In the whirlwind of starting a new semester, I’ve been neglecting my social media a bit. But, I’m back! And I’m back with more places that I have been stuffing my face and stress eating at for the past few months.
In the cattle-like shuffle of Grand Central market it’s easy to miss some true gems. Luckily, being a bread addict, the golden brown bagels lining the shelves of Wexler’s Deli caught my eye. From the menu of classic deli fare, I chose an old favorite, a bagel with lox and cream cheese. Mounted on a rustic tray covered in parchment paper, the meal is an instagrammers dream. And it was my dream lunch.
What’s better than an ATM? A cupcake ATM of course! At the Sprinkles ATM, you just pick the type of cupcake you want on a screen and the sliding door opens revealing a cupcake and possibly a choir of angels (the angels are not guaranteed). The Sprinkles cupcake ATM opened at the USC bookstore just last fall at the beginning of the semester. Since then, I may have made too many withdrawals. The cupcakes are always worth it though. With flavors ranging from the classic red velvet to chocolate marshmallow, there’s something for everyone. Sprinkles also has several shop locations across the country that sell cupcakes, ice cream, and cookies. They even sell a “doggie cupcake” so your pooch doesn’t stare into your soul every time you take a bite.
No trip to grand central market would be complete without a scoop of Salted Caramel Chip ice cream on top of a freshly made waffle cone. Starting in Santa Barbara nearly 70 years ago, you know that this ice cream must be good to have survived all that time. Since then, the company has spread to several locations across California. The company prides itself on using natural ingredients and grass-fed milk. The effort definitely shows. With flavors like chocolate covered strawberries and whiskey and pecan pralines, it’s hard to choose just one. So after a bagel from Wexler’s, stop by at McConnell’s for an iconic ice cream cone to complete the meal.
I’ll be the first to admit, this combination horrified me for years. I love the marriage of salty and sweet, but, for the life of me, I could not comprehend how fried chicken, gravy, maple syrup, hot sauce, all wrapped up in a waffle could ever be good. The only reason I tried it was because a friend invited me to go to Roscoe’s. In an effort to not be rude, I plastered on a smile and agreed. You can imagine my surprise (and my friend’s slightly disgusted face) when I ended up devouring the entire plate in about 5 minutes. I can honestly say it was one of the most delicious meals I had ever had. The maple syrup seeping into the warm, crunchy batter of the fried chicken worked perfectly with the soft outer waffle shell. If it’s your first time trying chicken and waffles, I would recommend “Scoe’s”, the classic chicken and 2 waffles. I like the Carol C. Special, which is a little lighter, with one chicken breast and one waffle, so this is the healthy option ;) . And while you’re there, don’t forget to wash all that grease and chicken down with one of their many combination lemonades.
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I'm considering starting a second blog purely devoted to food (mostly so I can eat more), let me know what you guys think!