Teejay’s Sweet Tooth

Who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s one of America’s favorite treats, and with so many places to get it, standing out and offering something unique to your customers is a must. Teejay’s Sweet Tooth is doing just that by bringing something to Indianapolis that we’ve never had before: donuts and ice cream.

Yes, you read that right!

TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth opened last August on Indianapolis’ northwest side near Trader’s Point, and has been offering its customers two unique creations ever since: the Donut Ice Cream Sandwich and a Fruity Pebble Treat.

Owned by two dental hygienists, Jerome Tiah and Taylor DeBruce, the little ice cream shop offers a wide variety of flavors which change every few weeks. I sampled all of them and highly recommend the Carmel Rainforest Crunch, Pralines and Cream or Graham Central.

I also tried both the Fruity Pebble Treat AND a Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, leaving the store on a sugar high! My favorite? The Donut Ice Cream Sandwich, although I think kids would probably enjoy the Fruity Pebble Treat more.

So how exactly does TeeJay’s make their signature creations?

For the Fruity Pebble Treat, two circular bars are made out of Fruity Pebble cereal and formed into what looked and tasted like a Fruity Pebble Rice Krispie Treat. Then two scoops of ice cream are placed in between those, and topped with a topping of your choosing.

The Donut Ice Cream Sandwich is made in a similar fashion. TeeJay’s get their donuts from Jack’s Donuts, another local Indianapolis business, and their ice cream comes from Sundae’s near Geist.

In addition to their two signature creations, TeeJay’s also makes milk shakes, other types of ice cream sandwiches, and offers sorbets for vegan and gluten free options.

Most of their recipes are from online sources, but they’ve started incorporating other cereals into the mix as toppings. Jerome said they hope to start making other signature treats out of cereals soon.

For now, Jerome and Taylor plan to concentrate on making quality treats for their customers at their Purdue Road location, but expanding in Indy isn’t totally out of the question. Both still work as full time dental hygienists and are the only employees at TeeJays at this time, so there’s a lot on their plate.

That doesn’t seem to detract from the quality of their product though, so if you find yourself looking for a unique ice cream spot, stop by TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth – you’ll be helping support a dream AND a local business.

Store Location: 8660 Purdue Road, Suite 8666-600, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268
Instagram: @TeeJaysSweetTooth
Facebook: TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth
Twitter: @TJ_SweetTooth

Fresh & Easy Pasta Sauce

Growing up, my mom used to make this sauce with fresh garden tomatoes and serve it over pasta. It’s so easy, delicious and fresh – you’ll want to drink it right out of the blender.

I used fresh tomatoes that I got from the grocery store and those worked well too. This hasn’t been tested with canned tomatoes, so if you try it that way, let me know if it works for you!

What you’ll need:

4 or 5 large tomatoes
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
4 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper

You could also add fresh basil, garlic or another Italian seasons of your choice. I typically just use store brands of the rest of the ingredients – nothing fancy!

Cut up your tomatoes first, then throw in a blender or food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

 

Serve over spaghetti, penne, bowtie or any kind of pasta. I tried it over cheese tortellini for this dish but think I prefer plain pasta – the cheese kind of drowns out the lovely fresh taste of the sauce.

There’s no cooking involved, other than the pasta and it’s SO easy to make. It will keep in the fridge for a few days or you could freeze or can for later.

Condado: Indy’s Newest Taco Spot

My brother-in-law came up for the day on Saturday and we always like to try new places, so when I heard that Condado was opening up in Broad Ripple, I texted him right away and suggested we eat there.

It wasn’t too crowded when we got there, so we didn’t have to wait for a seat – surprising since the place had only been open a few days. A lot of the seating is shared seating at open tables with bar stools but there are a few more private tables which seemed to be seating larger parties.

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The menu has a great variety, especially for vegetarians and ordering process is pretty fun. Remember scantron tests back in grade school? The menu is like that – you fill in the little bubbles next to what you want, then the wait staff scans it with a machine and it sends your order to the kitchen.

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We split an order of chips, queso and salsa verde. The chips, in my opinion, were lacking – they were more like Taco Bell chips than authentic, homemade from tortillas. The queso and salsa verde were very good though, however I think Bakersfield downtown beats them on both. (Condado is opening another location on Mass Ave next year, so we’ll see how they fare with Bakersfield as competition)

It took a little while for the tacos to get there, so I took a few photos of the fun decor inside. It seems like they tried to give it a local vibe and painted the murals inside to reflect the Broad Ripple neighborhood influence.

On to the main event: the tacos! I had read other bloggers experiences were not great on opening day. Some of their entrees were skimpy on portions but I did not have that experience. Perhaps the bugs got worked out a little by the time I got there?

My first taco was chicken, cheese, salsa verde and chimichurri on a flour tortilla. Pretty basic but I think I liked it the best! The second taco I got was the ju-ju shell, which was a combination of hard and soft with chorizo and queso. I added more chorizo as a protein, along with cheddar, salsa roja and cilantro-lime aioli. I also added on beans and rice, which I threw on top of the tacos and ate altogether. Yum!

So in conclusion, my experience at Condado was great. I will be going back. They aren’t the best tacos ever (Torchy’s takes that prize) or even in Indy (I still love Bakersfield) but they do have their own vibe that I really liked.