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Jul 26, 2007 12:31 AM

What's the new "it" dessert

So remember when it was creme brule, then orange creme brule, then chocolate molten lava cake, then flourless chocolate cake, then bread pudding, then, ugh, chocolate bread pudding. What is it the dessert of the moment...and what will the next dessert be? Also, where do you head for great dinner with equally good and creative desserts? I just chowed on mediocre churros and ice cream sandwiches at Table 8 - which both tasted like treats I could have found in the frozen food section at Trader Joes...

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  1. Lots of comfort food options like the junk food sampler at Simon LA, S'mores options, donuts, etc.

    I wish the new fad would turn into Sticky Toffee Pudding :-) Come to love the Haagen-Das ice cream.

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    1. re: Emme

      I think Royale has something like that, too, serving cotton candy for dessert.

      1. re: Woolsey

        Come to think of it, Porterhouse Bistro serves cotton candy too...

      2. re: Emme

        I love that new flavor too :-)

      3. you forgot to mention tiramisu....

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        1. re: fdb

          i thought tiramisu was the 'it' dessert before creme brule, sorry, i do consider it passe.

          1. re: justagthing

            I agree with justagthing....tiramisu - been there, done that!!!

            1. re: millygirl

              I'd say the new "It" desserts are not too sweet, salted chcoclate, savory ice creams like tangy greek yogurt and olive oil seems to be the trend right now.

        2. Folks - pardon the interruption - but please keep your replies focused on where to find such exisiting "it" desserts in the Los Angeles area. If you want to discuss "it" desserts generally, please start a thread on the General Topics board.


          1. Aside from the cheap-street-food-sold-at-high-end-restaurants trend, the cupcakes trend and the frozen yogurt trend are alive and well. For cupcakes, my favorite so far are the strawberry shortcake cupcakes at Violet's in Pasadena. These are made with white (or yellow?) cake, fresh cream and fresh strawberries.


            I still go to 21 Choices or Penguin's for frozen yogurt and have not tried Pinkberry, Pingo, or any of the other knock-offs yet. I would like to try the green tea and plain frozen yogurt once the Pinkberry in Pasadena opens.


            21 Choices Frozen Yogurt
            85 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

            Violet's Cakes
            21 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103

            1. Nostalgiadesserts.

              The next big thing.

              I can't wait till Jello with fruit or marshmellows or other stuff floating in it becomes big again.

              Let's try an experiment, and begin hyping fancy gelatin desserts on here, and see how long it is before Providence, Spago, Simon LA, Grace and such start offering "Jello Tasting Flights" and brides do Jello wedding cakes.

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              1. re: Diana

                Will they be cakes made out of Jell-O molds and Jell-O Jigglers, or the old-fashioned Jell-O cake, where one takes a cake, pokes holes in it, pours the Jell-O over it, and refrigerates it, getting a gelatinous, sort of marbelized cake thing?

                Jell-O cake was the suburban, WASP version of tres leches. You know, I can just see a hipper-than-thou bakery in Silver Lake selling slices of the stuff for six bucks a serving...

                1. re: Woolsey

                  Well, I was thinking of glistening, wiggling towering layers of Jello molds.

                  Each layer could have a different thing suspended in it.

                  Or a-la Cupcake tiers, they could be tiered cake plates with individual sized molded jello things. Each one with a single piece of fruit or marshmellow suspended in it.

                  They could throw jigglers instead of flower petals or rice.

                  Than again, the jello cake thing sounds interesting.

                  1. re: Woolsey

                    You can actually get something like that at Van's Bakeries in the Vietnamese Neighborhoods in L.A. and OC... :)