History of Groom’s Cakes

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Groom’s Cakes Like much else, the South has a way with wedding traditions that is different from the rest of the United States.  We’ve talked second lines and cake pulls, but today we’re talking something a little more male-centric… it’s groom’s cakes!  Because in New Orleans we have to ask, why limit ourselves to just […]

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Powdered Sugar Pillows: The History of the Beignet

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We New Orleanians are often asked, what’s all this beignet business?  We send visitors home with carefully packaged beignet mix souvenirs, direct tourists towards Cafe du Monde for the perfect late night French Quarter eat, and take photographs of those bright smiles adorned with powdered sugar mustaches.  But for people who don’t live in the […]

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Fleur-De-Lis: How It Came to Be

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France, Florence, or Catholicism: Where Did the New Orleanian Fleur-de-Lis Come From? It’s no secret that New Orleans is rife with the symbol of the fleur-de-lis, adorning wrought iron fences around the city, present on almost every tourist souvenir, and of course emblazoned on Saints helmets.  But its history is more convoluted than w e […]

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Let Them Heat Cake: History of Doberge Cake

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The Story of Doberge Cake Summer in New Orleans is hot.  A simple, but nonetheless true statement.  With temperatures over 90˚ and humidity that makes breathing feel like swimming, it’s hard to imagine doing anything but lounging beneath a blasting air conditioning vent and throwing back icy daiquiris.  New Orleans culture, however, bows to no […]

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