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. 

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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!

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.

King Cake 2017 – Week 6

Such a long season… and I’m still working on that Monkey Monkey king cake at home…

18.  Haydel’s traditional – While out shopping on Saturday morning, I had a slice at a local shop. The cake was fine… a little stale from sitting out on a counter. But it was free king cake while I bought more carnival themed t-shirts.

19. vegan unknown – Saturday night I was at a Krewe du Vieux party and when the king cakes arrived, the ravenous hordes descended. I sampled the vegan one because it was what was left. Good cinnamon flavor but a really dense & heavy dough.

20. homemade praline/fig – My coworker made a tasty cake with a praline filling…and when there wasn’t quite enough, he added fig preserves. A tasty cake and some of the praline filling ended up tasting like toffee!

21. Antoine’s cream cheese – sometimes it pays off to show up for meetings. There were 2 king cakes at my Tuesday afternoon meeting. The cream cheese was a big lump so I picked around it. Very professional. Very sweet dough but otherwise good flavor.

22-24. Hi Do all flavors – Oh wow! One of my coworkers got a little confused and brought next week’s cake early so we had 2 king cakes at work this week. Hi Do is one of my favorites because the dough isn’t overly sweet and it has no icing, only colored sugar. He brought the giant one with many of their fillings: cream cheese, bavarian cream, strawberry, blueberry, lemon. So delicious. So guess I’ll number this twice, I had the blueberry which was slightly tart and a perfect contrast to the buttery slightly sweet dough. And then a few hours later, I had the pineapple filled (the box didn’t list it but whatevs). This was a little sweeter but the filling was still tasty. And then I had a smidge of the Bavarian Cream…so yummy.

Arty Tuesday: Carnival – Vandivert pt.2

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… the band and the flambeaux can still be seen at night parades.

Arty Tuesday: Carnival – Vandivert pt.1

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…