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Malasada Tuesday — get ’em early

If you didn’t place a preorder for malasadas for pickup on Tuesday, you’re just going to have to chance the walk-in traffic.

“We have some preorders already,” said Jea Kyla Sheyne Laganina of Kaua‘i Bakery and Coffee. “If you want malasadas on Tuesday, you’re going to have to wait in line starting at 6 a.m. when we open.”

Laganina and Rosemarie Cadiente are anticipating brisk activity on what is known locally as Malasada Tuesday, or Malasada Day.

Malasada fans, with the tradition of bringing some to the office and friends, need to patronize malasada bakeries early to ensure getting some of the sugar-coated morsels that are based on a Portuguese dessert that landed in Hawai‘i when the Portuguese arrived in the islands to work on plantations.

“Malasada Day, which dates back to the days of the sugar plantations of the 1800s, always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also known as Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday,” said Leonard’s Bakery on O‘ahu that was one of the original bakeries advertising the food observance day starting in the 1950s. “It refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods and desserts before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.”

Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is celebrated in 2023 on Feb. 21.
Source: The Garden Island

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