Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Hangover Alleviation - The Cafe Du Monde
OK, enough politics for the moment - back to New Orleans.
The location of the French Market and of New Orleans dates back to the Choctaw Indians, before the Europeans settled the New World. The Choctaw Indians used this natural Mississippi river levee location to trade their wares to the river traffic.
The early European settlers came by boat to this location to sell produce and dairy products. The City of New Orleans was established on this location of the Mississippi River in 1718 by Jean Baptiste LeMoyne. This old New Orleans is called the "Vieux Carre" or French Quarter.
The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.
The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk.
After recovering from my hangover, I sent the entire rest of the morning wandering around Jackson Square and the French Market. I especially enjoyed walking through the old sheds that house a flea market where there are hundreds of tables covered with tee shirts, handbags, gold jewelery, radios, paintings, scarfs, hats - you name it, it is there somewhere. The people selling these items where just as interesting and the stuff they are selling. There are Cajuns (of course) and Indians (from India), Vietnamese, Phillipinos, again, you name them and they are there -all doing their best you give you a 'bargain'. I had a great time doing some good old fashioned haggling to get the best possible price on the trinkets I was buying.
Next time - an afternoon on a Mississippi River Boat.