Carnival Time

The thought occurred to me that only in New Orleans on a Friday morning would your boss e-mail all of his employees to say that later that evening he would be dressed in gold and a mask while parading the streets on horseback without fazing anyone.

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The big questions on everyone’s mind are where they are getting their next king cake, what time the parades start and, in my case, “what to bring to the party?” We used to always have Popeyes chicken on parade days. Since I moved out of the parade areas into the suburbs I haven’t been going to as many as I used to. 😦 This is a time of year when if you aren’t friends with people living on the parade routes, you make friends with them.

Mardi Gras this year is timed to nearly collide with Chinese New Year. We will be celebrating right on the new year! Conveniently, I have a date with this dragon on Monday.

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May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

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You never know in life when chance will be in your favor or against you. Sometimes it is fun to stack the deck and see how that plays out. I recently played a tremendous joke on a group of people by stuffing several extra plastic babies into a New Orleans king cake, which normally contains only one.

For those of you who do not know king cake is a New Orleans delicacy sold and served between King’s Day (Jan. 6) and Mardi Gras. These treats are normally sweet breads, sometimes plain brioche, sometimes cinnamon, covered in colored sugar. More modern variations are stuffed with fruit or cream cheese, like a danish. But there is a little bit of trick ‘o’ treat involved.

Tradition holds that the one who gets the baby, brings the next king cake. So, although everyone wants to eat the cake, not everyone is so eager to get baby and be responsible for buying another cake. This results “abandoned baby” syndrome, where sneak-thieves leave babies unattended at the site of the cake, hoping to remain unidentified and free of responsibility.

Mysteriously, when all (this cake) was said and done, very few new parents came forward…