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Powdered Cafe Du Monde Flashbacks

While I'm often a traveler, I have to admit, I'd rather live like a local. In New Orleans, tourists show up early in the morning, to cue up for beignets at cafe du monde.

No. Don't do that. Have an authentic experience.

Around eleven at night, when the fog rolls off the Mississippi, against the backdrop of the historic streetlamps, and the clip clop of horse drawn Quarter carriages, this is when one should venture to Cafe du Monde. Lines? No. There will be tourists, but a generous mix of locals too, ordering up beignets after a jazz set at Snug Harbor.

What should you order? Iced cafe au lait (so yum) and beignets, filled with the chalky white, sweet powder. I always wear black too, just to have evidence of my messy desert excursion. Life is always about remembering the sweet things the next day.

Cafe Du Monde, French Market, 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans- 24 hours a day