Have you ever been to New Orleans?
One of the famous places to visit is Cafe du Monde. There are several of them scattered around the city, but I managed to get to the one in the Market in the French Quarter. Cafe Du Monde is famous for coffee with chicory, and beignets, which are made as you watch.
Hot, puffy little pillows of dough dusted with confectioner's sugar. They are best eaten when they have cooled enough so that you don't burn your fingers or your tongue. Yum!
You can order a gift package of the coffee, a box of beignet mix and a cup for $11.50 plus shipping. While I'd MUCH rather take a trip to N'awlins and have the real thing, this might tide me over. And it seems like a great gift for a snowbound friend.
To order, call 800/772-2927.