|Along with music, Samin Nosrat was a constant companion|
while working from home during 2020
|Tower Records, one of my favorite haunts as a teenager|
(Photo from The Outline.com)
|Even the local supermarkets like Kroger have gotten into|
the Fat Tuesday groove of late...
Fat Tuesday (or, depending on where you are in the world, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Carnival/Carnaval) has become essentially a day of excess pleasures for the public at large. Historically, it marks the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten period for a number of religions, including Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Anglicans. Typically, for those who observe this period, Lent involves 40 days of self-reflection and -denial, moderation, and reflection on the life, sacrifice, and rising from the dead of Jesus Christ.
In that light, Fat Tuesday essentially is the last day to let out all your excesses, and observing Lent is not required to join in the festivities. On the food side of the equation, many regional specialties are typically in plentiful supply, and in terms of Columbus, some of these treats have slowly but surely gained shelf space in a number of eateries, bakeries and supermarkets in the area in the past decade.
So in that spirit, we share with you a nice dozen's worth of songs that hint at some of the food traditions found around the world on this decidedly unique tradition celebrated (and ingested) by millions of people.
|The sign outside Columbus's Ace of Cups, one of the many music|
venues/bars which has managed to eke by during the pandemic