Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re going to do Mardi Gras, you better do it right, gosh darn it.
There are certain things that are synonymous with Mardi Gras.
There are the costumes and the parades.
There are also the beads.
There are finally the intoxicated people, flashing all sorts of body parts to get the beads.
All of that can be done anywhere to be perfectly honest.
But, there is something else that goes with Mardi Gras. Something that gets recognized but still gets overlooked by people describing this annual festival of debauchery.
There is the king cake.
Most people in the world know what a king cake is. They are these ring-shaped cakes that have a small plastic baby inside of them. The person who finds the baby is then required to bring the king cake for the next Mardi Gras party.
And, by God, you’d better not screw up the king cake.
Down in southeast Louisiana and along coastal Mississippi and Alabama, you will become forever known as the king (or queen) of bad king cakes if you get it wrong.
You should trust me on this as a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. There are so many students from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast at my alma mater that it includes a three-day holiday for Mardi Gras in its annual academic calendar.
Here is a starter tip. Above all else, do not buy a king cake from a grocery store and try to pass it off as a quality desert. There are people along the coast who will not even touch a king cake baked at a Kroger or Walmart Grocery Store.
They recoil at the site of those cakes.
The cake can’t be fake.
Only a bakery can cure the ache.
Perhaps the most popular bakery in south Mississippi and southeast Louisiana is Paul’s Bakery in Picayune, Miss. There are people who would trample other people just so they can be the first to get a slice of a Paul’s Pastry King Cake.
And, why not?
They are tasty, creamy cakes that can be custom made to fit the buyer’s demands.
One bite is like ecstasy, but not too much ecstasy because that would be wrong to advocate in a newspaper.
They can be found online at paulspastry.com, where anyone in any part of the world can order one of their famous king cakes. And, the folks at Paul’s Pastry must be doing something right because they just celebrated the business’ 42nd birthday last October.
So, if anyone out there still needs a king cake but hasn’t yet ordered one, y’all better run — don’t walk — to the nearest computer and order one today.
Curt Yeomans is the Senior Reporter for the Clayton News Daily and an avid traveler. He can be reached by phone at 770-478-5753, ext. 247, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @CYeomansCND.