Beignets, Ruby Slippers, and Bookstores, Oh My!
Okay, I want you to imagine this scene unfolding:
It’s a new morning in a new city. The whole day is ahead of you and adventures you can’t possibly imagine.
You walk to a place called Café Du Monde, because in New Orleans, that’s what you do. You find a table and you and your friends sit down, place your order with the sweet waitress, and enjoy the small jazz concert being performed right in front of you.
You’re lost in the breeze and the melodies, thinking about how much you love this city, and the people, and the music,
all of a sudden,
…is placed in front of you.
Just looking at this… this beautiful creation before you is enough to drive your stomach crazy with want, and make your arms and legs jealous because they don’t get to taste this delectable pastry of colossal flavor known as…the beignet.
I wish I could bring these home for everyone I’ve ever known to try. My children and my children’s children will know of this majestic pastry. I would come here on a weekend getaway just for one of these babies. The coffee at Café Du Monde was also absolutely amazing. I had just a simple black coffee and it was the BEST coffee I have ever, EVER had in my life!!
After that life-altering experience, my friends took me to this place called the Ruby Slipper Café. If you didn’t already know this about me, the Wizard of Oz is my favorite book of all time, ever (Tin Man is my favorite. And Toto!). The Ruby Slipper Café had great food, and a perfect tagline: “There’s no place like home!”
We took a few moments and stayed around Jackson Square. Jazz music and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet inhabited that area, and it made for some fantastic pictures. (I'll be uploading all of my pictures in the Photography section.)
To complete my birthday celebration, we visited a used bookstore called Crescent City Books. As I have previously mentions, I am on a book-buying ban until after my trip. However, all bets were off inside this place! I mean, I couldn’t have been happier. And my best friend was able to locate the store’s cat (see below), so I know she was happy, too!
After some time resting in the hotel, Mel, Ricky, and myself headed to Walgreens to run an errand. We ended up seeing some of the most beautiful sights of the city, the Riverwalk being one of them.
I had so much fun, and it was all thanks to my fabulous friends!!
…and the beignets. I mean, for real. The beignets.
(I’m thinking I’m going to condense days 3 & 4 into one post. Tune in tomorrow for that one!)