Ever since my father moved to New Orleans, we’ve had an annual tradition. He sends a king cake to Seattle and we use it as the foundation for a Seattle Mardi Gras party. This year, my parents arranged to join us (most importantly, Baby G) in Seattle for the festivities. They arrived on Friday and brought some local supplies with them, including beads galore, many pounds of gulf shrimp, Louisiana crab meat, and a variety of New Orleans sauces.
They also brought two king cakes with them this year, one from each of the top two bakeries in New Orleans, in order get a Seattle vote on the decision of “best king cake.” The first was the historic champion (and annual delivery tradition): Randazzo’s praline king cake. However, the Randazzo family has been subject to some drama recently, and some locals (including my father) believe they are losing their touch. Enter Exhibit B, an apple and cream cheese filled king cake from Rouses that is my Dad’s current favorite.
Yesterday morning we awoke early and headed to Pike’s Place Market to get the remaining ingredients necessary for Grandma Lynn’s cooking extravaganza. While we were out, Lauren and Gloria has some serious excitement on the home front. Unbeknownst to us, Shawn and Jessica booked a last minute flight from San Francisco, and they showed up on our doorstep at 10AM this morning!
We had a fantastic time this afternoon sipping Hurricanes and gorging on Cajun cooking. Somehow we all saved a little bit of room for the king cakes (competition for the baby Jesus embedded inside the cake didn’t hurt). When all was said and done, we had a clear winner; all but one vote was cast for…..Rouses! The overall food winner however, was Lynn’s crab cakes, which received numerous raves of “the best crab cake I’ve ever had.”