Let's Celebrate Mardi Gras

Party Ideas

Creole Seafood Gumbo
Folks down in New Orleans, or N'awlins, if you prefer, take their cooking seriously, and it becomes especially important on Mardi Gras. Just ask anyone about Paul Prudhomme, Cajun-Creole spice mix (which will likely make them spout off for a bit about how everyone thinks the two cuisines are the same when they're not), or who they think makes the...
Misconceptions about Mardi Gras in New Orleans abound: All the action’s on one day! (Actually, floats have been rolling since the end of January.) Everyone’s half-naked! (Nope, it’s usually just the tourists in the French Quarter who decide to flash for beads.) You have to pay! (Unless you spring for bleacher seating on Saint Charles Avenue,...
Crawfish
Mardi Gras is one of the only holidays that’s only observed in one part of the country. It also happens to be one of the only holidays that’s core objective is to have as good a time as humanly possible. And although you can’t carouse your way down Bourbon Street from the comfort of your couch, you can enjoy some of New Orleans’ most famous food...
Chicken Hock Gumbo
When one thinks of Cajun or Creole cooking, what usually comes to mind? Perhaps simply "New Orleans," while some may think of Commander's Palace, and others wonder, "Aren't they the same thing?" There is a difference between Cajun and Creole cuisines, but perhaps less so today than before. Those who conjure up the name Commander's Palace when they...
Breaking bread is a fulfilling experience well beyond the food that is enjoyed. Everyone at The Daily Meal can speak to this, which is why we’ve started our Family Dinners. Every week, we’re creating a way for all of us — from our readers to contributors and staff — to sit down and eat together by sharing weekly menus for you to cook or be...
Mardi Gras in Manhattan with a dish like pommes et champignons? That’s right, roasted apples and trumpet mushrooms, served with serrano ham on truffle Mornay sauce, to fittingly celebrate Fat Tuesday. What about the daube de boeuf, a dish of succulent braised short ribs that you mustn’t miss? Brasserie Beaumarchais on 13th Street in New York City’...

More Mardi Gras Fun

Down in New Orleans, they really know how to party. Mardi Gras festivities started a few weeks ago and will continue for almost another month. (And that’s not to mention that the city’s hosting the Super Bowl in 11 days.) So how do they do it?

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Bourbon Street

As March Madness heats up New Orleans this weekend, here’s the rundown on what’s hot in the Big Easy.

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If you’re looking for a bit of luxury and tradition in the French Quarter, Soniat House is your place. In the Central Business...

Spring is around the corner and the Crescent City is gearing up for the biggest festival of the year— Mardi Gras. The event draws hundreds of thousands of people every year looking to take part in the theatrical parades, listen to the body buzzing...

Mardi Gras

The city of New Orleans all but shuts down on Fat Tuesday, as its biggest party culminates in a string of parades and heaps of beads along the streets. Rest assured that fine dining establishments will shutter at least for Tuesday, if not straight through from Sunday to Wednesday. So the hole-in-the-wall joints and bars are best bets for...

King Cake

Even if you can't make your way down to N'awlins this year, you can still celebrate like a fool by throwing your own Mardi Gras celebration at home with these recipes. Dress and decorate in purple, green, and gold (the colors of Mardi Gras representing justice, faith, and power), put on a mask, pass the drinks around, maybe hire...

New Orleans

New Orleans is a favorite of mine. Living in Houston, it’s but a hop and skip away by plane and also a reasonable (and fun) road trip. I’ve done NOLA the hard way. You know, with copious amounts of hurricanes at Pat O’s, walking home with the sunrise, and avoiding water from the workers hosing puke off of the sidewalks. Ahhh… such memories. Now...

Nice parade

Who dat say New Orleans is the only place with Mardi Gras? Carnival season is an international spectacle that reaches far beyond the Mississippi. The UK turns out stacks of pancakes on ...

To celebrate Mardi Gras like they do in the Big Easy, get your friends together for a day-long celebration filled with rich, fried foods and lots of cocktails. To help you stock the bar for the party, we asked Chef Chris Lusk and Bar Chef Lu Brow...