A Unique Spin on Gelato

For lovers of Gelato, the artisianal Fatamorgana is must while in Rome.  Located in the Trastevere, this gelateria is described as “a fine atelier of the frozen dessert, where hand-made gelato becomes an extraordinary experience.” In addition to the classic flavors of chocolate, stracciatella, pistachio, and tiramisu, the adventurous can sample some of their more innovative creations:  pear & gorgonzola cheese; pumpkin with its carmelized seeds; Sardinian pecorino cheese; chestnut, honey, & orange peel; or wasabi chocolate. However, being a born and bred southerner, I was most intrigued by the Kentucky, a chocolate gelato infused with the flavors of tobacco and cinnamon cream. Try it if you dare.

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Chocolate & Danish Modern

Flower

When you think of museum cafés, you don’t often think “swank”.  However, that is not the case with the café at the National Gallery of Art in Copenhagen. With towering glass windows offering beautiful views of the Østre Anlæg park, this café imbues modern Danish art & minimalist design. The unconventional bright green tables and chairs mark a collaboration between artist Bjørn Nørgaard and designer Peter Lassen of the Montana Furniture Company.  Continuing the minimalist theme, each table is topped by only a porcelain vase with a single fresh flower.

 

Chocolate Mousse with Dried Rose Petals
Chocolate Mousse with Dried Rose Petals

In addition to these special chef creations, there is a daily buffet that will not disappoint.  It features salmon, herring, roast pork, & ham paired with a selection of salads, fruits, and cheeses.  Save room for a café latte and a chocolate truffle.

The Danish Version of Coffee & Donuts
The Danish Version of Coffee & Donuts

In typically Danish fashion, this café offers modern cuisine in a sleek, yet cozy, environment.  Velbekomme!

 

This Ain’t Your Mama’s Rock Candy…

Look closely. It’s candy – the creations of Sweet Saba, the whimsical new line of designer candy by Mayaan Zilberman. Each of her designs represents a memory from her past and bursts with unexpected fusions of flavor. Three of my favorites are the overseas letters, slides, & mixtapes, which together whisk me back to a time long ago when I was studying for a degree in theory & criticism of art. I would spend long nights in the slide library with my best friend memorizing works of art while listening to mixtapes and longing to travel instead. Now we travel often and have seen much of the art we studied, but that time spent in the slide library poring over works of art and sharing our dreams with each other remains one of my favorite experiences. I simply love that Mayaan’s designs can evoke such fond memories in me.

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