This year was my second annual Crawfish Tennis tournament in Lafayette Louisiana. It’s definitely nice to be invited to go with a group of tennis friends. I booked a room and shared it with two others. There was a king-size bed and a pull out couch, the only room options for the Staybridge. I will say that this hotel is so much nicer than the Wyndam! It was rainy and fortunately the clay/har tru courts absorb the water and you can still play on them.
We ate lunch on the way at Steam Boat Bills in Lake Charles. It’s a “hole in the wall” place. I don’t think the food is anything extraordinary. I had some etouffee and a boudin ball. A boudin ball is filled with pork with organ meat and rice, rolled up in a ball and fried. (We don’t eat this often!!!) Dinner was pretty cool, it was at Blue Dogs which features artwork (not originals) from a local artist, George Rodrigue, who died in 2013. I had Pompano. I love the fish and always try to get fish like I can in Florida. The best fish I’ve found in the gulf is drum and red fish. I’m not really sure where they got the pompano, hopefully Florida. It’s a good fish, not fishy-fish.
We did play tennis, this trip is really about the party. The food is worth mentioning because it is so different than what we usually eat. Texas has crawfish boils, however I have never seen anything like the crawfish in Louisiana. The crawfish are big and they are meaty. We get about a pound of crawfish and I only eat the tails which you peel with your hands. It tastes kind of like shrimp. The claws are good too, they were sharp and cut my hands without a tool to crack them with.
Our team traveled together, texted to stay in communication, ate together, etc. While we didn’t win all of our matches we always supported each other. I got to learn more about the people on my team.
About Lafayette…First and foremost, the people we met from Louisiana were very nice! And I hope not to seem discriminatory with mentioning there are so many poor areas and in between road ways that are not kept up. You can see the really rich and the really poor, not much in-between. We drove around a lot! It would seem there is an issue with gangs based on the signs in establishments (although we didn’t see anything like that). Louisiana is the most alcoholic state in the USA that I have seen. They sell alcohol everywhere, even available for drive thru pickup. The event had beer, beer and more beer. Not to say Texas doesn’t love alcohol. I think the policies are different.
It was a good time for sure. I love going. We bring a large crowd, five teams of six plus extras.