“You can take the girl out of Hicksville, but you can’t take the Hicksville out of the girl!” – Please someone comment below and name that tune!! (Hint I am a major lover of musical theater.)
No, I’m not from Hicksville, but I did grow up in the burbs, and while I’m NEVER EVER EVER NEVER leaving the city, there are a few things I sometimes miss. Malls for instance – I know – awful, but I do. Being able to go from store to store while staying indoors and then having my car available to take it all home really does speak to me. I mean, back in the early 90s there was a mall by my house where I LITERALLY, not exaggerating, could have bought a shirt, a slice of pizza, car tires, a blender, Tylenol, a puppy and an evening dress all under one roof in under an hour – and yes I did say “a puppy”.
Malls aside, for a long time I also wished for particular stores to start hitting NYC, and lo and behold, one by one my list keeps getting smaller and smaller as they are all arriving. First came 7-11 and my precious Big Gulps. Next came Michael’s craft stores (my husband was especially happy about this as now I don’t ask him to drive us to Jersey periodically to get my fix as I’ve mentioned ). And more recently a MAJOR city addition has surfaced…we have a DQ!
I rarely get over to West 14th Street, but I needed a few things from Party City for my daughter’s birthday party and just a few doors down is a Dairy Queen. It opened last school year, but I don’t remember exactly when. Anyway, since I was RIGHT THERE I couldn’t not go in. The menu boards looked different than I remembered…the pictures of the Blizzards were upside down…hmmm? I ordered a small Oreo Blizzard and a small Diet Coke. For those who don’t know, a Blizzard is a cup of soft serve ice-cream with candy or cookie or other delicious treat mixed throughout. They handed me a buzzer and my soda cup. I went to fill up my soda and saw they have quite a variety of soda options:
A minute later – BUZZ BUZZ – my Blizzard was ready. I walked back to the counter, and what do you know – they hold the Blizzard upside down for a moment before handing it to you! I looked it up, and apparently there used to be a promotion running where they had to prove that the Blizzard was thick and not runny so they held it upside down to show it. Some stores have decided to maintain the practice. The Blizzard was delicious. A perfectly thick and creamy mix of vanilla ice cream and Oreo chunks. The Diet Coke was pretty good too. It had a nice first sip and didn’t get overpowered while simultaneously eating the Blizzard.
So I guess all that’s left for my burbs/city dream to be complete would be to have a few Chili’s Restaurants, NJ quality diners – complete with extraordinary cheese fries – and perhaps a Walmart/Target type store that isn’t located on the outskirts of Manhattan!
Do you live in the city and crave some suburban comforts – comment below and let us know!
NYC Soda Girl’s Rating
54 West 14th St., NYC
Small Diet Coke
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