I’ve been achingly nostalgic this week about Europe and every piece of me wants to go back as soon as I can. When talking to Matty about it, the biggest pull for me has been the cafe culture that I saw everywhere while in France and Italy earlier this spring. I miss the rows of colorful chairs, the outdoor heaters, the coffee in the morning, espressos at mid-day, and wine in the evenings – all enjoyed slowly and with friends. The mindset of sitting down and enjoying a cappuccino or espresso instead of putting it in a paper cup and running off to work is what got me thinking about how I can maybe enjoy my own little slice of cafe culture here at home.
I have an espresso maker, so I got the idea late last week to indulge a little in an afternoon espresso…. after all, who couldn’t use an afternoon pick-me-up? I will admit however, as non-European as it is, that I can’t drink espresso plain. Because I’m a wimp. So, I created the most perfect little mid-day sipper that I’m sure will become a new favorite with the most surprising ingredient.