The Acadians, an ethnic group from southern France, emigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada in the 1600's. The British colonized Nova Scotia in the eighteenth century, forcing Acadians, whose descendants are known as "Cajuns," to sail southward to Louisiana. They brought with them a time-honored recipe for French doughnuts, or beignets. These crispy, powdered sugar- coated fritters, delicious plain or fruit filled, are now served at Café du Monde. Best served with coffee and chicory.