That would be me on the right, head in smithereens after having crash landed from a caffeine high. We’ve cut down a lot on how much coffee we drink at home, but when there’s a capsule coffee machine in your hotel room, an endless flow of java at the self-serve breakfast, and then of course this issue with wanting to try as many bicerins as possible while in Torino… Well, it was pointless to resist. And let’s not forget the hot chocolate and gianduiotti! I know it was an easy guess for the last post, but just you wait – I’m still warming up for year 2014. Visiting Torino/Turin was purely nostalgic as it was my new “home”, however brief, for the 3 months right after tying the knot. That was a little over a decade ago, and if the MotH hadn’t gotten the job offer in Lecco, I would be telling a very different story today.
Caffè Mulassano vs. Al Bicerin – so who serves the best bicerin? Each has their own set of devoted fans since they’re both historical establishments in the heart of the city. I liked the thick, almost meringue-like whipped topping on the bicerin at Mulassano (4€), but Al Bicerin’s version (5€) looked nicer in a goblet even though I thought it tasted “watered down”? I know I’m not alone on that opinion, but on the next visit we’ll be idling at Caffè Mulassano. They’re next to Piazza Castello, serve a variety of tramezzini for a quick bite, and a short distance away is Guido Gobino’s chocolate shop on Lagrange. I hear GG makes a pretty good glass of bicerin.