Sunday, August 24, 2008

It's National Waffle Day!

Happy National Waffle Day! And what better way to celebrate than with a free waffle...

National Waffle Day--not to be confused with International Waffle Day (March 25th) which originated in Sweden--is "observed" in America on August 24th to mark the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron given to Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York (yeah, NY!), for a "device to bake waffles" in 1869.

The 1964 World’s Fair in New York City is the birthplace of what here in the states is considered a “Belgian” waffle. But what we Americans call the "Belgian" waffle is actually called the “Brussels” waffle in Belgium. In honor of National Waffle Day, Wafels & Dinges, mobile gourmet wafflery owned and operated by Belgian native, Thomas DeGeest, will be handing out free Brussels waffles from noon until 2:00pm today, Sunday, August 24th at the Wafels & Dinges Truck which will be on Broadway between 74th and 75th St.

We really like the Brussels waffle with Belgian chocolate and strawberries. Oooh, or Belgian chocolate and bananas. Really you can't go wrong with the Belgian chocolate.

While you're at the truck, try their now freshly baked Liege Waffle. It's certifiably delicious.

Some lovely waffles we've enjoyed from Wafels & Dinges:

Liege Waffle with Belgian Chocolate

Brussels Waffles with Flemish Four Cheese Sauce

Liege Waffle with Banana and Honey

Liege Waffle with Ice Cream and Belgian Chocolate

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