The wave of “Park Lane Whole Foods Grand Opening, Coming Soon!” hoopla has taken over the local news outlets, and I didn’t get what the big deal was until D‘s Krista Nightengale and I took a tour today. The new Who’Fo’ is basically like others around town, but it seems better-planned and more indulgent. If you can see past the fish oil and kombucha, Whole Foods is a fun place. The dessert bar is directly beneath an “Our Commitment to Health” sign, which is a few feet away from a frozen yogurt area and a design-your-own cupcake bar. (Look, Nancy! More cupcakes!) Another hands-on project: a bottle-your-own station with six varieties of olive oil and three balsamic vinegars. There are bins of loose-leaf tea, a dozen tubs of salt and pepper (I liked the chardonnay oak-smoked variety), more than 400 types of cheese cut to order, and more than 1,000 wine selections (most are less than $20, and there’s a good showing of unexpected options in splits). The store has a wine bar with one red and one white wine on tap; they’re still working on a handy way to fasten a wine glass safely in a shopping cart. And there’s the fancy touchscreen (above) in the produce department that Continue reading "Whole Foods on Park Lane Looks to Enable Alcoholics, Foodie Supremacists"14 Comments »
Some folks around here are nutso for cupcakes. I am not one but our grammarian and copy editor, Allison Hatfield, loves them. She loves them so much she got up early today to get a taste of Dimples. (That sounds gross.) Hear her purr.
The West Village finally gets its cupcakes due, and I was first in line this morning at the opening of Dimples. I got my free wedding cake cuppie (free to the first 50 customers) and purchased six more. They were still trying to get the show on the road — or the cupcakes in the case, as it were. The register wasn’t even plugged in yet. The owner reported a brutal commute from Frisco this morning, and I nearly volunteered to run the place I love it so much. I got them to package up the red velvet, chocolate mousse, and the chocolate cream cheese, but am most looking forward to trying the strawberry, which they didn’t have today.
Cuppie? Is that like sammie? Oh, no could “yummy” be far behind? Grrr.12 Comments »
We all know too much about the yogurt district in Uptown, but I think I may have stumbled on another emerging in Carrollton. I just stopped into Super H-Mart for weekend supplies and spied My Cherry frozen yogurt shop going in right behind Cobb Switch BBQ. That could be bad news for the folks doing a great job across the parking lot at Yogurtland. Anywhoo, things were hopping at H-Mart—there was a kookie guy dressed up in funny clothes dancing around a table chopping up fresh Korean candy. Also found a bargain on bones–.99 cents a pound.6 Comments »
Earlier this week the people at Dish invited a few media folks to try out their lunch menu. The restaurant is now open Monday through Friday from 11:30–2:30. Prices are very reasonable (ranging from $4 to $18).
Chef Doug Brown was there and so we obviously ate very well.
The black mussels with chorizo and tomatoes was my favorite dish. I’ve been ordering mussels quite a bit lately, and these were almost as amazing as the ones I ate at Bolsa a couple of weeks. (Advantage to Bolsa for the toasty pieces of bread served for dipping).
The dessert they served was divine. It is a banana bread cake topped with bruleed bananas and salted caramel sauce. I mean–how good does that look?
There you have it. As always, let us know if you’ve been, and what you think.