Affogato (Food Memories of 2011, No. 10)

Every day in December, I'm blogging about one food experience from this year and being thankful for it.

Affogato, as simple as it is, always wins me over. It's a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over it. What can I say? I'm a sucker for classics.

One day over the summer, I stepped out from my job to take a long overdue break. When I left the building, I didn't know I was necessarily in search of a snack, but I ended up walking to a gelato shop on Third Avenue in New York and heading in.

I ordered an affogato, even though I wasn't that hungry. I just needed the break and needed a reason to dally away from the office for an extra 15 minutes.

Food isn't eaten only to fulfill hunger . The buzzy caffeinated affogato that I had on the day is a perfect example.