We’ve all been waiting forever for The Joule Hotel finish its renovations, and now we can almost taste the day when we won’t see ugly construction barring us from our downtown gem. The new Joule has expanded its lobby to provide entrances from Commerce and Main streets. If you enter from Main, you’ll spot a familiar front desk in the lobby entrance, but look ahead past the bar and elevators, and you’ll see a welcoming addition: Weekend Coffee.
Weekend Coffee is a bright and cheery coffee shop, brought to you by TenOverSix people, with friendly baristas and servers that open its doors to the public tomorrow (Wednesday).
With the weather getting wackier than a two-handed pirate, it’s high time we discuss the necessity of preparing your food supply in case the big one hits your town. Not to mention that the plausibility of zombie attacks grows every year with instances such as the bath salt addicts, bioengineered viruses displaced by a sloppy-mouthed intern, or just a run-of-the-mill airborne virus from the Amazon. Dustin Hoffman won’t care about you when that actually happens. We must also examine that rare and illustrious solar flare that could knock out the power grid, or the total destruction of the dollar leading to violent upheaval. Whatever the case may be, you could find yourself alone to defend and provide for your family with nothing more than a matchbook, some scissors, and a bunch of refrigerated perishables that won’t make it more than 72 hours before spoiling. We tossed and turned to create a list of the best rations to store, or just keep on hand in case disaster strikes. Oh, and I must also mention that a lot of these items are great nutritious staples to keep on hand for your day-to-day breathing and consuming. I care about you deep in my loins, and here is how I show it.
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I woke up in a tree this morning, coated my feet in honey, and started off the day with a light stroll through an ancient fern meadow I found last year in the back of my closet. It’s kind of like Narnia, but with more nudity and less heroism. Also, there weren’t any speaking animals. That would just be weird. After some solid Qigong breath work, I glided into my car seat and headed up north to try out this neighborhood café that Carol told me about. It’s called Coffee House Café, and they apparently take great care in selecting and delivering their coffee. Alright, I’m game.
A man gets stabbed while waiting in line for Chipotle. It’s hard to believe people care that much about burritos, but they do. The DCist covers this odd story.
Check this out: “What the World Eats” is a photo gallery of different countries and a week’s worth of groceries. Interesting how the USA compares to places like Turkey and Mongolia. The other countries eat a lot more fruit. We eat a ton more pizzas.
Pearl Cup is opening its second location in the Dallas Arts District, inside the AT&T PAC. Luke Darby from City of Ate caught a whiff of the coffee news, and writes that the “cafe will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until one hour after any performance.”
I was talking with a friend of mine who buys three or four “cups” of fancy coffee every day. When I say fancy, I mean a latte from Starbuck’s, an espresso from Pearl Cup, or macchiato from Oddfellow’s, not a paper cup of Folger’s at 7-11.
We did some quick math: He spends roughly $14 a day on coffee, not including the change he tossed in the tip jar. That’s roughly $100 a week. Stay with me: $400 a month. Ready for the reveal? About $4,800 a year. Say he’s in the 20 percent income bracket: He needs to make $6,000 a year to pay for his coffee. The obvious rant here is whether or not the coffee he consumes is Fairtrade certified coffee which, loosely defined, is ethically controlled to ensure everyone in the chain—farmers to consumers—is treated fairly.
Today I’m just curious: How much money do you spend a day on coffee?14 Comments »
In case you haven’t noticed (or hadn’t even voted), we’ve added some new categories to our Best of Big D: Food and Drink poll this year. With the number of trendy coffee shops growing in Dallas, it only made sense for us to add a ‘Best Coffee’ to the ballot. And food trucks. How could we ever forget these essential mobile kitchens? Food trucks make our world go ’round, and we’re honoring them by giving them a place on our polls.
I was already planning to write this post about food trucks being on Best of Big D before word hit the street that Tutta’s Pizza food truck was on fire this morning, according to George Lewis. Tutta’s Pizza is nominated for this year’s ‘Best Food Truck,’ and another contender, First Bite Gourmet, just tweeted out to them, “Oh no!!!!!! Ugh! Please let us know if you need anything else! We may be able to use some extra helpers??? Over the weekend??”
It’s clear the food truck community in Dallas is strong and supportive. Even though they’re all competing on the same ballot, they lend a hand wherever they can. I’m pretty proud of Dallas. Aren’t you? Now go vote.3 Comments »
On February 19, the day after an episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami aired, the phone line at International Bakery Cuban Dulceria blew up. The two sisters/owners, Rita and Sara Vazquez, began receiving a flood of calls about their coffee. “Ever since that show where Khloe Kardashian got a cortadito, we’ve had clients asking if we have them,” says Sara.
When a male customer of theirs – one who doesn’t come regularly – drove all the way from Dallas to their small bakery in Carrollton just for a morning cortadito, that’s when the Vazquez ladies knew something was up. “We went online and researched it,” says Rita. As soon as she read about Khloe’s crazy caffeine rampage for cortaditos on the “B**ch Slapped” episode, everything began to make sense.
Cortaditos are Cuba’s version of cortados. They’re usually served in a glass, but International Bakery Cuban Dulceria’s version comes in a yellow foam cup. Ascension Coffee would probably deem this practice blasphemous (they don’t let you take their cortados to-go because it ruins them, they say), but the sisters claim that their cortadito sales have increased 85% since the show aired. This small cup – with a half shot of espresso, steamed milk, cottony foam, and sugar – has brought cortadito fame to Carrollton. The ladies are right about their coffee, too. It’s good. A little sugary for me, but I can see why other people would drive 30 minutes for this. A two dollar cortadito paired with a flaky guava pastry? Muy bueno. What an excellent breakfast for less than three dollars.
This week’s post may as well be the sequel to last week‘s. At least in the sense that both recipes feature tomatoes and dried chilies prominently, and both of their names end with an appropriately festive ‘ole.’
But mole, if more common than posole, seems the more shrouded in mystery of the two. I mean there’s no real leap of faith involved in enjoying the various flavors of posole getting together, but chocolate in a savory sauce? WEIRD. (It’s not weird, I’m making a point) At some point, all of us – whether you’re a dainty food sophisticate or you have a hobo gutter palate – thought of chocolate as strictly the turf of sweets and, as such, the notion of chocolate serving as the linchpin of a pan-savory extravaganza probably seemed at first…off-putting. Not gum-mixed-with-popcorn off-putting, but still, like I said, weird.2 Comments »
I tipped my cappuccino just slightly toward my nose and drifted into a frothy, coffee fueled warmth of mind and it descended into my chest. You know the flash that flies through your brain and body as the first hint of coffee aroma lifts you into your day. Your eyes sink heavily behind your lids. For a moment, you become a part of that wandering sinewy transcendence that calms and invigorates with resplendent escape. It’s a pleasure and necessity for many, and there is a new contender on the block that you should consider when planning where to grab that first cup before you launch into your day with vigor and success-crushing determination. Most of you probably know The Alcove as a craft beer and wine bar, but in November they started offering fine espresso drinks from behind that same bar.
If Tyler Durden opened a coffee shop after he married Janis Joplin and made babies atop Mount Badass, Mudsmith on Greenville Ave. would be that coffee shop.
The first time I ventured in here, I immediately turned around realizing that I wasn’t cool enough yet to patronize this cozy, wide open coffee shop. Its long and fertile interior beckoned to me like the lilies of eastern Fiji that crawl and tenderly awaken your pores before bringing you to your knees before the sun. I returned and quickly realized that I needn’t fret over my style or coolness, for the people at Mudsmith welcome you with warmth and generosity. They are quiet and gentle, and they work to please you without spoiling the privacy that so many come to coffee shops for.
As some of you may recall, I brought to your attention a troublesome parking situation at Ascension Coffee. They were forcing unnecessary valet in their tiny parking lot and prohibiting parking in the front spots, which number only 14 and are shared with a salon. This seemed wildly inappropriate considering the to-go attitude of many of its patrons. Ascension claimed that due to high traffic and no spots being available, people were backing out on to Oak Lawn and causing a log jam situation that wasn’t safe for anyone. In this case, their valet tactics proved wearisome, to say the least.
I received an email from Russell Hayward this morning letting me know they had corrected the issue as best they could in response to all of your input, which was beautifully succinct and effectively conveyed. You guys are awesome. See email below.
Hey Matthew, i think we finally got everybody in the right place on the Valet situation. It will now be just ‘overflow’ parking, all the self park spaces will be available for self parkers. Thanks to all your readers for their comments, it helped get everyone on board as to what our customers require. I left a note up on the Blog for whomever follows the story.
I gotta say, I think they nailed it. Thanks to all of your insightful response, we levied a major flood of injustice here. So, please, go to Ascension and try their coffee and their food. It’s really good stuff, as I said earlier. The righteous have prevailed and our voices will not be squashed by the elite (though no elite were really involved here or harmed during the progression of this hot topic). We are the people and we demand freedom of choice and convenience along with our fancy, artisan indulgence. Tonight, we sleep in peace.
The super hipster coffee house trend is invading Dallas, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. Brooke Humphries, the same woman behind ACME F&B and Barcadia Bar, is the coffee brains behind Mudsmith, a new shop opening at 2114 Greenville Ave., across the road from the future Trader Joe’s. It’s fancy schmancy, just like all the other new coffee shops these days, and it will be serving Four Barrel coffee out of San Francisco.
The press release states:
Mudsmith baristas will be using Chemex and V-60 for slow pour over methods and two custom made Stradas by La Marzocco for specialty espresso drinks. French press will be the house coffee. All coffee drinks will be carefully made with the Four Barrel beans and specific technique. Eight craft beers and four wines on tap will rotate frequently. Fresh pastries baked in-house and a selection of sandwiches such as the jalapeno meatloaf with redneck cheddar and guava BBQ sauce and a ham and cheese with raisin chutney also made in-house with local and organic ingredients will be offered. Three Happy Cows yogurt, Roots Juices and several other local companies’ product will fill the shelves of the coolers.
Mudsmith opens January 28 at 7 a.m. It’ll be serving coffee seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
I will try and be brief, but the caffeine pulsing through my veins is beckoning a shake, a jump, and a long winded recounting of my morning at Ascension Coffee, this new and beautiful coffee laboratory/bar in the Design District. I was greeted happily by the shop’s coffee sommelier, Mike Mettendorf, and the passion and joy exuding from this hospitable gentleman is contagious. He loves what he does, and he says that Ascension Coffee caters predominantly to the luxurious coffee drinkers, while still leaving no short straw for any convenience drinker.
A lot has already been said about Ascension Coffee already, so I won’t bog you down with details. (Plus, news of the Connecticut shooting today has made it terribly hard for me to concentrate on anything. It’s been a rather dreadful day, and all my thoughts are going out to the families affected by what’s happened.)
Here are a few snappy ones, anyway:
Service starts bright and early tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.
Sorry, Oak Cliff. Sorry, Rob Shearer. East Dallas is starting to look a little more hip than Oak Cliff these days.
Cane Rosso announced last month that it’s planting its second location there, and now word comes that Houndstooth Coffee, a coffee-serious bar and shop based in Austin, is opening a 1450 square foot space on the southeast corner of Skillman and Oram.
Dallas native Sean Henry opened his first Houndstooth Coffee in Central Austin, but now he’s bringing his carefully curated coffee selection (which includes Cuvee, Counter Culture, and Madcap Coffee), at least two espresso options, and three brewed-by-cup coffees offered any given day to his hometown. Houndstooth also offers muffins and croissants, along with a beer and wine list for those of you not into coffee. We’re pretty sure that you will be, though, especially with the Houndstooth baristas guiding you through a special customization process that’ll ensure your becoming one of their patrons forever and ever.
Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses here in DFW. For the twelve days, we’ll be highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Drinkables Day. If you’ve got a product that you want included, send me an email with your information and a picture. This list will often be updated, so don’t fret about deadlines. We’re here to serve you guys.
Coffeemaker Kevin Sprague makes top notch roasts in East Dallas. His Noble Coyote Coffee (David Hopkins expounds upon Sprague’s process in this Edible DFW piece, pgs. 24-25) is well balanced and fresh, and all the flavors are made from fair trade beans grown from using sustainable methods. Sprague also says he’s going to do something special for all you guys, because it is, you know, almost Christmas. He will:
In my twenties I lived with a young vampire east of Italy, Texas. In some of the most heated battles over our lovesick differences, we came to the conclusion that a riddling philosophical rift beset our passion. The vampire believed his people’s origins were born out of medieval blood barons kidnapping Wiccans and sacrificing them to their own gods, and out of revenge, the Wicca gods made them vampires to suffer in eternity. Sure. The reality is that they are spawned from attorneys. Well, this battle often led to me getting bit and Mahon, as was his name, going underground to sleep for several days. Fidelity waned but we could always find our common ground with food. Yes, vampires can eat, and for some reason Mahon always loved this little spot in Lakewood called Legal Grounds. I shall now impart upon you a small preview into the fantastic enchantments spawned from this charming little café.
Back in October, our fearless coffee connoisseur Todd Johnson named Mercantile Coffeehouse as having the third best cup of coffee in town. I was in the local coffeehouse this morning when I found out it’s closing. Tomorrow. At noon. I’m very sad to see this local shop going. But I did find that its hours weren’t the most conducive to downtown residents. Most nights, the shop closed down by 6. It was always closed on holidays, a time when most downtown residents are home and looking for some good coffee. I do hope that another coffee shop will come in. I think it can work there.
If you want to say goodbye, you have just a day left. Grab one of the best cups of coffee Dallas has to offer before it’s gone. You can’t get the orange ginger muffin, though. I took the last one.21 Comments »
First, there was In-n-Out Burger, then came See’s Candies and Trader Joe’s. Now another one of California’s imports, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, is planting itself in DFW and will attempt to convert many of you Starbucks people into the original ice blended coffee drinkers. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is opening at 15250 North Tollway, right next to In-n-Out. It’s going to become the California corner of Dallas in September, just you watch.
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Bradford Pearson over on Oak Cliff People noted this new coffee development: The OC Coffee Roasters posted on their Facebook page a sideways photo of what definitely looks like a permit for a space at 819 West Davis Street. A call to Shannan Neffendorf provided some very mysterious details (or lack thereof). All that he will will divulge is this: The Neffendorf couple is going to open a little cafe where they sell coffee and beans (duh), but it’s “going to be a little unique,” says coffeeman Shannon.
There will be a limited menu and limited hours, and the roasters are still in the process of choosing “more niche, more boutique kind of machines” that are different from the run-of-the-mill types. Customers will be able to see the whole roasting process, which is something the OC Coffee Roasters want to make more visible. Neffendorf is pretty mum on the details. Maybe it’s still too early for me to be asking all these questions, but Neffendorf does say that the coffee shop might be open in January 2013. Maybe.