I Want the Cake and the (Holiday) Icing

Edible… not at first blush.  Natural… yes.  Impressive?  Unquestionably.

This season, there is mini-grandeur in a well-known Cincinnati landmark: Krohn Conservatory.  The 2012 “Trains, Trestles and Traditions” exhibit that first opened in 2011 must be seen to be believed.  Cincinnati’s most iconic landmarks, constructed of all natural materials, are enveloped in the plantings and colors of the season.  One need not be a child to appreciate its whimsy; however, only an adult could appreciate the creativity and workmanship of the display.

Taft Museum

Taft Museum

Mt Adams Incline

Mt Adams Incline

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble

Columbia-Tusculum Painted Ladies

Columbia-Tusculum Painted Ladies

Ault Park Bandstand

Ault Park Bandstand

On to the Taft Museum for a striking display of Edward Steichen’s black and white photographic art the of the 1930s.  Steichen spent 15 years as the principal photographer for Conde Nast’s Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines.  Fred Astaire, Clara Bow, Winston Churchill, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn, Paul Robeson, Gloria Swanson, and Walter Winchell, to scratch the surface.  After catching one’s breath, the likes of Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Duncanson and Farny await in the permanent galleries.  Exhale.

You knew food would be involved.  Vita Vite has a stylish simplicity, and the visual aura of the ice skaters on Fountain Square seeded the sense of the season.  OK, I had the once-in-a-decade plate of Pasta Alfredo, a couple of glasses of wine, and a great salad.  Fortification for the season of contemplation.

If there’s cake, there’s icing.  So numerous they are and so long do they span, I can no longer count the number of celebrations I’ve had at the Palm Court in the Netherland.  It is my favorite place for une occasion.  Even a cup of coffee is mémorable.  A Drambuie straight up, well, all the memories arise in an Art Deco tidal wave.  Cookie houses of great Cincinnati buildings.  Guess that’s the decoration on the icing.

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One Response to I Want the Cake and the (Holiday) Icing

  1. Leslie says:

    Dear friend, Your descriptions and photos bring back memories of Christmases past. And, I always love to hear of your evolving techniques with those tricky caramels! I am glad you share your travels and may your Christmas be Merry! Love, Leslie

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