Hey Ya'll, Deacon is en route home from New Orleans now and had our very first piece of King Cake today. We were so excited to visit this historic (and adorable) city and also to be in town on the twelfth day of Christmas, or Twelfth Night, as New Orleanians refer to it. Also known as King’s Day, it celebrates the conclusion of Christmas, as well as the beginning of the Carnival season – the grand finale of which is Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 8.
If you can't make it down to the Big Easy, celebrate with D.C.'s two best alternatives - Acadiana and Baoy Bakery.
Beginning Friday, February 25 – the day of the first parade down historic St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Bayou Bakery will begin offering daily King Cakes – just in time to throw your first Mardi Gras party. Bayou Bakery’s king cake is laced with cinnamon and topped with traditional sugar tinted the colors of Mardi Gras – gold for power, green for faith, and purple for justice. Tucked inside this treat is a New Orleans style, tiny plastic baby that just may end up in your piece…and crowns you King for the day.
And for the grand finale on Mardi Gras, head downtown to the district’s own Louisiana fish house, Acadiana, and be welcomed with a Mardi Gras mask and beads as well as a menu featuring specialties of the season such as Jambalaya, Rabbit Etouffée and more. In keeping with the festive spirit, enjoy specially priced cocktails including the Dark and Stormy, Category Five, Pimms Cup and Bourbon Lemonade, and at the bar munch on good ole’ New Orleans Street Fare offerings such as House-Made Cracklin’, Southern Sliders, Louisiana Crawfish Bread, and Cajun Pop-Corn Shrimp.