This headline appeared in a Miami Herald, December 4, 2004 story written by Nicholas Spangler. Who knew that the Norwegians are fond of waffles? And that there is a contest every year among various worldwide Seamen's Churches. The Miami branch won two years ago, but is trailing by 2000 votes to their counterpart in Dubai. Serving waffles and coffee is a basic act of hospitality among Norwegians, especially favored by seamen.
The contest underway this time of year is known as the Waffle World Cup. Miami's Seaman's Church is a doublewide trailer with couches. The cruise ships that call Miami home port are made up of Norwegian crews.
The Seamen's Church was set up in 1864 to minister to Norwegian sailors around the world. There are 40 of them. And each one serves waffles on demand topped with jam and butter or wrapped around a slice of cheese.