot to the Woot Woot WOOT! This means that I can now start contacting people to participate in my research study. My study is entitled A Qualitative Phenomenological Study of the Tenure Pursuit of Interracially Married Faculty Women of Color. Participants must be a female minority, interracially married, and on the tenure track at an accredited, four-year bachelors, masters, or doctoral college or university  in the United States. (Know anybody like that??? Ask them to contact me for more info). Sooo excited and so ready to GET THIS DONE!!!!

I told my friends on Facebook that when I received the news I started the fire, made the pizza, and twirled the Q-tip like Albert in the movie Hitch.

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Join in the fray: What are you happy about? Do you have any good news that you’d like to share?

Copyright © 2012 Michelle Matthews Calloway, All rights reserved.

October 7, 2012 at 8:32 AM 5 comments

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