All posts tagged: Mangiare

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 …

Sydney: where to find some really good fish? // Dove mangiare dell’ottimo pesce a Sydney?

Every now and then I have the chance to go to Sydney and I feel so lucky as it is one city I have been in love with for 11 years or so. It was the chance to experience an amazingly warm city, 23C, like a hot spring, and sunbathe while having tapas in the CBD at Barrafina (try the lighlty floured calamari and the avocado salad, delicious! Feaured on Broadsheet), which I recommend, or while walking around Manly, because that’s what I did on my 2nd day. I also visited the World Press Photo exhibition at the National Library of NSW, quite impressive, and tried a couple of restaurants which I really reccommend: The Spice Temple in the CBD and Toko, a Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills. At the Spice Temple you can have amazing chinese food, very, very spicy! My eyes were watery, but it was all worthy! At the Koko is a glamourous spot, but that also delivers on its promise: delicious food! As I said, Sydney is always beautiful, glamourous, enchanting …

Fancy an arty, cozy, social responsible Cafè offering Natural Food in Melbourne CBD? / Mix di design, atmosfera vibrante, buon cibo e ‘sociale’ in un piccolo caffè di Melbourne

Wow! Yes, that’s the feeling I had entering the Kinkfolk Cafe’. As soon as I walked in, I’ve been positively overwhelmed by the vibrant atmosphere and the bohemian mix of design. At first, it seems there’s a bit of mess because af all the things hanging on the wall, the different design patterns, but actually it all makes sense here and you breathe and feel positive vibrations! It puts you right away in a creative state of mind, of discovery, of wanting more and because of that it’s really hard for me to keep up with my thoughts right now. I just would like a mind reader that could instantly transfer my ideas on paper, or better, electronic paper. And my cauliflower soup just arrived, so that I can warm myself up in such a windy and a bit chilly day. Also I’m sharing the table with so many other people, something helps you to get warm on multiple levels. You feel welcome, you feel alive! There’s an interesting choice on the menu on the …

Feel like a Paradise Beach Escape? Port Douglas, Queensland / Volete una spiaggia paradisiaca? Port Douglas e dintorni

The warm weather of these days, over 20°C with top of 25°C, makes me dream about a beach escape somewhere. Although I could probably go to the Mornington Peninsula or to South Melbourne just to enjoy a beach day. And the strangest thing to me is that it’s May, which is the last month of Fall before winter comes. Of course here Downunder. So I cannot prevent myself from thinking about the 5 days I spent in Queensland, in Port Douglas, last summer, as I forgot to write about it. I guess I just kept enjoying the good Melbourne weather, but now my mind goes back to the good memory that trip left me. It’s good to remember the nice time I had there, before thinking about the next trip. I had been to Queensland before, but not really stopped and enjoyed the laidback pace of Port Douglas. And not only this, but also the nice restaurants, shops, activities and the lush nature that this piece of paradise has to offer. I stayed at the …

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 …

Sydney – 2 giorni per visitarla e non perdere i principali ‘Spots’!

State per visitare Sydney? Volete organizzarvi un itinerario proprio percheè avete solo 2 giorni? Nel link sotto troverete le cose principali da non perdere a Sydney e che si possono vedere in 2 giorni. Poi alcuni altri posti da visitare con un po’ più di tempo, suggerimenti di ristoranti, caffè, racconti e curiosità negli altri ‘post’ correlati. Cliccate sul link qui: Sydney.

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 …

Wandering around Melbourne CDB – where to loose yourself: lanes, cafès, …

Wandering around some of the lanes of Melbourne CBD is just a way of positively loose and recharge yourself. It’s an inspiring place! You suddenly think you are not in Melbourne, but in some busy little Asian lane or a Georgian/ Victorian elegant Arcade or a busy street full of cafes somewhere in Europe, with one of the greatest choice you could have. From Italian Style cafes to Sushi bars, Asian places, Fusion or International Flavour spots. Some are just beautiful to look at, some have a more ‘worn-out’ look, and you think that maybe a lot people have stopped by, a container for lots of stories. I don’t know whether this ‘stream of consciousness’ is actually the result of a meditation class I just tried out for the first time. If it is the enormous amount of oxygen that pervades my body, in a state of enhanced alert or what. But do check out these streets: – Hosier Lane, where you’ll find  great murales to look at and also 2 of the Movida restaurant. …

What is a ‘Friand’? It is delicious! / Cos’è un ‘friand’? E’ delizioso!

Today I learnt a new word. That’s the advantage of going outside and not sit at home,  you always learn something new! The word is friand, probably a French pastry or the Australian nane for a French pastry or some French name for an Australian pastry just to make it more appealing! 😉 this stimulated my curiosity, also because it is strange to learn about French pastry in Australia, bit in fact, as ‘Wikipedia Docet’ (= Wikipedia teaches), it is well spread in Australia and New Zealand. Here is what ‘Wikipedia’ says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friand The friand is a small French cake, often mistaken for a pastry. It is popular in Australia and New Zealand.[1] It is usually made with almond flour and egg whites. It typically has additional flavorings such as coconut, chocolate, fruit, and nuts. It is baked in small molds, typically oval or barquette in shape. It appears to be related to the financier, though it differs in being larger and not using brown butter.[2][3] The French word friand, which means dainty or a …