Friday, April 10, 2009

Four Forks For Chocolate

Tell me about your favorite chocolate dessert. Here's one of mine:

On a cool spring night in Fredericksburg, Texas, we sat down for dinner at Bejas Grill and Cantina, beside the main drag. Earlier in the day customers enjoyed their food on the small patio but, tonight, brilliant hued walls and huge, brightly-colored paintings surrounded us in the packed dining room.

Huge margaritas arrived, icy cold with just the right amount of sweetness and salt rim. Everybody seemed to order something different, from my Portobello and Squash Enchiladas with a light cream sauce to Shrimp & Mango Enchiladas and Chicken Baja Tacos in soft corn tortillas.

Conversation bounced along the walls and hard-surface floor as we pushed back our plates. Because of our upcoming drive home and schedule the following day, nobody requested a to-go box. But several of us ordered - and shared - dessert. As usual, my tastebuds craved something made with cacao; in this case, a decadent Scharffenberger Chocolate Cake.

Moist, dark, spongy and doused in a thick layer of chocolate 'icing,' this cake provided the ultimate end to a thoroughly satisfying meal.

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