Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday and my trip to New Orleans

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I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but a couple years ago, I took a trip to New Orleans.  I was actually there for a work conference, but it was one of the most fun work trips I have ever been on.  I didn’t get as much time as I would have liked to explore this awesome city, but I made sure to hit a bunch of the highlights.

Of course, I couldn’t travel to the Big Easy with out making a stop at Café Du Monde for some chicory coffee and beignets. They were amazing.  I got lucky and scored an empty table without too much waiting, but they also had a “to go” line if they are totally packed.  Another landmark eatery that I visited was Mother’s Restaurant, where I waited in the longest line just to get in the door.  The crawfish etouffee was worth it, though! 

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The architecture in the French Quarter is beautiful!  I really wanted to sit on one of the endless patios with a cold Hurricane and people watch for hours!

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And, of course, I took a stroll down Bourbon Street. 

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Trust me, it looks a lot different at 10 am than it does at 10 pm!

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And even though I was there primarily for work, I made sure to experience the night life that is infamous in New Orleans.  I would love to go back some day and really take in all the sights, sounds and flavors they have to offer.

 

So, why the trip down beignet-and-bourbon memory lane?

Because today is Mardi Gras! Also known as Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.  Last year, I made a King Cake to celebrate (I should probably make it again, and re-take the pictures.  Eesh!  I guess I have come a long way in my photography!).  In essence, this is traditionally a day of feasting before the fast of the church’s Lenten season begins.  One last day to live it up! 

We’ll be celebrating with a traditional dinner of pancakes and sausage.  If you are looking for a great pancake recipe, I suggest my Buttermilk Pancakes.  Or if you are feeling particularly indulgent (I mean, we are supposed to live it up, right?) you can make the Red Velvet Pancakes I posted yesterday.  And these Chicken Apple Sausage patties would pair great with either!

 

How are you celebrating Mardi Gras?  Pancakes and Sausage?  Or are Hurricanes more your style?

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