Day 4: Wafels & Dinges or somedinge like that.
My day is just not complete without a visit to the local sugaring-hole. And since a bodega for Kit Kats is off limits, I found instead a plethora of open-late Wafels & Dinges’es scattered throughout the city. The rain had long subsided, and since I’d been grubbing in so liberal a fashion, I decided to bike up to their Central Park location for a quick loop before dessert. 6.2 miles later, I felt rejuvenated, and all the more ready to tackle all that sweetness (somebody’s gotta do it!). I was greeted by an enthusiastic Steve at the counter (more so than I!), so I asked for my usual (you decide!) and got their special: Peek-a-Blu wafel topped with dinges! What’s a dinges you ask? Check out this clip to find out.
So by now, you know that I possess some quirky preferences. I like my fries soggy, and I like my waffles slightly crispy outside, but also insanely undercooked inside. I love that crunch of the exterior, that just cracks and breaks apart to reveal the fluffy, yeasty, chewy inside that almost pulls apart like a ball of Mozzarella. It’s the reason why I’ll eat a Krispy Kreme original glazed over a Dunkin D cake doughnut any day. This wafel had that. It was crisp and chewy and at the same time, a little savory from that wheaty flavor. The dinges of blueberry coulis, pecans, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream made me think I was eating a creamy blueberry muffin a la mode. As sweet as that sounds, it wasn’t. The coulis had a tanginess that afforded the sweetness of the whipped cream to shine. The pecans offered good crunch, and the combo of sweet cold ice cream and warm earthy wafel made me want seconds. But my legs didn’t want seconds around the park so I resisted. They also serve a pulled pork one that might work well with the wheaty wafel so I’ll be trying that next. Thanks guys for dessert and for explaining de dinges.