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King Cake for Mardi Gras in LA (preferably Westside)?

DMojoD Feb 11, 2007 08:34 PM

Fat Tuesday is around the corner! Does anyone know where to get a king cake in LA? Thanks!

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    rtibor RE: DMojoD Feb 18, 2007 05:52 AM

    No problem. You must go to the Gumbo Pot today. Its at the Los Angeles Farmers' Market, 3rd and Fairfax. They have a Mardi Gras party with bands on two stages from noon until 8PM. If yo email me at rst90274@yahoo. com I'll send some photos of the event that I took yesterday. The Gumdo Pot has king bread and all kinds of great Cajan food. Check it out, get some free beads.

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      duke_of_mildew RE: DMojoD Jan 22, 2008 10:21 AM

      Not westside, but I saw that Porto's has king cakes.

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        fdb RE: DMojoD Jan 24, 2008 08:01 PM

        Paris Pasty on Westwood Blvd....read it in LA Times today.

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          Lmo1823 RE: fdb Jan 26, 2008 02:00 PM

          I just called Paris Pastry and they made it clear to me that they did not have "Louisiana style" King cakes-- they only have "European style" King cakes. I asked for the difference; the only thing I could really make out was the the European style has marzipan in the center and does not have the amazingly gaudy colors on it. So, I didn't order mine there. Trying Portos next. Just an FYI.

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            fdb RE: Lmo1823 Jan 26, 2008 03:08 PM

            Sorry I didn't know the difference. Thanks for clarification.

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              Jerome RE: fdb Jan 26, 2008 06:53 PM

              european king cake might put an almond inside - and it's traditionally served on Epiphany (three kings). The new orleans one is served on mardi gras and has "the baby" baked in, a small plastic or ceramic doll - however gets the baby hosts the party the following year.

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                fdb RE: Jerome Jan 27, 2008 12:16 AM

                Interesting info. Thanks.

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                  rnp0123 RE: Jerome Jan 27, 2008 06:53 PM

                  I lived in New Orleans for 7 years. Almost every day during carnival season somebody brings a King Cake to work. Whoever get the baby buys the next King Cake. By Mardi Gras everybody is pretty sick of King Cake.

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                GHF RE: Lmo1823 Jan 30, 2008 10:09 PM

                Went to Porto's today. Did not have any in at the time to check it out personally. The picture of the cake in their posters looked great. Ordered for pickup later, $15.

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                  Jerome RE: GHF Feb 1, 2008 11:53 PM

                  Is it real orleans king cake or is it cuban Roscon de los Reyes?

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              DMojoD RE: DMojoD Jan 27, 2008 01:57 PM

              So last year Uncle Darrow's came through for us and we picked up our King Cake from them.

              Usually we have our own Mardi Gras party for Fat Tuesday, but I don't think we're going to this year. Does anyone have any favorite places they like to spend Fat Tuesday celebrating Mardi Gras? It's not widely celebrated in these parts. We're thinking of going to Cafe Boogaloo in Hermosa Beach.

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                PayOrPlay RE: DMojoD Jan 27, 2008 09:26 PM

                We usually end up at the LA Farmers Market either on the preceding weekend or on Fat Tuesday itself.


                Gumbo Pot is not the best food by a long shot (and in fact we often skip the Louisiana food altogether) but the atmosphere is friendly and party-like and crowded enough to feel like a real mini-parade. If nothing else you get to hear the legendary Eddie Baytos and the Nervis Brothers, who are the real deal (personal connection disclaimer--they played at Cynaburst's and my wedding!) as well as other fine musicians.

                Caveat: Mardi Gras is so dadgum early this year and the weather may be lousy, just like in N'Awlins----Chris Rose has a column in the Times-Picayune this week complaining about this very problem. Caveat #2: this Sunday is of course also Super Bowl Sunday, so who knows what that will do to the atmosphere over the weekend. (And to think some of us deluded Saints fans were speculating earlier this year about what would happen to the Sunday parades when the Saints made it to the Super Bowl. Ha!)

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                  Piglet RE: PayOrPlay Feb 12, 2010 09:40 AM

                  ..(And to think some of us deluded Saints fans were speculating earlier this year about what would happen to the Sunday parades when the Saints made it to the Super Bowl. Ha!)

                  Just saw this thread linked to a newer one; I couldn't resist bumping this comment back up a year later! Hope your Mardi Gras is especially festive this year.

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                  brd78 RE: DMojoD Jan 30, 2008 04:11 PM

                  Has anyone heard of Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen? I just found out and heard they are having a Mardi Gras event on Fat Tuesday. What better way to spend Fat Tuesday with the Brennan family, i say. From what they told me its $40.00 for all you can eat buffet with new orleans food, jazz music and drink specials. ticket also includes a compimentary drink, im not sure what that is. I plan to check it since im in the OC and there is not much to do here for Fat Tuesday. Im even surprised Disney is doing anything at all but sounds like fun.

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                    missliisa RE: brd78 Feb 24, 2009 01:17 PM

                    Brennan's Jazz Kitchen is great!

                    Jorge at the bar makes killer drinks as do the rest of the bartenders.....the menu keeps changing..... but the beignets are yum! Go..... sip a French 75 and have fun!!
                    Lassez les bonne temps roulez!

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                  Franimal RE: DMojoD Jan 28, 2008 08:12 AM

                  You can order from Haydel's in New Orleans. They ship overnight. Complete with beads. They also includde a porcelain object. Last year it was a Fema trailer with christmas lights. The year of Katrina, it was a skeleton man with hair sticking stright up, holding a baby. representing the old and the new.

                  Also, Uncle Darrow's in Marina Del Rey is holding a Mardis Gras party on Saturday, Feb 9. They'll have music, crwafish boil and it's a good time! The proceeds go to brad Pitt's "Make it Right" foundation.

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                    DMojoD RE: Franimal Jan 28, 2008 09:58 AM

                    Thank you PayorPlay and Franimal for the great suggestions!!
                    For our parties in the past we have always ordered kegs of Abita beer. Many liquor stores in the area only need a few days notice for the order.

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                    jonno333 RE: DMojoD Feb 22, 2009 07:30 AM

                    Hey, does anyone know someplace in the SF Valley that sells King cake? I am in Reseda

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                      duke_of_mildew RE: jonno333 Feb 24, 2009 03:06 PM

                      You can try Porto's... they had them last year. No idea if they were any good though.

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                        Lmo1823 RE: duke_of_mildew Mar 3, 2009 12:09 PM

                        I ordered mine from Portos last year. You have to special order it I think. Also, they couldn't put the baby inside the cake because it is a choking hazzard. It was quite tasty though. Not exactly the same as when I would have it shipped from New Orleans, but less costly!

                    2. monku RE: DMojoD Feb 22, 2009 07:33 AM

                      Couple months ago I was at Wal Mart in Duarte and they had a rack full of them in the middle of an aisle.

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