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National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

Posted by Brittany

National Blueberry Cheesecake DayIt makes sense that one of the most delectable desserts imaginable has been around for centuries, improving like a fine wine. Indeed, cheesecake dates back to ancient Greece, where it was sometimes made for religious purposes or to feed Olympian athletes. Today, the ingredients and methods used to make cheesecake differ by region, and the possible varieties are limited only by the chef’s imagination. Blueberries are among the most common fruits used in cheesecake recipes, and May 26th is celebrated as National Blueberry Cheesecake Day.

I can’t deny that cheesecake is yummy, but I don’t think I find it as delicious as most people do. I’m more of a chocolate chip cookie kind of girl, and I usually have trouble taking more than a few bites of super-rich desserts like cheesecake. I have to admit, though, that T.G.I. Fridays does have a Vanilla Bean cheesecake that makes me salivate just thinking about it. And blueberries, well, I honestly find them grotesque. I love raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, but for whatever reason I have disliked blueberries since the first blueberry muffin I ate as a little child. Still, I wasn’t going to let my prejudice toward them get in the way of celebrating National Blueberry Cheesecake Day.

After work this evening Chris and I headed to The Cheesecake Factory in Arlington, Virginia to celebrate today’s sweet “unofficial”. When we arrived and finally got enough money to put in our parking meter (which was a mini-adventure in itself) we were already hungry for dinner so we revised our dessert-only plans to include a full meal. The Cheesecake Factory isn’t really close to home, so we don’t go there very often. That, coupled with the fact that they have an incredibly large and eclectic menu, inspired us to try several small starters instead of regular entrees. Chris and I shared fried zucchini, artichoke and crab dip, and “buffalo blasters”, before zoning in our our real reason for the visit — the Wild Blueberry White Chocolate Cheesecake. When we took our first bite of the giant piece of cheesecake we were both pleased. It was sweet without being too sweet, and the accompanying whipped cream was heavy and fresh. And I was pleasantly surprised that the blueberries complimented the cheesecake without overpowering it. All in all, it was a very enjoyable dessert and I’d be happy to reprise it again if the restaurant wasn’t such a trek for us. At the very least I’ll have blueberry cheesecake again next May 26th!

Chris and I are heading to the basement to look through our old halloween paraphernalia — tomorrow is National Wig Out Day!

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