DC will celebrate Mardi Gras this Tuesday, February 12, with a celebration in Adams Morgan. From 6:30 until 10 pm, there will be marching bands, dancing and other festivities throughout the neighborhood.
Three live bands — including LaRue Horns, ZeZe Brasil Samba School and Alafia Dancers & Drummers — will perform at five different venues along 18th Street and Columbia Road. If the weather holds, music will also be performed on the street to highlight the neighborhood’s new streetscape design.
The five hosts for the Mardi Gras celebration are:
- Bossa DC, 2463 18th Street NW
- Chief Ikes Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road NW
- The Grill From Ipanema, 1858 Columbia Road NW
- Rumba Café, 2443 18th Street NW
- Jack Rose, 2007 18th Street NW
The Super Bowl may be over, but one time-honored New Orleans tradition is just getting warmed up.
On Saturday, February 9, Art Soiree productions and Alliance Francaise are throwing a Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Washington Club (15 Dupont Circle NW).
The event — which includes an open wine and beer bar, French pastries and a five-piece brass band — is $60 and begins at 9 pm. Attire is black-tie optional and masks are highly encouraged.
For more information on the masquerade, visit the Art Soiree website.
My Northern-raised palate admittedly isn’t very familiar with New Orleans food and drink, so I was excited to check out The Cajun Experience when it opened recently on 18th Street NW. I made it there last week, on a blustery night when I felt a cold coming on, so I was in the perfect mood for warming comfort food.
I started with a traditional Hurricane cocktail (I found mine cloyingly sweet and couldn’t finish it). Next I shared the crawfish mac & cheese — which you can already tell is becoming their most popular dish — and hushpuppies with my friend. This was followed by an appetizer-sized portion of the red beans and andouille sausage as we wanted to save room for beignets for dessert.
As it turns out, the appetizer portions were a good call because portion sizes are HUGE and I ended up taking leftovers home. The food was very filling, though a bit under-seasoned: my red beans dish could have been more flavorful, and my friend noted that the shrimp in her seafood gumbo was overcooked and mushy. The much-hyped crawfish mac & cheese — a menu standout of creamy mac and cheese, flecked with large chunks of crawfish and covered in a layer of broiled cheese — came out unevenly warm.