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Memories... July 17, 2005 11:23 AM

Hi Jandi, and what a great group! Thanks for letting me know you have this here. Memories... my goodness, where to start. I have some great recipes to share and great places that you and many have either been too or heard of anyway. I was born here in New York, and just love it. Everything is available, and such a great mix of people from all over. I love the foods from different areas, and what New York and naturally Brooklyn, is famous for is the classic old Jewish Delis! I can name about 10 different types of Knishes right now, and many have their close kept secret family recipes.

Sitting on the front stoops and watching the kids play stick ball. Brooklyn has some of the most beautiful Brownstone buildings anywhere! I recently took a drive down Atlantic Avenue all the way to the water, and the buildings are still so beautiful, and many are being renovated too.

I live on the border of Brooklyn, and they always say that that is a city in itself Good ole New York... good people and great places to see. A million memories, and plenty more being born everyday.

I don't know anywhere else that you can get the Yodells and ring dings, or the funny bones and scooter pies... all on one shelf!

Not too mention the good old sausage and pepper truck that always seems to be around. And there is where you get the best home made Zeppoles ever. Looking forward to sharing and thanks. Wade

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 July 17, 2005 5:50 PM

 I love those kasha knishes.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 17, 2005 6:19 PM

Where The Knish is Delish.The knish is believed to have been developed by Eastern European Jews, who wrapped dough around potatoes or kasha as a way of adding interest to these inexpensive staples. After the turn of the century, Yonah Schimmel, a rabbi from Romania, began making them for sale to New York immigrants.

Yonah Schimmel began by selling his products (just potato and kasha first) on the beach. Schimmel's territory was Coney Island. But Schimmel also sold his wife's homemade products from a pushcart on the Lower East Side before opening the store on Houston Street in 1910.

Over the years the store has achieved celebrity status. An oil painting of the facade hangs in the Museum of the City of New York. Yellowing newspaper and magazine clippings decorate the original store, proving the fact that famous folk, including Nelson Rockefeller, Eddie Cantor, Barbra Streisand and Zero Mostel, sampled the store's specialties, which are rolled by hand and baked in brick ovens on the premises.

While knishes vary with the maker, there are basically three guidelines for what makes a real knish. It's got to be baked, never fried, and it's got to be handmade and filled with only real vegetables. At Schimmel's, knishes are baked in the basement of the store and brought up to customers on a dumbwaiter.

So how many calories are in a knish? About 300 in a kasha knish. That translates roughly into one health club exercise class or twice around the Central Park Reservoir track.

Availability: All orders are shipped directly from Yonah Schimmel Knishery, Monday thru Thursday, for Next Day Delivery. If your order is received before 12 Noon (NY time), it will ship the same day; after 12 Noon orders ship the following day.

Yonah Schimmel Knishes.
Choice of: Potato, Kasha (Buckwheat Groats), Spinach, Cabbage, Sweet Potato, Vegetable, Mushroom, or Assorted. Box of 12 Knishes.

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 July 17, 2005 6:24 PM

You said it Martin. I love the Kasha Knishes too. I thought I might share this little article about them and hope you can enjoy it.

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Oh my G-d July 17, 2005 7:46 PM

to our group.....

and for stopping by...see you again soon !!

I am having a knish fit....I want one so badly..I miss the Brooklyn Knishes!!!!

The ones here are ok...but like you said...the recipes are guarded..and the one's I used to have in Brooklyn...there isn't another like it.

My cuz lives in Brooklyn, near Coney Island and Ave X....he is lucky in that sense...however he says that there aren't many jewish deli's like before...years ago...

Here in So. California...there is a neighborhood west of me...about a half hour drive or less..depending....and they have jewish bakeries and deli's...and I can go there and indulge..

But if there was one here in Burbank....close to me...well...and if they made knishes like in N.Y.  I don't know what I would do...

I could have a knish a day...I guess that  is cause I miss them so much.

Anyone want to send me some devildogs, drakescakes-(the little coffee cakes), or drakes ring dings..??????????

I am begging!!!!!! I have no place to get them here!!! help!

I need a supplier..hahaha      

I need a vix..oops I mean a fix!....3000 miles away to the nearest devildog......oh dear...

some people need drugs...some alcohol...I need a devildog dealer..oh the shame of it all........I'll calm down...ok...I think I am ok now......I am ok now....breathe....think good thoughts...(ohhh there goes a devildog in my mind..)  I am hopeless..

Say guys, do they still have those italian ices...that they put a scoop in a little cup and you eat it without a spoon..all the way down with just your mouth...

It's not that there is no fun food is just I am a drakescakes devildog addict...

and I haven't had any in a while....    (we are speaking of cake aren't we?) 

 ahh , ya fada's mustach!!!   I remember some time brooklyn...that was something people said...and they weren't really swearing...just kidding.

Ah I miss some of that stuff.

Thank you Wade...for making my mouth water...and giving me cravings.....and making me crazy  ??!!!......ahum...I mean ...

thank you for your input..

and have a nice evening....looking forward to more sharing !!!

Does the ride in coney island...the Parachute thingy still work?

I almost died on it once...from fright..when I was just a kid.

Hugs, and catch ya lata,


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 July 18, 2005 4:27 AM

Wade, thanks for the beautiful knish presentation.  I'd like to try the cabbage knish.  I suppose the cabbage one is mixed with potatoes. 

Jandi, speaking of knishes, how's the pastrami out there?  Guessing not-so-hot.

see ya' lata .  buy-buy.  

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Pastrami July 19, 2005 2:33 PM

We have some good pastrami out here...

thanks for if you ever move here...there are somethings that are yummy.


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Oh my goodness/and as Mae west said/goodness had nothing to do with it. July 19, 2005 5:12 PM

Ok Wade!!! you did it...I can't stand it anymore...I need some Brooklyn comfort food!!

Brooklyn Dodgers?  on a t funny.

Oh for an egg cream!!

Hey you!...I love this sharing memories..people out here in California...they don't have much to share..if they were born here.

I am going to send you my address....send me a care package...

oh pa leeese? .........drooling.. 

Hugs, jandi 

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Mae West... July 19, 2005 5:36 PM

OK Jandi, I can send a package any time. I have a million stories to share and to enjoy. I see you mention Mae West. Do you know that their is a place a few blocks away from here where Babe Ruth and also Mae West hung out? It is a historic building now, and was a restaurant and hotel back in the day. I even went there for a brewsky many years ago. It is a wonderful old place, and was the halfway point between Long Island and the city, so it was a resting spot.

You know, I always went to Greenpoint for the Keilbasa. Or as a traditional New Yorker would say... Greenpernt! I go now to Maspeth, and always get the keilbasa when it's still hot, just out of the smokehouse. They still have the barrels with the sauerkraut and with the differnt typed of pickles, and you just pick out how much you want.

A good ole New York phrase to bring back memories for you Jandi.


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Dear Wade July 21, 2005 2:10 PM

Wow, what wonderful stories you have.

I love them.  I can smell the foods and picture everything you said.

I am a little brain dead today...did lots of computer yesterday...and had to have my geek friend come out and clean out my brain (so to and I was up so late...I can't think.

We will tawk maw....catch ya laytah.

hugs, Jandi

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 July 21, 2005 2:30 PM

Hey Jandi... fugedabowdiiiit! You have yourself a bowl of macaroni; and all will be OK. I guarentee! Later.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
macaroni? July 21, 2005 8:07 PM

Fugetaboutwhat?   I didn't understand you...macaroni...hmmm...i guess i could boil some is so hot here..

hot hot hot....

hugs and tawk to you laytah.


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 July 21, 2005 8:17 PM

Hey... yo... Jandi. How 'bout the lemon ice? Lemon ice Jandi! You can't get no more New York than that!!!

That'll cool you down good. As they say here... Nica, Nica... like a lemon ice a!

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 July 23, 2005 8:48 PM

Here in Queens, which is NOT Brooklyn, there is a famous place in Corona called The Lemon Ice King.  Excellent ices in many different flavors.  And best of all, the lines are always very long.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 24, 2005 4:34 AM

Famous place Martin I passed by there so many times, but I never went in. I think the Lemon Ice King has been there a long time too.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 24, 2005 8:41 AM

Yes, Wade, The Lemon Ice King has been there for a very long time.  Recently Newday did an article about the gent who owns and operates it.  I only wish I could remember how long he's been in business.  Try to order an ice the next time you pass by.

 Jandi, sorry, ices can't easily be shipped across the continental U.S.A.

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Oh Martin and Wade.... July 24, 2005 1:41 PM

You guys are just making me drool....

Lemon ices....!!! I remember them  and other flavors too...but so so wonderful in the summer....and it sure is hot here...and no ices in sight.

We used to have an italian ices man and his wife that had a store here..and I went often..he made ices with fresh fruit...He retired....and I dont know what happened to the company...But I sure loved it when it was here!!!


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Rememberies of NY August 12, 2005 12:18 PM

First of all, I wholeheartedly apologize if I offended anyone.  That wasn't my intention.  I was just trying to sound like someone from NYC rather than Upstate--since most of the members here are from the City.  Again, I apologize.  I did not mean to offend anyone! Please forgive me?

Anyway, one of my favorite things from NY is Coneys (although in Upstate, it's pronounced "coonies").  I don't think I need to explain what they are, do I?

I also remember Ding Dongs, Yodells, Devil Dogs, Suzy Q's, Zingers, and all that junk! Does anyone remember the very short time when you could get chocolate twinkies? I do--I enjoyed them--but like Jandi, we both belong to the Chocoholic list on here!

I also remember salt potatoes.  My dad used to work at a booth at a small festival at the Catholic Church where I grew up in Upstate NY.  He worked the booth with steamed clams with drawn butter (if you wanted, you could get them raw too!  Yuck!), corn on the cob, and salt potatoes also with drawn butter! I liked the steamed clams and the corn on the cob the best!

Hey, this makes me miss home--especially with the State Fair starting next week!

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 August 12, 2005 12:24 PM

Hi Rebbeca and oh boy, you make me hungry mentioning the steamed clams!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Tell me about it! August 12, 2005 3:19 PM

Tell me about it, Wade! I am so hungry for the steamed clams, I can't believe it! I can't remember the last time I had them! I don't think I have had steamed clams since visiting Cape Cod a few years back! It's probably been a good 10 years since I have had them!

Man, now I'm hungry for them!

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Clams... August 12, 2005 4:57 PM

I love those clams in any way, steamed or even raw. I love the fresh raw clams with a bit of lemon and touch of hot sauce. Oh, the taste of the sea. Their are some nice clam places around, and some of those place where you just sit outside and all they sell are clams.

When I make the New England clam chowder I always get the freash cherry stone clams, or top necks. I haven't had them in a while either, so maybe I will get some soon. Wade

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 August 12, 2005 5:55 PM

Chocolate Twinkies, Becky?  I don't remember them but I bet they were very good.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Clams? Mae West? and Babe Ruth... August 12, 2005 8:58 PM

Hi Wade, everybody!!

Wade , really Mae West and Babe Ruth hung out together?....a really nice tidbit of info...

Clams!!!!  I love steamed Clams!!!   I love em any way....but once I got sick on some bad ones..thought I would die...that was here in Calif. tho..

Oh I can just smell everything!! and the memory really has color's and smell....oh...

I still would love to know more about the George Washington thing...and history...this is fabulous..more then I expected.

I remember the krinkle cut fries...and the smell of you enter the area near coney island by train...oh my goodness....those big krinkle cut fries.

Hugs, Jandi

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 August 13, 2005 7:01 PM

Hello Jandi, and Babe Ruth and Mae West went to the same place here... the Triangle Hofrau, but I am not sure that they hung out together though

Oh yes, the krinkle cut french fries! I have yet to find the kitchen gadget that my grandmother used to use to make those wonderful fries. I have looked high and low, and I'll find it yet Their is something about those fries that just makes them taste so much better!

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Chocolate twinkies August 15, 2005 1:02 PM

Chocolate twinkies weren't out for very long, but, yes,Marty, they were delicious!  I don't care for the regular ones, but I loved those!

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 August 27, 2005 9:31 PM

Oh George....we all seem to love those clams!!!! August 28, 2005 12:56 AM

I just dropped by to look around...and George, how nice to see you here..

Oh those clams...what a treat...I can smell the salt air....and almost taste them.

My old neighborhood looks so different now....really wierd to see..

I live far from there is like a dream, now.

Now, my thoughts go to the foods I miss...and the smells of the foods I miss....

The hotdogs that pop and squirt when you eat them...Nathan's...and the potato knishes...and the half sour pickles in the deli.

well...getting too hungry is 1am...and I have to go to bed......(hungry , now)


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Wade ... shopping for Kielbasi??? September 12, 2005 11:30 PM

ON THE LINKS Market sells more than 20 types of homemade kielbasa.

Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Like New Yorkers themselves, sausages come in all shapes, shades and sizes—long, short, thin, thick, black, white, red—from all over the world. The hot dog may be the local favorite, but kielbasa, the general term for Polish sausage, is tastier on the whole and often less expensive. Not surprisingly, the largest selection of links is sold in the Polish district of Greenpoint, along a five-block strip on Manhattan Avenue between Driggs Avenue and Milton Street (take the G to Nassau Ave and look for shop signs with endless consonants).

If you were to visit only one sausage factory in your life—a proposition you may never have considered—it should be Polski Meat Market (726 Manhattan Ave between Meserole and Norman Aves, 718-349-2884), which opened in 1983. The store sells more than 20 homemade varieties, ranging from pencil thin to thicker than a forearm. Prices start at $2.95 a pound and don't go too far up from there. Like every Polish meat market, Polski displays its sausages in two ways: Fresh, moist links sit in a refrigerated display case, and smoked, dried or cured sausages hang on a wall out of reach. The folks at Donna Grocery & Market (849 Manhattan Ave between Milton and Noble Sts, 718-389-4531) also make their own kielbasa; try the krakowska sucha, a wonderfully salty, smoky and salami-thick treat. Four dollars gets you enough to snack on for days. Sikorski Meat Market (603 Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau Aves, 718-389-6181) makes its own sausages too, but unlike its competitors in the neighborhood, it's closed on Sundays.

Remember that while kielbasas are always labeled, the names (unpronounceable to the uninitiated) won't be much help. And shopkeepers—like the ones at Europa Deli (650 Manhattan Ave between Nassau and Norman Aves, 718-389-5642)—may not speak enough English to guide you through the selection. Your best bet is to point at the sausage you want and tell how many links you'd like—or indicate length using your hands.

If you plan to grill, consider a mushy kaszanka (black blood sausage), which costs 94¢ a link ($2.95 a pound) at Polski Meat Market. For a bolognalike taste and color, try the serdelek wieprzowo cielecy, which costs about 46¢ a link ($3.25 a pound). If you're a Slim Jim fan, ask for a dry kabanos, which costs more per pound but still comes to just $1.11 for two absolutely delicious six-inch links.

And finally, should you want to wash down those kielbasas as the locals do, shop at Natural Garden (750 Manhattan Ave between Meserole and Norman Aves, 718-349-3239), where you can choose from a wide range of Polish beers in addition to the kielbasas—which include a barbecue sausage—and plenty of cheap cheeses, too. Don't leave without saying thank you: Dzie kuja bardzo (pronounced "Jin-COO-ya BARD-zo").—James Oliver Cury

Don't forget to buy some babka, black bread, pierogi, kapusta, and BLACK FOREST ham!

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 September 12, 2005 11:35 PM

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 September 13, 2005 12:16 AM

George has received 188 new, 188 total stars from Care2 membersGeorge has been awarded 250 butterflies for taking action at Care2 George S.,  you are so funny!

Cat Catches Fly

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 September 13, 2005 12:43 PM

Wonderful post Pat. I know of some of the places you mention, and I usually go to the Nassau Meat Market for the Keilbasa; as it is also one of the main smoke houses for the wursts and famous Keilbasa They have the cheese Babka that I am lucky enough to get before it sells out. This one is in Maspeth on Flushing Ave., right next to Russo's Bakery. Old style places with great stuff!

The Peirogy and stuffed cabbage is always handmade and on display. Oh boy!

Thanks for the post and good memories...

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 September 13, 2005 12:48 PM

Yall are ruining my day with all the food talk . I am liveing in Arkansas, they think going to Mc Donalds is a night on the town.  and they would not know good food if it bit them on the butt
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 September 13, 2005 10:13 PM

Wade has received 89 new, 952 total stars from Care2 membersWade has been awarded 15 butterflies for taking action at Care2 Wade W., I lived in Maspeth and I'm familiar with the Nassau Meat Market.

Maspeth is a lovely place where people still sweep their sidewalks every morning and neighbors will think you re "weird" if you don't say "Good Morning" to every single one of them as you walk down the block to the bus stop or the train in Middle Village.

Well, maybe it's not like that any more; I haven't lived there for many years ...

Birds woke me up every morning, the scent of roses blooming right outside my window, squirrels teasing our dog in the backyard by running along the clothes line; washing my parents' car in the driveway so I could get the keys later that evening; the wonderful fresh air smell of clean sheets on the bed straight from the "sunshine" dryer and my mother's clothesline; my grandfather soaking his feet in the big aluminum "tub" my dad kept in the garage to bathe our German Shepherd; my parents' Sunday dinner table packed with delicious food, enough for everyone I invited back to "the house" after a day at the beach; practising dance steps in my parents' basement with driends for a dance competition at Friday night's "confraternity" gatherings; washing windows with the garden hose ... usually ended up in a "water gith" with my brother; shovelling snow on "snow days" when everyone had a day off ... bui;domg smpw,em in my mother's front garden; snow ball fights with neighbors on the "other" side of the street; block parties; summer tomatoes; ice cold watermelon ...

" fragile we are ..." -- Sting

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 September 13, 2005 10:17 PM

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Danny Meyer's Shake Shack, which is now beloved for its "Shack Burgers," began as a cart specializing in Chicago-style hot dogs, which are Vienna-beef franks heaped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, pickles, onions, florescent green relish, cucumber, mustard, and celery salt.,lalli1,67223,15.html

Review:  Ace restaurateur Danny Meyer set out to re-create the parkside burger joint—nearly every town has one—of his Midwestern youth, and happily succeeded. In fact, Shake Shack turns out a better unpretentious burger than any I've had in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Hand-patted, made of fresh beef cut from brisket and sirloin, it's a juicy tour de force. Thick shakes too.

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Pat September 14, 2005 1:07 PM

Thanks for your post, and oh yes, it's still like that in Maspeth and most neighboring areas. I know I still sweep the stoop and sidewalk and everyone says a 'good morning' still. I think in a lot of the old neighborhoods a lot stays the same because of the shops and old structures and so on. Traditions stay, and I'm so glad.

Neighbors still grow the vegetables in the backyards and bag them up as a gift for you when they see you.

We just had a block party for the first time in a while, and it was so pleasantly good. All of the kids were out riding their little scooters and both kids and adults were tossing around the ball and just sitting playing cards. Oh, it really made me feel happy, and also reminded me of the good ole days!

As I say a lot... 'The good old days; are now in progress!

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As the holidays approach, What are some of your memories? September 21, 2005 11:33 PM

Does anyone have some interesting Holiday memories....

Does New York have the wierd and crazy dressed up people in a halloween parade...

In Los Angeles, in Hollywood, they do that!! Big Time!

And how about Thanksgiving?....anyone have a family tradition to share?.....that is unusual...or a funny story about a family member that always shows up and is a real funny character/

My mom used to make my Grandma's Apple pie and cookies from the leftover dough.   That recipe went way back many generations in Europe...and the smell of the pie's baking just make me melt.

I crave them when the weather turns cooler in the fall and winter.  Oh I can smell it now.

I love to have turkey dinner with all the trimmins!...But nowadays....I start to feel sorry for the poor Turkeys....


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I remember the subways October 02, 2005 2:12 AM

They went on forever...and my mom was a real wiz at it.

we used to run alot to catch trains...and I remember the smell of spearmint gum and dentine gum....and lots of different perfumes in the mornings....uch...

I am looking forward to sometime going on an Orient Express type train...or at the very least...across the United states again...back's a nice relaxing trip....

Baron Von Drake, Ring Ding king of Queens would you look for your special place I put today for you to start your plans and building ideas at the Yah Yah Yah..For your special choo choo.....pahleese?

Have an awsome weekend everyone!!!!   you lucky people you...with the devil dogs...and drakes cakes....and italian ices....

...mmmm  good.

Hugs, Jandi

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 October 02, 2005 1:21 PM

Oh yes, the subways. I remember that smell too, of the gum and chicklets machines, and the wicker seats, and even remember the ceiling fans in some trains too! I remember always looking at the posters on the upper walls of the trains and the advertisements. I always looked at the map on the wall too so I can see where the train was and where it was going.

I see that spot Jandi in your group and thank you. I will get the Orient Express underway soon. I have to get some pictures and a plan ready. I will start to work on it and maybe propose some plans to the boardroom soon with some ideas.

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I can still hear the screaching sound of the trains..... October 02, 2005 7:38 PM

You never forget the screaching sound of the trains as they pull nearby the station!

The chicklets!!...oh they were a staple in life.

And do u remember" sen sen" was a sort of a candy shaped like a very tiny square and was really strong licorice flavor?

I remember reading all the advertizement signs too and the maps....

I can smell it now...and hear it now....


P.s. Look for the sign with the red pin..says "Coming Soon Building Orient Express Train"   or words to that Yah Yah Yah.

Have a nice week..

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Holiday memories October 03, 2005 9:58 AM

I know some of you know that Jandi and I live close to each other.  I was telling her the other day that I remember going Trick or Treating in the snow in Upstate NY! That's fun!

Another memory I have is the gatherings of family at my Uncle Fred and Aunt Laura's house for Thanksgiving! We'd have to rent a banquet hall to do that now with all the family! I remember Sunday dinners at Gramma's--a tradition that seems to have passed with today's busy schedules! What a shame

Christmas was opening our gifts at home on Christmas Day, then going to Gramma's later for dinner. 

I also remember leaving NJ on Easter Sunday after Church, and driving 4 hours to Gramma's.  My mother made me a dress that was sleeveless with a matching cape.  Believe me I froze on the drive up--didn't expect such a cold Easter! But I soon warmed up when we got to my grandmother's.  My aunt has a tradition--when she isn't working on Easter--of making her Lambie cake.  I think it's covered in coconut--I've never seen it nor tasted it, so I really don't know.

Such wonderful memories of the holidays!

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 October 03, 2005 11:57 AM

Just beautiful Rebecca Thanks for the wonderful memories, and for bring a good smile.


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Hi Wade, and Martin and everyone!! October 12, 2005 6:01 PM

What is the weather like there in November?  Is it cold enough for a coat?  

It has been a long time since I have been in New York in the fall and winter...I am so used to California weather, where we wear t-shirts and flip flops all year...maybe a sweater here and there.

Does everyone have a plan for Thanksgiving?  What kind of dinner do you like...and dessert?

Martin, do you have any special holiday traditions?

  so someone post your traditions.....ok?

Wade, will you have your railroad up around your Christmas tree? 

I remember my uncle Artie had a little one he would put up in the den every year for his boys....I was kind of jealous....I come girls don't get little railroads...

Anyway, hope to hear from you soon.

Hugs, Jandi

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 October 12, 2005 6:23 PM

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Oh Can I relate to this!!!! October 13, 2005 1:24 AM

Oh then I belong to the same club as you do!!! 

Now I don't feel so

I am going to make a Turkey dinner this year...and I will use a Martha Stewart type recipe...

(the only thing is...I feel so sorry for the turkeys...I am ever you spell that...and I feel sad for them)   When I see a live Turkey or a live lobster, (far from a turkey) I think.... Free the Turkeys!!!    Free the Lobsters!!!

I have a soft heart for anything with eyes...and a heartbeat.

I love cranberry jelly.....mmmm....all year long...too..

Hugs, Jandi

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 October 13, 2005 3:21 AM

Jandi, ladies and gentlemen, I'll be spending Thanksgiving Day at my sister's home in New Jersey.  She's a good cook.  It's the bus and train ride home that always concerns me.  Truth be known I'd rather stay home.  There have been some years I've done just that.  Holloween?  I keep the lights off hoping the children won't ring my door bell.  They do anyway.  Oh well.  Children will be children.

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 October 13, 2005 2:02 PM

Yes, the weather gets cold soon, and I already have most of the storm windows closed!

I still have two just cracked open a bit, but am anticipating the cold and it's starting already. Well, it's that time of the year, and in this time so many of the memories came.

Complete different clothes to wear now, and we pull out the sweatshirts and sweaters and heavy socks and insulated boots. Uhgggh!

It's when the oven gets used a lot more, and then the cooking and smells of youth come in.

Oh yes, the trains will go around the tree this year Jandi. I was more mesmerized by the trains that went around the tree, than the tree itself at times... hence; a big train layout in the basement, as we mostly had as youths when the craze to have a train set was the way.

I guess I'm still a kid at heart, and every time I turn on that electric to run those trains, I guess I feel the memories, and a good part of my youth kick in.

The thing back then was to go to a friends house and see the train layout! Wow!

And now the time, for as we say... the holidays are coming! Always a special feel in the air.

I guess it's always good to have those memories, and also keep them alive as long as you can. My best, Wade

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Roller Skates and that "key" for them... October 23, 2005 11:51 PM

I remember having a pair of roller skates...the kind where you put them on your shoes...and use a skate key.....

I would so love to have a pair of roller skates with the key now!!!!

Oh where oh where are my skates and a key?...oh where oh where can they be?...

I used to skate all the way from east 2nd street and Ditmas Ave.  to Borough Park ,to my Grandma's.

It was a long way...but the skates made it faster..never could do a skate board...but loved my old skates...!!!

Anyone ever have those?    Anyone know where they are now?.......

The good thing about those when your shoe size got bigger, you could adjust them to your shoes.....

...and the newer ones that come sticking out of shoes....when your feet grow...they don't fit anymore...

It was such a good idea to have the older ones...(now that was a mouse trap that didn't need fixing, huh?)

Hugs to all...


Oh I would love to come to New York for the holidays!! 

Oh I feel like singing....bear with me now....

Chestnuts roasting on an open la la la la la la...tiny tots with their eyes all la la la la la la la la la... 

Oh and do they still sell the big fat pretzels on the carts? ...and the Chestnuts?...

Tis the season to be jolleeeeeeeee......fal la la la la la la la.

Oh and my Birthday is coming up soon...

Happy happy birthday bay..beee, oh I can call you my bay ay..beee...seems like years ago we met...on a day I can't forget...that's the day we fell in l..ove...

do you remember?....

Remember that oldie anyone?

Hugs , Jandi

Oh someone get me a devil dog, a drakes cake...and a eggcream soda!!

...and ...A hot dog, a big pickel...huge french fries!, and a bialy with a shmear and some lox!!  ..oh...maybe hold the fries today...  and...a big slice of pizza pie..and a ring ding.....oh...and some diet cream soda...I have to watch it... ...oh ...oh...and some My-T-Fine chocolate pudding later for dessert..

....and ...oh my tummy... another day..God willing.......and I will have a nice cup of coffee with a bagel and a schmear and some lox...

Oh and I have to leave some room for Turkey...(oh dear the turkeys)......

and cranberry sauce...and some smashed potato's..and  a small piece of pumpkin pie......and yawn... then there is the next day...more ...drakes cakes...and a ba...gel...with a shhmeeer...well, that turkey is hitting me..I am getting slee...pee...

Oh... boy what a trip that would be........

...why not?  

Shhhh...Jandi is asleep   (turkey , does that all the time.

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Oh and she forgot..... October 23, 2005 11:54 PM

...oh and she forgot.....before she fell asleep.....she did mention something about a big square potato knish...with that hot dog...and the big pickle...burp...


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 October 24, 2005 8:10 AM

Now Jandi you got me started! The food , The food, I dint realize how much I miss it . Hot Pretzels from the vendor, fresh bagles. pizza, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese etc. every type of food you can think of just a subway ride away. Why did I ever move away. I miss the Snow, the Beach,the traffic on the Belt Pky.and the L. I. E. and Drakes Cakes. But most of all I miss the people  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Oh George......everyone... October 24, 2005 1:33 PM

A song....remember this?...."Come fly with me...come fly away with la la la la lal la la la la la la......(never remember all the words)...Oh just a plane ride away....and .....feasting...on all the foods!   Only the one's you get in New York.....would keep me happy for at least a month of grazing.

Then we could find a pair of roller skates...and work it off...

Oh ...and we haven't hit the bakeries in Borough Park yet.....they have something there called "Mondel Broit"....a litte dry...but it's a must have....and the Rye Breads, and Pumper Nickels!!! and the Cholly's twisted or you remember the seven layer long block of cakes in those bakeries....oh!.............lAST TIME I DID THAT THEY SAID.." DO YOU WANT TO STAND HERE AND SMELL?  ....OR BUY SOMETHING....?"      I SAID...JUST GIVE ME A FEW MINUTES .....I HAD A SMILE ON MY FACE FROM EAR TO EAR AND TOLD THE LADY...I HADN'T BEEN THERE SINCE A CHILD...and the place smelled soooo good.

I remember we would order in "Chinese" food sometimes.

..and well that didn't excite me as much as going to a bagel bakery in the late evening when they were making the bagels...and the bialy's and you could take them home fresh....and have a midnight snack...with a schmear...and unleaded coffee with milk in it...

The smells of Chicken soup cooking on a cold evening....with matza balls....!   

Ubet chocolate syrup kept in the house with a shpritzer bottle of selzer. 

Whipped butter ...softened ...smeared on some Pump er Nickel....

The fleas falling off of the tree's and changing colors...oops I mean the leaves falling.......Going into one of those old Bakeries in Borough park and just sniffing in all the wonderful smells....and smiling and enjoying that...till someone said......"can I help you?"....but you didn't want to leave so soon...just let me take in all the wonderful smells in the bakery.

I think to myself....only a plane ride away.....and I can eat my way through the holiday...and December 14th my  th birthday.....well...then I could ...go on a Diet another time.....

George?.....did you really love the food there as much as I did?.....


..New York, New York..what a wonderful town.....the bagels are up and bialy's are down..New York ...New York...what a wonderful town..The hot dogs here and the pickels in the barrel...New York ...New York...

The devildogs here...and the drakes cakes are  there.....

...Have a knishhhhhhhh from the deli for you



What a wonder....fullllllll Townnnnn!......*YAY*

oh boy...Here comes another song...Ready?......

"Give me a train or an airoplane..I aint got time for a fast (forgot the word)..I'ma   goin home  I'm a goin home

.I got somewhere to go..oh yeah....

Just get me ...get me to a bakery. the heart of Brooklyn, you know now.....There are places I know......Where I want to go....

Where they have bagels and bialy's and knishes toooo....and pickels and hot dogs and pizza pies for yoooooooo....

Get me a train or an airoplane.....".....etc....

(Words may have been changed a little...)

ok.. nuf said...

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 October 24, 2005 8:05 PM

Oh boy!... what songs she can sing! (smiles)

Oh yes, the roller skates. I'll tell you; I almost always nearly broke an ankle every time I put on those contraptions! I remember clamping them onto my shoes and then strapped the little leather strap thing around my ankle... but the skates always seemed to come off though! I never knew what I did wrong.. but they would slide off the minute I was on a roll and going down an incline or something. Never failed. Then I'd have a skate dangling behing me tied to my ankle! Oh my. I gave them up and got me a skate board!

I did make a fancy go cart out of a milk crate and my Mothers shopping cart and an old 2x4 once. I was more successful with that. I even had a rope in the front (my Grandmothers clothes line) and that steared me. It never made sharp turns though... so I wound up crashing a lot... but good memories anyway.

Oh Goerge, the L.I.E. is still a place that you'll never forget my friend. I like it, but feel safer sometimes on the service road these days.

Pizza!... Their are still the old 'pizza places' that are traditional and some even have the old type brick oven; and I'll tell you... you can taste the difference!

Each place has their own specialty, and I love trying them. One place adds a little bit of blue cheese atop the pie and it blends in with the mozzerella. many different kinds.

I'll post a site here for good old New York pasta! The owner is a friend of mine and he is a real new Yorker from the word go! He boasts that his pasta is made only from N.Y. water too! Check it out, and you'll get some great memories too. he even has some good old pictures in the site too of his store, which his family had had here in the same spot since 1946!

Enjoy, and till next time... gotta go; becaue I'm looking out the second floor window and see some kids sitting on my car!

"Hey yo... meatball! Get offa my car!

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Wow....I copied the picture...nice looking place. October 24, 2005 9:04 PM

I hope this picture comes out...thank you Wade....Say there, when am I getting the cheese and the pasta...I will send you the cookies and stuff!!

   Oh if I click my heels and say "there's no place like home...there's no place like home...I will find myself there...huh?


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 October 25, 2005 1:13 PM

Great Jandi. Yes the picture came out, and I'm glad you can see the site. He sends pasta all over the country from his store, and it's well worth it! I went in today and see all of the pasta baskets he is making to get ready for the holidays already!

Name a pasta... and he has it there.

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Ebinger's Bakery October 27, 2005 10:38 AM

Blackout Cake & Crumb Buns

Orange Cappucino Pudding Cake

Ebinger's Orange Glazed Layer Cake with Orange Butter Filling

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 October 27, 2005 10:44 AM

My mom was a asst mgr for Ebingers on church ave and e 2nd st  we always had the cakes in our home i m sitting in arkansas and can almost taste them  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
All this talk of these treasures of our Town... October 27, 2005 3:48 PM

makes me want to     and get some Ebingers...and Drakes cakes and a hot dog and a they still have the barrels?....and .....oh I think I'm gonna faint...........

well, can't stay down for long...must make all the visits to all the places.....say, how much is a subway token now.....50Cents?

Do they still give transfers on Busses and Trains?   And ....when do the Christmas Lights go up?

Oh....I can smell it now......

singing..... again........(clearing throat)....  

Chest.....nutsssssss roasting on an open firrrrrre.....

bagels baking in the store ,,,down the street......

Hot dogs at Nathans, with an Orange sodahhhhhhh.....

And Ebingers later on  for a TReeeeeeeet.......


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