by Niki Konkoly
For some of us, dessert is the bejeweled crown of each meal; a divine celebration of life, family, and friendships. For others, it’s the tummy-upsetting devil in a silky, chocolatey disguise. Luckily, in this age, the pinnacle of dinner no longer has to be the bogeyman robbing us of our health, but a little everyday miracle putting a smile on our face and happiness in our bellies.
Years ago, I saw a movie in which the protagonist’s quirky, witty love interest had a very serious commitment to starting every meal with dessert. Rather than a political statement or medical condition, it was her means of ensuring that if she dies while eating her entrée (or if an asteroid comes hurling down onto the restaurant) she won’t miss out on her one last indulgence.
This struck a chord with me. While vegan soups and mains make me giddy with joy as well, desserts do have a special place in my heart.