A Taste of Mardi Gras
Try a King Cake before they’re gone
Though Mardi Gras, one of New Orleans’ most iconic and unique celebrations, kicked off on January 6th, it’s the final days leading up to the culmination, Fat Tuesday, that are arguably the most fun.
And one of the best ways to get in on the revelry is with a King Cake. It’s an oval-shaped baked good, kind of where a coffee cake and French pastry meet. The signature colors are unmistakably bright (think purple, green, and gold), and a tiny plastic baby is typically baked right in. The person who receive a slice with the baby in it is named “king” for the day, and is to host the next Mardi Gras party and provide the cake.
As for where to find the city’s best, locals swear by the versions turned out at Dong Phuong Bake Shop – they won a James Beard Award last year – Manny Randazzo King Cakes, and Maurice French Pastries.