1. A Subtlety: The Marvelous Sugar Baby…anything but subtle or sweet

    Upon entering the abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn (just after signing an asbestos waiver),
    the old smell of sticky brown sugar syrup became overwhelming…with a whiff of the indescribable history that can only try to be explained
    by what had dripped and dried on the defunct factory walls for over a century. 

    Artist Kara Walker’s exhibit A Subtlety: The Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World glowed like a beacon at the back end of the factory, which was accompanied by haunting, molasses-darkened molded sculptures of slave boys carrying woven baskets of sugar.

    As Walker told Food and Wine:

    “When I was trying to understand the space, I fixated on the molasses as this waste product, a byproduct of the refining process that’s still edible and more nutritious but darker and undesirable, with allusions to plantation lore.”

    F&W described (Walker’s) work…(which) “explores race and history, and the focal point of the show
    is a massive sphinxlike figure with uncomfortably exaggerated “mammy” features.”

    Up close, The Marvelous Sugar Baby is just that…at nearly 40 feet tall and more than 75 feet long, she is completely nude
    (save for the bandana on her head), with huge breasts, a deep swayed back and an exposed vagina.

    Of the sculpture, Walker said:

    It seemed important to me to let it all be woman and bottom and vagina and toes and imposing
    and silly and serious and ridiculous and sexy all at once.” 

    The impressive centerpiece is on display until July 6, so if you’re in New York City, head over the Williamsburg Bridge to the Domino Sugar Refinery. The exhibit is open and free to the public.

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  2. THE SCOOP | FLOAT FRIDAYS AT FAT CAT CREAMERY!

    The cats are feline fine for Float Fridays at the shop!

    Join us for our in-shop special throughout the summer (TBD, since how can you really define the end of 'summer' in Houston?) each Friday!
    The cats will craft a Friday float flavor-of-the-day, choosing a special scoop from one of our in-house made ice creams.

    Bonus 1: Score a 10% off discount on our Friday float flavor-of-the-day

    Bonus 2: Check out the priceless pics above of some float fun at the shop!
    (images 1-4: Garrett mixing it up, pro style!
    image 5: Julia sippin’ on a Chocolate Egg Cream
    with Salted Butter Caramel ice cream float)

    See ya’ll this Friday!!! MEOW! ^..^

    xo the cats!

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  3. In other ice cream related news…

    Us cats have always believed that ice cream and music are somehow connected, because…well, how could they not be!?
    Everything from the iconic ice cream truck song to this list of ice cream themed songs to the folks at
    Ben and Jerry’s ode to musician named ice creams (Cherry Garcia, anyone?)…

    That’s why it seems totally naturally to us cats that using an ice cream cone as a musical instrument (played by licking)
    makes perfect sense, as demonstrated in a performance produced by creators/designers Emilie Baltz and Carla Diana,
    of Lickestra have done — an interactive orchestra whereby taking a lick triggers a tune.

    Minus the hair balls, of course.

    How did they do this? By using sensors triggered by the licks, a musical sound is produced.

    Each Lickestra performer was assigned one sound from the composition and could play it
    as a short burst or longer musical phrase by simply licking the ice cream in different ways.”

    It’s actually a pretty amazing, creative collaboration involving designers, musicians, sound techs, and of course foodies.

    watch here | read here 

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  4. BRAIN FREEZE !!!

    Is it really April already!? What the what?!

    Us cats have been so crazy busy at the shop that our blog has been…how do you say…on ice?
    Ok, ok…we’ve just had some straight up good ole’ fashioned brain freeze.

    The cats have got some fun blog stuff coming up soon, and will be keeping all you ice cream lovin’ cats posted!

    Meow! xo the cats

    image via drawn from my brain


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  5. RAISE THE WOOF!!’ It’s Lucky Dog Bake Sale Time!

    The cats are ‘raisin’ the woof’ for our yearly contribution to help out our furry friends over at Lucky Dog Rescue!

    Fat Cat Creamery is teaming up with Fluff Bake Bar to help raise funds by making our special Chocolate-covered Cherry in Vanilla ice cream for the Fluff Bake Bar’s Valentine Bake Sale, so you know it’s gonna be a sweet treat for your sweet..tie? (Erm…you know what we mean!)

    To place your order, just click on the (above) menu, and it will bring you right where you need to be, so you can ‘raise the woof’, too!

    Additional deets:
    * Pick-ups for orders will be at Kraftsmen Baking (611 W. 22nd St. in the Heights) on February 13th and 14th.
    (you aren’t walking in empty-handed this time!)

    ** Also, if you or someone you know can help with pick-ups, please email Lucky Dog Rescue directly: luckyrescue@gmail.com

    ***Just don’t feed Chocolate-covered Cherry ice cream to your actual canine friends, as dogs + chocolate do NOT mix well.

    But you know what does?

    Cats + Dogs = <3 (especially for Valentine’s Day!)

    flyer via Lucky Dog Rescue

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  6. UPDATE | Pop-up Bake Sale Rescheduled

    The lovely and talented Jodi Elliott had something unchangeable pop up, but don’t fret!
    She will be joining forces with us later this year for the Pop-Up Bake Sale at the shop.
    Luckily, H-town has lots of sunny days ahead for an awesome future pop up.

    The cats will be keeping you posted!

    PS: We promise not to say ‘pop up’ again…at least until the actual pop-up.
    Whoops, kitty! OK, that was it, we promise!

    Meow! the cats

     

  7. Jodi Elliott of Austin’s Foreign & Domestic to host Pop-Up Bake Sale at Fat Cat Creamery!

    Happy 2014, ya’ll!

    Hopefully, you’ve come by for a visit to the shop, but if you haven’t yet, we have a super special treat in store for everyone.

    The pics above are showing what the Houston cats are getting ready for when Jodi Elliott, pastry chef of Austin’s Foreign & Domestic,
    comes to host a pop up sale at our very own parlour on January 19th!

    (Did we mention she was voted The People’s Best New Pastry Chef of 2013 by Food & Wine Magazine?)

    Talk about Kitty. Mind. Blown.

    So get here early for an extra special combo of baked and frozen treats!

    What: Pop-up Bake Sale, hosted by Foreign & Domestic’s Jodi Elliott

    Where: Fat Cat Creamery! 1901 N. Shepherd Drive

    When: Sunday, January 19 @10 am

    If you’re on the fence about coming, check out this slideshow of a previous F&D Bake Sale, and you know,
    never mind about that New Years Resolution thingy.

    MEOW!

    xo the cats

    images by Crystal Esquivel via Foreign & Domestic


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  8. THE CATS ARE OPEN FOR BIZ!

    It’s official! The Fat Cat Creamery Ice Cream parlour is open and ready to serve you, and us cats couldn’t be more excited!!! 

    Thanks for coming out Saturday—a fun time was had by all!

    If you didn’t get a chance, the awesome thing is that we’re still gonna be here :) 

    Come by 1901 Shepherd for a visit and a treat!

    MEOW!

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  9. Hooooorrraaayyyy! Happy First Fat Cat Day! #fatcatcreamery (at Fat Cat Creamery)

     

  10. POP SHOP HOUSTON HOLIDAY | #BLACKCATFRI Contest Deets 

    Hey cats! Reminding you to come out to the Pop Shop Houston Holiday Shop at Silver Street Studios this weekend!

    Also, us cats meowed on about a contest last time, so here are the deets of the full-on-fun:

    Show us your best Black Cat Friday Face!

    Snap a selfie with your best Black Cat Friday face holding your sweet Fat Cat Creamery treats with the hashtag #blackcatfri
    and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to win one of 2 prizes.

    1st prize: Win a you+1 invite to attend Fat Cat Creamery’s Friends and Family night at the shop!

    2nd prize: Win a voucher for a FREE ice cream cone or soda at Fat Cat Creamery when we’re officially open!

    Winners will be contacted within the week via whatever social media channel your #blackcatfri face is posted!

    So stop by the cart and show us cats what you got! MEOW! 

    image + event deets via Pop Shop Houston