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Cinnamon-Nutmeg Ice Cream

As a kid, one of the coolest places my mom could take me was Glen Park, a small park set against an old cider mill, that contains a beautiful waterfall and a small “duck pond”. Endless childhood memories were had here.

Beyond the ‘top’ of the park (past the waterfall) was a quaint ice cream and candy shop named Sweet Jenny’s, which churned all of their own ice cream and offered “smoosh-ins” way before places like Coldstone Creamery caught on.

While I was still enjoying Butterfinger ice cream, my mom would always get the cinnamon-nutmeg ice cream. A few tastes (and years) later and she had me hooked too! However, Sweet Jenny’s has since relocated further down Main Street, and although it’s only a difference of a few blocks, it makes all the difference in terms of park-walkability. (Their previous location has now been taken over by Coffee Culture.)

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Food in NYC: Upscale Grocery, Vietnamese, and a Milk Bar

View of Central Park from Top of the Rock

Well, I’m back from Manhattan and all of the 110ยบ weather that came with it! This is going to be a relatively quick update, as I want to get back to more local topics soon (especially with the Taste of Buffalo going on!). While in Manhattan, we visited only three noteworthy foodie locations. It was all we could fit in, really! (Although I do think that we bought water bottles from nearly every street vendor in Manhattan at some point or another…)

Central Park

While shopping in SoHo during our first day in the city, we stopped for a quick visit and lunch at Dean & DeLuca. I had originally wanted to go to the Chelsea Market, but, things don’t always work out. A quick and expensive lunch, that is. After wandering through the store in awe (the produce looked simply incredible, and those heirloom tomatoes…), I settled on a small sandwich (chicken salad on brioche) and a pineapple-orange-strawberry juice.

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Day One: Whole Foods and Italian in Piermont, NY

So, I’m not exactly in NYC (yet). I’m staying with family in New Jersey, about half an hour from Manhattan Island. We spent the day in New Jersey today, and I had two unexpected foodie experiences. On the way to a lake where we would spend the hottest part of the day, we stopped at Whole Foods. Being from Buffalo, I’ve obviously grown up going to Wegmans.


Before the trip, my cousin and I had held faux-arguments over Whole Foods vs. Wegmans. I was sure that I’d remain a fan of Wegmans no matter how much Whole Foods impressed me. I’ve come to the decision that the two stores are just ultimately different. From what I can gather (today was just a preliminary visit… we’re going again later this week and actually shopping there) Whole Foods is has a decidedly larger prepared foods section. While Wegmans carries a pizza shop, Asian buffet, sub shop, etc., Whole Foods seems to make sure that the prepared foods section is not just an after-thought. In fact, Whole Foods’ prepared foods was beyond impressive: there exists sushi, pizza, panini, baked goods, gelato, espresso bar, and various buffets of different foods. While Wegmans carries some or most of these services, the entire experience seemed more impressive at Whole Foods. More to come later this week on how things at Whole Foods actually taste. (The pretzel I had today was extremely fresh and tasty: nothing like what you’d get from a typical mall. And for reference, a bit on Wegmans’ prepared food: the pizza is NY-style and very good, the subs are above-average and based on a Buffalo sub-company, and the gelato is extremely tasty. However, the Asian buffet is nothing more than average while expensive, and the coffee leaves much to be desired.)

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Cooking in… NYC?!

Exciting news!! I’m currently in New York City visiting family who live nearby in New Jersey. Obviously, NYC is a food haven of all sorts. So, I’ll be documenting any foods or culinary experiences of note throughout the trip and will report back with an interesting update sometime next week. Stay tuned, and comment if you know of any great eats in Manhattan!


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