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Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) marks the last feasting before Lent

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) marks the last feasting before Lent
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday” in French), the traditional New Orleans celebration and legal holiday, conjures up images of feathery fancy masks, wild partying, jazz through the streets and feasting. Mardi Gras marks the end of Carnival (which begins on January 6, the Twelfth Night of the Epiphany), the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a day of feasting on rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting during the Lenten season. Reportedly, the French Catholics would fry up their supply of butter, sugar, and other rich foods to avoid temptation during Lent.

In “Nawlins,” it’s become party time, big time – dancing through the streets in masks and elaborate costumes to the jiving tunes of live jazz music. Here in New Jersey, authentic New Orleans Cajun and Creole cuisine is served at The Trinity and the Pope in Asbury Park, along with traditional cocktails like the Sazerac and Hurricane.

On Fat Tuesday, Trinity and the Pope in Asbury Park will offer $5 jambalaya bowls and $3 Abita beers. Guests will be welcomed with a Fountain of Decadence, its spouts over-flowing in a waterfall-effect with $5 Hurricane cocktails. They will be offered King Cakes, Mardi Gras beads and face masks to the beat of New Orleans-style music. Live music combined with New Orleans-themed cocktails and menu specials will continue through March 12.

 

The place on 9W where Frank Sinatra was ‘discovered’

The place on 9W where Frank Sinatra was ‘discovered’
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

Today’s there’s an Exxon station along Route 9W that occasionally draws the curious on a pilgrimage of sorts.

It’s not for anything related to ...

Faith Kroll (PHOTOS): Live sex act exposes Northwestern

Faith Kroll (PHOTOS): Live sex act exposes Northwestern
BY PAM LOBLEY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
NOW THAT’S FUNNY

Talk about your extra credit! Students at Northwestern University in Illinois who were taking a human sexuality class were treated to a live and in-p...

McLobster by McDonald’s has Internet buzzing

McLobster by McDonald’s has Internet buzzing
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Who doesn’t dream of noshing on a succulently rich lobster in a crusty French roll with homemade mayonnaise for a fraction of what it costs in a seafood restaura...

Dr. Seuss’s 107th birthday celebrated nationally

Dr. Seuss’s 107th birthday celebrated nationally
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Dr. Seuss was known for often incorporating politics into his books.

His line "A person's a person, no matter how small" from Horton Hears a Who became a slogan for anti-a...

Rutgers to allow co-ed, gender-neutral housing

Rutgers to allow co-ed, gender-neutral housing
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

At the request of gay student groups at the university, Rutgers will be allowing male and female students to room together in the fall.

More than 100 undergraduates in D...

Kahlúa cocktails: Past and present day recipes

Kahlúa cocktails: Past and present day recipes
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Some of you may remember the good ole days when, after feasting on a fabulous dinner, one would retire to the living room or library and sit before a roaring fir...

Exploring New Jersey's original 17th century turnpike

Exploring New Jersey's original 17th century turnpike
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

The reaction of folks is often not one of surprise when they hear that New Jersey is home of perhaps the oldest continuously used road in the ...

President's Day in New Jersey: Remembering the Roosevelts

President's Day in New Jersey: Remembering the Roosevelts
BY ERIC MODEL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
JOURNEYS INTO NEW JERSEY

February has morphed into Presidents' Month.

First there were Lincoln's Birthday and Washington's Birthday. Then came President's Day, which pr...

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