Go Ahead, Crepe My Day!
Bonjour! Today is the day the French, and many Catholics, celebrate Candlemas or la Chandeleur, which is "a feast to commemorate the purification of the Virgin Mary and the presentation of baby Jesus." We'll leave the religious celebration to the observant, and move on to the eating celebration. The French call today "Jour des Crêpes," (Crepes Day), and the making and eating of the thin, savory or sweet pancake has fortuitous ritual attached to it.
It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
Don't feel like trying your hand at making crepes? Head out and get some. There are a couple of food trucks serving crepes (Crepes Bonaparte and Crepe'n Around) and several restaurants where you can order up a plate of them, filled with gooey cheese or rich Nutella, like at the Original Farmers' Market, Solar de Cahuenga, Jack n' Jill's Too, or Crepe Studio.
Where do you go when you've got a craving for Crepes?