The drive from New Orleans to Houston can be a little tedious, especially when you have two, 1-hour traffic jams. A little detour into Breaux Bridge was just what the doctor ordered!
"Champagne" isn't on the sign, but that is the name of the bakery and the family that has owned it for over 125 years.
It was cozy and quiet inside. Don and I were the only customers, so the two young women working gave us lots of attention. We got a lesson on how to pronounce the name Champagne.
Still can't do it! And we were given a free sample of their famous "Pink Cookies" which are bite size and cake-like, with custom filling... and not necessarily pink!
The Cake Maker
We got to meet the cake maker and bought a slice of her lemon cake for later.
We also bought a few red coconut balls and a loaf of French bread. Champagne's has been selling French and Po'boy bread to restaurants for a long time.
They also make delicious meat pies that are just right for eating in the car! They do not sell Boudin sausage, but we had an awfully entertaining discussion about this Louisiana specialty. Both of the women laughed about their husbands stopping to pick up Boudin for breakfast every morning!
We headed off with our little car picnic. The meat pies were a real treat compared to the Mc Donald's hamburger we could have chosen. The coconut balls were a bit curious. A little like marzipan.
LOTS of coconut! The cake waited until we got home and I must hand it to our Cake Girl. It was moist and just the right amount of sweet! The bread was packaged in a sheet of paper, twisted at the ends. This kept the bread more crisp, but it still had the texture of po'boy bread. I prefer chewy over airy, but it was fun change.
And the Meat Pies!
This was actually what we came for. The pies were oddly light, even with the spice. The crust was soft and flaky.
The tender beef was ground fine, so no surprises. Later, we had some meat pies heated up at home and they were just as good. Great treat for the road! I hope to make a stop this Novemeber when we head to Nola again.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.