In France, my home country, forget about healthy resolutions at the beginning of the year because until the end of Mardi Gras, we like to indulge on many delicacies based on ancient religious traditions.
The first one is “La Gallette des Rois”, a puff pastry dessert filled with ground almonds. It is a playful culinary tradition that celebrates the Epiphany, the day of the arrival of the Three Wise kings to visit the newborn baby Jesus. "Tirer les Rois" or "Drawing the Kings" consists in inviting friends and family to eat this delcious cake, in which is hidden a “fève” or tiny porcelain figurine. The custom is for the youngest of the party to hide under the table and designate to whom each slice of cake goes. The lucky person who gets the “fève” becomes the king, or the queen, of the celebration and wears a crown made of golden paper.
You can celebrate the New Year with this cake for the whole month of January. My favorite “Galette des Rois” in NYC is at Ceci-Cela in Soho. I just read about Pistache's Galette on Edible. I might try it as they are located at Industry City, a few few blocks away from me.
“Les Bugnes” are another culinary symbol of Mardi Gras, or Carnival as well as “Les Crepes.” But we'll keep the story of these delicacies for another day.
May you be King or Queen this new year of 2015! Enjoy your Galette!