I am from Southeast Texas (bordering Louisiana and the Gulf Coast) and my community is made of many many many Catholics and Cajuns. My community is ALL ABOUT Mardi Gras. All weekend I had to see picture after picture after status update on Facebook of all my hometown friends celebrating Mardi Gras. I miss the parades, the beads, the festival, the shows, but most of all, the King Cake.
The best way to describe a traditional New Orleans’s style King Cake is as a giant cinnamon roll, topped with a sugary icing, purple, green and yellow sprinkles, often filled with a delicious filling (hello Bavarian cream!), and complete with a hidden naked baby.
The tradition is the person who finds the baby (symbolic of baby Jesus) gets special privileges for the day, like “king for the day”. I introduced this tradition to Husband the first year we dated, and now we both love participating in the celebration. Neither of us are Catholic… One of us is a little Cajun..
We bought our cake from Silver Moon Bakery (It’s the only bakery in NYC that makes this style King Cake), along with a couple other treats, and walked the 2 miles home. I figure I’d feel less guilty about eating half a cake if I walked home from the bakery.
The cake was good, not great. They did not use a filling, but it was still good, and it definitely fixed my craving for a King Cake. Husband found the baby….except it was definitely not a baby. I think he found a shepherd.
Ever heard of a Dinge? Me neither. Here’s a description of a dinge.
Did that help? Me neither.
Waffles and Dinges are incredible food carts/trucks that are located in a few different spots around Manhattan, but almost always can be found at the south end of Central Park. The first time I tried them I couldn’t believe how scrumptious these waffles were. They are baked to perfection with a slightly crispy coating (of what I guess is syrup) lightly coating them. They are then topped with powdered sugar and either fruit or ice cream.
Not only are the waffles really warm and tasty, but also are served by very friendly guys who are smiling and listening to jazz and swing style music. The cooks are so friendly that they even gave me a free “wafleini” after Belle knocked mine out of my hands.
Oh, what’s that? You’ve never heard of a wafelini? Well let me explain. A Wafelini is a mini waffle on a stick surrounded by pieces of banana and strawberries and topped with powdered sugar.
Hungry for more? A “Brussels Waffle” is a large light and crispy waffle. It is “the mother of all waffles” and first came to New York for the 1964 World Fair.
Then, there’s the WMD. This Waffle of Massive Deliciousness is a waffle topped with basically any toppings you desire: ice cream, walnuts, bananas, nutella, strawberries, chocolate fudge, maple syrup, and much more.
This food truck isn’t exactly a healthy snack, but trust me, it’s worth the extra calories. Plus, you can just take a nice jog through the park after. No? A walk maybe? Well, there are always other modes of transportation conveniently waiting next to the Waffles and Dinges cart.