King Cake 2017 – Week 8 

Oh wow… I didn’t get any new king cakes since Friday. I’m just burned out. I was at a house party on Sunday and there was a cake from a bakery in Marrero, and I just couldn’t do it. 

So my final count is 28. I still have 1/2 a cake in kitchen and I’m considering the Frenchiest of toasts. Although I understand that others usually make bread pudding.

2018 is a short season, only January 6th until February 13th. 

Arty Tuesday: Carnival – Vandivert pt.4

This month I’m doing something a little bit different. The last Tuesday of February 2017 is Mardi Gras…the season leading up to it (since January 6th) is carnival. I discovered this treasure trove of photos taken by William Vandivert for Life magazine. Soon after photographing this late Mardi Gras (March 1st in 1938), he left for Europe, documenting the brewing troubles. I hope he had fun while he was here. So February will be photos from carnival 1938.

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No captions but this is definitely the Rex title float for 1938. Verified by NOPL Archives, Leda Plauche Collection

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Happy Mardi Gras wherever you are!

King Cake 2017 – Week 7

Such a long season… by the way that Monkey Monkey cake lasted over a week at my house and it was still tasty at +8 days…but yeah a little stale.

25. Party Palace apple filled – I’ve thought this king cake was a solid choice for a city-wide distributed version. But prices have gone up, with a plain costing $12 and a filled $16. The filling is almost nonexistent for an extra $4. Dough was fine but it’s sweeter than I like and I think it’s pricey for what it is now.

26-27. Bywater Bakery plain & apple filled – after the disappointment of the last apple filled this one was extra amazing. It was like full-on apple pie filling in a king cake, chunky and slightly crunchy. Delicious. And the dough was good too. The plain had a nice yeasty flavor and the not overly sweet with only a drizzle of icing and nice crunchy sugar.

28. NOCCA French style – oh wow. I had heard about this king cake and was lucky enought to find it at the uptown Langenstein’s. So buttery and tasty. It says that it has satsuma but that may be too subtle for me…or at least too subtle just after midnight and I had just consumed a couple of pounds of crawfish. Plus yay for students!

*kween cake – this was a fun throw from the Knights of Sparta. More like a pound cake than a king cake but tasty.

Arty Tuesday: Carnival – Vandivert pt.3

This month I’m doing something a little bit different. The last Tuesday of February 2017 is Mardi Gras…the season leading up to it (since January 6th) is carnival. I discovered this treasure trove of photos taken by William Vandivert for Life magazine. Soon after photographing this late Mardi Gras (March 1st in 1938), he left for Europe, documenting the brewing troubles. I hope he had fun while he was here. So February will be photos from carnival 1938.

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I wish these photos had captions, but this is probably King Zulu arriving by boat.