I’m not a big drinker but I enjoy the occasional glass of wine with dinner. Yesterday, however, I was craving beer all day, which usually doesn’t happen until patio weather hits. I was also craving pizza but at the same time wanted to go somewhere nice for dinner and not some noisy sports bar with mediocre food.
A quick google search of local restaurants brought me to Pepperwood Bistro, a warmly decorated, jazz-themed restaurant near the lake with an excellent selection of on-premise, fresh brewed beer. Josh was on board so we headed there after he finished work.
First, I had to take care of that beer craving so I ordered the Pepperwood Cream Ale, “a light, refreshing, thirst-quenching beer.” Josh ordered the Pepperwood Framboise, a raspberry flavoured draft (Josh is one of those guys who is secure enough in his own masculinity to order the most feminine drink on the menu). The Framboise was a little too sweet for my liking; I want my beer to taste like beer, not fruit juice. But Josh enjoyed it.
Next came the bread, which was served with this yummy combo of hummus, oil and balsamic vinegar.
For my main, I satisfied my pizza craving with the Firenze Pizza, which was topped with gorgonzola cheese, sweet potatoes and caramelized fennel. Delicious combination!
Josh ordered the gnocchi, which was also really good (but not as good as my pizza; I win!).
After eating about half of my pizza, my dinner stomach was full but my dessert stomach still needed some serious attending to, especially after another week without any sugary snacks. Josh and I usually split dessert, but last night we just weren’t seeing eye to eye. I wanted cheesecake, he wanted the sticky toffee bread pudding. So we compromised… by ordering both.
The cheesecake was just okay. I found the cheesecake-to-crumble ratio was a little off (too much cheesecake, not enough graham cracker crumble). I’ve definitely had better. But the bread pudding… best. dessert. ever. Imagine the best french toast you’ve ever tasted. Now imagine it in cake form, topped with toffee, caramel and brandy with some pecans thrown in for good measure. This is what you get:
It’s not necessarily the most photogenic of desserts but man was it ever good. Dear Pepperwood Bistro management… if you ever happen to stumble across this post, please NEVER take this item off your dessert menu. Thanks!