It's time for the best part of a meal.
Sugar, cookies, cake, chocolate, ice cream, pie, tarts -
though the real stuff is best enjoyed in moderation,
go ahead and feast your eyes on these pics to your heart's content.
Tatte, Boston, MA - Vanilla-fig-hazelnut biscotti
Mike's Pastry, Boston - Oreo cream pie
Ice Garden, Aiea - Milk shave ice with condensed milk, mochi balls, and caramel custard
Robeks, Aiea - Acai bowl with granola and banana
Agnes' Portugese Bake Shop, Aiea - Chocolate raspberry cakelet with raspberry jam, vanilla frosting, and chocolate drizzle
Homemade - Meltaway cookies drizzled with milk chocolate
Somewhere in Chinatown, Boston - Dan ta (sweet egg tarts)
Homemade Oreos with milk
Henrietta's Table - Chocolate (white chocolate chip?) cookies
Homemade - Craisin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Homemade pumpkin shortbread Halloween cookies with royal icing
Homemade lady fingers
Homemade - Tiramisu with mascarpone, homemade ladyfingers, semisweet chocolate, and Bailey's Irish Cream
Happy Day, Honolulu - Jin dui (deep fried rice balls rolled in sesame seeds filled with sweet red bean paste)
Chuck & Augie's, UConn, CT - Coffee espresso crunch sundae with hot fudge, whipped cream, and maraschino cherry
Homemade - Bananas, vanilla ice cream, CC Brown's hot fudge, cacao nibs, and maraschino cherries in miniature bath tub from Bubbies
Fenway Park, Boston - Vanilla and chocolate swirl soft serve
Dole Plantation, Wahiawa - Dole Whip (pineapple soft serve) with fresh pineapple skewer
Gargoyles on the Square, Davis Square - Nutella smoothie with blackberries, whipped cream, and dry ice
Cupcapes, Falmouth, Cape Cod - Vanilla cake with raspberry jam filling vanilla frosting and fresh blueberry and strawberry topping
Homemade - Mini red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting
Homemade - The "803" Cupcake: Secret recipe pound cake with milk chocolate macadamia kiss center and homemade vanilla frosting
Homemade - "Cupcake Pop": Red velvet cake mixed with cream cheese frosting, dipped in dark and white chocolate and topped with sprinkles
The next four cupcakes are from Kickass Cupcakes in Davis Square, MA:
Super Chocolate - Chocolate brownie cake with bittersweet chocolate ganache topped with chocolate shavings
"The Green Monster" - Chocolate cake with chocolate beer ganache filling and chocolate beer frosting
Mojito - Rum soaked cupcake with sugar cane lime frosting and fresh mint
Ted's Bakery, Haleiwa, HI - Pineapple upside-down cake
Homemade - Pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream
Cafe Miro, Honolulu - Green tea ice cream in tuile with ladyfinger, créme brûlée, raspberry cheesecake, raspberry coulis, and fresh fruit
Homemade - Mocha créme caramel
Homemade - Dark chocolate and honey-roasted macadamia nut covered apples
Homemade - 12-layer guava cream cheese-sour cream cake encrusted with honey-roasted macadamia nuts
So my father - who loves a good dessert - always says,
"Anything with chocolate in it has no calories."
But I say,
"Anything that tastes good is worth the calories."
And I am a firm believer that you can bake your cake and eat it too.
So go ahead and say YES to dessert.