Before you know it, it will be Carnival. My wife and daughters recently visited the King Cake Hub and I am told it was delightful. They came home with a cake from Haydel’s, and I was well pleased. “It’s like what I imagine McKenzie’s used to taste like, except not dry” is what I said. I liked McKenzie’s king cakes, for the record.
It’s a great idea: a central location you can go and buy a king cake from a bunch of different bakeries. It’s the Tsukiji fish market for king cakes. And it works, too. You can either show up in person at 636 North Broad, at the Broad Theater, for socially-distanced shopping or you can order online and then show up in person at 636 North Broad to pick up your selection.
And they have quite a selection: their website lists cakes from Hi-Do, Gambino’s, SugarLove, Bywater Bakery, a “king cake gooey” from Big Boy’s, Cannata’s, Caluda’s, Caywood/Randazzo, Gracious Bakery, NOCCA, Brennan’s, Zuppardo’s, Bittersweet Confections, Breads on Oak and GW Fin’s, which is doing a praline stuffed soft pretzel king cake.
As my wife brought home a cake from Haydel’s this afternoon, I know Haydel’s is represented as well. In addition to that one, I can recommend the king cakes from Brennan’s, as I had a chance to taste the chocolate variety a week or so ago. No one, I suspect, is surprised that they put out a good cake?
Perhaps there are more, too? It sounded like a king cake wonderland and though I am more or less ambivalent about king cakes as a genre of cake, I do like a wonderland. I hope to check it out before the season ends.
Farmers markets have, like a lot of businesses, struggled lately, but they’re still going and one of those is the Bounyful green market in Algiers Point, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month at 149 Delaronde St.
This Sunday is the first, and thus you will find produce, pastries, crafts and more on offer. Algiers Point is a beautiful neighborhood, and there are some excellent restaurants tucked away there. There’s Tavolino Pizza & Lounge, which is one of the best neighborhood restaurants, pizza or not, in town. And the pizza is good.
I’ve heard good things about Plume, a restaurant serving Indian food that opened not too long ago at 1113 Teche St. It is a source of great mystery to me that one of the most sophisticated, diverse and complex cuisines in the world isn’t more widely recognized as such.
The menu at Plume looks interesting – as I write the things that pique my interest include a couple of stuffed flatbreads (paratha) and an oyster pakora on the small plates section, and damn near all of the “large plates” offerings, but particularly the Keralan fried chicken, the butter cauliflower and the laal maas, a lamb curry that as I understand these things is pretty fiery.
They make breads in-house, including naans of various stripe and appam, which are sort of a sourdough crepe, but with coconut and rice flour and also sort of bowl shaped. And crispy. I think what I am saying is that the menu entices me, and I hope to visit soon.