past) but this was the first time we ever spent the night there.
Though our trip was short (we only stayed over Friday and Saturday nights), we had a ton of fun. We stayed at this awesome inn that overlooked the harbor. Our room was the Turret Room--we had a big soaking tub, a medieval-looking four-poster bed, and a wrap around balcony. The Inn served up a tasty breakfast each morning and the place had a lingering smell of inciting food. The innkeepers also offer a 4-course dinner on Friday and Saturday nights--we had dinner at the Inn our first night there and everything was perfect.
On Saturday night, we headed into the retail section of town and ate at Pasta di Vine, an Italian place that--as we later learned--is also owned by the couple who own and operate the inn (it's a small town!). The food at the Italian place was very, very good, but it was dessert that blew us away. We ordered their cheesecake and OMG! I've never had a cheesecake quite like the one we got.
The cheesecake itself was very simple--just a plain cheesecake served without fruit or any type of sauce. What set it apart from other cheesecake was that it was a creme brulee cheesecake. They sprinkled sugar on the top and sides of our slice of cake and then torched the sugar, creating that familiar caramel-y shell of a creme brulee surrounding the cheesecake. The results were amazing! There were two contrasting textures: the smooth, velvety cheesecake and the crisp burnt sugar that cracked when you dug your fork into it. And the flavor? Perfection! It was deep, rich, creamy, caramel-y and oh so good.
I've never had a creme brulee cheesecake before, but if I ever see this on a menu, I'm ordering the biggest slice ever. It was out of this world! I can't wait to go back to Ocean Shores to get this super yummy dessert again.