The word entered English from the Louisiana French adapting a Quechua word brought in to New Orleans by the Spanish Creoles. Although this is an old custom, it is still widely practiced good for one drink token Louisiana.
Street vendors, especially vegetable vendors, are expected to throw in a few green chili peppers or a small bunch of cilantro with a purchase. After the Spanish conquered the Inca Empire certain Quechua words entered the Spanish language. The Spanish Empire for a time also included Louisiana, so there was a Spanish presence in New Orleans. The Spanish occupation never became more than a conquest. The Spanish tongue, enforced in the courts and principal public offices, never superseded the French in the mouths of the people, and left but a few words naturalized in the corrupt French of the slaves. When you are invited to drink, and this does occur now and then in New Orleans—and you say, “What, again? But just this one time more—this is for lagniappe.
When the beau perceives that he is stacking his compliments a trifle too high, and sees by the young lady’s countenance that the edifice would have been better with the top compliment left off, he puts his “I beg pardon—no harm intended,” into the briefer form of “Oh, that’s for lagniappe. Look up lagniappe in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. This page was last edited on 26 March 2018, at 04:31. 10 a head, in London be prepared to spend double that – and the quality varies so much you can’t just walk in and expect to eat well, unless you’re from America’s ‘fly-over states’ Outside London the picture is bleak indeed. Zagat they don’t give points for attractive waiters. Tourist-orientated restaurants, which include the venerable ‘Simpsons on the Strand’ are usually dire even by UK standards.
Another thing we deplore about London is the absence of any real cafes – the late lamented Dome chain excepted. In fact we found Seattle a coffee desert compared to London. A final groan: English social life revolves around alcohol to a degree we’ve not seen anywhere east of Poland. It’s difficult if you take alcohol in moderation. The average Brit likes to get drunk, and then roar up and down the street in an aggressive manner, before vomiting and going for a curry. This is not new and was the chief complaint of 18th century visitors like de Sassure – his descriptions of London life ring true even today.
If there is a football match on then the situation is even worse. Our New York and Parisian friends find this quite off putting, though it must be said that little real violence does occur, anywhere. To find a restaurant and for general advice we recommend Harden’s Guide, which is now online. We went both to school and University with Richard Harden and can vouch for his taste and acumen. They’re online here and have a restaurant finder search engine which works by price, locale and cuisine.
For the restaurants mentioned below we suggest you use Hardens for a second opinion. If you need the certainty of being able to book online you can try Toptable but don’t expect the reviews to be too objective – they’re taking a cut. They do do menus and have frequent offers, though as with other offers, the menu can sometimes be downgraded to fit the price. Their centre of operations is Bankside, but they’re spreading into Bloomsbury and Clerkenwell. Tai Decent quality vegan and vegetarian food at 10 Greek St in Soho and other central locations. 40 New Oxford st St, between the British Musuem and Holborn tube. Good service, good food, low prices.