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Mardi Gras Day Breakfast at Ibis Trail!

We had a blast at our Mardi Gras Breakfast! Thank you to everyone who came – we hope you enjoyed. 

From Mardi Gras Parades and Musicals to Brewery and Cemetery Tours, Here are Things To Do in the Northshore: February / March

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Mardi Gras Recipes You Need Now!

Source: Taste of Home

Get a taste of the Big Easy with recipes inspired by the Mardi Gras celebration. Whether its king cake, muffuletta or beignets, these classic New Orleans dishes will be so good you’ll be making them long after Fat Tuesday is over. We picked out some of our top 15 favorites below, to view more, click here.

Mardi Gras is Fast Approaching! Here’s where to celebrate in the Northshore.

Carnival Season is in Full Swing as Mardi Gras is fast approaching. Come visit Ibis Trail first for your personal tour with season specials then catch these local parades on the Northshore!

February 9: 

Mandeville Krewe of Orpheus at 7 p.m.

February 10:

Krewe of Bush at 10 a.m.

Krewe of MCCA at 1 p.m.

February 13:

Krewe of Lyra at 10 a.m.

Krewe of Lions at 10 a.m.

Krewe of Chahta-Ima at 1 p.m.

Village of Folsom Parade at 2 p.m.

For more information on the routes, visit

9 Chocolatey Valentine’s Day Cookies

Source: Food & Wine

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand. As Food & Wine puts it, Valentine’s Day calls for aphrodisiac foods—especially chocolate. Here’s how to set the mood with these nine über-rich chocolate cookie recipes.

1. Chewy Double-Chocolate Cookies
Chocoholics will go crazy for these easy, chewy double-chocolate cookies.

2. Candy Cookies
These cookie-bonbon hybrids have candy in their centers.

3. Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Milk chocolate chunks add a lighter note to the dense, dark chocolate dough in these cookies.

4. Frosted Brownie Cookies
These fudgy, chocolatey and huge cookies are for those who like decadent, over-the-top desserts.

5. Chocolate-Caramel Sandwich Cookies
This Oreo upgrade replaces the creamy center with gooey caramel.

6. Cherry-Nut Mudslides
These deeply rich, moist cookies are speckled with hazelnuts, pistachios and dried cherries.

7. Peanut Butter Cookie Moon Pies
This take on the classic uses gluten-free peanut butter cookies that are sandwiched with marshmallow cream and dipped in melted chocolate.

8. Dark Chocolate-Cherry Shortbreads
The secret ingredient in these addictive shortbread cookies: grated lime zest.

9. Chocolate-Espresso Snowballs
Cocoa, coffee and pecans are rolled together to make these semisweet, sugar-dusted nuggets.

15 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Easy and Tasty!

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to practice healthier eating habits but you just don’t know where to start? Don’t worry — we found 15 healthy recipes that are easy, tasty and will get you set on the right path. Enjoy!


  1. Nut Butter, Banana, and Chia See Toast: A superfood twist on classic PB and toast with half of a banana and a sprinkle of chia.
  2. Savory Oatmeal with an Egg: A new take on oatmeal topped with an over-easy or poached egg and cheese.
  3. Tomato Toast with Macadamia Ricotta: A healthier take on a classic breakfast sandwich.
  4. Egg Breakfast Muffins: Muffins without all the sugar!
  5. PB&J Waffle Sandwich: Perfect for those on the go.



  1. Apple Curry Turkey Pita: Simple, quick and flavorful. Perfect for those on the go.
  2. Cranberry and Cilantro Quinoa Salad: Quinoa tossed with toasted almonds dried cranberries, bell peppers, curry powder and more.
  3. BLATs Sandwiches: Creamy avocado spread flavored with garlic and basil, and add sprouts.
  4. Spicy Ramen Cup of Noodles: Make your own cup of instant soup at home or pack several jars at once to take to work for easy lunches throughout the week.
  5. Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl: Quinoa and chickpeas pack this vegetarian grain bowl with plenty of plant-based protein.



  1. Maple Salmon: Easy baked salmon, thanks to a simple marinade starring maple syrup and soy sauce.
  2. Black Bean Veggie Burger: Quick and easy black bean burgers spiced up with chili sauce, cumin, garlic and chili.
  3. Baked Honey Mustard Chicken: Tangy-sweet baked chicken seasoned simply and cooked quick from start to finish.
  4. Lentil Soup: Lentils coupled with vegetables making it family-friendly.
  5. Chicken Tortilla Soup: Delicious zesty soup that only uses 6-canned ingredients.


For more healthy recipes, visit AllRecipes, EatingWell or Greatist.

All-Star New Year’s Recipes

Find out how to keep the party going into the new year with easy recipes and cheery cocktails on Food Network. We hand-picked some of our favorites. To view the full list click here.

  • Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
    A new twist on a shrimp cocktail dish that’ll keep your guests satisfied all night long.
  • Gorgonzola Spinach Artichoke Dip
    A twist on classic spinach artichoke dip that’ll be a winner at the holiday party. Serve with sesame bread sticks, celery hearts and pita crisps for dipping.
  • Champagne Jelly Flutes
    A fun, bubbly drink that’s both dramatic and festive making it a perfect treat for the new year.
  • Fried Olives
    Give the evening a Spanish flair with a selection of tapas, including fried olives, Manchego cheese and Serrano ham.
  • Prosciutto Bread
    An easy-to-serve appetizer with store-bought French bread dough and slices of prosciutto rolled into a log.
  • Bellini Bar
    The perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Day. Not only is it self-serve, but the fruit purees can each be made a day ahead so there is minimal morning prep.
  • Bourbon-Pear Star Pie
    A boozy New Year’s Eve pie that combines both caramel and vanilla flavors in bourbon making it great complement to sweet Bosc pears.

Ibis Trail Holiday Hours 2017

Recipes for the Holidays 2017

Source: Food&Wine

Gifts under the tree aren’t the only things we’re looking forward to on Christmas morning. From glazed cinnamon rolls to a cheesy bacon and onion quiche, here are fantastic Christmas brunch recipes to warm up your holiday.

Christmas-Morning Casserole:
Chef Bryan Voltaggio loves this make-ahead dish: a classic baked bread-and-egg casserole with bites of pepperoni, mushrooms and gooey cheese. It’s as good for dinner as it is for breakfast. For the full recipe click here.

Kentucky Hot Brown:
Star chef Bobby Flay smothers an open-face turkey sandwich with cheese sauce and bacon for his version of the over-the-top Louisville classic. For the full recipe click here.

Open-Face Egg and Griddled Ham Breakfast Sandwiches:
F&W’s Justin Chapple poaches a dozen eggs at once in a muffin pan in the oven, making his cute and tasty breakfast sliders extraordinarily easy to prepare for entertaining. For the full recipe click here.

Coconut Pancakes:
For brunch chef Adam Schop sprinkles shredded coconut onto his pancake batter; when the pancakes cook on the griddle, the coconut gets nicely toasted. The finished pancakes get a layer of extra coconut before serving. For the full recipe click here.

Sausage-and-Maple Bread Pudding:
This fantastic breakfast bread pudding is a fun, all-in-one take on French toast with maple syrup and sausage. Melted ice cream enriches the “custard” base. For the full recipe click here.

Country Ham Flapjacks with Maple Syrup:
Using store-bought corn muffin mix and leftover chopped ham to make these savory flapjacks is a quick and clever trick. For the full recipe click here.

Cornmeal-and-Ricotta Waffles:
When Michael Mina was a boy, his parents used to take him to the now-defunct Four Seasons hotel in Seattle for Christmas brunch, where he always ordered waffles. “They were dynamite,” he recalls. This recipe is as close to the one of his childhood as he could get it. Cornmeal makes the waffles crispy; ricotta keeps them moist. For the full recipe click here.

Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with Pecan Swirls:
Baking these cinnamon rolls in big batches makes the effort worth it—they take time but are so satisfying. For the full recipe click here.

Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Quiche:
“To make a proper tarte flambé, you need a wood-burning oven with a stone floor,” explains Jean-Georges Vongerichten of the thin-crusted Alsatian pizza topped with bacon, onions and fromage blanc. Here, he folds those same basic ingredients (replacing the fromage blanc with cheddar) into a light custard and bakes it in a buttery pastry crust. “Not everyone has a pizza oven at home, so I decided to make it in the form of a quiche.” For the full recipe click here.

Blueberry-Banana Pancakes:
Tyler Florence made these pancakes at home one weekend morning with his son Hayden. They’re a slight variation on a recipe from his book, Tyler Florence Family Meal. For the full recipe click here.

For more recipes, visit Food&Wine.

Merry Grinchmas 2017

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