Environment, Food, Foreign

The Return Of The Milkman?

The milkman makes his delivery.

From the 1920s until the late 1980s, milk floats were a staple of the British street. They drove up and down the country, depositing glass bottles of fresh milk at doorsteps. Then onward, the plastic milk jugs took over the supermarket shelves.

A foil-topped milk bottle from the 1980s that urges British consumers to “buy fresh British milk.”

The old-fashioned glass bottled-milk is making a comeback, of sorts. Of course, glass bottles are more expensive to make and weigh a lot more and are fragile, but all said, they’re eco-friendly.


Film, Food

Mozart Made More Than Himself Famous

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Salieri offers Mozart’s wife a bowl of “capezzoli di venere.”

In “Amadeus,” (1984), Antonio Salieri offers Mozart’s wife, Constanze, a bowl of “capezzoli di venere, (Italian for “nipples of Venus.”) “They’re Roman chestnuts in brandied sugar,” he tells her.

From the way in which she bites into one, coquettishly, if greedily, you know that she’d love to devour the entire lot because it tastes so heavenly, but she can’t simply, for fear of appearing unladylike and piggish.

I’ve been in search of this courtly confectionery ever since I saw the movie as a teen. No luck so far.

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The Fürst café on the old market in Salzburg.
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The marzipan core of the Mozartkugel.
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The Mozartkugel is wrapped in silver paper with a blue imprint.

There’s another equally scrumptious truffle I want to have, one named after the very composer depicted in it. The Mozartkugel is Austria’s third most famous cultural export after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sigmund Freud.

It was born in 1890, when Paul Fürst, an ace confectioner in Mozart’s hometown, Salzburg, developed a delicious bonbon with a marzipan and pistachio core, coated in nougat and dark chocolate, which he rolled into a perfectly round bonbon, painstakingly by hand.

It’s still done the same way today, but sadly, only sold in stores within Austria.

h/t: FÜRST


I’m So Silly. Look My Way.

Tube Man GIF
Swing it to the right; swing it to the left.

Many a time, while waiting in the car on Main Street, I’ve watched the pneumatic ballet of one of those tall, bright, humanoid balloons, flailing its arms and contorting its tubular form wildly.

Known as “tube men” or “air dancers,” typically, they “dance” over car dealerships and car washes to draw the attention of passers-by, which, of course, they do effectively.