Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fantastic Food News

Last night, I made a rookie mistake on my way to eat dinner at Carrabba's with my sister-in-law Ashley and her sister, Jill. I found myself getting to the restaurant about 15 minutes early. And I found my car practically steering itself to Shoppes at Bellemead and parking in front of Buttercups.

I wish I could blame my car (or anyone else) for purchasing four cupcakes, but I think that part was all me. And I wish I could blame my car for the consumption of a strawberry cupcake when I got home, but I think that was all me, too. And I really wish when I got on the scale this morning that I hadn't done so because, truthfully, I will never regret eating a cupcake from Buttercups so I should avoid weighing in the cupcake consumption aftermath.

The cupcakery is going cupcake to cupcake with another cupcake shop on the Food Network show Cupcake Wars, airing at 8 p.m. March 1. I will be rooting my favorite cupcakes on. Although I probably shouldn't because these cupcakes are already around the $3 mark, and I imagine a victory will only drive the price higher. But that's just me thinking selfishly. Best of luck to Buttercups.

P.S.: Please tell me how you get your icing is so smooth. My guess: you use powdered sugar instead of cane sugar. Am I right? I think I'm on to something.

Other good news: Shreveport is the latest recipient of a service called Here's how it works. You go to the web site, select a restaurant, peruse the menu, place your order online and someone from GoWaiter will deliver the food to your house for just a $4 delivery charge. I love the "Stay In. Dine Out." concept, and I'm a little peeved that I never come up with these business opportunities.

Here are the current restaurants participating:

Sake Sushi
Counter Culture
Columbia Cafe
Firehouse Subs
Cantina Laredo

There are only a handful of other cities that have GoWaiter: Apopka, Fla.; North Orlando, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; West Orlando, Fla.; Atlanta, Las Vegas, Nashville and SHREVEPORT.

I find the concept very progressive for Shreveport, which is not often said of our community. But if there's any way I can ever call Shreveport progressive, I always hope it's because of the restaurant industry. Keep the good eats coming, although that might mean permanent disposal of my scale.


melissa said...

Pumped about this!!

Ashley said...

The hubs worked for a similar delivery company for two years when we were in seminary (shout out, entrees on trays!). Great gig for the one receiving the food, not so much for the one delivering. Just remember, the $4 is not a tip, it is just the service fee. Dang, I'm glad those days are over! Neither of us misses that job.
Congrats to Shreveport for being hip with the times!

Ps- on an unrelated note...was catching up on your posts last night and saw your chicken and dumplings recipe. I've got a great crockpot recipe if you're interested. But lend me your ear, to kroger or walmart and look in the freezer section for Mary B's dumplings. Just break them in half or thirds when you add them. You won't be sorry. I, too, used to do the biscuit technique. But it took forever to flatten each one and cut it up.

Meryl & Russell McLendon said...

That's awesome that Shreveport is ahead of the curve on this! I just got caught up on your blog - I've been reading it on a phone for the past week, so couldn't read or comment very well. Just wanted to tell you that your post on the "friend I want to be" was GREAT! I realized I hadn't talked to Angela since our high school reunion ... like a year ago. Great, great post!

Randy said...

Hi Stephanie! Wanted to thank you for mentioning my (locally owned) business GoWaiter on your blog.

We've had a great response so far, and people have (mostly) shown their appreciation to my drivers.

If anyone would like to try out our service (and you live in our delivery area), use coupon code "foodnews" for free delivery until the end of February. (once per household please).

Stephanie Jordan said...

Ashley, that's a good point to mention. Everyone, please tip your delivery person! I'm also going to begin calling you the Crockpot Queen! You're going to revolutionize my crockpot methods! Thanks for the tips, I'm going to give it a whirl!

Randy, thanks for the promo code! And thanks for bringing such a great service to Shreveport. I can't wait to see what other restaurnts join in!

Laura said...

Well I now know how I'll prepare supper next time we have y'all over. Thanks GoWaiter!