Dreaming of Beignets at the Cafe Du Monde – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Hot. Powder sugary. Doughy. Fried. Goodness.  

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New Orleans is only about a three hour drive from us.  When I get to about Biloxi, which is an hour and a half from NOLA, I start to count the number of times I think I will be able to convince my husband to go to Cafe Du Monde in our 24 hour trip.  Four or five times?  That might be excessive.  Definitely twice-once as soon as we get there and then another for breakfast the next day.  If we are spending more than just a few morning hours before we head home, I might even be able to make a third trip right before we go.  My husband is not a big sweet person…okay he is a big sweet person, he just doesn’t like sweets.  He would prefer a bag of chips or a box of crackers over sweet candy anyday.  Me on the other hand?  New Orleans just smells sweet (once you move away from Bourbon St!).  Divinity, pralines, beignets…all those tasty treats that I associate with the south that I wouldn’t touch in any other city but indulge myself with when I head to the Big Easy. 

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After attending many a beignet feasting session at Cafe Du Monde, here are some things we have learned:

1.  Don’t come back later.  The crowds will not thin out, the line for a table does not get much shorter.  If you are there, get in line.

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2.  If you don’t need the experience of enjoying your beignets at a table in the cafe, head to the take out window.  If you are lucky, a waiter will find you.  If he/she asks you if they can get your order for you, let them.  It will be quick and well worth the tip you should hand them!

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3.  Wear black.  I am just kidding.  Don’t wear black.  Don’t wear black especially if you are going to sit at one of the Cafe Du Monde tables.  You will walk out of there with a powder sugared booty.

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    I would love to visit New Orleans soon. The beignet will definitely be on my list!

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    I love beignets, but I haven’t properly had them in New Orleans. Hoping to make my visit there in the next couple of years. These are good tips, does it get less busy in the off-seasons?

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    You and I should travel together – we could do pastries and ice cream, pastries and ice cream.

    My favorite part of this post is that you actually calculate how many times you’re going to convince your husband to go – I totally do that same thing. Luckily for me, when it comes to the maple soft serve, everyone in my family is on the same page!

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    Amy-If you make it to New Orleans, let me know. Maybe we can have a meetup! I go to New Orleans as often as I can!
    Carolina-I have had beignets other places, but nothing can touch New Orleans. As for Cafe Du Monde being less busy, the only time I can remember walking right in to get a table was in February and even then, it was super crowded but at least it wasn’t standing room only!
    Mara-We definitely would be stopping at every ice cream and pastry shop along the way if we traveled together. I love trying new treats! As a matter of fact, on our road trip next week we will be touring a pasty and jam factory!

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    OK. I really need to get to bed, and I really love this post. I met a slightly crazy woman from New Orleans on an airplane, and she had so much fun describing Beingets and other delicious New Orleans treats. Thinking of making the journey some day. I especially loved your tips…too funny.


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