26 February 2011

Italian Food Haul and Wedding Update!


I am so excited!!  Today I went to the Italian shop with my mom and sister...it's an authentic Italian store called The Boot's Specialties.  It's absolutely amazing!  The owner Pasquale is also from Naples and he and his girlfriend are such nice and genuine people.  I definitely recommend checking it out if you live in Cork!  I filmed a little bit of it in tomorrow's daily vlog so you can see what it's like, they basically stock all Italian brands that we love and have always bought both when we lived in America and Italy.  I love going there, they always offer us a shot of espresso and some Italian candies ;)  In fact Pasquale pretty much poured the entire contents of the sweet tray into my mom's handbag...hahaha!


Anyhow, that's not the only reason why I'm excited.  I'm excited because I bought my wedding favours!!  I couldn't believe it when I saw them there.  I purchased two packs which I imagine will be more than enough!  I'm doing little chiffon baggies filled with confetti (sugar coated almonds, traditional Italian wedding favours) for every guest to take home with them.  


Finally after a LOT of thinking I have decided what I want for my wedding centrepieces!  As I've said before, our wedding "theme" is going to be quite simple, understated and elegant so I didn't want anything too tall or too fancy.  Also, I'll be the first to admit that I am not a huge flowers girl!  I don't really like floral prints, nor do I decorate my house with flowers...I tend to be more inspired by things like candles and lights.  I also think these little "milk pail" lanterns with hearts on them compliment the style of the wedding really well so I'm going to go with a few of these per table, some with little tea-lights or candles in them and others with a few short flowers (all white and ivory).  I think that will look so pretty!  My sister bought this lantern in Powerscourt Shopping Centre in Dublin so I'm going to go see if I can buy them in bulk next time I'm there.  I plan on bringing an extra suitcase when we fly to Italy and pack all the little bits and pieces myself.  Even though I trust my wedding planners I want to feel like my wedding has our own touches to it and it wasn't completely done by somebody else! :)


Back to food :)  While I was at the Italian shop I also picked up this amazing tin!  It's so pretty and I couldn't resist...I plan on storing my makeup in here.  At first I actually thought it had some kind of giant powder puff in it...but no, it's a chocolate cake!  Hahaha!


Look how sweet all the little pictures are on the sides!  I love it!


Finally I also picked up some Barilla ricotta and tomato pasta sauce (the BEST sauce I've ever tasted from a jar...it's so yummy!)  and a tiny jar of anchovies.  These are one of my favourite things to eat!  Someday I'll teach you guys how to make a really simple and traditional Italian spaghetti dish with just anchovies, oil and breadcrumbs.  My dad used to make it all the time and it is delicious!!

I hope you enjoyed my little food haul and wedding update!  Let me know what you think!

Stay Stylish!
xoxo


20 comments:

  1. the plans you have for the centre pieces sound so nice! it's going to be a beautiful day, i know it :D im guessing you have the interwebz back now :P unless you're blogging from mama style diets :) xx

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  2. Anna i got that same tin box last Christmas!! I gave its contents to my hubby since he loves chocolate panettone and I don't like chocolate anything! But I got to keep that lovely box to myself :P it's soo pretty!
    Also, here in Malta we use the sugar covered almonds as wedding favours. I had mine in a little pale gold bag with a little thank you attached. Remember the number you place in bag is very significant. Five almonds signify five wishes for the bride and groom: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity.
    Take care and the best of luck,
    Meg

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  3. Love everything....especially that tin...I have tin envy,hahahaha! Centerpieces are really sweet and i LOVE the favours.xxxxx

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  4. The center pieces look pretty! You are brave to be willing to pack glass in your suitcase, I'm sure you will pack it really well though! I never had that barilla sauce, I wonder if they sell it here. That is a very popular brand of pasta that I buy, so maybe they do. We have an Italian grocery shop near us, I haven't been in awhile but it is fun to go. :)

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  5. hi Anna, i'm Claudia from Italy!
    It's so strange see picture of Barilla's products!! :D You've got good taste!

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  6. wow Megsy, that is cool about the five wishes, didn't know that :)

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  7. Love the things you picked out.. :) Wedding updates are so exciting.

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  8. These are such cute things! I'm so happy you found them Anna :D

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  9. My God!! Barilla sauces are insanely expensive! Here we pay 1.50€ maybe for them...anyway, try also Pesto alla siciliana, again with ricotta pomodore, olives and other things that I d'n't remember right now...this is soooooooooo good!!! The box is so beautiful :)
    Baci :)
    Marta

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  10. My family is also Italian and we get soooo many of those almonds during wedding season. I love Italian weddings! I'm so excited for you!

    Check out my blog:
    www.ruffles-truffles.blogspot.com

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  11. thanks for sharing, Anna! I love that you can go to an Italian shop and just buy what you need in there :)I love stores like that! When we lived in Copenhagen I used to visit a small english shop filled with only english goodies. It was such a delight! and No , I´m not english...lol!

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  12. Italian food here in Ireland is so expensive...but it's nice to have a treat once in a while :)

    I'd like to see your bomboniere/favors :)

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  13. You are so on a roll with your wedding planning and I am loving your wedding favor idea...classy and lovely! I am simply loving that tin that chocolate cake...go figure...came in a s a storage tin! So stylish just like you! Also, so glad you liked my Look 4 Less section...it seems to be a like overall, so, I'm going to do many more posts like it! :) I hope you, Jonathan and the doggies are enjoying your weekend so far!

    Liesl :)

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  14. I love the centerpiece! It is such a creative idea, especially because most people tend to have huge flowery centerpieces. I love the understated elegance too. I can't wait to hear more about your wedding!

    That’s So Fletch
    xo, Jay

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  15. That tin is gorgeous - so perfect for makeup. I love the centerpiece idea and the traditional almonds. Almonds used to be given in Australia as well but it's moved towards chocolate in the last 20 years. I never knew it was an Italian tradition.

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  16. Ow wow, I love love love that tin!!!

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  17. I love the ideas of candles, so much sweeter and intimate...and I need to go look for that pasta sauce :)

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  18. I love using candles too, lighting is everything! I'm getting married in October (bridal blog: bonitabride.blogspot.com) kept it seperate from my beauty blog. I'm actually enjoying the planning, yours sounds like its going to be awesome. Love the tin box!

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  19. This is random but I've been eating a lot of pasta lately, so I'd love it if you showed us your recipe.

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  20. will candles make the setting very hot?? just something to keep in mind

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