Monday, February 23, 2009

A SoCal Lundi Gras

My buddy Tom (purple hat and feathers) hosted a Carnival party tonight at his house in San Diego's North Park neighborhood.
His neighbor Robbin did most of the cooking.
She fried green tomatoes and frog legs, a special treat for me since my peeps are all from the Frog Capital of the World.

For those of you unfamiliar with Rayne, La., here are the reigning Frog Festival queens and their amphibious consorts. Click on any pic to view it larger.

Each October for the festival, the town's prettiest girls pair off with bull frogs plucked from local canals for the biggest jumping contest this side of Calaveras County.

Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Tom's house and saw frog legs cooking in the Fry Daddy.

We also had seafood gumbo, chicken and sausage jambalaya, Abita Turbo Dog beer, Hurricanes and a live Web feed from WWOZ.
We finished the night off with this perfect king cake made from scratch by Robbin. Tim found the baby, so he'll be hosting the party next year.

Happy Mardi Gras y'all!

Laissez les bon temp roulez!

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