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My old college roommates and I are coming in for the Texas Bowl. Although we like spending time with other alumni at the game, we’d like to try a little bit of the local culture. We’d prefer to avoid tourist traps and warehouse-style restaurants.
Any restaurants you’d recommend? Cajun, South American, Barbecue, or Tex-Mex would be preferred because we can get a lot of the other foods in the places we live. Of course, any good food would be fine.
As for bars, anything with pints, darts, and a place to talk would be good. We see each other about once every five years, and at least two of the three of us aren’t looking to meet anyone. Good beer and a decent jukebox would be nice too.
(I wrote the same question earlier today but you never know who might look at things at night instead of the morning.)
Goode company BBQ (2 locations in Houston)-one is in or near the Rice Village area.
Pappadeaux Cajun (several locations throughout Houston- kinda lound and very busy, you may say like a warehouse, but food is always excellent-and us locals eat there weekly)
La Mexicana (Mexican-authentic: cactus and menudo soup)
Americas or Churrascos (excellent S. American cuisine both owned by same owners….Americas is definately has the coolest decor in town).
Pick up our local free entertainment paper and you will find nice pubs with good live bands
I lived in New Orleans for a few years and here’s what I saw as the difference/similarities.
Creole cooking is influenced by French, Spanish, French Caribbean, African, and American.
Cajun is mainly influenced by French since Cajuns are decendants of the French Acadians. Also, Cajun food is more country cooking (rustic as some would describe it) using what can be hunted.
However, the two cultures/cuisines pretty much share the same influences being in Southern Louisiana living side-by-side, as a result the cuisines are more similar than different.
I have to disgree with the previous poster.
Creole food is typically the upscale food – Arnaud’s, Antoine’s, Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace are all "Creole" restaurants. These are fancy high ticket restaurants.
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If most people in Louisana can trace roots in the state prior to 1803, why is the dialect heavily southern?
Prior to 1803, few people in Louisana, especially it’s populated regions in and near New Orleans, and the Bayou in the Cajun country, didn’t speak English, so in a way, they were neutral from the whole ”Northern” and ”Southern” dialects. In 1803 though, was there a distinctive ”southern” accent? Or did it still require more time to fully assemble? I’d imagine the only people who spoke English were wealthy. There wasn’t public education in the eighteenth century. I know there’s a diversity of European-American’s, who migrated to the state, often with enslaved African-American’s, but the predominance of Louisana still either traces roots to before this time, or direct immigrants in the late-1800′s. Immigrant’s generally blend into what ever the dominant culture is. Most of New Orleans is of African-American descent, with some French. Or mixes of the two. Before the 1950′s though, there was little technology, or contact with outsiders, so it’s weird how ”AAVE” could have made it’s way to a place where African-American’s had little contact with Anglophone slave owner’s. Maybe this is more of a modern thing though. For all Louisianas though, how did this come about? Did they urge themselves to camouflage to the rest of the region? How long did it take, after 1803, to establish a ”American southern vibe” in this place?
Please do not take it as if I’m saying there aren’t large cultural distinctions between New Orleans, or Louisana, and the rest of the south. There definitely are, whether it be the higher Catholic population, or heavy amount of French and Cajun culture. However, based on the dialect, I’m aware there’s the ”Yat”, and a Cajun dialect, but these are really under the southern umbrella. I know there are French influences in the language, but to someone who isn’t from the south, it’s very easy to not notice this.
This is a complex and well thought out question, I applaud you for it.
As someone who fancies dialectal, I’ll do my best to answer this in a way you’ll relate to. First of all, yeah, these things don’t just appear, dialects are a changed form of an original language, so they don’t just appear. However, in cases such as this, remember that many of the English speakers, wealthy or not coming into the region were likely to be from… the south. There was no way of being "neutral" to a dialect. Dialects form everywhere, and they are affected greatly by their neighbours. Let’s take Yiddish, which is a Germanic language spoken by Jews in Europe and America. This was originally a mixture of Germanic and a little bit of Hebrew, written in the Hebrew Alphabet. Well when the Yiddish people moved east into the Slavic areas, the dialects and much of the vocabulary began to harmonise or sound similar to the Slavic people around them.
Something similar probably went on in Louisiana, and the people began speaking like the closest English influence they have, the Southerners. Imagine that a Japanese class was split in half, and half learned English from an American, and the other half from an Englishman, chances are, half of the class would have American accents, and the other half would have British ones. This is the same idea.
As for AAVE, that’s something that developed all over the country, and each area differed in some way or another. Most of that was influenced by the countries they came from originally, and the English speakers whom they heard.
Dialects usually go in areas, and the surrounding areas only differ slightly, until you get to a different area completely, and it’s practically another language.
Think if you start in New England and work your way to Florida or even New Orleans, every dialect would be different, but only slightly, until you get to the end. But if you start in New England and fly to New Orleans, they seem radically different. This is called a Dialect Continuum. That’s what happens in Germany today as well.
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