Hilton New Orleans Riverside, and Paul’s Pastry Shop King Cake

We stayed at the Hilton Riverside for the first time this week. Usually I like to stay somewhere in the Quarter, but for various reasons this was a good choice for this particular stay (plus we got upgraded including the cost of breakfast downstairs, which was pretty good). Everything here was fine, except the parking deck (they aren’t offering valet service right now) is downright dark and scary.

Hilton Riverside, New Orleans LA

On the way, we stopped in Picayune (MS) to go to Paul’s Pastry Shop (they make *the* best king cakes – I think they’re better than Randazzo’s, Gambino’s, or Tastee making the McKenzie-recipe cake, even!). Paul’s was actually out of cakes, but we stopped at one of the other shops that sells them and bought the very last one – a pecan praline-filled one. Yum!

This is what close-up shots were made for:

King Cake from Paul's Pastry

Now what I **really** want to do this year is make a galette des rois cake – it’s the traditional king cake from France that’s just soooo beautiful. If it works out, I’ll post the pics and recipe in an upcoming post!

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