My first trip to New Orleans was when I was a sophomore in college. My mom had a business conference, so I traveled with her. During the day, she attended meetings and I explored some of the area around Café Du Monde on Decatur Street. At night we went out in the French Quarter and enjoyed some of the most amazing food!
It will always be one of my favorite trips because New Orleans was like no other US city that I had ever visited. The architecture, food, and people are not anything like what I had ever seen before. But, I will also remember it because it was one of the first times I realized that my mom had a whole other life outside of just being our mom. I think as a teenager, I knew that but hadn’t really ever experienced it first hand. It was so exciting to see her in a whole new light, especially in a city whose slogan is “Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler”.
We always celebrate Mardi Gras in our house with a Mardi Gras themed dinner on that night. My kids love Cajun food, especially jambalaya and gumbo. One of my favorite jambalaya recipes is from 100 Days of Real Food. It’s in our regular dinner rotation and will certainly be around on Fat Tuesday this year!
I created this Mardi Gras Art Print recently for a dear friend who lives here but is from Louisiana. It’s a simple watercolor typography print that celebrates the spirit of Mardi Gras.
It’s now available in our Etsy Shop for your Mardi Gras party. Whether you celebrate Mardi Gras with a small family dinner or a big raucous party, it’s a perfect way to decorate your home for Fat Tuesday!