More London pictures

October 16, 2010 at 12:35 | Posted in Alice, Family | 2 Comments

I was browsing through my London pictures and thought it would be neat to share with you some more! These are pictures I took during my visit in December 2009.

That’s me after shopping at one of my favourite places in London: Jane Asher’s Party Cakes! It’s a cake supply store and I was able to get lovely Christmas sprinkles and other edible decorations.

Me again, this time in front of The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. I am a ballet enthusiast and hope to actually watch a performance at The Royal Opera House in the future!

My dear friend Silvia and I. Please pray for her as she is going through cancer treatment: she is now growing stronger in the Lord and I am so very grateful for this.

The following pictures were taken on another visit (with my parents and best friend Anna) in the Spring of 2008.

Lavish chocolate displays at Harrods.

A carriage escorting a royal guest inside Buckingham Palace during the changing of the guard ceremony. How fancy!

A nice view from the London Eye, the biggest panoramic wheel in the world.

My mom, my dad and I on the Tower Bridge.

The sign at the entrance to the Tower of London: it’s a bit intimidating to think that we were entering “her majesty’s palace and fortress”.

The Jewel Tower inside the Tower of London, where all the crown jewels are kept.

On a lighter note, this is me (excuse my terrible face…) with Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.

Anna and I with Princess Diana’s wax model.

Madame Tussaud’s wax museum is located in Baker Street, famous for being the place where Sherlock Holmes’ office was. This is the wall of Baker Street’s underground station.

Hope you enjoy this pictures!

Christmas cookie project update: this afternoon I’m going to bake a “test batch” of Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps… recepie, pictures and tips coming soon!



Two days with the “Frecce Tricolori”

September 19, 2010 at 13:13 | Posted in Alice | Leave a comment

This is truly a long-overdue post, and I hope you all will forgive me!

I have had the most intense and nerve-wracking two weeks ever! The firm I’m working for was asked by the Italian Air Force to organize and supervise two huge parking lots for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Italian “Frecce Tricolori”, the Italian Air Force aerobatics team, which is stationed in a small town near the one where I live.

The Frecce Tricolori, whose name translated in English would be “Tricolour Flags” (tricolour from the three colors of the Italian flag: red, white and green), are perhaps the most well-known and loved symbol of our country and are famous worldwide for their amazing aerobatic skills and stunning performances.

Having them here, close to home, means that from time to time you can look up to the sky and watch them practice, which is a really wonderful thing!

Once a year, they do a celebration for the Team’s anniversary, opening the base to visitors and inviting fellow aerobatic teams from other countries. This year, they celebrated the 50th Anniversary, and organized a huge two-day event which we were asked to help with.

My responsibility was to keep track of the parking tickets sold and the subsequent cash from a parking lot that could have housed up to 15.000 cars and caravans. I had to supervise over a group of 12 people who were handling the ticket sales: they had small bags with the tickets and the change, which needed to be replaced quite often, depending on the amount of cars that were coming in.
I had to be at the parking lot at 5.30am both mornings, and had to get up at 3.45am to be ready to leave at 4.15am. Needless to say, I had very little sleep! Thankfully, I had two wonderful ladies helping me to sort out and count the money: since the ticket’s price was 3,00 euros, we had A LOT of coins…

On Monday, after two very exhausting days in a caravan counting and tracking coins, my colleagues and I finished the calculations, packed everything and brought the heavy and enormous amount of pocket change to the bank.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to see much of the show, as the parking lot was some 15km from the Air Base, but I know people were absolutely thrilled with it and I had prayed a lot for the safety of the pilots and of the people attending.

I didn’t bring my camera, but here are a few pictures of what the Frecce Tricolori look like:

Here is the team in their most popular stunt: a huge Italian flag! There are 9 planes plus 1 soloist plane, which make them the largest aerobatics team in the world!

In this picture you can spot the soloist plane, too! The team’s captain is actually from a town close to mine.

This is a close-up of one of the planes. They are called Aermacchi MB-339–A/PAN, for those who know “aircraft language”. We call the planes “ponies”, and number 10 is the soloist pony.

Many blessings,


New style… new adventure!

October 20, 2009 at 18:34 | Posted in Alice | Leave a comment

Hi my fellow wanderers of the blogosphere!

Just a very quick introduction to present myself and my little blog…

I’m Alice, a nice girl from an incredibly small town in North-East Italy with a love for baking, cooking and the Lord.
As Italians, we are worldwide famous for our love for food and for eating well: they usually say it’s in our DNA, and I must say it is true!
I have learned the fine art of baking from my grandmother and I am very successful with baking all sorts of traditional cakes and desserts. That is – typical 100% Italian recipes for perfect 100% Italian treats.
However, I have always been interested in trying out something new (and different) as far as baking is concerned. My deep fascination with American and English-style layer-cakes and rich desserts did the rest!
I have quite a large collection of American and English cookery books, mostly about desserts, and try to purchase some new ones every now and then.

It wasn’t and still is not easy to convince a traditional Italian family to sit down and have an “alternative” dessert, but so far I have had very few complaints, if none at all!
My family members and my colleagues at work are my guinea-pigs: will try to eat pretty much ANYTHING and EVERYTHING¬†that I make, even if it’s not exactly what they’ve been used to since childhood…

Please join me as I wander through the challenges of importing the American sweet new style to Bella Italia: from finding the right ingredients to measurement conversions and oven temperatures, I can assure you a lot of fun, with a bit of culture here and there as well!

If you’ve got any questions, or just want to drop a line, feel free to leave a comment or email me at dolcestilnovo30 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you will enjoy it!!


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