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May 4, 2012

The FAAN Walk Was In A Word…FAANtastic!

Last Saturday started with thunderstorms and cool temperatures, but that didn’t stop a whole bunch of generous supporters from making the day a bright spot for food allergy awareness at the FAAN Walk for Food Allergies! Between the circus acts, the games, and the huge crowd (over 450 came out to walk and party!), we barely noticed the weather after a while, and were focused on celebrating the supporters that had all come together to help make the walk a success.  

As a member of the walk board, I was witness to how much work went into the walk. Each of the three other women on the board with me contributed incredible amounts of work, talent, and dedication to the walk, and those ladies made it happen. With the help of large donors, local donors, and each individual contribution made by family, friends, and community members, we far surpassed our fundraising goal of $25,000 with a final count of … drumroll please …

$52,648!!!!!!!

So, to each and every one of you out there who helped spread the word, made a contribution, or walked the walk with us, THANK YOU! There are millions of lives affected by food allergies and each one is important. These funds will help to raise awareness, continue research, and work towards a better life for everyone affected by a potentially deadly condition that thus far has no known cure.

For more info on food allergies, and the FAAN network that we raised funds for, click here. To see a News 5 segment about the walk, follow this link, and check out our walk page here too!

 

 

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March 27, 2012

It’s almost here!

I would like to invite you to walk with us at Cincinnati’s first annual FAAN Walk for Food Allergies on April 28! I know. I haven’t written in a long time, but I swear it’s for a great reason. I’ve been really busy making some HUGE changes to Phro*Zen, which I will announce as soon as I have more details (The changes include a retail site. Prepare for overuse of exclamation points on that post!). For now, however, you can still find our pints at Essnecha, or send us a custom order (phrozenicecream@gmail.com).

But back to the walk. My last post was about the walk, so if you need a quick refresher, just scroll and read so I don’t bore you with repetetive details. This post is mostly just to remind everyone to sign up for a team fast because as hard as it is to believe, the walk is just about a month away! It’s going to be so much fun – you really don’t want to miss out. There will be free allergy-safe food samples, circus acts, a bounce house, and more! Plus, if you raise enough donations you get a t-shirt. Pretty cool, right?

So, how do you sign up? Follow this link to our walk site page, and click “create a team,” or “sign up as an individual.” Or if you would like to join team “Kai’s Good Karma” and walk to represent Phro*Zen, you are more than welcome to join! The process is pretty simple, but if you have any questions you can contact FAAN through the website, or post your question here. Then all you have to do is collect donations!

And whether you can be there with us at Friendship Park, or you sign up as a “digital walker,” I am so grateful for your support. You have shown Phro*Zen so much love, which is why it is able to continue growing in such exciting directions, and the community has wrapped its arms around the food allergy cause just as lovingly. As a friend of a family affected by food allergies it means the world to me to know that the cause is not just theirs, but ours, and together we can raise the awareness and education that’s necessary to save lives.

November 23, 2011

Feast on this!

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This holiday season snuck up on us pretty quickly, but we were ready with one of our favorite fall flavors. Pumpkin pie PhroZen hit freezers in October, and we’ve been stocking and restocking it since. The feedback has been great, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support.

So, what better way to say thank you for supporting our local small business, than by supporting another small business?? We were lucky enough to come into contact with a small farmer in the area, who happened to have grown “fairytale” pumpkins this year. That got the wheels turning, and led to the limited batch of pumpkin pie flavor PhroZen that’s out now. We processed those pumpkins into our ice cream, and couldn’t be happier with the result. Working with local businesses is pretty sweet.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year – you’ve given us even more reasons to be thankful this year. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Love.

November 8, 2011

A change of seasons and seasonings

It’s that beautiful time of the year when leaves are turning, the air is starting to chill, and holiday flavors are beginning to hit freezers here in Cincinnati. While we try not to play favorites with our flavors, the seasonal batches tend to disappear a little faster, and not just because they’re made in limited quantities. So what’s the new flavor that’s out right now? Chocolate lovers, raise your spoons…it’s Mexican hot cocoa!

If you’ve never tried a cup of Mexican hot chocolate, it’s not exactly a literal translation to what we are used to when we open up a packet of Swiss Miss. The recipes vary, but typically they include some really delicious spices. We started with our basic chocolate ice cream, added some cinnamon and chili powder, and ended up with a sweet, spicy, perfect fall chocolate flavor. You can find it right now at Picnic and Pantry in Northside.

October 21, 2011

We’re mad for matcha!

We’ve got a new custom flavor out at Essencha tea house in Oakley. Wanna guess what it might be? (see title of post for really obvious hint)

Well, if you guessed matcha, you’re right! If you guessed tofurkey, you just plain weren’t paying attention – but that flavor has been suggested. All guessing games aside, the matcha green tea flavor at Essencha is definitely worth a try. It’s rich, creamy, and has a wonderfully complex flavor, courtesy of the matcha tea that also gives it a unique kick of antioxidants.

What is matcha? The good folks at Essencha will be able to tell you much more about it than I can, but it is a powdered green tea, and the one used in the ice cream is called “Jade bliss.” There are all kinds of health benefits that can be gained from drinking (or in our case scooping) matcha, in part because the whole tea leaf is ground into the fine powder that then gets mixed with water – or ice cream – and enjoyed.

Go find out more about this delicious stuff at Essencha!
Essencha Tea House and Fine Teas 3212 Madison Road

October 10, 2011

Cirque du Yelp! shout outs

Last week, Abi and I tied on our aprons and took part in the delightful debauchery that was Cirque Du Yelp! Orchestrated by Yelp’s fearless leader, Alex Shebar (you’ll meet him in the video below), the party was a hit – and with jugglers, belly dancers, and balloon animals galore, it’s one that won’t quickly be forgotten. Check out the video and watch for us scooping up pumpkin Phro*Zen for all of the guests around 1:40 or so. And don’t forget to click here to review the event if you made it, or tell us what you think of Phro*Zen here!

August 10, 2011

A little something to enjoy

 

Hello out there! I wanted to introduce you to our newest product, the vegan ice cream individual cup (pictured above).

Not only is the stuff inside the cup really tasty and exciting, but the cup itself is pretty neat too. It’s made of plant materials, so it’s actually biodegradable. So why should anyone be excited about that? There are plenty of reasons, including knowing it will eventually break down instead of adding to the tons of trash we create everyday, and then there’s this:

Yep. After you finish enjoying your Phro*Zen, you can clean out the cup, poke a few holes in the bottom, and start your cold weather plants in it. The sugar cane fibers will break down and you’ll have some happy little seedlings. You can find these cups at Caffeine Dreams, next to the bike trail in Loveland.

July 13, 2011

An event worthy of review: Yelp Eats Iron Chef Cook-Off

If you read the last post, either below, or < back a page, you’ll remember seeing those cute little Grateful Graham Phro*Zen sandwiches we made for the Yelp event last Thursday. Well, all of those are gone. All 400. Devoured. And no, I did not eat them.

All you Yelpers did! And I’m so glad. I had a blast handing out free sandwiches and talking about Phro*Zen with some happy people. I also really appreciated the feedback, and the questions, and will look forward to many events in the future. To read more about the Yelp! event, and maybe join if you’re not a Yelper (who doesn’t love a good review and free party now and again?), click over to the event page. Oh, and while you’re there, give us a review on our Yelp! page, too!

June 7, 2011

Featured flavor: June 2011: Colonel De’s Cosmic Caramel

I don’t get excited about too many things. Ok, I lied, I get excited about lots of things, and use plenty of exclamation points and gestures to make that clear, but I’m trying to express my utter love-love relationship with this month’s featured flavor. So here I go:

If I was the grinchiest, unhappiest person, who didn’t love anything (no, not even kittens or sprinkles or rainbows), I would love this flavor.

Why? Because….it’s salted caramel! Yep. A vegan salted caramel sauce is swirled into vanilla Phro*Zen to create Colonel De’s Cosmic Caramel.

For those of you who don’t know who Colonel De is, you have got to go to Findlay Market to meet this character. He has a shop full of nothing but – well everything! He has spices you’ve never smelled, powders you didn’t know existed, salts from all over the world, and teas and oils that Cleopatra might have demanded at her table. His stall is where I found some beautifully dark turbinado (a coarse grain) sugar that was infused with vanilla. I took that and created a completely dairy free caramel sauce, added some sea salt, and combined it with our vanilla flavor to provide a subtle background to the sweet and slightly salty caramel. It’s the star in this flavor, and I really hope you’ll enjoy it!

Our featured flavor is available at Picnic and Pantry in Northside right now, and will be making its rounds to Park + Vine and Meals To Go this weekend. Speaking of Meals To Go, I have some really great news about what’s coming up there….but I’ll write about that tomorrow….

Love, Meg

April 15, 2011

April Isn’t Just Earth Month…

…it’s also Autism Awareness Month. I personally have seen plenty of public awareness ads about autism, even read a few chapters about it in one of my psychology courses in college, but when it came down to writing this, I had to do a whole lot of research about what exactly autism is. Unfortunately, that sense of confusion about the condition is not uncommon in modern medicine, either.

While I don’t know anyone affected by autism, the prevalence of the disorder is increasing with each passing year, so it’s unlikely that that will remain the case for long. According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC) in 2007, autism affected 1 in every 150 births. That seems like an awfully high and worrisome number to me, especially considering that the cause of the disorder is thus far unclear.

From what I understand (and it really isn’t much aside from a general idea), autism doesn’t affect just one group or another based on any one characteristic. It does, however, affect boys more often than it does girls, and there seem to be some genetic connections.

As far as the symptoms, autism is a spectrum disorder, so the extent to which the social and communication skills are affected is dependent on the severity of the disorder. Just as each person with autism is unique, so is their experience with the disease.

Honestly, I feel overwhelmed and little lost about what autism is, how it develops, and how I can help this month and in the future, but I’ve found a few really great resources, one of which is Helping Families With Autism. I’ll be writing a little more about the subject, and I hope you all will enjoy them and learn along with me! If anyone has any information or helpful links, I’d be grateful for those, too!