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.
Terroir Parisien is Yannick Alleno’s newest offering in the Latin Quarter of Paris. With a sleek interior design and three Michelin stars, one wouldn’t expect one of the best things on the menu to be a sandwich in a bistro that prides itself on using fresh local ingredients to reimagine French classics. Yes, you read the correctly — a sandwich. But this is not any ole sandwich. No, this is a perfectly baked baguette filled with handmade veal sausage and topped with gribiche. It IS fabulous. The word is out about this bistro, so get there early or you will face a long wait at the bar, albeit martini in hand.
photo credit: Terroir Parisien
Looking for a bit of Kitsch in London? Then Trailer Happiness is your answer!! Serving up classic cocktails with a “Tiki Twist”, this joint rocks Tacky! They’ll pour you a Mai Tai, an Old Fashioned, or anything in between! And while you’re boozing, be sure to peruse the art on the wall…it’s only one step above the Velvet Elvis paintings they used to sell on the side of the road!! Happy drinking!!
Stockholm has done it. It has solved the Ewing-Barnes feud!! Well, sort of. If you side with the Ewing clan, then head on over to Sue Ellen’s, a fab gastropub with a great selection of beers from the Gotlands Bryggeri microbrewery. Now, if the Barnes family is where your loyalties lie, then Cliff Barnes is the place for you! This bar honors the massive amounts of whiskey drinking that happened on Dallas by serving cocktails in pitchers! Yes, they serve pitchers of cocktails…and you will drink them in this converted school of a bar! For the fans of the old Dallas or the new, this set of watering holes is a must while in Stockholm!
Drop me off at the Fashion Collection at the Victoria & Albert in London or the Museum of Clothing in Madrid and I will be content. I think it all started when I began watching old Audrey Hepburn movies as a child. I was mesmerized by the elegance with which she wore Givenchy’s beautiful dresses. Obviously, with this kind of sophisticated taste in fashion, by the time I got to high school, I wasn’t going to wear some frilly gown to the prom. Come on, it was the 80s…you know exactly what I mean — ruffles, puff sleeves, and A-lines!! To counter the hideousness that was prom dresses of the 80s, I went round to the local vintage shop, La Di Da, and bought a gorgeous 1950s silver moiré taffeta tea-length dress. It wasn’t Givenchy, but it was his style and it looked fab. It even had the original price tag from Furchgott’s on it — $14.95!
So with this in mind, it should come as no surprise that I was quite excited when I happened upon the Museum of Design and Fashion in Lisbon. Housed in an industrial warehouse with cement floors & walls, this museum is a design lovers delight. Quirky, funky, & mod, this collection runs the gamut from furniture to shoes to lip-shaped sofas to bookshelves. Definitely check it out to get your kitsch on!