Thursday, January 29, 2009

Desserts at JoLe in Calistoga

I went to JoLe in Calistoga and concentrated on desserts.

My favorite was the Anjou Pear & Almond Turnovers.
Two little diced pear filled turnovers are served warm with vanilla ice cream and honey sauce. The puff pastry on the turnover was very flaky and crispy. Gives this dessert the perfect crunch. The vanilla bean ice cream was a good balance of flavor and sweetness to the turnover. The honey sauce was very nice and had some vanilla bean in there to round out the honey flavor. A ton of crispy toasted almonds were sprinkled on top to add some extra crunch. Very nice!! A super comforting dessert.
Cannot wait to see what other flavor combinations they serve in the future.

My second favorite was the Coconut Cream pie.
This pie was made with a bittersweet chocolate lined macadamia crust.
The creamy coconut flavored custard (probably has coconut milk or coconut cream in it) was nice and smooth. Unlike most coconut cream pies, this one has no shreds of meaty coconut in the custard. Instead all the shavings of toasted coconut are sprinkled heavily on top of the pie and plate. The plate is squiggled in a pattern with both chocolate and caramel sauces. Complemented the coconut custard perfectly. I really like the idea of macadamia crust, but I did not get a macadamia flavor at all. Kind of bummed me out. Would definitely order this again and again.

And I would recommend the Trio of ice creams...just would not want them to be served all together in the same dish again.
The flavors did not meld or melt together well. Of the three flavors, my favorite one was the vanilla grapefruit ice cream, yes ice cream, not sorbet. It had a lovely start in the mouth with vanilla undertones, then comes a creamsicle flavor of orange and cream and it finishes with a strong grapefruit taste. Very interesting.
We also had the Malted Chocolate (bittersweet chocolate ice cream with a tiny hint of malt) and Apple Cinnamon ice creams in the tulip glass.

JoLe: Farm to Table is located at 1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA
owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Matt and Sonjia Spector. Sonjia is the pastry chef and her desserts are updated versions of things her mom and grandmother made.

1 comment:

  1. hmmm thats an interesting cup for the ice cream...