Month: September 2015

Saigon – An Eu(Pho)ric Experience! // Saigon – un’esperienza eu(Pho)rica!

From time to time guests, bloggers or just casual writers, give the honour of writing a post on my blog, which enriches my blog with different experiences and point of views. Very much appreciated! ~~~~~~~ Here, for example, is a culinary experience written by Carlo Tagliabue. It’s easy to get lost in the maze of Asian food – such a variety of flavours, colours and tastes that leaves a novice like me always baffled when staring at menus of traditional eateries. And navigating dish descriptions and ingredients does often not help (what again is Horapa??). So one starts to find his own bearings with some iconic dishes. These might clearly label you as a tourist, but they are at first a safe bet to leave the restaurant with a full belly and can become later on the starting point for a more extensive exploration into the unchartered territory of that country’s food scene. When it comes to Vietnam’s vast culinary ocean, my own safety raft is Pho. A typical noodle soup consisting of broth and …

Gluten-free Cupcakes // Ricetta Cupcake senza glutine

Allora eccomi alle prese con i Cupcake e senza glutine, essendo un po’ intollerante. Ho preso ispirazione da GialloZafferano per la ricetta, uno dei miei siti preferiti, e posso dirvi che è facilissima. INGREDIENTI per 12 CUPCAKE: Tutto, o quasi, è 120g! 😉 120g burro a temperatura ambiente Sale un pizzico Scorza di mezzo limone 120g Farina senza Glutine (guarda: http://www.celiachiamo.com/farine-senza-glutine) 120g Zucchero 2 uova Lievito chimico in polvere un cucchiaino raso (3g) – il lievito per me è sempre un’incognita! Se volete aggiungete una bustina di vanillina. Io non ce l’ho messa.   PREPARAZIONE: Scaldare il forno a 180°. Sappiamo che il forno di ognuno è diverso e con l’esperienza dovrete capire come scalda, se ne aveste la pazienza. Avrete bisogno di uno stampo per muffin/cupcake o se no la carta dei pasticcini per contenere ogni singolo cupcake. Mettete in un recipiente lo zucchero e il burro e mescolate con una frusta elettrica, io ho usato il Minipimer a immersione perché il burro era piuttosto solido. Poi aggiungete le uova, il sale, la scorza …

Now I’m also part of “Paperblog” // Ora faccio anche parte di “Paperblog”!

Since today I’m also part of “Paperblog”. Paperblog is a content keeper and showcase of blogs around the world. As “Paperblog” states on their website: “Paperblog helps you find quality articles from the blogosphere, providing a participatory media site where talented experts and enthusiasts can share their knowledge and experience. The best and most relevant articles are not easy to find amongst all the blogs online. Paperblog identified the need to find the best blogs around, offering quality articles to a growing readership. In the first trimester of 2011, Paperblog International received 10 million regular visitors from throughout the world” « I confirm the subscription of this blog to the Paperblog service under the username lavaleandherworld »   ———- // ———- Da oggi faccio anche parte di “Paperblog”! Paperblog e’ un contenitore e una vetrina al tempo stesso di blog. Infatti, come riportato sul loro sito: “Paperblog nasce con l’obiettivo di localizzare i contenuti più interessanti e originali e offrirli ad un numero di lettori sempre maggiore. Attraverso un processo di selezione dei migliori blog …

Establishing your ‘network’ in the New Country

When you land in a new country, a new city, you’re far away from home and most likely you don’t have your family or your close group of friends living there. Today I’d like to write about establishing your new network in your new hometown. I’ll list a few tips, based on my experience, hoping it may be of help to others without wanting to teach anyone anything really new.  . CULTURE – Being familiar with your acquired new home’s culture will be an advantage. So make sure you read about it before moving to your new destination or once you arrive there. It’ll help blend in more smoothly and discover ‘Dos & Donts’, making your life easier. . Try to find out what are the most important events & traditions. They could be Bank Holidays, Xmas traditions, Sport events, etc… For example, here in Australia almost everything is celebrated with a “Barbie”, a Bbq, and with a beer or with Drinks in general. Or the AFL, the Australian Football, so don’t try to organise …

What’s a Street Food Festival like in Zurich? // Com’e’ uno Street Food Festival a Zurigo?

Sometimes when you live abroad, really far away, everything there seems to be absolutely amazing and it is, but that absolutely amazing thing, event or whatever, that seems so unique, may also exists back home or somewhere else in the world. That’s what exactly happened with the Zurich Street Food Festival, apparently something increasing in popularity that attracts a lot of people and that this year will have happened at least 3 times! We almost missed it because it rained for an hour or so just before going, but luckily we didn’t! Big but not too much, fancy but not too much, appealing, very well organised, with a great positive vibe and with actually a lot of Food cuisine to choose from, this was the Zurich Street Festival on Saturday night, which actually lasts for four days from the Thursday to the Sunday and that seems to be coming back in November (19-30.11.2015) I guess in a Xmas version maybe. So watch out for the dates. Already missing Asian food from living in Australia, we …

At least 6 things to absolutely do in Samoa // Almeno 6 cose da fare a Samoa

Welcome to one of the still quite unspoilt paradise of the South Pacific! 1. Lalomanu Beach – spend there at least half a day to bathe in the turquoise water, lay on the white sand and just admire the amazing panorama either from the sand itself or from the rustic restaurant on the beach. There are at least two accommodation options “fale” style, the typical Samoan hut, either as it is in complete touch with nature covered by just a cloth or in a closed one to give you some more privacy. 2. 1 day Tour of Upolu island – you can rent a car and do it yourself which is probably much easier or pay a taxi driver for the day. They usually will charge around 300 Samoan dollars. A small / old car will cost roughly half, while a new one will cost you roughly the same as a taxi ride, but experiencing the island by yourself is just priceless. 3. Snorkelling – as my husband was saying, the reef is easily reachable …

What is the Expat attitude?

I encourage to read this article by The Age about Expat life or better attitude. I think it reminds everybody how to look at life and brings a bit of positive attitude and care for others, it pushes you to know more about the country you live in, it brings the curiosity to go out and make new friends. Among other things, it talks about expats you usually do things and don’t spend much time thinking whether they should do something or not.  I think we all need to remember that from time to time. From my personal experience, I do think that as an Expat you are, in a way, forced to put yourself out there to make new friends and explore the new city you live in, but then it also comes down to each one’s attitude. It allows you the freedom of being different, discovering your newself, if you want, although you always need to cope with yourself, but that is another story. I remember the first time I came back from …