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Cheesecake Safari.... Phase Four tasting results

Chcago Mike | Mar 22, 2004 09:11 PM

Our on-going cheesecake safari continued last week with four more offerings. All tastings are of the "basic cheesecake" with no added flavorings or sauces. The cakes were tasted side-by-side, with a cup of coffee w/ cream & sugar. They were tasted on day of purchase and on the following day after an evening in the fridge. FWIW, we have found that a characteristic of outstanding cheesecake is that it remains as good or better for the next few days after purchase.

Results are in order of tasting, not ranking:

D'AIUTO'S / BABY WATSON (8th Ave/ 30th St): "A mild taste but more distinct than Zaro's. Nice with coffee. VERY creamy consistency, almost too creamy to the point of being 'oily' to the palate. For this reason it leaves an "unsubstantial" impression." The GF noted: "Super moist"... Next day tastings: Hardens up but still has that 'oily' or 'slimy' texture. GF likes it. Close but will not advance in the tasteoffs.

ZARO'S BREAD BASKET (Penn Station): "Nice creamy texture... very very mild taste, however. Nice with coffee but the taste is still too subdued..." Next day: "Dries out quickly in the fridge.... still very delicate taste with nice lingering aftertaste..." Probably our fave of this tasting but it won't make it to the tasteoffs

LA FLOR BAKERY & CAFE: (Roosevelt Ave., Queens) "Very light, creamy texture, favorite of our dessert tasting at La Flor (see outer boro boards), but certainly not a contender for New Yorks finest or even Queens finest... has kind of an 'unsubstantial texture', quite porous..." Next day: "Remains moist (good sign), texture very 'porous'.... pleasant lingering taste"

FOOD EMPORIUM (14th Street): "Drier texture is immediately noticeable... Pleasant lemony taste... not too sweet. Lingering pleasant flavor... More pronounced flavor than Zaro's but it's very very dry. Nice with coffee..." GF Notes: "Dry" Next day: "Drier, unfortunately"

We're looking for an exquisite combination of taste, texture, aftertaste, and awesome match with coffee. At the end of the day, all of these slices are pleasant in their own way but none quite impressive enough to move on in our tasteoffs.

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