What is the meaning behind “Peace, Love, Gelato?”
So sweet of you to ask!
I come from a very, very Italian background. Both of my parents are from Italy and I grew up eating meatball sandwiches for, well, breakfast. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! Growing up in my family, we also fed ourselves with something else–a daily dose of positivity, resiliency, and a can-do attitude. Our family is all about “believing.” Yes, believing for some may mean believing in the spirit of Christmas, to others believing means having confidence in yourself while cooking in the kitchen. However, believing is also a gift from the universe that leads you in the direction of your dreams. It’s important to me that you understand the ingredients that I’ve mixed to become who I am today! My family, my heritage, and not only my passion for the industry of Italian restaurants, restaurateurs, foodie culture and “food-spiration”, but also the three simple guidelines I live my life by: Peace. Love. Gelato.
This is what I wish for anyone who reads my posts. I hope that inspiration and light guide you daily. In such a fast-paced, global, dynamic and ever-changing “digital” world, I hope you can take a second and read these posts and become enlightened with true reflection. Maybe you come in search of food-spiration, to pick up a travel story, or maybe a homemade recipe. Whatever the reason, I hope my blogs take you on a journey, and give you a break from your day-to-day. I hope it awakens your mind to think out-of-the-box while sparking creativity and inner zen!
I have been blessed to connect with so many motivating, inspiring and influential people in my life. Finding peace in the people around you, in your community of friends and within yourself in the energy you put out into the universe is what makes the world rotate in a full, complete circle. I am a firm believer in the “Law of Attraction” as the book “The Secret” suggests: Attract the energy you wish to surround yourself with in this world. I believe that the kinder you are to someone else, that same kindness will one day be yours. Be kind to everyone you meet. You never know what someone else is experiencing, battling or going through and a simple smile or “hello” goes a long way to brighten someone else’s day. Bringing peace not only will make others feel good, but will make you more complete. Try it.
Love is a universal language. The more you share a smile, a kind word, a compliment, or a helpful hand to someone in great need, the more love there will be in the world. I show much of my love through the art of cooking and by creating dishes and making good food. My soul is food. I love when someone eats a meal of mine and smiles with satisfaction because it is not so much the meal but what the meal represents. It is not just food to feed the stomach but energy to feed the mind, body and soul. A shared conversation usually accompanies all of my meals and it’s the interaction and exchanging of ideas and creativity that has inspired my passion for food and cooking. Making pasta, for example, is a labor of love. You have to love to do it in order to be successful at it. In order to create a masterpiece and make it your own, you have to love what you do and be all about it.
Speaking of love, who doesn’t love gelato? Gelato, “cappuccino con panna” to be exact, is one of my favorite sweets to indulge in when I travel to Italy. It’s my personal reminder of the variety there is in life. There are so many paths; which one to take? So many flavors; which one to choose? Only you can decide which way to go. Do you want to create the world you choose to live in, or live in a world that’s already created? It is your destiny and only you can pick the flavor of your choice.
Although there may be an overwhelming amount of choices sometimes, may it be a sweet life you choose to live. And remember, stressed is just desserts spelled backwards.
Peace, Love, Gelato,