Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Say Cheesecake

mmm, cheesecake

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What is it about cheesecake that makes people reveal their sexiest fantasies or their most soulful wishes?
Five friends were sitting around a key lime cheesecake with forks and plates in hand. The conversation started innocently enough when Cleo said that after her first husband left, she defrosted a cheesecake and ate the whole thing while sitting in bed crying. We dutifully nodded our heads.
Then Toni chimed in saying that after good sex with her boyfriend, they often feed each other cheesecake. No one asked what they ate after bad sex or just okay sex.
Cheesecake is sexy in its creamy sensual goodness. It’s not exactly wholesome like apple pie or vanilla ice cream. Cheesecake is more like a secret passion to be shared with a few special people or nibbled alone on a porch while an evening breeze gently caresses.

Once at a huge restaurant show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, three friends and I were making our rounds tasting this and that. We had split up and at the end of the show found each other and all we could talk about was Cheesecake Momma. After sampling hundreds of foodstuff, the one vendor that stuck in our minds was one of the most perfect cheesecakes on the planet.

  1. Speaking of cheesecakes, a Cheesecake Factory restaurant recently came to Dayton Ohio where I live. It was several weeks before we could get in without a wait (yes we did have to go at an odd hour).

    Frankly we were disappointed. The food was so ordinary. No imagination. Just the same old same old. Obviously their clientele went there for the huge portions, the funky decor and the cheesecake desserts.

    It’s not that I had never been in a Cheesecake Factory before. I used to travel for my job and my customers in Los Angeles and Chicago entertained me at their respective Cheesecake Factories. But I don’t remember being disappointed then.

    Looking back, it was probably because I was:

    1. 15 years younger with less refined tastes
    2. on an expense account and didn’t have to pay for it
    3. wrapped up in the excitement of entertaining clients with alcohol flowing freely.

    I like cheesecake as much as the next person, but I am satisfied with a bite or two — any more is overindulgence. I’d much rather have a dining experience with my main course, not my dessert.

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