When fall rolls around, everything seems to centre on apples and pumpkins: apple picking, apple cider, apple pie, baked apples, pumpkin pie, pumpkin patches, pumpkin carving, and the pumpkin spice latte made famous by a coffee giant we all know and secretly love. I’ll fully admit it – they do a legit cheesecake brownie. And a Rodarte x Starbucks collab? Come on now, you can’t not love that.
But getting back to the apples and pumpkins, I never bought into that until I found myself in two separate life-changing situations: 1) dinner at Swiss Chalet, and 2) a dinner party in Squamish. At the former, I discovered the apple blossom, and at the latter, pumpkin gnocchi.
Given my current living situation – residence at the University of Windsor – pumpkin gnocchi is pretty much an impossibility, and Swiss Chalet’s apple blossom just doesn’t exist anymore. The good news, however, is that I’ve found a decent substitute: apple crisp at the Croc (otherwise known as the Crocodile Grill). You kind of have to dig through the whipped cream and vanilla ice cream to get to the apple crisp, and it comes with a maraschino cherry (which when it comes to apple crisp, is not a thing), but at 11pm, after too much promissory estoppel, everything is yummy and the cherry (among other things) is just something you don’t dwell on.