Cart Tour Part 3: Deeeez Nuuuuts

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Grammatically, Nuts4Nuts, a NYC snack food cart chain found most proximately outside the 116th Street Subway, is pretty interesting. “Nuts” has several meanings as an adjective, noun, and verb, and the numerical “4” can be read as “for,” “four,” or even “fore!” if you’re creative enough. Even paring down the options to “for,” nuts (food), and nuts (crazy or crazies), there are still at least three ways to parse the title.

In contrast to its name, Nuts4Nuts has a very simple menu. It offers “honey-roasted nuts,” which in reality are nuts dipped in vats of sugary syrup that caramelizes to form a crispy shell. They taste as good at they smell, although they do tend to be a little too chewy on the inside, rather than crunchy. You can get peanuts, coconuts, almonds, cashews, or a mixed bag, but since peanuts are a dollar and it costs twice as much to get anything else, it’s hard to justify the other options.  Plus, according to Go Ask Alice!(!!!), peanuts are among the most nutritional nuts anyway, so that will slightly offset the copious amounts of sugar you consume.

As they say in the wide, wide world of sports, “it is what it is”– DHI

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  1. props  

    for using 'parse' when referring to an alphanumeric string.

  2. oh, lyds --  

    goaskalice link is brok'd.

  3. nuts...  

    I always thought the title was supposed to be read as "nuts (food)" "4 (for)" "nuts (not much money)"

  4. nuts  

    i always read it as crazy for nuts

  5. 4nuts  

    Yeah! Nuts 4 Nuts is my guilty pleasure, especially since you can smell one in a one-black radius anywhere. Tip: If you ask nicely, you can always get peanuts for $1, even in midtown/times square.

  6. Anonymous  

    probably the most surreal thing about studying abroad last semester was walking down the streets in santiago, chile, and seeing nuts4nuts stands all over. apparently it was founded by a chilean who moved to nyc, then brought it back to santiago. international food cart chain, who knew?

  7. Parsing  

    There are four ways to parse using the parameters you set, not three.

    crazies for crazies
    crazies for food
    food for crazies
    food for food (peanuts can support each other too!)

  8. DHI  

    By the way, the last one is the one that corresponds to their (according to Wikipedia)original name, "Nuts About Nuts."

  9. asdf  

    hey what happened with the republicans and the eating at low today?

  10. anon

    Peanuts are not nuts.
    I've never seen honey roasted coconuts...but I may be wrong.

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