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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

Get Wrecked – and Get $158!!!!


ImageWell, it’s finally here – the launch date of Wrecked by Jeff Goins.  If I were you, I’d head on over to his website now and take advantage of the special offers – good only though August 5. What special offers, you ask? Check this out:

*All electronic versions of the book, including Nook, Kindle, and PDF for you to read on the device of your choosing (a $31.47 collection).

*Advance download of the unabridged audiobook — three months before anyone else will be able to buy it ($29.99 value).

*The 10-week “action guide” for group or individual study (an exclusive guide valued at $12.99).

*A complimentary copy of Jeff’s latest eBook, You Are a Writer, an Amazon bestseller — in Nook, Kindle, and PDF formats (a $14.97 value).

*Free download of Jeff’s hour-long audio program, The Writer’s Studio, plus a companion worksheet (a $19.98 value) .

*50% off Jeff’s upcoming online writing course, Tribe Writers (a value of $49.50).

That’s over $158.00 in free stuff for a book that retails at $13.99. So even if you don’t like it (which I don’t anticipate), you’re going to get a great deal.

My official review will post  soon. Meanwhile, head on over to the website and order the book, already! 


August 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM Leave a comment

I’m Getting Wrecked!

Last week I was given the distinct honor of joining the Launch Team for Wrecked by author and blogger Jeff Goins.

Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable World

What is Wrecked all about?

Wrecked is about the life we are afraid to live. It’s about radical sacrifice and selfless service–how we find purpose in the midst of pain. It’s a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places. It’s about living like we mean it. It’s a guide to growing up and giving your life away, helping you live in the tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane.

This book is for us–a generation intent on pursuing our life’s work in a way that leaves us without regrets.

Author Jeff Goins shares his own experience of struggling as a missionary and 20-something who understands the call to live radically while dealing with the everyday responsibilities of life. Wrecked is a manifesto for a generation dissatisfied with the status quo and wanting to make a difference.

I’ll post a review later this week. In the meantime, click here so you can learn more about the book, read an excerpt, sign up for free giveaways, and ensure you’re notified of the release date.

Check out the Wrecked trailer:


July 16, 2012 at 3:50 PM Leave a comment

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