All posts tagged: vino

#Expovina Zürich: wine, #wine and more wine! // Expovina Zurigo: vino, vino e ancora vino!

Some Aussie friends, that I met recently, were talking about going to a wine festival on boats on lake Zurich. In my head I thought: ” what an interesting way of letting people taste and enjoy wine. Of course, the lake better be calm if you are usually sea-sick or, in this case, lake-sick! ;)” A week later I received the invitation to go together. I was trying to understand how long would this wine cruise take until I actually found out that the 12 or more boats at the Expovina were actually anchored at port ahah What a big laugh! The entrance is 25chf, and you usually better have cash, which could sound expensive. But since companies participating are actually distributors and you pay such a fee, you actually get to taste a lot of wine. Some just pour up to 1/4-1/3 of a glass. So definitely a fun activity, especially when you have to climb the different boats stairs 😉 So I’d suggest to have a hearty meal, or even a hot dog …

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 …

24.12.12: Il menù della vigilia di Natale / Xmas Eve’s Menu

Finalmente le vacanze di Natale. Qualche giorno di ricognizione a Melbourne, sistema la casa, prepara le ultime cose per Natale, scrivi gli ultimi biglietti e compra le ultime prelibatezze o almeno quelle disponibili qua in Australia, contando che avremmo passato Natale con una famiglia australiana e non ci sarebbe stato tanto da cucinare. Un po’ sì pero’, per la vigilia. E allora, visto il poco tempo disponibile, pensiamo a cosa poter cucinare di facile e relativamente veloce, ma che possa risultare anche un po’ altrettanto speciale. Ed ecco il menù della vigilia. ANTIPASTO . Salatini al grana / rosmarino / salamino piccante (1° esperimento e piuttosto ben riuscito) . Tartine con crema di tonno / Prosciutto crudo San Daniele / Salamino piccante che ritorna (il giorno dopo si partiva e non si potevano lasciare avanzi) PRIMO . Risotto alla Milanese e cioè con lo zafferano (per fortuna il tempo ci ha assistito, la sera c’erano circa 18° SECONDO o PRE-DOLCE . Gorgonzola . insalata rucola, spinaci e noci DOLCE . Pandoro (c’eravamo già mangiati 2 …

Sorrento…ehm, Australia! / A day in the Mornington Peninsula

Hey, si inizia a girare un po’ e ad esplorare i luoghi nella zona di Melbourne, nello stato del Victoria. Quindi oltre a Sydney, nello stato del New South Wales (o Nuovo Galles del Sud), sono andata in giornata alla Mornington Peninsula. In macchina e’ un viaggio di poco più di 1 ora da Melbourne per arrivare all’inizio della Mornington Peninsula e di circa 2 ore per arrivare a Sorrento. Eh sì, esiste una Sorrento anche in Australia. E’ un grazioso paesino di mare, con una strada centrale piena di ristorantini, bar, pasticcerie e negozietti e poi si scende e si arriva alla spiaggia dove si trova un mare blu-azzurro, stupendo! Direi in competizione con altri bei mari in giro per il mondo. Al contrario di quello che troveremmo in Italia, sulla costa non ci sono case e, se ci sono, sono dissimulate dal verde. Vicino alla spiaggia ci sono dei servizi pubblici e delle panchine e poi un bar-ristorante, ma al di là della strada e poco altro. Sorrento è una perfetta sosta per …

Friday at 7 back to heaven

It’s Friday, actually it was Friday yesterday, it was 7 o’clock, the weather was warm, spring, or more spring to summer and I was getting home, walking, just because of such a good weather. I was walking from Bourke St in Melbourne back to the Docklands and I just seeing load of people walking down. I crossed Southern Cross Station, so I thought everybody was in a hurry to catch their train and be back home as soon as possible to start their own weekend. Then I started seeing people wearing a scarf, definitely not the weather to wear a scarf. I then noticed that all the scarves looked more or less the same, well, oh yeah, Friday = Football game. Then, you could discuss what kind of football, if “real football”, and with that I mean European or Southamerican soccer, or one of the Australian football or rugby. Anyway, this is not important! The good thing is that there was really a nice atmosphere, relaxed, joyful, with the sun warming up the air and …