Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Just a Bakery, It's Living History
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Italy has had a love affair
and pastries for centuries.
It goes back to Roman times
when the Roman goddess Ceres protected crops, especially grains. Even the word
"cereal" is derived from her name.
Bread itself is a symbol of
abundance, and Italians take this very seriously. Seen as a image of sustenance
and life, bread is considered an essential component of a balanced meal.
All over Italy you will see
pizzerias, stuffed breads, bread soups, bread salads
and sweetened bread desserts like bread pudding and tiramisu.
Take a look below!
Typical corner bread and pastry shop
On the side of this bakery is the word "Piadineria"
The piadina is a classic unleavened flat
bread that has been made in the Italian region of Europe since the Middle Ages.
It is similar to Pita bread, or - with a stretch - the Mexican tortilla.
It's a type of street food and the piadine
can be stuffed with just about anything from vegetables, meats, cheeses or fish.
This Piadineria also has marvelous desserts.
Panna cotta or Semifreddo?
Not that I am an expert, but there are
distinct differences between Panna cottas and Semifreddos.
Semifreddo is typically
served in slices, like a cake, and can be garnished with fruits, nuts, or a
drizzle of chocolate sauce as you see above.
It is usually kept in the freezer until
ready to serve, and this is not a freezer.
Panna cotta is not frozen
and is typically served unmolded or in a glass.
Panna cotta is creamier and more similar to a
custard, while semifreddo is lighter and more like a frozen mousse or parfait.
So which ones are these?
Ah... What's in a name? A
rose by any other name would still smell just as sweet.
And these desserts are incredibly delicious.
Quite the selection!
Above you see various bread-like desserts,
cakes, cookies and stuffed breads.
On the top right are cannelloni filled with
a pastry cream and pistachios, a local favorite.
On the bottom shelf are those mysterious -
by-any-other-name desserts with fruit topping, Rum Babas, and cookies with
vanilla and chocolate icing.
Various Tiramisus in jars
Italians have a strong aversion to wasting
bread, and there is a cultural emphasis on using every part of the loaf.
The cherished dessert
tiramisu above utilizes day-old bread.
One of Austria's most iconic desserts
achieving international acclaim, one can now find copies around the world - like
this one above.
However, no distribution license exists for
Decades ago, Billy and I went to Hotel Sacher
in Austria to taste the real thing.
Can you believe that?
In 1979 Billy - a trained French Chef - and I
traveled all throughout Europe eating at Michelin Guide Restaurants and tasting
the best rated food in the world.
And the Original Sacher Torte is one of those
At the time, we spent $10USD for 2
cappuccinos and 1 Sacher Torte. I remember shaking my head at the cost!
But today, that same $10 would
amount to $42.50USD!
The Hotel Sacher has a protected trademark
on the term "Original Sacher Torte"
The secrets of this cake are kept by the
Hotel Sacher in Vienna, and their torte remains the most famous and highly
It consists of a
light chocolate cake with thin layers of apricot or cherry jam, coated in dark
Created in 1832 by a 16-year-old apprentice
chef in Vienna named Franz Sacher, Franz was asked to prepare a special dessert
for Prince Wenzel von Metternich.
The Sacher Torte gained more widespread fame
when Franz Sacher's son, Eduard Sacher, opened the Hotel Sacher in Vienna in
1876. The hotel became renowned for serving the original Sacher Torte recipe,
and it continues to be a Viennese institution known for its iconic cake.
The Sacher Torte has gained such recognition
that it has even led to legal battles over its name and the proper recipe.
Rum Baba - located on top center shelf -
is a beloved dessert
Here you see various stuffed breads, rolled
cakes, gelatin desserts and the well-known Rum Baba.
The Baba is a classic European dessert that
combines a yeast-based cake with a generous soaking of rum or other liqueurs.
The origins of Rum Baba are a subject
of debate, with various European countries - including France, Poland, and
- all claiming the dessert as their own creation.
In Italy, pastry shops are part of the rich
culinary landscape, and they contribute to the country's diverse and delicious
The next time you visit an Italian bakery,
you can now realize that you are witnessing centuries worth of history!
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