filling the empty nest with food
I recently returned from a short trip to New Orleans, arriving a few days after Mardi Gras. Given that Mardi Gras is a Catholic tradition and as I’m still (or, rather, so far still) a practicing Catholic, I was curious as to what happens in New Orleans during Lent. After a few days walking the streets and squeezing into crowded jazz clubs, I realized how naive I was to believe that Mardi Gras has much to do with being the last day of gorging yourself on rich foods and other excesses before Lenten abstinence and penance begins. Instead, the traditions of drunken revelry and pleasurable excess seem to be followed by a short period of subdued hangovers until St. Patrick’s Day arrives. New Orleans seems to do quite well extending a Mardi Gras approach to every day.
So, rather than wallow in the deprivation mode of the Lenten season, I did as the New Orleanians do. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Mix yourself up a New Orleans Sazerac cocktail, press play on some great New Orleans music (below), and know that while good Catholics shouldn’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent, I can find no current admonition to avoid loud jazz. Turn the volume all the way up! And let me know what it does for your soul.