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Woman unsure of proper etiquette at seafood boils

Woman unsure of proper etiquette at seafood boils

Dear Tante Camilla,

I never know how to act when I’m eating with some fancy people. Please explain to me what is the appropriate way to act when having a seafood boil. Are there any etiquette guidelines or is it “anything goes” for seafood boils?


Missing Manners

Dear Missing Manners:

I used to think that people in Louisiana couldn’t mess up boiled crawfish. Then one time we were invited to my cousin Evangeline’s new in-laws for a big fais-do-do to celebrate her recent marriage to their son. Well, these people lived in Lafayette and let me tell you, those people can’t cook no crawfish. It was so pimanté that you couldn’t even eat it. Ah-ban, that’s a waste of good crawfish.

Anyway, bonjour, mes amis. This is Tante Camilla ready to give you some advice. So venez ici and écoutez.

So you worried about how to act with some fancy people? Well, beb, I don’t know if you asking the right person because Tante Camilla ain’t too fancy but I know how to pass a good time!

This is what I think about fancy people at a seafood boil: If they say, “ewwww you suck the heads” or “ewwww those peelings are going to stink,” then you tell them, “avec votre nez en l'air, vous pouvez noyer quand il mouille!”

At a seafood boil, you eat with your hands, you never go empty handed – maybe bring some crackettes or a french bread or make a dip, bring your own beer because that goes good with some boiled seafood, you pass a good time and you help clean up afterwards. That’s about the only thing you need to worry about, beb.

And don’t ever go to a seafood boil in Lafayette unless you want your lips to fall off.

Well, c'est tout pour asteur. When I get another question you’ll get another answer.

-Tante Camilla

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