The Dairy Free Diaries: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Caramel Syrup

It seems like everyone is becoming diary-free, gluten-free, and everything else that sounds remotely healthy. Is it a trend? Will it fade? Who knows. I, for one, have recently become lactose-intolerant. But before I mourned my dairy days, I decided to adjust old, familiar recipes to match my needs. Slowly, I’ve succumbed to my body’s peer pressure and have made a few dairy and gluten-free recipes lately.
I wanted to start off this series with the most original flavor: chocolate chip. (I had to add a twist, though. Cue the vegan caramel syrup.) This recipe, derived from Minimalist Baker, is made with coconut milk which makes the recipe not as heavy as normal ice cream flavors are typically. If you are looking for a light, sweet snack that won’t leave you feeling gross before you hit the sheets, then this recipe is exactly that.

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3 Dallas Deals for National Grilled Cheese Day

What’s gooey, cheesy, and dips perfectly in ketchup? Grilled cheese, of course. Tomorrow, April 12, is National Grilled Cheese Day, which is by far one of the best holidays ever invented. Whether it’s a plain Jane grilled cheese or a fancy prosciutto-and-tomato, there’s always room for one more.

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At the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival, There’s Lots to Love

Restaurateurs, craft breweries, distilleries, and food artisans showcased their most savory treats to Fort Worth Food and Wine festival-goers this past weekend, bringing flavors of both Fort Worth and Dallas to the masses. I was lucky enough to attend two of the many events the festival had to offer, including the Grand Tasting and Sip & Savor events at the Renaissance Worthington. With enough food and drinks to go around, I can tell you I will not be eating for another week. But I will probably be hitting up one of the restaurants I sampled at the festival.

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Fast-Casual Chain Pollo Tropical Opens First Texas Location in Addison

Pollo Tropical is bringing Caribbean flavors straight to Addison with its first Texas location, which opens today. This Miami founded, fast-casual chain restaurant serves meats, vegetables, spices, and sauces all prepared in-house. With an extensive menu at such an affordable cost, you can pick up, sit-down, or drive through Pollo Tropical for a taste of the tropics.

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12 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas

The luckiest day of the year is right around the corner, thanks to the Irish, of course. Bagpipers, red heads, beer, corned beef, and cabbage may be stereotypical of St. Patrick’s Day, but never under-appreciated in Dallas. Check out these 12 beautiful ways to celebrate St. Patty’s with some food and drink.

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Texas Burrito Company, a New Food Truck, Launches in Dallas

Last night, I was invited to an event at the Community Brewing Company to sample Two Trucks’ newest addition to its food truck family, Texas Burrito Company. Texas Burrito Company serves burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads, which all scream Mexican with a little bit of Texan on the side. I ordered the Rio Grande, a flour tortilla stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese, brown or white rice, black beans, sweet barbacoa pork, topped with a green chile sauce. Oh man, was this not your average Chipotle burrito. The sweet barbacoa pork paired with the spicy green chile sauce made for the perfect combination of pure burrito goodness. My friend ordered the Amarillo By Morning burrito, which comes with a four tortilla, queso fresco, brown or white rice, black beans, green chili chicken and roasted garlic with tomatillo sauce and a sour cream drizzle. If you’re into the plain-jane chicken burrito thing, then this is the burrito for you. It’s nothing crazy-adventurous yet still delicious.

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Lead Your Own Food Tour: Dine Around at the Village on the Green

La Perla d’Italia, Pho House, Mughlai Fine Indian Cuisine, and Maximo invited me as a guest on Wednesday for a food tour at the Village on the Green. I was given a tasting at each restaurant (the opposite of little Costco-sized samples), all thankfully within walking distance of each other. Four restaurants and way too much food later, I think it’s safe to say I was stuffed. If you didn’t think it was possible to have Italian, Indian, Vietnamese, and Mexican food all in one night, it’s definitely do-able, as long as you exercise portion control.

For a fun night, try taking your own food tour at the Village on the Green with family and friends. Order one or two dishes at each place, and experience four different ethnic cuisines at its best. Follow my lead or forge your own path. Either way, you’ll leave feeling full and satisfied.

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