Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Extraordinary: Extraordinary Desserts

Creme Brullee
I just have to ask....is it fair? One does try to keep one's figure, but really.....the battle is already lost as soon as one enters HERE. But then again, who cares, when surrender is so delicious?
Caramelized Chocolate Lava Bun
A friend of mine, who happens to know my penchant for sweets, suggested that I check out a little place by the name of Extraordinary Desserts. I thought, "why not....the kids always like to go to bakeries". We were planning a walk through downtown San Diego anyway to see the changes since I had been there last (did I mention before that Tim and I met on New Year's Eve in downtown San Diego? Anyway, I digress....) After our hike through the city, a little refreshment might be just the ticket.
Lemon Cupcakes
Little did I imagine I would end up looking like the the latest Lotto winner as soon as I entered the door. I have never seen so many and such beautiful desserts in my life....and believe me, I have seen plenty.

Chocolate Strudel
At first we just sat there staring with our jaws hanging open. One enters Extraordinary Desserts to the full view of the pastry cases. You must pass them to get to the seating area. We discovered that there is no "dessert menu". When you are done with your meal, you get up and peruse the cases, and try to narrow down the choices to one. Ahem....our waitress thought we had gone AWOL since we were trying to decide for at least 15 minutes.
Raspberry Linzer Danish
By the way, Extraordinary Desserts does have very tasty salads, sandwiches and paninis, which we did eat as well. Tim kept it light with a hummus and olive plate. I had a delicious smoked salmon sandwich, and my daughter had a grilled cheese panini....all very good!

Coffee Cake and Choclate Chip Cookies
But really, what could upstage these confectionery superstars? Here are just a few more pictures just you can understand why my defenses were overrun.

Flourless Chocolate Cake heaped with Fresh Fruit
Chocolate Covered Truffle Loaf Bundt Cakes and Cream Cheese Brownies

Cakes ready for Take Home
After I realized surrender was really the only option, I relaxed and enjoyed the clean and contemporary surroundings punctuated with an Asian flair. The restaurant had a relaxed feel, but I still felt like I was in a place where I would be pampered.

Extraordinary Desserts Restaurant Interior

Extraordinary Desserts Desserts Case Display

So....are you curious as to what we picked? Tim had huge self control and only ordered the Kiwi Lemonade (made with crushed Kiwi fruit....there were many other flavors as well....yum!).
Tim's Kiwi Lemonade and Hummus Plate
That control seemed to fizzle as soon as my, and my daughter's, desserts were brought to the table. My daughter had the chocolate croissant bread pudding.
Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
I had the Nectarine Crostata. (I am a sucker for fruit desserts of any kind.) Tim dove across the table like it was his last meal. I literally had to move my plate out of reach before it was completely devoured. My poor daughter had to fend for herself at that point. Nothing comes between me and my dessert.
Nectarine Crostata
For more info about the restaurant hop on over HERE and for more about the amazing chef and founder, Karen Krasne, click HERE


The Glam Lamb said...

that looks unreal. a little too far from LA but next time in in SD - I will definitely hit that spot up!


Empress of The Eye said...

I love watching folks fight over deserts!

nameisgrace said...

We get all of our desserts here for every special occasion. It is my FAVE!!!

Splendid Sass said...

Tim can drink his Kiwi Lemonade, but I want one of everything. I would still be in the bed sick had I gone there. Too yummy.

Karena said...

OMG Katie I love this I am just amazed. I lived in San Diego 13 yrs and on my next visit, guess where I will go!!

Art by Karena

Kate from Party Resources said...

y.u.m. They may be worth a trip to CA!

Dining and Decor said...

Ohhhh...I love this place. I haven't been there in a while but it is like walking into a winter wonderland...only filled with desserts! And don't worry about the waistline...you were on vacation!

Olivia said...

I live here in SD and I love love love that place! I'm such a dessert junkie.

rosiecampbell said...

I am headed down that way this weekend! And I will definitely be stopping in. What works of art.

Renae said...

Oh my.......am I ever drooling. I usually abstain from dessert, but I definitely would have given in. That flourless chocolate cake, I can almost taste its richness from here!

serena at the urban farmhouse said...

Chocolate carmelized lava bun - no idea what that is, but I need to have one. Must find a reason to go to SD asap.

mary said...

I'm in the throws of death.....those pastries are too much. Thank goodness there aren't any pastry shops open around here after 6. Thanks for the great photos; glad that you guys are having a great time.

Anonymous said...

I've been to this place several times when visiting in SD. Thank goodness I live in Folsom!

ghost chair said...

wow, those are some of the most intricately decorated desserts I've ever seen! Yummm.

Blog Author(s) said...

I used to live on 6th Avenue. I remember when the vegetarian place was next door. I am in Michigan now and miss San Diego every week. Thank you for your lovely blog. It reminds me of the 10 lovely years I lived there.