Got my very own taste of Italy today! I went to the Beehive Tearoom downtown, and ordered a passion fruit flavored Italian soda. The syrup (flavoring) of the soda was put at the bottom of the glass, with soda water poured in afterwards, and then a great big pile of whipped cream was mountained on the top.
Now I know what you’re thinking: What? Whipped cream on soda!?
That was about my reaction too. Apparently, Italian soda is mixed with cream for an almost frothy drink. Granted, whipped cream from an aresol spray can isn’t really authentic, but it tasted fantastic anyway.
The Beehive Tearoom is amazing! The atmosphere is incredible. It’s almost overpowering, but slightly homey. I really liked how high the ceiling was. The Tearoom itself was very small and pretty crowded, but the ceiling was graced with all sorts of paper lanterns and chandeliers. It felt otherworldly. I got lost in the brilliance of the decor, as well as the delicious food.
After going to the tearoom (jeez, that just sounds so awesome you’ve gotta say it with a British accent XD) I went to a little antique store filled with so much stuff there was hardly any walk spaces, just disconnected pathways meandering through the knicknacks. Curio was stacked on the floor, piled on desks, spilled out from chests, and crowded on shelves. Dolls ogled from display cases, dusty soda bottles clinked awkwardly in their boxes. Rusted and ruined army helmets served as a dangerous tripping hazard, while desks crammed with action figures and comic books jabbed at your elbows. It felt like walking through a minefield. So many colors, dulled from time, clamored for my attention, and I wished I had fifty eyes to take in everything at once.
One display especially caught my attention. Hanging off a spindly metal tree, perilously perched on a dusty dusk, was jewelry! Old rusted pocketwatches, faded and dirty cameos. Cowboy ties and brooches, boy-scout badges and pearls.
I was looking through the pocket watches with interest, slowly spinning the gears with my fingernails, when I saw this:
A HOLOGRAM NECKLACE!!! Who knew there even were holograms, right!? Futuristic jewelry… from the past. My mind was blown. You could see right through it, and yet it looked 3-D. When you flipped it over, it looked like the inverse of the image! I stared at it, contemplating. It was fantastic, unimaginable, and here I was holding this amazing little piece of history from the future in my hand. I was awed. I bought it on the spot.
The whole day was magical, and felt so whimsical. Who knew soda from Italy could lead me to futuristic jewelry from the past?