No matter where you are celebrating Mardi Gras this year, you can channel the feeling of New Orleans with a few home decor picks! Give new meaning to those famous beads with stunning throw pillows or use the fleur-de-lis to add a French flair to your tabletop. Golds, purples, and greens will liven up your space and help you celebrate all year long no matter how far you are from the bustle of Bourbon Street.
Even if you aren't in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year, you can still dream or plan ahead for next year! We've found five fantastic Airbnb rentals that boast competitive pricing, prime locations, and — most importantly — style, no matter what time of year.
Get your beads out, tomorrow's Mardi Gras! But while Fat Tuesday is a day away, Carnival events, parades, and other celebrations have already been in full swing around the world. Scantily clad ladies have been showing off their moves in Brazil, Italians have gone all out with their traditional garb, and German revelers have dressed as everything from Smurfs to Pippi Longstocking. See the international women adding spirit and sex appeal to Mardi Gras now!
To see my favorite recipe, keep reading.
Fat Tuesday is tomorrow, and even if you're not in New Orleans to ring in Mardi Gras, you can still celebrate with a tipple that enjoys the title of the city's official cocktail. The sazerac, which dates back to pre-Civil War times, has been around so long that it's rumored to be America's oldest cocktail — and there's a reason why. Watch the video, then make our recipe, which adds ice for a refreshing touch; we guarantee this aromatic drink will please any spirit-forward cocktail enthusiast.
It's called Fat Tuesday for a reason; Mardi Gras celebrations are known for being over-the-top indulgent, but if that's not your style, not to worry — you can still enjoy all the flavors of New Orleans without all the calories. In honor of Tuesday's celebration, we've put together a menu of healthier versions of classic New Orleans and Southern dishes. Read on for the recipes!
Think of jambalaya as a distant relative of paella. It's got protein and vegetables (sometimes tomatoes, sometimes not), with rice and stock later simmered together or combined before serving. In contrast, gumbo — a mix of vegetables and meat or shellfish with thickened stock — is thinner and served as a soup alongside rice that's cooked separately.
Different from gumbo (which is considered a soup), étouffée's a main course, made of one type of shellfish (crawfish or shrimp, for instance) that's been smothered in a thick sauce and sometimes served ladled over rice. Don't confuse any of these, of course, with the city's historic Monday favorite: red beans and rice. Got all that?
Bourbon Street on Feb. 12 isn't necessarily the most family-friendly destination, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate Mardi Gras with your kiddos in the comfort of your own home. Get your little ones in the Mardi Gras spirit with these six crafty, yummy, and fun ways to celebrate. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Here's an inspired idea: if you plan to make a large batch of this cocktail for friends, say, using one gallon of ice cream, then pour the cocktail in a large pitcher and stir the plastic baby into the pitcher, so one lucky imbiber will end up with the baby in his or her glass. Just be sure to warn friends beforehand that there might be a plastic object in the glass, and encourage them to use straws to prevent any accidental swallowing!
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1-3/4 ounce bourbon
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 ounce orange juice
Purple, yellow, and green sugar sprinkles, for garnish
Tiny plastic baby, for garnish
- Blend ice cream, bourbon, cinnamon, almond extract, and orange juice in a blender until smooth. Pour in a glass and garnish with sprinkles and plastic baby.
Makes 1 cocktail.
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As we head into the weekend, it's time to turn our attention to the very important topic of brunch cocktails. Though a bloody mary or mimosa is the obvious choice, I find that a Ramos gin fizz functions as an excellent morning drink.
If you're a fan of fizzes, you'll find plenty of the gin-infused variety. This classic version, invented by New Orleans barkeep Harry Ramos in the late 1800s, uses orange flower water as a French twist. Though it sounds heavy, it's surprisingly refreshing and frothy. To get the recipe, read more