I couldn't even tell you what I planned to write about today. My brain is addled by the amazing fortuitousness of the luscious goodies I tasted today. If you've never had a beignet, you don't know what you're missing.
But let me back up...On our trip to the Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium today we stumbled upon a little cafe on which was a sign that said "Cafe Du Monde". I assumed this couldn't possibly be THE Cafe Du Monde from New Orleans, but when I saw the beignets depicted in the glass box where all the Japanese food is displayed in plastic, and next to that sat cans of official Cafe Du Monde coffee, I knew we'd found the promised land.
Apparently, a number of years ago some Japanese business men approached the owners of the New Orleans business and the Japanese Cafe Du Monde was born. There are 56 locations here in Japan. I can't even believe it. Naturally we stopped to sample the goods and "Oh boy!" I'm in heaven.
Frankly, beignets aren't all that hard to make. Fry up a little bread dough and sprinkle some powdered sugar on them and you get a reasonable approximation of a beignet in a pinch. Alternatively, use a recipe such as this one. I was once told that getting powdered sugar on you get on you while you eat them brings you good luck. So don't worry about being neat; just dig in!