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A Fun Week For Foodies

Jo McGarry
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Wednesday - February 02, 2005
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If it seems that a host of food festivals are happening all at once, then blame the moon. This year, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day all come within days of each other. Because Chinese New Year is based on exact astronomical observations of the longitude of the sun and phases of the moon, the dates vary widely from year to year. Easter dates also vary by as much as a few weeks, meaning that Mardi Gras (the beginning of Lent) can start as early as Feb. 8 and as late as mid-March.

Still, it’s a fun week if you enjoy different types of food. Mardi Gras celebrations will be taking place Fat Tuesday on Nuuanu Avenue, and at Dixie Grill and Murphy’s over the next few weeks.

Both restaurants are showcasing Cajun-influenced menus, and if you enjoy the particular heat and spices associated with New Orleans’ inspired dishes, then you’ll love what’s offered.

I had a chance to sample many of the dishes at both restaurants in recent weeks and have only good things to report.

Cajun specials at Murphy’s include some excellent crawfish etouffee, cornmeal-crusted catfish with Creole sauce, sautéed alligator, and a well-seasoned seafood gumbo with andouille sausage.

They’ll also be serving alligator sausage and a fabulous shrimp and crawfish sausage that I was able to try last year at one of our tailgate parties and can highly recommend.

At Dixie Grill, the party has already started. Menu items range from a mild muffuletta to a seriously spiced jambalaya. No wonder people are inclined to remove parts of their clothing in exchange for beads. Mardi Gras food is hot!

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