Posts tagged ‘Cincinnati’

December 16, 2011

A really big little announcement!

I didn’t want to announce it too soon in case anything changed, but I can’t wait any longer to tell you all about….this really cool…..really big deal…..that Phro*Zen gets to be a part of….and you can be a part of too….do you want to know what it is? Are you sure? Do you really want to know?

It’s Cincinnati’s first FAAN Walk for Food Allergies!!!!!

 As made obvious by the excessive use of exclamation points above, I am pretty excited about the walk. It’s a great way to show support for members of your community affected by food allergies, plus it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. I hope you’ll consider creating a team and joining all of us on April 28, 2012 at Friendship Park for a beautiful walk by the river, as well as a few other fun things we’ve got planned. I’ll be keeping everyone up to date on what our board is working on here, but you can also follow @FAANwalkCinci on Twitter, “Like” the Facebook page, and check out the website for more info or to donate. If you have any questions that you’d like answered about the walk, feel free to email me at Love, Meg


September 17, 2011

Yelp me! I want to party!

Hey pals! How are you enjoying this fine fall weather? Well don’t blink, you know how long a midwestern fall lasts… wait. Is that snow i see? Okay maybe not yet.

We’re gearing up for an awesome event hosted by the fine folks at Yelp. The event is called, Cirque du Yelp, a carnival themed one-night event at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, KY on October 1st from 8 to 10pm. You can RSVP by going to this WEBSITE. If you don’t already have a Yelp account you should sign up so you can get all kinds of fun information about your favorite local businesses and events. You can also review businesses and read other’s reviews, it’s a great tool for when you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a new restaurant.

The Pro*Zen girls will be handing out some tasty snack at Cirque du Yelp along with tons of other great local food and beverage vendors. You don’t want to miss this one, and it’s free!!

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt


August 25, 2011

Have you seen us lately?

Our packaging got a bit of a facelift recently. We’re moving up in the world and now have fancy new labels for our Cookies n’ No Cream, Kai’s Good Karma, Enlightened Lemon Lavender, and Mint Meditation. All of these superstars are still vegan, gluten free, peanut and tree nut free!

A great way to see our new pints in action is to pick one up at Picnic and Pantry, Meals to Go, and Park + Vine. An even BETTER way to see them would be by coming out to Park + Vine this Friday for Final Friday in Downtown Cincinnati. You could grab an ice cream sandwich and chat with the fun and always fabulous Phro*Zen ladies! Mention the secret word “facelift” and your face will get a lift with a smile because you’ll receive $.50 off your ice cream sandwich.

 We look forward to seeing our Phro*Zen fans this Friday!

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.

August 1, 2011

Food Allergy Post: July 2011

This month I had the privilege of getting a more in-depth look at the food allergy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Whether you love Cincinnati or not (yes, that’s a shout to all of you with the “Cincinnati’s just ok” bumper stickers), the city is lucky to have such an innovative clinic available to those that need it. 

I shadowed Dr. Assa’ad for her morning rounds, which were hectic to say the least. Between the tests and the evaluations, plus the time spent discussing patient status and possible solutions with colleagues, she has her work cut out for her. 

The day started with an evaluation of a patient who was previously tolerating soy milk, but began having stomach upset after strenuous exercise which might have correlated with his breakfast that included soy milk. Confused? Me too. How do you know if it was the soy milk, or another part of his diet, or  the allergens in the air at his activity? Eight hours of testing, that’s how.

That testing began with blind sampling of either soy milk or rice milk, only one of the nurses knew which was which. A few milliliters were taken in specific intervals to determine if he was in fact allergic to soy. The patient came prepared with a movie, used to the long wait associated with the test. 

Another patient came in for a skin test, which involved pricking her skin with a sharp that had been dipped in an allergen extract. If it was a positive reaction, the skin would raise into a bump reminiscent of a mosquito bite or worse. Negative would just look like a little red dot. 

I followed and took notes and tried to absorb every bit of knowledge from all of the staff that I could. What I learned was this: every family that comes through that clinic is worried. Everyone has questions and they all need answers because their well-being depends on them. And as far as our product goes? I need to do everything I can to make it safe for all of those kids and adults alike that come through testing and trials to find out what they can’t have, so that they can find out that they can still have ice cream.

July 7, 2011

Something cold, something new…

…something really tasty too! We’re heading out to another awesome Yelp! event tomorrow, and you know what we made? They’re almost too good to be true. Almost. But here they are…

They're chilly. They're vegan. They're free tomorrow night.

 Grateful Grahams made some mini grahams for these tasty little Phro*Zen sandwiches we’ll be slinging for free tomorrow evening. We hope to see you at the Yelp! event – we promise to try to save you one of these tasty little ‘wiches, but get there early because we can’t guarantee they’ll last long!

June 10, 2011

It’s the latest thing.

We’ve been alluding to it via Twitter for a few days now, so all of you who have been following along may have guessed – but maybe not – that we’ve got an announcement to make about our latest project.


Seriously! Some hard work and experimentation has resulted in a ridiculously creamy, oh so dreamy, totally dairy and egg free soft serve!

So where can you get it and when? Meals To Go on Winton Rd. in Finneytown, where you’ll find me, Meg, behind the counter Saturday 11-3 ready to serve you a cone or a cup with plenty of additional toppings for you to choose from. I’ll add photos here after I create a few combos on Saturday – please come see me!

Oh, and for those of you that are wondering, yes, it’s gluten-free, and the stuff is good.

Hope to see you Saturday 11-3! Love, Meg

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

May 5, 2011

Phro*Zen and Please are teaming up – do you have your ticket?

You’re invited to an upscale vegan ice cream social.

What: Phro*Zen vegan ice cream, including some flavors created exclusively for the event, will be served alongside playful vegan dessert accompaniments by Please and paired with coffee from Park+Vine.

When: Saturday May 14th 6p.m.

Where: Park+Vine

Cost: 20 tickets for $25 each get you in to a unique dessert experience and are available at the front desk at Park+Vine.

May 1, 2011

May’s Feature Flavor: Daisy Mae’s Market Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

As many of you know, every month we try to team up with a local business to create a flavor that highlights their products in an effort to create more awareness about both of our businesses through cross-promotion as well as feed our creative appetite. This month is no different. We’re so happy to say that we’ve teamed up with Daisy Mae’s Market right down at Findlay Market to bring you Daisy Mae’s Market Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Yes, it’s a little out there, it’s different than what you might find elsewhere, but so is Cincinnati!
The flavor was inspired by a trip to Findlay Market that I took a while back with my mama, when Barb mentioned that the rhubarb would be coming into season, and we could probably even get some from local growers. That made my brain start ticking, because I seriously love local stuff, and if we could double on the local love, what’s to lose?
So, the rhubarb, the strawberries, and I went to the kitchen. I whipped up some vanilla Phro*Zen, and swirled in a strawberry-rhubarb frosting along with some pieces of vegan pie crust and extra slices of sweet strawberries, and there we go! Daisy Mae’s made the whole idea work, because a fruit-based flavor can’t be great unless the fruit is fresh, and full of flavor. The rhubarb was beautiful, and the strawberries along with the staff at Daisy Mae’s Market could not be sweeter. We hope you’ll enjoy a scoop and head down to Findlay to see what else is fresh at Daisy Mae’s.
Q: So first, please introduce yourself and let us know what you do. 
I’m Barb Cooper from Daisy Mae’s Market. My husband Barry and his brother Jeff are the owners of Daisy Mae’s. I handle marketing for the company and also take care of some of the office responsibilities.
Q: When did you start your business? What inspired you to do so?
Barb: We started Daisy Mae’s Market in November, 2009. Barry and I have spent the last 23 years in the homebuilding business. When the economy soured, we decided to start a second venture. Barry’s brother Jeff had been in the wholesale produce business most of his life and always hoped to open his own company. Since Findlay Market was also looking for a full-time fresh produce merchant about that same time, all the pieces fell into place and we decided to take the plunge. Barry and I joke now that he’s the only local homebuilder who also sells tomatoes!
Q: What do you find to be the most challenging part of running a business?
Barb: In any small business, the most demanding aspect is the number of hours you have to put into each day. The challenge is to prioritize the tasks that need to be done. If you’re not careful, you can get moving in too many directions at once and lose your focus.
Q: What do you find to be the most rewarding part of running a business?
Barb: I honestly think the best rewards are when people tell us they like what we’re doing. It’s amazing how a genuine compliment can re-energize the whole staff.
Q: Is there anything about being a business in Cincinnati that you especially like?
Barb: We absolutely love Findlay Market—the history, the creative energy of the other vendors, the central location, and the fact that we’re filling a need in the neighborhood. It’s great, too, how so many Cincinnati businesses go out of their way to support each other.
Q: What’s the most unique thing about your business? What makes it special?
Barb: We say we have a “fresh approach to fresh produce.” We’re trying to be a lot more than just another tomato stand. We’re big believers in social media as a way to connect with our customers, and we use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our own blog in order to do that.
Another unique aspect of Daisy Mae’s Market is that we deliver our fresh produce to individuals and corporations throughout the downtown Cincinnati area. You can order any of the 100 items or so that we have at our Findlay Market location and have them delivered to your home or office the next day. You can find out more about these and other services we offer at