Thursday, January 6, 2011

Scooby-Doo's Epiphany

As I was driving along one day, listening to the second George Michael song on the radio in about as many minutes, I came across this sign for a special cake we eat this time of the year.

La Galette des Rois. 

"King Cake" is traditionally served here on Epiphany, January sixth, but it's also available for many weeks surrounding the actual date. They're in all the stores and bakeries, complete with promos to collect whatever fèves (tiny porcelain figurines) have been hidden inside. In this case, galette eaters will search for likenesses of Scooby and his friends Fred, Sammy, Vera and Daphne in their slices of this almond-filled cake. (Yes, some characters' names are different in France.)

Normally, when galettes are served, the youngest person in the room climbs under the table, and the host/hostess asks him or her to announce who the first, next, last piece etc. should be served to, ensuring everyone has a fair chance at winning the fève. The lucky person who finds it becomes the recipient of a prized paper crown. Think Burger King. Ellie won a Luke Skywalker feve this past weekend. (Say it with me: Oooh. Ahhh.)

Side note: Although Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! originally ran on CBS Television, the CBS eye appears on many French billboards. There's no connection to the show. It's simply a major billboard company here, as it is elsewhere around the world.

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I just might try this!

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