1378 Queen East, 416-703-4477; 1-800-459-9688; www.cajuncorner.ca
Still singed from last year's summer BBQ, when your friends laughed at your version of extra spicy? Get revenge this year with punch-in-the-face powders and sauces from the suitably named Cajun Corner . This small shop features culinary products like sauces, chips, biscuit mix and more, imported from Louisiana, and boasts a multitude of Mardi Gras must-haves including more than 50 types of bead strings, a wall of face masks, feather boas and even voodoo dolls. The Web site (www.cajuncorner.ca) is a great resource for anyone thinking of journeying south to the land of hard partying. It includes listings of places to stay, dine and party. And if you want to prolong your N'Awlins experience once back on native soil, owners Glenn and Karen Cosburn can produce and cater your Mardi Gras fete, complete with zydeco band.
The Cosburns' picks: Andy Roo's Cajun Blackened Seasoning, $4.95; theme beads starting at 50 cents each; feather boas and masks starting at $12.95.
Look for: A wide assortment of certified Louisiana-made break-a-sweat hot sauces and seasonings, feather masks and been-there advice on all things Louisiana from the owners, who'll be at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival this weekend at Harbourfront.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.