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Turin – little cafés and delicious places we loved…

Turin will tempt you at every corner. Superb historical cafés serving docetinis, these bite size pastries meant to match a coffee while still enabling conversation. Gelatos every few hundred metres. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Easy to differentiate locals from tourists though: Italians quickly drink their espresso at the counter, others linger happily on the terrace…

A few addresses we absolutely loved:

Caffé Baratti & Milano

For its view on the exceptional Subalpina galeria, its carved wooden ceiling and friezes, the bow tie behind the counter. So chic!

Baratti & Milano
Piazza Castello, 29
10123 Turin

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Guido Gobino

Voted the best chocolatier in Turin. If gianduja is the favourite  in Turin, here you can also find amazing, high quality twists such as salted cacao treats, olive oil ones, campari, vermouth, barolo chinato infused sweets… To die for. They also do ice-cream to go. Try the pistachio with a dark chocolate sorbetto topping.

Guido Bobino
Via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange, 1
10123 Turin

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Stratta

THE sweets boutique in town. Not so much chocololate than candy –  sugar pastille, crystallised flowers and mint leaves, sugared almonds, some with a cherry filling… A must see –  their shop windows are always a hit – and a great place to buy a gift for friends or family. This is were locals come for elegant favours for weddings and christenings.

Stratta
Piazza San Carlo, 191
10123 Turin

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Caffé Torino

Another historical café, a little old fashioned to my taste but it does have this 1930ies charm and  fantastic curved stairs worth seeing. In front of the place, on the floor, is the symbol of the city, a bull. Walk on it for luck!

Caffé Torino
Piazza San Carlo, 204
10123 Turin

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Caffé San Carlo

You will stare in wonder at the huge glass chandelier. Amazing ceilings too. And the perfect bicerin (a local specialty –  chocolate, coffee, thick cream): dense, rich, worth licking your lips for.

Caffé San Carlo
Piazza San Carlo 156
10123 Turin

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- Il gelato Amicomakes super flavours, light in texture but wow, so rich. Fell in love with the intense mint-anise, the tangy lemon, the juicy pear.

-  Pepino might not look like much from the outside but they invented ice-cream on a stick. Extremely thin decadent dark chocolate shell and creamy filling. The violet is, surprisingly, a perfect match.

- At Piu un di gelato, you can ask for a brioche filled with the ice-cream of your choice. Plus thick sweet cream. I tried it with fig +  coffee stracciatella. *Happy sigh*
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A week-end in London: Feb 10-12, 2012

I love, in the British language, the expression Paint the town red. Fits London so well. This colours is already pretty iconic but oh, my, in this pre-Valentine-day period, it seems it is the only one around…

That’s art, baby:
* Rediscover the Sunday times mythical pictures at the Saatchi.
* Get your own pop-up London. To get it from Amazon, click here.
* London artist add a touch of blues to the capital.

Yummy time ahead:
* Pssst -  get your coffee at Salt and get a breakfast treat free this week, from Thursday to Sunday.
* Taste the Chelsea Physics Garden’s honey.
* Liquorice and sweets fans, rejoyce.
* It’s the last straw (almost) in Soho.
* The new fun way to eat cake is here.
* Gospel, brunch and a view.

Take the little ones along:
* Sing along the Gruffalo.
* At the Somerset House, the kids craft workshops will be about mirrors and marble effects.
* Kids have their own festival on Southbank.

Love, love, love:
* You probably do not know her yet. Lili Bé is one of the most talented froggies I know and she illustrates London and life with a smile. In French, but still, take a look at those limited edition posters and tell me you do not fall for it. I would love to have this a a bag too. Don’t you?

Out of the ordinary:
* The end of the world is getting nearer.
* Let your heart beat for flamenco.
* Find love heart sweets irresistible? Well, at the Jewellery school on Sunday, you can make you own charm one.

Carluccio’s sweet treats

All year long, Carluccio’s team travels around Italy to meet with local producers and find the most exquisite products. Some are available all year long in the restaurants’ deli, others are very special treats for Christmas. And yes, although we are only in July, brands are thinking about this already.

The idea, this year, is to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Not so much giving than being together and sharing laughs and delicious times. So why not put bowls of cakes around the house? There is so much to choose from: crunchy nougat, chestnut dolchettis, chocolat gressinis, honey slices… The table will look even more festive if you sparkle it with gianduja filled chocolate stars, add a few crakers hiding a truffle instead of the classic useless toy. Or you could add nocciolinis (mini hazelnut meringues) on top of your desert. Or all of those, really.

It does not stop there. Place a grappini close to a cute cup of coffee – wow effect guaranted as this chocolate is filled with grappa and is more drunk than eaten. Gourmets will also fall for the figs filled with chestnuts and dipped in chocolate… or the exotic candied tangerine quarters also in a layer of cacao.

There will be gifts, sure. The wrappings have already been thought of with touches of orange and gold or beautiful jars. You barely need to add anything but a card to them. For someone more savoury than sweets, try one of the hampers with the very best of Carluccio’s: we particularly love the risotto one with truffle fondant and a special wooden spoon.

The following morning, everyone can linger around a café au lait and indulge in a slice of pannetone with jhazelnut icing or some pandolce, a traditional died fruit cake from Genoa.

Add a chimney, candles, oranges planted with cloves. Happiness is sometimes so easy to achieve…


Biglie di cioccolato, £5.95 for 150g


Tartufo dolce – White and dark hazelnut truffles, £9.95 for 140g


Fiocci di neve, Hazelnut meringues, £10.95 for 290g


Pupazzetti, Milk and dark chocolate Santas, £5.95 for 180g

Baci di mama, hazelnut biscuits with a chocolate hazelnut filling, £15.95 for 875g


Nocciolini, mini hazelnut meringue buttons, £4.95 for 120g


Palle di neve, chocolates with a hazelnut centre, £5.95 for £175g

N
Torrone, Hazelnut torrone block, £24.95


Grappini, chocolates with a liquid grappa center, £7.95 for 85g


Pandolce di genova, traditional Christmas cake from Genoa, £9.95

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