In Downtown Dallas, Euro-Style Cafe Strada Offers Coffee and Gelato

On Friday, February 28, Gianpiero Lorenzo and Dave Pedack were merely setting up chairs outside of their new cafe for a Facebook photo, when a flood of people stopped by and started enjoying the first fruits of their labor. Lorenzo, from Naples, and Pedack intended to open their brand-new sidewalk street cafe at 1520 Elm Street, aptly named Cafe Strada, quietly. But clearly that didn’t happen.

“We completely sold out of gelato!” Lorenzo tells me. On the very first day, the Euro-style cafe ran out of 20 gallons of house-made gelato. The pistachio, black cherry, and hazelnut mocha—all gone. Only a little bit of mango sorbet was left.

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Mokah in Deep Ellum

Today I will let the pictures do the talking, but there a few things you need to know: Mokah Coffee, housed inside the Life in Deep Ellum Cultural Center, is awesome. In Dallas, there is no shortage of quality coffee shops. You’re never more than a Frisbee toss away from fresh beans, steamed milk, and sweet pastries. For those of you more in touch than myself—which seems to be everyone—Mokah Coffee is nothing new. It’s been here for years. Even before all the so-hip-it-hurts coffee labs starting springing into action over the last two years, Mokah was already well-established.

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Joel Salatin Preaches at Urban Acres’ Second Annual Steward’s Dinner

Urban Acres transformed its nondescript warehouse into a fair-themed event space for its 2nd Annual Steward’s Dinner on Tuesday night. While the true focuses were the creative dishes prepared by local chefs and a much-anticipated talk by farmer Joel Salatin, the décor set the stage for a fun evening. With a face painter and a man on stilts, nothing could go wrong. A sign greeting attendees proclaimed the dinner a “No Waste Event.” Urban Acres takes sustainability seriously. The theme ran throughout the evening with constant reminders that everything was compostable or recyclable.

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Newly Remodeled Origin Kitchen + Bar is Now a Full-Service Restaurant

Back in October, City of Ate reported that Origin Natural Food (4438 McKinney Avenue, Suite 150) was closing down its takeaway-food-and-coffee program, changing things up, and re-opening as a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Well, today is the big day.

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Pearl Cup on Henderson Closes, Austin-Based Houndstooth Coffee Takes Over

Pearl Cup has announced that it will be closing its flagship location on Henderson.

“It’s a sad day when you have to announce the closing of your first coffee shop location. We opened Pearl Cup Coffee when Henderson Avenue didn’t have much to offer other than a handful of bars. We had a hand in building the Dallas coffee culture to what it is today, and we are quite proud of that feat, but the incredibly high rents are simply not sustainable for a true coffee shop… We are very disappointed that we were unsuccessful at negotiating an affordable rent structure and that we will no longer be a part of this neighborhood.”

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Congratulations to Our Nespresso Pixie Machine Contest Winners!

For the last two weeks, we’ve had a Nespresso Pixie machine contest, and people all over Dallas have been submitting their entries via Twitter and Instagram. (Yes, we made y’all jump through some hoops, but that’s because this is a mighty big prize.) Well. We’ve gotten 29 entries and it’s been a real pleasure viewing […]

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Giveaway: Nespresso Pixie Machine, Two Milk Frothers, 10 Dharkan Capsules, Pixie Intensity Kit, and Two Cappuccino Cups and Saucers

Happy Monday, everyone. Nespresso is about to make this gloomy weather day about a thousand kilowatts brighter. A few weeks ago, the leading brand of coffee machines sent us a Pixie machine + a bunch of other great stuff. Instead of hoarding it all (preferable), we’ve decided to give it away to two of you lucky […]

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‘Tis the Season of Pumpkin: 7 Foods and Drinks to Satisfy Your Fall Cravings

You like pumpkin, I like pumpkin, we all love pumpkin. You’re a grinch if you don’t. ‘Tis season of pumpkin-mania. People go crazy over Starbucks’ pumpkin lattes and pumpkin cookies and pumpkin muffins. I, for one, am not immune to this very serious fall fever. Well, friends. I have options that will take you to […]

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Fourteen Eighteen Coffeehouse in Downtown Plano Has Already Become a Neighborhood Favorite

Downtown Plano is getting quite hip. Gone are the days when stores there used to sell Ty Beanie Babies. Now adorable restaurants and jewelry shops line main street, while happy people stroll about… even when it’s muggy outside. (Saturday weather, you kinda sucked.) Lockhart Smokehouse liked the area so much, it decided to build its […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Davis Street Espresso in Oak Cliff

The Bishop Arts District has adorned itself with yet another ornament of hip sophistication with the addition of Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters’ Davis Street Espresso. Wow, that’s a lot of titles in a single sentence. At first, I was confused by what to call it—and I’m assuming most people will refer to it as Oak […]

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Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters Cafe is Now Open

Rick Lopez at Oak Cliff People has the story and the picture to prove it. Here’s the news. Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters at Tyler and Davis Streets finally opened its doors today. Jenni and Shannon Neffendorf, who live in L.O. Daniel, have been roasting for four years – five single origins and four blends, to be exact – […]

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Taste Test Thursday: Cold Brews

There’s nothing worse in life than ordering an iced coffee and watching the barista pour hot coffee over ice. Nothing. Worse. The coffee just becomes watery and, basically, you’ve spent $3-$4 on bittery cold water. Your wallet hates you for it. In fact, it wants to break up with you. That’s why cold brews are […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Sip Stir Cafe in Uptown

An evil tyrant, who may or may not also be your father, just kidnapped the one woman who can save your city from a deadly alien virus. And the only person who can save her life, restore order to the metropolis, and finally conquer that overbearing, deadbeat dad is you. You’ll face an insurmountable cadre […]

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Sneak Peek: Weekend Coffee at the Joule Hotel

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 […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: 13 Survival Foods You Need in Case There’s Ever an Apocalypse

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 […]

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