Hot times in Avery Island, the birthplace of Tabasco sauce

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If you love Tabasco sauce, you should see where it was born in Louisiana. (KTRK)

On the Venn diagram of tourist spots perfect for birders and hot sauce lovers, I would bet the only intersection lies on Avery Island, Louisiana.

I come from a family of avid birders. Many of them, born and bred in New Orleans, also love their pepper-laced cuisine. So on my way to Crescent City earlier this summer with some of those said family members, a detour to the birthplace of Tabasco Pepper Sauce, which is also the home of a century old egret refuge, seemed worth a half-a-day-trip.

While I like birds on general they're-pretty principle and enjoy mild peppery goodness in some dishes, I'm not a fanatic. I do, however, love bizarre and strange Gulf Coast tourist attractions and Avery Island certainly qualifies.

PHOTOS: A peek around Avery Island in Louisiana
Check out the hot times you'll have on Avery Island over on CultureMap.

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