Thursday, 29 January 2015

Valentine's Day Inspiration

Whether you are celebrating with your friends or your significant other, Valentine's Day is always a fun time to remind those special ones in your life how much you love them.  

The following items are some of my favourite choices, whether as a gift for that special someone or even for yourself! Go ahead and indulge in a little dolce!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Pitti Uomo 87

Pitti Uomo - the ultimate menswear festival - has recently wrapped up it's 87th edition.  Held in Florence twice a year, January and June, the event is one of the world's biggest and most famous menswear trade shows.  It is where new lines of men's clothing and accessory collections are showcased to the world and where trends are born.

Known for attracting an elite menswear crowd, one can be sure they will spot beautiful menswear designs not only on the runways, but just about everywhere on the grounds of the event.  With the event's title-theme, "Walkabout Pitti," encouraging the concept of travel by foot, photographers surely kept busy snapping photos of attendees strutting their well suited stuff.

While there were amazing looks from all types of styles noted at the festival, it was the fine, classic pieces that struck me most.  Well tailored suits, strong overcoats, small-checkered patterns, creative scarves and charming hats were among my list of preferred trends.

Check out some of my favourite street style pics from the event ...

Photo by Enrico Labriola via Pitti Gallery

Photo by Enrico Labriola via Pitti Gallery

Photo by AKAstudio-collective via Pitti Gallery

Photo via Pitti Gallery

Photo by Enrico Labriola via Pitti Gallery
Photo by Enrico Labriola via Pitti Gallery
Photo by Enrico Labriola via Pitti Gallery

Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Making of Baci

A short time ago, I had the pleasure of learning how Baci Perugina Chocolates are made.  These chocolates have always been my absolute favourite, so this experience was "a dream come true"!

Aurora Importing organized the event and the process was demonstrated by chef Christian Pritchard, a regular guest on shows such as CBC's Steven & Chris and City TV's Breakfast Television.  He is also the leader of The Food and Wine Tours of Italy for Transat Holidays.  As Chef Pritchard whipped up a batch of the famous chocolates, he had a few interesting things to say about them ...

What secrets can you tell us about the Baci recipe?
The recipe is over 90 years old, it hasn't changed!  It's phenomenal!  In the beginning stages, the Baci Chocolate didn't include the hazelnut at the top, it just happened to be placed there by accident and the Bacio was born!

What makes Baci so delicious?
There aren't many elements to the recipe, it's simple, but it's the best ingredients.  When you make a great recipe it has to be harmonious; Italian's have always been brilliant at doing that with their food.  At the end of the day, that's what's important, you have the best ingredients, you choose them wisely, you have a great recipe!

What inspired this event?
Aurora Importing wanted to reintroduce a fantastic Italian tradition.  In Italy, everyone, including the younger generations, is totally enamoured with Baci Perugina Chocolates. It's a lot of fun with the little messages; they want to bring that here.

What do Baci Perugina Chocolates mean to you?
The Baci Chocolates are another great Italian food to have!  As a lover of Italian culture, it's really great to be a part of this.  Italians have a great passion for everything they do in life, including food of course.  The one thing I've learned from working in Italy is that food is secondary to people.  Great food is a catalyst to bringing people together.  That's the important part, people being together is very important.  It's part of a value system.

Thanks to Chef Pritchard for the lesson and insight!

The demonstrations will continue until February 7th in stores across the Greater Toronto Area.  Check for details.

In case you've never heard of Baci Perugina, here's a little history for you ...

Baci Perugina Chocolates were first created in 1922, in Perugia, Italy.  The chocolates are comprised of a hazelnut confection covered by a delicious layer of dark chocolate.  That is all wrapped up nicely in a beautiful little love note, which is written in five different languages!  The chocolate was created by Giovanni Buitoni and Luisa Spagnoli; it was named "Baci" by Buitoni, which means "kiss" in Italian.  Baci Perugina debuted in the United States in 1939.  High profile fans such as Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable and Rudolph Valentino, helped Baci Perugina become an icon of Italian culture!

Now off to indulge in a little dolce ... Baci Perugina!

Thursday, 15 January 2015


Viva la Dolce is a dedicated space to celebrating "la dolce vita," otherwise known as, "the sweet life."

Living "the sweet life" is all about enjoying the things in life that make you happy.  Perhaps that means spending time with family, vacationing in the sun, or taking a stroll in the park; whatever your "dolce" is, it's all about embracing it and celebrating that positivity in your life!

Can't wait to share some "dolcetti" with you!

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