My all-time favorite restaurant dessert is Scala Bistro's Bostini Cream Pie. Back when I was a chubby kid, I would scrap the entire plate with no shame.
My second favorite restaurant dessert was at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco Sunday brunch buffet. It was a chocolate caramel tart. The caramel was thick, dark, and almost burnt tasting - but burnt in that delicious way. For years, I've been wanting to recreate that dessert.
My mom passes on recipes that she finds online, and all of them look delicious. I finally tried one. It turned out pretty well...actually it was pretty successful. However, there are a few things that I can try out next time to make it even better. I definitely need to work on forming the crust better. The caramel was great, but perhaps I'll try to get it a bit darker. And as for the chocolate, I used Valhrona. A great brand for baking (and eating). Maybe I'll try to use semi-sweet instead of bittersweet - just to compare.