Well that scenario is exactly how my Wednesday evening played out...and $5 and some United miles later, and I had myself a ticket to New Orleans for the weekend!
Now, anyone who knows me will say, "But you don't eat meat or really drink that much... what are you going to do in New Orleans?" Well, my friends, the answer to that is, "Eat my weight in beignets. Every. Day." The likelihood of me developing diabetes this past weekend was pretty high, but alas, I survived.
Our trip started with a visit to the famous Cafe Du Monde. It is a bumping coffee stand filled with locals and tourists alike being served up beignets and coffee and chicory by these Vietnamese beignet angels in a cloud of powdered sugar.
Here, the 4 of us consumed 8 orders of beignets. Now for some math: 1 order contains 3 beignets... multiplied by 8... divided by 4... comes to 6 beignets per person. The waitress looked at us in horror when we ordered our second round. They are that good. Beignets are basically fried dough. They are a completely soft, a little chewy, warm, covered in powdered sugar heaven in your mouth. I am in love.
|Scenes around Jackson Square, New Orleans|
|Bourbon Street by day and night.|
Cafe Beignet. They were also delicious, and they were enjoyed while sitting outside surrounded by tropical plants listening to jazz music.
So there you have it, my trip to New Orleans in a nutshell. May it not be the last :-)!
Two things can be expected here this week: vegetarian versions of southern food... and vegetable dishes to counteract both my weekend and my continued obsession with southern food.