two great views for a morning coffee
paper coffee cup with a Kiev old town sketch
today, in Iasi, Romania
that is the Palace of Culture
the white thing is called zephyr… a sweet thing popular in ex-soviet countries. on the Russian wiki it’s written that it dates back to ancient Greece…and therefore the God name. it’s mainly made out of egg white and sugar… and i read here and there that it also contains pureed apple (or other fruit) and pectin. they are not baked, just put in seashell-shaped “cups” and left to dry out. sometimes they are coated with chocolate.
and due to pectic, this thing is said to be healthy - link - health benefits of pectin
it might be somehow similar to Chocolate-coated marshmallow treats, I’ve tried the ones typical for Switzerland… indeed, somehow similar, but I prefer our version :)) The Swiss ones are more sticky…maybe less dried (?)
although the same ingredients, not similar to meringue - this one is baked and thus hard.
and not similar to the marshmallows that are popular in the US…those don’t have eggs.
p.s.: i just became a zephyr expert :))
another thing I like about Italy - the coffee culture. around every corner there is a cafe/bar where one can have a coffee. some of the coffee shops open as earlier as 6 am. and every morning you would have the fresh pastry. the price is more or less the same regardless of the location. 1 euro for a coffee.
and usually Italians drink the coffee at the bar, standing. but we asked if we can have a seat :)
p.s.: in this photo it’s 6:30 am, a cafe behind Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral)
out for a chat&drink
place called Piadina-Bar… it’s good to have friends that have been here (in Zurich… or any other new town/city for me) for a longer time already. they can take me to places I don’t know yet…
the piadinas that they are making looked&smelled very tasty… will be back for a quick lunch there.