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Spring in New York. Even on a rainy day Bryant Park shines.

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Café Du Monde

The original Cafe du Monde coffee stand was established in 1862 at the upper end of the French Market (now the French Quarter) in New Orleans. The shop has a limited menu of coffee, hot chocolate, sodas and beignets.

Beignets are deep-fried dough balls which are then doused with icing sugar…not the best thing for your waist line but OMG are they delicious and really, a trip to New Orleans isn’t complete unless you’ve stopped and enjoyed the fair at Cafe Du Monde. Their coffee is laced with chicory. During the Civil War, when coffee demand was high but supplies were low, the people of New Orleans experimented with different fillers in order to stretch their dwindling supply. They found that chicory worked best as the taste was pleasing and it cut some of the bitterness from the coffee. I must say, as a coffee addict, enthusiast I was quite taken by the coffee. Oh and my son had the hot chocolate and remarked that it was the best he’s ever had. I took a sip…he’s right.

Cafe du Monde is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week, closing only on Christmas day. The place was forced to close for 7 weeks after hurricane Katrina due to water damage, power outages and the relocation of some of their staff.

Being out before sunrise to photograph the French Quarter this intrepid photographer was mighty grateful to slip into Cafe du Monde at the wee hours of the morning for some delicious, piping hit coffee and beignets.

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iPhone Friday – Balzac’s Coffee House & A Few Thank You’s

After shooting long exposures last Saturday night at the Christmas Market at the Distillery District (you can see the result here) I couldn’t feel my fingers anymore. What better way to warm up then a cup of java.  Balzac’s is a home grown (Ontario) coffee house whose first location was in Stratford, Ontario. There’s only 7 locations in Ontario and the one at the Distillery is usually packed. The coffee is excellent and a nice alternative to my usual, addiction, obsession Starbuck’s.

Balzac's; coffee house; Toronto; Distillery District; iphoneography

Balzac's; coffee house; Toronto; Distillery District; iphoneography

Balzac's; coffee house; Toronto; Distillery District; iphoneography

And now comes the time for some Thank You’s. This week I was nominated for 3 different blogging awards and I wanted to extend my thanks and appreciation.

Ganesh Raam nominated me for the Shine On Blog Award; Xavi Geis has nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Lectures au Coeur has nominated me for the Sunshine Award.  I am truly honoured. If you haven’t visited these amazing blogs then please do so. You’ll be happy you did.

There are lots of rules and instructions that come with these awards such as telling you what my favorite color and foods are and nominating others.  I blog and post images regularly so I think my regular followers already know some of my likes and dislikes and if you’re not a regular follower…welcome! Stick around there’s always interesting stuff happening around here. As for my nominations…well that’s a tough one. There are so many incredible bloggers and photographers out there. Have a look at this list of bloggers that I nominated the last go around of awards. I’ve “met” and respect so many of you. You really are incredible whether you have a photography blog; you’re writers or painters; write food blogs, you are all part of this awesome community, that it’s difficult to to narrow it down to just a few. Over the next few weeks I will be publishing a page of terrific blogs that I think you should follow. Keep on the lookout.


Arrivederci Roma!

All good things must come to an end. Later tonight we leave Rome and head home. But this is definitely not good-bye to Italy it’s more of a “We’ll see each other again.”

A parting shot…What I love about Rome, amongst other things, is that around every corner is a photo op.

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