Last Saturday, I died and went to heaven – dessert heaven that is! The New England Dessert Showcase, held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel, was a sugar lover’s paradise that was brimming with sweet treats -- including the World's Largest Creme Pie! This event, which drew everyone and their mothers (literally -- the line to get in was almost a mile deep at one point), featured dessert samples from all of Boston’s top bakeries and had a wide variety of offerings to please even the pickiest palate. I arrived near the close of the event, so I missed out on a lot of the samples (including the cool sounding beer-flavored ice cream that my friend Megan sampled. Boo)! Not to fear though, because there were still other options still available to taste.
Among them were:
A chocolate mousse creation topped with ginger glazed tapioca pearls from Top of the Hub. I though this was one of the better presented offerings (some of the desserts were errrmmm….basically thrown on a PAPER plate), but the ginger flavoring was a bit too strong. Also, the dessert was served lukewarm – I thought it could have been better if served chilled.
Confectionism. Ok seriously, what’s with the ginger theme? Is ginger the new bacon?
Japonaise. One of my favorites, as the cake was very flavorful but not overbearingly sweet.
Chart House. Obviously this was one of the most popular desserts at the show, as I waited about 20 minutes in line for a sample. The combination of the cake, fudge, and ice cream was incredibly rich – almost too much so after all the previous desserts I consumed. I think if I had this first, it would have been the favorite of the day.
Team Finance Foodie’s “Fast Foodie” Cickay was invited to attend the event last year). Although I thought the dessert offerings were a plenty, I definitely think the event could have been better organized (judging by the mob of impatient attendees who waited forever to get in the venue and then had to wait some more once inside due to the viciously long lines at some of the more popular tables). Nevertheless, I left with a sugar high and a grin on my face.
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