cajun history

Why Do Cajuns Eat Red Beans & Rice on Mondays?

If you’re a true Cajun, then you probably know that for years, Red Beans & Rice was the traditional dinner of Cajuns across southern Louisiana on Monday nights. Maybe your dear ole Granny still serves in on Mondays and you’ve never had a clue why. Why Monday? Why not Wednesday? Was Friday not good enough? Let us fill you in on a little bit of Cajun history on our beloved Cajun side:

Why is Monday Red Beans & Rice Day?

Women of old were very rhythmic with their weekly schedules. In the late 1800s and even early 1900s, their role was to keep house and cook. Typically, this meant Mondays were laundry day. Laundry was a time consuming task (can you imagine doing a week’s worth of laundry by hand without a washing machine?), leaving little room for cooking a huge dinner, so dinner needed to be easy, yet satisfying.

Enter the kidney bean.

Kidney beans arrived in southern Louisiana with Haitian refugees in the early 1800s and made a perfect Monday night meal because they were easy to slow cook for hours with little supervision. Traditionally, Cajun women would slow cook the beans with the “Cajun trinity” of onions, peppers, and celery, whatever meat was leftover from their Sunday meal the day before, and any other assorted Cajun spices they felt like throwing in. The beans were typically served over a bed of hot white rice, completing the perfect Cajun comfort food.

Today, if you want to get a taste of those delicious red beans & rice the way Granny makes ‘em, you need to look no further than Razzoo’s Cajun Café, with the best Cajun food in Texas! We serve ‘em up hot every day of the week – not just Mondays! (Imagine that?!) Come see us this week at the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!



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Storms A’Brewin! – Tall Tales of the Hurricane Cocktail

“Storms a’brewin!”

 

More than just a description of the weather, back in the old days that phrase got you a FREE drink! Read on to learn more about the storied beginnings of one of our favorite cocktails here at Razzoo’s – the hurricane (or Hurrycane as we call it!):

 

The year was 1940, and in those days, Prohibition was a very real thing. Business owner Pat O’Brien opened a speakeasy in New Orleans, the perfect stop for sailors along their travels. If they wanted to get into the speakeasy, the phase was simple: “storms a’brewin.”

 

Once inside, sailors could order a variety of drinks, but one was free  - the hurricane. You see, getting quality liquor was difficult and the liquor suppliers knew it. In order to get even just a little bit of the good stuff, they made business owners order a ton of the cheap stuff. Well, Mr. O’Brien found himself with a heap of cheap rum and nothing ot use it for, so he came up with a plan. Why not mix it up with some fruit juice, then serve it to sailors for free as a gimmick to get them into his bar vs. others! The trick worked, but the joke’s on O’Brien because not only did they drink it – they liked it! The hurricane as we know it today was born.

 

The drink is still widely popular in New Orleans, and if you’re there, you’ll most likely see people carrying it around in plastic cups because carrying around glass cups are prohibited.

 

If you visit us at Razzoo’s Cajun Café, we can pretty much guarantee the best hurricane in Texas or North Carolina! It’s affectionately known as the Hurrycane on the Rocks, loaded with Bayou Select and Bayou Silver Rum, Don Q 151, grenadine, orange juice, and pineapple juice. It’s 22 oz. of fruit punch heaven, served in a hurricane glass with beads. What’s not to love?

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See you this week at Razzoo’s Cajun Café – the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!