It’s truly the most icon Grill time of the year. Always a feast for the eyes with its quirky colors and loads of lamps and knickknacks (Seattle Weekly‘s Gavin Borchert gave icon Grill a “Best Clutter” nod last year, calling it “the burlesque-queen love child of a 1890 New Orleans bordello and a Venetian glassworks”), the restaurant is especially festive in December with its numerous Christmas trees and lights, along with holiday tunes by pianist David Little. You simply have to see the scene to believe it.
The regular menu includes icon’s take on comfort food, including three types of macaroni and cheese–with the fried version this week landing on our list of “Seattle’s Top 10 Dishes to Quell the Munchies.” But be sure to check the holiday menu for seasonal specials. Here you’ll find such things as North Pole Pizza, Holiday Wreath Salad, and a game hen dish called Partridge in a Pear Tree. But in a dessert list that includes a “Build Your Own” Holiday Cookie Plate and Gingerbread Pudding, it’s the Candy Cane Cake that’s the head-turner, evoking the spirit of the season.
So what does icon Grill’s Candy Cane Cake teach us about sex?
It’s all about arousal–of the holiday type.
That Candy Cane Cake is mighty minty. As if the layers of white chocolate cake and red velvet cake aren’t impressive enough, each layer is brushed with peppermint simple syrup, made from peppermint schnapps. Peppermint cream cheese frosting is spread between layers and over the fully constructed cake, with crushed peppermint candies gently pressed into the outer frosting.
If that thought has gotten you aroused, note that you can find the cake recipe in chef Nick Musser’s Aroused Americana Cooking. (If the cookbook’s hard to find, the recipe is also online.) In fact, “Aroused Americana” is the theme of icon Grill.
Inspired by the Candy Cane Cake, note that it’s more than just mistletoe that leads to holiday arousal. Looking for sex toys? This roundup includes some recommendations, including the Reindeer Musical G-String, 12 Nights of Christmas Motion Lotion, and the perfect treat after Candy Cane Cake: a Sweet Sensations Peppermint Candy Crop.
And when your food and toys have you sufficiently aroused, there are even some special holiday sex positions in which you help celebrate the season. The Stocking Stuffer and Snow Angel are certainly worth consideration, but in the spirit of sex and food, something like Milk and Cookies might be most festive.
Finally, to finish what icon Grille’s Candy Cane Cake started and to get you over the edge, a Candy Cane Vibrator might just help you and other aroused Americans.
First published in Seattle Weekly’s Voracious on December 13, 2012. (Photo courtesy of icon Grill.)