opportunity food knocks, I answer!
Millie and I have been enjoying Thursday morning dates at Borealis Coffee in East Providence, noshing on some amazing waffles from a quiet dude who started posting about “burgundian.” In Belgium and in the south of the Netherlands, a ‘Burgundian lifestyle‘ still means ‘enjoyment of life, good food, and extravagant spectacle’. So, count me in!
If you know my past, long ago, before I was anyone but Chelley Worth with short purple hair and an affinity for doing stupid things like shaving my eyebrows off on a trip to Europe… you’d know that while doing this shaving, I was also playing field hockey with a select few other girls from all over the USA. We were hopefuls for colleges and Olympics and enjoyed early morning drills and late night scrimmages on pitches all over England, Germany, Belgium, and Holland to name a few places. It was during this 15 day adventure that I got to try street food for the first time. Think of the horrifying times before food trucks were a thing, and all you could get on the streets of Philadelphia were soft pretzels and hot dogs!OH THE HORROR OF OLDEN DAY STREET FOOD VENDORS IS OVER!!!!!!!!!! Click To Tweet
So, here I am, 15 years old with purple hair and painted on eye brows in my brand new Oxblood Docs from THE STORE in London… trying out Belgian Waffles for the first time. Not those things from IHop, or your favorite hole-in-the-wall diner. REAL Belgian waffles, handed to me over a cart that had fresh fruit toppings, fresh whipped cream, and then a savory side, as well. And I was like swoon.
After I came home, I never ordered a waffle again. Nothing else would do. Over the years, of course, I’ve had Eggos. Those are waffles one must consume after a break-up, smothered in one serving, which is an entire quarter cup, of syrup- not the real stuff- but the one that is shelf stable for about 15 years, as well as one tablespoon of butter, and then sprinkled in powdered sugar for good measure. Two plates of that, and the break-up is official. A similar recipe has been handed down to my children as well- in times of severe split lips, the first week of summer, and of course: during the worst snow of the season where I must sugar them up to get them geared up to shovel!
BUT… when I saw the Facebook event for the Burgundian Waffle pop-up just 20 minutes away, we hopped in the car and went!
It. Was. Amazing. I went savory, Millie went sweet, and we met in the middle. Her eyes closing in glory around the freshness of the basil on my plate, and my sheer delight over the sweetness of the cookie butter dripping off her plate. The thickness of these waffles- their density and how absolutely soft but hearty they were under the weight of their toppings. I begged the question: WHAT ARE THESE THINGS?!
Owner and mastermind, Shane Matlock, gave me insight to his journeys hailing from Idaho to the military, to the life of a soldier and his beautiful bride (and then two) children living in France, to having a third baby, being convinced New England was the place to be in the US, agreeing and then having his family of four all supporting him on his foodie journey bringing and amazingly versatile food to Providence and Boston like we’ve never seen before. A mobile experience in the making, offering more than food, but experience, hearty laughter and the kind of collaborations that bring whole cities together as one.food is love. Click To Tweet
What do you look like after driving an hour for waffles? 😂 Love this kid and @burgundian_coffee_waffles pop-up at @borealiscoffee on Thursdays!!! Come meet us next week from 8 to 11! . . . . . #brekkie #belgianwaffle #CamilleThea #daughter #love #fortheloveoffood #thoseeyes #delicious #allthecoffee #pvd #lilrhody #allthewaffles #allthebreakfast #deathbywaffle #weareburgundians #foodiekids #rhodeislandeats #eatRI #enjoyfood #delicious #eats #aisforadelaideblog
And Shane, with the support of his absolutely lovely wife AKA #wafflewife, certainly puts that love onto little plates at events all over New England in hopes of making his double-decker dreams into a mountain of success for all to celebrate.
What does that mean?
One: these waffles are what is known as Liege Waffles. This means they are made with a dough, not batter. What MAKES this waffle is the pearl sugar in the recipe that melts as the waffle is cooking. Their uneven edges are a distinct attribute of the liege waffle…
From pulled pork to fresh fruit and toppings, sourced locally, of course, Burgundian Waffles & Coffee, which has been solely pop-ups, is becoming a stationary… errrr permanent dwelling… orrrrr well, it’s neither stationary or a permanent dwelling- but they will be a venue now!
Did someone say imported double decker restored bus with seating for 28 (year round with all the comforts) and a serving window? Indeed, they did.
Get in on the ground floor NOW!
Say what?? From blitz pop-ups, lasting for less than an hour and with no advance notice, to scheduled events from PVD to BOS, this isn’t a Kickstarter you have to just read about to experience someday- you can taste it often*!
Kicking off today is a 45-day Kickstarter, and I am SO excited to be a part of this foodie revolution- the first double decker waffle truck (CAN I GET A HELL YEAH!)- here in Providence (and my adopted BIG city Boston!). This is to support full restoration of a double decker bus with wood (dating back to before the US was the US!) tables and counters, flooring, walls, heat and AC for all the dining comforts one would want, LED lights, pop-out serving window, and a speaker system.
Burgundian swag, shoutouts, stickers, waffle club, bus experiences, a drink or waffle named after you(!!!), a Patriots’ tailgating package… WHAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!
See you at the bus!
*events are subject to change, make sure you’re following for all up-to-date news!