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Beignets and pets de nonne


"New Orleans' Cafe Du Monde is a tourist trap, but a necessary one. Locals still eat there and largely recognize its beignets as the best in town, even though the mix is readily available for purchase. Beignets are a deep-fried Creole dessert often said, probably erroneously, to have been brought to Louisiana by Ursuline nuns — though beignets shouldn't be confused with a similar pastry called pets de nonne, or nun farts."

— Aaron Spencer in Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon's alt-weekly, accurately translating pets de nonne. Other, more genteel translations for the pastry include "nun's sighs" or "nun's puffs."

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