Thursday, August 8, 2013

everyday vita: chocolate, shoes, and balls of cheese

cute little orange trees in the hotel lobby
Sights:
  • Last night, I got all classed-up to go to this really cool mozzarella bar called Obika. They make their own mozzarella -- how cool is that?  Even cooler, they have all of these facts about mozzarella on their paper place mats (the food nerd in me was jumping out of her seat). 
hanita dress from Sorrento, Ferragamo flats
nothing makes me smile like mozzarella and fun facts about food!
  • This morning, we went on a four hour walking tour of Florence -- we went into the Duomo, saw Michelangelo's David, and visited the Bargello museum.  As spectacular as everything in this beautiful city is, I often found myself staring up at the ceilings.  They're just so beautiful, and still in very good condition compared to the faded walls.  I wouldn't want them to go over my head. Pun intended ;). 
  • After the walking tour, my legs were super tired, so I hopped into a hot bath back at the hotel.  Reading my new Italian dessert cookbook, L'Altro Vissani by Gianfranco Vissani, and sneaking the occasional hazelnut truffle into my mouth (chocolate in a hot bath -- a little naughty, but delicious). 
if you can't find me, there's a 65% chance i'm reading in the bath
  • I was still really tired, so I wrote a huge stack of postcards to friends back home.  As much as I love texting, I just love writing real-live letters. There's something so much more personal about real handwriting (even though mine's an absolute mess). 
when the view from your balcony looks like the front of your postcard :)
  • My mom and I visited the official Salvatore Ferragamo store here (Ferragamo was originally from Florence!).  They're my mom's favorite shoes in the entire world (and mine too).  
i'm more a fan of his classic styles, but aren't these shoes insane?!?!
  • Florence is famous for it's leather. I got a few of these adorable little leather snap bracelets for my friends back home. 
  • I've been obsessed with Avicii's new song Wake Me Up.  They play it in literally every store here in Italy.  I don't know how to whistle very well, but I've been whistling this song all day. 

Bites:
  • Last night, my dad ordered the Trofie Pasta Liguria at Obika. I had no idea what he had ordered until it came to the table.  Then I recognized it.  It was one of my favorite things that Edo's grandma made for us when we stayed with her in Bogliasco!  Basically, they're these little twists of pasta, cubed potatoes, and green beans tossed in pesto sauce.  The one my dad ordered wasn't nearly as good as Nonna's, but at least I know what it's called now!
  • I've always been a "dunker," if you know what I mean.  I am a firm believer that cookies and biscuits taste exponentially better when dunked in a warm beverage. A British man named Blumenthal proved it scientifically.  Are you a dunker?  Discuss. 

why are macarons just so photogenic?
  • Today, my mom and I went to a chocolate shop called Venchi.  It's been around for over 100 years, so we figured it must be good.  We were right.  We left with bags full of chocolates... for gifts of course (yeah right...hehe).  
as you can see, i'm a little indecisive about my chocolates...
oh hey there beautiful
With love,
Erica

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14 comments:

  1. Wake Me Up is such a great song :). Your Italy trip looks fabulous!

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    1. Isn't it? I've been whistling it all day here! It also just happens to be playing in the background as I type this!

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  2. Hi,

    I found your blog in IG and your photos are amazing. New fan here! :D

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    1. Great! Thank you so much! Stop by again soon!

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  3. Oh I love these photos, and you are so beautiful! I love your dress ♥ The little bracelets are beautiful as well, I actually collect that type of bracelet, I would be in heaven with a little stash like that hehe

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    1. Thank you so much Irela! <3 I am obsessed with leather, and they have these little bracelets/other little leather treasures literally all over the city! I am going to give most of them away, but I love that white, braided one so much that I think I'll keep it for myself!

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  4. you're soo pretty! And lucky! Mozzarella bar! Cookies! Chocolates! Yayyy

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    1. Thank you so much! <3 This is why I am missing Italy so much right now :(

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  5. You put up an outfit photo!! haha, overall I really enjoyed reading this! Wish I was there experiencing it all with you!

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    1. Haha I know I finally gave in and did it! I am glad you enjoyed this post! :) I miss Italy already!

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  6. One) Those little leather snap bracelets are too adorable. Two) I just spent a good chunk of my lunch break time on Venchi's website haha Three) I do like drinking warm beverages with cookies and biscuits but I'm not a "dunker" haha I like to have a sip after each bite ;)

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    1. Thank you Minji -- your comments always make me smile :). Next time you have something warm to drink, try dunking a cookie in, just for fun, and let me know what you think (maybe I can convert you!)

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  7. My absolute favourite country in all the world. I loved reading your post! It has all my favourites, Chocolate, cake, shoes, fabulous photos and all set in Italy! Thank you for brightening my morning!

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    1. I'm so glad I could brighten your morning!

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