Where is your current favorite dessert?
The root beer float with sassafras ice cream and warm chocolate-chip cookies at Michael Mina's restaurants -- for example, Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point. Everything homemade, of course.
It brings together the favorite sweet flavors of my youth -- chocolate and root beer -- in a sophisticated way. (At least that's what I tell myself.)
St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629
the black forest cake at cafe del rey.
this is not your standard wedge-shaped slice of cake.
it is somewhat deconstructed.
divine WARM chocolate cake made with top quality chocolate
cherries NOT from a can, NOT overcooked, and NOT too alcoholic. FRESH cherries, pitted, prepared perfectly
two small scoops of vanill bean ice cream
sprinkles of CRISPY chocolate flakes on top
the combination of flavors, textures, and temperatures is simply divine.