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Wednesday, August 24, 2005 

Water Ice or Italian Ice?

Today the building management gave out free water ice and soft pretzels. Yummy! I don't think that I will ever get used to the term water ice. A fellow co-worker informed me that inside the Philly city limit the term water ice is used and outside the city the term is italian ice. In NYC there are three varieties of ices to chose from; Italian, Coquito and Pirragua. Italian Ice is sold at pizzarias, Coquitos and Pirraquas are sold by Hispanic (and sometime Black) street vendors. Coquitos are generally coconut flavored ice but they sometimes come in other flavors. Pirraguas are cousins of snowballs (minus the marshmallow topping they use in MD). They come in lots of flavors. I guess that there are a lot of regional things that I need to get used to. One thing that I have already loved is the Philly soft pretzel. I joke with Mr. K that I chose the apartment that I will move into because of the proximity to the WaWa down the street! MMM soft pretzels!

Of course, I didn't tell her that there are Wawa's down the street from every apartment complex in South Jersey. We'll just keep that secret, though.

I don't know what this "city limits" thing is ... it's called "water ice" (pronounced wudder ice) throughout the region.

Kev beat me to my reply...


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