True I was born and raised in Houston, Texas but my family is Creole with deep roots in Louisiana (extra points if you’ve ever heard of/ driven through Crowley, Louisiana!!!). Growing up Creole meant family gatherings centered around a big pot of gumbo, hot sauce and Tony Chachere’s were staples in my Mom’s pantry, a crawfish boil was a perfectly acceptable way to celebrate HS graduation, on Christmas Eve you leave Santa a shrimp po’ boy and pralines for dessert and on the Tuesday before Lent you celebrate FAT TUESDAY!!!!
Traditionally speaking Fat Tuesday is the last day of partying and debauchery before the fasting and penitence season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. I lived in New Orleans for 4 years while I attended college so trust me I definitely have first hand knowledge of the authentic Mardi Gras experience. Carnival season is one of the many, many, many things I miss about New Orleans. I always get a little homesick at this time of the year.
In honor of Mardi Gras, I grabbed my Creole sister from another mister Taye (from Stuff She Likes) and headed over to one of my favorite creole eateries in LA, The Gumbo Pot at the Original Farmers Market. Nothing cures a case of the “missing Mardi Gras blues” like a bowl of gumbo!
If you’re in the LA area and looking for a festive way to celebrate Fat Tuesday, stop by the Original Farmers Market for their 25th annual Mardi Gras celebration. From 6:30-9:30pm they’ll be letting the good times roll with good food and good music. Click here for all the event details.
Photos by Sylvia G.