Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Creme Brulee Cart - The Yes Please!

Standing at the corner of Market and Sutter, this cart is so inconspicuous that you might miss it if you don't look closely. That is if you can actually get a glimpse in between the hoard of people that usually crowd around it. I would have missed The Creme Brulee Cart if not for my lunch companion, and once I saw it I made a beeline because I knew what it might have in store for me. One word: Nutella.

So here is my confession. I eat Nutella just about every day. To counterbalance all of this yummy street food (it's for the sake of the blog, you know) I try to take a healthy breakfast. I usually just eat fresh fruit - strawberries, apricots, peaches and the like - whatever is seasonal. Most of my fruit comes from our CSA box so it's fresh, ripe and flavorful. So a good choice, yes? Even by itself I am sure it would be tasty but without fail, after I arrange my fruit on my plate I then reach over for my Costco size jar of Nutella that I keep here at my desk at work and plop a big scoop of this hazelnut nectar of the gods next to my berries. Strawberries solo? Good. Strawberries dripping in chocolate - orgasmic. I LOVE Nutella! So much for the healthy breakfast.

The Creme Brulee cart serves up only creme brulees and offers a few selections daily from their menu. They are kept cold until ordered, topped with sugar and then torched until the sugar forms a crackle on top. When you finally take your foil wrapped dessert it's slightly warm with a top that shatters like glass upon puncture. Then it's a smooth, custardy, sultry reward for your mouth.

My lunch companion suggested that we share a creme brulee, but I was terribly selfish and ordered the "Yes Please!" even though he couldn't eat it because of a nut allergy. The Yes Please! is a Nutella infused creme brulee with balsamic strawberries hidden inside. It's creamy, decadent and delicious. It's my strawberry and Nutella breakfast, only a million times better because it's made with cream and covered in caramelized sugar. The Nutella is the dominant flavor, but since there are actual pieces of strawberry within the dessert, every few bites has a squirt of berry to add another layer of flavor. It's simply delicious. I was so excited to take a bite that I even forgot to take a photograph before I dug in. That was how good it looked.

The pot might look small, but believe me, the creme brulee is so rich you will be full and satisfied by the time it's finished. Creme Brulee Guy Curtis Kimball (whose brother Brian is the Magic Curry Man) parks the cart where Market, Sutter and Sansome converge from Tuesday through Friday. You can also find it Friday nights at Off the Grid: Fort Mason. If you can manage to score this popular flavor before it sells out, then do yourself a favor: grab a spoon and sit down to enjoy every morsel of its Nutella goodness. You'll be saying "Yes, please!" to every chocolaty spoonful.

Rating: 4/5 (ratings guide)

The Creme Brulee Cart (@cremebruleecart) $4.00 per dessert

Does reading this make you want to try this vendor? Tell them that you saw them at I Left My Cart in San Francisco and support San Francisco street cuisine!

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