I have been reflecting recently on the New Orleans tradition of the Lagniappe (pronounced Lon-yap).
The Lagniappe is charming custom in which the merchant gives a little extra value to the customer in appreciation of the customer’s business. Think of it as the 13th doughnut in a Baker’s Dozen. Just a little token.The tradition goes back in New Orleans as least as far the 19th century where writers, including that chronicler of the Mississippi, Mark Twain, mention it. This custom can be found in other cultures and countries and contributes to the ‘Old World’ feel of New Orleans