Showing posts with label Italian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italian. Show all posts

Monday, January 20, 2014

Rossano Brazzi, Star of Another Era

Rossano Brazzi
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The magic still happens: it's possible to connect with a handsome stranger across a crowded room.
I have been watching film clips of the 1950s actor Rossano Brazzi, a heartthrob from Italy known for  the movie version of "Some Enchanted Evening." Check out some wonderful 1950s color film clips of Brazzi, with Katherine Hepburn and Mitzi Gaynor.
But when is a handsome face just a fraud? He could act & pout, but couldn't sing! Brazzi was lip-syncing in South Pacific.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Egg Bread

A Sicilian tradition on display at Rose & Joe's Italian Bakery this Sunday morning.
A true local bakery, this place still has Lenten cookies for Greek customers waiting for Orthodox Easter in early May. Someone really needs to unite our calendars.
In the meantime, I will be reading recipes for the "bread" at right and other delicious concoctions on this interesting cooking blog, "The Italian Dish" and its recipe for Italian Easter bread.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Astoria Figs

Astoria's Italians and Greeks manage to grow fig trees against the snowy odds, drawing the attention of the New York Times this week: "Winter Coats No Longer Fashion for Fig Trees." New York's winters are snowier but warmer than those in Chicago, thanks largely to the waters that surround us. On South Cumberland Avenue in Park Ridge, our family friend Dimmy Andoniades tried annually to keep a fig tree alive, between the garage and Tudor house, but his A-framed plastic tents, complete with heat lamp, never were enough for a Chicago winter. Getting off the Kennedy from a winter night in Chicago, we'd drive past and root for his progress. But often, by March, the lamp was off.