Waffle Day

This past Sunday was International Waffle Day (March 25). A waffle is batter or cake cooked in a waffle iron that results in a distinctive grid pattern. There are several varieties including American, Belgium, Hong Kong, Pandan (Vietnam), and Scandinavian. It can be enjoyed anytime of the day, most commonly for breakfast and dessert.

I celebrated the food holiday by enjoying Belgian liege waffles at Saus in Boston. Although known for the Belgian frites, Saus also serves a variety of other Belgian foods, including the liege waffle, known for its rectangular shape. I tried one with their homemade nutella topping and another with lemon cream sauce. Both were served warm with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and were absolutely delicious! The other choices for sauces were “Berry Berry” and salted caramel. The waffles are small and make a great snack on-the-go.

 

My favorite and probably most nostalgic memory of a delicious waffle is the one from Cabot’s in Newton. This family-owned business has been serving ice cream and desserts for over 40 years in a cute, old-fashioned ice cream parlor. My childhood friend used to live in the neighborhood, and when we were kids we would walk over to Cabot’s for some ice cream on a warm day. Flash forward to years later, I still get the ice cream but I’ve also discovered the Strawberry Waffle Sundae, formerly known as “Mr. and Mrs. Cabot’s” (photo above). It is a huge waffle, topped with rich vanilla ice cream, strawberry compote, whipped cream, and of course, a maraschino cherry on top. It is definitely shareable and worth indulging. Cabot’s is also participating in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer this year, May 7-13!

 

Sometimes, I just enjoy eating a simple waffle with maple syrup and powdered sugar, without all the heavy toppings. The other day when I was having brunch at Geoffrey’s Cafe in Back Bay, I ordered just that – a side of Scandinavian waffle (photo above). Scandinavian waffles are known for being thin and multi-hearts-shaped. It was my first time trying it, and I would gladly order it again next time!

 

I have also tried chicken and waffles at the famous Roscoe’s House of Chicken’ N Waffles in California before. This savory and sweet pairing is a Soul Food dish that has made its way to the East Coast. The buttermilk waffles are served with a dollop of butter, maple syrup, and fried chicken. Hard to say which of the two is the bigger star on the plate, but I enjoyed them both. In Boston, you can find them served at Hen House Wings N Waffles and Fill Belly’s in Jamaica Plain.

 

If you didn’t get a chance to help yourself to a serving of waffles on Waffle Day, then remember to eat it at your nearest brunch restaurant, diner, or in your own home this weekend! Happy belated Waffle Day!

About Jamie

Hi! My name is Jamie and I am a Boston native, amateur baker, food nerd, macaron addict, globetrotter, and fitness enthusiast. Currently, I manage grants at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. I'll be blogging every Friday about my baking endeavors, food interests and travel, restaurant reviews, and reports on the latest food trends.

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