My friend who manages a prominent downtown restaurant was having the opposite of a sugar rush. Call it a sugar bummer. The reason: the decline of dessert-eating.
He blamed the plummeting pastry profits at his place (sadness makes him alliterate) on the increase in portion sizes of entrées in recent years. When his customers do order dessert, he said, it’s usually one item shared by two or more people.
That’s something I’ve noticed in my own restaurant eating habits. Despite my heroin-like sugar addiction, I rarely order any sweet treat after dinner these days. Alone in my kitchen at 3 a.m.? That’s a different story.