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QUESTION: Your offer of diverse types of blood sausage has my mouth watering, but where do I go if I want to eat its anemic cousin, boudin blanc? Do I have to Greyhound to New Iberia, Louisiana?
Snakdogg, Greenwich Village
ANSWER: Sadly, yes. But if you find yourself in the area, do check out Bayou Boudin & Cracklin, which has some of the best boudin Ive ever tasted, liver-rich and more subtly seasoned than most, as well as fried boudin balls, homemade root beer and the finest fried pigskin thats ever cracked a tooth. If you ask nicely, theyll FedEx frozen boudin, which means it is technically available out of town. And they even have tourist cabins, right on the Bayou Teche, which means that you can spend a weekend swatting hummingbird-size mosquitoes and stuffing yourself silly on pig and beer without ever leaving your hammock, except maybe to acquire some more boudin blanc at Poches Market down the way. (Poches also sells boudin, hogshead cheese and what could be the best tasso in Louisiana by mail order.) Its somebodys idea of heaven, maybe even mine. Bayou Boudin & Cracklin, 100 Mills Ave., Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, (337) 332-6158. Poches, by mail order: (800) 3POCHES.
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