IMO, one of life's simplest pleasures is a piping hot cafe au lait.
I'm not sure how my rurally-bred self was first exposed to the delicacy. My maternal grandmother used to drink instant Maxwell House, I wasn't allowed to drink coffee until I was an adult (and I opted for International House's Suisse Mocha) and when I lived in Seattle in my early 20s, I was damned to limiting my coffee intake because I was afraid to stain my clear ceramic braces. Oh, that was torture.
As best as I can recollect, my first swig came when I visited New Orleans in May 2005. Bourbon Street, great cuisine, beautiful homes....yeah, I loved all of those things but I most remember becoming infatuated with the cafe au lait.
Here's a recipe. Try it if you've not before. Take your time. Don't rush it.
What's your fave coffee drink?