Hot. Powder sugary. Doughy. Fried. Goodness.
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.
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.
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!
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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