All posts tagged: Italy

Here 20 “Osterias” not to miss in Italy // 20 osterie da non perdere in Italia

A few weeks ago I was so lucky to spend a week in Sardinia, visit the artistic town of San Sperate, not far from Cagliari, and eat at a very good “Osteria”. See the link here for the definition of Osteria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteria The Osteria I’ve been to is called: “Da Ada”, San Sperate (CA). It’s the number 20 of 20. And if you want to know more of this good restaurant and the town where is located, read my blog post here: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/san-sperate-a-hidden-gem-in-sardinia-8-reasons-to-visit-it-san-sperate-e-uninesperata-gemma-campidana-sardegna-8-ragioni-per-visitarla/ Here at the link below is the full list of 20 “Osterias” not to miss in Italy by ‘Corriere della Sera’: http://cucina.corriere.it/libri/cards/osterie-d-italia-20-nuovi-indirizzi-non-perdere/mangiare-slow-a-prezzi-pop_principale.shtml?cmpid=SF020103COR  Have you been to any of these? Or are you planning to visit any of these? ———- // ———- Qualche settimana fa’ ho avuto la fortuna di passare una settimana in Sardegna e di visitare il paesino artistico di San Sperate, e proprio qui di mangiare ad una buona osteria, citata tra le 20 da non perdere dal ‘Corriere della sera’. L’osteria in questione si chiama “Da Ada”. E se …

Milan over Xmas… Shopping! // Milano a Natale… Shopping!

After 3 flights of 7hours each approximately, I finally landed in Milan! The fog’s smell at Malpensa airport was penetrating my nose. Something not definitely sexy, but dear as it smells like home, although you hardly see any fog in Milan anymore. The following day I was already with family having a pre-Xmas lunch also with my cousins from Torino. I was extremely happy, although fighting against a bad jet lag. The day continued with some shopping in Corso 22 Marzo, not far from home. I really needed to at least window shopping. What you can find in Milan is definitely different to anywhere else! There are some interesting rising Australian Designers, but then the most recognised fashion shop in Melbourne is Le Louvre which sell mostly designers from Italy, France and Europe! I was mainly after shoes and some jumpers and anything to renovate my future winter wardrobe. Because the time was limited, I didn’t do much shopping in Milan, and I’m not any fashion expert, but I’m feeling like sharing a couple of …

Chilly & Feeling ‘snowy’ today: Where to go skiing before it’s too crowded! // Voglia di neve? Ecco le destinazioni Top prima che diventino troppo affollate!

Today it really felt a bit colder in Melbourne and I could smell the snowy weather in the air. Supposedly it snowed in Victoria, in Mount Buller for example, and it’s going to snow in Queenstown, New Zealand. Well, yeah, I’d love to ski!!! So on the subject here’s an article that I came across on The Age by ‘Miss Snow it all‘ (I love this name!) which collects some other ski destinations around the globe. They are always in the famous ski countries in Europe, North America, Japan, but it says they are soon to become the new top spots. Some of them you might know, depending on where you live, some others you won’t. Some of them I find hard to believe, probably because I know the place too well or maybe it has just been improved in the last few years and I don’t know…I hope so! Some I totally agree with. And I think that a different place can always look interesting to new eyes, coming from another country or snow …

The 4 Phases of Moving to Another Place

I have been living my life in different places. Although it’s been mostly in Italy, in Milan, I have always had the chance to travel, whether it was for holiday, study or work purposes. First encouraged by my parents who well thought it was important to discover the world, know about other cultures and learn other languages to enrich ourselves and prepare for the future, as you never know what turn life could take. At the beginning I felt lucky, but a bit forced, and then little by little this desire and curiosity about the world has become part of me. And now I actively seek these kind of experiences. That’s why lately I spent 2 years and a half living in working in Madrid, Spain, and a few months ago I chose to live in Melbourne, Australia. Every time you move, I think you go through different experiences, phases and emotional states. After my latest transfer to Spain first and to Australia second, I started realising there is actually a pattern in moving and …

La Cucina del Buongusto

  Oggi vi racconto di un libro perchè quale miglior modo che viaggiare con la mente e stimolare la propria creatività ed immaginazione leggendo? Ho, infatti, appena finito di leggere La Cucina del Buongusto, libro con il quale mi sono sentita in armonia per vari motivi, ma 2 principalmente: 1. la scoperta dell’amore per la cucina come ispirazione, valvola di sfogo, momento di relax con se stessi, di contemplazione di luoghi e sapori lontani (vivendo in Australia), di apprendimento di nuove ricette, di amore verso se stessi e chi condividera’ il cibo con noi 2. Il vivere all’estero e volere mantenere vive le proprie tradizioni e approfondendole in cucina. Dal libro traspare un amore verso la cucina, i prodotti e la loro origine, i modi di cucinare oltre che verso la famiglia e la tradizione. E’ un libro rassicurante, nel quale trovare al contempo pace ed ispirazione, oltre a che gustosi aneddoti e ricette da provare. Non dico null’altro, e’ da leggere!   Ecco la presentazione del libro a Palermo un po’ di tanto fa’ per …

World’s 100 best beaches // La Top 100 delle più belle spiagge al mondo! // Las 100 playas màs bonitas

In Europe, and everywhere “Upabove”, it seems that summer finally has landed (Milan was boiling with 40°C these days, and here Downunder, we never loose our summery mood and we are so close to hot spots on the planet, already within a 2-3 hours reach in Australia. The weekend is approaching and daydreaming about a beautiful beach is more than understandable and it helps to get by these last 2 days of the week. So here is some pictures of some extraordinary beaches you might want to visit one day or daydream for now 🙂 Have a look and see if you ever been to one of these ones! http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/travel/100-best-beaches  ——— // ——— in Europa, e nell’emisfero nord, oramai sembra che l’estate sia arrivata, (a Milano le temperature hanno raggiunto i 40° gradi dopo un’ingrata primavera!9) e qui Downunder non smettiamo mai di pensare all’estate! Perchè in Australia esiste l’inverno? La gente si ostina ad usare le Havaianas anche sotto i 15°C a Melbourne, ma tutto fa’ colore! 🙂 E comunque in 2-3 ore si …

Want to know about a ‘yummy’ spot for brunch? / Che ne dite di un brunch? Pancakes, uova, …

Finally after months & months of trying, I convinced Carlo to come & join me after my French Class on Saturday morning. So we met for lunch at Miss Jackson, Jackson st, St Kilda. This is a cute little cafe’ where I usually go for a nice coffee during the lesson break with my colleagues from the French course, brave like me in making the decision of studying French on a Saturday morning. I keep doing it and regretting it when the alarm clock rings at 7 am, but then I’m really happy when I’m there, it really rewards me! Good teachers, fun people! And the ride in tram 96 is always an adventure! … If you know what I mean 😉 Well, anyway, we met at Miss Jackson, which I discovered thanks to Andrea, a past Alliance Française colleague. Something peculiar about Miss Jackson is that they change the flower and plant compositions they display at the entrance! Apart from the amazing dishes I’ve been seeing on their Facebook page: well, just to die …

What does the word ‘TA’ mean? / Cosa significa la parola inglese ‘TA’?

Ale is an ex-colleague of my husband and also a friend. Ale is a person with lots of interests and the things he does, for what I know, he does them well. For example he plays the guitar, he has a band, he’s a tech expert or enthusiast, he likes to write on his blog http://www.mantini.net and I think he should be a writer. He always has such a smooth touch in his words, almost a forgotten respect & politeness in the way he expresses his thoughts on “paper” (or web paper) or when he talks to you.  Unfortunately, at least for now, his posts are only in Italian. He’s very energetic person, and it could be just this way as he does a lot more things! He very kindly asked me to write a post for his blog, as a Guest Blogger, and to thank him I decided to write about the word “TA”. The Native English speakers will understand right away why, but if you are curious about my short curious story, go …

Milano, the Place to Be this Week: 9-14 April 2013 Design Week

Milano, la capitale del business, della moda e anche del design d’Italia. Milano, una città di lavoratori, dove la professionalità è altissima, dove non c’è mai tempo e dove il lavoro, purtroppo o per fortuna, riveste un’importanza esagerata. Una città dove tutti sono indaffarati, dove le persone corrono da un posto all’altro. Dal lavoro all’aperitivo, alla cena, al dopo cena, dove non c’è un minuto da perdere, anche quando ci si diverte. L’ “agenda” fitta ed organizzata del lavoro si riflette anche nella vita privata e sociale. E così si corre, corre, corre… per vedere l’Ale, l’Andre, la Francie, la Maggie, ecc… tutti i nomi rigorosamente con l’articolo davanti, come è usanza qui e da un ritrovo all’altro. E per uscire bisogna organizzare con almeno una settimana di anticipo. Se la confrontassi con Madrid, una città attiva tutti i giorni della settimana a tutte le ore del giorno e della notte, direi che Milano, almeno in questi ultimi anni, è principalmente attiva dal mercoledì sera in avanti con punte il giovedì sera e durante il …

Wine & The City

After a few days of absence from the internet, I’m now sitting in a wine bar ready to enjoy a well deserved meal. Well deserved after fasting at breakfast after a test. My choice is a ‘Savoury Tart’, or quiche, with some salad and balsamic vinegar. Very good indeed! All accompanied by a very good glass of Red wine from Tasmania. I’m feeling like something light since it is warm and Pinot Noir it is: Glaetzer Dixon Avance Pinot Noir from Tasmania. Excellent! It’s sunny, the air is clear, and I’m feeling so relaxed! the lunch at the ‘Wine Shop’ is really delicious, but a coffee and some ‘biscotti’ make the perfect ending to a good meal. the desserts are really inviting, but too sumptuous in such a weather. I even pronounce this Italian word with an English accent, so to make myself understood.  ; ) The ‘biscotti’ are in reality what in Italy we call ‘ Cantuccini’, although here a slimmer version, but not bad. There’s no Vin Santo, or actually I didn’t ask …