It’s 1 a.m. and you have a massive cupcake craving that’s ruining your entire night. What do you do? Suck it up? Brave the night, albeit cupcakeless, as man was designed to do since the very beginning of time?
No, because starting as early as fall, word has it that you can go to a cupcake ATM at Sprinkles‘ Plaza at Preston Center location for a late-night snack. The machine is supposed to hold 600 cupcakes at one time, and, according to Bradford Pearson on Park Cities People, “the cupcakes are cycled out to maintain freshness. All uneaten cakes go to a local charity.”
Pray, tell me which local charity would want stale Sprinkles cupcakes? The fresh ones are honestly scary enough. It’s a simple mathematical formula for those of you who understand equations. 1 Sprinkles cupcake consumed = 1 new cavity created.
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Man, you folks in the Highland Park/Oak Lawn area are in for a big treat once October 1 arrives. I know Nancy already reported earlier that Jon Alexis, the owner of TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market announced he’s opening a second location at 4212 Oak Lawn (which is right smack dab next to Julian Barsotti’s Italian market and restaurant, Carbone’s), but new details have called attention to the 1,636 square feet of space Alexis plans to creatively use.
Alexis excitedly tells me that he and Barsotti are conspiring to jointly work on cooking demos, classes, tasting menus, and special menus. “If you go to big cities, Italian markets and fish markets are natural neighbors. We haven’t committed to anything yet, but every time we talk we have ten ideas we want to do together.”
Luckily, the two peas in a pod have plenty of time to figure all that out. Alexis just signed a ten-year lease for the new TJ’s, which will be strikingly different from the old TJ’s. This one will have culinary-trained staff and chefs who’ll help cook your fish on the spot and write down instructions on how you can replicate the recipe at home, should you desire that. Alex also adds, “It’s a seafood market but with 24 seats. What we’re really excited about is the opportunity for people to eat at TJ’s prepared dine-in section.”
Jump if you like seafood as much as Jon Alexis.
It’s Terrible Tuesday and there’s still three days left until the weekend when I can avoid uploading menus one-by-one into the directory system (like this one). Bummer. But, I have to admit that Terrible Tuesday isn’t so terrible now that this news has reached my inbox: Company Cafe on the Trail is having its 1/2 price bottle night today, just like it does every Tuesday. Regular customers know this by now, but maybe some of you don’t. Papillon is $70 and Roumbauer is $35. Try and beat those prices, other restaurants, I dare you.
George Lewis already mentioned Deep Ellum Outdoor Market’s food truck rally that’s happening on Saturday, but researchers say that repetition is necessary for information to be stored in your short-term memory. That’s why, as a public service to you, I’m saying it again. See how kind I am?
A two year anniversary event may not seem like the biggest deal ever, but for Brandon Castillo, the Director of Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, it’s an achievement.
“I’m really proud of having been able to survive for two years, and being able to move out of my parents’ house is nice,” he says. Continue reading "Deep Ellum Outdoor Market Shuts Down Main Street for Two Year Anniversary Event"1 Comment »
Central 214 execuchef Graham Dodds is delivering on his promise to change the menu seasonally. At a media event last week, he introduced his summer menu and the restaurant showed some progress on other fronts, too. First, the restaurant has a new manager, Sean Kenneavy. He has taken responsibility for one of the major problems I cited earlier, a lackluster wine list. He has substantially redone it with wines drawn more widely than the earlier incarnation of second-tier California offerings. There are now 20 wines by the glass, plus eight dessert wines, and over 100 by the bottle. Sixteen of the wines are sparkling and source from Champagne, California, Italy, and Spain. On the table wine list, France and South America have more representation, but Spain is missing. There are only two token Texans (Red Caboose Syrah/Malbec blend and their blend named ‘Some of That Red’). So consider the list a step in the right direction with room for further improvement.
Follow the lines and sweet aroma of klassic kettle in Town East Mall, and you’ll find the recently opened Doc Popcorn in Mesquite. This new shop is the sixth location in Texas for Doc Popcorn, the world’s first all-natural popcorn.
“Remember when you were a kid and the first thing you smelled in a theater was the popcorn? That’s what this is,” Mesquite’s Doc Popcorn owner Bobby Tibbs said. “It’s a sense of nostalgia, an aroma that goes through the whole mall. If we pop it, people will come and get a bag.”
Doc Popcorn has a prescription for nine flavors: sweet butter, klassic kettle, cheesy cheddar, better butter, triple white cheddar, salt-n-pepper, caramel kettle, hoppin’ jalapeno, and sinfully cinnamon. A small bag costs $3.50, but you can get a large bag for 50 cents more. Tins and party bags are also available, starting at $15.
“We use all natural flavors, no artificial coloring, real butter, real carmel,” Tibbs said. “And you can mix flavors. We had some people in from Chicago who showed us how to make Chicago-style by mixing cinnamon and carmel.”
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