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It’s Tuesday morning and you know what that means?  I don’t know either but it’s Tuesday, so here goes!

Today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday in French.)

Happy Mardi Gras!  Happy Fat Tuesday!  Do you know the history of Mardi Gras?  In France, being mainly Catholics, the French consumed all of their meat, eggs, and dairy products before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Then they would fast and eat fish until Easter. Hence, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, was born.

While surfing the web for something else, I came across this school, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans.  It is a school in New Orleans, LA, that teaches the French national curriculum in addition to whatever is required in Louisiana to meet their state standardized test requirements for graduation.

I did not read every word on the website, however, it looked like a place that I would like to send my kids, if I were fortunate enough to live in Nouvelle Orléans, with the French Quarter, French Market, Mardi Gras, and beignets and café au lait every day.  I would, however, pack their lunches.  French schools serve five-course lunches to their students.  The lunch menu at the New Orleans school was not very French at all, unless you count le pizza and le hot dog.

On that note, I am off to pack lunches for my kids.  Salad with meat and cheese or a sandwich of meat, cheese and lettuce, fruit, seltzer, and a treat.  I think I’ll have a grilled apple and cheddar sandwich today.

grilled cheddar apple

What are you having for lunch?  Let me know.  I always enjoy hearing about other people’s food.

I wish you a great Tuesday, Fat or otherwise!

And as they say in New Orleans at Mardi Gras, “Let the good times roll!”  Laissez les bons temps rouler!