Late last year a random comment on Reddit ended up connecting me with a group in NYC that is putting together an event that truly sings to my heart, an evening of food and drink, all while listening to a Baroque music ensemble that uses period-era instruments! I was delighted to collaborate with Bach & Bacchanalia and the Standard Wormwood Distillery for the food and drink portion of an event with the Twelfth Night Baroque Ensemble. Hence the cocktail...keep reading for the recipe!Bach & Bacchanalia invents creative historically-inspired cocktails for a variety of events, including classical concerts by a production company
Tasting Life Twice
Author Crystal King muses on life, history, writing and food.
Posts about music:
L'Amore Esiste - Love Exists
One of my favorite Italian songs is by a young pop star, Francesa Michielin, from her 2015 album di20. She rose to fame when she won the 5th season of Italy's X-Factor. I find great emotion in this song. I think she captures much of what I have felt in my life when I have been (and still am) in love. Lyrics in both Italian and English after the video.
One of the most well-known Italian Christmas carols outside of the US is Caro Gesu Bambino which means "Dear Baby Jesus." It's a newer carol, dating to about 1960 and one of the earliest American-known singers to cover it was Frankie Avalon. The lyrics are here (Italian and English) if you are interested, and below, Italian treasure Andrea Bocelli does a beautiful version of the song. Buon Natale my friends! And Buone Feste to those of you who are celebrating other holidays. I wish the best for you and yours this season.
The Fabulous Kessler Twins
I was watching the Italian station RAI Interational the other day and one of the things that I love about the station is that they have little segments with snippets from variety and music shows over the last 40 years or so. It's a fascinating look at the wacky, beautiful, funny and talented side of Italian performers. One of the things they showed last night was a bit from a show that the Kessler Twins did. The Kesslers hail from Munich and were well known in Europe back in the day, particularly in Germany and Italy. Here's a sample of their awesomeness: