*3-layer cake for Christmas dinner
*1: chocolate torte (bittersweet chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, flour)
*2: nutella mousse (nutella, heavy whipping cream, coffee powder)
*3: peppermint creme (heavy whipping cream, mint extract, confectioner's sugar)
*blackberries, hershey's candy cane kisses
*Christmas "latkes" (potatoes, egg, flour, salt); stovetop Lavazza espresso
Note: My trip home from Europe was a huge ordeal because of the weather conditions. I was stuck at the airport for 3+ days and in the process, lost all of my luggage, including my laptop, cameras, and hard drives with every photo I've ever taken. I am trying to forget about this and just move on. Back to square one.
*what we call espresso, they call caffe. what we call coffee, they call toilet water.
i will miss standing at the bar with Italians taking my espresso. i will miss the ubiquity of the small espresso cups. i will miss always having frothy espresso.
*small German Christmas market at Santa Croce (more pictures at my tumblr)
*spice booth = heaven on earth.
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*on a side note, the Italian word for Christmas is Natale, and as that word is very popular during this season and I frequently mistake that word for my name, Natalie, I am going little crazy thinking that I am seeing my name everywhere, on billboards, storefronts, posters, etc.
*May 2010, in Hokkaido, Japan, touring the hot springs in the area. Every day we bathed three times - once upon waking, once before dinnertime, and once before going to bed. The biting cold weather made the hot springs feel extra nice. It was so lush and green and rainy at the time.
*today is an Italian holiday, Festa dell' Immacolata Concezione, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, so we have no school, thank goodness
*slow morning reading Crimson FM, random tidbits about Michelangelo, and other miscellany
*apples, yogurt, muesli, granola, seeds, cinnamon, raisins, hazelnuts, lots of chocolate; orange-cinnamon black tea
*precious hours spent with my favorite person in the world eating and talking and watching and loving and listening on the Giudeca Canal waterfront in Dorsoduro, Venice (at La Piscina restaurant)