Tuesday, November 17, 2009

#70: "Oh No You Didn't!" Desserts

Bacon Chocolate Bar from Animal
Photo from food2.com

I remember the first time I tasted the heavenly combination of bacon and chocolate; it was a Vosges bacon chocolate bar from Whole Foods, and the combination for me at the time was revolutionary. I call such a dessert a "Oh No You Didn't!" because it seems so unbelievable... Until you actually taste it :)

Here are a few more "Oh No You Didn't!" desserts you must try in L.A.

Ludo Lefebvre's Chocolate Cupcake Foie Gras Chantilly, Candied Bacon Almonds and Maple Syrup: Piled high upon a conventional chocolate cupcake are some incredibly unconventional toppings. The candied bacon almonds are chewy like toffee and the bacon adds a wonderful smokey aftertaste to the dessert. Chef Ludo was on Top Chef--did you see him? He is a mad scientist in the kitchen, and deserving of his own post (to come...)

Ludo Lefebvre's Vanilla Panna Cotta with Caramel and Caviar: Panna Cotta is quite standard, but the addition of caviar pushes this dessert over the top. It's a dish reminiscent of salted caramels, and it's worth every penny!

Animal's Bacon Chocolate Bar: If you like Vosges' Bacon Chocolate bar, you must try Animal's version. The chocolate is darker than the Vosges bar, and it's studded with peanuts. It melts in your mouth and is addictive. As its name implies, Animal loves (to serve) animals... Therefore, it only makes sense that the dessert includes meat as well!

Scoops Gelato: Scoops is known for their far out flavor combinations like Fig Wasabi, LSD (Lemon Strawberry Durian), toasted rice and goat cheese, brown bread, and Guinness Chocolate gelato. It's the work of a mad man, and I always look forward to the next surprise.

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