Never mind the fact that we'd been in choir together for the better part of a year. It was Italy that brought us together (as well as a well-timed gondola ride or two).
Japan brought us even closer as we were thousands of miles from family and friends.
Now what do Japan, Italy, and our new home of California have in common?
My continued explorations into the many flavors of gelato.
The best by far was in Italy. You cannot possibly get a more authentic cone of gelato. And in case you're wondering, yes, it really is best to enjoy it while wandering the ancient streets of Venice with your beau!
Or future beau...
Years after visiting Italy, I found Ciao Bella in the freezer selection at our local Tokyo supermarket. Intrigued by the flavor selection, I found myself enjoying it now and again, appreciating the little tastes of the past that were recalled with each bite.
Fast forward a year later and though it's January, California is preparing for a heat wave. It will hit about 80 degrees, and I for one cannot think of a better way to enjoy this "hot" weather than to indulge in a pint of my new flavor of gelato from Ciao Bella: Key Lime Graham Cracker.
Good Lord, y'all...run, don't walk, to your local market to grab this treat. It's creamy, a little tart, and when that graham cracker hits your palate you will explode with happiness.
Of course, only give this particular pint a whirl if you enjoy a good slice of Key Lime Pie. If you don't, try their S'mores gelato, the blood orange, the mint chip, matcha...you really cannot go wrong.
And if the flavors aren't enough to convince you, the vivid, and beautifully simple design of their containers will certainly draw you in to investigate a little further.
So go ahead and try something a little different. You'll be very glad you did.