NU ICE AT NU CAFE

Recently our friends introduced us to Nu Ice at Nu Café (thanks Susan and Craig!).  Nu Ice, also called Snowflake Ice and Ribbon Ice, is a Taiwanese frozen treat.  It’s not ice cream, although it does contain a small amount of milk (for the lactose intolerant out there).  Somewhere in the back of my brain I recall something called ice milk from my youth, which is how I might describe Nu Ice.  The website says that “Nu Snowflake Ice has the consistency of ice cream, the deep rich taste of gelato, and melts in your mouth like snow. There are no preservatives and just 100% natural taste.”

Nu Café has two locations — one in Chinatown at 9889 Bellaire Blvd, and the one we visited near the Galleria at 5901 Westheimer.  Between the karaoke bar and the Mongolian Hot Pot restaurant in the same shopping center, the Galleria location is hopping at night.

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 Note the fancy chandeliers — classy!

Although Nu Cafe also offers smoothies, slushies, cream-topped ice coffees, “Marco Polos” and other specialty drinks, it’s the Nu Ice that makes this place worth a visit.

Here’s the drill.  Start with an order form: IMG_5925

First decide if you want a Mountain or Hill of Nu Ice.  The Mountain, which comes with 2 toppings and a drizzle, is easily enough for two people (so is the Hill, for that matter, although it only comes with 1 topping).  Next pick your flavor.  We’ve tried the coffee, strawberry, and coconut, all of which I can recommend, although I REALLY loved the coconut.  Perhaps the hardest decision you’ll have to make is which toppings to pick.  In addition to Oreos, M&Ms, and the usual suspects, there’s a variety of jellies, poppers (tapioca pearls), and fresh fruits that go particularly well with the Nu Ice.  I especially like the coffee jelly.  Last but not least, pick a drizzle — chocolate and condensed milk are popular.

IMG_5905Hand your order form to the young man behind the counter and watch the fun.  The Nu Ice is shaved from a large cylinder of frozen ice, which they will tell you takes 10 hours to prepare.  (The ice shaving machine comes from Taiwan, in case you were wondering):

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In just a minute, you’ll be handed a mound of delicate ribbons of shaved ice:

Seriously, isn’t this amazing?  It looks like a Dresden lace figurine:

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Nu Ice (coffee with chocolate drizzle)

As an added bonus, you don’t really need to wear your stretchy pants to enjoy Nu Ice, as it’s lighter and less filling than ice cream or frozen yogurt (which also have a special place in my heart).  Nu Ice is sweet and cold and fun and delicious, and I expect as the weather warms we’ll be making more than one trip to Nu Cafe.

 

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EASTER-Y DEVILED EGGS

Every year around this time I get lots of visitors to the blog looking for cute deviled egg ideas for Easter.  Apparently deviled eggs are not just popular in the South!  So for those of you hunting for a fun appetizer for an Easter meal,  here’s the updated annual roundup of Easter-y deviled eggs.

Your family will cluck with approval at these cute little chicks from swellkid:

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A plateful of cute Easter critters from saveonfoods.com:

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These colorful ones from Real Mom Kitchen are sure to wow:

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Little hens and chicks from eye candy (not sure which one she made first, the hen or the chicks):

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Keep ‘em guessing with deviled egg bunnies/mice from MyFudo:

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T’was the night before Easter and all through the house . . . .

Everyone will ooh and aah at this pretty springtime presentation from Hungry Happenings:

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What kid could possibly resist these adorable bunny eggs from Paas?

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Another cute bunny idea (although I might leave the whiskers off) comes from PapaWow:

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Deviled egg mushrooms from Chef de Paprika for your Super Mario fans:

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A basket of deviled egg cuteness (soak celery in water to make it pliable for the handle):

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Here’s another adorable Easter basket deviled egg from Taste of Home with candy-coated sunflower seed eggs:

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If you’d prefer something a little more reverent for Easter, you might try these carrot crosses from Happier than a Pig in Mud:

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Not deviled eggs, but here’s a few fun ways to serve hard-boiled eggs for Easter (and use up leftover dyed eggs:

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Here’s my own recipe for Easter Lily Deviled Eggs! Feel free to use your favorite recipe for deviled eggs, or try a new one — like this great-sounding one for Chipotle Cilantro Deviled Eggs from Savoury Table.

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EASTER LILY DEVILED EGGS
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Recipe type: Appetizers
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Ingredients
  • 1 dozen hard-boiled eggs
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 mini fillo shells (recipe developed with Athens brand)
  • Paprika (sweet or smoked), to garnish
Instructions
  1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Carefully remove yolks and place in a small bowl; set whites aside. Add mayonnaise and mustard to bowl, and using a fork, mash together with yolks until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Spoon or pipe yolk mixture into fillo shells. Cut triangular petals from reserved egg whites with a sharp paring knife. For each deviled egg cup, arrange 5 petals decoratively around filling, sprinkle paprika lightly over filling, and serve.

easter-lily[1] Happy Easter!