Speaking of Puccino’s

Speaking of Puccino’s, I have a Gripe. Yes indeedy I do. I mean, besides not being able to connect to their wi-fi this morning–their router probably needed kicking, happens all the time, can’t get too bent out of shape about it. And yes, there were indeed signs at the booths saying “Students! Booths are for diners, not for studying!” which is probably just a miscommunication. I mean, yes, I felt like this meant that my sitting there working on my novel after finishing my breakfast was a Bad Thing, and I thought it was silly to discourage lingering in a cafe endowed with free wireless internet, yes yes, but they probably just wanted to make sure the booths were used by customers, not non-paying cyber-squatters.

I am not even going to gripe about the Puccino’s Zeppole, which is indeed a long-time favorite of New Orleans, yes, but we call the dang thing a beignet, OK?

But no no no no. My gripe is this:

On the wall is a poster, an artful tasty poster showing a plate of beignets–oh, sorry, Zeppoles–and a cup of coffee and a rolling pin. The rolling pin, like the be–Zeppoles, is covered with powdered sugar.

Who the hell leaves the rolling pin out to get covered with powdered sugar?

No, really. You roll out the dough. Then you leave the flattened dough to rise, right? In which meantime you clean off and put away your rolling pin. By the time the Zeppeignets are fried up poofy and ready to sprinkle, that rolling pin has no excuse to be anywhere in the vicinity. Treat that poor utensil right and put it away, OK?

[This announcement sponsored by the Association For Preventing Onerous Cruelty to Kitchen Implements. Be kind, y’all.]

3 Comments so far

  1. jonno (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 5:22 am

    Nicole – I’d totally copyright the whole Zeppeignets concept if I were you …


  2. cathy (unregistered) on February 25th, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

    puccino’s SUCKS. go across the street to rue and use their wifi. everyone camps out there all day and they don’t care.


  3. Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little (unregistered) on February 26th, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    I was actually at on my bike at the Puccino’s in Metairie, at Lakeside, so Rue wasn’t an option. But I’ll check out Rue in town pretty soon–I’m on the uptown route right now getting wi-fi from some neighbor maybe, or from Still Perkin’, or somewhere.



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