Thursday, July 28, 2005

Xocolatl Room

Those who can never get enough chocolate will heart the imminent transformation of Dallas Chocolates, the Uptown chocolatier founded by Zel Nealy. She’s expanding from choc-making to a choc-themed café called the Xocolatl Room, where everything on the menu will have a touch of chocolate: choc drinks, choc desserts, but also choc-laced items for breakfast and lunch. (It’ll stay open at night, but just drinks & desserts.) Xocolatl will have a soft opening on Aug 1, followed by, what, a hard opening? in September.

2817 Howell st. 214-559-7277

66 Comments:

At July 28, 2005 11:36 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I sure hope today's comments are better than the "spelling" crap I read through from yesterday. What's wrong with you people? I'm away for a day and the commentary takes a low-minded dive.

 
At July 28, 2005 12:22 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

glad you're back, twisted. it will be good to have something to read besides WRAMBLING MAN's puny attempts at being poetic.

 
At July 28, 2005 12:38 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Chocolate's special
I would eat it every meal
But then I'd grow fat

 
At July 28, 2005 12:39 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Xocolatl Room seems to be on cusp of a trend, if you are to believe this week's Time magazine's story on chocolate bar/lounges. Mars Inc., the candy maker, has opened three Ethel's Chocolate Lounges in Chicago and plans three more by end of summer. Glad to see Dallas is getting its version. Nobody knows the truffles we've seen.

 
At July 28, 2005 12:47 PM, Blogger TG said...

isn't it so awesome when ron weighs in with the big picture?

why it seems like only yesterday i was having a hot chocolate in Paris, at one of their many choc cafes. Cafe Lenotre, i believe it was.

(actually it was like 4 years ago and i've been waiting ever since for the opportunity to type that paragraph above.)

all la-dee-da pretensions aside, after writing today's blog item, i HAD to make hot chocolate so now i'm nice and hot and wired.

 
At July 28, 2005 1:14 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Faites-vous ne l'aime pas juste quand TG commencent à va tout français sur nous ? J'aime cela. Plus ! Plus ! Plus !

 
At July 28, 2005 1:15 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

That reminds me, I have some hot chocolate here somewhere among the vodka and gin. Good call, TG.

And speaking of hot chocolate and other SB type beverages, what's the most overused flavor? I'd have to say Cinnamon. It's everywhere. I'll take Vanilla or Hazelnut over Cinnamon, though I do like a little more interesting flavors like Pumpkin, Clove or Lavender.

 
At July 28, 2005 1:25 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Chocolate and orange! The best pairing since Adam met Eve.

 
At July 28, 2005 2:00 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

you eagle-eyed proofreaders probably don't mind the name, but it's going to give the rest of us a devil of a time. and how do you pronounce it? zoc-o-lat-el?

 
At July 28, 2005 2:03 PM, Anonymous mary worth said...

captain: pardon me if i'm being too personal, but you don't look all that skinny now. and look at what your diet has done to your face?

 
At July 28, 2005 2:05 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

chocolate and red wine

 
At July 28, 2005 2:29 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

We had mango chocolate something at Fuse the other day. It would have been better with a different mango, say an Alphonso rather than the (probably) Mexican (or possibly) Venezulean Mango they used.

I've had chocolate and chili before and yeah the red wine thing is kinda old too. I'm waiting for something really neat like chocolate covered celery!

Yum!

 
At July 28, 2005 2:34 PM, Anonymous polar negri said...

wow! isn't dean the expert on mangoes! i prefer fresh apricots myself. (i love dried ones, too.)

 
At July 28, 2005 2:37 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Hopefully there's a consensus now that there's nothing chocolate can't be paired with.

 
At July 28, 2005 2:38 PM, Anonymous francoise said...

chocolate for breakfast. yum!

 
At July 28, 2005 2:39 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

it doesn't do much for my budweiser

 
At July 28, 2005 2:41 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Even dog shit would enhance the taste of a bud.

 
At July 28, 2005 2:43 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

MMMMMM!

 
At July 28, 2005 2:55 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

mongrel dog drinks his beer (used) out of the toilet bowl

 
At July 28, 2005 2:56 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Chocolate and beer do compliment (if your'e drinking good beer).

 
At July 28, 2005 3:01 PM, Blogger TG said...

hm, twisted, weren't you the one bitching about the commentary taking a low-minded dive? and look where you've taken it: right down the goddamned toilet

dean, don't you think choc-coffee is the most common pairing? at least as far as drinks go. but nothing will ever, ever beat choc + malt. that's one flavor combo you simply CANNOT overdo. or at the very least, it's one flavor combo i can never stop talking about

 
At July 28, 2005 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

would that choc+malt be at starbucks? you are so brazen in your constant propagandizing for that cloying chain.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:10 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I was speaking of the low-brow spelling discussion. All I bring to the table is enlightenment.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:11 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

of course, the pretensious wrambling man only drinks GOOD beer.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:11 PM, Blogger TG said...

why, anonymous, i had COMPLETELY forgotten that starbucks had a chocolate-malt option! how kind of you to remind me!

ok yes, that's the drink i wuz thinking about. but Sonic also has choc-malt and so does ... yes ... that other center of culinary excellence, JACK IN THE BOX! what a happy day it is when i can mention both sbux and JITB in a single comment. anonymous, you've done this blog a tremendous service. (am i the only one who hears celebratory bells ringing?)

 
At July 28, 2005 3:13 PM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

i do believe "capt." has a new nickname.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:14 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tg: anonymous was me. i must have just pushed a wrong key but i stand behind all my comments about you+starbucks.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:18 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

NO RESPECTABLE DOG WOULD HAVE A NAME THAT BEGINS WITH C-A-T.

WHATTA HOMO.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:19 PM, Blogger TG said...

well ms.ery, you will go down in NYCE history as the person who prompted what i hope will be the first of many comments from me that incorporate both a mention of sbux and JITB! (see! there's the second one! keep those straight lines coming!)

 
At July 28, 2005 3:22 PM, Anonymous ray krok said...

horrors, ms. pristine palate, aka tereese! don't they serve chocolate+malt at cici's pizza?

 
At July 28, 2005 3:25 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

mongrel dawg: i guess you should call be a lez since i am female, but fyi catahoula's are not cat dogs, they are leopard dogs, and i could tear your face off with one swipe of my paw.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:28 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

STARBUCKS, STARBUCKS, STARBUCKS, STARBUCKS. JACK IN THE BOX, JACK IN THE BOX, JACK IN THE BOX, JACK IN THE BOX, JACK IN THE BOX...are you happy noW tereeese?

 
At July 28, 2005 3:32 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

i think ron is pretentious. if you agree with me, JUMP

 
At July 28, 2005 3:32 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

"i do believe "capt." has a new nickname."

wrambling man, hmmmmmm, I'll take it.

And life's too short to drink bad beer.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:33 PM, Anonymous daisey mae said...

dean wouldn't be the guy i'd take to meet my folks either.

 
At July 28, 2005 3:34 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

And tg, again we part company. Malt is not a good thing (imhhho). White "chocolate" is also not a good thing. I want to try this drinking chocolate I keep hearing about. Maybe when Mel Gibson's new Mayan movie comes out, it will become "the thing".

 
At July 28, 2005 3:41 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

LEOPARD DOG... HAHA YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE FUCK YOU ARE. BUT I DO: PUSSY! PUSSY! PUSSY!

 
At July 28, 2005 3:43 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Not Capt. A-hole? That's what I was thinking.

 
At July 28, 2005 4:04 PM, Blogger Ron said...

I've been called worse. And you're losing altitude.

 
At July 28, 2005 4:39 PM, Anonymous elmer fudd said...

captain: your wramblings are the product of a wruined mind

 
At July 28, 2005 4:41 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

yeah, i lost altitude -- and got away with the money

 
At July 28, 2005 4:44 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

hey, mongrel cur: go lap up the toilet bowl; twisted link neglected to flush it.

 
At July 28, 2005 4:47 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tg: your's and my good friend jane sumner just told me that she visited your site sometimes. does she use jane or has she done any postings that you know of? anyway, one visit by jane is more valuable than a dozen starbucks.

 
At July 28, 2005 4:49 PM, Anonymous mary worth said...

mr. link: your current attitude makes me rather glad i didn't take that oak cliff apartment.

 
At July 28, 2005 4:50 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

i love wasabi peas. wouldn't they be interesting with a chocolate coating?

 
At July 28, 2005 4:59 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

oops, i almost missed it. SONIC, SONIC, SONIC. are you happy yet tg?

 
At July 28, 2005 5:16 PM, Anonymous bobby flay said...

tg used to be a bona fide foodie. but since she fell in with plano guy, apparently, she can't say enuff about fast food. it's the serious diner's loss.

 
At July 28, 2005 5:16 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

PUSSY PUSSY PUSSY!

 
At July 28, 2005 5:21 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Hey Mary, that's great. I'll have another unit open real soon.

www.blackflowerchocolate.com

 
At July 28, 2005 5:36 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

carrion eater and toilet bowl drinker: your muzzle looks white. is that from feat?

 
At July 28, 2005 5:38 PM, Anonymous mrs. worth said...

sorry, twisted, mr. trump asked me to mind his apartments. he is looking for a better class of tenants, which you probably wouldn't get on the wrong side of the trinity.

 
At July 28, 2005 5:39 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

HEEEEEEER, KITTY KITTY KITTY!

 
At July 28, 2005 5:40 PM, Anonymous curious george said...

what is the highest number of comments that have ever been posted on your blog?

 
At July 28, 2005 5:42 PM, Anonymous archie said...

the captain's wramblings come from a wruined mind.

 
At July 28, 2005 5:45 PM, Anonymous dorothy parker said...

skews my dust

 
At July 28, 2005 5:49 PM, Anonymous mehitabel said...

twisted dawg: i love it when you talk dirty

 
At July 28, 2005 5:51 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

so far, no one has told me how to pronouce xocolatl. doesn't anyone know?????

 
At July 28, 2005 5:55 PM, Anonymous iggie said...

chocolate-covered pounces are yummy and my friend 86 likes chocolate-coated pig's ears,

 
At July 28, 2005 5:58 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

where is wrambling man when the conversation is getting sorta slow? we need him to beat upon on.

 
At July 28, 2005 5:59 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

i'd like to beat up on that twisted dawg and his skewed master

 
At July 28, 2005 7:01 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

TG: Yes, chocolate and coffee is probably done the most, though I'd say orange isn't far behind. I'm not a fan of chocolate and coffe. Maybe if Cici's did a coffee chocolate pizza . . ..


DM: What's up with that? I mean, I'd bring them a good mango. What? No good?


86: I love wasabi peas, OBar has the best, but then those large, sphere-like crunchy wasabi things at Dragonfly are awesome too (whatever they are).

 
At July 28, 2005 7:11 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

oh dean, if you like wasabi peas go to a japanese market, where they are cheaper and more authentic. the best one i know is edo something, at the corner of valley view and josey lane in farmers branch. (edo or whatever was once the capital of japan, tho i may be missing something this late in the night) anyway, weekends they have sushi-ready fish.

 
At July 28, 2005 7:16 PM, Anonymous THE ENFORCER said...

WHO IS DM AND WHY IS DEAN TRYING TO FINAGLE HIS WAY OUT OF WHATEVER CORNER HE'S BOXED IN?

 
At July 28, 2005 7:26 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Well I've never bought those peas before. No, I tell a lie, I got some from Teaism in DC, right before I (almost) bought a ham from Virginia, but I digress. I'll get some from the Japanese store.

DM = Daisey Mae, who had this to say:


daisey mae said...
dean wouldn't be the guy i'd take to meet my folks either.

July 28, 2005 3:33 PM

 
At July 28, 2005 7:59 PM, Anonymous goldilocks said...

i'm confused. noone is answering any questions. nitey nite.

 
At July 29, 2005 1:20 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

red ennk said...
you eagle-eyed proofreaders probably don't mind the name, but it's going to give the rest of us a devil of a time. and how do you pronounce it? zoc-o-lat-el?

Red:

Xocolatl is the original Aztec word for chocolate. The Spanish interpreted the word as "choe-coe-LAH-tay." So, while Aztec is not my first, second, third or fourth language, I would venture a guess that it should be pronounced, "Choe-coe-LAH-t'l."

 

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