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Happy Mardi Gras

Discussion in 'Civ2 - General Discussions' started by BIG_EASY, Feb 22, 2004.

  1. BIG_EASY

    BIG_EASY Chieftain

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    Just wishing all Happy Mardi Gras, we love to pass a good time, as we say here. :king:


    Let The Good Times Roll..........[party]
     
  2. funxus

    funxus Orange Cycloptic Blob

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    You obviously celebrate it, so Happy Mardi Gras to you. I don't know much about it except that there's a lot of alcohol included...
     
  3. la fayette

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    In France it is a lot of pancakes included, but the tradition has perhaps been modified in Louisiana.
     
  4. BIG_EASY

    BIG_EASY Chieftain

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    We eat the pancakes on Ash Wednesday.. after all the Boozeis gone. :band:
     
  5. funxus

    funxus Orange Cycloptic Blob

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    I thought it was an american tradition, and that's what I've heard about the american Mardi Gras at least.

    Pancakes are good though, but there are a few different kinds...
     
  6. rponton

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    in america, it's just a last blast before lent. New orleans, as the home of american Mardi gras has truly embraced the last blast portion of it. As an ex-LA boy, it's sometrhing I really miss up here in this cold German town of Cincinnati. But we do have a hell of a Octoberfest...
     
  7. la fayette

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    "Mardi gras" means " fat Tuesday" in French. That Tuesday is the one just before Ash Wednesday and the tradition is very old (early Middle Ages, probably before 1000AD).
    It was obviously brought to Louisiana when Louisiana was French (which means before 1803, when Louisiana was sold to the Americans by Napoléon for 15 million dollars).
     
  8. funxus

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    I didn't make the connection Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday before.:wallbash:

    We celebrate it here too then, but we neither drink nor eat pancakes. We eat creamy buns with almond paste, called Semla. Don't know if it can be found outside Scandinavia, or even Sweden?
     
  9. BIG_EASY

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    Yes, we just finnished up our Bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase, great deal and cheap. ;)

    We doubled the size oa the USA on that one .Glad Napolen was in need of some cash. :goodjob:
     
  10. SideshowBob

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    You find it at least in Finland... But we call them "fastlagsbulle" because the word semla means an ol' regular roll of bread in Fenno-Swedish (Swe. fralla). Semla in Fenno-Swedish has been concerved through the Finnish word "sämpylä" which means roll.

    My girlfriend whose Swedish usually complain that it's really hard to find a "Swedish Semla" in Finland because most Finns it the buns with strawberry or raspberry jelly instead of the almond paste. Furthermore Finns don't eat it with warm milk, which actually is quite tasty though it looks gross;)

    But I've come to the conclusion that Finns don't eat almond paste because for one it's really expensive in Finland compared to Sweden and for another it tastes like sh*t compared to Swedish almond paste.

    I just have to include a little urban tale here. There was a Fenno-Swedish or Finnish (some of them speak Swedish:)) man who was on his way to Sweden for a conference. When he got to his hotel it was late and the waiter asked if he wanted something to eat. He said thanks, I'll think I'll only have a "semla" and a beer. The waiter looked at him as if he was mad, but went to get a semla and a beer. And the it was the Finns turn to look puzzled, because indeed he got a semla but not a Fenno-Swedish one, but a Swedish one. And you probaly can think what the combination of a bun with cream and almond paste together with a beer would taste like:D
     
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    Semla (or Fastlagsbulle) with milk is called Hetvägg (Hot wall), but I haven't tried it. I ate a Semla yesterday though, and it was the best I've eaten for a while, but I think I prefer it with coffee.:)
     
  12. rponton

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    You know, up 'till now, I've never paid much attention to other members' locations, but damn! This game is trully universal, it seems there are people on this forum from just about every part of the world (or at the very least us & europe) It's a pleasure to be a part of this truly worldwide community.
     
  13. funxus

    funxus Orange Cycloptic Blob

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    Check out OT, and you'll find even more diversity. Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Australia, China, Canada, Mexico are some from the top of my head.

    This thread probably should belong in OT btw...
     
  14. Duke of Marlbrough

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    There already is a thread about it in OT, so I figured I'd let this one live for awhile here. :)
     
  15. la fayette

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    :love2:

    ... very kind of you Mr MOd
     
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    Yes thanks, for letting it go , I am new to the forem and placed this in the wrong place. :D
     
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    BTW (since DoM allows it for a while :) ) selling Louisiana was one of those huge mistakes that change the world.

    (Imagin what the world would be now if Napoléon had kept and developped Louisiana instead of attacking his neighbours :crazyeye: )
     
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    Actually, selling Louisiana was a smart move by Napoleon. He really had no choice. He was not going to be able to retain it during the war, and by selling it, he got millions of dollars to invest in his navy and army.
     
  19. ElephantU

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    Of course, if he were playing Civ, he could have developed it with some nice high-trade cities on the river, then moved his capital to it and bought out those pesky American cities along the east coast...
     
  20. rponton

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    huh, then maybe my ancestors would't have had to come to the US through Newfoundland and St. Pierre...
     

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