friday favourites

March 4, 2016

this week flew by, surprisingly, and i’m pretty happy that friday is here. it was cold af and since we’re actually in march now, now i’m just getting annoyed. BUT next week is calling for 7, 9, 13 and 10 degrees all in a row!! i’m hoping and praying and crossing my fingers and toes that it stays, because in like a lion, out like a lamb, right?

wallpaper-march-fwxdownload this march wallpaper from food and wine fwx

i’m also very excited for this weekend since i’ll be hosting the first installment of my dinner series! another one of my new year’s resolutions was to start a dinner series. i’ve always loved entertaining, and i realized that i don’t always need an occasion or a holiday to host a proper dinner party. so, once a month i’ll be hosting 4 guests for either brunch or dinner. i’ll be documenting the recipes as well as diy table settings and take away gifts in a new series on here called mangia! keep an eye out!

as usual, i want to share with you guys some reading, watching, eating, doing material for the weekend. i hope everyone has a warm, happy and relaxing weekend filled with food and wine!friday favouritesread // these terroni talks articles on the terroni website. terroni is probably my favourite restaurant in the city – it’s good quality, straightforward italian food. reading about where they source their ingredients and their history makes me SO ANXIOUS for italy.

please read this important article about the richest woman in italy (and the 4th in the world), Maria Franca Fissolo – THE HEIR TO THE NUTELLA EMPIRE. this lady is my idol.

also, mr. renato bialetti, the maker of my beloved coffee makers (i have 3 and my nona has about 30 lol), passed away at the age of 93. his ashes were placed in a giant version of the moka pot, like a boss. RIP <3

do // DUO LINGO! i’m literally obsessed with it. i play it on my commute to and from work, for an hour at lunch, after work at home; i practice the same ones over and over again. you guys know i’m taking classes to learn italian, so this is the perfect practice during the week!

make // chocolate chunk almond butter coconut cookies. yup, make em tonight – recipe after the jump because i love you 🙂


chocolate chip almond butter coconut cookies
*recipe adapted from food52

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup almond butter
3/4 cup brown sugar sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup unsweetened, coconut flakes (or shredded if that’s what you can find)
ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (or 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips)

•heat oven to 350° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
•cream butter, almond butter, and sugars until smooth. add egg and vanilla, then beat until well incorporated. in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. add to the creamed butters and sugars and mix on a low speed until just combined. fold in the chocolate and coconut.
•use about a tablespoon of dough and drop it on to the prepared sheet. bake until lightly golden around the edges but still quite soft in the center, 12 to 14 minutes.
•remove from oven and cook for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack. try not to eat them all before they cool off completely 🙂

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  • Reply Lu Ann @ The Cup of Life March 21, 2016 at 4:03 am

    I’m quite obsessed with Duolingo as well! It makes learning Italian more fun 🙂

    • Reply lesswithbread March 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Totally! Love you site, btw! so beautiful 🙂

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