My Militantly Indie Dessert

During our date night on Saturday, my husband and I had dessert at Brisbane’s iconic dessert bar: Freestyle Tout.

It’s one of our favourite places to eat. Back in the days when we were young and child-free, we lived in an apartment directly above the restaurant and would head down there whenever we wanted a sweet treat. But it had been a while.

“What are you going to have?” my husband asked me.

I considered for a moment. “I haven’t decided. I’m weighing up between the Spanish Churros with Hot Caramel Dipping Sauce and the White Chocolate Raspberry Brioche Dumplings. What about you?”

“I’m having the Berry Deluxe Sundae.”

I froze, then looked at him. “Wait. What?”

“The Berry Sundae.”

I stared at him a minute. “So… We’re at a dessert bar and I’m trying to choose between having warm spanish churros served with hot caramel dipping sauce and vanilla bean ice cream, or three brioche dumplings served with fresh raspberries, warm white chocolate dipping sauce and vanilla bean ice cream, and you’re having a sundae?”

“A deluxe sundae,” he said proudly.

“Don’t you want something a little more… I don’t know… interesting?”

“It is interesting,” he insisted. “Look, it’s got two flavours of ice cream! And berries! And cream! And a chocolate sail!”

“It’s a sundae.”

He looked at me a minute. “You’re one of those militantly indie chicks, aren’t you?”

“What? What does that even mean?”

“It means you only listen to the indie/alternative music radio station or nothing at all. You won’t ever listen to mainstream radio, even though you secretly like some of the Top 40 stuff, because it’s not indie enough for you.”

“… So… What’s your point?”

The waiter arrived and we ordered.

I had the Churros.

My husband had the Sundae. (Sorry — the Deluxe Sundae.)

And then we went to a bar where I loudly declaimed the mainstream music (even though I knew all the words) and sang exuberantly when the band played something retro-chic or alternative.


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12 responses to “My Militantly Indie Dessert

  1. critters and crayons

    Haha! All men are the same, I think. My hubby dies for The Outback’s Sydney’s Sinful Sundae which is not really anything special other than low-grade ice cream, toasted coconut, chocolate syrup and a cherry on top. He acts like it would be his last meal. Those churros look YUMMY!

  2. I used to be like that about movies. Back in the 1990s, when I was reviewing movies, I definitely tended toward indie and foreign movies. The only year I’ve ever watched the Oscars having seen all the nominees for Best Picture was the “Year of the Indies.”

    Now, most of the movies I see (in theaters anyway) involve some combination of science fiction, detectives, vampires, werewolves, and zombies.

    • I’m a bit of an indie movie fan as well — at least, I was back when I had the time and inclination to watch a lot of movies. Back in the old days, I’d head down to the video shop and bring back half a dozen movies to watch, and my husband would cringe because they were all “arty” or indie or odd. Or all three.

      I think a lot of the movies that used to be more indie would be classified as pretty mainstream today, though. Or perhaps I’m just getting older…

      • Well, I think there was a shift beween the 1990s, when the “indies” were at least somewhat indie, and more recently when they’ve basically become “boutique” labels for the big studios.

        That being said, the funny thing is what happened to a lot of the actors and directors who I used to follow back then. I really liked the Ice Storm, for example. Starring Spider-Man, Frodo Baggins, and Batman’s girlfriend. Directed by the guy who ended up directing one of the Hulk movies. Or Wonder Boys, where you get to see Iron Man seduce Spider-Man. Plus there’s Batman’s girlfriend again. Or The Gingerbread Man, where you get Iron Man, Jean Grey (X-Men), and the guy who directed Thor. Doug Liman, who directed the excellent Go, went on to direct the Bourne movies. Kate Beckinsale went from being in Henry James adaptations to playing a leather-clad vampire action hero. And so on.

        I’m sort of still following the same people, but they’re doing different types of movies now. 🙂

      • You’re way more of a movie buff than I am. I’m one of those annoying people who watch the first half hour of a movie and then say, “Where do I know the actor who’s playing the guy with the hair from?” (To which the answer was often: He was in the movie we watched last week.) But maybe that’s one of the reasons I find I’m watching more mainstream films these days: the actors and directors that I enjoyed (even if I don’t remember their names) are now in the mainstream.

        Oh, and I loved Go.

      • I’ve read a couple of things about Go where its dismissed as “Pulp Fiction Lite” or “Pulp Fiction with teenagers,” and my reaction is, “Okay, let’s admit that it’s that. Why is this a negative?” 🙂

      • My thoughts exactly. 🙂

  3. I don’t know. . . that sundae looks awesome. I might have gotten the berry sundae too, but that’s because I’m more of an ice cream less of a pastry kinda girl.

  4. This was a rude post. I’m not going to lie. It’s 6:11 am and I want all three of what you described. And no, I don’t have my period. I might just go downstairs and take a scoop of caramel. After Hot Joe leaves for work, of course.

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