Coneheads speak: Ice cream scoops
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Readers got their licks in, reminding the food writer about their fave-rave ice-cream places - besides the shops mentioned on these same Star food pages last week.
They especially like Amherstburg's Waterfront Ice Cream Parlor & Frozen Yogurt, 229 Dalhousie St., a popular landmark; and the Twistee Treat, a distinctive landmark all its own with the shop in a big cone - or is it the big cone in a shop. Available at three area locations, 300 Tecumseh Rd. E., 5565 Wyandotte St. E., and Lakeshore's St. Clair Shores Shopping Centre, at Manning Road or County Road 19 and County Road 22.
As for me, the most popular flavour so far is the white chocolate raspberry, from Busker's Subs & Sandwiches, Frozen Yogurt & Hard Ice Cream, 1805 Tecumseh Rd. W.
Claire Tessier, of Slinky's Dairy Hut, 100 Lesperance Rd., Tecumseh, says her top-selling five flavours this summer are: French Vanilla, Rolo, Pralines & Cream, Triple Tornado and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup.
LOCAL DINING NEWS, NOTES
- Among the meal deals available this week from restaurants participating in the Eat Your City promotion by the local website directory WindsorEats.com, Mancuso's Trattoria, 555 Erie St. E., offers a four-course special menu for $29.99 for four people. The special is expected to continue beyond this week. The catch? Each person must order a beverage and tax and tip are extra. Phone 519-254-6213.
The restaurant is open for summer hours Tuesday-Friday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner Tuesday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., to 10:30 Friday, from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
At Per Bacco, 1199 Ottawa St., the fine Italian ristorante introduces a new menu this week from its chef, Dominic DiBartolomeo; items include a seafood platter with mini lobster tails. Look for the restaurant's filet mignon with a truffle red wine sauce and the successful bone-in tenderloin steak. Phone 519-255-1199.
The attractive restaurant and lounge is open Monday to Friday for lunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner, Monday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.
- Budget bites: The breakfast and lunch restaurants, Cora, offer early bird specials before 8 a.m., with coffee included, mostly under $5. Items include two egg breakfasts, as well as oatmeal with toast, a bowl of fresh fruit, or two crepes, white flour, whole wheat or buckwheat. Cora Breakfast & Lunch locations are 33 Amy Croft Dr. in the St. Clair Shores Shopping Centre and at 4328 Walker Rd., between Division and Provincial Roads. The locations are open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m.; phone 519-739-9699 in Lakeshore and 519-419-4317 for the Walker Road location.
- Thursday: The promotion Eat Your City from WindsorEats.com extends beyond restaurants this week with events such as the tasting seminar at Mastronardi Estate Winery, 1193 Concession 3 E., Kingsville. A tasting seminar to discover and celebrate the unique characteristics of four wine varietals; hors d'oeuvres included, $20 per person. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., reservations required; phone 519-733-9463 for tickets and Thursday. A wine tasting with art at Nancy Johns Gallery & Framing, 4755 Wyandotte St. E. also as part of Eat Your City with Ruthven's Aleksander Estate Winery; the cost is $5 with the wine tasting and appetizers, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Friday: Slice of Style, 997 Parent Ave., at Erie Street East, continues the Eat Your City promotion, hosting a Chocolate Tasting from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; enjoy a glass of wine and samples of treats dipped in chocolate.
- Sunday: Winemakers from 12 local wineries showcase their best vintages at their annual Vintage Tasting hosted by Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery, 7258 County Rd. 50 W. near Holiday Beach Conservation Area and south of Amherstburg, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The region's best wines will be poured and paired with gourmet cheeses and hors d'oeuvres. Live entertainment includes Johnny V and the Unforgettable band. By advance ticket only, no admission at the gate. Tickets cost $50, available from area wineries. For more information, contact Sprucewood Shores, by e-mail at email@example.com or telephone 519-738-9253. Sprucewood, with its distinctive building inspired by Bavarian design, opened to the public three years ago this fall.
© The Windsor Star 2009