UPDATE***** This article was published before the sad news of Anthony Boudain's suicide on June 8th in France. We talked to many people around Acadiana who adored this New Yorker who came to love our food, people, and culture. We will watch this episode that he filmed here on CNN this Sunday with a twinge of bittersweet sadness.


If you've seen author and chef Anthony Bourdain's hit show on CNN called 'Parts Unknown', then you know how crazy things can get. But not as crazy as, say, a Courir de Mardi Gras in the Louisiana countryside. The show's premise is based on Bourdain finding the local gems in locations around the country, and the world, and he has been here in south Louisiana several times in the past, visiting some of our favorite places to eat. We always know when he is in town, and filming has begun, because it really lights up social media. For a Yankee, he is a very popular guy here in Acadiana!

According to the CNN website, Bourdain visited Mamou in a full Courir de Mardi Gras costume, including capuchon, and participated in the traditional chicken run. He also had a home cooked meal in Grand Coteau, ate at Laura's 2 restaurant, and scooped up some cracklins and boudin at Billy's Boudin in Opelousas. We hear that he also got to enjoy some zydeco music, and attended a crawfish boil. Lucky guy! I can't wait to see him in his awesome Mardi Gras costume!

'Parts Unknown' airs on Sunday nights at 8:00 pm on CNN, and season 11 kicked off on April 22.

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