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Stone soup at Hotel Bel Air – a dessert I’ll remember forever

I am a frequent visitor of Hotel Bel Air. I am very impressed by their staff, and their excellent food. Once in a while I like to write about something unusual that they created, and now is one of those times. I’ve ordered most of the desserts on the menu at one time or another. I remember one of their desserts had a bunch of items that didn’t seem to belong together such as cantaloupe, ice cream, tres leches cake, berries, and a more antiquated elegant type of ice cream. All of the components were excellent, but somehow they didn’t quite belong together. But, the ingredients in Stone Soup went seamlessly together!

Stone Soup
I am a bit sad to say that although I wrote down the ingredients in Stone Soup, I can’t find where I wrote them down — and they are not available online. I remember that there was nectarine, granola, ice cream, and a pretzel shaped object that looked like it was made out of hardened marshmallow. I remember a touch of mint which was wonderful as well. There were more ingredients, but I can’t find where I wrote them down! The impressive part was the peach sauce which was poured on after the fact. As I wrote above, often times, fancy restaurants will put lots of different ingredients together that don’t necessarily gel together. But, this Stone Soup really was unusual, and the ingredients went together flawlessly. I’m surprised that I have never heard of this soup before.

Oh, and by the way. There were no stones in the soup. I’m not sure how this soup got its name!

Dessert Sushi

I love sushi. It is good for losing weight, and fun to eat. I’ve heard rumors that wasabe has chemicals that are bad for your health though, so watch out! On the other hand, wasabe kills bacteria, so if you don’t have it, then you’re in even worse trouble. But, what about a dessert sushi experience?

Nigiri ice cream & fruit combinations.
Imagine having a very cold flat piece of stoneware in front of you. It has to be cold, because ice cream will be sitting on it shortly. You know how nigiri sushi looks. It is a rectangularly shaped piece of rice with a slice of fish on it, perhaps held together by a seatbelt made of nori seaweed. But, what if this nigiri sushi was made out of fruit and ice cream?

You could create rectangular pieces of vanilla ice cream that would be one inch by two inches. Then, you could shape fruit to put on top. You could eat this with chopsticks. You could cut strawberries to fit rectangularly. You might need two slices from a large strawberry, or perhaps one vertical slice from a really abnormally large strawberry. Rectangular slices of peach, banana, or other fruits would be easier. Kiwi tastes like strawberry and might go well with this idea as well. Putting a few blueberries on a domino shaped piece of ice cream might work well. The trick here is not to let the ice cream melt, otherwise your chopsticks won’t be able to grab them properly.

Chocolate soy sauce
But, there’s more. You need to use that soy sauce pourer for this. Instead of soy sauce you use chocolate sauce! But, you better eat your concoction fast before the chocolate sauce melts the ice cream.

Ice cream sushi rolls
You could make sushi rolls with ice cream and fruit too. This might be easier. You could use rice paper instead of nori, and even put sweet rice on the outside of the roll. Just keep it cold so it doesn’t melt.

Wasabe & Ginger?
You could have candied ginger and the wasabe would be a mint paste that goes well with vanilla and chocolate.