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Frisco Lands an Outpost of the Mega-Popular HaiDiLao Hot Pot Chain

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Hi to Hai Di Lao
This is steaming-hot food news. HaiDiLao, a mega-popular chain of hot pot restaurants based in China’s Sichuan province, will bring its bubbling broths, sauce bar, and noodle dance to Frisco, according to Eater Dallas. It first branched out to the U.S. in 2013 with a location in L.A. and only just last year sprouted new outposts outside of California. And yes, you read that right: “noodle dance.” Read the late Jonathan Gold’s write-up about the “Ferrari of Chinese hot pot restaurants” and his description of HaiDiLao’s noodle dancers, who stretch skeins of noodles at your table before dropping them into burbling pots.

Hand Sanitzer Saviors
Besides living a socially distant lifestyle, donning a face mask, and washing your hands, using hand sanitizer is one more prong of protection against spreading coronavirus. And it’s still in high demand, though last month the FDA warned of about 60 brands including toxic ingredients in their sanitizer, so maybe avoid these companies. As cases spike throughout Texas, alcohol distilleries continue to fill the gap, making sanitizer based on CDC guidelines. And this Thursday, July 16, Tito’s Handmade Vodka will distribute 44,000 bottles to the public for contactless pickup at Fair Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until gone. Each car (must be 18 years of age to pick up) will receive three 375mL bottles.

The state’s craft distilleries have been using their facilities to make hand sanitizer for months. Blackland Distillery in Fort Worth has donated bottles of sanitizer to first responders throughout North Texas, same with Balcones Distillery in Waco, and Lockwood Distilling and Southwest Spirits in Dallas. Meanwhile our craft distillers are suffering as current liquor laws prevent direct-to-consumer sales and in-county delivery—but Texas distillers are fighting to change that and support the local economy.

Making Moves
Stocks & Bondy is moving its Dallas Farmers Market soup shop to Sundrops Vitamins and Nutrition on North Central Expressway near Fitzhugh Avenue. As soon as July 17 you’ll see chef Joanne Bondy’s broths, stocks, and more appear inside the cold case. Dallas Morning News has the story.

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