Food and Drink



Northshore King Cake Guide

This time of year is king cake time. You may think that Carnival season is about parades and fancy balls, but really. . . it’s about king cake. The great equalizer, king cakes can be bought practically anywhere this time of year–I just spotted some for sale at my pharmacy!…




Traditional King Cake Recipe {Like McKenzie’s}

When everyone else is singing that it’s the most wonderful time of the year at Christmas, I’m counting down the days until 12th Night when my most wonderful time of the year begins. Mardi Gras is my Christmas. I love everything about Carnival time, but I especially look forward to…


Where to Find Gluten-Free King Cake

Every year a lot of people ask us about gluten free king cakes. It’s not surprising, many people these days are avoiding gluten for a variety of reasons and who wants to skip a delicious treat like king cake? A few years ago it was almost impossible to find a…


Ready to Go Thanksgiving

This year my massive family will gather around multiple tables to celebrate Thanksgiving. I signed up for several slots on the SignUp Genius link, which will organize the smorgasbord of sumptuous eats. But with my siblings/aunts/uncle/etc having multiple kids, demanding jobs, and even traveling from afar to be here, we…


Kids Eat Free on Halloween

Attention: this list is for 2019. While I have done my best to verify all of these deals it does help to call ahead and make sure the are still participating when you are ready to go. If you’re looking for our regular Kids Eat Free list, that can be…


Oak Oven Opens in Mandeville

If you ask former south shore residents what new restaurant they’re excited about, they’ll invariably tell you Oak Oven. A fixture in River Ridge for many years now, Oak Oven is the kind of restaurant that’s difficult to find and a treasure when you do. It’s a modern update of…