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Food Friday {gelato, Milan style}


Well you all knew it was coming… I have do at least one or even two posts about gelato. I am in Italy after all! In Milan last week it was hot and muggy so like everyone else I queued up for my share of gelato. My friends Wendy and Scott {see Monday’s inspiration post} took me to one of their discoveries in Milan, ciocclat italiani. It’s this sort of insane, Willy Wonka type of situation. Dare I say sort of American in approach and decadence? What a scene! Take a number, wait, and watch the “gelato masters” create their art installations on a cone {that’s filled with white, dark or milk chocolate, btw} from 3 flowing stainless steel faucets down the middle of the prep space. Over the top, cold, delicious and most definitely decadent. I liked it, but give me a family run, old fashion, 300 year old, gelato store any day. Ciao tutti from Italy. Have a great weekend and go out and get some gelato!


Here’s the queue!

Here are the chocolate faucets.


Yes that’s nutella spread on top…nuff said. xx

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Monday Design Inspiration {Zara Home,Milan}


Last week I had the chance to tag along with my dear friends, Scott Lowden {Scott Lowden Photography} and Wendy Lowden {House of Current}, to Milan. While we were there they produced a lifestyle photoshoot on the streets. It was quite exciting! Being in Milan at the end of July is always warm and muggy, so I took a reprieve from the heat to explore the Zara Home store one afternoon. I picked up some great things for the house here in Italy and got inspired as well. Inspiration is everywhere, even on a hot and muggy afternoon while you’re dodging Japanese tour groups. 🙂


I picked some of the bedding, and a throw, btw. Have a great week! Ciao from Italy. xx

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Food Friday {sort of} my new favorite cocktail {Italian style}!


This week I had the opportunity to visit the Martini factory, some of you know the brand as Martini and Rossi, in Europe and most of the world it’s simply known as Martini. The factory located outside Turin is beautiful, built upon the foundation of the original factory which was a mansion with a vast wine cellar that acted as the test lab as it were, for the formulation of the original vermouth recipe. As most of you know I am a big fan of cocktails and aperitivo, so the opportunity to sample all the products in this beautifully appointed environment was to say the least very inspiring. I had the great pleasure of tasting various cocktails with friends Wendy and Scott in tow. What a wonderful day spent with innovative and passionate people. One of the favorite summer drinks we tried was the Martini Royale Bianca! It’s a premixed cocktail or you can make it!

Martini Royale Bianca

  • 1/2 squeezed lime
  • 50%  Martini white vermouth
  • 50% Martini processco

    Serve with slice of lime and a sprig of mint. I know it’s hot here on the Italian Riviera and probably where you are too so… pour this over ice and enjoy! Ciao tutti…buon weekend xx



    watch a video of the recipe here!

    photos by my friend Wendy Lowden

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  • MarfaMarfaMarfa {Inspiration Monday}


    Recently we took a little weekend trip to Marfa, Texas. 3 hours from El Paso, Texas near the Mexican border. Marfa is someplace you have to want to go to. It’s a destination, a strange and wonderful destination. We went with our good friends and excellent travel buddies Wendy and Scott. Actually Wendy and Scott had been before and offered a great tour. Marfa is a big art community in the middle of a small Texas town. Scott Lowden set the timer on his camera, and captured our best rock and roll poses in the Texas desert… thanks Scott!



    We attended an art opening at the Ballroom on Friday night for Rashid Johnson. Interesting group of people and great people watching (better than the art installation which was an artist who’s medium was shay butter and black soap)?! Not sure I loved it, but again impressive that Marfa is a place that embraces art expression and has the art grants to support it. I loved the Prada installation 45 minutes outside of Marfa read about it here.


    Dotted with a few groovy shops, galleries and restaurants, it’s a great weekend diversion. Some very unusual eating spots like the food shark food truck, laundromat/coffee stop Farma + the “museum of electronic wonders and late night grilled cheese parlor,” by the same owner the boyish moustached food shark visionary.


    The Chinati Foundation (Donald Judd’s vision of a gallery/art installation) was interesting. Not sure I can honestly say I loved it, but the fact that he bought an old military fort and turned it into an art destination is pretty impressive. You must make a reservation if you want a tour, I recommend it we all loved the experience.





    Great clothing store,Tienda, had a great blue photography wall behind the register, at first glance it looked like beautiful blue tiles, but upon closer inspection it was merely color photos of the sky pinned to the back wall, CLEVER. Gorgeous hand made clothing , scarves and jewelry were beautifully displayed. I found a lovely little bracelet I had to have.




    El Cosmico is this really hip hotel that is “part vintage trailer, safari tent and teepee hotel and campground, part creative lab, greenhouse and amphitheatre – a community space that fosters and agitates artistic and intellectual exchange.” Super quirky and artistic – Marfa in a nutshell.

    Great trip, great people, I highly suggest it…if you want an complete “out of your element” experience. Speaking of elements, check out the Marfa lights, mysterious light show right out of town. We almost blew away from the gale force winds, but I think I spotted a few peculiar boxes of light??? Not sure, but it was really fun.

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    The Americano


    Meet the lovely Wendy Lowden! Wendy is a founding partner and Creative Director at Atlanta ad agency House of Current as well as the Creative Guru Master at its sister company, Whimsy Press. When she’s not in the office or on a plane, Wendy is constantly on the go around the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood with her photographer husband, Scott, and their dog Sophie. Take it away, Wendy!

    My inspiration for this cocktail comes from the Italian custom of aperitivo – the ritual of going out for a drink to socialize and relax while snacking before dinner. I discovered both the aperitivo and the Americano on a summer trip to Italy last year. Before that, I never liked the bitter taste of Campari. But there’s something about sipping it slow with great food on relaxed summer evenings that just clicked. Plus, it’s super easy to make – as a relaxing drink should be.

    The Americano is a truly classic cocktail, and was first served in the 1860’s at Garspare Campari’s bar in Milan, Italy. The Americano was originally name the Milano-Torino because of the origins of it’s ingredients, but was later renamed because of its popularity amongst American tourists during Prohibition. And another bit of trivia – the Americano was the first cocktail ordered by 007 in the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.

    The Americano

    Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • club soda
  • orange slice for garnish

    Preparation:

  • Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Build with the Campari and vermouth
  • Top off with club soda.
  • Garnish with orange slice

    If you like, you can switch to a highball glass and add more club soda for a tall thirst quencher.

    photography by scott lowden

    Thanks, Wendy!

    As Creative Director for House of Current, Wendy creates custom marketing campaigns for a variety of clients nationwide, specializing in fashion, retail and luxury branding. Clients include some of the nation’s leading shopping destinations including Glendale Galleria in LA, Fashion Show and The Shoppes at The Palazzo in Las Vegas, Natick Mall in Boston, Chicago’s Water Tower Place and the Von Maur department stores. Wendy also designs gift wrap, cards and other items for sister company, Whimsy Press.

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