Live Free or Diabetes

Chris: so are you like a foodie specializing in various types of sugary foods/desserts?
Jon: uhh…

Chocolate Babka (Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen / SF)
Chocolate Chip Brioche (Levain Bakery / NYC)
Chocolate Cherry Loaf (Rock Hill Bakehouse / NYC)

I'm a big fan of bread plus chocolate. The babka is excellent, the brioche is satisfactory, and the loaf is fair.

Cinnamon Toast Donut (The General / NYC)
fall spice cream
Coco Puffs Donut
coco cream
Fruity Pebbles Donut
cereal milk cream

I was dismayed to discover that they were filled with cream. How did they taste? [shrugs] Like their cereal inspirations.

Pork Belly "Donuts" (The Willows / SF)
with maple bourbon [maker's mark] glaze

I didn't know what to expect. What I received was, like, tempura chunks of pork belly with an odd glaze that needed more maple and less bourbon.

Chorizo Caramel Swirl Ice Cream (OddFellows Ice Cream Co. / BKN)
Cornbread Ice Cream
Grapefruit Jalapeño Sorbet
Beet Pistachio Honey Goat Cheese Ice Cream

I gave this ice cream shop two shots. Alas, nothing to write home about.

Organic Potato Gelato (L'Albero dei Gelati / BKN)
with nutmeg

It tasted like a plain baked potato. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Or at least offer a sour cream flavour to pair with the potato one.

Cheddar sprinkles.

Salted Oreo Gelato (Caramello, BKN)

Granapple Crumbly Pie (Caramello, BKN)
This is the best apple pie I've ever eaten. The crumbly granola topping is pastry manna.

Chocolate Pecan Pie (Palo Alto Creamery, SF Bay Area)
This is the best chocolate pecan pie I've ever eaten, striking a balance of chocolate and pecan pie like no other chocolate pecan pie I've had, and I try every chocolate pecan pie I encounter. Its crust could be better, but it doesn't detract.

The Swingle (Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies, BKN)
The Swingle is a key lime tartlet dipped in dark Belgian chocolate. The trek out to Red Hook to obtain one is worth it.

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bar (Baked, BKN)
And while you're in Red Hook, I recommend picking up a few of these.


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