Caffè & Bijoux – As you all may have imagined, I am always on the quest for original jewelry. It’s been awhile since I have stumbled upon that perfect pair of earrings or that handcrafted bracelet (not made in China). It could also be that I am still hibernating, even though it is technically Spring – although it feels like winter is slowly creeping up on us again! Today, I’m going to talk about other interests of mine. Can you believe it? I have other passions other than bijoux! Food, drink, India, Paris and colors are among the few obsessions. And coffee. I am super picky when it comes to my espresso. I still dream of that espresso I drank in Siena, Italy (many moons ago). Nothing has come close to the flavour and the emotion that stirred within me! But as I live in Montreal, the city known for its medley of cultures and abundance of restaurants, the quest for a good coffee is not as challenging as it is if, let’s say, I was living in the Maritimes or Northern Quebec.
For all those newbie caffe connoisseurs – here is a list of popular coffee terms that will get you far (here and in Italia):
- Caffè – This is what we call “espresso” here in North America.
- Cappuccino – Espresso topped with hot, foamed milk
- Caffè Macchiato – This means “Stained” coffee. In this case, it’s spotted or stained with a splash of hot milk.
- Latte Macchiato – A lot of hot milk with a “Spot” of caffè
- Caffè Americano – Bonus, if you are in Italy or at an Italian café cz you’ll be served a shot or two of espresso diluted with hot water.
- Caffè Lungo – A “long” coffee (unlike the Americano, this coffee actually happens at the machine: when the espresso is actually being pulled, the process is slowed down so there’s twice as much water involved.
- Corretto – Usually an after dinner treat, it’s an espresso with a shot of liquor (usually Grappa or Sambuca)
- Ristretto or Stretto – a shot of espresso with less water than the traditional shot. The flavour is more concentrated.
There are more – but these are the essentials!
*Faux Pas‘ – 1. The latte served in Starbucks is not a REAL LATTE. 2. If in Italy, don’t be surprised if the barista or patron stares you down after ordering a cappuccino after NOON or god forbid after supper!!!
Here’s a list some of my TOP cafe’s in Montreal for a GOOD CAFFE!!
- Pasticceria San Marco – https://www.facebook.com/San-Marco-Cakes-209174299124236/?fref=ts
- Cafe Vito – https://www.facebook.com/Cafevito/?fref=ts
- Cafe Olimpico – https://www.facebook.com/Café-Olimpico-162439503768792/?fref=ts
- Meson – https://www.facebook.com/restomeson/?fref=ts
- Caffe Italia – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Italia/118310588213770?fref=ts
- Caffe San Simeon – https://www.facebook.com/caffe.sansimeon/?fref=ts
I’m sure there are plenty I’m forgetting and more that I haven’t yet tried, I’m always searching for new Italian bars. In Montreal with coffee shops and restaurants opening by the minute, there is always a new taste around the corner. I wish that were true for Jewelry – and not mass-produced crap, real artisanal finds!