Saturday January 4, 2020
When? Saturday December 28, 2019
Food Style? Coffee and beignets
Of course I can't come to New Orleans and miss the opportunity for beignets, these rectangular fried pieces of dough coated in powdered sugar were introduced by the French Creole colonists and are the official state doughnut of Louisiana. And where better to get some than from the eponymous Cafe Beignet on Decatur? I can't walk straight into the bar this time, I have to queue to order and pay like everyone else.
This was actually my second choice. First choice was the iconic Cafe du Monde by the French market, but the line for that was so ridiculously long for both a table and for take out that I decided to pass.
I've ordered an iced hazelnut with milk. It is not a hazelnut drink at all. It's coffee. This is a problem, because I don't like coffee. I'm going to have to chuck this out discreetly after I leave the restaurant (thankfully it's in a plastic cup). I should have gone for an iced chocolate. Regrets were had.
I've had beignets before from the creole kitchen in Wellington, Sweet Mother's. I now realise that what I had was not beignets, what I had was nothing. These are beignets. They're delicious and warm and there is so much powdered sugar that Charlie Sheen would take a second glance. The outside is crispy and the inside is soft and fluffy. Definitely a must-have if you're ever here.