Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mardi Gras in Malaysia

For all of you who are Christians, you may know that today is Ash Wednesday, which means yesterday was Fat Tuesday and time for Mardi Gras, or as some call it, Carnival. Mardi Gras signals the beginning of Lent for Christians and its celebration goes back centuries. The most famous of the Mardi Gras celebrations are held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Venice, Italy and my favorite city, New Orleans, Louisiana. I have never heard of a Mardi Gras celebration in Asia, except for the one held in Sidney, which as I understand is a big event. Last week when I was visiting one of my favorite restaurants, "TGI Friday's" , my friends and I were invited to their Mardi Gras celebration. Naturally I had to attend.

"TGI Friday's" was one of my favorite haunts when I lived in Boston. Whenever a bunch of us from work wanted to celebrate we quite often ended up there. It had great food, drinks and a very good and sociable staff. When I first visited Penang, about 4 years ago I took my friend to the one in Queensbay Mall for his birthday. He had never been before and he had a great time. When I moved here I moved quite a long way away from Queensbay, so I didn't visit too much. Thankfully "TGI Friday's" opened a second restaurant at the new Paragon Mall on Gurney Drive, which was closer to home. When I visited last week I was happy to see many of the staff from Queensbay working there. "TGI Friday's" has the best buffalo wings, potato skins and nachos in Penang and the drinks are fantastic.

So on Tuesday night myself and 3 friends went to celebrate Mardi Gras at "TGI Friday's". Unfortunately, most Malaysians haven't got a clue as to what Mardi Gras is and very few showed up to celebrate. The staff as usual was great. They all wore masks and other decorative adornments and put on a great show of mixology. The drinks, besides being fantastic as usual, were also 50% off.  The food also was great as usual. I've been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and it was fantastic experience. If anyone loves a good party I recommend visiting New Orleans for the big party. Even though there was not a big crowd at our celebration we all had a wonderful time. The staff outdid themselves and were responsible for giving us this great time.  I would like to thank everyone for their efforts and friendship. Below I have posted a few photos I took. I apologize for the quality, as they were taken by my iPhone and I had had a few drinks. You can tell these Mardi Gras photos are truly Malaysian by the characteristic Asian 2 handed peace sign. All in all a great time was had by everyone.

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