There’s something very attractive about deep-fried anything covered in powdered sugar, isn’t it? Of course, I’m talking about beignets, those sweet treats crafted from flour, lard, milk and sugar. The official state doughnut of Louisiana has a long history in the United States, however it became distinctly identified with New Orleans’ French Quarter by quite the circuitous route.
I have just relocated to the U.S. after living in Okinawa for the past three years. For those of you not up on your Japanese geography, Okinawa is a tropical paradise of an island situated south of Japan in the East China sea and approximately 340 miles from the Japanese mainland. The sand is white, the water blue and the landscape dotted with palm fronds blowing in the breeze, pineapple trees and mango plants. What’s not to love, right? Wrong. Continue reading Okinawa: Living In Paradise