IT’S NATIONAL BAKED ALASKA DAY!
If you can even believe it, SP has had Baked Alaska before today. That’s what led us to choose our restaurant of choice for the day, Oceanaire. Turns out that if we had just gone for dinner, we could have gotten a free Baked Alaska with purchase of an entree. But the way plans shook down, we ended up meeting up after work and driving to downtown Minneapolis for a happy hour dessert. Dessert before dinner! We’re grown-ass adults!
For those who don’t know, this delicious dessert is ice cream inside a thick meringue coating that is browned in the oven and served on top of a sponge cake, usually in a custardy sauce. Back up a sec. You read that right. Ice cream in the oven. And when it comes out, the meringue is fluffy and super toasty but the ice cream is still frozen – almost like a DQ Cake.
Oceanaire’s variant, some call it “Flame on the Iceberg,” includes pouring liquor (rum, mostly), on fire, over the Alaska. I’ll let these pictures tell you the rest of the story.
It tastes like a toasty marshmallow, with a hint of boozeyness. That booze really soaks into the sponge cake, which normally we’d be all “meh” about, but it works so beautifully well. The ice cream is a chocolate with chocolate bits, really dense and delicious. So worth the trip.
Though Oceanaire can be pricey, we made this special trip during happy hour just for the dessert, which helped cut down on cost. But the cost is usually made up for with excellent service – this time from our server, Jon (not SP) – and excellent food. We’ve been known to go for SParents’ anniversary.
Tomorrow is both Heavenly Hash Day and Jour de Crepes!