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Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 9:57 AM
— Zombie Dogz restaurant and food truck has built its success on the knowledge that hot dogs remain one of America’s most favorite of favorite foods, even as our collective tastes have grown gourmet.
I’ve seen their dogs with roasted corn, avocado puree and cilantro; with feta and tzaziki; with arugala and tomato jam. They keep freshening up the menu, which keeps their fans coming back for more.
There’s been jubilation since the announcement Monday that in September they’ll be opening a bricks-and-mortar restaurant at 1200 Brown St. near the University of Dayton. The news is bittersweet, however, because it means that the food truck won’t be making the rounds much after July as owners Dave and Lee VanArtsdalen focus on opening the restaurant.
Withdrawal from Dayton’s most famous dogs will be difficult later this summer, and to help you get through the pain, we offer a recipe for gourmet dogs that you can make in minutes at home.
From there, experiment with what you have in the fridge and in the pantry, as well as what you like. Be bold. Try cheese curds and gravy; tortilla chips, guacamole, queso and jalapenos; mashed potatoes or onion rings; egg salad; even fried bananas.
A photo posted by Zombiedogz (@zombiedogzdayton) on
THAI-STYLE HOT DOGS
½ cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
½ cup shredded carrots
½ (10-ounce) bag shredded red cabbage
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons less-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons Thai red chili sauce
2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sugar-free maple-flavor syrup
1½ teaspoons less-sodium soy sauce
6 all-beef kosher hot dogs
6 whole wheat hot dog buns
¼ cup raw unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped
6 teaspoons sesame seeds
1. To make the slaw: In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, carrots, red cabbage and cilantro. In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar and Thai red chili sauce. Pour this over the vegetables and toss to evenly cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. To make the peanut sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, sesame oil, syrup and soy sauce. Set aside until ready to serve.
3. To assemble: Preheat an indoor grill, grill pan, or outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Coat the indoor grill or grill pan with cooking spray. Grill the hot dogs for 2 to 3 minutes on all sides.
4. Place one grilled hot dog in a bun, top with 2 tablespoons slaw, ¾ tablespoon peanut sauce, a heaping ½ tablespoon peanuts, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds.
5. Refrigerate any leftover slaw or serve it as a side dish.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:02 PM
— CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anyone can get their hands on the latest buzzy food craze: You just walk up to the deli at a Whole Foods, tell them you want “that TTLA sandwich” and pay $8 at the cash register.
That is, unless the deli is out of the ingredients, particularly the vegan tempeh “bacon” strips that are stuffed into the sandwich. Between a viral video (vegan actress Tabitha Brown singing and having an apparent religious experience) and the Twitter/Instagram/Facebook-friendly #TTLA hash tag, the nation is apparently experiencing shortages of tempeh bacon.
The whole thing started in January after Brown ordered the sandwich at a Whole Foods in California. It took off, helped along by people posting about the #TTLA Challenge.
At my local Whole Foods, there’s been such a run on the Smoky TTLA Sandwich that it took me more than a week to actually find it in stock.
“People come in all day long,” one clerk said. “We ran out of tempeh bacon.”
Kristina Morris of Charlotte was in line behind me at the deli counter, waiting to pick up two sandwiches. She was taking one to her stepfather, who is trying to go vegan at the age of 56. She saw the sandwich on Facebook.
“I’m going to try it too,” she said.
After all the fuss, what’s the sandwich like? Mine didn’t have all the dark leafy greens (or the pickle) that Tabitha Brown got. But it did have a generous stack of seven slices of tempeh bacon (that may explain why it runs out so fast), a pile of shredded lettuce, a generous slathering of roasted garlic Vegenaise (that ghostly white vegetarian mayonnaise), two slices of tomato, six or seven thin slices of avocado and a salt/pepper mix on ciabatta bread.
About that tempeh bacon: Let’s be generous and call it “bacon-ish.” To a non-vegan, it tastes like what bacon would taste like if pigs were made of cardboard. So the sandwich misses that essential soft-tomato/crispy bacon fat-and-salt hit of a real BLT.
Still, there’s enough gushiness from the avocado and the Vegenaise (note to self: get the roasted garlic flavor) to give the whole thing plenty of flavor, especially with the crusty ciabatta adding some crunch to offset the weirdly mushy tempeh slices.
Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
— To us in Dayton, king cake may seem like a bit of a novelty. However, those from or living in the Gulf Coast area take it very seriously.
Commonly enjoyed on Fat Tuesday -- which will be celebrated on Feb. 13, 2018 this year -- the origin of the king cake goes back to Biblical times as part of the celebration of the Epiphany, celebrated on Jan. 6. Its popularity spread across Europe as a Christmastime delicacy before making its way to North America.
French settlers brought the recipe to the Gulf Coast in the 1700s, where the cinnamon-flavored treat was later associated with carnival season.
King cake recipes have transformed into various forms over the centuries, with a small baby doll being included somewhere inside the cake itself to symbolize the birth of Jesus at parties.
Tradition holds that the party guest who gets the piece of cake with the doll in it will be blessed with good fortune and be crowned the king or queen of said party. But royalty has its obligations as well, as the winner must provide the king cake the following year.
WHERE TO GET KING CAKE NEAR DAYTON
* Ashley’s Pastry Shop - 21 Park Avenue, Dayton 45419
* Big Sky Bread Company - 3070 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton 45429
* Dorothy Lane Markets - Oakwood, Washington Square and Springboro
* Ele Cake Company - West Carrollton, Beavercreek and Austin Landing
* Evans Bakery - 700 Troy Street, Dayton 45404
Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 7:47 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 7:47 PM
If there is one culinary constant in this world, it's pizza. And this city knows how to do pizza right.
Whether you're a fan of thin or thick crust, Brooklyn-style or square-cut, there's no doubt that the Gem City has a pizza place that will fulfill your tastebuds' demands.
Here is our guide to Dayton-area pizza restaurants, with a focus on local establishments.
Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 @ 2:48 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 @ 2:48 PM
The Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier shop that opened Dec. 1 in the Shops of Oakwood was mentioned quite favorably in a column published last week in goop, an online newsletter/web magazine launched by Gwyneth Paltrow.
In a column entitled “What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day,” Kate Wolfson, Senior Editor for goop, listed several gift items that she said are all about the “grand romantic gesture—give me a year’s worth of flower deliveries or an impossible reservation to my favorite restaurant, and I’m yours.”
Among those items listed was the Madame Delluc box of chocolates, “Ballotin 18 Pralines” ($39.50).
Madame Delluc at 2510 Far Hills Ave. is the first venture of Francoise Imports, operated by Francoise Walusis and her husband John Walusis of Washington Twp., and her brother-in-law Brian Walusis of Miami Twp. Francoise Walusis is a native of Belgium whose father was a diplomat for the Belgian government, and she came to Ohio 20 years ago to attend Wittenberg University.
The Madame Delluc shop is the first in the U.S. for the Belgium-based Mary Chocolatier, founded in Brussels in 1919. The company operates nine shops in Belgium, and only two outside of the country: in Russia and South Africa.
“My husband and I stumbled on Mary chocolate in Belgium and have been obsessed ever since,” goop writer Wolfson wrote. “There’s one tiny shop in Ohio that sells them in the U.S., and that’s it.”
Madame Delluc only recently added online ordering capability for its selection of chocolates and other candies.
The company produces its chocolates using original recipes developed by founder Marie Delluc in the 1920s, Francoise Walusis said. The new Oakwood shop offers a variety of Belgian pralines that consist of a dark, milk or light chocolate shell with a softer, creamy filling; a half-dozen truffle-style confections; candied orange peel, lemon peel and ginger; and solid chocolate wafers in various flavors, among other items.
John Walusis said in December that he and the shop’s co-founders intend to develop the North American market, with the Oakwood shop as the flagship store. “We feel there is no better place to launch this than Dayton, Ohio,” he said.