Last week I caught up with my darling Kate at Kierland Commons – an outdoor shopping area in Scottsdale. I was craving some French cuisine, so Zinc Bistro was our designated spot – plus it’s located across from Anthropologie, so double win there. Actually, make that triple because the weather is divine now and we sat outside.
I didn’t see espresso on the menu, but knowing the restaurant was French, I asked, as if I were back in the South of France.
When the little Illy espresso cup came out, I squealed inside. If you haven’t had a lot espresso in your life, let me tell you how incredibly wonderful espresso is – it’s like an unexpected sweet condensed latte in the tiniest warm cup topped off with a tasty mini biscuit. The presentation itself makes you feel like a lady. What I love most about espresso is I can drink it within a few sips whereas I find I nurse my iced lattes for hours (probably meaning I don’t really like the beans). Plus, it’s what the French do, so you know it’s tres chic.
Here’s one of my espressos I had in Marseille this past summer.
After some Google research, I found everything I needed to bring some of that French goodness to my own kitchen. I thought I’d share it with you if there are any of you who want to dive into the espresso world. I already have an espresso machine, if you like lattes (which have espresso shots with milk) check out an earlier post I wrote about how to make your own at home lattes here.
Don’t forget one sugar cube (white or brown), and a cute little biscotti or biscuit (Biscoff shown here)! Enjoy!