I love surprises. Well….FOOD surprises. Other kinds don’t exactly tickle me pink. And I recently had a food surprise that I really liked.
Two weeks ago I went to a wine tasting event at a very nice restaurant called the Eureka Grill. They served the wine samples along with tastes of their excellent food. One of the menu items that really grabbed my attention was their chocolate Pot de Crème. It was delicious!
Anything chocolate is good of course, but this was particularly good. “Why?” I asked. “It’s blackberry chocolate” said the waiter. The chef had added blackberry to enhance the flavor.
I liked it so much I returned the next week and ordered another. But this time…it was different. Still very very good, but different. This time, it had Bailey’s Irish Cream added.
As it turns out, the chef and owner, John Petricca, adds “background” flavors to enhance the flavor of the chocolate. John’s collection of different ingredients are carefully selected to add to the Pot de Crème’s subtle complexity of flavors.
The flavors include:
• Blackberry: Delicious flavor that adds a tang to the chocolate.
• Kahlua: the smoky flavor of coffee to round out the sweet dark chocolate.
• Bailey’s Irish Cream: Irish whiskey and chocolate – Sweet and sultry!
• Cointreau: Orange flavoring adds that citrus twist.
• Hazelnut: Nutty, creamy, chocolaty!
• Raspberry: The ultimate flavor combination!
What John doesn’t do is tell anyone what he's going to add, so every week it changes. The dessert is a mystery that keeps you asking: “What flavor will it be this week?” It’ll be good, but it’ll be different. Nice!Eureka Grill also serves (among other things) pasta, salmon, steak, and lamb; all prepared with an eye toward the elegant, but with budget-friendly prices. Of all the foods there, though, my favorite is the desserts.
So the next time you’re in Surprise Arizona, head on over to the Eureka Grill and get a little “surprise” for dessert. Their “mystery” chocolate Pot de Crème.
Eureka Grill: http://eurekagrill.com/