The Swamp Pop Music Festival

What do cars, motorcycles, music, and jambalaya all have in common? They are all part of the Swamp Pop Music Festival this Friday and Saturday at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. There is live music from a variety of great musicians, as well as a car and truck show, Swamp Pop Festival Queen Pageant, motorcycle poker run, children’s area, and a jambalaya cook-off.

Because we love food at I Must Eat, here is a little information about jambalaya, a Louisiana favorite and a common food item at many of our featured restaurants.

Jambalaya traditionally is made with rice, meat, and vegetables. Ham, chicken, sausage, pork, shrimp, and oysters are popular meat options, and many recipes include garlic, onions, peppers, and  a variety of seasonings. Families might have preferred recipes, but what makes jambalaya so popular is its versatility: the cook can essentially mix in whatever ingredients they have on hand.

Creole jambalaya, which tends to be favored in the New Orleans area, includes tomatoes and Cajun jambalaya does not. Jambalaya is a cultural dish. French, African, and Caribbean influences are evident in the cooking methods and ingredients seen across the South.

On Friday, the gates for the Swamp Pop Music Festival open at 5pm and the music doesn’t stop until midnight.  Saturday, the gates open at 10:30am and the music lasts until 11:30pm. Friday admission is $10 and on Saturday it’s $15, with all proceeds benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Stop out if you must eat jambalaya!

Is There a Wine Thief on the Loose?

Picture this: you log into IMustEat and order dinner from your favorite restaurant. You stop and pick up your meal and as you drive home, you imagine how delicious dinner is going to be, especially with that nice bottle of white wine you have waiting in your refrigerator.

Then it happens. You carry your dinner into the house, lay it all out on the table, and open up the fridge only to discover that the wine is gone! Your wife/husband/sister/roommate etc. has drank it down to the last ice-cold drop.

There is a solution. For about $26 plus shipping and handling, the Combination Bottle Lock can prevent these types of transgressions from happening in your house ever again.

This wonderful gadget fits snugly on the top of your favorite vino, and comes equipped with a four number combination so you can keep it safe from all sorts of natural wine predators such as loved ones, neighbors, and other folks who all agree that you have great taste in wine.

Lock it into place, set the combination, and go to work in the morning knowing that your wine will be waiting for you tonight when you get home with dinner.

You Must Eat Naked Pizza!

When you ask your family what they want for dinner, does everyone yell “pizza!”? Have you thought about changing your family name to “Mozzarella”? Do you consider your favorite pie one of the four food groups? Do you care about what you put into your body?

If this describes your household, and you must eat pizza, then you must try Naked Pizza, where “naked” really just means “natural” and “pizza” is not synonymous with “junk food.”

At Naked Pizza, they describe their pizzas as “an honest diversity of all-natural, whole food ingredients that taste better and are better for you.” Some of the ways in which they live up to this promise begin in the crust. They use an Ancestral Blend® of 10 grains plus prebiotic agave fiber and probiotics bound by water and made by hand. Included in the grains are oats, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, teff, spelt, tapioca, and two kinds of wheat.

The wholesome goodness doesn’t stop there. Their sauce is all natural without added sugar or citric acid. The vegetables are all natural without any additives. The meats are free of growth hormones and antibiotics. Even the cheese is 100% natural! Unlike most of the competitors, the Naked Pizza does not add high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil to any of their ingredients either. They even have a gluten-free crust if allergens are a concern! Click here for more nutritional information.

Pizzas come in three sizes and topping combinations are almost limitless with 3 sauces, 15 vegetables, 5 meats, and 3 types of cheese. Check out the menu to create your own pizza or try one of their favorites.

Hungry? Naked Pizza is ready to take your order seven days a week starting at 10:30am. They stay open until 10pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday.