WALKING IN VENICE… EPICUREANISM, FASHION, SCENTS & DESIGN

me, photo by Silvano Arnoldo
me, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

My stay in Venice couldn’t start without an Epicurean leitmotiv, the zaletto cookie, a typical Venetian cookie I discovered years ago, by tasting its best version or rather the one I thought until a recent yesterday of being the best, the one by the renowned Rosa Salva pastry shop. Things change. I discovered a new pastry shop due to the suggestion of my dear friend Silvano Arnoldo – who has been my devoted companion during these days – with whom I visited the Trevisan pastry shop (Santa Croce 636). A successful discover, I enjoyed almost every morning, except  the last one which ended in the same place with the meringate pastry, a desire which became reality and naturally shared as the delights must be shared.

Paolo Franzo, Silvano Arnoldo, me and the meringate cake
Paolo Franzo, Silvano Arnoldo, me and the meringate cake

Beyond these Epicurean interludes, I visited the new seat of Boudoir, marvelous optic gallery of the nice and charming Alessandro De Lorenzo, featuring collections of exclusive eyewear, including a wide range of artisanal eyewear, as well as creations by brands as Someday Somewhere, Lotho and L.A. Eyeworks (brand which makes me think about Justin Vivian Bond, who has been one of its testimonials).

Boudoir, photo by N
Boudoir, photo by N
Boudoir, photo by N
Boudoir, photo by N
Boudoir, photo by N
Boudoir, photo by N
Sunday Somewhere at Boudoir, photo by N
Sunday Somewhere at Boudoir, photo by N
L.A. Eyeworks, photo by N
L.A. Eyeworks, photo by N
Justin Vivian Bond, photo courtesy of L.A, Eyeworks
Justin Vivian Bond, photo courtesy of L.A, Eyeworks
Alessandro De Lorenzo and me, photo by Silvano Arnoldo
Alessandro De Lorenzo and me, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

It completes the range of products that are available at Boudoir, a selection of artistic perfumery by the brand CB I hate perfumes, including also The 2nd (Alan) Cumming, a provocative scent  as its name ironically evokes  and the one who made it, the iconic – movie, tv, theatrical actor and singer – Alan Cumming by teaming with the perfumer Christopher Brosius. It’s a scent dedicated to sex, scotch, cigars and Scotland (the native country of artist), embodying notes of bergamot, black pepper, Scotch pine, whiskey, cigar, heather, rubber, leather, white truffles and peat fire.

The 2nd (Alan) Cumming,  photo by N
The 2nd (Alan) Cumming, photo by N
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming

My tour on the road followed with the visit of design store Madera, hosting a minimal and refined collection of furniture and accessories for cooking made of hood and ended under the sign of Epicureanism in an enchanting place, the tea-room Beatrice in Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2727, where I had white tea (having drank too many coffees to have the Lapsang Souchong tea, my favorite one) and a delicious, light salted pastry. I liked the relaxing, poetic atmosphere of place which has a beautiful garden and it’s also a B&B named Ca’ Fujiyama I highly recommend.

Nazareno, the nice owner of toys shop "l' isola che non c'è" in Campo S. Barnaba
Nazareno, the nice owner of toys shop “l’ isola che non c’è” in Campo S. Barnaba
Madera, photo by N
Madera, photo by N
Madera, photo by N
Madera, photo by N

The Beatrice tea-room, photo by N

The Beatrice tea-room, photo by N
Silvano Arnoldo and me at the Beatrice tea-room, photo by the owner
Silvano Arnoldo and me at the Beatrice tea-room, photo by the owner

PASSEGGIANDO PER VENEZIA…EPICUREISMO, MODA, PROFUMI & DESIGN 

The zaletto cookie and me at the Trevisan pastry shop, photo by Silvano Arnoldo
The zaletto cookie and me at the Trevisan pastry shop, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

 La mia permanenza a Venezia non poteva cominciare senza un leitmotiv epicureo, lo zaletto, tipico biscotto veneziano da me scoperto anni fa, provando la versione migliore o meglio quella che fino a un recente ieri ritenevo che fosse la versione migliore, quella della rinomata pasticceria  Rosa Salva. Le cose cambiano. Ho scoperto una nuova pasticceria grazie al suggerimento del mio caro amico Silvano Arnoldo – il mio fedele compagno di queste giornate – con il quale mi sono recata presso la pasticceria Trevisan (Santa Croce 636). Una felice scoperta da me apprezzata quasi ogni giorno, eccetto l’ ultimo che si è concluso nel medesimo luogo, ma con la meringata, un desiderio divenuto realtà e naturalmente condiviso, perché i piaceri vanno condivisi.

Three friends, three different approaches to Epicureanism
Three friends, three different approaches to Epicureanism

Oltre questi intermezzi epicurei ho visitato la nuova sede di Boudoir, fantastica galleria ottica del simpatico Alessandro De Lorenzo di cui sono protagoniste esclusive collezioni di occhiali, comprensive di occhiali di fattura artigianale come anche creazioni di brand quali Someday Somewhere, Lotho ed L.A. Eyeworks (marchio che mi fa pensare a Justin Vivian Bond che è stato uno dei suoi testimonial).

Boudoir, photo by N
Boudoir, photo by N
Lotho at Boudoir, photo by N
Lotho at Boudoir, photo by N
me in Lotho, photo by Silvano Arnoldo
me in Lotho, photo by Silvano Arnoldo

Completa la gamma dei prodotti disponibili da Boudoir, una selezione di profumeria artistica del brand CB I hate perfumes che include anche The 2nd Cumming, un profumo provocante come il suo nome ironicamente evoca e come colui che lo ha creato, l’ iconico – attore cinematografico, televisivo, teatrale e cantante – Alan Cumming, in collaborazione con il naso Christopher Brosius. È un profumo dedicato al sesso, allo scotch, ai sigari e alla Scozia (terra natia dell’ artista), che racchiude in sé note di bergamotto, pepe nero, pino di Scozia, sigaro, erica, gomma, cuoio, tartufi bianchi e brace di torba.

The selection of scents by  CB I hate perfumes including The 2nd (Alan) Cumming, photo by N
The selection of scents by CB I hate perfumes including The 2nd (Alan) Cumming, photo by N

Il mio tour è proseguito con la visita al negozio di design Madera che ospita una minimale e raffinata collezione di arredi e accessori per la cucina realizzati in legno e si è concluso all’ insegna dell’ epicureismo in un luogo incantevole, la sala da té Beatrice a Calle Lunga San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2727, in cui ho preso un tè bianco (avendo bevuto troppi caffè per prendere il tè Lapsang Souchong, il mio preferito) e una deliziosa, leggera torta salata. Ho apprezzato la rilassante poetica atmosfera del luogo che ha un delizioso giardino al suo interno ed è anche un B&B dal nome Ca’ Fujiyama che raccomando vivamente.

Madera, photo by N
Madera, photo by N
Madera, photo by N
Madera, photo by N
The garden at the Beatrice tea room, photo by N
The garden at the Beatrice tea room, photo by N
In the garden of Beatrice tea room
In the garden of Beatrice tea room

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