And now I give you a little Italian naughty

February 20, 2013

Chloe and I miss being in lovely places like a warm terrace somewhere under the Italian sun, especially on cold, gray Vancouver days like today, and we especially miss the golden sexiness of Venice.

We wanted something warm, something sexy, something spicy today and we thought of pasta Puttanesca for supper.

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As always, our first stop on any Vancouver/Italian dream is lunch at Cafe Calabria on Commercial Drive in the very heart of little Italy, where Frank sr. and Frank and Nick and Vince treat us like family.

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So most of you know I don’t like coffee, (ducking my head in shame), but the only coffee I’ve ever had and actually liked, (outside of Europe), has been Frank’s Latte because he makes it with “amore”.

C asked Vince to make her the Frank’s Special panini: Cappicollo, mortadella, mozzarella, roasted eggplant, lettuce and tomato, while Frank sr. and I chatted about old times. C basically grew up at Cafe Calabria. Come to think of it, so have Kerstie and Jonathan. Come to think of it, I’ve been stopping by since I was in high school. Time…eh?

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So back to pasta Puttanesca. Legend has it that the dish was devised by…um…ladies of negotiable affection because it was quick and simple and ready in the time one has between…um…customers and in the time it takes to boil spaghetti.

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Usually I tend to throw this together with whatever we have, but today we stopped at one or two Italian markets and bought some peperoncini piccanti and, because we can take our time, some fusilli col buco, breadsticks and some lovely, sexy soda.

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And now I must go cook our Puttanesca but I want to leave you with one last image.
C made these naughty cup cakes for her friend Graham’s 21st birthday party to which eight other 20-something boys were invited. They were a hit.

How bad is she? 😉

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That "Wet Coast" kind of day
Sometimes things are black and white

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10 Comments

  • Reply Barbara F. February 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    One of my most favorite pasta dishes! Sounds like a great restaurant. xo

    • Reply Veronica February 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

      It was beyond yummy Barbara. 🙂

  • Reply Felicity February 21, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Dear Veronica,
    I was shocked after looking at the photos. I had no idea that you took the photo of the metal chairs in an Italian cafe. I think I really have to trust my intuition. I sometimes pick up things from paintings and novels too. As long as the creators put emotion into their works and are open, then i can feel it. I am happy that you really put yourself into your photos.

    I can see why the cup cakes are a hit among those boys.lol. Everyone must have forgotten

    cup cakes are considered feminine

    • Reply Veronica February 21, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Felicity, I’m so glad you relate to some of my photos. I do put my heart into them. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v February 21, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Veronica, such yummy photos! It sounds like you live a European life, going to the market for this and that 🙂 I’m sure C’s cupcakes were a hit! My daughters friend made her a big ….cake for her 20th birthday, such creative children;-)

    • Reply Veronica February 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

      It’s true Sara. I have a really hard time not going to a fresh market daily to shop. I’m not suited too well to the North American go-to-Cosco-once/week habit. I guess it was being born and raised in Europe that formed the habit. 🙂

  • Reply Becca February 21, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Love the cupcakes, LOL.

    • Reply Veronica February 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Thanks Becca, C was laughing the whole time…especially since she got the idea to use those silver dragee balls to “pierce” them. 🙂

  • Reply Gabriela February 21, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Oh Veronica!Wish I was there!Thanks for sharing the experience!!!

    • Reply Veronica February 21, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Thank you Gabriela. It would have been lovely to have you there and I could get to know you. 🙂

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