Café Du Monde

The Café Du Monde is a famous New Orleans café made even more famous in “The Wino and I Know” (from the album “Living and Dying in 3/4 Time”):

Well the coffee is strong
At the Café Du Monde,
And the donuts are too hot to touch.
But just like a fool,
When those sweet goodies cool,
I ate ’til I ate way too much.

The coffee is not only strong at the Café Du Monde, it is also a special mix that includes chicory. It is best served Café Au Lait style (50% coffee, 50% hot milk).

The donuts of which Jimmy sings are not really donuts, but actually beignets (pronounced “ben-yay”), a popular powdered sugar covered diamond-shaped somewhat puffy pastry that is a tradition in the French Quarter of New Orleans. If you make it to Café Du Monde, forget about your diet and order a plate of beignets with your Café Au Lait. Just remember not to inhale when you take a bite of a beignet, or else you’ll choke on the powdered sugar that’s just piled on top.

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