Jury’s still out on Del’s Lemonade

16th June 2009 by Denise

Some of the UK MOO Crew have just got back from visiting our office in Providence, Rhode Island. It was so nice to meet up with our new American colleagues – and more than a little sad to come back with out them. They’re doing a great job over there though, and it was nice to see the office doesn’t look quite as bare as we’d imagined it, from our numerous video conferences.

We were also happy to see certain MOO traditions making it across the ocean – like Friday lunch for example. Sure enough, when Friday arrived, our fantastic new US Head of Operations, Dan, passed around the menus and got us all together for food and a chat. It’s always a good way to see what everyone’s been up to, and how everyone’s getting along. This week we discussed extremely important topics – like how to get sand out of a clam, for example. (Soak them in salted water with a little cornmeal – the clam will take in the meal and spit out the sand, or, soak the clams in fresh water. As they breathe, the water is filtered, so the clam will push the sand and salt water out together.)

Dan’s got a great team together, and we’re planning a blog-interview with him soon, so he can tell you more about them. (We might also uncover the mystery of why we all call him ‘Dan Cakes’.)

Of course, the other reason we were in Providence this week was the MOO Party! Thanks so much to everyone who came and made us feel so very welcome.

We spoke to lots of interesting people, including John Maeda and the Mayor of Providence! The latter took time out of his busy schedule to honour us with a special citation – which you can see Brian proudly displaying here:

We had a mix of UK and Rhode Island snacks, like mini shepherd’s pie and clam chowder. The weather was also a mix of both, I think, starting off a bit cloudy (Rhode Island?) and ending up with rain (London!). Luckily we were well covered – as you can see in this shot, by Megan

All in all the week went by far too quickly – we had time for just two local delicacies – ‘Cawfee milk’ (nice!) and NY weiners. For the uninitiated, RI’s NY weiners come with meat sauce – which is literally, sauce, made of meat. We didn’t understand it either, but can confirm that it tastes pretty good!

The one thing we didn’t have was Del’s lemonade – but in a way, we’re quite happy about this. It seems like a very good reason to go back soon.

Comments (16)

  1. @amaaanda:

    Yeah sorry for my big blurry head in that top pic. She goes, “someone’s taking a picture”, and of course I had to spin around ;)

  2. Michael:

    I heard through the grapevine (Twitter) about a customer open house party. When is that?

  3. Denise:

    @amaaanda – big blurry head indeed! We’d have it no other way… if you know what I mean – I mean, we’re just glad you could make it :)

    @Michael – that party In Providence was the open house party…

  4. Tina:

    Del’s is the best! You must have some the next time you are here. We always stop for some on the way home from the beach.
    My son started drinking coffee milk in 2nd or 3rd grade in the school cafeteria quite accidentally. (He thought he was getting chocolate.) Unfortunately, it gave him a taste for real coffee, so he’s the only one in our house who drinks it.

  5. Denise:

    Tina – I haven’t actually been a coffee drinker for about 9 years, but I broke it for coffee milk! I can see how your son would get a taste for it – but don’t worry, as far as I can tell, it’s quite weak.

  6. Tim Linden:

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Sorry I missed it!

  7. Judy:

    Love it, that last picture was rather lovely, and the line “which is literally, sauce, made of meat” is now going to go into my forum signatures :)

  8. tracey erin:

    yes, yes you DEFINITELY need to come back to find the del’s. and be sure to find an actual del’s location, not just a restaurant who serves it. often times, restuarants and ice cream shops that have the permissions to serve del’s make it differently, and it’s just not the same. plus, the del’s shops have all the flavors. (including the new-ish pink grapefruit, naturally). if you’re not one for citrus, they have fantastic cherry, watermelon, and blueberry as well; and they’re all natural flavors, not sickly sweet imitation nonsense.

  9. Anna Marie:

    Dels is one of the best things in the US…hands down! I live in Missouri but my father grew up in RI and when we go there to visit family I pretty much live on Dels. And their NY weiners are incredible. But from my experience you HAVE to go to the New York System cafe-type place in Providence. It has been there since before my father was a child. They yell at you to get your order…fun stuff! Thanks for the trip down memory lane :o )

  10. Jeffro:

    Very cool to see a reference to Dels on your site! It’s a RI treasure, but the first time you try it, get it from a real Dels truck, not a retail chain like Tim Horton’s. Always better from the truck.

    Thanks for being such a cool company, and for basing your US ops in RI!

    Jeffro

  11. Bob Johnson:

    I grew up in Rhode Island and miss Dels. Did you know that Dels now sells lemonade mix you can make in a blender with some ice cubes? It’s actually pretty darned close to the real thing!

  12. Vismer:

    Hi, I love your job and the great idea that you developed, I have a question, do you ship to Mexico?

  13. becky:

    they’re not NY wieners… they’re HOT WEENIES.

  14. Dan M (From Moo USA):

    Well, I’m very sorry I missed the party (family emergency as I was following Brian to the party), but I’m glad we got to meet some of our Moo Englanders :) And yes, another Dan works in Moo USA with Dan (Operations Manager in R.I.) we are slowly taking over the world….one company at a time. And just a quick question…do they sell Monster Energy Drinks in London? And if they do, do they come in the BFC size cans…if so…I’m movin! :) lol Glad you all enjoyed your time here in R.I.!

  15. Alison:

    Just stumbled onto Moo.com. Saw the Del’s & RI related foods. Grew up in RI and living in the hot south, Louisiana. Sure would love a Del’s, or a Friendly’s Watermelon roll or NY style Weenies or steamers or … you get the idea. Are you hiring in RI?

  16. Denise:

    Hi Alison – it’s really hot here in London, I think if there were ever a time to try a great lemonade it could be today :)
    I don’t think we’re hiring in the US at the moment (but I will double check). Open positions can be found here:
    http://www.moo.com/en/about/about.php?page=jobs

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