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SoCal: Where to Go and What To Do For Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras, arguably one of the biggest celebrations of the year, is Tuesday night! What are all my little bees going to do with themselves? This little SoCal pinup has a few suggestions if you are going to be in the Southern California area. Beads optional of course ;-)

See what we have in store for you after the jump!

The Commons Bar San Diego Gaslamp
The Commons Bar: Gaslamp San Diego, CA

For Fat Tuesday this year, The Commons Bar will be tapping into the Southern hospitality spirit, dishing up food and drink specials all day on Tuesday, March 4. Drink specials include $6 Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, made the traditional way, $4 Dos XX and Wild Turkey shots. The Commons has created two specials that will put guests in the Mardi Gras mood, including a Buffalo Shrimp Po’ Boy ($12) with mayo, shredded lettuce and tomatoes on a buttered hoagie roll, and classic Boeuf Gras Mac & Cheese ($12) with smoked gouda, andouille sausage and blackened chicken.

Herringbone La Jolla Shrimp Grits Mardi Gras

Shrimp and Grits at the Herringbone

Herringbone | La Jolla & Los Angeles, CA

Located in the famed, coastal community of La Jolla and now open inside of Mondrian Los Angeles on the iconic Sunset Strip, Herringbone serves up a menu of “fish meats field” cuisine offering an ocean-to-table menu with innovative Cajun-inspired dishes like “Shrimp n’ White Grits” made with bacon lardon and oyster mushrooms for $13. Drawing inspiration from the creole coveted culinary delight, Brian Malarkey’s version of “Shrimp n’ White Grits” is his playful twist on the classic spicy southern entrée.


Harrahs Rincon San Diego Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras at Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort | Valley Center, CA: 
Embrace the spirit of Mardi Gras at Harrah’s Rincon with cajun food, live music and traditional New Orleans style “Hurricanes” made with Barcardi Oakheart Rum, Creme de Noyeaux, triple sec, sweet & sour and pineapple juice. Guests can celebrate the best of the bayou with a buffet serving up classic cajun cuisine, such as: seafood gumbo, etouffé, cajun fish, smoked prime rib, hush puppies and bread pudding. And it’s not Mardi Gras without live music! A roaming Zydeco Band playing festive New Orleans jazz from 4-7 p.m. Laissez le bon temps roulez! 

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South Coast Winery Resort & Spa | Temecula, CA
Guests of South Coast Winery Resort & Spa are invited to the resort for “Show Us Your Beads” to receive a very special discount off Wine Tasting Privileges all day long.  Starts: 03/04/2014 – 10:00am Ends: 03/04/2014 – 6:00pm. You can attend the South Coast Winery’s newest addition, the Vintner’s Vault Tasting Room, for specialty sips and off-the-charts samples of some of South Coast Winery’s finest award winning wines. Better still, bring in three (3) Mardi Gras beaded necklaces that you’ve collected throughout the years and you’ll receive a $5 discount off a regular price tasting ticket! For more information, visit

Whatever you decide to do, please be safe, and have a designated driver.  I want to have you all back here again in time for Lent.  ;-)

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  1. That shrimp looks great, defo could go for some of that.

  2. I really wish I liked shrimp. I just can’t do it.

  3. Wow, lots of fun options. The food looks amazing.

  4. Goodness me – that’s a whole lot of fun!