Welcome to Cajun Voodoo Mama — It’s all About New Orleans~Gulf Coast
The first time I met my blog partner Vanessa Bourgeois, I hugged her. She is after all from New Orleans and that’s how we say hello on the Gulf Coast. That was in the summer of 2008. She had just flown into Charlottesville, Virginia from New Orleans and I swear she smelled like home!
We connected instantly, playing the common denominator game, dreaming of Shrimp Po-boys, Gumbo and cold Barq’s Root Beer in a bottle. She had just decided to close her restaurant in New Orleans and follow her husband, Fred to his new job in Charlottesville. Admittedly, it is almost impossible to get a New Orleans girl to leave that city. It’s as difficult as pulling a tourist out of Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter!
We talk all of the time about home and how much we miss it — The seasons come and go. We sit in my kitchen in Charlottesville and she makes all of the dishes that we grew-up with – Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp Creole and Crawfish Etouffee, just to name a few. When I walk into my home now, it’s as if I just walked into the home in which I grew up in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi that was washed away by Hurricane Katrina. The smells are so distinct; it brings me back to my childhood running up the stairs after school, guessing what was cooking on the stove.
If you can’t live in New Orleans or the Mississippi Gulf Coast, you can still live the lifestyle. We have been Cajunizing Charlottesville since that fateful day in 2008. We want the same for our readers — it’s a little taste of the Gulf Coast no matter where you live.
Laura and Vanessa
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