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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ten Unique Facts That You Must Know About Mardi Gras


 Last December, I was able to visit New Orleans or NOLA as the locals call it. I was there for a conference so I did not have much time to explore the city, but I was able to experience some food and fun. My husband did not go with me but told me that I had to bring some jambalaya back with me while the boys wanted me to get pictures of alligators. While I was not able to do either of these items for my family, I could just imagine the mess in my bag from the jambalaya, I did bring back Chicory coffee, alligator meat in a can, and alligator heads. I also took a picture of the etouffee that I had for dinner one night. I discovered the alligator heads along with the meat in a gift shop when I went down to explore the famous Bourbon street. My boys loved the alligator heads and the teen snarfed down the alligator meat. My husband and I both enjoyed the Chicory coffee.


      The one thing NOLA is known for beyond their food is knowing how to party. Did you know that their biggest celebration Mardi Gras actually starts in January? Called the "carnivale" season, it  officially begins each year on January 6. This Feast of the Epiphany, 'King's Day', starts with traditional balls occurring in the weeks that lead up to the big event- Mardi Gras. The people of NOLA love to celebrate weekly with the delicious King Cake. This is a traditional sweet cake that has a plastic baby(the King) in it and who every finds the baby has to bring the next cake the following week. We all know that coffee goes great with cake, so Community© Coffee introduced Mardi Gras King Cake coffee late last December so people could have a great cup of coffee to go with their cake.


 I may not be able to be in NOLA to experience Mardi Gras in February, but I am glad that I can enjoy their MARDI GRAS KING CAKE coffee. This coffee has flavors of vanilla and cinnamon and reminds me of the sweet King Cake. This coffee smells like a cake baking! When my husband tried this coffee, he said that we need to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I told maybe next year. He then said that I should make a weekly King Cake instead. I think I will surprise him with a cake on Mardi Gras. I will have to find a good recipe as I doubt that any bakers in Albuquerque know how to make this king cake.


                     So grab a cup of this delicious Mardi Gras King Cake coffee and celebrate! Enjoy the MARDI GRAS TOP 10 COUNTDOWN while you sip this delicious coffee!


NUMBER 10
How to spell “krewe” and “flambeaux” and “Mardi Gras” and, well, you get the point.

NUMBER 9
Technically, Carnival is a season, and Mardi Gras is a day. But we tend to generalize and refer to the weeks of parades leading up to Fat Tuesday as Mardi Gras.

NUMBER 8
The Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. Remember to coordinate your outfit appropriately.

NUMBER 7
The Captain of the Krewe is more important than the King. But the King gets all the glory, while the Captain does all the work.

NUMBER 6
If you miss a doubloon thrown from a float, never reach down to pick it up. Always put your foot on it. If you go with your hand, you're either too late or you'll get your fingers stepped on.

NUMBER 5
If you bite into a plastic baby in a King Cake, that's a good thing.

NUMBER 4
Any beads shorter than two feet long are unacceptable unless they are made of glass -- the bigger and longer the beads, the better.

NUMBER 3
Once any beads have touched the ground, they are sullied and should not be picked up unless under the rarest of circumstances.

NUMBER 2
The vast majority of people in the French Quarter during Carnival are from out of town.

NUMBER 1
The Number 1 thing you must know about Mardi Gras season is that Community© Mardi Gras King Cake coffee hits the shelves. We suggest you celebrate with the “king” of all flavored coffees, our delicious Mardi Gras King Cake coffee with light vanilla and cinnamon flavoring.

Look for Mardi Gras King Cake coffee at your favorite store or purchase a bag or two at the below link.



"These opinions are my own and I received samples of Mardi Gras King Cake coffee to faciliate this post."

20 comments:

  1. Going to NOLA is on my bucket list, but I am not sure I can go during Mardi Gras. I don't do well in crowds.

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  2. I didn't realize it started in January! You learn something every day!

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  3. NOLA is one our favorite cities. We havent been during Mardi Gras but we'd like to.

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  4. The vanilla/cinnamon flavored King Cake coffee sounds delicious! You'll have to let us know how your actual King cake turns out. That would be a fun one to make!

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  5. I absolutely MUST have this coffee!! I LOVE King Cake, Mardi Gras, the history of NOLA and all you wrote about too. My daughter was lucky to get to go there a few years back on a college trip to help rebuild some homes there. Yes sadly they are STILL rebuilding. Oh and you are so lucky you got to eat etouffee IN New Orleans! I love etouffee!
    Thanks for letting me know about this coffee, will buy!

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  6. I like how they celebrated their tradition of the king cake and how the Mardi Gras King Cake coffee started. I wanted to try their Golden Caramel flavor sometime.

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  7. I haven't heard about this!! Its so informative! Thanks for sharing with us

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  8. New Orleans is awesome to go to, it's definitely the perfect place to drown yourself in culture, parties, and music. I love that you got to taste the cake, it sounds awesome!

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  9. I love New Orleans, it's always full of life and culture! It would be nice to be there in Feb, but regardless, I'm glad you got to taste this lovely cake plus the coffee too!

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  10. That coffee sounds like something I'd really enjoy. I've never been to Mardi Gras but have always wanted to attend the celebration.

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  11. I NEED to go to Nola for Mardi Gras one of these years! It looks like so much fun! I had no idea about the bead thing touching the ground.. interesting!

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  12. How fun! I didn't know this. I would love to celebrate Mardi Gras. I want to try some king cake.

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  13. The Mardi Gras must be one exciting event to witness. I have never been to NOLA to witness this but I wish I could. Oh that alligator head photo scared me. I am not very fond of reptiles. LOL.

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  14. Fantastic post, it must be such an amazing experience! I learnt something new today - NOLA!

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  15. I always assumed that it was all just one big festival and had no idea that there was a specification on how long the beads had to be. Very interesting. Would love to try the coffee too! I will definitely have to look into purchasing some.

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  16. I love New Orleans and have had the pleasure to be there for Mardi GRas! So much fun Looks like you have had a wonderful experience as well

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  17. That alligator head sure gave me a fright, I didnt know people ate gator meat interesting.

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  18. This is the first time that I heard this and sound interesting for me. Glad you share this with us

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  19. This coffee sounds delicious! I have never been to NOLA and I definitely need to make a point to visit one day, especially during Mardi Gras.

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  20. Ive heard alot about this from my bff, i think this is something that i should try! and btw, nice facts! i learned something new today! thanks for sharing

    -Victoria Heckstall

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