is a creole/cajun term for "a little bit extra" or "bonus."
I'm home, in New Orleans, with two other couples (ranging from my age to retired). So far, I think everyone is having a good time (possibly even TOO good a time.)
We've also enjoyed some lagniappe. At the first bar we visited (where we've become friends with the owner) the bartender refilled my glass with the extra of the drink she made for us. She said that it was either me or her drinking it, because she wasn't going to waste good booze.
Yesterday, after a morning cup of coffee, we headed to my favorite jewelry store. We picked out the perfect birthday gift for a friend. Then, I found a really really really pretty diamond ring. And, Phenom directed my attentions to the case of fleur dis lis jewelry. I saw a pretty necklace. He saw another. I ended up with both. But the chain on one wasn't the right length for me, so we looked to swap it for a longer one. The store owner, of course, remembered us from our many previous purchases. So, rather than charging us for the chain and the pendant, she gave us the replacement chain free.
Before dinner, we popped into the French 75 bar; a favorite. And, for a time, we had the place to ourselves. We talked with the bartender, who we've drunk with before. I explained that we were "drinking the alphabet" and I had some hard to find letters. He started thinking aloud about what sort of drink he could make and call it "Queen Victoria" for me. Then my BFF and her husband joined us, and I ordered a "Queen Victoria." She was disappointed she didn't have "Q" on her list. After we left, he told her that the drink was our spontaneous invention. hee hee. Oh, and he comped us some gougeres and souffled potatoes.
Today, BFF and I are getting tattoos. More about that later.