Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to a place guaranteed to find a spicy meal, Razzoo’s Cajun Café in the Concord Mills area of Concord, NC. This restaurant offers a variety of entries but, from what I’ve tasted, they all have one thing in common, some level of heat from mild to atomic hot.

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Razzoo’s colorful exterior

Dora here. I really like their colorful exterior and that continues on the inside with upcycled materials. I also appreciate the ample space between booths and tables and the generous parking. 

The menu had so many items that I would like to try. I chose the Cajun Combo Skillet, Andouille sausage, shrimp creole, crawfish etoufee, and red beans ‘n rice, with a side of fried okra. Now this was a great dish with varying levels of flavor and heat. My favorite and the spiciest was the crawfish etoufee served on dirty rice, which was loaded with crawfish in a dark roux sauce. This was outstanding, very rich and smooth and just the right intensity. The shrimp creole was great with juicy shrimp and a spicy creole sauce served over fluffy white rice.

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Cajun Combo Skillet

Dora here. Did I really complain about lack of heat in last week’s dish? Guess Ernie decided to fix that with this week’s restaurant suggestion. Sheesh. :wiping my brow: I’ll tell you right now that I fought ordering a chicken dish off the menu, but eating at a Cajun restaurant calls for stepping out of your comfort zone, right? Well, I veered way out! Usually I don’t order fish because it tends to be too, well, fishy tasting, but the Stuffed Fish was not at all. And if it weren’t for the menu, I might never have suspected that the fish was studded with a subtle shrimp and crab stuffing. The sauce had a smooth buttery flavor, and the fish was tender and flakey with an afterburner kick of heat. Tame, actually, compared to Ernie’s forehead and neck slicker. He could’ve used a towel to go along with his napkin. haha.

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Stuffed Fish. An afterburner of heat, but tame compared to the Cajun Combo Skillet.

What’s your favorite seafood dish?

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

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A Love So Sweet, A Life So Complete

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” —Roger Caras

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Our family

Look at these two munchkins.

Dogs are wonderful teachers.

They teach us so much about embracing and loving their differences.

One is energetic and practically bounces like a bunny. He races and slides on our wood floors and would make a wonderful addition to a roller derby team. He’s stubborn, willful, and barks his impatience. While he enjoys an occasional cuddle, he seems to prefer exploring on his own.

Our older boy prefers a long nap over playtime and he’s so incredibly patient with the little. He lived with his first human owners for 8 years before being surrendered to a shelter. Understandably, the big guy suffers from separation anxiety and doesn’t like for me to be out of his sight. He even puts up with our endless walks to help him slim down to his healthy weight just because he wants to be with me. He howls, a long mournful wail, when we leave him alone. But he’s only barked a few times.

Dogs make our lives better.

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They add zest and joy and sparkle to our days. They give us a reason to get up out of our chairs and go for a walk. You might have just scolded or stepped on them (as in my case with the little), but they have short memories. Dogs give wet, sloppy kisses and dish out love without conditions.

What about you? Is your life better because of a dog?

Celebrate the Risen King

Happy Easter!

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We’re hanging out with family in our mountain home, enjoying the long weekend and contemplating all that Easter means to us.

Hope. 

Grace. Limitless, amazing.

Forgiveness. Never ending, abundant, unearned. All we need to do is ask.

Love. Always love. Unconditional. Incomprehensible. ❤

Wishing you an amazing weekend exploring what Easter means to you. Hope you’ll come back next week for another drool-worthy edition of Excited about Eating!

Ernie & Dora Hiers