by Meli C

Posts from — February 2011

Duomo di Firenze

The word duomo derives from the Latin term domus, meaning house.  In Italy, the term duomo refers to a church, a house of God and its people – all people, regardless of their beliefs.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church (Duomo) of Florence, Italy. It was completed in 1436.

It’s located in Piazza del Duomo, and includes the Baptistery (in the white and black stripes) and Giotto’s Campanile (bell tower).

The three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic center of Florence.

To leave you with a fun fact, the Florentine Duomo was until modern times the largest one in the world.  Today, it’s still the largest brick dome ever constructed.

{Breathtaking by day…}

{..and by night!}

February 28, 2011   No Comments


Last week my brother and I went to visit our sister in Firenze, where she has been studying since last year.

It was so much fun and it had been a long time since the three of us had spent alone time together. We were lucky to be able to have that quality time in beautiful Italy, of all places.

I leave you with a few snapshots, and I’ll share a bit more of the city in my next few posts.

{piazza de la republica}

{arno river}

{lucchetti d’amore/ love locks}

{cheese & cold cuts at the street market}

February 24, 2011   4 Comments

Berry good

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I like pairing my dulce de leche with green apples.

My newest addiction is pairing it with sliced strawberries. I create a few layers and eat them as strawberry caramel mini sandwiches.

February 16, 2011   No Comments


I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s. But then I woke up to these beautiful flowers (and a card), and now I’m all smiles.

According to the meaning of flowers, tulips are “the symbol of the perfect lover.”  I never knew that each flower had a different meaning, did you?  What do your flowers mean today?

Today is my first Valentine’s as an engaged lady. Thought I would just throw that in there.

{ring by Satomi Kawakita}

Before you go, check out this amazingly cool kissing thaumatrope. Feliz dia del amor y la amistad para todos!

February 14, 2011   3 Comments

Hot hot habanero

I purchased these small colorful habanero peppers just because they looked so pretty and smelled so strong & nice.  I had never cooked with these little ones before so I wasn’t sure what to make with them.

Inspired by Pati’s tilapia, I decided to create a recipe of my own. I laid the fish over a foil-covered oven sheet and seasoned with sea salt, ground pepper, and basil leaves. Then I sprinkled the diced tomatoes and habanero peppers all over. I closed the foil to form a packet and baked for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

I served it over couscous and it was the perfect match.  De-licious!

February 9, 2011   2 Comments

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