Beignets at Cafe du Monde

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Eating some beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans’ French Market district is one of those things you really just have to do when in this town.

It’s not too much of a chore.  Who could say no to delicious little sugary fried treats that only cost a few dollars?  I certainly couldn’t.

During the day, the cafe is a bustle of tourists and it can be hard to get a table, but in the evening it has calmed down a bit and is much more pleasant.  Plus, there’s more buskers out at night and they often stop to sing at the cafe.  It is open 24 hours, so you can always come back any time.

Beignets are really a simple affair.  Fluffy doughnut squares, fresh fried, covered with a ton of icing sugar.  But there is something delightful about their simplicity.  Piping hot, they are delicious.  Cafe du Monde actually doesn’t sell anything else… the tables and floors and pavement are covered with icing sugar because of that.

A few tips for eating beignets.

1) Don’t do it in a low cut top or you will suffer the uncomfortable feeling of icing sugar between your boobs.

2) Don’t do it in a black top, because it will become dusted white by the sugar.

3) Don’t sneeze while eating a beignet.  You will cause a scene.

4) Be careful if reading a book or using a Kindle in the vicinity of a beignet.  Everything gets sugar on it.

Other than that, just enjoy!  This tips may or may not have stemmed from personal experience…

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