I loved reading your responses to the question in my last post about what your Spirit Animal would be; so much creativity out there amongst you! If you’d like to spend more time pondering this question, have a go at the quiz that my ever-quippy gospel friend Mike sent me. Apparently, I’m a swan. Hopefully not one of the evil-orange-eyed black swans normally found in Canberra, though.
Several weeks ago, I wrote about the beginning of my work conference adventures and mentioned that the first day involved getting up with the birds, flying to Adelaide, working for twelve hours with no break, and then immediately heading out for dinner and dessert.
This is that dinner and dessert.
One of the many reasons that I adore Jenni is that she doesn’t just tolerate my love for desserts. She shares it, to the extent that it was she, not I, who created a list of four dessert cafes in Adelaide so that we could formulate a plan of [sugar] attack. Moreover, it was she, not I, who refused to back down from our traverse-Adelaide-purely-for-dessert-no-matter-our-exhaustion-levels on that Wednesday night, and for this I am eternally grateful.
(Poor The Bride. She honestly had no say in where we went or what we ate that night. On the plus side, she’s a newly-wed, so that’s pretty super cool.)
Anyhoodle, when Jenni first sent me the afore-mentioned list of Adelaide’s dessert options, it didn’t take me long to email back with “Eggless! Eggless!”. After all, how could I resist a dessert cafe offering egg-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan desserts?
On that Wednesday night, however, The Bride and Jenni were adamant that we had to eat dinner first. We therefore ducked into Eggless’ neighbour, Manee Siam Thai Restaurant, to line our stomachs in preparation for the sugar.
Let’s be honest here: we weren’t expecting much from Manee Siam. We ordered a pad thai, vegetarian fried rice, and a hot and sour tofu vegetable curry. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that, once or twice or eight times, I suggested that we leave the restaurant before our food arrived and have two courses of dessert at Eggless instead.
I’m so glad The Bride and Jenni ignored my first, second, and eighth pleas. Manee Siam Thai Restaurant’s food was gooooood-oh. (Yes, I’m re-watching Scrubs right now.) The Pad Thai and Fried Rice were happily devoured, but the fried tofu curry packed with vegetables and bathed in a zingy, lime-y, ginger-y, chilli-y, hot and sour tom yum broth stole my heart and then filled the space where my heart had been with love.
But still, dessert wins forever.
Eggless has pretty lamp-lights, a gorgeous silver-tree-branch-ish-patterned wall (which you can’t see), and little ottomans on which to sit.
More importantly, though, Eggless has dessert. I ordered the vegan Raspberry and Mojito Jelly with Soy Ice Cream and Blackberry Compote, and swooned over its gorgeousness as well as its light, fresh, cooling, refreshing, burst-of-berry, hint-of-mojito, creaminess-of-ice-cream, raspberry-infused deliciousness.
‘Course, I then ruined the whole “vegan” aspect of the night by happily joining Jenni and The Bride in their dessert platter, which had some true winners and some true… confusers. We all adored the mint chocolate cheesecake, and wished it came in a larger sliver. You know, like a sliver the size of the entire cheesecake.
I liked the butterscotch topping for the apricot and almond-filled spring rolls better than the spring rolls themselves, and found the Mangomisu (tiramisu but with mango instead of coffee) pleasant enough. I ignored the granita because it was made with orange (the devil’s fruit), and we were all perplexed by the pineapple caramel pannacotta. It tasted like it wanted to work, but it didn’t.
However, Eggless’ vegan jelly and the cheesecake were amazepants, and Jenni and The Bride are amazepantsforever, and the conference itself was a whirlwind of excitement, so all in all I give Part Two of the Conference Delights four out of five stars.
Question Time: Is there a fruit that you hate with a fiery yet illogical passion?