After the longest break in its 153-year history, Cafe Du Monde will once again fill New Orleans' Jackson Square with the luscious smell of beignets and rich, chicory-laced coffee at 6 a.m. this Wednesday. All is well with the world again - as long as you don't wear black while enjoying. (Believe me, you never get it off without putting it in the washing machine. Trying to dust it off only makes it more obvious.)
Cafe Du Monde normally stays open 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas. But it sold its last order of hot beignets at midnight on August 27 at its landmark Decatur Street location.
My favorite Cafe Du Monde memory: There's a trumpet player that always sits on the corner that plays so badly that people pay him to stop playing so they can enjoy their coffee and beignets. Only in New Orleans! ;)
[ via Becky Cochrane ]