This city has everything!…right?

Big Red stash

Big Red stash

Well, Yes and no. As it turns out there are things that this city just doesn’t offer – at least not in bulk. Take Big Red for instance. A soda with it’s roots in Texas that just doesn’t seem to be sold widely on the East coast. We have found it here though at Hill Country BBQ – a place that also sells Blue Bell ice cream, another Texas original.  But when we go there Paul can only get one or two bottles at a time and they are always bottles – it’s more kitsch than function. The blue bell is sold in tiny scoops – not the giant mounds one longs for (OK, so in reality, I don’t long for ice cream and if I’m craving it, a spoonful will do but in general when you order the ice cream and get the scoop it looks a little disappointing.) I digress.

Blue Bell Ice Cream at Hill Country BBQ

Blue Bell Ice Cream at Hill Country BBQ on one of our most recent visits.

With Paul’s birthday coming up I went online and ordered 3 – 24 packs. It sounded like a lot less when I was at my computer than when 2 giant boxes actually arrived at our building, one weighing in at over 48lbs! There was no way I was going to be able to hide these massive boxes in our apartment so I enlisted our doorman’s help in opening them and getting each 12 pack out.  They were nestled deep within the protection of packing peanuts and bubble wrap, I had to dig to find them. When I finally got each one settled into my little grocery cart I crossed my fingers that the cart could handle the weight and made my way up the elevator. There was at least one comment from a fellow renter at my obvious LOVE of Big Red. Is it wrong that I felt the need to explain myself? “Oh no, I don’t drink soda – it’s for my husband, his birthday, uh, we’re from Texas you see, they don’t sell this here, and…oh my floor.” Alas, it was all worth it. Although Big Red may not be filling my local bodega’s shelves it’s only a click away – so in the end New York does have everything, doesn’t it?


About clarissa

I'm a girl from Texas living in New York since October 2010. I fell in love with New York City on a business trip here in April 2009. I had to drag my husband along for the ride at first but just a few hours on his own while I was at the conference and he was completely on board. He began texting me mundane things like the price of milk and the quality of produce so that I could see it wasn't so much different than Austin. What are the chances that after just one week in New York two people would leave with the exact same resolution to one day live there? We did. Just about 18 months later we signed a lease on a new apartment and started a new chapter in our lives. This blog will hopefully give me a chance to document our adventures in New York as well as to share my perspective on the same using photos and stories. enjoy.
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