...let me explain: Every year when the Mardi Gras season is about to begin those huge cakes called King Cake pop up in the stores. They bear the traditional Mardi Gras colors – purple, green & gold – and apparently taste like a funky mix of vanilla and cinnamon. Traditionally, a miniature baby figurine symbolizing luck & prosperity is baked into each Cake. So far so good...
Fast forward to day 3 in N’awlins and we were off to watch an NBA game – The New Orleans Pelicans vs The Washington Wizards. We arrived at the Smoothie King Center, had our tickets checked and were given a little gift at the entrance: a box that contained the creepiest looking bobble head doll I have ever seen! I’m still not sure what this was all about but we took him back to the hotel and left him there when we checked out. I hope someone adopted him & gave him a loving home – sorry Chucky!
Back to the cake: traditional King Cakes aren’t quite vegan-friendly but since I wanted to get an idea of what it tastes like I tried it in the form of coffee! At PJ's they serve King Cake flavored lattes with vanilla, cinnamon & almond syrup. If the actual cake tastes anything like that then I can imagine why people love it so much – it’s really yummy!
Oh and the NBA game? Well, New Orleans didn’t win this one but it was great fun being there! From listening to the American Anthem being sung by a children’s choir to watching several local dance schools and cheer-leading squads perform during the breaks - it was awesome entertainment! It makes me wonder, is anybody actually going there to watch the match? Anyway, I had the time of my life – American sports games are a real experience!
When leaving the arena we caught a glimpse of the huge Mercedes Benz Superdome NFL stadium, the home ground of the New Orleans Saints.
When you’re in New Orleans there’s no way you’re not going to a Jazz Bar. So you might as well go to a really cool one: The Spotted Cat. Locals and tourists alike recommended this little gem and so we had to check it out. From what I heard, it can get really packed in the evenings – the place is already pretty small & intimate – and especially on weekends it’s super popular. A good thing then (this being a party town after all) that many bars open in the early afternoon! The music in The Spotted Cat started just past 2pm and with only a handful of other visitors we enjoyed an incredible live performance!
I hope you enjoyed the pictures so far.
Stay tuned for part 3! :)