Saturday, October 26, 2013

City Streets Part 5: Cafés


They loved going to cafés in the city, especially in the Fall when it started to get a little cold outside. It was nice to be inside, all warm and cozy, savoring a cup of coffee (decaffeinated for her). That Sunday morning in late October, the cab driver dropped them off in front of Central Café in Pershing Square on 42nd Street.

But they were in the mood for something Italian. They walked downtown and passed by Benvenuto Café on Broadway. She noted that Benvenuto means Welcome in Italian, so inviting. It was still warm out and some people were sitting outside the café at small tables on the sidewalk. But they decided they wanted to be inside.


So they went to Eataly on 5th Avenue for a cup of cappuccino and their favorite dessert—tiramisú. The aroma of the coffee reminded her of a vacation in Italy where life was not as fast as a New York minute.

They sat at a table in the corner and talked about everything from the meaning of life to the meaning of tiramisú. The waiter said that tiramisú literally means “pick me up” because the rich flavor apparently puts you in a better mood.

They smiled at his translation. “See, the tiramisú is already working,” the waiter said, smiling back and swiftly returning to the kitchen for seconds.


She recounted her trip to Italy and how she fell in love with the culture, the history, and especially the warmth of its people.

“Did you ever hear of the Italian expression, il dolce far niente?,” she asked him.

“No, what does that mean?,” he asked back.

She said: “It means the sweetness of doing nothing. And not just when you’re on vacation. But taking some time every day to enjoy a special moment. A wonderful thought, don’t you think?”


He nodded and scribbled something in Italian on the paper napkin. It was misspelled, but she resisted the urge to correct him. Why spoil the moment?

“I love you, too,” she said, as she shared with him another bite of tiramisú.


life can be sweeter
if you take the time
to share dessert
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This is the next installment of my fictional urban poems and haibun, this time with a café theme, Italian style. I just couldn't resist. Smiles. :)
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You can find my other urban writings here:  City Streets,  City Streets: Part 2,  City Streets: Part 3, City Streets 4: The Bridge Enjoy!
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52 comments:

  1. That is a fine saying indeed, just letting all float away and doing nothing at all for a moment or two. Nice of her not to correct him also haha

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    1. Again you're first
      with your burst
      That makes three by thee
      And yeah relax away
      At your bay :)

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  2. the sweetness of doing nothing...i like that much...i have a book called the art of doing nothing....its a fine way of life....

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    1. and hey great pics over at PU too...i love NYC

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    2. Thanks, Brian. The art of doing nothing ... I will have to check it out. Glad you enjoyed the NYC pics :)

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  3. I think there must be nowhere sweeter (outside of Italy) to enjoy an Italian treat! I do agree about sharing a dessert....it can be a sweet experience indeed, especially while sharing conversation. Smiles.

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    1. Conversation face to face is good! Thanks, Mary :)

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  4. I enjoyed your haibun Loredana! A lovely love scene. I love Italian coffee and dessert and have been lucky to enjoy them in Italy.

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    1. How fun you went to Italy! Best espresso there. Thanks, Gabriella :)

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  5. Sweet and savoring the moments ~ Beautiful pictures Loredana & I wish someday I can visit Italy ~ Happy Sunday ~

    Grace

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  6. Romantic and lovely...I enjoyed your writing. And oh, yes, there's nothing better than "the sweetness of doing nothing". It's good for the soul!

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  7. This is just the sweetest thing! Nothing happier than watching two people fall in love :) And I love the expression il dolce far niente!

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    1. So glad you knew that saying, Tammy ... it's one of my favorite Italian expressions. Thanks! :)

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  8. I love this. I know at the bottom you said it was fiction but it sounds so beautifully real - I suppose that's the Hallmark of good writing though :)

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  9. Sharing and caring is indeed an integral part of life.

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    1. I like that, Vandana ... sharing & caring :)

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  10. That dessert looks fabulous, yum!!!

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  11. Enjoyed your story! Relaxed too... Thanks for photos...Love this place for difference...Happy Sunday!

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  12. Not crazy about that kind of cake, too sweet for me LOL but I loved your story. You've captured the vibe so well.

    Happy Week, G

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    1. Thank you ... it has just the right amount of sweetness ... smiles :)

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  13. Tiramisu is my absolute favourite dessert! I adored reading this story - it was so precious! Thank you again for sharing the gorgeous photographs and now the story from your home in New York! Have a lovely week! :)

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    1. Thank you, Kitty! Glad you enjoyed the post and photos. Have a nice weekend! :)

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  14. Now I want a piece of Tirmisu. Loved the story!

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    1. Thank you for the comment & follow, Sherry! :)

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  15. Nice post! My fave photo is the reflections with the coffee beans. Nice!

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    1. Thank you for noticing the reflections! :)

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  16. I like that!......the sweetness of doing nothing! Cool shot with the cups of coffee beans.

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  17. How cafrs and togetherness can work wonders.. nice haibun haiga form.. like a little picturebook..

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    1. Oh a picturebook ... I like the way you put it, Bjorn. Thanks! :)

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  18. Yummy - I now have a hankering for tiramisu and a visit to a cafe. This was gorgeous! Your beautiful photos added another whole layer of goodness, Loredana.

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    1. Another layer of goodness ... I like that, thanks, Kim! :)

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  19. Wonderful photography and so inviting ~ lovely reflections ~ happy week to you ~ carol, xx

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  20. Wonderful scenes from the city...and it brought back so many memories of my trip to Italy!

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    1. So glad this brought back good memories, Donna! Thanks :)

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  21. You took me there, and it was such a nice trip - away from this valley, onto the streets of New York, with overtones of Italy. Sigh. Sweet! Plus would you believe I have never experienced tiramisu????? SO deprived!

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    1. Oh, I hope you try it, Sherry. I'll send you a slice. Smiles :) Thanks!

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  22. the sweetness of doing nothing and yummy desert....ah a perfect life....lovely :)

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    1. Perfect indeed ... a dream come true. Thank you, Sumana :)

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  23. Oh...the sweetness of doing nothing....this is why I love the weekends♥ Great photos. Love love the yellow taxi...

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    1. Yes, the weekends! Glad you like the yellow cab ... they are all over NYC. Thanks, Laurie! :)

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  24. I love the street cafes, they always give me a good feeling and a holiday mood!

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    1. They sure do give a good feeling, so relaxing. Thanks, Michela :)

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  25. J'espère Loredana que tu vas prendre le temps
    De m'attendre
    Pour déguster ce dessert...Sourire
    J'aime tellement les gateaux au chocolat ...

    Amicalement Pascal

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    1. Oh, j'aime le chocolat! Je vous attends. Sourire :) Merci, Pascal.

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  26. I love that Italian saying. Love it. My sister always liked Tiramasu...but she must not have eaten enough if you know what I mean!

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  27. Oh, to have such lovely cafe's to choose from! With romantic misspelled Italian words and such a delicious pick me up! Like a lovely memory.......xo

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    1. Romantic misspelled Italian words ... how cute, Karen. Thanks! :)

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