Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Alteration of yet another tradition


Husband Walter at Café du Monde in the days of ceramic mugs

Evidently I don’t like change, even when it doesn’t impact me directly. This insight into the inflexibility of my nature came upon a relative’s chronicle about a recent visit to Café du Monde.

Our relatives reported that the venerable meeting place for cafe au lait and beignets in New Orleans’ French Quarter no longer serves hot beverages in their standard white mugs. Our relatives’ coffee and hot chocolate arrived at their table in, gasp!, disposable paper hot cups.

I haven’t figured out why that news distresses me. I don’t drink coffee and I rarely drink hot chocolate on our visits to Café du Monde, even in cold weather. My usual beverage is cold chocolate milk that I drink via a straw that I stick into the 8 oz. carton.

Sweetening cafe au lait
So I have long been a part of the “use-it-and-toss-it” herd. But I am convinced my beignets and chocolate milk are not going to taste the same when, across the table, husband Walter is adding sugar to café au lait that is in a paper hot cup.

Picture from our past

12 comments:

Rose said...

Looking at that cup of coffee reminds me I have not had a single cup this day. I might have to rememdy that situation here in a bit!

Sandra said...

i love these photos of our husband, he looks so sweet and handsome. i would not like the paper cup at all. i wonder if they have real cups on demand? must be cheaper to throwaway than have someone put them in the washer. or maybe the washer broke/

marciamayo said...

It musta been good since you took three pictures of it.

photowannabe said...

Those ceramic cups make the latte taste the very best.
They make the beignets and coffee real not "fast food"
I loved mine in the cup when we had them there about 6 or 7 years ago.

troutbirder said...

Solid works for me. Still camping sometimes requires paper. Doing dishes is not all that convenient...:)

Linda P. said...

Those thick white ceramic cups always remind me of chicory-enhanced coffee at my grandmother's house. The mouth-feel of the cup certainly does something for the experience that a disposable cup is not going to do.

Muffy's Marks said...

Paper cups take the charm out of drinking coffees and chocolates from ceramic mugs. Just another sign of the times, where life is face paced!!

gigihawaii said...

I don't tend to order coffee at restaurants or fast food outlets, so this does not apply to me. Lol.

Lynilu said...

Well!! I'm with you. I guess I'll have to carry my own mug with me!

Freda said...

Change accompanying declining standards is always hard - but your pics look good, especially the pastries!

schmidleysscribblins,wordpress.com said...

I don't like most coffee from somewhere else. I like my home brew. The beignets look yummy, but not on my diet.. sigh.

Kathy said...

I don't drink coffee either, and also rarely drink hot chocolate either! I agree with you though, there's just something about an old-fashioned coffee mug or cup...