All posts tagged: wine

#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 …

10+ things to do on a weekend in Paris

Paris sera toujours Paris. Paris will always be Paris. And despite the fact I had been 3 times previously in the past, I still wanted to go back after a long time, and this time with Carlo. The occasion was a small family reunion after living 3 years in Australia and a Xmas gift for Carlo’s parents on behalf of Carlo’s sister and her husband. Here are at least 12 tips of things to do in Paris on a weekend: 1.Pay a visit to the Louvre, even if you’ve been there before. By the way they built a shopping centre underneath it which is just fabulous and already beautiful decorated for Xmas.  Very good we booked the tickets in advance, so no queue for the museum. And, by the way, if you don’t want to die inside the Louvre, just plan to see just a part of it right at the start. We focussed on the Italian section (maybe biased? 😉 and spent a bit more than 2 hours inside, of course without missing the …

What to do on a weekend around Adelaide?

Barossa Valley, well, this place brings me back to my study exchange experience at Macquarie University many years ago. You’ll know about it, if you read some of my previous posts. During the Easter Break I did this trip from Sydney to Melbourne (by bus, yes, 13 hours) and then a tour of the Great Ocean Road, a sort of hop on hop off, till Adelaide. There we then decided to spend 3 beautiful days wandering around Barossa Valley and sleeping in the vineyards. All this with my friends from Austria and Germany, Kathrin and Brit. I guess an Italian was needed for diplomacy reasons 😉 Well, a couple of weeks ago I went back with my husband. A trip down memory lane. We landed at Adelaide airport, that is now partially renovated, then with a hired car, we left our luggage at our accommodation, Tiffin’s Hotel, booked through Booking.com Actually nothing special, but quite a good price for being a hotel close to the CBD. Our plan was not very much of a plan. …

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 …

TasMANIAC – Chapter 2

It’s the 31st of January, 1 month in the new year and that’s when I usually, but probably most of the people are, start missing holidays, being somewhere else than your home and the ‘no worries’ mindset. So that is why I’ll go on with the 2nd chapter of TasMANIAC! I don’t remember if I already told you that we got our rental car canceled, so we quickly had to re-plan our trip and since we had 4 full days, we decided to take it slowly. We spent 1 ½ day in Hobart, starting from our Xmas evening, where we were wandering around the city craving for something to eat. Everything was closed, it was windy and probably we were not that well equipped. we knew ‘Tassie’ was a bit colder, but we were still in the summer months, but the wind is always the guilty one. Anyway, finally at the seaport, we see some people and some lights, a Fish & Chips: Fishy Business. It’s just in front of Mures, which is supposed to …

TasMANIAC! – Capitolo 1 / Chapter 1

La Tasmania per me era uno dei questi posti ‘mitici’, quasi mitologici, lontanissimi, dove chissà se ci sarei mai andata e per questo ha sempre avuto un forte attrattivo. Quasi un’allure misteriosa. E poi, una domanda che non si vuole pronunciare ad alta voce: “Ma esiste veramente Taz, il diavoletto della Tasmania? Sai l’ho visto nei cartoni animati della WB…” Una di quelle domande che ci si vergogna un po’ fare e ci si chiede mentalmente perché non ho fatto un po’ di ricerca preventiva su internet? Internet, che invenzione fantastica! Ti permette di stare in contatto con le persone a migliaia di Km e, per esempio, di evitare figuracce! Chiaramente insieme a milioni di altre cose. Comunque torniamo alla Tasmania. Beh, vivendo a Melbourne risulta che la Tasmania è a un tiro di schioppo. Praticamente come andare in Sardegna da Genova, circa 8-9h di nave e ci sei, nel caso si volesse fare la traversata via mare sulla Spirit of Tasmania, per esempio, per portarsi dietro la propria macchina, e non sarebbe neanche una …

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 …