Happy Mardi Gras!


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In olden times, today would have been the last big day of eating before the fasting season of Lent.  It’s Mardi Gras–Fat Tuesday–and as you might expect, it’s celebrated in a big way at Verona-based Mardi Gras Fine Foods.

Owner Maria Carrozza has sent us that tempting picture of a traditional King Cake. Today’s menu also includes Louisiana specialties like Jambalaya, chicken Gumbo, crawfish etouffe, Muffalatta sandwiches and shrimp and vegetarian PoBoys, shrimp Creole with saffron rice and, of course, red beans and rice.

As the folks in New Orleans say, Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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