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dessert/cafe: mövenpick cafe (莫凡彼咖啡館)

 date may 29, 2011

contact B3F, No. 1, Sec. 1, Chengde Rd., Datong District, Taipei/台北市大同區承德路一段B3/02.2552.3089

hours 7 days a week 11:00-21:30

price <300NT

rating ♥♥♥ (3 out of 5 hearts)

nearest mrt Taipei Main Station MRT (捷運台北車站站)

I always have room for dessert. After the discovery of the B3 floor of QSquare last week, I ended up there again with friends looking for some dessert.

After looking around at all the choices, the cheese brownie (起司布郎尼) for 75NT at Mövenpick Cafe is what caught my eye. Once I pointed out the cheese brownie, my friends and I looked at all the other “cheese pies” on display and decided to get a few things to share. We also ended up with the green tea red bean cheese pie (抹茶紅豆起司派) for 75NT and cinnamon apple pie (肉桂蘋果派) 75NT.

Chocolate and cheesecake are easily two of my favorite things in life. So when I saw a cheese brownie I was really excited. This particular brownie was okay. Overall, I thought it was a little dry. The brownie part was pretty good: had a good rich, but not too sweet, chocolate brownie taste. The cheese part, however, was disappointing. I was expecting something almost cheesecake like, but instead it was kind of dry and over-baked. Honestly, I was hoping for more, but this wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t great.

The green tea red bean cheese pie was unique, in a good way. It wasn’t so much a pie as it was a tart. The cheese taste was pretty subtle, which was a little disappointing. But, the green tea taste was pretty good. This dessert was not very sweet, very catered toward Asian tastes. Red bean and green tea is always a good combination. The crust was pretty good. Kind of thick, but it had a good flakiness.

In December, my friend and I bought a pumpkin pie from Costco and shared it with our friends for Christmas dim sum lunch. Our Australian friends had never had it before and ended up loving it, so when we saw more pies at Mövenpick, he wanted to try something else new. We went with the cinnamon apple pie. This pie, which was also more like a tart, was probably the best of the three. Very moist, very cinnamony, not too sweet. I have a really high standard for apple pie because my mom is known to make the world’s best apple pie, so obviously this was not anything near that, but it wasn’t bad. Flavorful enough and moist.

For a dessert place, this is okay. I don’t know that I’d actually get anything here again, but it served its purpose as a place to get dessert.

dessert: my sweetie pie

date april 19, 2011

contact No. 3, Lane 93, Shida Road, Taipei/台北市師大路93巷3號/02.3365.3448

hours Monday-Saturday 12:00-00:00 (closed Sunday)

price appx. 100NT for a slice

rating ♥♥♥♥ (4 out of 5 hearts)

nearest Taipower MRT (捷運台電大樓站)

website http://www.mysweetiepie.com.tw/

People say that women have two stomachs: one for meals and one for desserts. I am one of those women. I’m kind of a dessert whore. While I’m not generally a huge fan of American style cakes, there are some things that I love, for example, cheese cake, brownies, and red velvet cake. So one night after dinner, a few girl friends and I decided it was time to satisfy our dessert stomach.

My Sweetie Pie is in Shida Night Market (師大夜市) across from Grandma Nitti’s (which I have not been to). I had walked passed My Sweetie Pie before, but never stopped in, so this was my first time.

Upon entering My Sweetie Pie you’ll see their cake display. There is a decent amount of seating, but be warned that they do have a per person minimum, meaning everyone sitting must order something.

After carefully examining the display, we decided on the Balsamic Vinegar Cake (100NT) and ice cream with brownie (160NT).

So not going to lie, when we first saw this cake we thought, “did they mislabel the red velvet?” I mean, it was red cake, with cream cheese layers. But sure enough, it was Balsamic Vinegar Cake (100NT per slice).

The cake is really pretty and really good. The cake itself was pretty moist and does taste like red velvet cake. The cream cheese layers were delicious, very cream cheesy, but not too heavy. At first taste, it tastes like red velvet, but then the after taste hits and there is a hint of tangy balsamic vinegar. It’s pretty good, and unique. Would definitely get this again.

Here is a side view of the layers of cream cheese in the Balsamic Vinegar Cake. Delicious!

For our second dessert we decided on the ice cream with brownie for 160NT. The brownie comes nice and warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped off with hot fudge and almond brittle. This was delicious. I feel like it’s hard to get a good brownie in Taipei, but this brownie was good! It was chocolately, gooey, and delicious; it had walnuts and chunks of chocolate in it, too. While with the hot fudge and ice cream this was pretty sweet and rich, it was definitely worth it.

Since there were three of us, we had to get one other item so we ended up with a pot of tea. I thought it was weird that they were only willing to give us two cups for the tea. When we requested a third cup she said she couldn’t give another to us and that we should just finish one of the waters and use that cup. We ended up with some white orchard tea or something of the sort. It had a light citrus taste and was overall okay.

If you’re looking for a tasty dessert, something sweeter and richer than the average Taiwanese dessert, I recommend My Sweetie Pie. I heard their chocolate chip cookies and carrot cake are good. Next I want to try the cheesecake!

dessert/all-you-can-eat: pasta frolla.

pasta frolla.

date 10.24.09

contact Dun-Hua North Road, Sec. 1, Lane 236, No. 12, Da-An District, Taipei/02.2773.3736‎/台北市大安區敦化南路一段236巷12號

hours 7 days a week 11:30am-10pm

price 250-300NT

rating ♥♥♥ (3 out of 5 hearts)

If you like desserts Pasta Frolla’s all-you-can-eat cake is for you. Lunch time starts at 11:30am and goes til mid afternoon, and for 249NT + 10% service charge, you can eat cake til you burst, for up to two hours.

pasta frolla's dessert bar.
pasta frolla's dessert bar.

When you walk into Pasta Frolla, to the right is the dessert bar which holds all the cakes you can choose from, and there are a lot. For every person in your party you are given one plate for desserts. Each plate is allowed one dessert at a time. When you’re finished with your dessert and want to try another, you have to take the same plate back up. No plate, no dessert. If you plate is dirty, they’ll give you a new one, but you have to take it up to exchange it. Part of the all-you-can-eat includes the salad bar, which also has soup and bread, and food that they freshly prepare every 30 minutes or so. They’ll ring a bell when the food is done and dish it out to you in single servings up by the dessert bar. Just watch for the line that starts to form, then you’ll know food is about to come out.

salad bar.
salad bar at pasta frolla.

The best thing to do is to go with a group, that way you can try all the cakes without having to eat whole slices by yourself. The last time I went, I didn’t get to do share really, so I didn’t get to try very much. I went to Pasta Frolla for the first time about 6 years ago and between 4 people was able to try almost every dessert they had to offer. Here’s what I was able to try this last time.

cheesecake.
cheesecake.

For cheesecake in Taiwan, this wasn’t bad. It wasn’t exactly good, but it wasn’t bad. It was cheesy which was good, but it was a little dry and a little dense. Definitely no Marie Calendar’s.

tiramisu.
tiramisu.

The tiramisu wasn’t bad. It was pretty moist and not too sweet. There was just a slight hint of rum, which was good, not over powering.

corn soup.
corn soup.

Just when you feel like you’re going into sugar coma, go for the corn soup. I didn’t want to fill up on other foods, I was there for the dessert, so I went with the corn soup. It was a good choice. Creamy without being heavy with the perfect amount of salt to offset the oncoming coma.

black forest cake.
black forest cake.

I wouldn’t recommend the black forest cake. Of all the cakes I tried, the black forest was the worst. It was dry and weird. Not like black forest should be. It wasn’t sweet, it was just, dry cake with whip cream stuff in it. Not good.

creme brulee.
creme brulee.

The creme brulee was probably my favorite. In general, I love creme brulee. This wasn’t as creamy as I’m used to, but it’s still good. The flavor was there even though it was a little thicker than I’m used to. However, this was a high-light.

pasta.
pasta.

Fresh made pasta was one of the dishes served. It was actually pretty good. Too bad I was already full, all I could eat was a bite. The pasta sauce was good, not too watery like a lot of tomato sauces in Taiwan tend to be. The noodles were also a good firmness; I hate soggy noodles. At some point during our two hours they also served fried rice, french fries, and a few other random things. I didn’t have any fried rice, but I did have some fries. They were fries, nothing special.

yogurt cake.
yogurt cake.

If you are truly Asian, you grew up drinking those little yogurt drinks, sweet and tangy, and super small. This cake was supposed to be that flavor. I thought the Ritz crackers on top were weird, but you couldn’t really taste them. This cake was, eh. It was moist, but the flavor was weird. It tasted kind of like plain yogurt with white cake in between.

Overall, Pasta Frolla is a pretty cool place. It’s the only all-you-can-eat cake place that I know of, excluding buffets. The cakes aren’t the best, but every once in a while you get some really good ones. It’s worth a shot. Plus for 250NT, why not?

extraordinary desserts.

date 11.29.08

contact 1430 Union Street/San Diego, CA 92101/619.294.7001

hours Mon-Thurs 8:30am-11:00pm/Fri 8:30am-Midnight/Sat 10:00am-Midnight/Sun 11:00am-Midnight

price <$10 (per slice of cake)

http://www.extraordinarydesserts.com

I went home to San Diego for Thanksgiving and met up with my friend Kris for some dessert. I’d heard a lot about Extraordinary Desserts from several different people and figured I had to go check it out myself. I love desserts and this place definitely did not disappoint.

Finding Extraordinary was quite the adventure. Getting lost, driving down one way streets, crazy u-turns, lots of screaming and then wah-lah, we were there.

1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Extraordinary Desserts: 1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101

First thing you see when you walk in the door are the display cases with the beautiful cakes. I was in awe of how pretty and delicious everything looked. I’m horrible at making decisions and I love all desserts, so choosing a cake was oh so very hard.  Everything was decorated beautifully; almost too pretty to eat, almost.

One of the displays of cakes.
One of the displays of cakes.

The restaurant is pretty big inside. It’s kind of empty looking except for the crazy large Buddha statues which seem kind of strange. I did like the back wall though; the holes with light shining through was pretty cool looking.

Inside Extraordinary Desserts in downtown San Diego.
Inside Extraordinary Desserts in downtown San Diego.

Anyways, after lots of staring, Kris and I narrowed it down to two; the Torta Misu and the La Bete Noire. In the end, we chose the La Bete Noire($8.50).

La Bete Noire.
La Bete Noire.

The description of the cake is what ultimately sold us: “Vanilla Creme Brulee, Chocolate Mousse, and Chocolate Truffle Cream are layered in between Dark Chocolate Cake moistened with Madagascar Vanilla Bean.” I must say this slice of cake was a little slice of heaven. It was moist and creamy and just so good. Yes it’s rich, I mean, come on now, but it’s worth it. Kris and I shared a slice and it was the perfect amount of sweetness for us. Both of us are dessert whores and this slice of cake hit the spot. The slice was sitting in a pool of chocolate and some kind of cream. It was already pretty moist, but dipping it into the sauce made it that much better.

I’d come back again to try something else. There are so many choices and everything looks so good that you feel the need to go back and try everything. The service, however, is lacking. Once our waitress took our order and brought it to us we never saw her again. We tried flagging her down several times and it was like she was ignoring us. We resorted to asking the bus boy for a to-go box and for the check. Even then, there was still a long wait for that. Service aside, go to Extraordinary Desserts if you like sweets. Sure it’s a little expensive, but it’s worth it.