Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vinny's Nut House

Mulberry Street, the main restaurant and tourist alley in Little Italy, is usually closed to automobile traffic on weekends so the locals and tourists can enjoy browsing and hanging out in the neighborhood. One of the regular vendors on the street is Vinny's Nut House, which sells nougat candy (egg white, sugar and almonds), candied apples, marzipan (almond paste) fruits, lemon iced cookies and different types of biscottis.

I tried the nougat candy once and I didn't like it very much. It tasted like a dense, sticky version of mashmallow and it stuck to the inside of my mouth. Eck! Biscottis, on the other hand, are devine. I can eat those for breakfast, lunch and dinner...with a good cup of coffee.

So have you ever tried any of these sweets mentioned above?

19 comments:

Alexa said...

Are you kidding? I've tried ALL of them!
(And I'm thinking you probably have too. Am I right?)

Dee Dee said...

Oh yes...I do enjoy Biscotti with a nice cup of coffee...Starbucks has good Biscotti....

Nice photo Ming...

Virginia said...

Hey Vinnie, Gimme some of those pistachios!
You just gotta love this great stand. You captured a wonderful scene today Ming. Stop by my blog today, I pay homage to my Apple Store!! :)

Anonymous said...

Love biscotti with coffee any time of day.

Doris

Olivier said...

j'adore ces marchands ambulantes, de quoi prendre dix kilos,juste en passant devant ;o))

I love these itinerant merchants, which take ten kilos, just passing ;o))

alice said...

I don't know what biscottis are...but I know I love candies even if they are bad for teeth!
Love your shot!

Sally said...

Chick peas and pumpkin seeds are really popular Middle eastern snacks too. I LERVE pumpkin seeds.

Ming, last time I was in NYC I did some research trying to find a pool, but it seemed an impossible dream unless you paid a lot to be a casual visitor at a provate health club!

Was Felix the Cat Australian?

Hilda said...

Vinny's Nut House — I like the name.

I only like nougat candy if it's the chewy kind, not the crunchy ones. Candied apples, if it's chocolate, not caramel. ;D

I guess I haven't had a good biscotti because the ones I've tried, I didn't like — dry and tasteless!

marley said...

It seems he offers a bit of everything. I like marzipan and I would love to try lemon iced cookies. They sound delicious :)

Chuck Pefley said...

Mulberry Street is always a great place to hang out. The Luna Ristorante serves tasty food!

Neva said...

I am not fan of noughats stuff but I LOVE biscotti's!!!! love this shot.

Ann said...

You're making me hungry, I'm on a strict diet and can't eat any of that. Like the shot.

USelaine said...

Marzipan is one of my favorites! I have some Danish ancestry, and it's very popular over there especially at Christmas time. Chocolate covered marzipan is the best candy ever invented. 8^)

citygirl15 said...

I love nuts.... they're not only tasty but healthy too.

Unfortunately, I broke a back tooth this summer while biting into a soy nut.... cost me over a thousand for a crown.... THAT was an expensive nut!

Knoxville Girl said...

When I was a kid, we'd get candied apples at the fair. But in my serious adult years now, I'd go for a biscotti.
And to think that you saw it on Mulberry Street...

Gecko said...

I haven't tried any of those I don't think...haven't even heard of some of them!

• Eliane • said...

Between mashmallow and nougat, I'd definitely go for the nougat. You have to try the one from Montélimar. It is usually quite hard and you let it melt in your mouth. Like a hard candy.
I read anise toast, which is what I'd probably try. Or the other one anginetti - just because I have no idea what it is.

Chris said...

OH, Ming! My mother was Italian, and Torrone (nougat) was always around our house and the homes of my aunts/uncles. Biscotti are wonderful, yes. . .The ones that my grandmother and mother made were not very sweet. . . .and usually made with anise. Elaine mentioned anise toast. . . .That's what our family called the biscotti Grams made.

:) Tristina :) said...

I love this place...best nuts in town!