I enjoy cafĂ© au lait with my dessert. When I requested it on the Norway last year, they offered a half cup of coffee and said I should fill it the rest of the way with cream from the jug on the table. It turned out quite rich and very good (if the cream doesn't cool the coffee too much).
On Connie last month, I didn't even bother to ask for cafĂ© au lait in the dining room; just waited for everyone else at the table to use the cream before I emptied the jug into my 1/2 cup of coffee.
HOWEVER,... while dining at Ocean Liner's (Constellationâs finest dining) one evening, I didn't feel it would be too much to ask for cafĂ© au lait again. When I ordered, the waiter was sure to point out that it would have to come from the bar. I didn't think it was so involved just to get hot milk put in my coffee, but, whatever...
Instead of cafĂ© au lait, I got something dark and frothy in stemware, and obviously with alcohol.
âNo, thatâs not what I ordered, I wanted CafĂ© au Lait.â
âYes? You ordered Spanish coffee?â
âNo. âCAFĂ AU LAITââ.
âYes. This is Coffee Oleâ!
âThis isnât cafĂ© au lait, itâs a bar drink!â
âYes! You ordered Spanish Coffee!; Coffee Oleâ!â
Very quickly the Mâd and asst. waiter joined in the confusion too.
Before too long those of us at the table figured out the problem. I dismissed the drink, ordered a Âœ cup of coffee, and filled it with chilled cream. Drat.
My tablemates and I are still baffled and amused to think of three obviously European men, educated in the culinary arts (?), confessing that theyâd never heard that the French mix their coffee and milk.
Dan & Marlene
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