A Caution in the Age of COVID-19
March 14, 2020 – 9:44 pm | Comments Off on A Caution in the Age of COVID-19

If you’re traveling for a foodie event, check with the organizers to be certain it’s still scheduled. It’s probably been canceled, and you should be “sheltering in place” anyway.

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Epiphany and the Three Kings
January 6, 2021 – 8:31 am | Comments Off on Epiphany and the Three Kings

By Susan McKee
The Road Trips Foodie

OK, foodies: it’s quiz time. Why is the traditional dessert served on January 6 called a king cake?

Those of you who learned about Christian holidays probably mustered up the memory of the Three Kings (or Magi). You know, the three “wise men from the East” who brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus in Bethlehem 12 days after his birth (do the “12 days of Christmas” ring any bells?).

In eastern rite Christian churches, January 6 is a feast day that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus. (The “king” in king cake, thus has a double meaning: the Three Kings who brought gifts and Jesus, Christ the King.)

That’s why, hidden in the king cake is a small plastic baby, representing Jesus. Tradition has it that the person at the 12th Night Party who’s served the piece of the cake containing the baby is obligated to bring the king cake to the next year’s celebration. Of course, the trinket hasn’t always been a baby: the traditional choice is a bean, gilded or not.

January 6 also is the traditional kick-off to the carnival season — that raucous festival in Roman Catholic majority areas that leads up to the austerity of Lent. (Are those brain synapses firing yet?) Yes, carnival comes to an end on Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday — which is the last day to party and feast until Easter arrives.

In the United States, the place known best for king cakes is southern Louisiana where it’s taken the shape of a dough wreath filled with (typically) cream cheese and festooned with icing and/or colored sugar in the purple, green and gold colors of carnival.

According to European heraldic traditions, the purple represents justice; green, faith, and gold, power. Some sources say that these colors were chosen by Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans during Mardi Gras in 1872.

Your Road Trips Foodie had a chance to decorate her own king cake during a visit to Louisiana a few years ago sponsored by the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. Our little group shoehorned ourselves into the back room of Misse’s Grocery, 106 East Lincoln Street, Sulphur, Louisiana, and set to put the finishing touches on cakes they’d already baked for us.

We used gigantic pastry tubes to insert the filling (most of us chose cream cheese, although there were other flavors, including raspberry and praline) but the most fun came with the decorating. Minimalism is not the goal here, but lavish, over the top embellishments — including Mardi Gras beads in the requisite colors.

There are lots of places in Louisiana that’ll send you a ready-made king cake. Of course, I recommend Misse’s Grocery near Lake Charles (337:527-6924), but other options include Bayou Bakery, Haydel’s Bakery and Manny Randazzo.

Here’s my king cake, boxed and ready for Epiphany feasting!

(Photos and video © Susan McKee)

[Originally published on Road Trips for Foodies January 6, 2013]

National Gingerbread House Competition
December 23, 2020 – 8:28 am | Comments Off on National Gingerbread House Competition
National Gingerbread House Competition

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Winners of The 28th annual National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, North Carolina, have been unveiled following The Omni Grove Park Inn‘s decision to take the beloved holiday tradition …

Slovenia: European Region of Gastronomy 2021
December 21, 2020 – 7:59 am | Comments Off on Slovenia: European Region of Gastronomy 2021
Slovenia: European Region of Gastronomy 2021

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The Slovenian Tourism Board are delighted that Slovenia has been named European Region of Gastronomy 2021.
Slovenia combines a rich natural larder and historic food traditions with influences spanning …

Gingerbread in Wonderland
December 3, 2020 – 7:50 am | Comments Off on Gingerbread in Wonderland
Gingerbread in Wonderland

The annual Gingerbread exhibit at the Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, Massachusetts — Gingerbread in Wonderland — is open now through January 3, 2021.
The exhibit includes thirty-seven gingerbread creations — many of which …

Honoring Native Peoples’ History & Future on Thanksgiving
November 26, 2020 – 8:30 am | Comments Off on Honoring Native Peoples’ History & Future on Thanksgiving
Honoring Native Peoples’ History & Future on Thanksgiving

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French Wine Explorers, Online
November 20, 2020 – 9:33 pm | Comments Off on French Wine Explorers, Online
French Wine Explorers, Online

Since Road Trips Foodies can’t travel to France at the moment, French Wine Explorers (which curates luxury wine tours to France) has developed an online foundation course on French wine. The course is called French …

October Celebrates Texas Pecans and Texas Wines
September 28, 2020 – 8:01 am | Comments Off on October Celebrates Texas Pecans and Texas Wines
October Celebrates Texas Pecans and Texas Wines

Attention Road Trips Foodies: October celebrates both Texas pecans and Texas wines.
To celebrate, the Texas Pecan Board will host a virtual pecan and wine tasting, in collaboration with Texas Fine Wine, led by Sommelier …

Agro-Tourism in Malaysia
September 13, 2020 – 8:33 am | Comments Off on Agro-Tourism in Malaysia
Agro-Tourism in Malaysia

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From Tourism Malaysia
Thanks to our tropical climate all year ’round, we are blessed with many tropical fruits that we can enjoy at almost any time of the year. Some …

Savor Fort Wayne, Indiana
August 9, 2020 – 8:27 pm | Comments Off on Savor Fort Wayne, Indiana
Savor Fort Wayne, Indiana

The summer edition of Savor Fort Wayne is underway now through next Sunday (August 16, 2020) in the northeast Indiana town.
Experience the flavors of Fort Wayne with a special edition of the restaurant week. Savor …

Online International Food Expo
July 28, 2020 – 7:16 pm | Comments Off on Online International Food Expo
Online International Food Expo

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Market Samachar LLC, publisher of the Market Samachar trade magazine which focuses exclusively on the ethnic food business in North America, has announced its first online trade shows for …

Lithuania Rolls Out “Pink Carpet” for Tourists
June 30, 2020 – 8:20 am | Comments Off on Lithuania Rolls Out “Pink Carpet” for Tourists
Lithuania Rolls Out “Pink Carpet” for Tourists

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By Lithuania Travel Tourism Development Agency
Travelers arriving at Vilnius International Airport (VNO) will find themselves following a trail of pink-colored spots on the floor. And that is not your …