I dragged myself to the Orange Couch cafe (2339 Royal St.) last Monday with a hangover still lingering from the weekend and a yucky work deadline staring at me from an hour ahead.
I love sitting in New Orleans cafes (listening to gossip-masked-as-small-talk, making said gossip-talk with the few people I'm starting to recognize).
But that day I needed this place (which just opened two days prior) to part the thick fog of too much gin and bar bands.
I set up my laptop and spread the tools of my trade on a luxurious expanse of white table under the reassurance of everlasting wireless.
With other people on laptops around me, I felt like part of a productive brotherhood. (This is my brain on three jobs.)
Upon walking in, everyone realizes this place isn't from around here. (The owner, in fact, is from San Francisco.) But they go on to marvel at the light fixtures and order the highly-recommended mango black tea.
One guy even asked permission to have ice-cream with his coffee.
I rewarded myself for doing stuff with a piece of green-tea Mochi.
This was on the wall somewhere in the cafe. Look for it if you go there.
They're open until 10. I don't know if I'm cool enough to go there late-night (at least not without a serious beehive or maybe a jumpsuit), but here's what it looks like: