today we’re off for some pasta & pizza all the way in Paddington, an inner-city neighborhood of Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. i know it’s a long trip for some Italian, but why not, right? we’re off to barbetta an Italian bistro beautifully designed by acme with loads of charm and coziness. just scrolling their instagram pics had my mouth watering for some freshly made pasta. they also teach cooking classes should you be in the neighborhood, and an online bottega carrying all their gourmet goods. and if you’ve got a hankering for some good old Italian songs, check out their spotify playlist — it’s so fun! it’s a casual spot so we’re going to layer up in a rad red wrap coat, a sweet scalloped blouse under a preppy cashmere vest, and some great wide-leg jeans paired with tan suede boots. don’t forget your ciao fanny pack — it’s perfect for barbetta! and while you await your pizza pals i suggest reading the new novel by ruth ozeki, one of my very favorite authors, The Book of Form and Emptiness. after the death of his beloved musician father, thirteen-year-old Benny Oh begins to hear mysterious voices from inanimate objects — With its blend of sympathetic characters, a riveting plot, everything from jazz, to climate change, to our attachment to material possessions, this book promises to be wise, poignant, playful, humane and heartbreaking.