It’s National Cheesecake Day, and The Cheesecake Factory has a new flavor

I love The Cheesecake Factory. I love the monolithic portions, enormous refillable soft drinks, and Firecracker Salmon Rolls. But most of all I love the battleship-sized cheesecakes in all flavors. A couple quick notes: National Cheesecake Day is July 30. It sneaks up on me every year. On July 29, The Cheesecake Factory’s newest flavor,…

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Brio Ice Cream is tasty and (relatively) guilt-less

It took me a while, but I’ve worked my way through all six flavors of Brio! Twice. (The exclamation point is part of the name, but eating twelve single-serving cups of ice cream is also pretty exciting). The verdict: Brio(!) is good, and my favorite flavor is strawberry.  Let’s talk about why this is important.…

Tried it: New retail baked goods from Otis Spunkmeyer

Otis Spunkmeyer is an interesting brand, one that you might know the name and remember seeing, but can’t quite remember where. The nearly 40 year old company hasn’t operated standalone retail stores for decades, but has made a niche for itself in the wholesale foodservice industry, selling packaged baked goods and cookie dough for onsite preparation…

Freshii bowls, wraps, salads, and soup.

Tried it: Freshii now open in Victory Park

Freshii isn’t exactly news. It was started in Canada a little over a decade ago, and has grown to have locations in just over 75 cities in 15 countries. There are now four in the city of Dallas alone. So why the interest? It’s notable that this brand of casual, fresh, healthy food restaurant was very…

Crave of the moment: Poke Bloody Mary

I love poke, and I love Bloody Marys. But put the two together? That’s brunch. The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas once rocked my world with a plate of Bibimbap-style tots, and they now appear to have answered our prayers to the Brunch Deities with this ono-looking cocktail that makes one long for pau hana. I’m not normally a fan…