Chocolate Triumphs – Godiva® Wins

In the first matchup in the First Ever Cheesecake Playoffs, the Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake pulled off an easy victory over the Tiramisu Cheesecake

As I mentioned in my last post, this Saturday was going to be pretty packed.  Monroe had her soccer game (unfortunately, they lost…), and then we headed out for the day. 

Next, we went to the post office to get Monroe her passport (we have an excuse to travel to New Zealand for our friend’s wedding next spring, and we would LOVE to go if we can swing the airfare…).  Well, two forms, two pictures, and an hour and 45 minutes later, we got to check that off our list, and we headed to California Pizza Kitchen for a little lunch.

We finally made it to Hollywood and the El Capitan theater to see the movie Secretariat.  We all loved it!  Next, we hit The Grove and put our name in for The Cheesecake Factory.   We spent a little time looking at the iPods and iPads in the Apple Store, and then eventually got seated upstairs…

Monroe had the Bowtie Pasta with Meat Sauce, while I went with the Cajun Jambalaya Pasta and Stephanie tried the Weight Management Grilled Chicken™.  Each were huge (and delicious!) and we couldn’t really finish them – obviously, we had to save room for the main event of the evening!  So, we ordered the participants – Godiva® and Tiramisu… 

As an aside, something has bugged me a little about the cheesecake competition we’re in – who’s really competing against whom here?  I mean, Stephanie, Monroe, and I are doing all the work!  The cheesecakes just SIT there, waiting for us to tear them apart.  They start out looking all delectable and everything, but after they are put on our table, they don’t really do anything!…  We are the ones that end up having to “train” for the upcoming battles anyway… (OK, that’s enough…)

So, after we downed the cheesecakes, it came time for the vote, and it wasn’t even close.  Each of the cheesecakes were unique – the Tiramisu Cheesecake is actually quite creamy and smooth, while the Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake is incredibly rich and chocolately.  Even though, for us, the Tiramisu Cheesecake is quite good, we were apparently in a major chocolate mood, since the Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake won each of our votes.  Godiva 3, Tiramisu 0. 

Now, the Godiva® Chocolate Cheesecake faces a fierce battle in the next round, facing off against the #1 seed, the 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake.  Here’s the brackets as they stand now

By the way, a big thank you to Nicholas R., who served us at the restaruant.  He was great and was extremely knowledgeable – he provided us great service (and actually handled some folks next to us really well who didn’t quite understand what they were ordering when they ordered “nachos” – They say “the customer’s always right”, but sometimes, we all know better…).

Next week, #5 “The Original” vs. #12 Oreo® Cheesecake!

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I currently serve as Vice President of Decision Science at CenturyLink. I've previously served as a leader in the Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics (ARCA) practice at PwC and as Director of Data Science & Analytics Engineering at Areté Associates. I've served the public as Chair of the Thousand Oaks, CA Planning Commission. I have been married to my wife Stephanie since 1993, and we have a wonderful daughter Monroe. Learn more about me »

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