Between the two competing coffee joints, I usually hang out at Coffee Bean more than Starbucks. I am not sure why, don’t ask. I just feel more at home at Coffee Bean more than Starbucks. Maybe it is the less pretentious crowd?
Anyway, if I am with the kids, they love Coffee Bean hot vanilla, their staples.
I don’t mind a slice of their opera cake, anytime. Why is it call opera cake? I don’t know. But I do know that this is one cake that I won’t be able to make at home because it has several layers and textures.
Just take a look at this recipe and my head is spinning already. Check out Scena.org for the recipe and the story behind it.
The opera cake was created in the 1960s by the well-known French pastry chef Gaston LenÃƒÂ´tre. The marriage between opera and desserts is a daily reality in a number of great opera houses. At New York’s Metropolitan Opera for instance, the well-to-do dine with refinement at the in-house restaurant before the show. At the first bell, the music lovers are careful to reserve their dessert for the first intermission!
So, the next you are in Coffee Bean and see a pink Vaio owner eating opera cake and some tall black, come and say hi to me, k?