24 Small Plates in 24 Hours: Dessert

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

7:30 p.m.: Easton Town Center

Walking from the parking garage to our next restaurant feels really nice, in a thank-goodness-I'm-not-stuffing-my-face-right-now way. Observation: Sunday evenings may be the best time to visit Easton. Without the crowds, it almost feels like an actual neighborhood rather than a carefully engineered shopping mall.

7:38 p.m.: Bon Vie

Bon Vie offers bite-sized versions of its most popular desserts at $2.95 a pop. There is no dessert menu, just a platter of samples the server presents tableside to tempt taste buds-nice touch.

We bypass the richer chocolate peanut butter pie and red velvet cake for the relatively light Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta.

To drink, I order champagne in the hopes the bubbles will, um, stimulate some gas movement. It's a trick I learned during pregnancy (using sparkling water rather than sparkling wine).

The desserts are served in mini glasses, topped with whipped cream. The Chocolate Hazelnut is particularly tasty, reminiscent of a Nutella-flavored pudding.

We eat them quickly, and our waitress notices.

"Would you like to do another round of desserts?" she asks.

I laugh and shake my head no. At this point, I can't even muster up the energy to explain why.

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