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5 Creepy Places to Visit in the United States

by Friday, October 16, 2015

With Halloween fast approaching (one of my favorite holidays), I thought I’d share a few places to visit that have a creepy vibe.  Some of the places I can tell you that this is true, because I have visited them myself. While others, are places I intend to visit, because I heard they are just as creepy.

If you are like me, and love ghost stories, the paranormal, or are intrigued about connecting with the other side, then going to places with some haunted history might be something you would be interested in? I have created a list of places to visit that have a background in folklore of hauntings, ghost encounters, witchcraft, vampirism and the paranormal that should satisfy travelers seeking destinations with some supernatural or unexplained phenomenons at its location.

Here are 5 creepy destinations to visit in the United States:


Salem, Massachusetts

THE HISTORY:

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Salem Witch Museum, Salem, MA

Salem, Massachusetts is most well know for its witches and the infamous witch trials. The witch trails started in the spring of 1692, after a group of girl in Salem village said they were possessed by the devil, blaming  their alleged curse on several local woman of using witchcraft on them. Mass hysteria and paranoia ensued and the township decided to take action to rid of these so-called witches. The trails were a series court hearings of those charged with practicing witchcraft, mostly all women. The one’s convicted were hanged.  Twenty were executed during these trials. Eventually the colony admitted that this was wrong and an injustice and compensated the families of the slain.

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the seaport of Salem, MA

TODAY:

Today you can visit the Witch Museum and go on a guided tour with a self-proclaimed witch. You can also visit their many gift shops that are filled with witchcraft, magic spell kits and even get your palms read. Bus loads of tourists flock in every year during the Halloween season. Goth-style is considered very cool here.  The city now embraces its history and connection with witchcraft, as they should, since tourism helps the revenue of Salem’s local restaurants, pubs, shops and hotels.  The place is creepy but it is also a beautiful seaport town in Massachusetts.  If you are in Salem, Massachusetts and have a chance visit during October, you not only, get to feel the energy of its most popular  “witching-season”,  but you also get to see New England at its best with its display of fall foliage.


New Orleans, Louisiana

THE HISTORY:

New Orleans has had its creepy connection, dating back to the 1700’s, with the belief of vampirism.  During this time, people were suffering from debilitating epidemics, with death tolls skyrocketing. Porphyria, which was wide-spread among New Orleans residents, is a human blood disorder condition that had resulted in many to be  “diagnosed” Vampires.  People suffering from porphyria became extremely sensitive to light, some also had skin lesions develop, and their teeth became brown or reddish-brown in color.  Their gums receded,  giving the canine teeth a “fang-like” look.

Another rampant disease was tuberculosis, which would cause a patient to cough up blood. This caused people to think it was from people ingesting blood. The symptoms from these diseases started the rumors that those who were infected were actually vampires.

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“Voodoo Queen” Marie Laveau

New Orleans didn’t just have the fear of vampires, but also dealt with Voodoo. In 1791 Haitian slaves revolted and fled to Louisiana, bringing the voodoo religion with them.  This dark religion practiced black magic spells, snake worship, conjuring spirits and had animal sacrifice ceremonies. The Voodoo religion became very popular in 1830, because of the influence of the infamous Voodoo priestess, referred to as the Queen of Voodoo, named Marie Laveau.

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LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, LA

TODAY:

Today, New Orleans has kept up with the history of vampirism and the Voodoo religion, and is very proud of both.  The locals love to tell stories of all the spirits that still inhabit this crescent city along the Mississippi.  During a popular ghost tour, I took this past June, the guide spoke of the curse of the Grande LaLaurie mansion, home of the Voodoo Queen herself, located in the French Quarter. Before Marie Laveau owned it, it was owned by Dr. Louis LaLaurie and his wife Delphine. Delphine was accused of torturing slaves in their mansion and it is believed that the spirits of the slaves, still curse this house today.  It is said that anyone who tries to buy this home has a 7 year curse. Actor Nicholas Cage bought this house on Friday, November 13, 2007 and had problems from the start.  He ended up losing the house to foreclosure due to having a tax lien put on it for 6.26 million dollars.   It was also ironic that soon after his house purchase, all of his movies flopped, having terrible reviews and lost money.  Was his streak of bad luck a curse or a coincidence?  I guess we will never know that answer?  Everyone before and after him, who bought the house, all had misfortunes. Today, the address where the mansion stands at 1140 Royal, New Orleans,  is considered the number one most haunted house in America.

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witchcraft shops in New Orleans

When visiting New Orleans, you can still feel the eeriness of all the history in the air.  Taking a ghost tour, visiting the voodoo and vampire shops will definitely add to the creepiness. You can also have a psychic reading , learn how to cast spells and visit the famous St. Louis Cemetery #1, where Marie Laveau is buried and where many locals have claimed to have seen ghosts in. Besides all the spooky things, you can’t visit New Orleans without having a beignet at the world-famous, Cafe DuMonde.

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St. Louis Cemetery #2, New Orleans


 

St. Augustine, Florida (St. Augustine Lighthouse)

THE HISTORY:

St. Augustine, being the oldest city in American, it’s no wonder that it has a history of ghosts stories. The most infamous of ghost stories is the hauntings of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.  This lighthouse has seen its share of tragedy and death in its time, possibly, being the reason for so much supernatural activity.  It has many stories of people associated with it.  It was built in 1824 and owned by Dr. Alan Ballard. He was forced to sell it to the government in 1865 because they claimed it would be swallowed up by the sea. He was furious and said he would never leave. There was the story of the cigar smoking, lighthouse keeper, named Peter Rasmussen who was very meticulous with his care and loved the lighthouse.  Then there was the story of Joseph Andreau, who was hired to paint the lighthouse and fell to his death in the 1850’s.  The most famous story though,  was of the deaths the two daughters of Hezekiah Pity, Eliza 13, and Mary-15, who were with him while he was doing restorations of the lighthouse, and drown while playing near the shore.

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St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, FL

TODAY:

Today, there are many spirits that are thought to haunt this, still running beacon for ships, on Anastasia Island. It is now also a Maritime Museum and guests can tour the lighthouse and visit the gift shop. Guests report seeing a man in the window of the lighthouse, believing it to be the ghost of Dr. Alan Ballard. Many report that they smell a cigar, assuming it was the ghost of the lighthouse keeper Peter Rasmussen. There is always reports of footsteps and unexplained sounds that could even be the ghost of Joseph Andreau. The most common sighting although, is a little girl with a blue velvet dress and a blue hair bow, believed to be the ghost of the oldest of the Pity daughters, Mary. People also hear girls laughing late at night, making guests wonder if that is the spirits of the two little girls.

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“ghost sighting” at the St. Augustine Lighthouse


 

Estes Park, Colorado (The Stanely Hotel)

THE HISTORY:

The Stanely Hotel in Estes, Colorado  is considered extremely haunted with ghost stories dating back to the 1970’s.  Freelan and Flora Stanley moved to Colorado as a suggestion by Freelan’s doctor, due to his battle with tuberculosis. He decided to build this hotel, completed in 1909, as  a vacation spot for the elite. The movie, “The Shining”  by Stephen King was inspired by this hotel, after he stayed in room 217 and experienced some ghostly encounters himself.

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The Stanley Hotel, Estes, CO

TODAY:

The Stanely Hotel took this notoriety of being haunted to the bank. They host ghost tours, offer psychic readings and guests can stay in the most famous haunted rooms (room 217 and 401) at an increase of $150.00 more per night, than the rates of their non-haunted rooms.  Staff and guests report unexplained happenings all the time.   Some report hearing a piano playing, which was one of Freelan’s favorite pastimes. Guests who stay in room 401 claim to hear knocking and banging on the closet in the room and  see a man standing inside.  While others report, while staying in room 217,  seeing a ghostly maid and if she likes you, will help you unpack. This is the room where Stephen King stayed, which inspired his cult classic, “The Shining”.

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“ghost child sighting” in a window of room 217 at the Stanley Hotel, Estes, CO

I have not visited this location, but have always wanted to since I was little, due to being scared out of my wits, watching that movie, “Here’s Johnny!”

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“Here’s Johnny!”- The Shining


Fall River, Massachusetts (The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast)

THE HISTORY:

On an unusually hot day in August 1892, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees, a business man named Andrew Borden and his wife Abbey, were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts.  The person that was charged for these heinous murders was his youngest daughter Lizzie. This was an extremely shocking case because of its gruesome nature and that a young girl was thought to be the one who has committed it. She was acquitted of these crimes and the case was never solved. This was a sensational trial that people from all around were intrigued by.

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Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Fall River, MA

TODAY:

The popularity of this case is still present today. The Lizzie Borden house is now a bed and breakfast and museum.  People come from all over to visit the historic site and can even stay in the bedrooms of Lizzie if they choose. Each year they have a reenactment of the murders that the public can attend and if you stay as a guest you can also eat the breakfast they had on that fateful day in August 4,1892.

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body of Dr. Louis Borden after being axed to death

Staff a guests claim to experience strange things all the time in the house. Some hear a woman weeping, some hear footsteps, and muffled conversations, while others swear they have seen a women in Victorian period clothing dusting, but then suddenly disappear. No one knows for sure if Lizzie did indeed, murder her parents or if her spirit remains in this house, but these stories of hauntings have not let up in all of these years since.


These are just a few examples of creepy places to visit in the United States, as there a many more.  These are the one’s that most interested me.

If you are seeking some creepy things to do while in Salem, Mass or New Orleans contact me and I can give you a few suggestions, since I have just been to both recently.

Have you been to any of these places and experienced anything strange during or after your visit, like I did in New Orleans?  Here is a link to my story on what happened to me when I visited St. Louis Cemetery #2,  in June, http://www.thewanderlustyogi.net/2015/06/29/i-got-a-graveyard-curse-in-new-orleans/

Happy Halloween!!

 

I GOT A GRAVEYARD CURSE IN NOLA!

by Monday, June 29, 2015

 

New Orleans is known for being the most haunted city in America. It’s no wonder with its 45 cemeteries, 30 of which are considered historic, in the city limits alone. Not if that’s not creepy enough, the history of voodoo, witchcraft, ghosts, spirits, curses, black magic, spells, vampirism and the supernatural is still present today.

I visited New Orleans in June 2015 and could feel the eerie presence in this haunted city immediately. All along the French Quarter there are documented reports of hauntings and supernatural occurrences that can not be explained. There are many old buildings that are said to be haunted, but the most ghostly activity is found in their cemeteries.

The city of New Orleans makes thousands of dollars each year on tourism of these sites with folklore stories and do daily ghost tours through the French Quarter and the most popular cemetery, St. Louis Cemetery #1, where the famous  Marie Laveau Voodoo Queen,is buried.  She is also known to be one of the most active spirits in this cemetery.

Before going to New Orleans I thought of how cool it would be to be able to visit such spooky places.  I live in New England and love visiting Salem, Massachusetts during the Halloween season to get creeped out by their witch stories, sometimes even getting a tarot card reading. So when being able to go to a city that’s know to be the most haunted, I knew I had to do a ghost tour and visit a cemetery on my visit.

I took a Ghost Tour from French Quarter Phantoms, which was one, of many tour companies, but is considered the best according to trip advisor and other reviews. It was $20.oo per person for a 90 minute guided walking tour  through the French Quarter, with stops at known haunted locations.

I thought the tour was educational with history and a bit spooky with all the stories, but I didn’t think it was worth the $20.00 admission, plus tipping (optional). I’d say $5.00-$10.00 maximum.

During this tour the guide explained that they did other tours in the city, one of which was a cemetery tour for $25.00/pp. I thought that was outrageously overpriced. They sure do make a killing on tourism here, no pun intended! I wondered as another customer, if we could visit the cemetery without a guide. The tour guide said that it used to be possible but the rules have now changed in recent years and now, no tourist is allowed into the cemetery without a tour guide.

This was very disappointing to me because I didn’t want to go on a guided tour, I just wanted to walk around, take photos and I definitely didn’t want to dish out $25.00 to do it.  Apparently there has been vandalism and disrespect for the tombs by tourists and the Arch Dioceses decided to protect the cemeteries, the only way, was to monitor the entrance with paid guides that are bonded by the city, and be closed at night.

There had to be another way. I couldn’t imagine that there isn’t even just one cemetery open to the public.  There are tons! I started asking locals just this question. Most of the locals didn’t know that the cemeteries were banned without a guide for tourists and were shocked at the cost of entrance. One local girl, working as a barista in New Orleans said, while shaking her head “Wow, that is just ridiculous!” I agreed.  She also said to try St. Louis Cemetery #2, that St. Louis Cemetery #1 is the tourist trap one, but she thinks the 2nd one will be open to just walk in. She pointed in the direction it was and explained how to get there.

We were on a mission!

We really didn’t have any scheduled plans for that day until later that night, all except for wanting to see a New Orleans cemetery and decided it was worth the try.  We walked all the way down Canal St. to N. Rampart St.  Once we got there we could see on the right, that there was a small cemetery,  one block size, that had the doors wide open and we could see a few people walking around. “Jackpot!” we thought and started running towards the entrance.

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St. Louis Cemetery #2, New Orleans, LA

As we approached the large wrought iron gates, we peeked around to see if there were any security guards. There wasn’t so we just walked in. We said that if we ended up getting approached and told that this was not allowed, we would just play dumb and say we didn’t know.  At least we would perhaps be able to see a little and take a few shots.

The area of the cemetery seemed very poor with housing projects and not many people around. Right near the cemetery was a table set up with people giving away free cell phones. Seeing this made me realize we were in a bad neighborhood.  Good thing it was daylight and I could see a police officer a few blocks away, not to mention, we weren’t planning on staying long anyway.  The French Quarter was only about a 10 or 15 minute walk away and if we stayed on Canal St., it was filled with businesses and part of the Tulane University campus.

Walking in it was everything I thought a New Orleans cemetery would look like. It was old, creepy, all tombs were in boxes above ground and some looked as thought they’ve been there since the cemetery opened. As I gazed reading the graves around me, a balmy hot and humid breeze came through and I got goosebumps. I was so hot a sweaty so there was no reason to have gotten them except, that I felt a little creeped out.

thewanderlustyogi.netMy son starting going around getting cool shots (he has a great eye for photography) and said her felt creep out too. Then he suggested that instead of buying his friends cheap souvenirs from the French Quarter gift shops, he would rather bring them back something from the grave. It would be way more authentic too. I said I thought that wasn’t a good idea and it would a spooky thing to do.  That is what he loved most about it. He collected a couple of blue glass beads that he found near one of the tombs. He took a handful, enough to give to each of his friends.

Then he said, “Hey, you should do one of your headstands for your 365 handstand challenge you are doing.  That would be a cool picture and super creepy”.  I laughed, but agreed, “Well, it would be a great picture for my yoga- around -the- world page too.”

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Handstand I did in St. Louis Cemetery #2 (that may have cursed me?)

I looked around and found a spot that seemed grassy enough to be softer on my skull.  I do these every single day and post one a day on my blog, instagram, and Facebook, and my challenge is to do this for one year, total. My body has gotten used to it and I normally get up right away and capture my photo within 30 seconds.  Not today though. For some reason gravity felt heavier. I was having such a hard time getting up and started feeling dizzy. I told my son and he shrugged it off saying I was probably  just hot and dehydrated.

thewanderlustyogi.netHe took a few shots, but each one took me about 2 minutes to do. I felt completely drained and exhausted from the exertion. This was highly unusual. I wanted to do one more, to be able to choose from a couple after, in different spots to see which one looked the best.  This time I took a deep breath but felt even more creeped out. I started to question if this was such a good idea and decided that we would leave right after this.  Again, I struggled and felt unsteady and dizzy, then all of a sudden I felt like I was pushed over.  As I fell I was petrified that this wasn’t a coincidence and that this was intentionally done to me, to show me that what I was doing, wasn’t okay!

I fell in slow motion and as I did, my body scraped against the tombs on the way down. My shoulder and back and my whole left side was thrown into the muddy grass. My son yelled, “Oh my god, are you okay?” I then told him how I was completely spooked and that I felt like I was pushed.  My arm and back were stinging, feeling like a bad sun burn. My son noticed a trickle of blood on my shoulder. My back had 3 large scratches with multiple little scratches surrounding. I also had gravel, grass and mud embedded in the skin of my left leg and my shorts were soiled.

We looked at each other and started running. I screamed, “Lets get the Hell out of here, I’m so freaked out!” My son, with a stunned look, reached his hand in his pocket, grabbing the blue glass stones and said, “There’s no way I’m taking these.  This place is haunted. I need to put them back.” He ran over to the tomb where he found them and returned them in the exact place. He came around the corner towards me and we both bolted to the exit gate.

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my shoulder bleeding after falling in the graveyard

Out of breath we felt relieved being on the street and outside of the graveyard gates. We were both shaking and felt like there was some sort of presence that was letting us know what we were doing wasn’t liked by its residents. We walked down Canal St. and into a Subway restaurant to collect our bearings, get a drink and so I could wash up. Still a little shaken up about the experience, we said it was neat to visit, but that we should have taken the ghost stories more seriously. That this is not just your typical tourist attraction, this is somewhat morbid.

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3 scratches on my back after the graveyard incident

 

 

thewanderlustyogi.netThat night I had my first stroke of bad luck, which was unusual. I left my iPhone in the Uber car we hired. I was so upset because we were leaving the next morning. Everything I had,was on my phone. I instantly related it to the graveyard incident. My son obviously thought the same thing too, and said, “It’s because you did a headstand in the grave, I know it!” I didn’t even want to think that, but I was convinced,  I have been cursed!

The next morning as I checked my emails, I read one that gives me my daily horoscope. It was almost a warning.  It said, “You are going to have a bad day and to just hang in there” my heart dropped. Is this another sign that I got a graveyard curse?

I wanted to check-in to my flight, since it is recommended by the airlines to do, to ensure seating  and be aware of any flight changes, plus we were leaving a few hours later. I went to the airline website, entered my flight number, and as I viewed the message saying my flight has been CANCELLED, I immediately yelled to my son. “You are not going to believe this. Our flight is cancelled!” He responded with a knowing look, “It’s the curse again!”

Arriving home I told a few of my family members and friends about it and some laughed, but some took it serious.One even said, “Do you think it has anything to do with doing headstands in a grave?” Of course I did!  I decided that I had to do something about it, just in case I really was cursed.  I already had sage, since I do reiki and have crystals in my home because I believe in their subtle powers. (I’m kind of woo woo) I lit the sage and waved it’s smoke all around my body, with attempts of clearing me of any negative energy and ridding me of any evil spirits, hexes or curses, that I may have brought home with me.

It has only been a few days since my return and I’m crossing my fingers the smudging helped. My advice to you, if you do want to visit the haunted graveyards of  New Orleans, do it with caution. Don’t do anything you think may be taken as disrespectful. You may soon regret it if you do. I feel like I got more than I bargained for visiting the famous cemeteries of New Orleans. I bet my visit was way more creepy than the $25.00 guided tour and I didn’t pay one cent! Isn’t that the whole point of us visiting these places anyway? To make ourselves scared?  I definitely got my money’s worth and then some!

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my shoulder a few days later

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my back a few days later

Best Beignets in New Orleans: It May Be Not Who You Think?

by Sunday, June 28, 2015

Beignets are a staple in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before visiting this city I had no idea what a beignet was, nor even know how to pronounce it.  The beignet (pronounced ” ben-yay”) is a deep-fried fritter type dessert, made with dough and served warm with heapings of powdered sugar on top. It resembles fried dough found in the New England area, where I’m from. This recipe was brought over to New Orleans in the 18th century by French colonists.

I had the opportunity to try these delicious treats on my visit to the Big Easy. I kept hearing everyone around talking about them and just had to try one for myself. Tourists and locals alike flock to the well know Cafe Du Monde to get them. A serving is 3 beignets and it is recommended to accompany them with a cafe au lait. I was also informed that it would be a good idea to not wear black when enjoying this dessert. I quickly figured out why this tip was given. The amount of powdered sugar they put on is massive. No matter how careful you are in trying to be a neat eater, there is no way one can eat these without getting the sugar all over yourself. I did happen to be wearing a back shirt, of course, (just my luck) and yes, I made a mess. Even if I was wearing a white shirt this would happen. It was worth it though.

On my first day in New Orleans I went to go find this infamous cafe, but couldn’t. I went to the wrong address (thinking this was it) and the place did have beignets, but was closed. I asked locals and they were shocked that this could be. Cafe du Monde is always packed and is open 24 hours a day/364 days a year, except for Christmas. I did however find a great little spot that served them, that also had live jazz tunes playing in a little courtyard at a restaurant called, Cafe Beignet, right on Bourbon St., across from our hotel.  It would have to do.

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Cafe Beignet

I asked the counter person if I could get a beignet and struggled pronouncing it. She immediately knew want I meant, as I’m sure I’m not the only tourist with this trouble.  I asked her if these were as good as the ones they serve at Cafe du Monde. She responded with great confidence, “They are better!”

I got 2 orders, one for me and one for my son, each with the traditional 3 count in a bag with about a cup of powdered sugar. This was not an exaggeration.  I was shocked at just how much they give. It seemed a bit excessive, but as I spent more time in New Orleans I realized that everything they serve is over the top excessive.

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beignet from Cafe Beignet

They were warm and sweet, and doughy. It was definitely delicious and reminded me a lot of fried dough we have here in New England. I could see why people liked them. They are surely not a healthy snack, but they were… oh, so good.

The next day walking around the French Quarter I started to get a craving for these sweet morsels of goodness. As you walked by the plethora of restaurants you could not help but smell the wafting of the oil and sugar in the air, that helped mask the offensive smells of urine, mustiness and stale beer on the streets of this water engulfed, Crescent city.  The heat and humidity of New Orleans only magnified all of these smells around.

My son and I decided that we had to try the most famous beignets, at Cafe du Monde.  After all, it is said to be “a must” when visiting New Orleans. We justified it as something we just couldn’t pass up and had to experience it for ourselves. In reality, I think we just wanted more beignets.

We found the restaurant on Decatur and it was as we were told, completely mobbed and chaotic. We almost decided to not bother, but couldn’t resist the urge to know if this was indeed, the best beignet in New Orleans or if this local was right and Cafe Beignet made a better one.

We made it a game. We would do a taste test. We walked in and saw that every seat was taken and weren’t sure if we had to go to the counter to order or wait to be seated. Quickly we noticed that everyone just seated themselves and waited for a server, unless you wanted take-out or wanted to purchase things from their gift shop, then you order at the counter. That line was also enormous. We scoped out a seat with people just leaving a hurried to claim it for our own, even though there was powdered sugar all over it. This is what you had to do to get some beignets here.

We sat for a few minutes and looked around at the mass of people everywhere and the poor overworked servers scurrying around as quickly as they could.  It was not unlike any other summer day in New Orleans, it was hot and humid and about 95 degrees. We felt sorry for the workers in their uniforms with beanie hats and thought how hot they must be and then wondered how the heck do they keep track of the tables? There was really no rhyme or reason. There was no number system and no one seated you. It was amazing that this somehow works.

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Cafe du Monde

We asked a customer next to us just to be sure, if they do in fact, come and take your order. The woman assured us that they will but they are a little slow. I bet! The place was a zoo!

After only about 5 minutes a young man approached us and cleaned off our table and asked if we were ready to order. We said yes and order 2 orders of beignets, 2 cafe au laits and 2 waters. He told us the price, around $11.00, and we paid in cash. He told us he was on an exchange program and was from Turkey. He continued that about 80 percent of the workers were also Turkish and on this summer program and was happy to be able to work and travel the world, especially in the US.

He came back with our order in a surprisingly short amount of time. We were impressed. I gave him a big tip and thanked him for his service. He was very pleased and was smiling from ear to ear. I told him I have always wanted to go to Turkey and that I heard it was beautiful. He said excitedly, “Oh you must go to Istanbul, you will love it!”  I then asked to get a photo with him. He happily obliged and then ran off to help other customers.

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Me and the Turkish exchange student who was a server at Cafe Du Monde

The beignets were served on a plate with, again, piles of powdered sugar blanketing the warm doughy balls of deliciousness. I took a bite and my taste buds sang as the familiar taste hit them. The dough was a little thicker than how they serve it at Cafe Beignet. It was good and I could see why people loved it so much, but honestly I agree with the local that Cafe Beignet did indeed, have a better beignet overall. I think the history and the hype of this place is more why people like it so much. It just wasn’t the same excitement, getting them from a place where you don’t have to fight for chance to get your own. People always want what they can’t have. It’s the chase. My son also felt the same way and said, ” I think this place is a bit over-rated” I could see his point.

On our last day in New Orleans we thought, we couldn’t leave without having just one more beignet. After all, who knows when the next time we will have a chance to get them, if ever. Another way to justify our incredibly unhealthy eating we did the entire time we were visiting New Orleans. Everything was so rich and fatty and full of carbs. I don’t know how anyone living in this city could eat healthy. I would find it very hard with all their tempting goodies.

We kept passing another beignet restaurant that was called New Orleans Famous Beignets & Coffee while touring around. (it was actually the one that was closed the first day). It was also on Decatur, hence my confusion.  We had to check them out. Now we would have 3 to compare. This would be a great way to decide who really has the best beignet in New Orleans. Well, in our opinion anyway.

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New Orleans Famous Beignets & Coffee (it was closed when this was taken)

We walked into the place. It was very slow and only one customer  was in line in front of us. This made us skeptical, but still interested on how theirs would compare.  We saw the list of items and they also did the traditional serving of three, but they had a few other additions to their menu of beignets. The had a 2 stuffed ones, one stuffed with sausage and one stuffed with seafood. We considered trying one of these versions, but then thought we should stick with the original kind.  How else could we perform our “taste test”?  Again we ordered 2 servings, each with 3 beignets. The came in a bag, warm and loaded up with the powdered sugar. There was something different about this one though. The dough was much lighter and thinner and was more shaped in a flat square than a doughy ball. “Hmm?”, I thought and then proceeded to carefully bite into one, trying to avoid the powder from getting on my clothes. Wow, this one was awesome! It was so good and less doughy, with the perfect amount of crunchiness on the outside without being overly heavy. I exclaimed, ” This is by far the best one of them all! ” My son was in complete agreement.


 

Our conclusion to who makes the best beignet in New Orleans was, without a doubt,  New Orleans Famous Beignets & Coffee. We actually put Cafe du Mode in last place of the three.  Not that any of them were bad, I mean, I would never refuse an order from any of these places, but it was clear to us that sometimes hype and tradition outweighs taste. Popularity is key.thewanderlustyogi.net


 

Who Makes the Best Beignet in New Orleans? (in my opinion) 

1. *New Orleans Famous Beignets & Coffee

2. Cafe Beignet

3. Cafe Du Monde


 

Visiting New Orleans is a great way to try foods that you can only find in this area. From beignets, to muffulettas, to po boys, to  Cajun seafood, to  crawdads, to alligator bites, to charbroiled oysters, to gumbo, to jambalaya, the list goes on,  your taste buds will experience a whole new world of flavors. The French creole influence and Cajun spices makes for unique and sought after recipes passed down from generation to generation. If you visit New Orleans, you must try their foods to help better understand their culture and the people, but just don’t expect to be eating healthy. Calories don’t count on vacation anyway.

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