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Ahh…. Summer at Last!

You ever have one of those days? You know the kind of day I mean. The sun was shining and the temperature was warm but not too hot. I was sitting outside at Paradiso di Stelle with my friend, Heather, and we watched the world go by.

We shared a panino and split a spinach salad while we caught up on all the important news and events in our lives since we last met. People were passing by on their way through Bastion Square, stopping at some of the Artisan’s tables to look at their hand made jewellry, CD’s, art and books .

By the time we ordered dessert, we were relaxed, just enjoying each others company. This is an Affogato Coffee. Affogato in Italian means drowned. Basically it’s ice cream with espresso coffee poured over it. The hot coffee slowly melts the ice cream and the two flavours meld together to make a refreshing and yummy dessert beverage.

This is the view we saw from our table outside, looking out over Victoria Harbour. You know the kind of day I mean – a perfect summer day.



August 14, 2008 - Posted by | coffee | ,


  1. Hi Bonny! this affogato sounds like something I could seriously drown myself in! …and what lovely, vibrant summer pictures!

    Comment by kevmoore | August 14, 2008

  2. What a beautiful spot to watch the world go by.

    Comment by wrjones | August 14, 2008

  3. Great “stuff” Bonny! Great photos and “delicious” text! And yes, I exactly know the kind of days you mean, and I hope that everybody in Cafe Crem knows too, and will have many of them this summer!
    The Italians have such incredible names for their food, haven’t they? Just hear the names and you HAVE to eat it! All these caffè names, and desserts, and pastas… Kevin and I have discovered not such a long time ago a wonderful pasta called “Parpadelle”, I just love them and would eat them everyday! Und ich denke dabei immer an Papagena, von der Zauberflöte von Mozart, das ich sah vor langer Zeit in Goettingen
    “Papagena, Papagena!”
    sounds really like
    “Parpadelle, Parpadelle!”
    don’t you think so?


    Comment by Miki | August 14, 2008

  4. Fun to see these pictures Bonny, and you made me drool! We’ll be taking our son to Vancouver for college later this month. Don’t think we’ll get to Victoria this time around though.

    Comment by Susan Cornelis | August 15, 2008

  5. Thanks for your comments, Everybody!!! It was just as hot again today and Rob came home from doing 2 weeks of research in Prudhoe Bay, (that’s way north in Alaska). He said it was freezing up there already. Then he got off the plane and walked into a wall of heat!

    Kev; these Affogatos are really easy to make yourself, as long as you have an espresso machine. Of course, you could use ordinary coffee, but the punch of caffeine won’t be the same as the ice cream really dilutes the coffee. But it IS yummy!

    Bill, it is a great spot to watch the world go by! Wish you and all my friends here on Cafe Crem could come for a visit!

    Susan, it’s too bad you’ll be so close to Victoria! It’s only a ferry ride away…. Maybe one day if you come back up to visit your son later in the year!

    Miki, a really good recipe is to make Parpadelle pasta, with baby leaf spinach and pine nuts mixed in. It’s one of the first dishes I tried in Italy! It’s really yummy! Simply add baby leaf spinach (fresh not cooked) and a handful of pine nuts and a bit of olive oil an freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!

    Comment by Bonny | August 15, 2008

  6. looks lovely, i’m envious and affogato coffee sounds yum!

    Comment by supersizeme | August 15, 2008

  7. One day Kevin and me will come, Bonny! Canada is on our wish list, and as we met late in life, we have decided to spend the rest of our common life fulfilling all our common wishes!!!! Well, and work a little bit too… luckily my work is everywhere!!!

    I knew it was the smell of the affogato which made you come running here! 🙂

    Comment by Miki | August 15, 2008

  8. Oh yum! I want some coffee and ice cream now!

    Comment by shelleymhouse | August 16, 2008

  9. Is this Victoria, British Colombia? It looks beautiful. I visited there in the early 80’s (the same week of the air traffic controllers’ strike under President Reagan).

    Madame Monet

    Comment by wpm1955 | August 19, 2008

  10. Yes, Madame, this is Victoria, BC. It’s where I call ‘home’ at least legally. We travel a lot, so home can really be anywhere.

    For another very quick overview of Victoria, click here:

    If you ever come this way again, let me know. We can get together.

    Comment by Bonny | August 19, 2008

  11. http://picasaweb. /VictoriaPhotos

    Sorry. I guess we can’t post links. I’ll try again. In the blurb just above this sentence, close the gaps, copy the link and past it into your browser. Hope this works…

    Comment by Bonny | August 19, 2008

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