We are gearing up for Mauritius Independence Day on March 12th. There are flags everywhere, kiddos are practising ‘Glory to Thee’ – the national anthem. Since it is on Sunday, the schools around the island will be celebrating it tomorrow. All have a flag raising ceremony, with guests of honour. The children will be singing and they will be listening to the Prime Minister’s speech. Schools will also finish at 11 tomorrow.
Mauritius gained Independence 49 years ago, on March 12th 1968. It adopted a new constitution and became a constitutional monarchy, with a Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan (learn that name for when you land in the airport!), and Queen Elisabeth II as head of state. It wasn’t till 1992 that Mauritius became a Republic, with a President but with all political power vested to the Prime Minister. You can read more about the history of the Republic of Mauritius, here!
Kiddo 1 has ballet at school on Thursdays, so Kiddo 2 and me are hanging out – a little special hour for him and me. And today he wanted cake and mammy wanted to check out a new shop: comes handy when the shop sells cake.
Moka, a small town located in the middle of the island, is the closest to the kids’ school. There is a small business park with a couple of restaurants, pharmacy, other small shops and a kitchen/delicatessen shop called La Maison du Gourmet.
They sell teas and coffees, pasta and sauces, cheese and prosciutto; kitchen knifes and kitchenaids. And they have cakes, good cakes – chocolate muffins, apple tarts, biscuits, cute cupcakes with frosting, quiches and …
… Independence cupcakes!
Kiddo 2 had his in the car on the way to pick up his sister, Kiddo 1 kept her for the ceremony at school tomorrow. Kiddo 2 loved his, licking the sugar and vanilla icing off and then eating the cake, without even sharing with his mother. I did taste the doughnut and the chocolate muffin and they were very good; not too sweet nor too rich.
Price wise… the cakes are on the more expensive side: 30rs for a cupcake, 60rs for a donought or the muffin, but to be honest they are totally worth it.