by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
August 16, 2002
Their menu consists of 30 totally decadent and eye-amazing desserts and specialty coffees, lattes, and liquers. If you've ever eyed those lovely desserts on the cart at a fine restaurant and only wished you'd left room for one of them, you should make a destination, just for dessert, to one the Death by Chocolate sites when in British Columbia.
Upon entering the small trendy styled restaurant, you are handed a notebook and asked to study it to determine what dessert you desire. You might as well take a seat, it will be a long process looking at the full page color photos and intrique descriptions of each masterpiece. It is very difficult to decide.
Our group settled on three delights. The "Fudged Out" is "an incredibly decadent chocolate fudge cake, smothered in hot fudge sauce". It is beautifully presented on a white plate edged in a colored design with whipped cream and several fresh strawberries and swirls of white chocolate on top.
The "Devil in Disguise" is "a luscious tasting mocha fudge ice cream cake, smothered in kahlua chocolate sauce". It is flanked by a chocolate and vanilla whipped cream mound with triangular cookies in each.
"Mellow Memories" was described as follows: "Bombe Alaska may have been the first, but this bombe is more powerful than any predecessor. Chocolate sponge, four scoops of ice cream and flamed meringue. A delicious explosive creation." Now that's a mouth full!
Other catchy names for desserts include "Between the Sheets", "Ebony & Ivory", "Height of Passion", "Joseph's Technicolour Dreamcake", and "Ice Burger". There is also a fine selection of unique cakes for purchase to take home. Of course, don't forget that they also sell upscale coffee drinks.
The prices are about $3.50 to $4.50 U.S. for each very large and filling dessert.
We all talk about the fantasy of death by chocolate, now you can live it.
There is a website: www.deathbychocolate.ca where the store locations and pictures and descriptions of their menu is listed. Also, you can print out a coupon that is good for half off the second dessert when the first is purchased. No reservation is required - just an empty stomach!
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