The wedges made essential investment piece by the Duchess Kate Middleton. I got mine in navy suede but they are also available in beige suede, white patent, and a stone grey pattern. Corkswoon as a design was actually not available until recently when Stuart Weitzman re-released them due to popular demand (no doubt from the "Kate" effect!). The rubber sole makes these shoes super easy to walk in and not have to worry about slip-sliding around on the dance floor. Hope they prove to be as versatile as they are made out to be...first stop, a summer wedding this Saturday matched with a dusty rose dress I snagged discounted at Sisley in Milan. If only Corkswoon wedges went on sale. Hey, a girl can dream.
Mmmmm. One of my favorite summertime treats is mint gelato. It is not a flavor many people gravitate to but I just love it in the middle of those steamy, breathless Italian summers. It is so refreshing (and a very aesthetically pleasing color at that!). You will need an ice cream machine of some sort, I have the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence. Here's the recipe!
375mL whole milk
750mL heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1-3 tbsp mint syrup
In a medium bowl, mix milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved, then stir in the cream, vanilla, and mint syrup. Add the mixture to the ice cream machine and run for ~25 minutes for a soft, creamy texture.
Airports are a bittersweet spot for me. They are where I waited so anxiously for Massi to arrive, red suitcases in tow, when he was first coming to Canada four years ago to start a new job. Before that, we had spent many tearful hellos and goodbyes at the arrivals and departures, spread out between Edmonton International, Milano Malpensa, and Linate. How I adore and loathe those airports! Honestly, even walking through Malpensa now, I can recall choking back tears on a chilly February morning as I waited for my flight back to Canada. It was my first visit to Italy. Almost six years later, this past Saturday, we said what was hopefully our last 'ciao for now' as I sent Massi on his way back home.
If distance makes the heart grow fonder, I do not doubt we have reached a level of fondness for each other that has never been witnessed before (at least in post-Shakespearean times). We will now embrace the wonderfulness that is Skype and romantic evenings/mornings (depending on which continent you are referencing) of watching each other fall asleep/wake up. There is usually snoring and drooling involved for a good part of the conversation. Perhaps that is what love is. Love is staying up on Skype watching someone sleep on the other side of the world even though the screen is completely dark anyways and you could really just be listening to a snore soundtrack on repeat and not know the difference. But somehow, those are never wasted moments because in those moments, your heart is happy. Ciao for now amore.
I am always in search of places that transport you to a favorite city, wherever that may be. You know how sometimes you just wake up and wish you were having a cold one at Tom&Jerry's Pub in Kathmandu with all the other expats, swapping travel stories and then when the hunger strikes, you can pop over to the literal 'sandwich hole' for the most delicious meat and cheese between bread of your life? No? Guess it's just me then but anyhow. Here's a shout-out to Leva in Garneau (find them here: 11053 86 Ave NW or http://www.cafeleva.com/), the place to go if you want a brioche and cappuccino that will make you feel like it's a Friday morning somewhere in Italy. The coffee is it's greatest asset. And the bar is set-up ever so slightly like Italian ones where you can down your espresso while standing there and not look totally foolish. The menu offerings are decent, but I usually come for one of the following only: espresso, lemon sorbetto, or the atmosphere. Muah!
Photo above: Mediterranean platter and Spicy Chicken Avocado pizza.
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned writer and wine drinker from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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