What's better than sipping an espresso with this backdrop?
The new Nespresso store opened at the foot of the famous Baroque stairway depicted by la Dolce Vita, and historically acclaimed romantic hangout of world-known artists and poets. I was invited to the grand opening, a red carpet event along with celebrities and wannabes.
In the course of the evening, which started at sunset, besides delicious free samples of Gran Cru and Limited Edition Nespresso coffee, also a colorful 3D video-mapping...
...and the surprise performance of violinist Saule Kilaite.
During a private tour of the newly inaugurated boutique, fellow bloggers and I invited for live tweet and Instagram coverage, had the chance to get a sneak peak at the interiors: 150 square meters, divided among two elegant floors, joined by a high tech staircase.
The store is characterized by elegant minimalist design, where coffee capsules and boxes in colorful geometric modules, create an artistic skyline.
The impressive chandelier above the circular bar area.
The striking upstairs light-box... makes you crave a cuppa.
The Nespresso store is located in Piazza di Spagna 34 - open daily from 9:30AM to 8PM
Well, I owe my followers a sincere apology: I haven't posted on this blog in over 8 months. But I'm not entirely to blame, it's all my iPhone's fault, and mainly the Instagram photoedit App. The easy share option on that devilish thing makes photo-blogging almost obsolete.
So in a moment of mobile photo lucidity I am breaking that trend, and promise to start posting images here again. Let me tell you about some great news in the meantime.
Sunday May 5 at 6 pm if you happen to be in Rome, do swing by one of my favorite hangouts, Circolo degli Artisti, for an evening of delicious street food, books, screenings, vintage VW Beetles, picnic spreads, a concert, and my "street" photos on exhibit at the Street Food in Circolo event.
The STREET FOOD IN CIRCOLO evening will be packed with activities, flavors and music. Here is a list of participating chefs and restaurants – each contributing a signature dish or street food specialty:
Stefano Callegari – The mastermind behind Tonda, Sforno, and 00100 pizza shrines – will be cooking Trapizzini, triangular pockets of pizza bianca bread, open on one side and stuffed with classic Roman fillings like stewed tripe, braised oxtail, meatballs, and tongue with salsa verde, a garlic & parsley sauce)
Gabriele Bonci – pizza guru at Pizzarium(one of Rome's top pizza destinations), and consultant for No.Au – will grace us with squares of his droolworthy Pizza al taglio
Giancarlo Casa – the pizza chef owner of La Gatta Mangiona – will be frying all manner of supplì and croquettes
Ernesto Fico of world-known Pizzeria Donna Regina in Napoli, will be contributing typical Neapolitan fried pizzelle and "frittatine" omelettes
The Fooders – illuminated gourmet food designers and events catering chefs – will be feeding us their signature "Polpette alla amatriciana" meatballs in amatriciana sauce, folded in tasty focaccia sandwiches
Food on the Road – Rome top delivery that prides in sous-vide and low temp cooking of all-natural and certified organic ingredients, will be preparing gourmet sandwiches and panini, and an "on-the-road" carbonara
Madame Baguette – another healthy food delivery service – is working on treating us with many French specialties
Diana Beltran of Mexican restaurant La Cucaracha, will be inflaming palates with her TexMex street food
Toro y Tapas Spanish restaurant will be titillating us with delicious tapas and pintxos
Sicilianedde Sicilian deli will delight us with savory and sweet local specialties
Ombre e Cicheti – a Venetian bàcaro in Rome – will transport us to La Serenissima with their cicheti typical Venetian aperitivo snacks
No.Auwill be spicing up things with their own buffalo wings
Sapori di Gaeta seller of products and specialties of Gaeta and surroundings, will be cooking up Tiella in all its declensions
Move, a natural food restaurant, will bring healthy wraps, soups and American-style desserts
Mozao is feeding us tasty Emilia Romagna typical street food: tigelle and gnocco fritto
V-Icewill refresh the crowd with their artisan gelato and granitas
Emporio delle Spezie will be inebriating us with their world of spices...and crisp vegetable tempura.
If that's not enough to get you to Circolo degli Artisti on May 5, I don't know what will :)
If you can't make it to the event, you can always follow the evening's tweets and Instagrams by checking the hashtag #streetfoodincircolo
The macrame lace Cruciani bracelet has been the 'it' accessory of the season, and I learned that the stellar record sales saved the company, which was facing bankruptcy before designer Luca Caprai invented the simple cotton wrist toy.
Originally sold in the flagship Forte dei Marmi Cruciani store, the needlework mania item can now be found virtually everywhere, from clothing stores to boutiques worldwide, and is popular with everyone, even celebrities wear it on the red carpet.
Four trendy designs: Quadrifoglio is the original fortune ushering line of 7 four leaf clovers; Chiave e Lucchetto is a his/hers lock and key; Drago is a limited edition celebrating the 2012 year of the dragon; and the ever-loved Cuore hearts.
I have been a little out of luck lately, so I decided to get a lucky Cruciani bracelet. I went with fire engine red between the choice of 28 different colors. Do you like it?
Don't stop in Campo de' Fiori! Escape the market and tourist chaos, and find some respite in the quieter and breathtaking Piazza Farnese, with its twin marble basin fountains, and the stunning Palazzo: one of the most important High Renaissance palaces in Rome. It currently serves as the French embassy in Italy.
First designed in 1517 for the Farnese family, the structure was altered when Alessandro Farnese became Pope in 1534, to designs by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. Its building history involved some of the most prominent Italian architects of the 16th century, including Michelangelo, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, and Giacomo della Porta.