Thursday, September 15, 2005

Chocolate Covered Key Lime Pie on a Stick, Part I. Taken in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Sunday, September 9. After a wonderful literary reading at this old-fashioned divey bar called Sunny's, Katy and Ben and I wandered out to the jetty pictured in the background. From there we saw a gigantic sign that said "STEVE'S AUTHENTIC KEY LIME PIE." This obviously was too random and promising not to investigate, so we worked our way over to the warehouse bearing the sign, and lo and behold, not only did they have key lime pies, they had something called a "Swingle" -- a chocolate-covered key lime pie on a stick! Such felicity had to be preserved for posterity, so I took a picture. You can just see the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the background.  Posted by Picasa


  1. is that Friday, September 9 or Sunday, September 11?

    turns out that the key lime is the Citrus aurantifolia 'Swingle.' I'm still trying to figure out the precise connection to Dr. Walter T. Swingle, early 20th century USDA botanist...and creator of such citrus hybrids like the "citrange," "citrangequat," and "limequat." But I'm sure that's how the whole "Swingle" name got attached to those cute little limes. Incidentally, that's "T" as in "Tennyson"...which was in fact his middle name.

    man, I'm downright obnoxious with the excessive (& useless) information, aren't I? Indeed, I think I might be annoying myself! But that's what you get when you inspire hunger in someone who holds a Master of Science in Information. ha!

  2. Ah, it was in fact Sunday, Sept. 11. I kept thinking Sept. 11 was Tuesday (as it was on Sept. 11, 2001), but I am blonde.

  3. I don't know why I didn't think of this last night, but of course Steve's has a website: Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies. And he ships too!