New Orleans and Mardi Gras

Beignets for Mardi GrasAs Fat Tuesday rolls around — it’s tomorrow — everybody has a little New Orleans in them. And if you didn’t make it to Mardi Gras this year, you can celebrate at home (and a little quieter) with your Books about New Orleansown personal tribute — and you don’t even have to wear purple beads. For instance, you can find Cafe Du Monde Beignet Mix and ground coffee in almost any grocery store. And it’s pretty good, too. Not the same of course of sitting at a Cafe Du Monde outside table and brushing powdered sugar off your clothes while you make fun of other tourists people-watch, but it’ll do until you can get there yourself. Check out for details. And for some delicious New Orleans Mardi Grasreading while you’re sipping your chicory cafe au lait, pick up a copy of “Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table.” Sara Roahen was a professional cook when she moved to the Crescent City while her husband attended medical school. She soon got a job as a food writer, and this book chronicles her joyous exploration of New Orleans’ food and people. She falls in love with her adopted city, and she’ll make you want to book the next flight there. Go to to learn more. And for another New Orleans fix, don’t forget about “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” If you haven’t seen it in the theater, put it on your must-rent list when it comes out on DVD. This intelligent and cinematic film is so thoughtful and artistic — and the city of New Orleans should have gotten a supporting-actor award for its part in it. I thought that such a mystical and magical and slightly other-worldly film could have been shot only in New Orleans, despite the Baltimore locale of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original story. Visit to find out more. Need more NOLA? Go to for Mardi Gras parade webcams and up-to-the-minute details on what’s happening. Best viewed with a Sazerac in hand.

10 thoughts on “New Orleans and Mardi Gras

  1. I have never been to New Orleans but so want to go. Thanks for the heads up about the Beignet mix. I’ve never seen it here but I bet I can mail order it.

  2. Michele — Look for it in the baking section with other mixes or maybe in the “gourmet” or “specialty” section. And you’ve got to go to New Orleans!

  3. Yay, thanks for reminding me about those beignets. It’s been a long long time since I was in N.O. Growing up in Pensacola, New Orleans was like our Las Vegas, you know? It always had a lot of romance for us.

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to New Orleans when I was passing through on a cross country trip (a young 21 year old). At 10:00 am I heard some great jazz music and the city was so alive. Love the architecture. Then I left the French Quarters, and went across town to the museum. It was/is beautiful. I have great memories of New Orleans!

  5. Cathy, I love your blog and read it on a regular basis. I always learn something (even if I have to look it up)! An example for this post is the Sazerac cocktail. I saw the movie but must have missed that Benjamin’s first drink was a Sazerac. Merci beaucoup, Denise

  6. Kathy — sounds as if you had the quintessential New Orleans experience. Thanks to the rest of y’all for the wonderful NOLA comments. How about convening a blog get-together there soon???!!!

  7. M Denise C — Thank you so much for the kind words. I don’t mean to make you look things up from my blog, I really don’t! But I know what you mean: I always learn such wonderful things from reading other blogs. People who don’t blog don’t know the worlds they’re missing.

  8. Hi Cathy!
    Great post! I love N.O.; Benjamin Button; and hope to get back to that town soon to have a Sazerac (great idea).
    Have you read Julia Reed’s books? Particularly about her house on First St.
    Lisa xoxo

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