Sunday, February 19, 2012

Try Banofee and take a Lenten walk

I’ve always enjoyed the food and surroundings at Beau Reve, and my recent fish poboy was no exception. I did try something I’d never experienced: Banoffee. I used one of those wonder phones to Google the dessert, which is English and involves bananas and toffee. Beau Reve’s version is lightly-grilled pound cake with vanilla mousse, freshly-made toffee and fresh bananas. The lunch came with an adorable small glass bowl of the creamy stuff and a tiny silver spoon. It hit the spot.

While Mardi Gras chickens were getting tossed along Lakeshore Drive, I partied with Seahawks. Scott Street, the health, fitness and sport director of Athletics at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, set out an unusual version of King Cake on the table at White Haven. It looked much like an iced version of the pizzas next to it. College students love pizza parties, but the adults associated with this college were enjoying pizza during Courir du Mardi Gras. What makes a party better? Having a parade pass by the front windows. That historic home is so beautiful and elegant. I wonder when inhabitants first enjoyed boxed pizza on the marble table.

Five miles for Lent

Mardi Gras has actually helped me learn about my faith. I’m happy to put away the party to reflect on Lent. Marilyn Morrell, who I met through her work promoting Latin Mass, and Ben Broussard are working on a Lenten Pilgrimage. It will be a 5-mile walk with stops at Port Arthur’s two Mary shrines. The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and proceed to Queen of Peace Shrine and Gardens to begin the walk. The day will include spiritual talks, reciting of the rosary, Way of the Cross, singing, Latin Mass, benediction and more.

Marilyn Morrell, an organizer, said there’s no need to head to France or Italy for a pilgrimage when Port Arthur offers so many reflective stops. Port Arthur Police will provide parade escort for the walk said Morrell, who asks that participants bring a rosary and wear comfortable walking shoes and modest clothing. No shorts, please, she added. Bread, water and a shuttle from the Our Lady of Guadalupe parking lot to the Queen of Peace Shrine will be provided. The day’s events will take walkers back to the Our Lady shrine and wrap up around 2 p.m. The schedule is:

· 8:30 a.m. – Meet at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, 3648 Staff Sgt. Lucian Adams Drive, includes a chapel and prayer wall. Walkers will take a shuttle to Queen of Peace.

· 9 a.m. – Walk to begin at Queen of Peace Shrine and Gardens on Ninth Avenue. Arthur.

· 9:30 a.m. – Way of the Cross, St. James Catholic Church

· 10 a.m. – Christus St. Mary Hospital

· 10:30 a.m.- Calvary Catholic Cemetery

· 11 a.m. – St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

· Noon – Arrive at Our Lady of Guadalupe; confessions

· 12:30 p.m. – Latin Mass and benediction

For more info contact Ben Broussard at (337) 527-7463, email, or Marilyn Morell at (409) 724-1456.

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