On one of many trips abroad, my husband Manuel and I took a five-week tour of beautiful Switzerland. We began and ended the trip in Lucerne. One fine restaurant “The Old Swiss House” was always one of our favorites. The food was excellent; the atmosphere quaint and friendly. We had enjoyed a superb meal there, and my husband, who was a real “chocoholic” ordered chocolate mousse for dessert.
Where, in the U.S., many restaurants serve mousse chilled in glasses, this restaurant served it on cart burdened in a large earthenware pot, brimming with chocolate mousse. Alongside, another pot was overflowing with whipped cream.
My husband looked at me, and with a gleam in his eyes, asked, “Es todo para mi?” (Is this all for me?) If that had been the case, I truly believe he would have eaten a good portion of it, and then asked for a doggie bag as well! The waiter then reached beneath the serving cart, and lifted out beautiful china dessert dishes. He ladled each with mousse and then plunked huge dollops of whipped cream, which he then sprinkled with toasted macadamia nuts. Manuel asked for more. I wasn't surprised!