Wanna get totally blissed out for a couple of minutes in the middle of a crazy day??
I have 1 word for you: Affogato. It is, quite literally, a scoop of vanilla gelato drowning in a shot of espresso.
We slide out to our favourite Italian deli a couple of times a week and have one of these little numbers. And seriously, I can tune out just about anything when I'm sipping one of these babies. You get this with wine, you say? Well. I self-diagnosed gout about a year ago so have barely touched a lick of alcohol since. No wine for me. Especially no beer. Thank the powers that be I can still drink coffee!!! And it's not just about the drinking of it, either. I can and do (often) go to the deli and order one, but I can just as easily make one at home.
Measuring the coffee into the stove-top espresso maker. Scooping the still-hard gelato (too soft and it is just in a puddle in your cup). Pouring -- slowly -- the steaming hot espresso over the gelato and watching the merger. Taking that first sip.
A sigh of pure relaxed joy, knowing ...
I can have two.