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Vitality Bowls Opens Superfood Café in West Bloomfield

Vitality Bowls Opens Superfood Café in West Bloomfield

From Jim Stickford at DBUSINESS on June 19, 2023:

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Vitality Bowls restaurant, which specializes in all-natural foods, has opened a location in West Bloomfield. // Photo courtesy of Vitality Bowls

Dawn and Tristan Moss have opened their first Vitality Bowls, a superfood café specializing in açaí bowls, smoothies, grain bowls, salads, and wraps, in West Bloomfield.

The café is located at 6385 Orchard Lake Road, near the Orchard Mall Shopping Center. The restaurant is the second Vitality Bowls location in Michigan, joining an existing café in Grand Rapids.

“We are thrilled to introduce Vitality Bowls to West Bloomfield and share our healthy and delicious menu items with the community,” says Dawn Moss. “Tristan and I are very passionate about healthy eating.”

The West Bloomfield location features six newly released menu items, as well as groovy guava, purple passion, or piña colada smoothies. Other new additions to the menu include nutrient-rich bowls like the island bowl, made with guava, organic acerola, banana, coconut shavings, and mulberries; and the beach bowl, crafted with an organic coconut blend and topped with organic granola, strawberries, pineapple, and cacao nibs.

In addition to açaí bowls and smoothies, the brand offers a diverse menu that includes salads, grain bowls, wraps, and toasts loaded with all natural, grass-fed and sous-vide prepared meats, nutritional ingredients, and a wide range of superfood toppings.

“Every Vitality Bowls serves as a place where anyone can come in and enjoy a nutritious meal in a vibrant, allergy-friendly café setting,” says Tara Gilad, founder and president of Vitality Bowls. “Dawn and Tristian are passionate about healthy eating and balanced lifestyles, and we look forward to seeing the duo grow their business and share the Vitality Bowls message within their community.”

There are currently more than 130 Vitality Bowls locations open or in development across the United States.

Vitality Bowls has become a bonafide leader in the health food industry since its inception in 2011, offering acai bowls, smoothies, juice, wraps, salads and panini. All Vitality Bowls menu items are prepared in a kitchen designed to avoid cross contact for customers with food allergies. The brand’s menu items are also free of ingredient fillers such as ice or frozen yogurt, giving the purest taste possible.

Foodstuffs: Cheap and Hidden Summer Desserts; Açaí Bowls; Heroes and Gin Night with Pammy’s

Foodstuffs: Cheap and Hidden Summer Desserts; Açaí Bowls; Heroes and Gin Night with Pammy’s

From Rónán Fitzgerald at Cambridge Day on June 26, 2023:

A Richardson’s Farm scoop at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. (Photo: Rónán Fitgerald)

Casual ice cream and froyo

Wrongly reported “closed” on Yelp, Richardson’s Farm ice cream in the Somerville Theatre is very much thriving after the theater’s renovation. This small outlet of a Middleton company offers some of the cheapest ice cream around Camberville, with large portions – a massive scoop is only $4, a dollar or more under dedicated shops – and a rotating list of flavors such as German Chocolate Cake, Campfire S’mores and Banana Crunch (with banana and graham cracker) to keep you company during a movie or performance. You can also walk out with your ice cream, no ticket needed, from the lobby of the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square.

Another tucked-away spot: Yotopia of The Shops at Porter, a collection of international restaurants and stores inside Lesley University’s University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square. Alongside various Asian eateries is this frozen yogurt and boba tea shop, serving some of the area’s lowest prices since owner Sang Cho opened eight years ago. Classic froyo flavors such as Cookies and Cream and Matcha are 55 cents an ounce; a decently filled cup costs around $3. “People tell me my prices are too low, I need to go up,” Sang Cho said.


Açaí bowls and smoothies

Vitality Bowls hosts a “summer menu launch party” on Friday and Saturday: a buy-one-get-one-free deal on any açaí bowl, including new flavors: the Island Bowl (guava, acerola, banana, coconut shavings and mulberries), the Beach Bowl (coconut blend topped with granola, strawberries, pineapple and cacao nibs) and the Blue Bliss Bowl (pineapple, coconut, mango and blue spirulina topped with granola, banana, blueberries and coconut shavings). Many are marketed as “superfoods.”

“We qualify something as a superfood as anything with high elements of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber,” said Tim Johnson, owner of Vitality Bowls Cambridge. “If you’re looking for something different, bananas and oranges you’re going to get anywhere. But açaí berries, bee pollen, spirulina – they’re a little more niche, and the health benefits are proven.”

Also coming this summer are three new smoothies, Johnson said: Groovy Guava, Purple Passion and Pina Colada.

Vitality Bowls is at 425 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge.


Pammy’s heroes with gin

Pammy’s restaurant and Bully Boy Distillers team up from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday to serve Pammy’s signature Italian Hero Sandwich and Bully Boy’s Tre Fratelli (meaning “three brothers”) gin – but you’ll have to cross the river to the distillery near Nubian Square at 44 Cedric St., Boston.

Inspired by a conversation during a family meal, owner and chef of Pammy’s Chris Willis and his brothers Will and Dave Willis, owners of Bully Boy Distillers, decided to create Tre Fratelli gin exclusively for Pammy’s. This night only, Bully Boy offers it in cocktails, at a sampling station and in bottles.

One $38 ticket gets you an Italian Hero Sandwich, gin cocktail and access to the Cocktail Garden. You can buy them here.

12 Dallas Restaurants Introduce Summer Menus, and More Dining News

12 Dallas Restaurants Introduce Summer Menus, and More Dining News

From Teresa Gubbins at Culture Map Dallas on June 15, 2023: 


Watermelon Salad, Redfish Ceviche, and Earth Bowl at Asador. Asador

We’re almost at the first day of summer and Dallas restaurants are ready. There’s at least a dozen restaurants, maybe more, just in this roundup alone that have intro’d new summer dishes: watermelon salad, strawberry French toast, Beach bowls, watermelon cucumber salad, frozen lemonade, and a watermelon martini.

This roundup also has news of openings, supermarket news, and a purple shake.

Here’s what’s happening in Dallas restaurant news:

Mi Cocina, home of the Mambo Taxi margarita swirl, is opening a location in McKinney’s District 121 on June 26. The location will boast a trademark Seisegundos bar along with artwork by Luis Sottil. This marks the 23rd location across Texas and Oklahoma.

WOB Bar & Kitchen is opening a location at the newly developed Grotto at Grandscape in The Colony at 5774 Grandscape Blvd. #110 on Tuesday, June 20. The restaurant boasts 300 beers stored in floor-to-ceiling coolers as well as 40 rotating taps, plus a full bar with wine and spirits. They’ll serve lunch and dinner daily, including the Black n’ Blue Burger, a blackened Angus beef burger loaded with Danish blue cheese, as well as a German Pretzel with stone ground mustard.

Wetzel’s Pretzels has opened a location at the Galleria Dallas, next to the entrance of Macy’s. Wetzel’s was founded in Pasadena, California more than 25 years ago. Brand trademarks include colorful presence, snacks, and a menu of pretzels, cheese pretzels, pretzel dogs, pretzel bites, lemonade, and frozen granita.

Asador, located inside the Rennaissance Dallas Hotel, has a new menu for summer featuring Watermelon Salad, Redfish Ceviche, and Earth Bowl with sweet potato noodles, zucchini, bok choy, red onions, peppers, mushrooms, coconut ginger sauce. plus new cocktails including the Tiki Tiki Boom Boom with selva rey coconut rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk, lime, and butterfly pea tea rum floater.

Quarter Acre on Greenville Avenue from chef Toby Archibald has new Spring/Summer dishes: Crispy Pork Belly, Mushroom Croquette, Half Shell Oyster, Croute on Paté, and Grilled Asparagus. New entrees include Roasted Lamb Chump and Grilled Amberjack. Sides include Arugula & Apple Salad and Seasonal Peas.

Dive Coastal Cuisine in Snider Plaza has new specials for June: Blue Crab Sandwich, Rainbow Trout, Demases Strawberry Spinach Salad, Risotto Crab Croquettes, Gazpacho Thai Pea Soup, and Chicken Pozole.

Momo’s Italian Kitchen in Lake Highlands has new dishes for the summer: Mandilli with basil pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine, Snails with Pesto, Branzino with sautéed broccolini, and oysters. New drinks include Limoncello Mojito, Queen Margherita (an Italian margarita), and alcohol-free drinks such as the The Italian.

Greenville Avenue Pizza Company has brought back its Pretty Pickle Pizza, loaded with 50 pickles, plus bacon, garlic sauce, mozzarella, dill, red pepper, and shaved parmesan. A 16-inch is $26, a 12-inch is $21, and slices are $8.50. At all threee locations: Greenville Ave, Peavy Road/East Dallas, or Lockwood in Richardson through July 31.

Bonefish Grill has a new seasonal menu featuring Thai Chili Green Beans, Mango Sangria Pork Tenderloin or Mango Sangria Salmon served with two sides, Blackened Shrimp with Mexican Street Corn, Chimichurri 8-ounce Filet, Key Lime Cake, and two martinis: Wild Flower Martini and fresh Watermelon Martini.

First Watch, which has nearly 20 locations in DFW, has a new limited-time menu featuring Strawberry Tres Leches French Toast, Carnitas Breakfast Tostadas, Brisket Hash, Bacon Cheddar Cornbread, and Watermelon Wake-Up fresh juice.

The Saint, the Italian-inspired steakhouse near downtown Dallas, has a special edition Honor Wagyu Beef, with black truffle dijonnaise, tomato-onion marmalade, Fontina Valle D’Aosta cheese, arugula, and fried leeks, served with fries, ketchup — oh it comes with ketchup, well then — for $24. It’s one of those “only 10 available each night at The Saint’s bar” deals so run in, hurry, etc, although one wonders if they would really say no if #11 customer came in and ordered.

Taco Cabana has three new “Gigante” breakfast bowls: a new seasoned country sausage & egg; chorizo & egg; or all egg, served in crispy tortilla shell with seasoned potatoes, refried beans, queso, and pico de gallo, for $5. The new sausage can also be ordered in a breakfast taco for $2.19. They also have a line of “Southwest Ranchero” offerings including a quesadilla with chicken fajita, ranchero salsa made with black beans & roasted corn, jack & cheddar cheese, small $7 and large $11; and The Southwest Ranchero Cabana Bowl with the same ingredients as the quesadilla, but in a tortilla shell, for $8.39.

One90 Smoked Meats has partnered with Central Market to sell select products across all 10 locations including burgers, plus smoked brisket sold in one-pound prepackaged portions for $26 per pound, and smoked whole chickens for $9 per pound, both cooked and vacuum sealed, ready to be reheated.

Cowboy Chicken has new summer salads and drinks: strawberry pecan salad, Southern fried salad topped with chicken tenders, Kickin’ Cobb salad, watermelon cucumber salad, strawberry lemonade, and watermelon tea. Plus strawberry shortcake.

Vitality Bowls, which specializes in açai bowls, smoothies, and salads, wraps, has three new bowls: Island Bowl with Guava, Acerola, Banana, Coconut, and Mulberries; Beach Bowl with Coconut, Granola, Strawberries, Pineapple, and Cacao Nibs; Blue Bliss Bowl with Pineapple, Coconut, Mango and Blue Spirulina topped with Organic Granola, Banana, Blueberries and Coconut Shavings. Also three new smoothies: Pina Colada, Purple Passion with Blue Spirulina, and Guava smoothie.

Yogurtland has a new limited-edition Pineapple Mango Sorbet, a sweet and tangy option made with real pineapple and mango, which they recommend topping with their limited-time 3D fruit gummies, available through July 2.

McDonald’s has a new purple shake, part of a “Grimace Birthday Meal” featuring a limited-edition purple shake inspired by Grimace’s color and sweetness. How long it is available, they will not say, other than “the coming weeks.” The meal comes with choice of Big Mac or 10-piece Chicken McNuggets and fries.

7-Eleven has new glazed BBQ Wings with a smoky-sweet glaze with notes of garlic, paprika, pepper, and tomato, glazed twice; plus Breaded Boneless Wings tumble-marinated in a savory seasoning of salt, pepper, and garlic, then battered and breaded in a crunchy, homestyle coating topped with black pepper flakes.

Häagen-Dazs Shops have rolled out two refreshing new drinks: Strawberry Frozen Lemonade and Raspberry Frozen Lemonade. These frozen lemonades are made with real-fruit, dairy-free sorbets, blended with chilled lemonade brimming with citrus notes and further enhanced by effervescent seltzer bubbles. They’re are available through September 14. Finally! A restaurant that’s willing to say how long their limited run item lasts. For that reason alone, they deserve a visit.

SusieCakes has four new items for summer: Blueberry Pancake Cupcake (available through June 20), Lemonade Cupcake available June 21-July 30, and Summer Berry Cake and Key Lime Pie, both available June 21-September 4.

Yardbird in Dallas is joining a competition against other Yarbird locations in July. Each location will feature their interpretation of a fried chicken sandwich, with the idea that you vote for your Yardbirds on Instagram (@yardbirdrestaurants). The winning sandwich will be available at all Yardbird locations. Dallas’ entry is a Sweet Tea Brined Chicken Tenders Sandwich with bourbon maple candied bacon, cheddar, Bubbies’ bread & butter pickles, honey mustard, Texas toast, and Shiner bock battered onion rings.

Truluck’s has extended its hours at its Uptown Dallas location to be open between lunch and dinner for all-afternoon dining. They’re also now allowing reservations at their Stone Crab Lounge Bar, which was previously first-come-first-serve.

Lakewood Brewing Company is opening during off-hours for corporate and group events for the cost of food and drink, Monday-Thursday 8 am-3 pm. Events can include custom beer with company logo labels, brewery tours, and guided tastings.

Vitality Bowls Created a New Blue Bliss Bowl for the Summer Season

From Katherine Pendrill at TrendHunter on June 13, 2023: 

Summer is smoothie season and Vitality Bowls is celebrating with six tasty new offerings, including the Blue Bliss Bowl made with blue spirulina.

Vitality Bowls is already well known for its smoothies and açai bowls, and now fans have six tasty new options to choose from. As of June 1st, Vitality Bowls will be adding three new smoothies and three new bowls to its menu for a limited time. A highlight from the new smoothie lineup is the Pina Colada Smoothie, which is made with coconut milk, bananas, mango, pineapple, mango juice, and organic coconut blend. On the bowls front, the new Blue Bliss Bowl is sure to capture attention with its eye-catching blend of blue spirulina, pineapple, coconut, mango, and a topping of organic granola, bananas, blueberries, and shredded coconut.

As Tara Gilad, President and Co-Founder of Vitality Bowls, says of the new offerings: “Our goal was to create an inclusive menu that appeals to all guests and foodies… It’s an honor to continue our mission of promoting wellness and nutrition through delicious superfood offerings.”

Image Credit: Vitality Bowls

Trend Themes

1. Smoothie Season – The summer season is the perfect time for businesses to introduce new smoothie flavors and options to their menus.

2. Superfood Innovation – Using unique and nutrient-rich ingredients like blue spirulina in smoothie bowls presents an opportunity for businesses to tap into the growing superfood trend.

3. Inclusive Menus – Creating menus that cater to various dietary preferences and restrictions can help businesses attract a wider range of customers and increase customer satisfaction.

Industry Implications

1. Food and Beverage – Restaurants, cafes, and smoothie bars can capitalize on the smoothie season trend by offering a variety of delicious and refreshing smoothie options.

2. Wellness and Nutrition – Wellness-focused businesses, such as health food stores and fitness centers, can incorporate superfood ingredients like blue spirulina into their product offerings to cater to health-conscious consumers.

3. Hospitality and Resorts – Hotels and resorts can attract guests by including inclusive menu options that cater to different dietary preferences, allowing them to enjoy nutritious and delicious meals during their stay.

Vitality Bowls to Offer Acai Bowls, Salads and More in Bee Cave This Summer

Vitality Bowls to Offer Acai Bowls, Salads and More in Bee Cave This Summer

Vitality Bowls will open this summer at 3260 RR 620 S., Ste. 320. (Courtesy Vitality Bowls)

From Zara Flores at Community Impact on June 12, 2023:

Vitality Bowls will open this summer at 3260 RR 620 S., Ste. 320. (Courtesy Vitality Bowls)

A new franchise location of Vitality Bowls will open this summer in Bee Cave at 3260 RR 620 S., Ste. 320. Anshuk Saxena and Shereen Chand will be operating the new location.

“The fresh ingredients and superfoods that Vitality Bowls offers will pave a new way for clean eating in the Bee Cave area,” Chand said in a news release. “There is something for everyone on the Vitality Bowls menu—from grain bowls, salads, wraps, paninis and acai bowls.”

Chand said the cafe will also take extra precautions to accommodate those with food allergies.

Vitality Bowls was founded in 2011 in California and has opened more than 100 locations nationwide.

“Anshuk and Shereen are exactly the right entrepreneurs to grow the brand in Bee Cave,” Vitality Bowls co-founder Tara Gilad said in the news release. “They embody the Vitality Bowls values and share the mission of bringing delicious and healthy food options to the community.”

The cafe will serve a variety of acai and pitaya bowls with fruit; smoothies; and lunch items such as sandwiches, wraps, loaded toasts, salads and more.