St Kilda, October

Still some of the good old Jewish bakeshops exist along Acland Street,
their windows full of kugelhopfs (‘the best in the world!’), poppy
and almond horseshoes and cherry strudels, palm leaves and rum cigars
and coffee vienna rings and hazelnut delights. Giant meringues in
green and aqua and pink and coffee. At Le Bon Cakes the Pistachia
Galiano (sic) slices, peppermint rounds and chocolate nougat slices,
chocolate eclairs oozing pure white curls of cream, rum balls and
strawberry baskets, that vanilla fragrance. Do young people eat these
things? The only customers seem to be old men and old women …

About victoria

Author of the gastro-memoir 'Amore&Amaretti: A Tale of Love an Food in Tuscany', I am a Byron Shire-based food and travel writer, food columnist, cooking teacher, recipe editor and chef. Born in Canberra, ACT, I have a BA in languages although am only really passionate about the Italian one, in which I am fluent, having spent four years in Tuscany in my late twenties, and returning reasonably frequently ever since. Despite that, my partner of many years, a wonderful artist, clothes designer and aged carer, is half-Greek!
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