St. Paddy’s Day is Over, But the Memory of Cook Hall’s Irish Beer Dinner Lives On

The Emerald Isle isn’t historically known for its culinary prowess, but rather a land blessed with bounties of cabbage, potatoes, carrots and corned beef, all of which are traditionally prepared with minimal transformation. Before we move on, let’s address a couple of things for those that don’t know me personally: Yours truly is a proud ginger who happens to appreciate cabbage, potatoes, carrots and corned beef, and does not relish, nor require, unnecessary fiddling with quality ingredients! Okay. Now that we’re friends (and that you trust my judgment), I feel that I can assuredly state that I sincerely enjoyed the authentic Irish pairings offered at Cook Halls’ pre-Paddy’s Day beer dinner last Friday.

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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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The Scoop on Melt Ice Creams in Fort Worth

Brown sugar coffee, lavender honey, and lemon basil sorbet: these are just a few of the homemade flavors planned for the soon-to-be talk of Fort Worth, Melt Ice Creams. (Eater wrote about it earlier this month.) Kari Crowe Seher, Fort Worth photographer/ice cream enthusiast, saw the need over the past few years for an ice cream shop in her Fort Worth neighborhood. After mulling over the idea, Seher got to work.

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Blue Bell Releases New ‘I ♥ Chocolate Ice Cream’ Flavor Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

In Texas, we heart Blue Bell just as much as Floridians love their Publix-brand ice cream. And for a V-Day grinch like me, a gal who has the pleasure of assembling a very long list of places to dine out on February 14, there’s really no joy in all this lovey-dovey frou frou.

But if Valentine’s inspires super-chocolate-desserts like Blue Bell’s newest flavor, I can definitely get on board. The ‘I ♥ Chocolate Ice Cream’ flavor is a game-changer.

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People We Love: Diego Comparin, Paciugo’s Top Taste-Tester

Growing up, gelato was always a birthday treat. Paciugo’s cone was something that I only ate once a year or on very special occasions, given my family’s tendency to prefer the cheapness of Braum’s. After spending a week in Italy over Christmas, eating really fantastic San Crispino gelato in Rome and puke-worthy gelato in a random Florence shop, my loyalties still lie with Paciugo.

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iCream Cafe Delights Frisco with Liquid Nitrogen Treats

Heidi Ackerman was watching the Food Network’s Kid in a Candy Store when she saw owner Cora Shaw explain how iCream Cafe was born out of a grad school project. The original iCream Cafe, which is located in Chicago, uses liquid nitrogen machines to make ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and hot pudding right before each customer’s […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: The Truck Yard Adds Coolness to Greenville Avenue

It’s happening, witches.* However you pipe the pony, there’s good news for all of you. The Truck Yard is now open and it’s so cool that people visiting Austin will start saying, “This feels like Dallas.” Lower Greenville is blossoming like a case of the chilly-willies after a moonlight mushroom dance with Edgar Cayce. Great restaurants […]

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Eat This Now: The Festive Kitchen’s Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich

Now that we’re starting to sniff pumpkin-everything at the tips of our noses, it only makes sense to make as much of summer as we can. End summer 2013 with a bang. You know, eat an ice cream sandwich or two. Or three. Or four. The Festive Kitchen is this amazing little shop in Snider […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: A Look Inside Boxwood Tap & Grill

Look, I don’t have much time so this will have to be quick. Let’s just say I muttered the wrong version of a spell I learned from a half-rhinoceros demon that lives in a painting under the bridge, and now I only have 3 hours to reverse it or the city will be demolished. I’m […]

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6 Popsicle Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

My buddy Joslyn Taylor, who kicks it over at D Moms, has a post that makes my mouth water and my teeth itching to bite into a popsicle. These days, nothing beats homemade ice pops with real fruit.  (I just tried the nance and tamarind flavors at La Original Michoacana on Saturday. So good.) Anyone who’s […]

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Carnival Barker’s Ice Cream Will Open Retail Store Late May 2013 Inside Lower Greenville Food Truck Park

Remember when Teresa Gubbins broke the story on CultureMap about Lower Greenville’s new food truck park? Chef Jason Boso of Twisted Root is in charge of turning the vacant lot sitting across the street from a future Trader Joe’s into a buzzing new hotspot for truck foods.  Not only is he opening his own Philly […]

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The Top Twelve Bites I Put in My Mouth in 2012

There’s a common sentiment among restaurant critics: We eat a lot of poor quality and mediocre food before we taste something memorable. But, oh baby, when that over-the-top bite hits your mouth, you know you’ve found it. Something about the drink, dish, or dessert pushes it above the hundreds of thousands of other bites you’ve taken over […]

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Trader Joe’s in Plano Will Open on September 7

The culinarily curious only have to wait until September 7, just one week from today. That’s the date set for the grand opening on Trader Joe’s in Plano. If you want to do more than shop at Trader Joe’s, you can click here and apply for a job.(They offer full benefits and 10% off store […]

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Get Your Free Red Bull Float From Mooyah Today

Mooyah is taste-testing a new Red Bull float topped with vanilla ice cream, and anyone who desires to give this creation a whirl gets a free one today (August 8, 2012) at the Frisco location. The burger chain is trying out this new energy drink-meets-dessert concept, so feel free to give the Mooyah people some […]

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