New Orleans Day One: Beignets for Breakfast and Deanie’s for Dinner

One of New Orleans’ traditional must-try desserts is the beignet (pronounced ben-yā with a long “a”), a delicious deep-fried dough pastry.  Picture a rectangular doughnut with no hole.  Except… somewhat heavier in consistency than your average doughnut.  That’s a beignet!  It actually kind of reminds me of a croissant doughnut, but a slightly heavier version of it…

I couldn’t miss the opportunity to indulge while I was in town, and where better than grab some at Cafe du Monde*, a historic coffee shop in the French Quarter?!  The shop’s been around since 1862, and must be super popular since it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

IMG_5076Cafe du Monde really only serves beignets and various types of coffee — I had the frozen cafe au lait, which was also delicious! — but they do ’em right.  And they pile on the powder on the beignets!  (Wait, that’s an understatement.  But really… you could even add more sugar if you wanted to.)  Look at all that sugary goodness!  I’d rate these bad boys, as well as the coffee as good, btw.

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New Segafredo Coffee Shop in Town!

I don’t go out for coffee much, but when I do… #gobigorgohome

042715_segafredo_coffeeA new Segafredo* coffee shop (and restaurant/lounge) recently popped up in the Pines, and it’s a pretty snazzy hangout, if I might say so myself.  This coffee shop and restaurant has a pretty extensive menu, as well as plenty of (sectioned) seating areas, so it’s probably worth visiting more than once!  With a legacy that’s 30 years old, I’m sure Segafredo’s got their recipes down right!

I ordered some coffee there earlier this April, but they were still working out all the kinks in the cash registers, so long story short… I got some free (and delicious) coffee!  Iced latte on the left, warm cappuccino on the right.

What’s your favorite local coffee shop?

*Location:
The Shops At Pembroke Gardens
527 SW 145th Terrace
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027