At a Nyack Pastier
Didiere and Dumas, Nyack, New York : The black frosting of the dark chocolate mousse pastry catches the light through the display case.
“Do you want the mousse or the raspberry tart?”
I look at her alternative. Dark chocolate, as well, but the raspberries decide it for me.
embedded in frosting
I’m about to eat my first bite of mousse when she shows me her cappuccino.
“It’s not supposed to be like this! I’ve had plenty. Look, the coffee is too low. It’s all frosting.”
I still hear her as I take her cup to the barista. College-age at most, the young woman wipes a stray bang of brown hair out of her eyes as she explains what a cappuccino is, and she offers me a latte.
“I’ve had others that had more…” I hear behind me.
an explosion of cocoa
from the first bite
more by FRANK J. TASSONE
photograph by Jasmin Quaynor