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Perfect bites everywhere

wd-50's ginger ice cream dessert

I’ve never seen “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” but I sometimes hear people talk of The Perfect Bite: take a little of this, a little of that, and you’re suddenly throwing a party in your mouth. This dessert plate above, which I had the happiness of experiencing yesterday at a lunch for Panasonic Inverter Microwaves at wd-50 (don’t ask me how I ended up there), had all the components for a proper fete in your bouche. The menu description said “ginger ice cream, beet, spiced walnut, molasses” but it was bewildering, or enthralling, rather, to try to figure out what flavor was where. There were two thin sheets of beet cross-sections, folded in like flowers. The poof of foam turned out to house the molasses. I don’t even know where the spiced walnut was (methinks it was the smear on the plate, and in a small cake rectangle), and the ice cream was encased in what I think is a pulled sugar tube but I have NO idea—it was way too delicate and crispy.  There were two eensy dots of what I think was creme fraiche, but the tang was multiplied tenfold. Mmm! There were perfect bites, everywhere, all over—the crunch of the tube shell with the ice cream; the fluffy cake and the foam, which I didn’t mind as much as I thought I would; the cake and the ice cream; and so on. I’ll be thinking about this dessert for awhile.


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