Bananas Foster

When we lived in Tampa, there was truly only one really nice restaurant: Bern’s Steakhouse. Not the most inviting place for non-meat eaters. But hey, when you graduated from somewhere or had a birthday or anniversary, that was where you went.
 
But, to be honest, we loved it! The chef was always happy to make us veg food, and once actually thanked us for giving her something different to do besides prepare steaks. And the one thing it had, that I haven’t seen anywhere since, was a very fancy dessert room. The dessert room had its own private booths where you could set your own music, including being able to pipe in live piano being played at the entrance of the dessert room. Swank! New York City, you’d better step up your game.
 
One of my favorite desserts was their Bananas Foster. Not only because it was delicious, but also because they would light it on fire at the table, and everyone would be like, “ooh.” A few years ago I managed to get my hands on their recipe, and it was super easy to veganize: substitute earth balance for the butter, and substitute coconut milk ice cream for the regular ice cream. I actually find the coconut ice cream to be even better than the original; it kind of makes you think of the tropics. Ok, maybe I’m getting a little too excited. But it’s good.
 
Bananas Foster Ingredients
Bananas Foster
Anyway, this one is a real crowd pleaser, and always impresses the guests. (Remember, “ooh.”) Just try not to have too much wine by the time you make this and then set yourself on fire. That’s a real party faux pas.
 
Bananas Foster
Bananas Foster