Thursday, July 07, 2005

Snow Monkey

Shaved ice rules. (One of the cool things about it is that it’s uniquely popular around here, vs., say, the northeast, where it’s not popular at all.) The problem w/ shaved ice is that a lot of vendors are seasonal. Some are kiosks in parking lots that sprout and wither unpredictably. Snow Monkey is a year-round place that just opened in Plano, on parker by alma, in what usedta be a place called Drink Express. Snow Monkey hopes to extend its season by offering items other than shaved ice including sandwiches, smoothies, and ice cream. Altho shaved ice is perfectly good right through winter.

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23 Comments:

At July 07, 2005 4:20 PM, Anonymous iced tea said...

"snow monkey" is an unfortunate choice for a name. just my opinion

 
At July 07, 2005 4:31 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

It's probably Asian. They're really big on shaved ice, which is much better than sno-cones. Japanese people love their snow monkeys and even take vacations based around seeing them.

 
At July 07, 2005 4:50 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

some people seem to love plano places. and isn't that convenient?

 
At July 07, 2005 5:02 PM, Blogger TG said...

the staff at NYCE would be thrilled to report on any new permanent shaved-ice openings in dallas county. alas: aside from the written-to-DEATH-about aunt stelle's, the only shaved ice i knew of in the inner city was I Can't Believe It's Yogurt at abrams & mockingbird; but they stopped serving it 2 yrs ago. shaved ice seems to be a suburban concept, which is, yes, convenient to NYCE HQ. read it and weep, baby

 
At July 07, 2005 5:04 PM, Blogger TG said...

do you suppose shaved ice came from asia? there is that odd dessert they do with fruit and syrup draped over shaved ice, isn't there?

 
At July 07, 2005 5:30 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

HAS ANYBODY EVER EATEN A SNOW MONKEY? THEY SOUND GOOD.

 
At July 07, 2005 5:33 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I was talking to my half-breed chinese neighbor the other day, and he was describing all the weird shit that they put in shaved ice over there. candied fruit, herbs, shit like that.

 
At July 07, 2005 6:11 PM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

tg: didn't ya notice on your own link that it's shave ice (NEVER shaved ice!)?

 
At July 07, 2005 6:21 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

exactly like southerners say ice tea, never iced tea

 
At July 07, 2005 6:31 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

did you try doing a google search on dallas and shaved ice? i come up with three in dallas, including t.c. and two whose names i can no longer read (the pen i copied them with was skipping badly). but go ahead, tg, check them out and tell us that none of them count.

 
At July 07, 2005 6:33 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

oreo pudding. shaved ice. we're going to starve before t.g. posts something adults would eat

 
At July 07, 2005 6:47 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I think ms.ery has gone off her meds.

 
At July 07, 2005 9:05 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

twisted: YOU should go off your meds

 
At July 07, 2005 10:12 PM, Blogger TG said...

db - i'd like to post news about entrees, meats, produce, "adult" food, but the mission of NYCE is limited to new ice cream products, espresso drinks, and new restaurants. (besides, there just aren't that many revolutionary new meat products. and is a strange new meat something you'd really like to know about? i don't think so.) as for ms. ery, i reiterate my willingness to report on any NEW shaved-ice openings in dallas. new new new. NEWS you can eat. not "crap we already know about, repeated again". if you want that, you can read the daily newspaper!

 
At July 07, 2005 10:13 PM, Blogger TG said...

clairevoyant, you nit-picker, did you go to catholic school? with your sharp eye, i'd recommend a career in copy-editing ... but if there's one thing i learned from working at a newspaper, it's that copy editors cain't spell at all

 
At July 08, 2005 12:10 AM, Blogger david said...

okay, usually i don't delve into things like this...but why don't southerners (or texans) say 'iced tea'? just curious...

 
At July 08, 2005 7:41 AM, Anonymous clairevoyant said...

yes to catholic school, no to copy editor. i couldn't deal with all of those temperamental writers.

 
At July 08, 2005 8:38 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tg: you're right. I quite forgot the NEW part of your restaurant mission. I must check my meds. I would hope though that you will sometimes find a NEW restaurant or one that the public is not aware of that does something different or hard to find with meats or vegetables. There are such dishes and they are not all weird. I think, for instance, of the sauteed pea shells at a Richardson dumpling place that, admittedly, has been around too long for your blog, and also an unusual and delicious "flour cake" savory from a Vietname place. I remember terrific ham hocks, steamed and then deep-fried, from a Filipino place, now closed, similarly cooked shanks from a German restaurant. These types of dishes are at least as hard to find as shave ice. And if the anti-fat nutritionists complain, well, you're brave enough to stand up to the sugar prohibitionists.

 
At July 08, 2005 9:55 AM, Blogger TG said...

can someone smarter than me help out with an answer to david's xlent question about why southerners can't be bothered to put the damned D in iceD tea? the only response i can muster up would be insulting to an entire population of people and of course i wouldn't want to alienate anyone that is so not my style man

 
At July 08, 2005 10:00 AM, Anonymous Star subscriber said...

won't ms. ery please identify the richardson place with the sauteed pea shells? or the viet place with the flour cake. inquiring minds want to know where!

 
At July 08, 2005 10:53 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

The Richardson dumpling place is Jeng Chi; it is in that Asian center on Greenville between Main and Arapaho. The flour cakes are at Khanh's, which is behind the food court of the Hong Kong grocery on West Walnut; it's a big place but you have to go through the food court to reach it. The flour cakes were like $1 each when I was there last.

 
At July 08, 2005 8:51 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

Tell me about any place that does veal sweetbreads. Mexican restaurants do them well; Spanish are suberb, and the French either do them great or ruin them with too much sauce. Love them anyway I can get them, however.

 
At January 31, 2006 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best shaved ice place in dfw is Bahama Bucks in Rockwall. It is open year around and they have great smoothies, fruit cups and tons of flavors.

 

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