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Street food has an indelible emotional impact on our memories. I shared some photos of my recent trip to New York, in particular photos of street food vendors (some of which are included in this post) with family and friends. I got several nice notes back in which they recounted early memories of street food in New York. One friend said that some of his earliest memories involve his grandmother buying roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes from vendors for them to munch on while spending an afternoon in mid-town Manhattan. Another, my sister, told me that her earliest memory of anything was of eating a hot dog with sauerkraut on it from a street vendor in New York. I have a similar memory of eating a sauerkraut dog on a New York street corner as a child.