Dining Out

Halloween Goodies

It's fall, y'all, even if it doesn't feel like it just yet! It's the season of cooler weather (eventually...), pumpkin patches, hayrides and apple picking. In short, it's the most wonderful time of the year! Many people set fall bucket lists for this time of year and include fall treats to enjoy, so my question is this: what fall goodies do you hope to have this season?

Veggies for Dessert

Arugula on your cake? At Gramercy Tavern, you can taste just this on pear cake with bleu cheese mousse. Is it really that surprising, given how so many ice cream parlors are coming up with odd veggie flavors? Chefs are creating new desserts from everything from corn and sweet potatoes (understandable) to squash and fennel. Many of these vegetables are already packed with sugar (ask a LCHP dieter when they last time they had corn was!) so it makes sense to include them, but what about the restaurants making treats out of artichokes, olives and celery?

The Best Brownie

I know I've written about brownies before, but recently something I tried changed my entire perspective on brownies! My family and I ate dinner at Stacked St. Louis, which is our new favorite burger joint where you can get just about any kind of burger in the world. Normally we don't order a dessert but we were all feeling like something sweet, so we got the Bourbon Bacon Caramel Brownie and oh sweet heaven.

Pumpkin Pie Shakes!

Last week we celebrated the coveted pumpkin pie spice, but this week I've started seeing pumpkin PIE flavor popping up! It's a lot like pumpkin spice, of course, but it is a sweeter flavor. It's also a more accessible flavor since more people like pumpkin pie and not everyone likes pumpkin spice. Ask anyone which they prefer and the pie is often selected.

Gooey Butter Cake

If you're searching for a food that screams St. Louis, gooey butter cake is at the top of the list. It's a dense, sweet cake that's flat, dusted with powdered sugar and made with ooey gooey deliciousness. It's a favorite dessert among St. Louisans, but it's also something that a lot of tourists make sure to try when they head to the Midwest. If you do venture out for a gooey butter cake, here are some tips:

Don't go for the coffee cake! It's fine, but it's not the gooey messy deliciousness that you'll find in a regular cake.

Move Over, Unicorn Frapp

If you enjoy your dessert as a drinkable, coffee-themed or fruity creation, you may want to check out some of the off-menu items at Starbucks. The Unicorn frapp may be gone, but there are dozens of other Frappucino blends that you can create, customize and order as you please to make your own drinky dessert! The only catch is that you MUST know what ingredients and how many pumps of each you want since many baristas don't know the ingredients of every drink in the world. It's like going to the bar: you just have to know what's going into your drink.

Mother's Day Desserts

It's that time of year again: time to honor Mama! If you're like lots of people, you're looking for a great idea for a special meal or dessert to say thanks to your mother this year. Whether Mom loves sweet or savory foods, a dessert is usually a pretty good idea. So what are your plans?

Some Pasta House locations are giving Mom free cheesecake on Mother's Day, so there's an idea if you're working on a budget! You can also whip one up fairly cheaply

The Best Flavors at The Cheesecake Factory

The restaurant that is best known for its dessert is probably The Cheesecake Factory. In addition to having a dining menu that is the same size as a small novel, they also have a cheesecake list that takes a good 15 minutes to read and digest.

Whenever I dine out at The Cheesecake Factory, I make sure to bring a lot of friends. Since a slice of cheesecake may throw you back $7-$8, you need to have a group that is willing to order several different varieties. If you don't want to test out the entire list on your own (not recommended by heart surgeons), consider trying a few of my favorites on your next visit.

Review of Domino's Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake

The other night, neither my husband nor I wanted to cook anything for dinner. Instead, we did what any other true American family would do and ordered pizza. I chose to place the order online through my local Domino's Pizza - I'll do anything to actually avoid talking to someone on the phone. The online system is pretty smart, too. As I tried to check out, the system attempted to upsell my order by asking if I wanted to add an order of Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes for only $2.99.

Of course, I could not say no to a chocolate dessert to accompany my pizza, and I quickly clicked to accept. I've tasted several pizza franchise desserts in the past, so I was not really expecting anything great. Needless to say, I was more than pleased with the quality and taste of these little chocolaty treats.

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