Well, I am back from my New Orleans trip and I am happy to report that we had a GREAT time! New Orleans feels like it's on a completely different planet than Seattle: the people are actually friendly, it is 40 degrees warmer, the food is completely different and it has more culture in one neighborhood than all of Washington state combined.
The whole trip was great, but the foodie highlight of my trip was definitely Cafe De Monde (1039 Decatur Street, New Orleans 70116 or www.cafedumonde.com). Cafe Du Monde sits directly between Jackson Square in the French Quarter and the Mississippi River. It has sat in the same spot since 1862 and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's charm is augmented by the steady stream of horse drawn carriages walking down the street and the street jazz band sitting in front of the cafe entertaining the enormous line of patrons waiting to enjoy their fabulous beignets and coffee.
Matt and I stood in line and enjoyed the scenery for about 15 minutes before we could get a table. When we sat down we were amazed at the ridiculously low prices. We ordered two orders of beignets, a coffee and a diet coke and got out of there for $9 (including a tip!). On top of all that the beignets were amazing! Cafe Du Monde definitely lived up to the hype and I am so happy that we stood in line and waited to sample the beignets. In my opinion, Cafe Du Monde is a MUST for anyone visiting New Orleans.
We sampled lots of other things too. We at jambalaya, gumbo and alligator sausage at the Gumbo Shop on St. Peter's; we had wonderful burgers at Yo' Mama's; and we had an elegant dinner at Arnoud's on Bourbon Street. However, those little french donuts still take the cake!