Instead of our typical trip to Vegas to celebrate our delayed Anniversary, Mother Dear gave us the chance to explore a long dreamed of locale, NOLA. We had an almost perfect trip and New Orleans is all itís purported to be. All of the downsides to any large city exist, but are clearly outmatched by the upsides. And then there is the food, my GOD, the food. We ate ourselves stupid, and regretted it a couple of times immediately afterward. But looking back, I wouldnít have skipped anything.

It was our first trip, so it was a touristy trip. We tried the things you see on tv over and over instead of trying to find hidden gems. Especially shocking was how good SO MANY of the classics turned out to be. Only twice was I disappointed, and by disappointed I mean the place was only good. Much more often I was surprised by how much better the place was than expected, a rare treat repeated and repeated in the Crescent City. If you are from our neck of the wood, or anywhere else than NOLA, it is a completely different world, and one worth experiencing for multitudinous reasons. Vegas is a different world but it is a calculated and manufactured experience, New Orleans has evolved in a storied and historic manner into what it is, you can feel it everywhere you go. Nothing like it.      True Dat.
 

 
 


Cafe Du' Monde
 New Orleans, Louisiana        Date of Visit  12/14/15         
  http://www.cafedumonde.com

Putain de merde! Donít look that up, itís bad words in French. Does that make it worse? Anyways, how often is a place everything you would hope it to be. Our first trip to the Cafť Du Monde for breakfast and coffee was so good we went back again on the same day and got up long before the sun to enjoy it one more time before driving to the airport. I canít think of many foods that would get me moving that early.
 



 


 
 


This Is What It's All About
 

Open 24 hours, the cafť has open seating and a little enclosed space. According to mother dear, if you are in need of a restroom, you might wanna stop somewhere else. The service is quick and friendly. Almost all of the servers were young Vietnamese? (fingers crossed) ladies which made me wonder if that has been the case for some time or is an artifact of all the migrations caused by Katrina. Either way, it wasnít long til we had a lot of powdered sugar on our table.

What is there to say? Irregularly square and puffy beignets (doughnuts) are heaped with powdered sugar and served with coffee. Thatís it. If you havenít had it, I can't describe it exactly, but what the hell. The dough has a unique texture and flavor. The outside had a thick crispy chew and the inside is almost a steaming hot custard. The traditional cup is a cafť au lait, coffee with hot milk but mother dear and I both preferred the straight black and bitter chicory coffee. The lightly woody bitterness made a perfect counterpoint to the peaks of sugar. Tradition and expectations exceeded. I will long for them.
 

 
 
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Say Hello, To My Little Friend...A Little Cocaine Joke...But Come On!
 
 
 


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Cafe Au Lait Is The Tradition

 


But I Preferred Them With The Black Chicory Coffee
 
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