Well, leggo my Eggo, Tuesday is world Waffle Day!
The license plate from the Wafel and Dinges truck in Manhattan
(Ara Chekmayan/Tactical News Service)
Waffles. We love 'em. For one, we bemoan the fact that there is no Waffle House in NYC. (You Florida-bound I-95 road-trippers know of its wonders.) But we also, wary of midsection girth, keep our waffle-eating adventures to a minimum ... just the occasional Sunday brunch or late-night freezer raid for Eggos.
But all bets are off on Tuesday, which is International Waffle Day, a tradition which began in Sweden. The roots of the day trace to the feast of the Anunciation of the Virgin Mary (or VÃ¥ffeldagen), which is celebrated each March 25. That's the day the New Testament says Mary was informed by the Angel Gabriel that she was with child. Eventually, the Swedish pronunciation morphed into something akin to "Waffle Day," and a tradition was born. (Quick aside: National Waffle Day is celebrated August 24, recalling the first patent of the waffle iron by a man from upstate Troy. So you'll have a second excuse to eat waffles in the summer.)
Most any diner or coffee shop offers the treat. (And there's the ever-reliable Eggo, old commercial below.) If you want to go to Waffle House, well, good luck, the nearest one, pictured at left, is in Bethlehem, Pa., which given the religious origins of the holiday makes for a fitting road trip idea.
But if the diner (or that trip on I-78) isn't your bag, the Wafel and Dinges truck, which alerted us to this curious celebration, is an option, too. We've seen it around town and never checked it out. The truck's schedule is after the jump. And do let us know of your favorite spots in the city for waffles.
-- Rolando Pujol
Click below, and Leggo my Eggo!
Photo of Waffle House: iandavid on Flickr.
Wafel and Dinges Truck (Ara Chekmayan/Tactical News Service)
* Monday - Friday (8am- 3pm) - 23rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenue
(South side, closer to 5th)
* Monday - Friday (3:30pm - 7:30pm) - 14th Street, in front of Trader Joe's
at 3rd Av.
* Monday - Sunday (8pm - closing) - Sheridan Square (7th Av and Christopher
* Saturdays: 11am - 6pm - Now we have a WEEKLY stop at 7th Avenue and
Carroll Street, in front of the Key Foods
* Sundays: 11am - 6pm - We're at Broadway and 75th Street (at Fairway