Cafe du Monde, New Orleans

Cafe du Monde is one of the oldest landmarks and an essential stop-over for any visitor to New Orleans. Famous for its chicory-laced café au lait and the addictive, sugar-dusted beignets, a trip to New Orleans wouldn´t be completed without a visit to this beloved institution.

With every sip of coffee you take you will be savouring a bit of New Orleans history. In the early 1800, Rose Nicaud a former slave who managed to purchase her freedom, started the tradition of public coffee houses in New Orleans such as Café du Monde and the Morning Call.

She saw the opportunity to sell her fresh hot coffee to vendors, workers and shoppers in the French Market. Then, she set up a permanet stand and became an immediate success. One local customer said once that her coffee was like the benediction that follows after prayer. Inspired by her, dozens of other women started selling their own coffee blends from small portable stands.

So, as you can see, coffee played an important roll in New Orlean´s history. Café du Monde was originally established in 1862 and hasn´t significantly changed  since then. That is exactly what makes it so special. For a moment, while you enjoy your café au lait, you will have the feeling of going back in time.

I remember revelling in the sounds of jazz while having my endlessly powdered beignets. The waiters in white aprons and hats served these delicious pastries in orders of three.

They were crispy on the outside, pillowy-soft on the inside and lavishly covered with powdered sugar.

Suddlenly time seemed to stop…There we were in the fascinating city of New Orleans, enjoying every single bite of those square French -style doughnuts and getting powdered sugar all over ourselves.

 

Why don´t you make your own New Orleans beignet?

The good news is that you can enjoy these  dangerously delicious Café du Monde beignets at home. Café Du Monde Beignet Mix is available in many stores or it can be ordered online. The 28 oz. box costs around $3.36 and makes up to 4 dozen mouth- watering beignets. Indulge yourself with these delicious French doughnuts as if you were in the captivating city of New Orleans. You can serve them for breakfast or have them for a special brunch with your friends and loved-ones.

 

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