There are a whole slew of reasons I am excited about Mardi Gras this year. For example, my weight loss combined with the skills of the most wonderful chiropractor in the world (Ky’s Chiropractic Clinic, 2926 Canal Street) has enabled me to walk for a minimum of ten blocks without any back or hip pain. HOORAY! For the first time in years I will be able to enjoy the parades without being an ornery ass (John is all smiles about that) and without the need for alcohol to numb the pain. Now I can just drink to get drunk!
Additionally, since my work schedule has drastically altered and I am not stuck in an office all day long, I can get out to the route early, save my spot and scream for beads till my voice gives out.
To start the season right, for this week’s cheat, I have already planned my dessert! Ziggy Cichowski, the master of pastry at Maple Street Patisserie (7638 Maple Street), has created some gorgeous King Cakes that are already selling off the shelves. I have pre-ordered a Bavarian Cream beauty for this Thursday, but they are also featuring other flavors like cinnamon, praline pecan and some fruit-filled wonders like strawberry and blueberry. Let King Cake season begin!