A story about meeting people..
Why do we meet with some people? What brings us close and what drives us away? How do they touch our lives and what do they give us or what do we give them?
Many questions like that I have whenever i meet someone new.
This is what happened with Jim. American of Greek descent, he moves to Athens with his kids for a project hoping that he will actually move to Greece for good.
We met and started a fast friendship with all the problems a friendship has in this day and age (busy work schedules, kids, Covid as well as our age since we are not kids any more and it takes a lot more efford to start a friendship these days.
One day I asked him, what is your favorite dessert that you cannot find it now in Greece and he told me it is the vanilla meringue cake from Chipriani...
Had no clue what was that so I asked. Find out he told me and I did...
So.. G. Chipriani works as a bartender in a hotel in Venice in Italy before WW2. One of the regulars named Harry tells him one day that his family disowned him because he drinks too much. G. gives Harry a loan and then Harry vanishes.
Four years later he comes back, finds G and gives him back the money he borrowed as well as a lot more as a present to G.
G decided to open a bar in Venice, names it the Harry's bar and yes it is the well known one where the Bellini was first made as well as where the first carpaccio was served.
Many years into the future and the Chiprinani brand has bars, restaurants and hotels all over the world and an e-shop that get' s you everything from pasta to panettone.
Anyway... so this cake Jim was talking about is a 4 tier vanilla cake ... coated with a meringue that gives it a great taste.. I knew I had to give it a try..
And I did and loved it but I had to give him some to try and let me know whether it tastes anything like the original..
I did and he said that it was close but not exactly the same..
Oh well.. I still think that I wanted to share it with you...
I did not see Jim after that day... maybe he hated my cake? Who knows...
Let's see what we will need: