Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week: Mardi Gras Edition
Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this case, your day. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.
We're usually looking for a reason to convince our more responsible friends to go out drinking on a Tuesday night, which is why Fat Tuesday is one of our favorite days of the year. As much as we wish we could pack our bags and hit Bourbon Street for authentic eats and Hurricanes, we'll be celebrating in the Valley of the Sun, which -- thankfully -- does not mean we have to sacrifice all of the Southern flair and fare we're craving.
Carnival may already be in its second week, but Mardi Gras fans in the Valley still have time to score one of the event's most popular traditions before Fat Tuesday, February 12: King Cake.
Akin to coffee cake, the ring-shaped creation is popular for its sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold as well as the tiny baby (usually plastic) placed inside the baked and braided Danish dough. Got the slice of cake with the baby? Congratulations, you get to hold the next King Cake party.
Recently, we featured Barb's Bakery as a spot to kick-off Carnival with a King Cake. Here are six more place to get your Mardi Gras cakes.
Mardi Gras is coming up quick. The fuel of Fat Tuesday's debauchery is, of course, freely flowing alcohol. (Yes, and beads, but this is a booze column.) While it's fun to slam down Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, and other massive sugar bombs, the next day's hangover will not be fun. Besides, New Orleans is a legendary drinking town. Some of the world's finest cocktails were created there.
The Sazerac is believed to be the first cocktail invented in the United States, dating back to before the Civil War. Until this point, a cocktail was simply a beverage including spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. You'll probably recognize that basic recipe as the basis for the Old-Fashioned, and you would be correct. The Sazerac is a cousin of the Old-Fashioned, only more specific with its ingredients and preparation.
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