Photo: Hamilton Conservation Authority via Flickr.
Yes, I know, summer’s over. So what am I doing talking about ice cream? I should be talking about pumpkins. Or maybe turkeys.
Well, ice cream’s one of those treats that people love 24/7, 365 days a year. So even though it’s almost Halloween, I’m doing two events in the coming weeks where I’m talking about ice cream history and reading from my book Ice Cream: A Global History.
Well, Arlo Guthrie may prefer motor bikes to pickles, but not me! If you’re a pickle lover stop by the 10th annual International Pickle Day on Broom Street between Orchard and Ludlow on the Lower East Side.
There are pickle samples from around the world, says the NYFood Museum, one of the event’s sponsors. In its heyday, the Lower East Side was home to well over 100 pickle enterprises.
On hand at the festival will be some foods that are traditionally pickled—and some I’d never guess you could pickle. Here’s a partial list.
International Pickle Day
Sunday, Oct. 17th
11 a.m. to 430 pm in the parking lot on Broomer Street and on Brome Street.
Curbed reports via the The Low-Down that Guss’ Pickles is decamping from the Lower East Side for Brooklyn in the next few months, leaving behind what remains of the area’s old time nosheris– Katz’s, Yonah Schimmel, Russ & Daughters and Kossar’s Bialys.
You’re not going to want to linger in this place. It’s spare, dingy and cramped with a few rickety tables pushed close together and a narrow counter where you can huddle with your dumplings. Behind the counter is the kitchen, enveloped in a cloud of steam, which swiftly turns out dumplings, noodle dishes and pancakes for the hungry hordes who line up for this cheap but satisfying grub.
Of the things we sampled, all were extremely satisfying, including the chive and pork fried dumpling and a hearty dish of noodles with meat and bean sauce. My favorite was the cabbage and pork pancake, an empanada-like concoction of flaky pastry encasing a luscious filling.
Vanessa’s Dumpling House
118 Eldridge St.
New York, NY
212 625 8008