Over my _nesting weekend_ Diane and I took a long bike ride down Ocean Avenue to Brighton Beach boardwalk. It was a cool afternoon and the bike trail down to the boardwalk ensures your ass don’t get run over too easy.
Needless to say we bought some borsht an spent sometime enjoying the uncrowded beach scenery before getting on our bikes and heading back toward the slope. It was then that I came to two very important revelations.
# I didn’t bring my camera and I really should have. The people on Brighton Beach are really interesting to look at.
# After Biking you will sometimes crave things you might not, ordinarily, crave.
“There’s that little Italian place I want to take you to.”
“Oh, they make egg creams. Let’s stop and have an egg cream/”
“I don’t know sweetie, that sign looks like it’s been here for 30 years and this restaurant turns out is a pizza parlor.”
“uncle louie Gs has egg creams let’s go there instead.”
I really can’t say I remember much about egg creams, nor do I fully understand my want of one, but let me assure you that Uncle Louie G may know how to make them but the 14 year old girls behind the counter don’t.
“Does this taste sweet to you?”
“This is going to keep me for the next 72 hours.”
“This isn’t just sweet it’s like that sweet you can only get from lots and lots of corn syrup.”
“Did they have corn syrup in the 50’s?”
“I really don’t know.”
To save you from a nasty case of tooth decay and also to preserve in my memory the correct mixture here is the “original” recipe from “Fox’s U-bet Chocolate syrup.”:http://www.foxs-syrups.com/egg_cream.html
The Original Brooklyn Egg-Cream
Take a tall, chilled, straight-sided, 8oz. glass
Spoon 1 inch of U-bet Chocolate syrup into glass
Add 1 inch whole milk
Tilt the glass and spray seltzer (from a pressurized cylinder only) off a spoon, to make a big chocolate head
Anybody have a seltzer spritzer I can borrow?