Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Did You Get Chocolate For Valentine's Day?

While exercising on a trendmill - and passing the time away  I was chatting with my friend Jeanie who was exercising next to me -- most of the time the gym has the television on without the sound and a  music CD is blaring in the background.  The food network channel was on with the show "Whats the best thing you ever eat?  With food on my mind -- I asked her "did you get chocolate for Valentine's Day?" Actually it is a long standing joke between the two of us. She has been married for 27 years and her husband, who is a real nice guy, but never seems to know what to get her.  On different occasions he actually solicited my help in selecting the "right" gift for her.  One thing he does know  she is a confessed chocoholic and he never can go wrong with buying her some chocolates- Each year he gets a little more venturous and looks for shops that sell gourmet chocolate products -- and surprise's her with some irresistible delicacy
 Chatting away -- she was describing the dark chocolate velvety mouth watering confections
When she stopped right in her tracks and disappeared from my peripheral vision and I heard a loud bump, bump  thump... I stopped my treadmill  to turn around and help my friend -  when she was laughing with joy that's it look look on the television.....

"The Golden Opulence Sundae"
 In all its glory right in front of us ...for a mere $1000.00  you can order The Golden Opulence Sundae 
That is the name listed on the menu at the famed Serendipity 3 in New York I know she said it sounds crazy to want an ice cream sundae for a $1,000.00 but that is what I want for our 30th wedding anniversary.  She went on to say that they never done anything like this ever and instead of a big party or a cruise she rather go to New York and celebrate.  It is her hometown and she hasn't been back there in years. Now she said she just has to convince her spouse ---- she does has three years to do it in. 

You are probably wondering only a few people have that kind of money to indulge in such opulence, but you can make this sundae for a lot less here is the following recipe from Serendipity 3 in New York

Use "5 scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered in 23K edible gold leaf, the sundae is drizzled with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana,

Cover with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, which is from cocoa beans harvested by the Caribbean Sea on Venezuela's coast.

Then it is suffused with exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets, truffles and Marzipan Cherries. 

Topped with a tiny glass bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar, known for its sparkling golden color.
Sweetened and infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac.

The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon to partake in the indulgence served with a petite mother of pearl spoon and topped with a gilded sugar flower by Ron Ben-Israel."

Of course there is nothing quite like being there and ordering  the world's most expensive ice cream sundae and having  it prepared and served by the chef.
Visit Serendipity's website www.serendipity3.com for more information.

 Bon Appetit