Photo of the Week: Rainy Day in Florence

Photo of the Week: Rainy Day in Florence

You call it rain.
We call it street glitter*.

(*Please note, as of today’s date “Street Glitter” has been officially registered and trademarked for our future (though as of yet, nonexistent) band name. Don’t get any ideas).
😉

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Photo of the Week: Italy 2013!

Photo of the Week: Italy 2013!

It’s officially 2013!
We here at Select Study Abroad could not be happier. It means we are even closer to this year’s students arriving. We have been hard at work honing our itineraries and planning some new fun adventures. Shhh! Top secret. It’s always more fun if it’s a surprise!
Here’s to a new year of more fun, more food, more fabulous site seeing and more Florence!
Look out for more blogs coming your way too! If you have any requests for information or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Yours,

The Select Team

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Photo of the Week: Happy New Year!

Photo of the Week: Happy New Year!

Happy everything & everything happy for 2013!

From your team at Select Study Abroad!

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Photo of the Week: Panettone & Pandoro

Photo of the Week: Panettone & Pandoro

If you plan on spending Christmas in Italy, there are two words you need you know: Panettone and Pandoro. These are two somewhat similar looking (but very different tasting) traditional sweet breads that are enjoyed during the holiday season. They are sold in large cardboard containers or exciting packaging (as pictured above) and come out in the hundreds, piled high in grocery stores, and lining the walls of bars and bakeries all over Italy.

Panettone is a sweet bread from Milan and is shaped like the cupola of a dome. The process to make this seemingly simple desert is actually rather lengthy and difficult, requiring many days and at least three separate dough risings. The final product, a fluffy, light dough, is filled with candied fruits and/or raisons. It is usually served with a sweet drink, often hot, and with mascarpone on top.

Pandoro, or Pan d’oro (bread of gold or golden bread), is a yeast bread baked in the shape of an 8-pointed star. Equally flaky and light, but without the candied fruit, many brands come with powdered sugar that is sprinkled all over to create a “snow-covered” effect. Like the panettone, it can also be served with mascarpone, a chantilly cream, or even gelato.

I personally enjoy my Pandoro dipped in coffee the morning after. Next time you’re here, make sure you try it. It only comes out once a year!

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Photo of the Week: Holidays in Florence

Photo of the Week: Holidays in Florence

Happy Holidays from everyone at Select Study Abroad!!

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