Recently, Jennifer Puryear, friend to many of us at SB, wrote to let us know about her discovery of a certain chocolate chip cookie at Table 3’s Market & Bakery that makes her swoon. Her ode to this cookie went something like this:
“I might have just found the best emergency chocolate chip cookie in town, or at least in Green Hills. Have you had one from the Market at Table 3? It is substantial, and it meets every need. With a crunchy brown outside and enough salt to bring out the sweet, it is not a cloying cookie. It is a cookie that takes itself and its mission seriously. It is a cookie that could be a treat, or lunch. It leaves you happy and content. Happy to be alive! Good job, cookie.”
This got us talking about what we gravitate toward when we have a sweet craving. We decided to poll some food experts and people about town to ask them how they cure their sweet tooth when it flares up. Warning: When you reach the end of today’s post, be prepared to have a wicked sugar craving that may require an immediate fix!
Kay West: Food Critic and Author
“I am not a sweets person to be honest and not remotely a chocoholic, though I do enjoy an occasional square of Olive & Sinclair Salt and Pepper or Mexican Style Cinn-Chili. I don’t typically order dessert, but if panna cotta is on the menu, I’ll get that and I’ll always try something on the less sweet side from Lisa Donovan (Husk), Megan Williams (Etch) or Meg Giufridda (Cherry Street Sweetery and Eatery). And I never go to Seagrove without a stop at Dean’s Cake House in Andalusia to pick up a whole 7-Layer Caramel Cake. Lisa just added a caramel layer cake to the Husk November dessert menu that I’ve wanted to try if I haven’t missed the boat.” www.oliveandsinclair.com and deanscakehouse.com
The Band Perry
The sibling trio that is The Band Perry tells us that their sweet cravings have a simple cure: Gigi’s cupcakes. Gigi’s actually gave the band their own cupcake flavor, “The Very Perry Chocolate Cherry,” which was unveiled in April to coincide with the release of PIONEER, their most recent CD. www.gigiscupcakesusa.com
Mary Carter: Food Stylist
“I know they are a chain, but Panera makes really, really delicious hot chocolate.” www.panerabread.com
Mary Hance: Ms. Cheap in The Tennessean
Michael Burcham: President & CEO at The Nashville Entrepreneur Center
“My favorite sugar fix ice cream from Jeni’s – Salty Caramel.” www.jenis.com
Hope Stringer: Community Volunteer and SB Friend
“My first thought was a Snickers bar but the ice cream sundae at BrickTops has to be at the top of the list.” bricktops.com
Butch Spyridon: President, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Cassie and Charles Kelley: Womanista Blogger (Cassie) and singer with Lady Antebellum (Charles)
“We are obsessed with Crumb de la Crumb cakes! Each gorgeous creation is as beautiful as it is tasty. We absolutely love the white chocolate flavor, and look forward to every occasion that we can order a new, delicious cake!” crumbdelacrumb.com
Beth Sachan, Blogger, Eat. Drink. Smile.
“While I like to try new things on each visit to Riffs Cafe at Highland Ridge, the one item that I can’t get out of my head is the Riffs Bar—a peanut butter bar topped with chocolate and pretzel pieces. I’m a sucker for the salty/sweet combo! Oh, and the Chocolate Caramel Coffee Shortbread … I’m enamored with pastry chef Audra Dykes!” www.facebook.com/riffscafe
So, tell us: What is your favorite sugar craving? Add to the discussion on our SB Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/styleblueprint.