Tommy Tolls is the Cotton Candy guy. He’s going to be standing inside Cassie’s Frozen Yogurt booth at the Texas State Fair starting on September 28, supervising the cooks to make sure they make the fried cotton candy balls perfectly right. Cassie Uptmore, who started her froyo biz in Grapevine and had her own booth at the Fair for the first time last year, entered in the 2012 Big Tex Choice Awards competition, but she didn’t get a finalist nod. (Abel Gonzales and Butch Benavides ended up taking home the trophies with their deep fried jambalaya and bacon cinnamon roll, respectively.) Still, her fried cotton candy will definitely be making its debut at the State Fair, and I have a feeling it’ll be a big hit among kiddos all over the state.
Jump if you like fried stuff.
See the picture of the nice man? His name is Bob Derian and he is a chef. His official title is Director of Food & Beverage Innovation at RaceTrac Petroleum. His job is to create a delightful food experience in a gas station convenience store. We love good food in gas stations, especially tacos. But a chef-driven gas station is unique.
Brace yourself, Bertha. On June 21, Little Elm will debut the first RaceTrac’s RT6K store in our area. The 6,000-square foot gasoline convenience store will feature a 24-hour Swirl World Yogurt frozen yogurt shop with more than 40 toppings to choose from, a walk-in beer cooler, free Wi-Fi, tasty breakfast items, premium coffee, and outdoor seating. I can’t wait until John Tesar gets his hands on this concept. A free sous-vide burger with every fill-up. Oh, the possibilities are endless. (2100 FM 423. Little Elm, TX 75068)2 Comments »
It’s National Froyo Day, which means you can get FREE frozen yogurt at any Yogurtland location between the hours of 4 and 7 pm today. I’m only posting this in case there are any weirdos out there obsessed with Yogurtland’s spoons. Yogurtland is giving out special edition collector spoons and cups that would look great in my, uh, growing collection.
I just called all of the Orange Cup locations in Dallas and the phones are disconnected. Now, does this mean frozen yogurt is trending down? I don’t know as I am not an expert in the frozen yogurt business. But, now that I think about it, I haven’t been getting blasted by shop openings. Just cake balls. Every day another cake ball. What is the next sweet trend? (I did like the pie shakes idea.)7 Comments »
Oh, how I love anything made with pumpkin. Yesterday, I bought a dozen pumpkin bagels at Einstein’s. Starting today, I’m searching for anything made with pumpkin–desserts, soup, pancakes, bread, pasta—anything. If you see it or make it, let us know below.21 Comments »
Dude Sweet owner Katherine Clapner posted on her shop’s Facebook page this weekend’s featured frozen flavors, and they sound like a crazy, creative, and tasty way to beat the heat. FROZEN YOGURTS: fig/malted milk and banana/baharat. ICE CREAMS: rooibus/white chocolate and ginger beer. SORBETS: blueberry/fennel pollen, kiwi/matcha, miso/togarashi, chocolate/pomegranate molasses, and Mexican papaya/agave.
Dang! Where ever shall we find organic pink guava frozen yogurt. A loyal Disher reports a “For Lease” sign in the window of Natsumi, the foodie-friendly fro-yo joint on Henderson. Does anyone think the horrific parking situation on that stretch of Henderson is responsible for the death of this spot? That stretch of road is killing itself slowly. Let’s hope Natsumi is relocating.
UPDATE: Natsumi has a space in Shed 2 at the Dallas Farmers Market. If you haven’t been to the newly remodeled Shed 2 recently, you must go.
Dallas-based Yumilicious (an off-the-record fave among the D editorial crew) is gearing up to give away free fro yo in Snider Plaza from 5 to 9 pm on Dec. 10 to celebrate the grand opening of its 8th location. Show up for your share of the low-fat treats, as well as raffle drawings, and the possibility of a chance encounter with hostess (and Dallas’ own Project Runway designer) Shirin Askari. (We’re not sure how many flavors will be available on the day of the opening, but, ultimately, the location will serve 16 flavors from avocado to red velvet and 40+ toppings.)
The raffle prizes don’t stink either: a 32GB iPad plus 3G, two tickets to Shirin Askari’s fashion show, one free yogurt per week for a year, 100 t-shirts, gift cards, and more. Work off the few calories you’ve taken in by grooving to tunes provided by DJ Tek-Neek.
The deals continue throughout the weekend: on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12 guests will receive 20% off all day and have another chance to win the 32GB iPad+3G.2 Comments »
Trends come and trends go. Some of us witnessed the frozen yogurt craze in the 80s and early 90s. Now it’s back in a big way. Or is it gone already? Are we really, as DMN’s Leslie Brenner contends, in the midst of a taco uptrend? Or is she very late to the taco party that has been happening here for decades? How long before all of the cupcakes stores are empty waiting for the next cupcake? Oh, it’s here! Cake balls. I guess I should ask what is the next cake ball?
Jump for the fascinating, decidedly unscientific data. And then tell us, what’s the best trend you’ve seen lately? What do you really enjoy? And which trend do you just shake your head at, and wonder, “Why?”11 Comments »
Do you love it so much that you’d want to eat Pinkberry for free for a whole year? We thought you might. We’re giving away that opportunity.2 Comments »
In celebration of the fact that summer has officially arrived — though I’m not so sure any of us really want to celebrate 100 degree days — Natsumi on Henderson Avenue is offering $1 small cups of gelato and frozen yogurt through this Thursday. Might as well get sweet and sticky instead of sweaty.4 Comments »
To be honest with you, the main reason I went to eat at Al’s Steakhouse and Salad Bar was because it was close to Pinkberry in Preston Royal. It was early in my addiction to pomegranate frozen yogurt. I liked the dinner but loved the rush across Royal for swirly goodness.
As a recovering FroYoHo, it was difficult for me to dine at Al’s a second time. Not only could I look out the front window and see Pinkberry customers toting their swirly goodness to their swirly expensive cars, the opening chef, swirly Gaspar Stantic, had left the kitchen. I survived and so did both of my dining experiences. Al’s is a small, friendly, neighborhood steakhouse that serves high quality meat at lower than upscale steakhouse prices. With a Pinkberry across the street. With mango frozen yogurt. And a new frequent buyer card (buy 10 get one free). Across the street from Al’s Steakhouse and Salad Bar in Dallas.5 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 »