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The Origin of Tiramisu

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What is Tiramisu? The literal meaning of Tiramisu in Italian is “pick me up” or “cheer me up”. As the name implies, this is an iconic Italian dessert that is served at the end of the meal that hopefully “cheers you up”. Most of the accounts of the origin of Tiramisu points to the 1960s in the region of Veneto in Northeastern Italy, which is where the city of Venice is located. Roberto Linguanotto, owner of “Le Beccherie” of Treviso, Italy was behind the creation of the first Tiramisu. This special dessert was created in the bakery of the restaurant. Over time, people have continued to make Tiramisu and develop their own techniques of making this delicious Italian dessert.

What’s in Tiramisu?

Traditional Tiramisu consists of finger biscuits, egg yolks, sugar, coffee, mascarpone cheese and topped off with cocoa powder. Other variations include adding egg white or even liquor, to give the dessert a flavorful kick. Although the dish is traditionally made in a round shape, over time the Tiramisu has evolved into a square shape due to the limitations of the ladyfinger biscuits. Making the Tiramisu involves layering the custard on top the coffee/liquor soaked finger biscuits. This is where the Tiramisu gets its layered look.

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Tiramisu served with coffee

How is Tiramisu made?

Making Tiramisu is actually easier than it sounds. First step is to make the custard. There are many ways to doing this, the traditional way is to separate the egg white and egg yolk, mix with sugar and vanilla until the custard has a creamy texture. A substitute for eggs would be to use whipped cream. Bottom line is you need to create a fresh creamy dairy custard that holds in shape, which means the heavier the better. Once you have the custard ready, you will need the ladyfinger biscuits. Dip the biscuits in strong espresso (some people even add a little bit of wine), but be sure to not over soak it so it falls apart when you pick them up.  Then then fun part begins. Find yourself a big container (round of square) and spread the first layer of biscuits. After the biscuits are evenly distributed on the first layer, then you add on the custard. Spread the custard out evenly as the biscuits are, and then keep doing it until it fills up your container. The final step is to dust the top off with cocoa powder for the chocolate taste, and then you put the mix in the fridge for a couple hours. 2-4 hours is the ideal time for the Tiramisu, and the temperature makes the dessert even better, too.

Enjoy Tiramisu!

Tiramisu is best served cold, and when paired up with a cup of coffee or espresso, you have hit the jackpot. Nothing says “pick me up” more than a delicious Tiramisu to end a meal. Now that you have the idea of how to make your Tiramisu, go ahead and try it out in your own kitchen! If you are not the kind of person to be creating your own food and desserts, you can always come to Spumoni Restaurants to enjoy our iconic Tiramisu!

 

Best Family Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Best Family Friendly Restaurants in Santa Monica

When it comes time for a family dinner, we understand that it can be a daunting task to make it a success. Firstly, you need the perfect environment that still feels like a nice night out, but isn’t too fancy to bring the kids. You don’t want to receive unwelcome glances from fellow diners as soon as you walk in with children. Then there’s the challenge of finding a restaurant whose food will make everyone happy. Naturally, each person member will likely want to eat something different, so you need a family friendly menu with a wide range of options. Lucky for you, Spumoni checks off on all the above.

Versatile Atmosphere

Spumoni Restaurants pride themselves on the fact that the mood of their restaurant can fit whoever the diner is. The atmosphere is extremely versatile, making it a perfect destination for date night or family dinners. The tables are adorned with candles and flowers, giving it a very romantic feel if thats what you’re looking for. If its a full family affair, Spumoni has you covered there too. The restaurant is extremely family friendly, complete with children’s menus to keep the younger ones happy and entertained. Even better, Spumoni also caters to the needs of dogs for those that want to bring their furry friends to dine with them. The dog friendly outdoor dining area is even complete with doggy bowls filled with water.

Endless Options

As far as menus go, Spumoni’s is one of the most extensive in Santa Monica. There is something for everyone, no matter how picky the eater. They provide wide array of authentic Italian classics, such as minestrone soup, eggplant parmesan, and linguini with clams. These don’t even include the entire section of the menu dedicated to homemade pastas and the vast ‘gnocchi bar’. For those not in the mood for pasta, do not fear; the bases are also covered for fresh meat, fish, and salad dishes. And of course, one could never go to an Italian restaurant and not think about pizza. Aside from their general pizza menu, they also offer a category for specialty New York Style pizza. Let the adults have their wine and three course meal, while the younger members of the family can enjoy the more kid friendly options. Everyone will leave full and happy!

Entertaining Environment

Santa Monica is one of the most family friendly environments in Los Angeles. It is famous for Third Street Promenade, a charming and welcoming outdoor mall that stretches multiple blocks through Santa Monica. In addition to the wealth of stores it offers, you can also find countless restaurants, movie theaters, and other sources of entertainment. However, one of the best features of Third Street Promenade is the street performers. At almost any time of the day or night, you are guaranteed to find at least one dance group, musician, or magician within the span of the promenade. It is unbeatable, family friendly entertainment thats a perfect way to end the night after a meal at Spumoni. The two happen to be in conveniently close proximity to each other, so it wouldn’t be asking too much to take a stroll down the promenade while everyone digests their delicious meal.

Come into Spumoni’s Santa Monica location and enjoy the ideal family friendly restaurant. You’re sure to be the hero of the family and make everyone’s night!