Saturday, February 13, 2010

Forget Valentine's Day!

For all of you suffering from cabin fever, I may have a solution to some of your problems: Mardi Gras! Do not let the snow hold you back. Coming from the second largest celebration area in the U.S., St. Louis, and having family in New Orleans, it's hard not to appreciate this "holiday." Mardi Gras, also known as Carnival, refers to "Fat Tuesday," the last night of eating "fattier," more delicious foods before Lent. While D.C. may not have the parades, beads or overall craziness like New Orleans, there are still a few ways to have fun here.

For those underage, look up a recipe for king cake...don't forget the plastic baby and have a Mardi Gras dinner. Try some dishes like gumbo, jambalaya or shrimp creole. Another popular dish is beignets, but if that seems too tough, stick to pancakes (you can even use frozen ones). Make everyone dress in purple, green and yellow, and throw yourself a party.

For those ready to celebrate, Mardi Gras Madness begins at 8 PM tonight in Falls Church. Clarendon will have a local parade on the actual Fat Tuesday, February 16 at 8 PM. Rumors (19th & M) will hold it's Annual Bourbon Street Bash beginning at 4 PM on the 16th. Or try out Lulu's Club Mardi Gras (1217 22nd St.) for Cajun food and I'm pretty sure a celebration for the next week. So, grab some masks and beads, and have some more fun this 11-day weekend!

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