We’re Determining the Winner of the Presidential Election!

Our Red State Gelato: a creamy sweet corn gelato with smoky salty bits of Midwestern bacon!

Forget the polls, pundits and analysts. Forget the Electoral College, too. The winner of the Presidential election will be determined by the sales of our new ‘Red State’ gelato flavor versus our ‘Blue State’ gelato flavor between now and the time the polls close on Election Day!

Our Blue State Gelato: cheesecake base from our Great Lake Democrats with swirls of cranberries from the North East mulled with California Red Wine.

Who needs Beltway analysts and political bloggers? We’ve got gelato! (Plus, we are fully prepared to appear via hologram on CNN on Election Night should the network require our expert gelato analysis). Here’s how it will work. The Red State gelato is a creamy sweet corn gelato with smoky salty bits of Midwestern bacon and the Blue State gelato is cheesecake base from our Great Lake Democrats with swirls of cranberries from the North East mulled with California Red Wine. Whichever flavor sells more between now and the time the polls close on Election Night will determine the winner!

We want all of you to exercise your civic duty and make your  voices heard in this important election! As a special incentive to vote early and vote often (as we do in Louisiana), both of these gelato flavors are $1 off between now and election night!

Want more info? Here’s a YouTube Video:

We Have Smoothies!

We are proud to announce the debut of our new Smoothie menu! We have seven light, healthy refreshing smoothies that are perfect for a hot summer day. With protein and green options, our smoothies can easily serve as a meal substitute! Like everything we serve, our fruits and veggies are grown as close to home as we can get it, so enjoy these fresh healthy treats!

Frutiopa: All fruit smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, peaches and bananas  (Vegan)

Strawberry Banana: Strawberries and bananas blended with yogurt

Sunrise: Strawberries, bananas and orange juice blended with yogurt

Green Lunch: Avocado and spinach sweetened with mangoes and coconut water (Vegan)

Pina Colada: Coconut milk, pineapples and bananas like the cocktail, but add your own rum (Vegan)

Chocolate Peanut Butter: Chocolate and peanut butter blended with bananas and yogurt

Just Peachy: The name says it all- just fresh juicy peaches blended with yogurt

12 oz Smoothie: $5; 20 oz Smoothie: $8    Plus Tax

An assortment of healthy supplements are available including Whey Protein, Soy Protein, Hemp Protein, Probiotics, Flax Oil, Chia, Coconut Oil, and Amazing Meal. Goat Yogurt is available as a substitution on any smoothie.

We Are Your Easter Candy Headquarters!

Easter is fast approaching, so be ready with some of our yummy candy and chocolate treats that are new to our shelves! Our retail partner Aunt April’s Sweet Creations have lots of regionally-made chocolate goodies including four types of chocolate eggs, chocolate bunny and carrot suckers, Easter-themed chocolate-covered Oreos, pecan clusters, coconut nests & more. Plus, we have hand-made marshmallows that are much better than Peeps (with none of the additives!) and five different types of chocolate bars from Vosges! Try the Black Pearl Bar with ginger & wasabi, the Goji Bar with Tibetan goji berries & pink Hamalayan salt, or the Dark or Milk Chocolate Bar with hickory smoked bacon. Come in for lots of goodies that can fill your Easter baskets, or let us create one for you!

Of course, our Easter-themed gelato goes great with your festivities. Try our Peeps Gelato or Cadbury-Creme flavors!

If you liked our king cakes, you’ll love our cupcakes & cakes! Ask about our rotating flavors of cupcakes and 6-inch round cakes. Plus, you can order a custom one for your next event!

“The skies opened and the glory of the heavens shone down upon me when I took a bite.” (Veronica S., Yelp reviewer)

Reviews are coming in, and folks are loving our new Nutella King Cake! Our latest made-from-scratch creation debuted for this Carnival season, and it’s a big hit! Here’s one Yelp review:

This thing is amazing. Part of my family used to make award winning king cakes so I have some high standards. Let’s start with the cake itself. La Dolce Nola makes some delicious cake. I’d eat it just by itself without any of the usual king cake decorations. It’s incredibly moist and has great flavor. The top of the king cake isn’t drenched in white icing like so many others. There is a fine glaze, just enough to hold the colored sugar. All said and done, a magnificent plain king cake.

But we got the Nutella filled. Almost all of the filled king cakes I see these days are little more than plain king cakes that are turned upside down and have filling pumped into them. While they can be tasty it’s just clumps of filling forced into pockets inside the cake. Not La Dolce Nola’s king cake; they actually fold the filings (specifically the stellar Nutella) into the braid of the cake before it’s baked. The result of this technique produces, in my opinion, a superior stuffed king cake.

In addition to our amazing Nutella flavor, this year we also have Plain, Cinnamon-Sugar, Cream-Cheese, Praline, Strawberry Cream-Cheese made with fresh Louisiana berries and a new Goat Cheese/Apple. Plus, we have plain Minis that are perfect for one person!

La Dolce Nola King Cakes are available for shipping to the continental United States and are available for delivery throughout Metro New Orleans. Call us at (504) 832-1122, or email LaDolceNola@gmail.com to place your order! Quantities are limited (since we make every king cake from scratch), so order quickly!

King Cake Menu:

Large $19.99 (Plain, Cinnamon-Sugar); $24.99 (Cream Cheese, Praline, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Goat Cheese/Apple, Nutella)
Small $13.99 (Plain, Cinnamon-Sugar); $16.99 (Cream Cheese, Praline, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Goat Cheese/Apple, Nutella)
Mini King Cake $3.49 (Plain only- great for one person!)
(above prices do not include sales tax)

Shipping (to Continental U.S. via Fed Ex Standard Overnight): $35.00
Delivery within Metro New Orleans: $5.00 (per address, regardless of number of cakes)

The 2012 Vote (the important one- Best King Cakes!)

Carnival is coming and we are excited about the onset of King Cake season! (First, before you do anything, vote for us right now in Nola.com’s Best King Cake poll.)

UPDATE: We have made the Wild Card round to decide the last finalist! Vote by 4pm Monday 1/9 at http://www.nola.com/mardigras/index.ssf/2012/01/for_mardi_gras_2012_5_finalist.html

Our made-from-scratch King Cakes are now available, and this year, we’ll be offering Plain, Cinnamon-Sugar, Cream-Cheese, Praline, and Strawberry Cream-Cheese made with fresh Louisiana berries. Plus, new this year is Goat Cheese/Apple and a Nutella King Cake!

This year, by popular demand, La Dolce Nola King Cakes will be available for shipping to the continental United States and will be available for delivery throughout Metro New Orleans. Call us at (504) 832-1122, or email LaDolceNola@gmail.com to place your order! Quantities are limited (since we make every king cake from scratch), so order quickly!

King Cake Menu:

  • Large $19.99 (Plain, Cinnamon-Sugar); $24.99 (Cream Cheese, Praline, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Goat Cheese/Apple, Nutella)
  • Small $13.99 (Plain, Cinnamon-Sugar); $16.99 (Cream Cheese, Praline, Strawberry Cream Cheese, Goat Cheese/Apple, Nutella)
  • Mini King Cake $3.49 (Plain only- great for one person!)
  • Shipping (to Continental U.S. via Fed Ex Standard Overnight): $35.00
  • Delivery within Metro New Orleans: $5.00
Prices do not include sales tax.

Does Your True Love Really Want a Meat Log for the Holidays?

Gift Baskets from La Dolce Nola

Let us customize a gift basket of homemade & regional treats!

Sure, you can buy gift baskets online containing processed “meat logs”, mass-produced “cheezy” treats, and other products of questionable origin made by underage factory workers in stifling & oppressive working conditions across the world.

OR,

You can buy a gift basket of treats made by the nice wife & mommy who’s in the next room baking from scratch working hard coming up with creative yummy recipes that will be a hit with whomever is the worthy recipient of your thoughtful gift-giving.

Yes, La Dolce Nola has gift-baskets that can be customized and filled with products made in house and from around the region. Homemade treats! Books from local authors! CDs from New Orleans musicians! Yummy foods from around the region! More goodies worthy of another exclamation point!

Among our homemade products:

  • Peppermint Bark
  • Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
  • Chocolate-Covered Oreos
  • Hot Chocolate on a Stick (homemade marshmallow & chocolate)
  • Fresh-baked Christmas or Hanukkah Cookie Assortment
  • Biscotti

Call us at 504-832-1122 to discuss your needs or come in and let us assemble your basket to your specifications!

More people benefit when you shop locally- the producers of the product, the agencies who receive the sales taxes, and the recipients who will enjoy quality tasty products crafted by hand and made with love.

Or, you can give your spouse a meat log.

Our new Peanut Butter Pup Biscuits: Treat your dog while helping others!

A special guest-post from Jennifer:

Peanut Butter Pup Biscuits

Our new made-in-house Peanut Butter Pup Biscuits. Proceeds benefit Pet Adoption Services!

As I have been in holiday baking mode for the last week, I decided to make a treat for our newest family member. He is sort of a junk food junkie with a love of food colorings and other smelly additives. His favorite treat looks like a t-bone steak and smells just a little funky. It makes me uncomfortable every time I have to give him one, as our family strives to eat a bit more healthy. So I thought I would try to win him over with good old home cooking. Why not, it works on everyone else!

The only difference is the newest member of our family isn’t human. Carver is a dog who was rescued by a kind-hearted woman who was able to see beyond the skinny mutt with the mangy coat to see his sweet personality. Sadly, there are a lot of Carvers out there and for most there is no happy ending. The fortunate go to no-kill shelters, rescue groups or just good Samaritans who can’t stand to see another animal euthanized.

In honor of Carver and to thank the angels who saved him, from now until Christmas we will be donating all proceeds from the sale of our new Peanut Butter Pup Biscuits to Pet Adoption Services. We wish we could help all the rescue and animal welfare groups who work diligently to save animals from euthanasia. There are so many and all do wonderful service for animals and the people who love them.

If you have a dog, stop in and pick up some Peanut Butter Pup Biscuits as a holiday treat. It’s good for your dog and helps homeless dogs find a forever home. If you don’t already have a pet consider adopting one through any of the great local organizations. Petfinder.com is a great place to start or check out the Pet Adoption Services who saved Carver.

Jennifer Samuels

P.S. Don’t forget about our Clio’s Treat frozen treat for your dog- it’s fat-free yogurt, sweetened with honey and banana with added peanut butter. Treat your pet to something yummy!

Our New Cranberry Sorbetto and Holiday Memories of Grandma

A Special Guest Post from Jennifer:

As we start the holiday season, we all have our favorite dishes that without them the holiday just wouldn’t be the same. One of my favorites is my grandma’s cranberry salad.  Grandma would never have allowed us to serve a can of jelled cranberry sauce (not that we would have wanted that). Like Grandma used to do, our new Cranberry Sorbetto is made with fresh cranberries, pineapple, and while Grandma didn’t use kumquats, she would have if she had a neighbor with a kumquat tree that bent under the weight of the fruit. This Cranberry Sorbetto reminds me of many holiday meals working with Grandma to make all the traditional dishes. Grandma didn’t host a carry-in dinner. Everybody chipped in and helped with the cooking and cleaning, but everything was prepared under Grandma’s watch. My Grandma passed away earlier this year and this will be my family’s first Thanksgiving without her. She will be greatly missed, but we’ll have many happy memories of her and fortunately we still have her recipes even if we cry a little while we make them. I’m sure I’ll cry a little more later this week as I begin teaching my daughter this and several other of Grandma’s recipes.

Jennifer Samuels

 

Easy Holiday Shopping!

In addition to 24 flavors of homemade gelato & sorbetto plus homemade waffle cones, yummy gelato Cookie Monster Sandwiches, and other treats, we have a whole lot of retail shelves containing stocking stuffers and perfect gifts for your holiday shopping!

Kermit Ruffins’ CD, “Have a Crazy Cool Christmas,” presents New Orleans’ fun-loving trumpeter at his holiday best with his swinging take of 13 Christmas songs including such standards as Silent Night and Jingle Bells plus the original and timely A Saints Christmas. Kermit’s Christmas CD will liven up any holiday gathering!

Putumayo’s Jazz & Blues Christmas is a collection of classic & holiday songs by jazz and blues legends such as B.B. King, Charles Brown, Ray Charles, plus Topsy Chapman, the Dukes of Dixieland, and more!

Christmas in New Orleans, from local host and producer Peggy Scott Laborde along with John T. Magill, is a fascinating look back at how the holidays have been celebrated in New Orleans from the 1800s through present day. You’ll love this exploration of holiday customs and memories in the Crescent City!

We have many more new books and CDs along with candy, chocolate (try our homemade Hot Chocolate on a Stick!) plus Louisiana specialty foods including jams & jellies, bread pudding mixes, Nutty Girl nuts, Halpops, Daigle Hot Sauces, Remoulade Sauce, and much more! Plus, we have new t-shirts from local favorite The Funky Bee!

Plus, there are always La Dolce Nola gift cards good for gelato, sorbetto, retail, fresh juice, and much more! Happy Holidays!

We’ve Got Juice!

We are very, very pleased to announce that we have formed a new partnership with The Wandering Juice, and we will serve as their production site and exclusive Metairie retail outlet!

What does this means for you, our dedicated customer? Fresh fruit & vegetable juices, expanded morning hours, and lots of new yummy & nutritious offerings! Here’s the scoop. The Wandering Juice uses fresh fruit and vegetables in their juices, which will be made daily on site at La Dolce Nola. You can come in and watch the juicing, if you so desire. Recent offerings include “Green Energy” containing cucumber, celery, green apple, citrus & kiwi; “Ambrosia” containing pear, grapefruit, orange, lemon & blueberries; and “Ginger Snap” containing carrots, apples, lemons, & ginger. Many of the ingredients come from area Farmers’ Markets (using whatever is fresh and in-season), so offerings will vary frequently.

Besides being yummy, of course, juices from The Wandering Juice are chock-full of things that your mind and body will love. Detox, energy-boost, anti-aging, and digestive health are just some of the many benefits from the juices. Ask us about which juices offer what benefits!

Another benefit from this partnership is that La Dolce Nola will offer expanded hours Monday through Friday to accommodate the juice fans! Claire and crew will be juicing every weekday morning beginning at 8:30am, and juices will be available throughout the day until they sell out. Plus, we’ll have a collection of fresh pastries available in the early-morning hours as well.

We’ll be bringing you lots more information, but also be sure to visit www.TheWanderingJuice.com, Facebook.com/WanderingJuice, and Twitter.com/WanderingJuice for updates!