My brother pouring the good stuff to celebrate all we have to be thankful for at Sassi Italy Tours world HQ.
Love this quick video (check out the little wine bar on the left…imagine having a nightcap there after a lovely meal in Venice) our recent clients sent us of Doug walking them back to the Giorgione after dinner and an evening stroll through Cannaregio. It’s only a brief snippet, but you can get a feel for the warmth of the place and the artistry of the marble in the lobby. Even with a cell camera video, you feel the romance and mystery in the Venetian evening.
It really makes us feel “at home” to be regulars there, and our clients universally fall in love the with hotel and look forward to coming back again soon. Our home in Venice!
Clients captured this pensive view of Doug taking in the Rialto at night.
This turkey day, we’re thankful for places like Burano, a magical place that captivates us and inspires us to travel and break out of our comfort zone to see the world for what it is–a place that should be valued, experienced, and enjoyed in every possible way. We’re thankful for the opportunity to experience other cultures and translate that experiential education into a broader understanding of the world around us.
While we’re at it, we’re thankful for the chance to imagine having our dinner with family in a place like that altana (balcony) on the upper right. Prosecco goes well with stuffing and mashed taters, no?
One of the more fun things to do in Venice is just hop a vaporetto and ride around the canal; the byzantine beauty of the facades of the various mansions lining the canal are striking in that they really do convey exactly the aesthetic you’d expect from reading up on Venice and imagining what it’s like. When you’re there, it’s hard to imagine a place so magical really exists…but it does!
It has quickly gone from (grasping onto) Indian Summer (in the sun) to Hey, it’s Winter! weather here in the Northeast. So, soup it is!
In trying to buy local at the farmer’s market, there are a lot of root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, onions and turnips and giant, I mean giant heads of cauliflower. I joked that the one I brought home last week was the size (and weight) of a human head. See, I’m not entirely off…
Anywho, I made roasted cauliflower recently to great avail and figured it might just be the thing to jazz up my soup. Along with the most beautiful carrots in shades of pink, tangerine and yellow, this soup quickly turned into something quite pretty.
1 head of cauliflower
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
6-8 C vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste
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Speaking of the sounds of Venice…
…often include serenading the public with the belltowers that dot the city’s romantic skyline. It creates an atmosphere that just envelopes you with a sense of what it was like to live in Venice at the height of its power. La Serenissima.