This Cookie Dough Restaurant Is A Dream Come True

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By Cooking Panda

There is a new cafe opening in Greenwich Village, New York, on Jan. 25, 2017, and it’s calling our name. This cafe is serving up every flavor of cookie dough you can possibly imagine!

It’s called DO, and pronounced “dough,” and according to its website, it serves cookie dough that can be safely enjoyed in its raw form (everyone’s secret favorite), and there are even options for those with specific diets. These varieties include gluten-free, vegan and grain-free options. To top it off, the seasonal flavors sound way too good.

Cake Batter is a blend of actual cake batter (not like those cake-batter flavored desserts) with white and chocolate chips and sprinkles. Winter Wonderland is made up of sugar cookie dough, blue sprinkles and white chips, and Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Pop-Tart is comprised of snickerdoodle dough and cinnamon, brown sugar and Megpie tarts. If you’re not drooling just a little bit right now, you probably aren’t human.

There’s even a featured Valentine’s Day Pack with cute lids that have sayings on them kind of like our favorite heart-shaped Valentine candies. The pack comes with gift wrapping and spoons and you can get it in different sizes, from two packs to six. Count on getting the Red Velvet and Valentine’s Day Cake Batter flavors no matter which size pack you choose.

Grub Street reports that we’ll be able to order the dough in pretty much any form: by the scoop in cups or cones, flattened and frozen into cookie shapes, in “ice cream” sandwich form, baked into brownies and even folded into ice cream. All of this sounds like a dream come true, but it could definitely be bad news for our waistlines. Still, it’s just so worth it.

If you buy the dough to take home, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks (though I doubt it ever lasts that long), or freeze it for up to three months. And the best news? DO ships via FedEx, so we can order from out of state!

Since the shop will definitely be busy upon opening, I’d recommend having your favorites shipped as soon as possible. This isn’t something we can miss!

Sources: DO, Grub Street / Photo Credit: DO/Facebook, DO

Tags: Bakery, cafe, cookie dough, DO
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Order A Goblet Of Fire At This ‘Harry Potter’ Cafe (Photo)

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Sure, we “Harry Potter” fans have Wizarding World at Universal Studios and such to keep us pleasantly occupied in our ongoing fandom. But couldn’t there always be more?

According to Hello Giggles, there is more! There is now a “Harry Potter” cafe in Singapore called Platform 1094 (according to its address) that serves Harry Potter-themed dishes. Among those, the Goblet of Fire has seemingly become an instant hit. The drink is actually blue, and is served in a big goblet. It’s made with Bacardi rum infused with blue Curacao liqueur and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top to add the highly necessary flare.

The idea of such a cafe comes from the people of Fresh Fruit Labs, who, according to Travelers Today, call themselves “elves.” The dishes served are of a Singaporean nature, but with a Harry Potter-themed twist. Some of the menu items include Crab Claw & Roe Tortilla Wrap, Giant’s Breakfast, Grilled Chicken Tortilla and Plaited Brioche with Smoked Salmon. The more magically themed drinks and dishes include Liquid Luck Pineapple, Truffle Wizard’s Cup, Elixir of Life and Bloodberry Dessert.

When walking inside this cafe, you’ll see a cabin-themed interior with stags on each chair to represent Harry’s patronus. Chandeliers, magic wands and witch-hat props complete the magical decor. Apparently, the cafe management suggests that Platform 1094 is only available to magic-users. Those who do not possess the gift are unable to see it, thanks to a magical aura of protection placed over it. It seems more of us are likely to have the gift than we originally might have thought. How convenient!

Head over to this quirky new spot right away, if you can, if only to sample that amazing-looking Goblet of Fire drink. Who knew that adding cinnamon — I mean, magic powder — to such a combination would start a fire? The entire restaurant looks spectacular, but according to its Facebook page, Platform 1094 gets booked pretty quickly. If you plan on being in Singapore anytime soon, I’d suggest calling way ahead.

Sources: Hello Giggles, Travelers Today / Photo Credit: The Smart Local

Tags: cafe, Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter, Platform 1094, singapore, Theme Cafe
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This Cafe Pays You To Eat There If It’s Too Cold Out

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Mather’s–More Than a Cafe is already a cool place to go in the Chicago area. Like it says in the title, it’s more than a cafe … but it does something that (probably) no one else does. It pays you to eat soup on cold days!

Mashable reports that Mather’s is running the weather-based soup price deal for the months of January and February 2017, and it works by setting the price of soup according to the day’s temperature high. For example, if the high for the day is 22 degrees, your soup is only 22 cents. If that’s not enough of a bargain for you, go to Mather’s on a day when the temperature is below freezing and the staff will hand you some change when you order soup. There’s truly no better deal than that.

According to its website, the cafe offers so much more than breakfast and lunch — with classes on topics such as flower arranging and Egyptian history, the cafe caters to all kinds. It even hosts senior speed dating and wine tasting. Are you getting the “More Than a Cafe” slogan now?

The restaurant also has a team of culinary professionals serving up delicious breakfast and lunch foods, like eggs benedict, or soups or pastas. This explains (at least a little bit) why the cafe can get away with such a generous soup offer. Mather’s feels that it could help everyone get through the harsh winter just a little easier.

Assistant Manager Beth Zoeller says the restaurant is true to its word, even if the temperature falls into the negatives. She even said that some customers last year refused to take the spare change, while others readily accepted it.

If you’re in the Chicago area this winter, and you like cream of mushroom, minestrone, cream of broccoli or split-pea soup, this deal is for you! Check the Chicago Tribune’s weather forecast to find out what you’ll pay for your soup. That’s where the cafe gets its prices, so that everyone knows what to expect. While you’re there, maybe pop into a yoga class too!

Sources: Mashable, Mather's Website (2) / Photo Credit: Mather's/Facebook

Tags: cafe, Cold Weather, Mather's - More Than a Cafe, Soup, Special Promotions
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This Coffee Shop’s Menu Is Free! Well, Sort Of…

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Unlimited drinks and snacks from your local coffee shop sound too good to be true, but Glasshour in Brooklyn offers just that.

Glasshour proudly dubs itself the “first pay per minute café in the U.S.” That’s right; customers don’t have to pay for their drinks, necessarily. They are paying for their time spent at the café instead.

According to Business Insider, customers check in and the time starts then. The first hour is always $6, which covers those who just want to pop in for a quick coffee to go. That way, Glasshour isn’t losing money on free coffees-to-go all the time.

The cost to stay and hang out is 10 cents per minute, but customers who stay for four hours or more pay a maximum fee of $24, meaning they can pretty much overindulge on coffee and granola bars without having to pay more than that.

As if coffee and snacks to your heart’s desire isn’t enough of a reason to want to hang out at this café, there’s more fun to be had. Glasshour offers an array of board and video games for guests to use to consume their time.

The Glasshour website even provides a calendar of game nights and events in which to partake. You can choose to show up for foosball tournaments, Monopoly night, or event “Board Game Night,” which I can only assume is a night in which you play several of the available games.

This metered system of charging customers based on time spent rather than coffees and snacks enjoyed isn’t entirely brand new. It debuted in 2010 in Moscow at a coffee chain called Ziferblat. Today, Ziferblat has 14 locations across Europe, proving its success. However, will it catch on in the United States?

It’s hard to tell, but most cities’ Starbucks are congested at the best of times. Maybe this metered idea will come in handy for dividing the crowd between those who go to a coffee shop to hang out, and those who just want to get their coffee and go. We’ll see!

Sources: Business Insider, Glasshour / Photo credit: Glasshour via Business Insider

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The Unicorn Cafe Is Real And It’s The Stuff Of Pastel Dreams (Photos)

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If unicorns were real, they’d eat exclusively at the Unicorn Cafe in Bangkok. Fit for the most majestic of mythical creatures and humans alike, the cafe is a pastel dream of rainbow furniture, plush animals and sugary delights. 

It’s a magical place. A place like no other. A place where wearing a unicorn onesie while snacking on rainbow crepes and sipping on galaxy soda is not only acceptable, but highly encouraged.

As if you needed another reason to visit Thailand — or another reason to wish unicorns existed — check out the photos below.

Travel alone and don’t even be upset about it because you’ve got twelve unicorn friends!

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Cake, waffles AND a milkshake? AND there’s fruit on the plate? That’s a balanced meal if we’ve ever seen one.

Ah, yes, here’s how to make up for all the drab, dull, dreary food you’ve been eating. Bonus points for the jewel-topped utensils. That’s really something.

Here’s a close-up of that radiant milkshake, its star-shaped container decorated with a sticker of which Lisa Frank would surely be proud. 

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The drink magic doesn’t stop at milkshakes. They’ve got sodas, too, of both the galaxy and cotton candy varieties. They’re appropriately topped with sprinkles, it would appear.

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Even if the unicorns eye your food with great temptation, you shan’t go hungry; your horn-topped toast ensures it.

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Spread goals.

If sweet stuff isn’t your thing, don’t sweat it, especially if you’re a bacon lover. The cafe has rainbow spaghetti adorned with capers and hefty hunks of bacon, a unicorn bacon cheeseburger with unicorn-horn bun, and “unicorn horns” — fried horn-shaped wontons filled with bacon and mozzarella and served with a mayo sauce.

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People are always talking about the lap of luxury. This must be what they mean.

Have you ever been this happy? I mean, really?

Source: Metro / Photo credit: Joanne Larby/Instagram

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Ever Wanted To Eat Poo-Shaped Dessert From A Toilet-Like Bowl? There’s A Restaurant For You

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If you’re known to think and talk about poop at the dinner table, there’s a restaurant coming to Toronto just for you: the Poop Cafe Dessert Bar.

At the Koreatown spot, gone will be the days when Mom gasped at you for farting during dinner or when your wimpy friend Samantha sassily interrupted, “Um, we’re eating,” as you described your bowel movements in daring detail.

It’s high time dung got a new rep. One daring business owner thinks it should start with the food scene.

“I’m trying to make poop cute,” said owner Lien Nguyen, according to The Star.

She got the idea for the Poop Cafe when visiting a Taiwanese toilet-themed restaurant a couple of years ago.

“It stayed in my mind for a long time. As soon as I finished school, I said, ‘OK, I’m going to bring the restaurant to Toronto.’”

Poo will not only be an acceptable topic of conversation at the cafe — it’ll run the whole show. Each food on the menu will be appropriately brown, formed into a special doodoo shape and served in a toilet bowl.

It’ll be just like a trip to the bathroom, minus the smell and taste. Dung-for-dessert connoisseurs will enjoy traditional Asian sweets, such as patbingsoo (read beans with ice), as well as soft serve and pudding, at the restaurant.

How stinkin’ cute.

To prevent any poodicaments, Nguyen said she plans to change the menu seasonally to reflect customer feedback. 

While the Poop Cafe is undoubtedly unique, Nguyen is joining the “(bowel) movement” fairly late. Modern Toilet, her inspiration for the cafe, has been around since 2004, and the Crazy Toilet Cafe in Moscow and Ddong Cafe in Seoul are only two of several crappy cafes throughout the world. 

A similar U.S. establishment, the Magic Restroom Cafe in Los Angeles, went down the toilet after less than a year in business.

If you can’t make it to a poop-themed eatery, worry not. There are plenty of ways to bring poop into your own kitchen.

Source: The Star / Photo credit: Entertainment Designer

Tags: cafe, dessert, Poop, toilet, toronto
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New 24-Hour Hello Kitty Cafe Lands At The Changi Airport In Singapore

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Alright, Hello Kitty fans. If you’ve been saving up for a vacation, we have just the spot for you.

The first ever Hello Kitty cafe has just landed (get it?) at the Changi Airport in Singapore — and what’s more, it is open all the time.

As of 10:30 a.m. on May 12, a crowd of more than 100 people were lined up in anticipation of the cafe’s 11:30 a.m. opening, Channel News Asia reports.

The 24-hour cafe, which is named the Hello Kitty Orchid Garden, is located in the public area of Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall.

The cafe sits 84 people, and has a take-out counter as well as a retail corner which sells Hello Kitty merchandise. The cafe’s theme, according to Metro, is Orchid Garden.

Fans who visit the cafe will dine in a garden-themed space, filled with various plants and statues of Hello Kitty holding bouquets of flowers.

As predicted, many of the food options will come in the shape of the famous Kitty herself, or else come emblazoned with a picture of her likeness.

For instance, according to Malay Mail, The Let’s Do The Salsa (~$12) is “a piquant shredded chicken sandwich with focaccia bread shaped like — you guessed it — Hello Kitty.”

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Sources: Metro, Channel News Asia, Malay Mail / Photo credit: Joyce Fang/StraitsTimes

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