We're in the tetrafecta of holidays - Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Chinese New Year - and the Olympics has started. So far, I had an Canadian dinner for the opening ceremonies Friday. I cooked some shrimp burgers, king crab legs, squid salad, broccoli, Unibroue beer, and maple creme cookies. The squid salad was pretty good, changing my mind about the quality of the prepared foods from Central Market. I wanted to make a maple pie, but will have to do it later this week. I've been catching up on holiday baking that I didn't do for Christmas, but the baked goods are piling up so I may need to wait on making sugar cookies and fruit cake. Saturday I drove to Spring to pick up king cakes that one of the Chowhounds brought back from Poupart's in Lafayette. Later than night I went to Galveston Mardi Gras with A. and threw the beads I got in New Orleans last year. I drank a good bit of wine, had some good seafood and saw some sights.
Today we went to Rajun Cajun and had a big spread of food - fried oysters, boudain balls, shrimp remoulade, seafood gumbo, a muffaletta, a Cajun bloody mary and a hurricane. Now we've settled into watching more olympics. I'm off for President's Day so tomorrow night I'll be toasting the Presidents at Anvil with the Chowhounds by drinking period drinks to the Washington and Lincoln presidencies. Tuesday night I'm joining the Chowhounds for a Chinese New Year dinner at Fung's with Martin Yan (of Yan Can Cook on PBS). We'll have seven dishes including roast suckling pig.