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Oh what joy it is to walk around a beautiful historic island, surrounded by narrow streets all intertwined around a massive lagoon. Where do you think I am? Venezia, of course!

Last Easter weekend was spent enjoying the wonderfulness of this city tucked away in the beautiful Italia.

We arrived at the Venezia airport at 8AM, a short flight (1.5 hours) from Koln, and headed to the Vaporettos to take us into the magical city. The ride took about 45 minutes and it was great to see all the adjacent islands and how the Venetians live. The cost is about 50euros for two people for a two way ticket, the speed of the boat goes up to about 35km and due to the wind woman will need a hair clip or at least a sailor’s hat. (Waving to other boats while travelling at such high speeds is frowned upon, as they say it distracts the skipper – kidding, I made that up – lol!)

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And then we arrived at our destination for what was a wonderful two days. Walking along in an immense crowd makes one quickly self-aware of the fact that there is no such thing as personal space in such a place. But, I quickly became ok with this fact because for one I was too tired to fight against the crowd and two I heard some pretty interesting stories. Walking and walking is what we did – I mean that is the only way one can actually see all the intricacies of this ascent city.

San Marco is wonderful and reminds me a lot of Basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Murano and Burano, well, you have to be a glass blowing fan to enjoy the ins and outs of the craftsmanship involved into making Murano glass – I found it fascinating and of course I fell into the surprisingly easy trap of buying souvenirs.

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Food is yet another topic that needs to be talked about. We tried to avoid tourist traps as much as possible by simply following the locals when are stomachs began to rumble. A place I highly recommend is, pomodororosso. Only locals dined here and the food was beyond amazing. The wines were incredible and decently priced. Our two course meal with a bottle of wine and acqua frizzante was under 60€, not bad at all considering the quality of the food!

We also retreated to the back terrace of a famous hotel, Metropol, for cocktails and we enjoyed every second of it. Sitting within a white canopy outdoor tent and Buddha like structures and greenery older than us as a human kind, the whole place made you feel so comfortable and with the sun warming you, you never wanted to leave. Needless to say, we spent hours there!

Then on our last day we decided to have a touristy meal by sitting down at a restaurant with pretty much everyone around us speaking English, and what did we have? Pizza, of courso! The pizza was ok, the tourists’ conversations were quite boring and weak, and it was cloudy that day. Aka, we were super sad to leave…

Side note, did you know that the word Ghettos comes from the Venetians and it represents the Jewish Italians being in a designated, segregated area in Venezia apart from the rest of people. This area was called the Ghetto. Since the area was quite small and a lot of people had to fit in it they started to build what was at the time, the tallest buildings in Venezia. Now, this area is no longer sheltered but surrounded by modern shops and a huge soccer field that is quite the modern saloon.

Sadly, the trip had to come to an end and we packed our bags and heading back to the airport via Vaporetto. Once at the airport we decided to indulge in an Italian craft beer with a unique name that escapes me now, but also a unique taste that I will remember for a long time. Side note: this beer was worth every euro!

Oh Italy – you will always rate so high on my list of favourite places in the world!

friday findings ix

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It’s been a long time since the friday findings corner has been tackled, but this week I come with great news and my arms are opened to welcome all you lovely people!

I am super excited and proud to announce artcookery.ca’s next event, happening on Saturday, May 17 – and this time we are taking over the amazing Köllefornia Bar located at Zülpicher Str.37, 50674 Cologne.

We have enrolled artcookery.ca in a wonderful event called Restaurant Day which happens all over the world, and on May 17 we will pop up with an amazing menu featuring Canadian tapas and dessert alongside cocktail pairings. We have also decided to offer the same items for takeout to people walking by. Price details are to follow, but not to worry we are trying to keep costs as low as possible.

This is a great event for people to meet other people. Enjoy great bites. Share cocktails. And simply enjoy life among artsy, beautiful people who have things to say about the world.

I am very excited and I hope to see you all there! And Happy Easter!

Here is the invite, please reserve your spot!

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I mentioned in a previous post that soon there will be a new blog feature added on. Sure it took me a bit of time, but art takes time…

Since I have been here in Cologne I figured out that I need to find ways to express myself, so I have started to paint. Now, since I am metamorphosing myself, I am selling a piece (actually, pieces) very dear to me. The new feature of my blog is a shopping cart that allows you wonderful people to buy my paintings through Etsy! I hope my inspiration finds a good home to live in.


(if you cannot see anything here, you’re probably using Safari – in that case you can click here)

Art can be so rewarding and liberating at the same time…

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The spring/summer season was opened with an off-the-chart five course picnic menu, which I am quite proud of. A lot of planning and work went into the hashing out of the details, but the end result made those 2 AM nights all worth it. I am also quite lucky to have found such a wonderful, beautiful free-spirited partner – huge thank you to Sabrina Dion!

Honestly, when you are into a project so much, late nights don’t really seem to affect you. If I were to guess, this is what having a child would fell like; you run on adrenalin and when you can’t go any further you fall asleep with clothes on. Well then, I guess, artcookery.ca is my newborn :)!

Here is the full menu from the picnic alongside some amazing pictures taken by a special someone who rocks at photography (here is to you Johanna):

 Nectarines with Canadian whiskey cheese on a homemade crouton
topped with buckwheat honey and basil

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Chicken tacos topped with ginger BBQ sauce, yogurt and fresh cilantro

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Gravlax on a fresh baguette garnished with dijon maple syrup sauce and dill

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Strawberry with peppered feta salad in a balsamic cream dressing topped with fresh mint

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Food canvas

Amuse bouche – raspberry sorbet in freshly squeezed lemonade topped with a cranberry

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Feels so good to have completed the first step and now onto the next – finding events… Truly amazed at people’s responses towards artcookery.ca and learning lots! Thank you world!