As adults, we shoulder grievances everyday, often without being to able to vent or complain to anyone. Who do we hold responsible for traffic, that nasty, lying parking attendant, construction on streets that make us late to work, re-occuring illness, being cut off by another car, an ungrateful so-called friend, unfulfilling jobs, career setbacks, or difficult relatives? Where do we file a complaint, in this court of life? Who will answer? Life is complicated. But sometimes, just sometimes, we come across little things, that redeem the joys of life. The color is brought back to the black & white film that plays out our life, with the omniscient director at its helm. These things, whatever they may be, bring back the sparkle to our eye, that extra bounce to our step.
For me, that redemption comes in the form of Essential Chocolate Desserts in Culver City. This place makes me forget that I'm an adult (with all its dubious responsibilities & uncertain outcomes). As soon as I walk in to this little confectionary, I am transformed. I am a kid in a candy store with my heart thumping deep inside my chest. If that thumping were created by any instrument, it would be a bass drum, sure and steady. My heart has a mind of its own, devoid of reason. It jumps up & down, & whirls 360 degrees.
I stare at each concoction, mesmirised. The bright & vibrant colors are of Alice in Wonderland proportions. Katy Perry could have stocked up on these wares for her music video, "California Gurls". If I could decorate my room in this theme, I would. After several slow motion moments, I ask the guy behind the counter what each of these concoctions are. He patiently explains the ingredients within each creation & allows me to sample a custom made ice cream flavor, their signature Red Velvet, made by Lappert's ice cream in Northern California. Essential Chocolate Desserts send their red velvet cake to Lappert's so that the ice cream flavor can be made. It is hard to choose, there are macaroons, chocolates, cakes, gourmet Hostess cakes, slices of Red Velvet cake, and ice cream.
The Cookies & Cream ding dong tastes just like ice cream, save for the different temperature & the icing being atop vanilla cake. I especially liked the strategically placed Oreos on the top. One bite and I was transported to the Baskin Robbins I used to frequent as a little girl. The icing was soft & creamy, not fudgelike & saccharinely sweet like its other peers. The oreos were on the soft side as well.
The Andes mint ding dong was my favorite of the two. I also liked the Andes mints placed strategically on top. The chocolate cake underneath the icing is soft & moist. The icing, because of the minty flavor, was as refreshing as lemonade on a hot day. I reveled at the ability of this mere cake (not ice cream) to be so refreshing. This would be perfect on a hot summer day in lieu of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or, dare I say it, lemonade.
Life is good & redemption is found in the unlikeliest of places. The stars are aligned. I hear the birds rejoicing spring, their voices crystal clear. The bright pink flowers smile at me from their well manicured lawns. The anticipation and savoring were all a part of the journey. I will be back to Essential Chocolate Desserts to renew my faith, frequently.
Essential Chocolate Desserts
10868 Washington Blvd.
Culver City,CA. 90232