Nobody is sure where the day came from, but who’s going to argue with indulging your sweet tooth? October 14 is a day to celebrate desserts!
According to a New York Times article we didn’t get the word “dessert” in our lexicon until sometime in the 1900’s and has its origins in French, “The French noun dessert, originates with the verb desservir, or un-serve, that is, to remove what has been served. In other words, le dessert was set out once the table had been cleared of the dishes that made up the main part of the meal.”
And it is thanks to the Russian custom of serving dishes separately, that we have a separate dessert menu item, “Service à la française, the custom of serving numerous dishes simultaneously, (was replaced by) service à la russe, where one dish followed another.”
The dictionary defines dessert as “the sweet course eaten at the end of a meal.” Who’s to say that you have to stay in to eat your treat? Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a sugary something while out and about: