TYOLD Day 9: Say Cheese(cake)

As I have whined about in past posts and endlessly in my day-to-day life, food continues to be a challenge for me.  I often don’t feel like eating and when I do it often makes me feel lousy.  Nausea and other unpleasantness are frequent companions.

The good news is that I can eat pretty much whatever I want and I’m not gaining weight, mostly because I can’t eat very much of anything and what’s left of my stomach isn’t processing food the way it should be.

Today I was feeling pretty good and decided that my TYOLD item would be something new to eat.  I sort of randomly started Googling stuff in my neighborhood and stumbled upon the Pacific Cheesecake Company.

This is their mission statement: Our business if founded on the belief that using the best ingredients results in the best products.  Most of our ingredients are homemade including caramel, fudge, custard and more.

Okay, I’m in.

It’s a tiny little shop in a busy mini-mall next to the Jack in the Box in North Hollywood (4820 Laurel Canyon Blvd. for the record).   There are two bits of genius here.  First, while they do full-size cakes, they specialize in individual serving portions – sort of like a cupcake cheesecake.  Second, all they do is cheesecake but they do EVERY CHEESECAKE IN THE WORLD.  Seriously, this is just a sampling of their menu:  Banana, Banana Foster, Blueberry, Boston Cream, Butterfinger, Caramel Apple, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Chip Raspberry, Chocolate Covered Marshmallow, Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Espresso Chocolate Chip, Green Tea, Happy Birthday, Lemon Pie, Limoncello, Orangesicle Chocolate Chip, Run Raisin, S’mores, Snickers, Sweet Potato, White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino, Neapolitan, White Chocolate Pecan Pie… the menu has about 100 different options and that’s not everything they offer (there were things in the case that weren’t on the menu) and all of that is before you make it to the seasonal (eggnog, pumpkin), the no sugar added, the gluten free, and the savory (everything from bleu cheese to white cheddar sweet balsamic reduction).  They usually have about 25-30 different kinds rotating through the store on any given day and if you give them notice, they’ll make sure they have what you want in stock.

Don’t see something you like?  That’s cool… they’ll make it for you.  No, really… if you have a flavor that they don’t offer and it can be made into a cheesecake, they’ll do it just for you.

I got four and have had a bite of each to sample… the dark chocolate raspberry was the clear winner, a perfect combination of flavors; the maple bacon was like breakfast in cheesecake form and the bacon was surprisingly savory; the toasted marshmallow had mini marshmallows on top and a big marshmallow baked inside(!!) and was delicious; and the chocolate salted caramel was good, but not fantastic.  Granted it was the last one I tried so perhaps my taste buds have revolted.  When I go back to try again, I will start with that one and see what I come up with.

So yeah, suck it cupcakes… screw you cronut… mini cheesecakes are my new god!

For more information, visit pacificcheesecake.com or on Facebook where they list the flavors available each day.

Top left: Maple Bacon Top right: Chocolate Salted Caramel Bottom left: Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bottom right: Toasted Marshmallow

Top left: Maple Bacon
Top right: Chocolate Salted Caramel
Bottom left: Dark Chocolate Raspberry
Bottom right: Toasted Marshmallow