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Coffee Adventures

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Gizmo, Guns n Roses, & Costume Jewelry ~ Perfecto.

Once again, my steaming cup of java and I, are met with early morning showers. It’s alright. I love rain. There’s a simplicity that’s beautiful about rain. Anyhow, I hope everyone’s enjoying Father’s Day. I’m off to visit my Daddy!

Coffee and Chicory

Today’s coffee pick is a New Orleans classic Coffee and Chicory. When I first moved here, I was perplexed. Chicory? I tried it and it’s pretty tastey. I love the Community Coffee House’s blend. It’s Arabica beans and high quality chicory . “The bittersweet richness of chicory lends itself to a heavier-bodied coffee that has become a New Orleans favorite. Made with 100% Arabica premium and specialty coffee beans.”  It was brought to the states during the Civil War by the French. They found that when brewed, it gave the coffee an almost chocolate flavor and lessens the bitter edge of coffee! Go, try it for yourself!

Beignet High at Cafe du Monde

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Vintage Cafe du Monde

I just wrapped up a little sweet, indulgent lunch at the one & only Cafe du Monde! Let me break it down for you. It’s a legendary cafe that’s globally known! Upon arriving in New Orleans, most tourist make a pit stop here first. It’s opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The atmosphere is busy, simple, and sweet! If you like neat, spot clean, and crowd-free then this is not the place for you.

Just a little history for ya!

Café du Monde is a coffee shop on Decatur Street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is best known for its café au lait and its French-style beignets. In the New Orleans style, the coffee is blended with chicory.

The location at the upper end of the French Market was established in 1862.For over a century it was one of two similar coffee and beignets places in the market, the other being Morning Call, which was established in 1870 and moved out of the Old French Market in 1974 to the suburb of Metairie, Louisiana.”

My Favorite Perks of Cafe du Monde

    • Open 24hrs= best place after a night of partying
    • Nice old ladies work at night
    • Hip, younger kids work during the day
    • Live music/entertainment always outside on the sidewalk
    • The vibe is very French cafe, chic, and warm
    • CHEAP- I had 2 orders of Beignets, chocolate milk, & Cafe au Laite for $10.67

So Tastey: Cafe au Laite and Beignets

Friendly Service

Welcome Ya’ll

How to Make Your Own Cafe du Monde beignets!

 Cafe Du Monde Beignets

1.)  In a bowl, combine two cups of Cafe Du Monde beignet mix with 7 ounces of water. You may have to add a little more or a little less water to achieve a good beignet mix dough, and you may have to make more than one batch to get the hang of it. Mix the ingredients with a spoon until the beignet mix is all mixed with the water. The dough should be relatively soft, like drop biscuit dough. It should not be stiff like pie dough. Do not overmix the dough. You will have tough beignets if you overmix the dough.

2.)  Scoop the mix from the bowl onto a well-floured surface. You will need additional flour to roll the dough flat.  Roll the beignet dough flat and cut into 2-inch squares using a pizza cutter. From around the edges, you will have scraps of dough left over. Do not try to remix these scraps and cut them into squares. If you do this, you will get tough beignets. Just fry these pieces just the way they are.

3.)  Your cooking oil should be at 370° Fahrenheit. We use cottonseed oil at the Cafe Du Monde, and we recommend you use cottonseed oil. However, you may use any vegetable oil you wish. Remember that the temperature of the oil will drop when you add the beignet dough to the oil. Do not add too many pieces to the oil or else the oil temperature will drop and your beignets will fry up flat. They will not puff up. The only other reason the dough does not puff up would be if you rolled the beignet dough too flat. Try rolling the dough a little thicker.

The Cafe Du Monde beignets are traditionally served in orders of three, covered liberally with powdered sugar.

Note: If your beignets fail to puff up and remain flat, this is an indication the frying oil temperature is too low to properly cook the dough. Try using smaller pieces of dough and let the fryer come back to temperature before cooking another batch. (From ABC.com)

My Beignet!

PERSONAL TIP: LOTS OF NAPKINS ON HAND and GOOD COMPANY!

Top 10 Most Disturbing Novels

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**This isn’t my work, it is from listverse.com’s blog. I found it so enthralling, I had to share it! I’m soo looking forward to making my way through this list! I’m an avid reader, so new book suggestions are always a plus, to me.

original:http://listverse.com/2008/09/29/top-10-most-disturbing-novels/

 

“Not everyone has the stomach for disturbing literature, but there is such a large amount of writing in the genre that everyone should give it at least one try. This list will help to introduce you to the darker side of novels – the disturbing, macabre, and oftentimes downright sick. The only rule to this list is that the book must be a work of fiction.  If you think something has been left off the list, be sure to tell us in the comments.

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Misery
Stephen King

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Anyone who has read this book will appreciate its inclusion here; if for no other reason than the axe scene (in which the protagonist chops off one of his feet with an axe – this is the hobbling scene in the movie).  That scene aside, the pages upon pages of descriptions of the pain suffered by the bedridden main character, coupled with the psychological torment as he tries to move through the house unnoticed, make this a much deserved entry.

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Perfume
Patrick Suskind

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In 18th century France, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with no scent of his own, but with with a supernatural ability to detect the scent of others is driven to murder in order to create the perfect perfume.  The book is a bizarre tale, but it is also lyrical and hypnotic–almost a fairy tale of terror. The ending is utterly vile and if you like disturbing literature, that alone makes this book worth a read.  You won’t be disappointed, I promise you.

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Justine
Marquis de Sade

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Upon anonymous publication, this book so scandalized France that Napoleon ordered the arrest of the author, stating that the book was “the most abominable book ever engendered by the most depraved imagination”. The plot concerns Justine, who is presented with vice and abuse everywhere she turns.  For example, she seeks refuge and confession in a monastery, but is forced to become a sex-slave to the monks, who subject her to countless orgies, rapes and other abuses. This is a must-read for anyone interested in French literature, the history of sadism, or disturbing literature.

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American Psycho
Brett Easton Ellis

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This is one of the only books that I have not finished reading.  I was so horrified by a scene early in the book (involving a dog, a bum, and a very sharp knife) that I could not go on.  It was my first introduction to truly disturbing writing.  I have since learnt to cope better and will, eventually, give this book another go. In the novel, people are sawed in half, gutted, sliced, diced and quartered in every imaginable form. What is striking about this novel’s violence is how emotionally unattached the protagonist is to it all, he has lost all feeling for anything but the thrill of the taboo.  This book will change you.

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The Painted Bird
Jerzy Kosiński

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The ‘Painted Bird’ is a holocaust novel that mentions the concentration camps only in passing, and rarely details the Nazis and their terrible work.  This is the story of a young boy who gets separated from his parents when they send him to the (perceived) safety of the countryside when World War II breaks out in Eastern Europe. What happens to the boy – the things that are done to him, the things he sees and endures – is staggering. It’s a shocking description of hell on Earth. This book is a carnival of torture.

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Geek Love
Katherine Dunn

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Straddling the borderlands between realism, fantasy and horror, “Geek Love” deals with the remarkable Binewski carnival family: Arturo the Aqua-Boy, born with flippers but no limbs; the musical Siamese twins Electra and Iphigenia; the telekinetic boy-wonder Chick; and the long-suffering Olympia, our narrator, who is a bald hump-backed albino dwarf. The story progresses through the family’s relatively innocent conception into much darker territory, primarily concerning Oly’s megalomaniac brother, Arty, and eventually culminates in a catastrophic event which claims the lives of all but a few Binewskis.

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We Need To Talk About Kevin
Lionel Shriver

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Kevin is a 15 year old mass murderer; a child who’s been emotionally unstable all his life. This book is written from the perspective of his mother, Eva. She, too, is emotionally disturbed. Shriver does do a creepily good job of highlighting all of the real school shootings that have taken place in America in the last few years, making We Need to Talk About Kevin not just disturbing in the far-off sense, but in the sense that although this particular story isn’t real, Eva could be any number of mothers in this country whose children have done the unthinkable.

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The Wasp Factory
Iain Banks

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The book is told entirely by Frank, a 17 year old who manages to sound perfectly sane and rational as he explains how he killed 3 people while he was still just a child or as he performs the rituals of the Wasp Factory (bizarre rituals that need to be read to be believed). The casualnes with which violent and unpleasant events are described is possibly more horrible than the events themselves and the irony that Frank considers himself the sanest person he knows is understated throughout. “I had been making the rounds of the Sacrifice Poles the day we heard my brother had escaped. I already knew something was going to happen; the Factory told me.”

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Glamorama
Brett Easton Ellis

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I normally restrict these lists to one book per author.  Today I am breaking that rule.  Glamorama definitely needs to be on this list (along with the other Easton Ellis book, American Psycho) because of the gut churning violence depicted throughout the entire second half of the novel.  There is a poisoning scene which you will never forget, a scene involving dismemberment (and described in every detail as is always the case with this author), and a plane crash.  The book does have many elements of humor (for example, the main character, a male model, thinks that Global Warming is a type of shampoo) and I found it to be an enjoyable read, but it is definitely up there as one of the most disturbing books I have ever read.

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Haunted
Chuck Palahniuk

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Haunted is truly one disturbing but entertaining book of short stories. The first story is about a guy who loses some of his organs – it is the perfect example of “disturbing” literature.  This is possibly the most blatantly twisted of Palahniuk’s novels; Haunted pushes the borders of what is considered socially acceptable.  The book tells the story of 18 or so struggling writers who sign up for a “workshop” that involves being locked inside a dilapidated mansion for several days to develop story ideas.  The chapters are the consequences of their brainstorming. One review sums up the gruesomeness of this book (and illustrates why it is item 1):  “I thought that if I made it through story #1 (eating your way through your own prolapsed rectum) that I could get through anything, but I was wrong.”

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Sources: Some synopses courtesy of Amazon and Librarything”