#AADNOLA: Gator Burgers, Field Trips (& W*n a Field Trip Bag)

Checking in from Authors After Dark again. Wednesday, things were just getting started, with lots of people still arriving. But I have a lovely room, with a balcony overlooking this beautiful courtyard.

After registering and handing off my welcome bag stuff, I spent a lot of the middle of the day assembling more goodies–this time for the folks going on my field trips to Katrina sites and for bloggers. Here was the assembly line in progress.

So this is what I’m giving away today–one of the big old Field Trip bags–there’s a Royal Street CD with songs from my playlist; a set of coasters; a “Beware: Weregators” River Road poster (signed), and the piece de resistance, either a “Beware: Weregators” Β or “I (heart) Jean Lafitte” t-shirt. Read on for how to enter.
About mid-day, the heavens opened up and we had a gulley-washer of a storm!
Question: What happens with an announcement comes booming into one’s hotel room that the hotel is being evacuated and you should proceed to the nearest exit, and said hotel is full of authors and readers and bloggers? Why you get hordes of people going down the stairs with laptops. Can’t lose those manuscripts! (It was a false alarm.)
Before the opening ceremonies, I met up with a couple of online friends, authors Boone Brux (L) and CJ Ellisson. Boone had just flown in from Alaska and CJ from Virginia, but they were up for a quick dinner at Desire Oyster Bar next door to the hotel.Β 
So, for my gratuitous food photo of the day, I took a photo of my Gator Burger. I could only eat half of it but it was yumalicious–ground gator meat, highly spiced, with a remoulade sauce. Awesomeness. I’ve eaten gator quite a bit but never on a burger.
Finally, back to the hotel, stopping to watch some street mimes.
And then the opening ceremonies. Some crowded lollygagging in the foyer beforehand.
Followed by some opening words. This is convention director (and author) Stella Price–hard to hear her, but you get a feel for the room and the crowd. You can see author Jade Lee at the left from my table.
Now…want one of those field trip bags? Leave a comment…Would you prefer: fried gator on a stick? Gator sausage in a savory entree? Or gator burger?Β 
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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

42 thoughts on “#AADNOLA: Gator Burgers, Field Trips (& W*n a Field Trip Bag)

  1. I’ve never tried gator before but while I was on Australia I did try a croc burger and I can’t imagine thery’re too much different! Very tasty! I would like to a fator burger – yours looks yummy. πŸ™‚

    Those field trip bags look great – put me in the draw if you’re ok shipping overseas. If not, I’ll have to save for AAD ticket and flight for next year! πŸ™‚

    Mel S
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  2. Do they make “gator sausage biscuits and gravy” with two eggs on top? If not I’d try gator-on-a-stick. Would like a field trip bag. Have River Road poster! Thanks for the update from AAD.

  3. i never had or thought about eating gator^^;; ( a bit normal since there aren’t any here)
    i guess i prefer to stick with what i know: beef!

  4. Your field trip bags look awesome. Such lucky people. I tend to be a pretty finicky eater and don’t go outside my comfort zone very much, but I’d try a gator burger if I could have it made in the usual, boring fashion. Cheese (if that’s appropriate for gator?), lettuce, tomato, red onion, etc. Would be interesting. I’ve been wanting to try a bison burger lately. I should do that.

  5. Bite size breaded gator is what I like. We have a place here is St. Joe that serves it. Love the gator!

    Deb
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  6. I’ve never had gator,not sure that I ever want to.But if I had to pick I’d say the gator sausage.
    Thanks for the giveaway
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  7. Hmm, definitely never had gator before, but if I had to choose, I think I would pick fried gator on a stick : ) Yay for the fun field trip bag! and beware weregators tee!!

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  8. The only gator I’ve had was in sausage – brought out to SoCal by a friend from Lousiana: Gator boudin. (She also brought boudin blanc, boudin noir, and andouille. We had some good eating while she visited, though I’d skip having the noir again.)
    Just because the name makes me laugh, I’d have to go with ‘gator on a stick’. πŸ™‚

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  9. Ok today I learned something, we can eat gator lol. I didn’t even know it was possible. well ok in France we don’t have a lot either. So I think I would say gator burger, like that I couldn’t think too much about it lol. But I confess I’m quite curious now.

  10. I am not a gator fan – I know there are tricks to it but every time I’ve had it it’s super tough. If I had to eat one, I’d go with fried.

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  11. I don’t know, I think hat I would go with the gator sausage or the burger. The gator on a stick kind of turns me off. It sounds like you are having a good time! Keep us updated on the goings on. Thanks for the fun giveaway! bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net +1 Comment, +1 Follower

  12. My favorite is fried gator on a stick. It is delicious meat all by itself. Hope you are having a terrific time and “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez”!

  13. I have never had it. But, well, Gator Burger, maybe πŸ˜€ Doesn’t sound that bad. Hih. Hope this is international though. πŸ™‚ *Fingers crossed.* <3
    Love, Carina

  14. Thanks for the comments, everyone! Sorry I couldn’t get back online to reply yesterday…Internet service is spotty in the hotel unless one wants to pay the $20 a day for “expedited service.” Uh, no.

    Anyway, I had fun reading your gator comments throughout the day!

    And Gator doesn’t taste like chicken, LOL. Actually, it tastes kind of porkish and takes spices well, which might be why it’s usually either battered and fried in nuggets or made into sausage.

  15. probably in the entree. I’ve never had gator before so I don’t know what would be best.
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  16. I don’t think we have gators over here in the UK, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never had a gator burger! I think I’d try one if we could get them though! That would be very funny when the other half ask’s ‘what’s for tea then?’ – ‘Gator burgers’ – que puzzled look ‘what are we having that with then?’ ha ha
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  17. You talked me into trying the burger, tho’ I wouldn’t have expected there to be enough fat in gators to make a good burger. Now I’m hungry…

  18. You’re making me hungry. I’m not sure what a Gator Burger is but it looks yummy. Or wait do you mean Gator meat burger?! Maybe I’d try but at the same time be a little wary of the taste. I’d go for the sausage.

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  19. Yummie! Never tried any of these, since I live in another country, but they all sound delicious!

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  20. Can i say ‘thank but no thanks for the Gator burger’ ? i don’t even ever think about eating Gator ? lol..pass me the beef burger only please πŸ˜€

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  21. I’m not that adventurous (which will leave plenty of gator for the rest of you)…I will eat the fried onions (and a beignet)…

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  22. I’ve once eaten a piece of “krokodil” which is a cousin of your alligator and really liked the taste. The texture was strange though.
    I would love to have a bite of a gator burger! I enjoy trying new stuff.

  23. We totally had the gatorburgers from there too. My wife wasn’t a fan, but I was. Definitely more crumbly than a regular burger. But zombies’ll eat anything! πŸ˜‰

  24. @Joe–I’d had fried gator nuggets on a stick before, and gator sausage in lots of dishes but this was a first. It was REALLY spicy, but I loved it. Good Zombie food!