NY Couple Bringing Vermont Waffles To Park Slope

By Marc Torrence | Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN - When Vanessa Ingrao went skiing for the first time in Vermont with her then-boyfriend, she smelled something.

"I'm falling down the mountain that first time I went, and as I'm getting down to the bottom, I smell this amazing aroma in the air," she told Patch. "It was like nothing I've ever smelled in my life."

It was Waffle Cabin, a humble outpost on Mt. Snow that sold waffles and hot coffee out of a stand on the ski slope. The taste lived up to the hype.

"My eyes were so big. I even cursed," she said. "I said, 'Are you kidding me? How does something that tastes this good not exist in New York?"

Ingrao and her now-husband did just that, opening up a location in Long Beach on Long Island, the first NYC-area location for the national chain. It was such a success that they're bringing the savory waffles to Park Slope, on Seventh Avenue near 14th Street.

The secret to the ski-stopping smell (and taste), Ingrao says, is the sugar. More specifically, sugar beets. The beets are sugar in its purest form, and Waffle Cabin chops them up and adds them into the waffle dough.

"When we put the dough in the iron, the sugar beets melt and form this caramelized glazed crust on the outside," Ingrao told Patch. "What's so great is that the sugar beets, some will melt fully, and some won't melt at all. So every time you take a bit of the waffle you have a different bite throughout."

She said it's so good, you don't need to eat the waffle with anything else on it, though the store will offer a few toppings.
Marc Torrence, Patch

Park Slopers can try it for themselves soon.

Ingrao is eyeing a Friday, June 2 grand opening. The store will be open on weekdays from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and until midnight on weekends.

It will also sell coffee and espresso drinks, the first Waffle Cabin in the country to do so.

"I've never tasted something so good," Ingrao said. "I really pride in the fact that I haven't been able to find a product like this that is as superior in quality and taste. Anybody can say that about what they sell. But you really will understand once you taste one."

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