We happily struggled with the mouth foam inducing choices displayed in the desert case. Overwhelmed with choices, I decided they all looked good but Crystal and Nicole demanded selections involving chocolate; one being the Chocolate Cherry Brownie. Dense, dark and almost batter-like with just the thinest crust on top, this could very be not only the best brownie I've ever had, but maybe even the best chocolate desert. The cherries provided a contrast while also adding to the depth of the confection. Amazing!
We also got the dessert sampler, chosen on the premise that the majority of the samplings were chocolate based.
The Raspberry Gateau, a fallen chocolate soufflé, brushed with red currant glaze then bordered with bittersweet chocolate ganache and topped with a raspberry was pure intenseness. One bite alone was enough to quench any chocolate pangs.
I was most excited to try the Oregon Blackberry Cheesecake, a season version of their New York style cheesecake, made with cream cheese and sour cream. I love blackberries and loved the marriage of the tangy cheeses and dark fruit in this dessert bite.
The Chocolate Cube, a bittersweet Tanzanie chocolate box bursting with dark chocolate mousse, was similar to the aforementioned Gateau in richness and maxed out chocolate richness.
The Boccone Dolce was more up my ally. I loved the airy swiss meringue, fresh chantilly cream and berry combination drizzled with dark chocolate sauce. It's simple, but heavenly.
The final sampler selection was the Hazelnut Goo-Goo Cluster (without marshmallows) topped with edible gold flakes. I am a sucker for nuts and chocolate so this was fantastic, but I was still too distracted by the chocolate cherry brownie.
I got a coffee to wash down my desserts. Strong and bitter.
Crystal went for a frothy latte.
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