For two fools who claim to eat everything, we sure do use the disclosure "We don't normally like this dish/component/texture" quite often. And Vodka is about to employ it again:
I do not normally like tiramisu.
For lack of a more logical reason, I tend to find the dish slobbery and dripping in burnt coffee flavor. I would go so far to say that I have never encountered a tiramisu I have enjoyed.
Until I tried the one at Lolita in Philadelphia.
|The Outlier in a Long Line of Tiramisu Failures|
|A Scene Out of the Biggest Loser Reject Pile|
First up is the guacamole, which is served with a healthy portion of corn chips, plantain chips, and sweet potato chips, along with homemade salsa.
|"Homemade Salsa" is an Assumption. That Could Be Out of a Tostitos Jar|
|Also, Plantains Just Seem Like Sad Bananas, No?|
|But This One Is Particularly Grinch Green, Right?|
|And Now, for the "Thrifty Eating" Portion of the Blog|
|Salad from the Garden of the Jolly Green Giant|
|Clearly, Lolita is Fond of Their Green Foods|
The tiramisu a la mexicana is Robert Irvine's choice from the IN A BOWL episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate, and based on his liking of, say, over-pureed mashed potatoes, I am skeptical of the variety of baby food that is about to appear before us. Instead, the waitress brings a small serving bowl with a mountain of cake, chocolate, nuts, and oodles of whipped cream piled in the center.
|Well, Hello There, Friend, May I Call You "Tira" for Short?|
And instead I find heaven.
|Vodka's Personal Image of the Pearly Gates|
|But Much Like Their "Homemade Salsa," This Could Also Have Come from a Can|
|Snap, Crackle, Pop, Then Moan "THIS IS FIVE STARS"|
This tiramisu is a wonder.
|At the Rate We Were Going, I'm Surprised We Didn't Eat the Garnish|
Perhaps now they can take on those pesky sesame seed-covered, jaw-breaking Italian rolls....
Lolita's Tiramisu a la Mexicana: 5 stars*
*Certifiable Best Thing We Ever Ate