Choosing the Dessert First

"Life is short and unpredictable. Eat the dessert first!" -Helen Keller

I am not talking about eating dessert first. I’m speaking of deciding which dessert first.

In most restaurants selecting the delicious ending comes after you finish your meal. Most likely, you’ll choose and eat three courses, including a shared appetizer, soup or salad, and a complete entrée.

Dessert requires some planning. I ask to see the dessert menu right upfront. Even more daring is requesting the server to bring the dessert tray before ordering.

I want to decide if the dessert menu has something I enjoy. If so, I may forgo that appetizer to save room for dessert.

Dessert menus traditionally have fewer selections than the entrée menu, so it’s more challenging to choose a sweet ending if you’ve already selected an entrée.

Choose the dessert and then figure out what entrée will go with it.

An example might be the delicious looking apple crostata. That will pair better with a pork entrée than perhaps a main beef dish.

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