Other cities might be trudging through cabbage season at this point in winter, but New Orleans is eating cake.”

Or so writer Julia Moskin told readers of The New York Times in a lengthy story about New Orleans king cakes for the cover of The Times’ dining section. The full-color photo spread of all those Crescent City king cakes made our mouths water, of course, and we were proud to see a Louisiana culinary tradition getting so much attention from The Times’ international audience of readers.

The article reminded us all over again of why New Orleans is so special — and why king cakes have become such a popular treat in recent years throughout south Louisiana.

We don’t know if The Times story on king cakes will inspire other cities in America to embrace the king cake tradition. We feel confident, though, that no one will ever be able to make king cakes — or eat them — in quite the same way as we do in Louisiana.