Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Have you ordered your King Cake for Mardi Gras yet? I just did. In fact, I didn't even order one for us since our household has shrunk by one this year. But I did send one to the teenager at University. How fun will that be?

I try and order from a new place every couple of years under the suggestions of Chowhound. I used to always order my cakes from Gambino's as that is where USA TODAY's New Orleans' office used to get them from and send to headquarters way back when. But in years' past, Gambino's would get my orders wrong and the cakes would come in looking like something the cat had drug in. The last couple of years, I ordered from Randazzo's and they have been very good. But this year, I found a bakery, also recommended by Chowhound, that makes the old traditional King Cakes with just the sugar on top--none of that goopy icing! Yay. So this year I ordered the cakes from Haydel's Bakery. I can't wait to see if the teenager likes it better than with the icing and fillings. The brioche bread doesn't need anything, if you ask me.

So what are you waiting for? Get on the ball and get that King Cake ordered before you forget! Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is on February 24 this year!


Beth said...

Guess I will skip on that King Cake but it sure sounds good. I stayed home and enjoyed that Big Snow storm we got,,Ha! Just glad we didn't get the ice that Kentucky and Arkansas got. Still trying to sign up at all the OWOH
Blogs. Stay warm,girlie!!!

Snap said...

Oh,my. What memories your post has stirred up ... all good! We used to order from Haydel's every year. The cake came with a baby (of course), some beads and a tiny little figure in a mardi gras costume. I'll check out Haydel's web site. Thank you!

Saucy said...

I had a King Cake for the first time last year at a Mardi Gras party... it was so fun!

I lurrve your new blog design. Oh, and I really lurrve Warren Zevon, so there.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Rosa---You are talking my language here.. I lived in New Orleans for 5 yrs. back in the '80's. We went to 28 Mardi Gras parades one year--and collected all kinds of good stuff (from cups to beads to doubloons). SUCH memories!!!

Yes, I've had many a King Cake--and have gotten the baby many times!!!!!

Oh such memories!!! (Sounds like an upcoming blog!!! ha)

LollyChops said...

I still have never tried a king cake - but I sure have heard about them! Have some on me Rosa!


Rita'z R-tistic Ramblez said...

Wow, I love your blog!!! I will have to be careful, though, it could cause weight gain. :D

Linda said...

We've already had several of those here as they are a Christmas cake. My husband likes the one they do in Provence better as it has candied fruit in and on it.

The Vintage Kitten said...

Ooh Mardi Gras sounds like fun! I like the new look blog X

Jeanie said...

Is it that time already? Always a harbinger of spring!

Queenly Things said...

Hmmm, maybe I'll make one this year. That might be fun. Wish I could eat in Loo-zee-anna, though.

paris parfait said...

The teen will love that king cake! It's always a treat to get a "care package" from home.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I'm reading Anne Rice's "Mayfair Witches" series and they're in New Orleans, so I'm learning a lot about it!



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