1. Find yourself a king cake party
A “king cake”, for the unawares, is the quintessential Mardi Gras treat, based on the classic French “galette des rois”. The modern version of a basic king cake usually involves a brioche cake topped with colored sugar (Mardi Gras colors are purple, green, and gold, by the way). Also, there’s a plastic baby in there somewhere -- if you get it, don’t swallow it... it means that you have to bring the next king cake to the party. Many versions of the king abound, with various flavors and fillings, enough to satisfy any pastry-hungry partier. Well, except for maybe the all-new “muffaletta king cake” which is probably either amazing or horrifying. Or both?