I love food. I’m the type to experiment with all kinds of meals and sweets, and people usually ask me for recommendations when we go out to eat. However, I don’t really have an absolute favourite dish. I like many things… shrimps, lasagna, mushroom steak, cookies, brownies… but if you asked me to name my favourite kind of food, I couldn’t tell you. Yes, yes, I do love chocolate, but even then I couldn’t tell you my favourite brand/kind. 😉
I did come close to asking for seconds yesterday though. This has been a particularly stressful week in which I even had to work overtime, so I decided to reward myself on Friday with some sweets. An exceptionally bad week requires an exceptionally good treat, so I didn’t hold back.
I went to my favourite dessert shop in town. First on the menu was Caramel Toffee Crunch Cake and a red velvet cake ball. They do sound delicious, don’t they? And they were as yummy as they sound. The cake was a delicate caramel flavour that wasn’t too overpowering, but compensating for that was a thick layer of sweet toffee and crunchy pieces that positively melted in your mouth. As for the cake ball, it was a deep red colour and a lot more denser than an actual cake. If I had to liken it to something, I would say it was like a truffle… a delicious truffle made from sweet red velvet.
The second course was more… refreshing. Warm chocolate fondant (or otherwise called a lava cake) that bled a dark, bittersweet chocolate paste when you broke into its cake shell with your fork, and on top of that a very large scoop of vanilla ice-cream that complemented the bitterness of the fondant really well. After the sweetness of the caramel cake and the cake ball, this was something that helped cleanse the palate in a way.
The final dish was the one that almost made me ask for seconds. It was unlike anything I’ve had before, and I enjoyed every spoonful of it – the banoffee. I’d always seen it in that shop but for some reason never dared to try it, but it was glorious and I really loved it. The banoffee consisted of a smooth, creamy golden layer of dulce de leche contained caramelized banana slivers. I never thought I’d like banana in my sweets, but the mute sweetness of the banana together with the richness of the dulce de leche worked really well. On top of that was a layer of yummy cream sprinkled with coffee, and each spoonful of all three things together made me swoon. The friend who was with me would tell you that my eyes sparkled, haha.
And yet, I wouldn’t call the Banoffee the best food ever. On my way home, I passed by a shop called Nutellisimo, which apparently serves sweets with Nutella as the main component. I was pretty full by then, but I will definitely be making a trip to that place sometime soon. Anything with Nutella must be incredible to taste. I’ll let you know my verdict then. 😉
Have you tried any of these before? Do you have any favourite food/dessert? What makes you ask for seconds? =]