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Frosé at Taco Bell? Restaurant tries to lure millennials with frozen rosé wine

Say hello to the Berry Frosé Twisted Freeze, Taco Bell’s new frozen rosé wine now available at select cantina-style restaurants.

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The California-based fast-food chain announced the millennial-friendly boozy drink as part of a limited test launch this summer.

Taco Bell’s $7.99 16-ounce frosé is made with a couple of ounces of Charles & Charles rosé wine blended with a combination of berry flavors for “a tasty, strawberry-forward, easy-to-sip summer treat” as “refreshing as it is fabulous,” the restaurant told Thrillist.

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As of Wednesday, the new Instagram-worthy drink is only available at the Chicago Loop and Newport Beach Cantina locations. But there’s a chance the company will roll out the new item to more restaurants in the coming months.

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Last year, Taco Bell announced an expansion of 300-350 new cantina-style locations between 2017 and 2022. The restaurants are known for selling margaritas, sangria, beer and other alcohol-infused concoctions in addition to Taco Bell’s popular late-night food options.

A total of 2,000 new locations are slated for Taco Bell by 2022, according to the company website.

Blue Bell's Southern Blackberry Cobbler ice cream flavor hits stores for limited time

Just as temperatures are starting to soar, Blue Bell is bringing back another limited-edition ice cream flavor to help you cool down.

According to KDFW, the Brenham, Texas-based creamery announced the return of its Southern Blackberry Cobbler flavor Monday.

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"Ring the dessert bell!" the company tweeted Monday morning. "Southern Blackberry Cobbler is a creamy ice cream with a luscious blackberry flavor combined with flaky pie crust pieces and a blackberry sauce swirl. In stores beginning today!"

>> See the tweet here

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Ice cream lovers can can get the flavor by the pint or half-gallon, the Houston Chronicle reported. A half-cup serving has 180 calories, 9 grams of fat and 17 grams of sugar, according to the Blue Bell website.

Learn more here.

Big changes coming to 2nd Street Market starting this weekend

The 2nd Street Market will host one of its most eventful weekends starting this Friday, June 1.

The market at 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton will re-launch its Sunday hours that were a hit during last year’s trial run — only this year, the Sunday hours will last through Dec. 31. But first, it will host special “First Friday” events Friday, and the following day, will welcome back a half-dozen  outdoor farmers market vendors on Saturday.

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“Sunday hours were such a success last season that we have decided to extend this program even further into the year,” 2nd Street Market Manager Jimmy Harless said in a release. “We always strive to address the needs of the community, whether it’s extending hours or hosting vendors who accept SNAP benefits.” 

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On Friday, the Market will open be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as usual, then will reopen from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to be part of downtown Dayton’s “First Friday” festivities, hosting  live music and serving as a challenge location for the Great Dayton Adventure Race that evening. 

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Saturday marks the return of the Outdoor Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., when six vendors will set up just outside the market’s Second Street entrance. The fresh produce will be available through early October or thereabouts, depending on weather.

The outdoor vendors that will be at the Market are: Corner Hill Farms, Frieszell Liberty Garden, Garber Farm, Gypsy Chick Farm, Mile Creek Farm, and Harry’s Old Country Orchard. 

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The kickoff of Sunday hours will give customers a chance to shop more than 40 vendors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There also will be an opportunity to milk a live dairy cow in celebration of National Dairy Month, market officials said. 

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Last summer’s Summer Sunday Trial Run pleased both vendors and customers, according to surveys taken by Five Rivers MetroParks officials. Sunday attendance easily topped average Friday attendance, and about 90 percent of vendors reported that Sundays were profitable. The response “exceeded our three key performance indicators related to attendance, customer satisfaction and vendor sales expectations,” market officials said last October when they announced the added Sunday hours would return this summer. 

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 For a complete list of the market’s vendors — including 10 food vendors that prepare breakfast and lunch items and other vendors offering bread, milk, cheese, meats, oils, flour and a large selection of hand-crafted gifts — check out  www.metroparks.org/localfood

7 local delish donuts to indulge in

Who'd have thought that Dayton would be a prime location for local bakeries and donut shops? Though mass producers like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts have rivalries that span the entire country, there's something about stopping by your neighborhood bakery to select from a large variety of still-warm donuts and other baked goods (if you have the fortitude to look past the donuts) and knowing that it came out of the fryer only hours before.

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These are the seven Dayton-area donuts that you must try and consume -- you may regret eating them all in one sitting, so space them out:

>>Meet the woman behind one of Dayton’s most beloved bakeries 

🍩1. Devil’s foodcake donut at Bill’s Donuts 

268 N Main St., Centerville (937) 433-0002 | billsdonutshop.com 

Payment options: Cash, credit cards, checks 

Bill’s really needs no introduction. Recognized as one of the top 50 donut shops in the U.S. by Saveur Magazine and one of the top 10 in the country for glazed donuts by USA Today in 2013, Bill’s is a Dayton institution even though it moved to its current Centerville location in 1979. Just recently, its devil's foodcake donut's decadence earned it a spot on the Huffington Post's "Best Donuts in America" list. 

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Owners Jim Elam and Lisa Tucker strive to keep the same ambiance that they experienced working for their parents since the store opened in 1960, and work to be involved in the local Centerville community. Now, they’re working with a longtime customer to create a book about the history of Bill’s. If you have a fond story about your experience at Bill’s, be sure to mention it next time you stop in — it just might make the book!

🍩2. Peanut butter-filled donut at American Classic Donuts

4214 Linden Ave., Dayton  

(937) 252-5426 | Facebook

Payment: Cash and checks 

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The former “anti-Krispy Kreme” store on Linden Avenue offers a great variety of homemade donuts just off of Highway 35 and Woodman Drive, and is a well-deserved pit stop on any road trip going in and out of the city. Originally a Krispy Kreme franchise, it’s been family-owned since 1988, and offers wholesale products to several community members. You’re missing out if you don’t grab a peanut butter-filled donut or an apple fritter over a half-foot in diameter on your cheat day.

🍩3. Sour cream donut at Donut Palace

5115 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights

(937)802-5648 | Facebook 

Payments: Cash, credit cards, checks 

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Since 1972, the Donut Palace combines your classic donut shop with a sit-down diner, and though they’ve moved from their Salem Avenue location, you’ll find the same great tasting donuts from longtime baker Joe Rockey at the Dayton shop on James H. McGee Boulevard. And if you grab a jelly-filled donut and omit a scoop of black walnut ice cream on the side, what are you even doing? On Mondays and Wednesdays, grab a dozen glazed donuts or twists for $6 — but for any day, we recommend the sour cream donuts or the classic but oh-so delicious raised glazed donuts.

🍩4. Reese’s Delight donut at Stan the Donut Man

1441 Wilmington Ave., Dayton 

(937) 293-1080 

Payment: Cash, credit (except for American Express), checks 

For over 50 years, Stan the Donut Man has been serving up homemade donuts on Wilmington Ave. Their Reese’s Delight donut — with a Reese’s peanut butter cup in the center — and their maple-bacon doughnuts are particularly worth the time. If you live a little outside of the city, fear not: the family-owned business also runs a storefront in Xenia, though all of their products are made in the Dayton store.

🍩5. Blueberry cake donut at Jim’s Donut Shop

122 E National Rd., Vandalia 

(937) 898-4222 |  Facebook 

Payment: Cash or Checks 

Jim’s Donut Shop is a little off the beaten path up in Vandalia, but worth the drive. Open since the 1950s, Jim’s has some of the biggest apple fritters around and their blueberry cake donuts are always huge hits. Grab a large coffee, one of those bad boys and savor it while making new friends around Jim's wrapped counter top.

🍩6. Glazed strawberry creme-filled donut at Evans Bakery

>>Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining 

700 Troy St., Dayton 

(937) 228-4151 | Facebook  

Payment: Cash and credit cards 

Co-owner Jennifer Evans’ family has run the neighborhood bakery since 1969, and since 2012 she and partner Matthew Tepper have continued to provide some of the longtime favorites, along with new products created in-house from scratch all the time. They even deliver to businesses in downtown Dayton! Try the butterscotch cake doughnuts or the glazed — not iced! — strawberry creme-filled donuts.

🍩7. The “cronut” at Ashley’s Pastries

21 Park Ave., Oakwood 

(937) 293-1719 | ashleyspastries.com 

Payment: Cash and checks 

For 33 years, Theresa Hammons has been providing the Oakwood community with a full-service bakery at Ashley’s, and she knows the value of a perfectly fresh donut. Every day, donuts are the last product her bakers work on ahead of the work day, so they’re light, fluffy and delicious as soon as the store opens. 

If you remember the manic “cronut” phase a few years ago when foodies around the world “discovered” the glorious merge of a donut and croissant, note that Theresa has been making them for over a dozen years in her store. Who’d have thought Dayton would be ahead of the culinary curve? That deep-fried and glazed croissant is a must-try at Ashley’s, along with the bacon-chocolate-caramel donut. 

 

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know by emailing us at contact@dayton.com. 

A new type of chocolate? Yes, and an Oakwood shop just received a shipment of it

Oakwood chocolate shop Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier will introduce the Dayton area to new type of chocolate starting Friday, May 25.

“Ruby Chocolate” was developed by Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, and his firm has a long-standing relationship with Mary Chocolatier, the Belgium-based company whose chocolates are sold by the Madame Delluc shop at 2510 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood, according to Francoise Walusis, founder of the Oakwood shop.

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The pink color comes naturally. Ruby chocolate gets its pinkish color from the red bean of a specific type of cocoa plant grown in Brazil, Ecuador and Ivory Coast.

Walusis described the taste as fruity, with a berry-like sweetness that lingers. 

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“I’m still learning about it, and everything I read, it’s a bigger deal than I thought,” the Madame Delluc owner said.

The ruby chocolate is available in only one product in the Oakwood shop: the “Truffe Champagne Rose,” in which the ruby chocolate enrobes a center of dark chocolate mousse. The truffles are then rolled in powdered sugar, mostly obscuring the pink hue of the ruby chocolate, although the berry flavors that Walusis described do come through in the aftertaste.

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The special ruby-chocolate-enrobed truffles will sell at the shop for $3.25 per piece. Other truffles that are enrobed with “regular” milk, dark or white chocolate cost $2.15 per piece.

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For more information, check out the Madame Delluc Artisan Chocolatier web site

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The 4 best parts of the 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati — and some have nothing to do with the food

As the Taste of Cincinnati enters its 40th year, organizers work per usual to keep the event new while also retaining those popular elements that keep hungry Cincinnatians returning.

See below for what’s new at the Taste along with reassurances that your favorite parts aren’t going anywhere.

1. Music Bash

Apparently, 45 live musical acts on five stages is not enough. To ensure Taste-goers have more live music than they know what to do with, organizers are inaugurating a special, separate “Music Bash.” The lineup is The B-52s (“Love Shack”), Rick Springfield (“Jesse’s Girl”), and Loverboy (“Working for the Weekend,” “Lovin’ Every Minute of It.”) The Bash will take place on May 27 at 5 p.m. at the Sentinel Street entrance onto 5th St. Tickets are $29.99.

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2. New to the Taste

While food vendors at the Taste can fluctuate wildly from year to year, organizers say it’s slowed down a bit for 2018, allowing for a bit of continuity. That being said, there will be seven brand-new vendors offering their delicacies at the Taste this year. They are: Bridges (Nepalese), Dewey’s Pizza (craft pizzas, calzones, and salads), Quite Frankly (homemade beef franks and specialty sandwiches), Rovey’s Turkey (turkey burgers, sandwiches, dogs, and tacos), S.E.A. Cuisine Food Truck (Southeast Asian tacos, steak, sandwiches, rice, and salads), Sis’s on Monmouth (American comfort food), and Slice, Slice Baby (pizzas, calzones, and Italian subs).

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3. Best of Taste

About a month before the Taste, mystery judges visited the upcoming vendors and handed out awards for best dishes in various categories. Alfio’s Buon Cibo, an Italian eatery, did particularly well, winning first place both for Best Restaurant Dessert (chocolate raspberry tiramisu), and Best Restaurant Entrée (veal short rib ravioli). Other first-place winners include Island Frydays for their jerk chicken pasta (Best Appetizer), Tickle Pickle for their mac and cheese with crushed BBQ grippos (Best Soup-Salad Side), and the Silver Ladle for their Silver Ladle Salad (Restaurant Best GoVibrant!). GoVibrant! items are those who meet the American Heart Association’s standards for low fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Food trucks also got into the Best of Taste action. Adena’s Beefstroll cleaned up with their Ma’s meatball sub (Food Truck Best Entrée) and The Stroll (Best Food Truck Appetizer). Other winners include Packhouse for their jalapeno mac and cheese (Best Food Truck Soup-Salad Side), streetpops for their pineapple passionfruit streetpop (Best Food Truck GoVibrant!), and SugarSnap! for their “Make It A Sundae” Brownie (Best Food Truck Dessert).

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4. Other Highlights

As if there wasn’t enough food, courtesy of Findlay Market, there will actually be a “Taste within the Taste.” Over 20 vendors – some from Findlay Market, others “foodpreneurs” from Findlay Kitchen, will provide the Taste of Findlay Market, a diverse grouping of “bites” that will be available all weekend.

Students from the Art of the Piano Festival, otherwise known as the classical “rock stars” of today and tomorrow, will perform on the main stage on May 26 at noon.

The Cincinnati Pops Poptet, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s rhythm ensemble, will perform a series of standards and showtunes on the main stage on May 27 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Last but certainly not least, local media celebrities will compete in the annual soapbox GoVibrant! Veggie Races on May 25 from noon-1 p.m.

WANT TO GO?

What: Taste of Cincinnati

When: May 26-28

Where: Fifth St., downtown Cincinnati

Cost: No admission cost

More Info: www.tasteofcincinnati.com

'The Chew' canceled: ABC kills foodie talk show amid Mario Batali allegations

ABC’s appetite for afternoon talk show “The Chew” is over after seven years.

Instead, a third hour of “Good Morning America” will air at 1 p.m. starting this fall. 

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“The Chew,” currently hosted by Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Michael Symon, replaced “All My Children” in 2011. Former co-host chef Mario Batali was fired late last year after several women alleged he sexually harassed them at his New York restaurants. Batali is now under criminal investigation by the New York Police Department.

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The chat/food show’s ratings have fallen sharply this season to its lowest levels since its debut.

New episodes of “The Chew” will continue to air through the summer.

Details on who will host this third hour of “GMA” will be released later.

3 of the best spring wines to try under $20

It’s spring in Ohio and finally time to get out of the house. I feel like I’ve been hibernating for months, and by hibernating I mean drinking big, bold, warming red wines under 3 layers of blankets while I watch reality TV. Cute visual, huh? But now the sun is up, restaurants are opening up their patios and I am ready to pour something a little brighter into my wine carafe. 

Here are my picks for the best spring wines under $20: 

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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier - $13 

I have this theory that the most popular American wines are widely consumed because they are easy to pronounce. People know how to say “Cab-er-net” but for fear of sounding silly, no one orders a deep and beautiful Mourvedre. I would like to state for the record now that this is silly and we should all get over that. There are so many amazing and beautiful wines on the shelves, and much more interesting grapes than chardonnay, people! Step outside of your comfort zone and try the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier blend. If you’ve been drinking oaky buttery white wines all your days, this bottle is going to blow your mind. It’s aromatic, bursting with honeysuckle and orange blossom, crisp and luscious with flavors of stone and tropical fruits. Lingering mineral flavors and a balanced acidity make for a well-rounded, dry white wine. The flavors are approachable, yet unique to anything you’ve tried before. Pick it up at Arrow Wine for a really affordable price, oh, and by the way, it’s pronounced (vee-yon-N’YAY.) 

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Gassier Rosé - $17.99 

It’s no secret, I love me some rosé, especially when the temperatures outside start to climb. Rosés are bright, crisp, and refreshing - so refreshing, in fact, that they are slightly dangerous! A few sips can quickly turn into a few gulps, and next thing you know, your glass (or bottle!) is empty. One of my favorite rosés to sip on (and yes I do mean sip and savor) is the 2017 Gassier rosé. This beautiful French wine is a lovely shade of light (millennial) pink, a nice floral nose, and soft flavors of peach and grapefruit. Since rosés are growing in popularity, it’s hard to know what to look for, or even where to start. When I’m thinking about trying a new bottle, I personally look for two things: 1) If it’s from France, and 2) how light it is in color. This is a personal preference, of course, but I think the best rosés are coming out of France. I also prefer a light light pink over a blush wine. You’ll see a huge variance in rosé colors on the shelves, and I find the lighter wines are cripser and more floral while the darker shades taste more of berry and are a little bolder. The more you try, to more you can figure out what you like, and at a price like Gassier - you can try again and again! 

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Stella Pinot Grigio - $15 for a 4 pack of small cans 

There is almost nothing better in this life than wine on-the-go. Those who know me best, know that I rarely see a movie without a contraband can of champagne in my bag. (Sorry movie theaters.) A new wine is out on shelves here in Ohio and they are the cutest and most refreshing cans of white wine out there. This Pinot Grigio from Sicily is a mature wine in a fun package! The delicate flavors of white peach, and lemon peel are light and refreshing, perfect for one of Ohio’s hot spring days, enjoy it out at a picnic with some gal pals, or cool off with it in a movie theater! This wine will be even better in the summer, pool side! No matter where you enjoy it, this is a lovely and sophisticated wine for a great price. 

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Happy spring drinking, cheers and ciao!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tess is a young professional, home-baker and downtown Dayton dweller who spent years working in the restaurant industry. When she's not mixing drinks for restaurant patrons, she's drinking champagne, buying shoes, or writing her blog, Ciao Vella. You can read about her home recipes, party planning tips, and more at www.CiaoVellaBlog.com

National Nurses Week 2018: 5 freebies and deals

Businesses across the country are honoring nurses this week with freebies and deals for health care workers.

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National Nurses Week, which kicked off with National Nurses Day on May 6, runs through May 12, the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale.

Check out some of the offers below, and just to be on the safe side, contact your local stores and franchises to make sure they are participating:

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1. Cinnabon: Sweet! Nurses can get a free Cinnabon Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll or four-count order of BonBites by presenting their medical ID from May 6-12. Read more here.

2. Easy Spirit: Get 30 percent off your purchase at the shoe brand's website, EasySpirit.com, all month long with the coupon code NURSESWEEK30. Nurses also can enter the #MoveFor Healing Sweepstakes to win shoes for their team. Read more here.

3. PDQ: Nurses and teachers can get 50 percent off their order Tuesday, May 8, by showing their work ID. Read more here.

4. Potbelly Sandwich Shop: According to Newsweek, nurses "who show their medical ID or wear their scrubs" can get "a free fountain drink or cookie with their purchase of a sandwich." Read more here.

5. Chipotle Mexican Grill: Although the restaurant chain isn't running a promotion for nurses this week, USA Today reports that participating locations will offer nurses a buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos on June 5. Nurses must present a work ID to claim their freebie. Read more here.

Gold hot wings offered at NYC eatery

You have your mild, hot, extra hot and even Armageddon-melt-your-face-off varieties of hot wings; but how about the bar staple dusted in gold?

Two New York City restaurants are offering the decadent dinner. 

They’re called Foodgod 24 Karat wings and are being served at two locations of The Ainsworth: one in Chelsea and one in the East Village, the New York Daily News reported

The wings are a collaboration between the restaurant and Jonathan Cheban. 

You may know his name from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” the Daily News reported. He calls himself Foodgod now. 

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Foodgod’s recipe starts with the wings being soaked in coconut butter, gold butter, chipotle and honey batter for 24 hours. They’re served dusted with real gold flakes with a side of gourmet dipping blue cheese.

Ten wings cost $30 and 20 cost $60. For big spenders, there’s the option of 50 wings with a bottle of Jay-Z’s Champagne Armand de Brignac for $1,000, WNBC reported.

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