After a relatively quiet day and a disastrous encounter between a glass Snapple bottle and our kitchen floor, we decided we had spent enough time in our kitchen and opted to eat dinner out. We went to one of our favorite restaurants, which is in the next building over from ours and has a nice outside patio area, and enjoyed a lovely meal.
At the end, I decided to splurge on a dessert I’ve been eyeing for about a month and my mom wanted to try Austrian apple strudel. Benjamin asked if they had chocolate cake — repeatedly. He asked me, he asked my mom, he asked the waitress twice (although she didn’t hear him either time, but he was so very cute trying to ask). When we looked at the menu, we saw that they did indeed have chocolate cake — Sachertorte, which is a famous Viennese treat. We tried to get him to order it himself, but when the moment was upon him, he smiled and batted his eyelashes at the waitress and we ordered for him. (Dan, who is on his strict, self-imposed diet, didn’t order anything.)
Our desserts arrived, all lovely and delicious looking. Benjamin’s was the most impressive — a slab of dark chocolate cake and a pile of whipped cream. He took one look at it, picked up the cake in both hands, and started eating. I tried to get him to use a fork, but gave up once he was about a third of the way through it. Once I got over being mortified, it was really fun to watch him eat. He was so enthusiastic about it — he paused only to take bites of the other desserts or to take the time to dunk his entire piece of cake into the whipped cream. Even though he was obviously loving his chocolate cake, he shared with all of us — even Liam had a little whipped cream.
Benjamin is fully enjoying the experience of being in Vienna. I am fully enjoying his experience.