Sweet dreams are made of this

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

Oh, Bali, what have you done to my waist­line ... Sof­i­tel Bali Nusa Dua has a madly pop­u­lar Sun­day brunch buf­fet at its restau­rant Cut, Catch, Cucina (to which could well be added Cake) and you have to (sort of) pass by the dessert spread in or­der to get to the main event, which re­sults in a lot of lin­ger­ing.

You see such loi­ter­ing on cruise ships, too, where pas­sen­gers slow their stride at the sweet end of the smor­gas­bord while pre­tend­ing to be mo­men­tar­ily de­layed be­fore in­ves­ti­gat­ing the vir­tu­ous sal­ads and pick­led condi­ments.

Oh, I could go a gherkin right now, said no one ever. Speak­ing of things green, I sus­pected this pic­tured dessert would be matcha flavoured so took two back to the ta­ble. If I’d both­ered to read the printed sign, I would have known it was av­o­cado cheese­cake but none­the­less it was creamy and swirly and de­li­cious and I scoffed the se­cond one as well, just to be damned sure.

Chil­dren were run­ning about in var­i­ous states of su­gar shock, hav­ing their way with the whirring fairy floss ma­chine, the gin­ger­bread house and a wun­derkam­mer kind of cab­i­net with draw­ers full of lit­tle jel­lies, pastilles, baby lol­lipops, jubes, cook­ies and Smar­ties.

Their par­ents were in hot pur­suit or at least mov­ing as quickly as they could with their own plates stacked with tartlets, mousses, eclairs and slices of lemon meringue topped with crispy bits. I half ex­pected a choco­late egg and spoon race to break out.

Mother al­ways would say there are no calo­ries on hol­i­day and to this day I choose to be­lieve in this pe­cu­liar form of alchemy. I do more ex­er­cise, es­pe­cially swim­ming, dur­ing va­ca­tions and rarely put on weight no mat­ter how many green tea cakes I might come across.

Mother had never been on a cruise, of course, or she would have seen oth­er­wise sen­si­ble folk pull up chairs to the buf­fet or stick their forks in but­ter carv­ings of King Nep­tune and pull out his glace cherry eyes. If so, she might have re­vised her airy-fairy equa­tion.

Fol­low on In­sta­gram: @su­sankuro­sawa

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