For our prompt of “Banana Split” today, I made a sketch of one with two spoons. When Philippe and I were first dating, he took me to a place on the outskirts of Paris where we shared an amazing banana split. I still remember the moment and even the taste of each heavenly bite. This is one dessert that certainly fits into the category of indulgence. Indeed, I rarely have more than one scoop of ice cream in a sitting, so even sharing a dessert like this means more ice cream than I usually get. Add in toppings, a banana, and lots of whipped cream and it’s one calorie bomb that’s actually super delicious and feels like it’s worth it. Philippe and I always share dessert when we eat out once a week, and it’s usually a fraction of the size of this sweet monstrosity. My dream would be to take just a small bite out of every dessert on a restaurant’s menu. I love a treat at the end of a meal, but I hate making a choice. I always wonder if there’s an even better option out there that I failed to choose.
Our favorite dessert is le café gourmand, which is a sampling of multiple tiny desserts served with espresso. Mostly, I love that everything is chosen for me in advance. I’m surprised more restaurants haven’t discovered this particular option. It’s a great way to get rid of extra bits of dessert, like all of those leftovers my mom would cleverly use up when I was a kid. Of course, when a server comes to our table at the end of a meal, they always seem to arrive with the same question, “Did you save room for dessert?” While it seems straightforward, it’s actually a rather troubling question. In truth, I’m often rather full by the time dessert comes around. So, in order to actually get dessert, I’m forced to lie. Well, as lies go, it’s definitely smaller and harmless. But I can’t reveal that I didn’t actually save room for dessert and then ask to see a menu, so I always answer with a resounding “Yes!” even though it’s not quite the truth.
I sometimes only take a couple bites of our shared dessert, leaving Philippe to devour the rest. More than once he’s blamed me for the bloated feeling he had to endure later in the day. I tell him that he could have just taken a couple bites as well, but he said that he didn’t want to waste it. I see the logic, but only if the dessert is truly exceptional. Otherwise, it’s just not worth the extra calories and a bite or two is more than enough to satisfy my cravings. Actually, thinking about it now, the last time I had a banana split was on that date in Paris over a decade ago. I think in some ways I knew that without the magic of a date night overseas it might not taste quite as good. That’s what I love most about those two glistening spoons. They’re simply props for a lovely experience between two people. Food has a way of making lasting memories and there’s something extra special when it comes to sharing dessert.
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Sketching Stuff Coloring Set – Da Vinci Watercolors: Charlie O’Blue, Hansa Yellow Medium, Opus (VIvid Pink), Yellow Ochre, Gold Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Terra Cotta, and Ultramarine (Green Shade). ZIG Cartoonist Mangaka Pen with Sepia ink, Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brushes, in an A5 Hahnemühle 100% Cotton Watercolour Book.