|A really close runner-up: The seriously addicting |
Beignets at Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, LA.
Note: this is not a staged picture. I seriously
get this excited about desserts.
I've had the privilege of traveling and, of course, eating A LOT of desserts in 2011. And because I love rankings, I thought it might be fun to share with you my favorite desserts of the year. But first, a shout out.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to my lovely friends and family who accompanied me on my little Dessert Adventures. You all seriously deserve a medal. That you put up with me dragging you to odd and out of the way bakeries, the incessant picture taking/food styling, for making you wear silly hats (see Sylvia below), and for the oh-so embarrassing gasping and overall giddy eye-popping excitement...my deepest appreciation.
Actually, I really like this idea. Maybe I'll make Certificates: "I Survived Eating Dessert with This Really Crazy Lady". Hmmm. Stay tuned.
|Oh the things my wonderful friends will do for me.|
Thanks, Syl, for being the most patient and up for
anything friend I've ever known. Love ya, babe.
Since there are so many different types of desserts, I've thoughtfully organized them by category.
I hereby declare Desserts Make Me Insanely Happy's First Annual Top 5 Best Desserts of The Year!
Drum roll please, Keri (yet another extremely patient friend who also happens to play the drums)...
5. Most Interesting Combination of Weird Things Dessert: Waffles with Ice Cream
From This Swedish Place (sorry I forgot to write it down), Stockholm, Sweden.
|We devoured this refreshing treat outside the nameless store,|
on the beautiful streets of Old Town Stockholm
As expected, this combination was absolutely delightful. The Swedish Waffles were sugary and crisp, which perfectly offset the soft and creamy blueberry and nutella ice cream placed delicately on top (you can choose your own ice cream!) They were so good, I had them again the next day (thanks for indulging me, Scott).
|The only thing that sucks about these is that|
they live in Sweden.
4. Most Chocolate You Can Cram Into A Dessert Dessert: La Dame Chocolat
Extraordinary Desserts, San Diego, California
|I've never had reason to call a cake gorgeous, until now.|
Ryan, I still can't believe we ate this thing AFTER a huge brunch. (Who am I kidding, of course I believe this).
|This thing is mouthwatering from all angles.|
The Sweet Escape Patisserie, Toronto, Canada
|Why "unexpected," you ask? Because I found it here. |
And no, this is not a prison.
The Peanut Butter Chocolate Nanaimo Bar was instantly recommended to me when I requested the most unique item in the shop. This Canadian favorite is traditionally made without Peanut Butter, but apparently The Sweet Escape Patisserie agrees with me: Peanut Butter makes everything better. Layers of chocolate, whipped cream, coconut flakes, and of course, peanut butter, all in a conveniently portable bar. Ridiculously good.
|I want to jump through this picture right now.|
2. Most Hugest Thing I've Ever Seen Dessert: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie
Levain Bakery, New York, New York
|It's a bit blurry because I was too excited to hold the camera still.|
My friend Rebekah, who joined me on this cookie quest, and I agreed: it's The Perfect Cookie. And so did Andrew, who thoughtfully replenished our stock the following morning.
|With 4 outstanding choices, you can't go wrong|
1. Most Awesome and Highly Craved When I'm Homesick Dessert: Haupia Malasada
Leonard's Bakery, Honolulu, Hawaii
|The Fab Four: Original, Lilikoi, Haupia, and Dobash|
If that wasn't enough to make you happy, they also arrive warm and fresh, and are a steal at $1.25 a piece. This place is one of my top stops for breakfast before a much-needed hike in Manoa Valley, which is where my sister, mom and I are about to go in this below picture.
|Fun for the whole family!|
I hope you've enjoyed my little Adventures in Dessert, as much as I've enjoyed sharing my delicious journey with you. I feel very blessed and privileged to live a truly amazing life. I can't wait to see which new desserts 2012 will bring!
Wishing you all an "Insanely Happy" New Year!
If you have any comments or recommendations, please feel free to comment directly, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find these incredible desserts at:
Waffle and Ice Cream Shop Place
Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
1430 Union Street
San Diego, CA 92101
167 West 74th St
New York, NY 10023