Picture post: Mr Bingle 2018

It’s been too long since I posted a bingle photo here.

3 plaid vested Mr Bingles: 1987, 2018 and 1996


King Cake 2018 – Week 5

KC 12 – homemade by a coworker. So I’m a little on the fence about including this one. But my coworker made it as his contribution to our weekly king cake feast. He made a Japanese milk bread and the texture is very much like a brioche. He brought jam to put on the bread if you wanted but I thought it was perfect plain, almost savory and so pillowy. I will always accept delicious homemade baked goods!

KC -13 traditional by McKenzies, sold by Tastee Donut. My Mom brought this one to the parade route and because of nonsense a third of it ended up on the ground. I am still sad about this. Delicious, simple and it tastes like my childhood.


Gracious Bakery – Pecan Praline

KC – 14 pecan praline by Gracious Bakery. Picked up just off the parade route on Sunday. Tasty even after being dampened by the rain over the weekend. The pecan praline isn’t my favorite in any cake, but it’s what the visiting nieces wanted so there you go.




And that’s wrap for 2018. 2019 will be a full 2 months long… all the time for king cakes.

King Cake 2018 – Week 4

KC 10 – Traditional from Gambinos. They’ve been making king cakes for decades that the dough is great. I feel like the icing is not what it once was but there isn’t too much of it.

Party Palace traditional

KC 11 – Traditional from Party Palace. Available from area groceries, this one is really close to a cinnamon roll. And usually end up knocking some of the icing off.

Other 4 – King Cake milk shake from Atomic Burger, in a color changing cup! I LOVE their chocolate shake and the KC shake was interesting but since it’s based on cheesecake (one of my least favorite desserts) it wasn’t really for me.

King Cake 2018 – Week 3


NOCCA almond satsuma

KC-7 Traditional French from NOCCA filled with almond paste & satsuma – obviously very different but delicious. Although my youngest nieces were not fans… well the 10 year old liked the puff pastry but the 14 year old thought it was too weird. Purchased at Langenstein’s.

KC-8 cinnamon from Chez Pierre – Another yummy work king cake and I got the baby again. Luckily one of my coworkers adopted for me so I don’t have to bring a 2nd king cake to work this season.

KC-9 bavarian cream from Hi Do – No icing just sugar and this bakery really does have fresh delicious fillings. Yummy



King cake & pistachio macarons

Other-3 King Cake macaron from Sucre. A tad too sweet for me but gorgeous

King Cake 2018 – Week 2

KC – 5 chocolate/bavarian cream from Breaux Mart – Ummm I really couldn’t resist this one and chocolate pudding inside of pastry sounds wrong… but it’s delicious. This local grocery store chain does make their cakes in house.

KC – 6 traditional from Haydel’s – great cinnamon-y dough. Not too much icing.

Not too many this week since I was trapped at home for a couple of days by the rare ice storm in New Orleans. Thank goodness my pipes survived…

Breauxmart king cake

King Cake 2018 – Week 1

gracies bakery

Small Gracie’s Bakery King Cake

KC 1 – Cinnamon from Gracie’s Bakery. Wonderful homemade style braided king cake with a hint of almond.

KC 2 – Cinnamon from Monkey Monkey. I’ll wait for this standalone bakery to get it’s practice in before buying a cake next year. This one was a little dense, as if the 2nd rise didn’t quite take.

KC 3 – Cinnamon from La Louisiane.  First work King Cake of the season, and it was tasty but maybe a tiny bit stale. But this is one of those cakes that is sold at 2nd party retailers so that happens.

KC 4 – cream cheese from Brennans? I think. I went to a party last night and they had slices of king cake on a tray. One of the hostesses told me that Brennans had produced the baked goods so I’m sure it’s a catering option. It was a little stale as one would expect from a pretty sliced king cake sitting out. But the cream cheese filling was very tasty and the perfect ratio. 


KC Soda

Abita King Cake Soda

Other 1 – Bro4 left a bottle of Abita King Cake soda in my fridge last year… year before? Saying “it’s really bad.” So I popped it open when my family was at my house for Epiphany this year. Think creme soda with cinnamon flavoring. I served it in shot glasses. The 10 year old niece and my 78 year old mom liked it best. Both saying it was really sweet.

Other 2 – king cake cotton candy by Poof. Disturbingly accurate 

Arty Tuesday: NOLA by Banksy

This photo is of a Banksy that #aintderenomore. The building was a flooded out store in the lower 9th ward. And the location is now a outdoor fresh market on Saturdays at the corner of Forstall and St. Claude.


No Loitering by Banksy (2008)

Most of Banksy’s pieces in NOLA are gone. Either because the building is torn down or because someone found out his (or her) works sells for big money and they were jackhammered off.