News Roundup: Crawfish Season Inspires New Flavor At Houston Ice Cream Shop

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By Becky FogelApril 4, 2019 12:53 pm

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream: Red Circle Ice Cream in Houston is behind a new flavor that basically has the whole internet howling.

“This is our crawfish-flavored ice cream,” says Nickey Ngo who owns the shop.

She’s a foodie through and through, and is no stranger to creative concoctions. In the past, Ngo has whipped up Hot Cheetos ice cream. She says crawfish was a logical next step because it’s a big deal in the Houston area.

“And we actually use real crawfish – kind of boil it down to get that real, authentic flavor. And there’s Cajun seasonings in there with butter and garlic, and I even put cayenne pepper in there to give it that kick, and it tastes just like crawfish; it’s been phenomenal,” Ngo says.

Ngo says she’s not sure how much longer they’ll be making and serving the flavor, but so far the reactions from customers have been priceless.

“And we just want people to know we are just so thankful and so humbled for everyone coming out and just stepping out of your comfort zone. And the most important thing is to have fun because that’s what we’re really about,” Ngo says.

Ngo doesn’t have a new flavor in the pipeline but says inspiration often strikes when she’s out eating or even driving. She says the crawfish-flavored ice cream will be available at least through this weekend.

A large immigration raid took place at a North Texas business Wednesday. KERA’s Stella Chávez reports:

In Allen, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested about 280 people on immigration violations. They worked at CVE Technology group. ICE officials say this was the largest operation at a single worksite in a decade. It came about after officials received multiple tips that the company was knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants to work there.

State lawmakers are working on baseline regulations for thousands of micro-mobility devices, most notably, electric scooters, which have been popping up in Texas cities over the last year.

Sen. Royce West, a Dallas Democrat, authored a bill that would establish a maximum speed of 15 miles per hour for scooters. It would also require riders to be at least 16 years old and have a driver’s license.

“Under the bill, the Texas Department of Transportation and local jurisdictions would retain the ability … to create additional regulations regarding the use and availability of motor scooters,” West said in a committee hearing Wednesday.

Krysta Walicones testified on behalf Disability Rights Texas during that hearing.

She told the state Senate Transportation Committee that scooters parked in places like sidewalks create challenges for people with disabilities.

“So, in the short time that they’ve been around, there have been numerous stories from people with disabilities about how they have hurt or impeded them in some way,” Walicones said during her testimony.

The bill is still pending in committee.