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Palazzo Reale, Milan.
Locals and visitors are patiently queuing for  “Dentro Caravaggio (Inside Caravaggio) a splendid exhibit featuring 18 masterworks by Caravaggio.

 

The show is rendered unique not only because it will present to the public works from the leading Italian museums and equally important museums abroad, but also by the fact that Caravaggio’s canvases will be flanked by their respective X-radiographic images The exhibition reveals, from a new and previously unexplored perspective, the years of Caravaggio’s extraordinary artistic work through two new approaches to reading: diagnostic research and new documentary research..
Tthe audience will be able to discover through the innovative use of multimedia equipment the artist’s path from his initial thought to the final completion of the work. Through infrared reflectography and x-rays that can penetrate through different layers below the surface of the painting, it is now possible to follow the creative process of Caravaggio, his “second thoughts”, refinements, and adjustments in creating the final composition.

A classic example would be the San Giovannino of Palazzo Corsini, which allows us to see the addition of a lamb, which was subsequently removed.
‘Inside Caravaggio’ will allow the incomparable creative path of Caravaggio to be revealed to the general public and it will also be a great opportunity for scholars to perform in-depth analyses. This fascinating journey will enable visitors to follow and discover, through the innovative use of multimedia technologies, the artist’s creative process, from the initial idea to the finished work, giving them the ability to understand not only the process of realization, but also to deep inside the mind of his genius.

 

 

To conclude your journey a great gift shop, where you will find the best souvenirs. From calendars to earrings, to bags to books.

‘DENTRO CARAVAGGIO’ at Palazzo Reale in Milan till february 4th.
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Lisbona: oggi vera giornata ‘turismo e gusto’.Mariana Marques, deliziosa PR del J A Grupo, mi guiderà in un viaggio-gourmet per scoprire i tesori di José Avillez, uno tra gli chef più famosi del Portogallo, gestisce 12 ristoranti, produce vini, ha partecipato a moltI show radiofonici e televisivi. Prima tappa Belcanto, premiato con due stelle Michelin. Raffinata cucina portoghese sofisticamente rivisitata. Tra le specialità il decennale mergulho no mar, spigola con alghe e vongole e il tradizionale cocido à la Portuguesa, sensazionale bollito misto di verdure e carni, tra cui la classica salsiccia chouriço de sangue. Proseguo verso Cantinho do Avillez, presente anche a Porto, poi Mini Bar, nell’interno del Teatro de São Luiz, con un menu perfetto per prima e dopo lo spettacolo e Pizzaria Lisboa, omaggio all’Italia e alla pizza, uno dei piatti preferiti da José. Dopo una bella camminata, sosta lunch al Café Lisboa nel suggestivo Largo de São Carlos. Il menu cita e reinterpreta la più storica cucina portoghese, come la portuguesinha, qui proposta con una sfoglia ripiena di carne e cavoli. 
Un must è il bacalhau à brás com azeitonas explosivas. E’ il piatto nazionale dal sapore unico e speciale: teneri bocconcini di merluzzo insaporiti con morbide cipolle e minuscoli bastoncini di patate fritte, il tutto avvolto da una crema a base di uova. Josè lo aggiorna con delle olive ‘esplosive’, piccole sfere ripiene di sugo di olive verdi, incapsulato con un elaborato processo di sferificazione. Boom! vi esplodono in bocca.

 

       Nel menu non poteva mancare il pastéis de nata, iconico dolce di uova, latte, mandorle, zucchero e cannella.Nato nella celebratissima versione di Belém, venduta nell’omonima pasteleria che fiancheggia il superbo Monastero dos Jerònimos.Nato nella celebratissima versione di Belém, José, oltre che nella versione tradizionale, lo propone anche in versione salata, con una croccante sfoglia ripiena di carne stufata per molte ore.Il tutto innaffiato da un fresco e aromatico JA Branco dai vitigni Viognier e Arinto..            Gran finale: un dolce incluso nelle sette meraviglie della gastronomia portoghese, lo storico budino dell’Abate di Priscos, considerato uno dei più grandi chef del 1800.

Continuo il percorso e arrivo al Bairro do Avillez, davvero unico, dove all’interno trovo cinque alternative: Taberna – dal menù svelto con specialità locali, lo spazioso Páteo – specializzato in pesce e frutti di mare, Cantina Peruana – che ospita lo chef Diego Muñoz, specializzato nella cucina peruviana e infine la gastronomia gourmet in vendita da Mercearia. Alla sera mi sono lasciato tentare dal misterioso e seminascosto Beco Cabaret Gourmet, ispirato ai club degli anni ‘20, con cameriere super sexy e un musical show piuttosto audace. Non a caso sulla parete deL bar troneggia un gigantesco ritratto di Dita Von Teese, la regina del burlesque.


Vengo accolto da un intrigante Master of Ceremony, degno del film Cabaret, al tavolo mi aspetta una rosa che nasconde uno stuzzica-gola alla mela e un tovagliolo sigillato da un bacio. Anche il menù non scherza: ceviche di gamberi, cono di granchio ragno giapponese, mini pizza con tonno crudo e caviale, un peccaminoso stufatino di coda di bue e foie gras e un uovo avvolto in foglia d’argento.Per finire, mini bon bon nascosti tra diamanti e serviti sulle note di ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friends
Finalmente incontro Avillez.
Una ricerca tra giovani ha rivelato che il 50% sogna di diventare uno chef popolare in TV. Cosa ne pensi?
E’ il sogno di molti. Pochi però arriveranno al traguardo. Purtroppo nei TV show sembra tutto piuttosto semplice, ma non lo è.
Parliamo di alcuni chef in TV. Cosa ne pensi su certe ‘battaglie’ in cucina?
Non sono un fanatico né un ammiratore delle guerre televisive in TV. Hanno l’aria di essere state scritte a copione. Se battaglia ci deve essere, preferisco sfidare me stesso.
Dove trovi ispirazione per i tuoi piatti?
Scopro cose che esistono e viaggio nei sogni. Dappertutto e da nessuna parte, nella realtà e nell’immaginazione.
Quali cucine ti influenzano?
Amo la semplicità. Certi sapori asiatici, lo stile giapponese e le tradizioni della cucina portoghese. Mi piace creare piatti che procurino gioia al palato, non solo alla vista.
Come si esprime la tua personalità in cucina?
Sono un tipo tranquillo, non mi piace sbagliare e miro a fare le cose in maniera giusta. Ma tutto con calma. Nessun isterismo se in cucina qualcuno fa un errore.
Sei ospite nella finale di Master Chef. Cosa prepari per far colpo?
Mi affiderei alla tradizione portoghese e alla mia fantasia. Preparerei bacalhau à Brás con olive esplosive, un tipico piatto portoghese, cucinato in maniera un po’ diversa per renderlo più cremoso e guarnito da piccole sfere che schioccano in bocca in un’esplosione al sapore di oliva.
Wow, olive esplosive! Mi daresti la ricetta oppure è un segreto?
Dammi il tuo taccuino, te la scrivo con piacere. E’ un piatto che rispecchia la mia storia, il mio mondo, le mie visioni e tutto quanto ti ho raccontato.

L’inarrestabile José non si ferma.
Al settimo piano del lussuoso El Corte Inglés ha da poco inaugurato tre nuovissimi ristoranti. L’informale Barra Cascabel, che segna la collaborazione con lo chef Roberto Ruiz e che celebra la cucina messicana, Jacaré, cioè alligatore, che si ispira a questo ‘evoluto’ animale che mangia non solo carne, ma anche frutta e verdure e infine Tasca Chic dove i sapori originali delle vecchie taverne tascas incontrano il ritmo e lo stile della Lisbona trendy di oggi. Nel menu troverete pepite di merluzzo meia-desfeita e il saporito maiale di Alentejo, oltre ai famosi dolci di José, tra cui l’irresistibile budino alla crema di miele e olive.
Testo e foto di Cesare Zucca

Lisbon. Discovering José Avillez’s luscious empire.

José Avillez is one of Portugal’s most famous chefs, he runs 12 restaurants,
produces wines, made appearances in many radio and television shows
and has been awarded with 2 Michelin stars for his iconic
     Belcanto                                                                                                                             I met with José n Lisbon at the magnificent Bairro do Avillez, a five restaurants venue, all supervised by José inside the Bairro , I found the unformal Taberna, the spacious Páteo, specialized in fish and seafood, Mercearia, a gourmet store ,Cantina Peruana  which hosts the chef Diego Muñoz, specialized in Peruvian cuisine and finally Beco Cabaret Gourmet a mysteriously hidden Cabaret Dinner Gourmet, with a quite sexy musical revue. It is no coincidence that on the bar wall stands a gigantic portrait of Dita Von Teese, the queen of vaudeville

 

                                        How do you express your personality in the kitchen?
I’m a quiet guy, I do not like to be wrong and aim to do things right. But all calmly. No hysteria if someone makes a mistake in the kitchen

 

What interested you in the food planet?
I am interested in the different world cuisines, that’s why I am honored to host chef Diego Muñoz in my Cantina Peruana and I just opened Barra Cascabel, featuring chef Roberto Ruiz, one of the great references of Mexican cuisine in Europe.

 

 

What we’ll always find in your fridge and what we’ll never find?
I always leave a lot of space for fresh vegetables, eggs, cheeses. Never, never margarine.
Where do you find inspiration to create a dish?
Everywhere and nowhere, in reality and in imagination. I love simplicity: certain Asian flavors, Japanese style and the influences of Portuguese cuisine. I like to create dishes that bring joy to the palate, not just to the eye.
Eros and food, a proven combination. Your aphrodisiac dish ?
A dish that knows how to create an atmosphere. Like a rich soup, perhaps accompanied by oysters.
Open the drawer and tell us your dream.
Be happy. Professionally and sentimentally.
Are you happy now?
Yes, but still in pursue of more happiness.
You are the guest of honor in a TV show. What would you cook to impress the audience?
I would follow the Portuguese tradition and my heart. I would prepare my signature dish: bacalhau à Brás with explosive olives, one of my favorite Portuguese dishes yet cooked with a twist. I would garnish with little green spheres that pop in your mouth and create an explosion of olive flavor. I love surprises!

 

 

 

 

Here all Avillez restaurants.
Choose one (or more) for your next trip to Lisbon
José Avillez restaurants

 

 

 

 

 

DANCE and MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEWS BY CESARE ZUCCA

The Swan Lake at La Scala, Milan A classical tribute to the genius of Petipa and Ivanov

Last night I indulged in a dream.
The Scala Ballet Company was performing a very classical Swan Lake,
as a tribute to the genius of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, the original creators of the choreography of this masterpiece.
Petipa is considered the father of 19th-century Russian ballet. His thoughts on all aspects of ballet – the dance technique and style, the music, the structure, even the props used became prevailing practices For some Lev Ivanov is Petipa’s dependable assistant. For others he is ballet’s unjustly ignored unsung genius, who transformed Swan Lake into a very different ballet. Director Alexei Ratmansky created a new version respectful of Petipa style and intentions. The Scala Orchestra, directed by Michail Jurowski, started with some hesitations then was able to carry the passion and the drama on the stage to a great finale. Nicoletta Manni in the principal roles of Odette/Odile showed an amazing amount of grace, power and technicality. (I was carefully counting the nearly perfect Odile’ s32 fouettés in Act 3) Timofej Andrijashenko as the Prince Siegfried, colored his role with athletic moves and an amazing dramatic interpretation. Nicoletta Manni Timofej Andrijashenko ph Brescia e Amisano Teatro alla ScalaBravo to the female Ensemble that, in a challenging tour de force, spanned from being joyous courtesan to swans, to character figures from all over Europe, back to swans. The Spanish dance was a winner, thanks to the flamboyant Riccardo Massimi and Massimo Garon while Christian Fagetti as Benno performed a passionate pas de trois. amy1d

Applause to the iconic Litte Swan, beautifully featured by Daniela Cavalleri, LusyMay Di Stefano ,Christelle Cennerelli, Agnese Di Clemente I wasn’t so impressed by the Jerome Kaplan costumes. In my opinion, the pastel palette worked great on the courtesans in the Act I, but I didn’t like the long-than-usual feathered tutus of the Swans, as well the ‘Cirque du Soleil-meets-Disneyland’ Hungarian look neither the Botticelli/Art Nouveau/Renaissance dresses of the ‘marry-me’ Ladies who kept fanatically fanning with their golden fans.Swan Lake will perform till July 15th Twww.teatroallascala.org/en/index.html

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MOSES PENDLETON, MOMIX,YESTERDAY AND TODAY

The first Italian debut took place in 1980 at Barclays Teatro Nazionale in Milan. After 35 years, the theater has hosted the world premiere of Momix FOREVER,

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spectacular collage of choreographed by Moses Pendleton, the charismatic creator of the company. The show is not only a retrospective of famous pieces, but also the presentation of four new creations that Moses was able to enter into a continuous environment in which every new piece depends on the previous one and is linked to the one that follows it. “I like to share my day at the fixed time, where industry long walks during which I take pictures and inspirations, photographer, tour videos, record my thoughts and my emotions” momix“My mind needs precise timing to channel the emotions and suggestions of what I see. It ‘s like walking into a museum that presents a different work every day, something new that affects us immediately the attention and that, almost an alchemical process turns into a choreographic movement “ I’m looking, I explore, suddenly metaphors, stirring moving objects and creating new elements in the bodies of my dancers involved in elaborate choreographies that require a perfect physical and great athleticism ‘ “” my muse is nature. In Italy, for example, the beautiful fields of flowers in Tuscany and the peaks of the Dolomites “

The School of American Ballet’s 2014 Winter Ball, in celebration of SAB’s 80th Anniversary, took place at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 3, 2014 and raised more than $1.2 million for scholarships and school programs.
A highlight of the evening was a one-time-only performance by the talented students of The School of American Ballet choreographed by Silas Farley, who choose Antonio Vivaldi’s music for a five movimento ballet .
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Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 10.51.04Put together the “Swan Song ” a vaudeville by Chekhov about an old actor in a
theatre after the lights go out, the eternal music of Tchaikovsky,
the genially irreverent choreography and direction by Fabrizio Monteverde
and a bunch of older, aching, curved dancers who want to live one more time the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Odette/Odile. The result is an amazing new version of one of the most celebrated ballet in the history The Swan Lake,
this time retitled Il Lago dei Cigni ovvero il Canto.Lago-dei-Cigni-02-1030x686 A contemporary ballet that ancient dancers remember and recreate with enormous love and pain. From an amazing opening with all the dancers/swans lied down on ground covered with colored cloths of the scene, while only their raised arms are moving as swan necks to the Odette’s solo, first pure purity and then more and more disjointed and bloodless revealing physical stress and despair to an intense finale where topless Odette frees her body and her beauty to revive the lost youth.Soloists  Roberta De Simone, Claudia Vecchi, Luca Pannacci and Siro Guglielmi, among all the artists of the Balletto di Roma certainly know how give to the audience some emotional, intense, unforgettable moments.
At Teatro Carcano till April 30th
live Cavalleria and Pagliacci…not to be missed
Thursday, December 10th. It will be an amazing night for opera lovers.
It will happen in one of The Space Cinema, a  great chain of movie theaters                      all over the Italian territory, hosting two long waited live performances                                 from London Royal Opera House.
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I am talking off Mascani’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, two short works, each recognized as the masterpiece of its composer, are presented together in a new production of the award-winning Damiano Michieletto.
Exaggerated and cheeky, tender and inventive, energetic and ironic: 40 years old Michieletto is considered the richest talent of Italian directors, who come and go between lyrical and dramatic theater.
The two masterpieces, set up as Sergio Leone westerns, will reveal their western soul. marchiello dirige
The event, hosted by Director of The Royal Opera Kasper Holten, will see Damiano, the great sopranos Carmen Giannattasio and Eva-Maria Westbroek,                               his superb cast and the amazing production team        
explore the production, the tradition of verismo opera and why composers such as Mascagni and Leoncavallo chose to write gritty operas about real life as opposed to romantic fantasies.

                 Mummenschanz. THE MUSICIANS OF THE SILENCE
Here it comes again. The magic world of Mummenschanz hypnotizes one more time.
The group of four mimes debuted last night at Teatro Carcano in Milan, Italy.
Despite some technical issues, the show captured the audience, as usual.
The performance started with two huge hands Mummthat opened the curtain, flirted with the audience and finally met each other to give the green light to the 80 minutes show, that boasts some Mummenschanz favorite moments and features some new numbers.
In a totally black stage the group of four mimes, bring to life an extraordinary variety of imaginary creatures who fight, love, care, have fun and …reach.There is often a destination to land on, a goal to finalize, a mission to persue in the those creatures world. Like the paper toilet couple (she is in pink, he is in blue) that seams to flirt, or the funny Pac Man lookalike who finally reach the top of a tablmumm2e.

Searching, and reaching, a comfort zone, either they are flying or folding their bodies. One of the best moments is the classic encounter between two masked creatures, which keep changing their plastic faces, in a never ending metamorphosis, transforming themselves into animals and humans.The company will tour around the world. Lots of dates in Italy and Usa, Check Mummenschanz international tour at http://www.mummenschanz.com/en/
Photos Courtesy of Mummenschanz.com

                             ‘FUERZA BRUTA’ DOES MILAN

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Will Prince Désiré wake up the princess Aurora who falls asleep for a hundred years?
Sleeping Beauty, a ballet masterpiece with the wonderful music of PI TCajkovskij
and the iconic choreography of Marius Petipa will enchant again Milan audience
thanks to one of the most famous ballet companies in the world,
the New Classical Ballet of Moscow featuring Stetlitsa Evgenii and Olga Kifiak,
both first soloists of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Kiev, while the finale will bring some very special Guests such as Puss in boots and White Cat, Cinderella and the Prince
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.

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The New Classical Ballet of Moscow is a young company with the aim of developing the great tradition of classical Russian ballet, but also seek new choreographic forms. The Ballet is made up of dancers from the best dance Academies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ufa, Perm, winners of international competitions among etoiles from the best theaters in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg.
A magical fairy tale not to be missed.
At Teatro Manzoni in Milan
January 7th, 2016 at 9.00 pm
For info and tickets http://www.teatromanzoni.it

D U M M
Sonics are the actor/dancer Antonio Villella aka Serafino and eight extraordinary aerial acrobats.Their new show is called DUUM and pays homage to the imaginary
underworld of Agharta. Sonics will bring on stage some breathtaking aerial acrobatics trying to make the Duum, the jump towards the earth surface.Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 23.12.08
Duum is actually the sound of a jump. always invent new expedients searching for the right vibration, the secret that will make them leave the underworld forever.duum-sito-3

I loved the  show, the music and the costumes, created by Ileana Prudente and
Irene Chiarle

DUUM will be performing at Teatro Carcano in Milan till Sunday Jan 31th, then will take the Italian tour to Faenza, Bologna, Cividale, Tolmezzo, Sacile, Varese, Forlì.
Here You can check the full Duum Tour schedule.

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 08.23.47An amazing, long journey is taking away the audience of Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan.
The voyage is guided by the spectacular cast, music, lights, and visual effect created by the Cirque Éloize Cirkopolis, a nearly two hour show directed by Jeannot Painchaud and Dave St-Pierre. It starts off with a back projection of a dreary factory populated by a crowd of people in grey overcoats designed by Liz Vandal, while an employer is constantly stamping documents at his office desk. It reminded me of a scene of the recent movie Anna Karenina as well as Terry Gilliam’s Brazil and the underground world of Fritz Lang’s  Metropolis. The amazing video screen by Alexis Laurence follow the action with an intense zooming through buildings or tunnels, giving us the feeling of moving through space. Cirkopolis is taking us to forests, machines, buildings and finally a black and white circus tent. The 10 member extraordinary cast of acrobats and dancers use ropes, trapeze, a Chinese pole, teeter-board German wheel  in a variety of different acts that are pretty astonishing to behold. Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 09.35.49 The great music by Stefan Boucher and the active choreography created by Dave St Pierre follow and animate constantly the show, like a modern ballet interacting with the  balancing acts.
At Teatro Arcimboldi till February 24th 

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The Three Penny Opera at the legendary Piccolo Teatro Strehler of Milan

This is the year of Brechtian celebrations, Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 10.48.14The legendary Piccolo Teatro Strehler of Milano hosts a new production of
The Three Penny Opera. Twenty actors, a superb staging and lighting, a full symphony orchestra and the clever direction of Damiano Michieletto an Italian opera director known for His innovative productions at several leading opera houses and festivals including his Olivier Award-winning production of Leoncavallo’s thrilling tragic opera of a violent jealousy.The story (that Michieletto starts from the end) tells about Mackie Messer, notorious criminal (Marco Foschi) who marries Polly Peachum (Maria Roveran) without the permission of Peachum, the girl’s father, (Peppe Servillo) the one who controls all the London’s beggars, here turned into migrants in orange life jackets and suggesting a mass drowning tragedy.Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 10.49.11 Eventually Mackie manages to get a conviction but shortly before the execution, a Queen’s Messenger grace the accused and awarded him the title of baronet.  I love to mention  the amazing staging of Jenny’s song sung by the incomparable Almodovar’s muse
Rossy De Palma surrounded by male hands.Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 11.06.56 A great ensemble of young actors not to mention the perfect harmony between sounds and visual, thanks to the Sets by Paolo Fantin, costumes by Carla Teti, lighting by Alessandro Carletti, choreography by Chiara Vecchi and the Orchestra Sinfonica of Milano Giuseppe Verdi conducted by Giuseppe Grazioli.At Piccolo Teatro of Milano till June 11.

                 400 years ago…Did Shakespeare love the Circus?

MSNC_1Midsummer Night’s Circus a new musical written by Tobias Rossi and Simone Nardini with music and lyrics by Antonio Torella
accurately directed by Marco Bellocchio and inspired to
Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream.Like in Pippin or the new version of Godspell, the action takes place in a circus,
where elves, clowns, acrobats all together celebrate the circus life, spiced up from a brilliant cast of over forty performers, including young talents and hot stars
such as Michel Altieri (in the role of Oberon) Pietro Pignatelli (Aegean),
Giovanni Abbracciamento
(Lysander), and a great Titania
played by Simona Samarelli
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all work for this lovely version of a masterpiece, that probably Sir William himself may like.
May 13,14 at the Teatro della Luna of Assago 

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FAME is back!
Fame, the Musical
is coming to Milanat Barclays Teatro Nazionale.
The electrifying show, inspired to the legendary movie that opened 35 years ago, provides an open look at the New York City’s High School of Performing Arts, where sweat and hard work are the key factors to a successful life as a performer.
The plot follows a group of students across the acting, dancing and music faculties from 1980-1984 as they learn to master their craft and grow up alongside each other, rising to the various challenges that face them.Fame-12-1
The new version, directed by Federico Bellone reserves to its audience a nice surprise: every evening 10 people from the public, will be hosted on stage as part of the Auditorium of Fame School.
For more info
http://www.teatronazionale.it/tutti-gli-spettacoli/fame-saranno-famosi

                             RAPUNZEL Remember this name…..

Screen Shot 2015-12-19 at 12.26.16Successful return of the beloved family show “Rapunzel” a musical inspired to the Grimm Brother tale, revisited by Alessandro Procacci, Davide Magnabosco e Paolo Barillari.
Great Cast starting with Lorella Cuccarini as the evil Gothel,Alessandra Ferrari as Rapunzel, while the role of Rapunzel child, is greatly performed by 9 years old Valentina Critelli the winner of a popular TV Italian kid contest
Ti Lascio una Canzone”.
A big applause for the flamboyant Giulio Corso as Phil, a young robber who is trying to escape the royal guards and sheltering refuge in an old tower, where he will find Rapunzel , a young girl keep imprisoned by a witchy aunt.There are a lots of new characters, like the two talking flowers, the
guard “Hound” who speaks in Grammelot
and the mirror “Spiegel”, which reflects
the conscience of Rapunzel and inner thoughts.
In addition to that I loved some cartoon animated outdoor sequences Great Idea! 
 A memorable moment: a multitude of lanterns flying over the audience.
Rapunzel will perform at Teatro Arcimboldi till Jan 10th 2016 then touring all over Italy .
Here dates and venues

LIFESTYLE and FASHION ARTICLES by Cesare Zucca

ROMANTICALLY HYPPIE.
INTERVIEW WITH ROSSELLA JARDINI
dsc00247Milan Fashion Week September 2016 Women Collections
Location: the splendid Hotel De Milan, Via Manzoni
-The inspiration?
I’ d say the influence: The legendary 80′ fashion designer Giorgio Sant’Angelo, who was able to create romantic clothing that reflected the hippie culture of the era.
-Your collection is…
Chic, feminine, fun..and great model casting!
You love…rossella-jardini
Turbans, cant’ you tell?
-Final statement?
I like to create clothes that I would enjoy wearing.
-May I have a selfie with you?
Sure, my old friend!xwgsl ie9eb

  1. FASHIONABLY CHINESE AT THE MET GALA

ImageProxy.mvcFrom May 7 through August 16, 2015 The Costume Institute’s spring 2015 exhibition will be Chinese Whispers, Art, Film, and Fashion. The exhibition will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination for centuries, high fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as Chinese films to reveal ongoing dialogues between East and West, past and present.

PUNK FASHION AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM.
FROM CHAOS (a little…) TO COUTURE ( a lot…)

The new spring 2013 exhibition organized by The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum is supposed to be a tribute the punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the 1970s ( that ‘s the chaos) through its continuing influence today ( mais oui, la couture, naturellement !) Adventure yourself in a dark itinerary featuring approximately 100 designs for men and women. Few original punk garments from the mid-1970s are juxtaposed with recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, with paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs.
Focusing on the relationship between the punk concept of ‘do-it-yourself’ and the couture concept of ‘made-to-measure,’ the exhibition focuses on materials, techniques, and embellishments associated with the anti-establishment style.
Presented as an immersive multimedia, multisensory experience, the clothes are animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques. A great jump in a chaotic sea full of creativity and disrespect. Maybe a little bit “too couture”, since the chaos is somehow leaving more space to top designer’s creations.

The Museo del Tessuto hosting the exhibit  ‘Capriccio e Ragione’

Here you will find a luxurious display of embroideries, silks, brocades, and lampasses from 1600, when new nations were discovered and new costumes  images and stories were imported to Europe.

Porcelains, paintings of landscapes, and the new profession of the fabric painter  starting from the vagary of remembering antique historical ruins to portraits either official or private.

France launched and updated this elaborate fashion, stating different styles, from bizarre to dentelle, to the beautiful drawings of Jean Revel, a major figure in Lyonnaise silk from the 18th century and a pioneer of the French style, who carried his innovative style beyond the courts of Versailles and Paris.
The exhibit will be on till April 29th 2018.

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The launch of capsule collection REMIX party by Emporio Armani at the exclusive Excelsior store in Milan, was the hit of Sunday events during the Men collection for 2017.
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SILENT SHOES.    The “furlane” shoe-slippers are a typical example of an item that embodies history, culture and tradition while also being projected towards the future.IMG_0979Their delicacy and uniqueness were also seen as a precious trait.

In Venice, Groups of Friulian women – proud country folk but also indefatigable sellers – came with their wicker baskets to sell their shoe-slippers around the alleys and squares of Venice. the Gondoliers found their rubber soles perfect for conserving the paintwork of their precious gondolas.Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 10.16.58 Today, you can still find the traditional “Furlane” inspired by the eighteenth-century splendour of the Serenissima republic, embellished with velvet or bright oriental silks, all guaranteed hand-sewn. Piedaterre  Address is S. Polo, 60 – Rialto,
Piedaterre will make them by hand.  Thanks to its rubber sole, here another very quiet one Crocs This shoe was originally developed as a boating shoe. Soon became a casual footwear for men, women and children. Today the brand has more than 300 styles of footwear including boots, wedges, loafers and more
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. All Crocs™ shoes feature Croslite™ material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities that Crocs fans know and love. Since its inception in 2002, Crocs has sold more than 300 million pairs of shoes in more than 90 countries around the world.
Finally  a true discovery: a very silent yet pretty sexy green sandal by And  an adorable kids shoe called Petit IconaBio petitAll liners and insoles are entirely made of cork, to stay cool, comfortable and in “contact” with nature. Another speciaL feature of the collection is the selection of materials such as a special synthetic leather .Petit IconaBio  ballerinas and sandals is made in Italy,  noooo
The palette contains colors like lemon yellow, red earth, water blue, white.
Enjoy a quiet, silent walking…it will make you extremely relaxed
and it won’t bother the others!

 

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Milan Fashion Week 2016 THE BEST AND THE WORST

Best location: MALIPARMI Chiostro del 1400 Via Cappuccio7
Worst fashion victims: Lui quadretta e Lei si butta sul pois. 6

Best bouncer: da PIAZZA SEMPIONE, quasi un Matt Dillon 18 anni.Worst look for men: Pantaloni corti e rigati, ma per favore…Worst Donna Summer impersonation:a guest at Rosella Jardini 2Best Jungle location: PIAZZA PIEMONTE Best look in the street : A Shade inspired Madame 5

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                               A dress to remember…sold for $ 4.8 millions

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ESCHER
A  super exhibit of the one of a kind artist who used to say that “Wonder is the salt of the earth”, is greatly hosted by the Palazzo Reale in Milan till January 22th, 2017.
Escher may be credited with broadening the imagination of those who gaze at or have gazed at his works, where everything is connected: science,
nature, analytical rigour and a contemplative quality.66KWHd4PrCxNXuu2wD7XhFg60cfQUlWMi-jy5RAI9Dg-1
 The ‘Escher like’ world today
Escher’s art left the confines of the studio and was transformed into gift boxes, postage stamps and greeting cards; it entered the world of comics and ended up on the LP sleeves of famous bands like Pink Floyd; and his impossible structures are used to allude to paradoxical situations or to astonish people with unrealizable constructions. Echoes of engravings (such as Relativity or House of Stairs) are to be found in the whirling stairs which lead Mickey Mouse and the Simpsons to get lost in an Escher like world.
Escheriansettings have been used in commercials like the one for Audi in 2007, based on the famous print Waterfall Hand with Reflecting Sphere Other World and Belvedere
were used by Illy Caffè for a 2006 advertising. A scene in the fantasy film
Labyrinth (1986), starring David Bowie and produced by George Lucas, is built around House of Stairs. Even the famous staircases at Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter saga, are a
dynamic transposition of this work, which also inspired one of the most striking scenes from Night at the Museum 3 and a Sky commercial.06QAmArvgyDFcev1Ftjm5Mno4-nUNJv0dR3BqA0W7Vo

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The Eleventy Men’s SS 2016 collection is inspired by the London Teddy Boys of the 1950s, who brought back the notion of dressing well always and everywhere, creating their own hallmark style inspired by that of the dandies of the Edwardian era.
Dark jackets, drainpipe pants, waistcoats and major focus on details, biker jackets in washed black nappa,

MILAN MEN  2017. REMIX: THE GREATEST PARTY WITH KING GIORGIO

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The launch of capsule collection REMIX party by Emporio Armani at the exclusive Excelsior store in Milan, was the hit of Sunday events during the Men collection for 2017.
Let my pics talk by themselves

The King and I

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                                        A dress to remember…sold for $ 4.8 millions
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The ‘Escher like’ world today
Escher’s art left the confines of the studio and was transformed into gift boxes, postage stamps and greeting cards; it entered the world of comics and ended up on the LP sleeves of famous bands like Pink Floyd; and his impossible structures are used to allude to paradoxical situations or to astonish people with unrealizable constructions. Echoes of engravings (such as Relativity or House of Stairs) are to be found in the whirling stairs which lead Mickey Mouse and the Simpsons to get lost in an Escher like world.
Escheriansettings have been used in commercials like the one for Audi in 2007, based on the famous print Waterfall Hand with Reflecting Sphere Other World and Belvedere
were used by Illy Caffè for a 2006 advertising. A scene in the fantasy film
Labyrinth (1986), starring David Bowie and produced by George Lucas, is built around House of Stairs. Even the famous staircases at Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter saga, are a
dynamic transposition of this work, which also inspired one of the most striking scenes from Night at the Museum 3 and a Sky commercial.06QAmArvgyDFcev1Ftjm5Mno4-nUNJv0dR3BqA0W7Vo
And what about that rumor that Escher refused to work or have his work
used by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones?
Absolutely true.
On January 1, 1969, Mick Jagger, a big Escher fan, wrote a letter asking the Artist to provide an image for the Stones’ second volume of greatest hits. Well…turns out Escher was NOT a Stones fan, apparently preferred Bach and… the English rock band
Mott the Hoople, which could use a colorized versionof “Reptiles”
on their self-titled debut album in 1969.

No photo except the designated areas, where games of illusions optical dreams and mirrored mirages, will definitely catch you. Impossible not to selfie…Escher exhibit will hypnotize you with the images an Artist who said ‘My work is a game, , a very serious game’ for more info http://www.palazzorealemilano.it/wps/portal/luogo/palazzoreale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A dinner with Audrey Hepburn, Sean Connery, Elvis and Sinatra? I had it!

Text and photos by Cesare Zucca

For my first night In Athens, I discovered a real hidden gem called Nice n Easy, a cosy restaurant located in the quiet and romantic Omirou Street, n.60.
Nice n’ easy, inspired from Frank Sinatra’s well known song offers a beautiful menu based on quality and simple organic ingredients, carefully chosen. The dishes, created by the well known Chef Christos Athanasiadis, are a blend of Mediterranean flavors, keeping an eye to the tradition and the innovation. In the ‘savvy&healthy’ menu I found the place of origin of each ingredient, calories, and the nutritional value of each dish.

 

Many of them have a screen legends ’signature’ from

 

 

 

Between the pastas stands up (who else…) the Sophia Loren, a gluten free vegetarian dish with skioufihta pasta, wild mushrooms, organic baby tomatoes and aged Cretan Graviera cheese flavored with thyme. Talking of screen goddess, here comes Audrey Hepburn grilled wild mushrooms with gorgonzola, flavored with thyme  and Brigitte Bardot, where carrots, zucchini, baby corn, soya and bamboo sprouts meet noodles made of konjac root, that has zero calories, is rich in fiber and, thanks to the glucomannan, it absorbs liquids in the stomach, improves the level of glucose in the blood and decreases cholesterol, helps to detoxify the body and to stabilize the glycemic index and cholesterol levels. Viva la Bardot! I loved the gluten free Sean Connery, baked wild fresh salmon with barley crust, herbs and citrus, on quinoa tabbouleh with mustard- honey sauce. For meat lovers I suggest the succulent Frank Sinatra, prime beef flank tagliata with marinated grilled zucchini, organic baby tomatoes and truffle oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All paired with an intense Thema 2016 made of assyrtico, probably Greece’s most striking white grape from Drama, Northern Greece.

 

 

More than anything, ‘nice n easy’ is a way of living. It’s the food, it’s the music, it’s the people and it’s the moo. Nice n’ easy in open all day for lunch and dining, coffee and cocktails, not to mention a fab Sunday brunch.

A ‘NICE AND EASY‘ INTERVIEW WITH CHEF CHRISTOS ATHANASIADIS
by Cesare Zucca

Where do you find inspiration to create a dish?
I look at the nature around me. I observe at the seasons, I look at what grows out of the soil, the characteristics of a place, is there a sea, is there a mountain at the area? In general, I look at what nature has given me and take those natural and local resources and create something new.
What convinced you to become a chef?
My grandmother had a big impact on me and influenced much my decision. She passed me on her love for food and the idea of being authentic, all of which helped me find my talent as a chef from a young age.
How do you express your personality in the kitchen?
I have to say I’m strict but very tolerant to mistakes as I believe that we learn the most out of our mistakes. Most of all I try to inspire my fellow chefs to love the kitchen environment even more through the position of a leader and not a manager. Is there a food you love only if cooked by another? Ravioli with anthotyros cheese dipped in butter that my grandmother used to make.
How relevant is the greekness in your dishes?
Hugely relevant.
All of my dishes and all I create spring up from the greekness that had been developed since the day I was born and have intimately within me.

What or Who inspires you? Why?
I get inspired by geometry, shapes, clean lines and colours. If I had to name someone I would say Thomas Keller because his dishes are very constructed, because of his creativity and the way he converts a food scene through his unique “plasticity” and last but now least I really like his personality.

 

 

 

Connery, Monroe, Elvis…Nice n Easy menu has often stars names. Why?
Because the creativity element that stands out within the nice n’ easy restaurants is authenticity. We believe that the old era of Hollywood is one of the most authentic ones in the history of arts. We’ve tried to find elements that each Hollywood star liked and combined those with our plates.

Eros and food, a proven combination.
Your aphrodisiac dish?
Ganache with back chocolate and chilly.
A food we will always find in your fridge and one that we will never find.
You will always find basil because I really love and use it frequently in many of my dishes. You will never find coriander as I’m allergic to it.

You are the guest of honor in the Mater Chef Grand Finale. What would you do to impress the audience?
I would be myself. You can only impress by being the authentic you.
On your chef’s life, any curious episode?
300 pieces of wedding cake that were completely destroyed by the truck that was transporting them to the location and we had to make up for it within only one hour. We did it!
Open the drawer and tell us your dream.
To end up, after a long journey, to my beginnings; in a small restaurant by the sea in a beautiful island with only 5 tables. I want to serve people feet naked, go fishing in front of the restaurant and to live the everyday sun along with the authenticity of the location.

 

 

L’ANATRA ALL’ ARANCIA…ma alla fine, la cucineranno? DUCK à l’ORANGE…will they finally cook it?

by Marina Perzy
English version and Photos by Cesare Zucca

 

 

Quando due attori in scena riescono a far dimenticare l’originale di anni fa o il film che ne rese popolare il testo, parlo della versione sul grande schermo, dove i protagonisti erano la grande Monica Vitti e un irresistibile Ugo Tognazzi, il successo della commedia è decretato! L’altra sera alla prima al Teatro Manzoni di Milano, ho visto una straordinaria Chiara Noschese perfettamente calata, anche nella cadenza, nella parte di una milanese radical chic e Luca Barbareschi, che si sapeva bravo attore, questa volta impegnato in un ruolo inedito, dove brilla di un’ irrefrenabile simpatia che, non a caso, strappa diversi applausi a scena aperta.
It happened few nights ago….When two actors on the stage are able to make you forget about the original of years ago or the movie that made that story popular (I’m talking about the great Monica Vitti and Ugo Tognazzi) the success of the comedy is confirmed! The other night at the Teatro Manzoni in Milano, I saw an amazing Chiara Noschese perfectly dropped, even in her accent, in the part of a milanese radical chic and Luca Barbareschi, whom I know is a good actor, put himself in an un unusual role where he shines of a great  coolness.

Luca, a tratti, mi ha ricordato il grande Woody Allen, anche se Luca è più alto e più bello ovviamente! Un lavoro straordinario anche per la sua regia, capace di riportare atmosfere e sapori che il pubblico ha apprezzato fino alla fine di uno spettacolo molto vivace con ritmi che hanno fatto volare i due atti. Musica, luci e design per una scenografia post moderna/futurista. Anche il resto del cast completa il successo: Margherita La Terza, è una , perfetta sexy-coatta segretaria. Gerardo Maffei l’amante, meno belloccio e giovane di come ci si aspetta, ma comunque credibile nel ruolo del principe russo e finalmente il cameriere Ernesto Mahieux, eccellente caratterista napoletano.
Sometimes he  reminded me of Woody Allen, even though Luca is taller and more beautiful of course! The direction did an extraordinary job  able to bring back the atmosphere and flavors that the audience enjoyed until the end of this very lively show with  such a rhythm that made the two acts actually fly.  A great cast: Margherita La Terza, is a perfect sexy-secretary. Gerardo Maffei as the lover, a Russian prince, and finally the butler Ernesto Mahieux . not to mention a very 70′ music,  cool lighting and streamline design set.

Tutti abbiamo bisogno di uscire per qualche ora, passare una serata scordando lo stress, il traffico, le ansie quotidiane e il teatro, se fatto bene, assolve in pieno questo compito.
We all need to go out for a few hours, spend an evening forgetting the stress, the traffic, the daily anxieties and the theater ,if done well, fulfills those issues.

Vi consiglio vivamente di non perdere questa L’Anatra All’Arancia. spettacolo Intelligente,  divertente e dai toni alla Virginia Woolf.
Applausi , applausi e dopo lo show sono corsa backstage per un abbraccio e una dovuta selfie con Chiara…

I highly recommend that you do not miss this cool show, that brings some Virginia Woolf moments.

 

 

HUA HIN THAILAND, GOOD WINE IN THE TROPICS???

HUA HIN HILLS VINEYARD PROVES IT’S NOT A JOKE…AND WORTH A VISIT!
by Philip Sinsheimer
Photo: Cesare Zucca, Philip Sinsheimer

It’s harvest season and 2017 appears as a challenging vintage in Europe (“a catastrophy” in Italy according to our host Cesare Zucca). Climate has always been a nail-biting stress factor in wine production and the recent warming observations are not helping… Well, not helping everybody! If some predict the growing production of wines in small Northern players such as the UK, Southern European big producers are feeling the heat and are worried. Wine geography has seen many changes with the emergence of “New World” wines of North America, as well as Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa in the Southern hemisphere. But wines of decent quality in tropical countries had never come to my attention… Until the discovery of Mansoon Valley wines in Thailand! During our one month trip in Southeast Asia at the beginning of the year, I had conditioned myself to limited opportunity of interesting wine discoveries. I was ready to enjoy the beers of the various countries visited and an occasional bottle of rather generic imported wine. But, our initial stay in Bangkok at the Centara Grand Central World already gave us a taste of how serious the wine lists were at its various restaurants.
When we visited their sister property Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin , around 3 hours South of Bangkok in the historic royal beach town of Hua Hin.                The Centara Hua Hin  is a magnificent venue designed to evoke the spirit of the 1920s. Colonial influences meet modern-day comforts and soothing views are to be had of the swimming pools or the magic gardens, populated by grass elephants and other animals.

 

The hotel opened at a time when the new railway line to Malaysia was transforming the sleepy fishing village of Hua Hin into Thailand’s first beach resort.

Sensitively extended and renovated, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin retains its air of that bygone age of elegance. I had an even greater surprise during our meal at the elegant, yet relaxed Suan Bua restaurant: a local white wine was offered to go along the traditional Thaï dishes, from shrimp with mango salad to roasted duck in red curry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

            I have  to say I was skeptical, but all preconceptions disappeared after a few sips of this Mansoon Valley colombard, both crisp and delicate, with exotic fruit and citrus aromas, along with floral notes. Wow! Perfect pairing with the lemongrass used in the dishes and perfectly cooling to counterbalance the heat of the chilies.I was very curious about it all and the adorable staff of the hotel arranged a visit to the vineyard located less than an hour away. The drive was a beautiful occasion to see a bit of the country side with many fields, mainly pineapple plantations. What a surprise to see in the background of one of the most iconic tropical fruit a well manicured vineyard of over 100 hectars. The surprise does not stop there, as I had the opportunity to tour the property on the back of an elephant (if you’ve never done this, just be prepared, it’s a beautiful, but rather rocky ride). The large and elegant tasting room dominates the valley and one can appreciate the key position of the vineyard that benefits from a cooler micro climate with breezes coming from the hills. This is essential to the production of wines that do not taste “cooked”. It’s also the occasion of learning about who is behind this incredible business operation: a man whose name you may not know, but whose fortunate was made by a beverage you definitely have heard about. No, not wine… Red Bull! Chalerm Yoovidhya is among the richest man in Thailand with a fortune approaching 10 billion US dollars according to Forbes this year. Upon returning from his studies abroad where his taste for wine was developed, Chalerm took up the challenge of growing grapes in his native Thailand and show the world that great wines can be crafted even at the 13th latitude of the northern hemisphere. New World wines are old, new latitude wines are in! Hua Hin Vineyards is actually one of three vineyards he owns, but it serves as the flagship of the Mansoon Valley brand. The winemaker is German born Kathrin Puff, who worked in several wineries in Italy and New Zealand before meeting this tropical challenge with brio. I had the chance to sample a few of the large collection of wines available at the vineyard and all showcased a serious winemaking expertise. A brut blanc de blancs, showacses the delicate a floral notes of chenin blanc, colombard and viognier grapes that compose this traditional champenoise method sparkling. Besides the colombard white, I tried the medium sweet chenin blanc, which was not cloying at all and promised a nice pairing with spicy meats dishes and seafood salads. Among the two high-end “Cuvée de Siam” bottles, made with the best grapes of chosen parcels, I was really impressed with the red, made with the oldest vines of shiraz and sangiovese, aged in French oak barrels and bottled unfiltered. The result: a spicy wine combining medium tanin and long finish (which earned 84 points by Robert Parker). The white was a serious wine, but lacked a bit of the freshness so pleasant in the other more simple whites. To finish on a sweet note, the chenin blanc late harvest with a nice balancing acidity invites to be enjoyed along with seared foie gras, aged gorgonzola or a more local mango, sticky rice and coconut dessert.                                             Yes,!
Good tropical wine is a possibility and Hua Hin is the place to go to check it for yourself!

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WHITE IS WHITE IS HOT!

ACADEMIA is born, a new line of sneakers created by the desire of D.A.T.E. 
to exalt the classic aesthetics and the tradition of Made in Italy. 
It will be presented at an exclusive preview during the upcoming edition of WHITE SHOW, the international contemporary fashion show in Milan.
Inspired by the rigor and refinement of the Historical Academies, 
the collection is characterized by a demanding and no frills, declaring the poetics of purity.

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from inspiration to design, from leather to realization – studied scrupulously in all the details and declined in versions for him and her. First, this name with which the model was baptized is a low sneaker,
with a clean and elegant taste.
The white rubber sole is a hybrid between a cassette-like construction and a refined running.

ARGENTA,ITALY. FUTURE HOT CHEFS COMPETING IN THE SILVER CITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text and Photos by Cesare Zucca 

I had a blast in Argenta, Italy ! This is a friendly little town that hosts its historic Fair at the 60th edition. The Italian word argento means silver as the legend says that the river around the town sometime gets that shining silverish reflex from the sky. Here I had the honor to be one of the judges of ORO D’ARGENTA, a tough competition between young cooking promises coming from the Culinary Schools of Sardinia, Sicily, Lazio, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The show featured the School Pellegrino Artusi of Riolo Terme, Ravenna with a rabbit surprisingly paired to a pear mousse that got some ‘more traditional’ judges quite annoyed, but that I personally didn’t hate…Talking about tradition & innovation, the Remo Brindisi Institute in Comacchio, Ferrara, was inspired by their own a national treasure: the eel served with which orange flavoured vegetable couscous and crisp bacon, getting my enthusiastic votes…and the prizes for best presentation and popular jury favorite.                                                   Thanks to its marinated mackerel, Pietro Piazza in Palermo, won the Golden Wine Award for the best wine and dish combination, sponsored by Tenute Garusol.                The Malatesta School of Rimini served a successful stuffed chicken with blueberry sauce that went straight to the final.                                                                                The Amerigo Vespucci team in Rome, launched a creation named 444 Kilometers, which is the distance between Rome and Argenta, Cool name for a not so convincing ‘gnocchetti alla romana’ with hare topping.                                                                      Ipsia Ferraris of Carbonia-Iglesias, surprised with fresh kamut pasta, pumpkin flower mousse, parmesan, caramelized onions and orange bottarga,                                       while Ipssar of San Pellegrino Terme Bergamo opted for local rabbit and couscous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner was…
The Institute Tonino Guerra di Cervia, Ravenna who prepared a juicy and tender duck with almonds, dried tomatoes, parmesan,  mashed potatoes, blueberry foam and crunchy waffles. This quite traditional tasting dish will take Aurora Llavanji, Fabio Faggi, Riccardo Giovannini and Domenico Magnifico to the spectacular Cous Cous Fest in San Vito Lo. Capo, Sicily during the International Cultural Integration Festival whose 20th edition begins on Friday, September 15, where they will have the opportunity to meet the most important international chefs.                                                                                     The show, brilliantly hosted by funny Actor-Chef Andy Luotto and charming Eliana Chiavetta, was an opportunity to discover the flavors and the atmosphere of the Delta del Po Park, UNESCO heritage and its valuable wildlife, fish and herbs, among some excellences in the wine &food industry: such as the wide range of Giulio Bellini’s Bia CousCous,  Tenuta Garusola wines from the Consorzio Bosco Eliceo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand finale with a local idol: the native starred Chef  Igles Corelli. His dish was a colorful bonanza of couscous, all cooked with different vegetables such as carrots, aloe vera, cabbage, etc. A carnivalesque dish that reminded me of the Missoni fabrics, the Gustav Klimt palette and those Pollock brush strokes. The taste? a Carnival joke!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to mention a ‘suspense’ moment due to the upcoming rain.‘Show must go on’ dictated the organizers and the unsinkable people of FeedBack PR …In less than an hour they were able to move the outdoor stage, lights and cameras from Piazza Garibaldi into a big tent wisely called…Rolling , Action, Eat !See you next year in the Silver City ! Yummy…..

Milan: At Sforza Castle, Vivaldi meets Piazzolla

Summer in the City ?
New York Central Park offers Shakespeare in the Park,
London Hyde Park rocks with
Justin Bieber and
Phil Collins performances.
What about Milan?
The city gets an amazing location, the beautiful Park where the Sforza Castle stills reigns as it did for centuries .
Every night in the Cortile delle Armi the stage vibrates of music and emotions.
Last night the program hosted a quite surprising mix of different musics,
Last night
Vivaldi met Piazzolla
Two centuries, two continents and more than ten thousand kilometers are the physical and temporal distances separating the two artists: Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla in dialogue with their respective “Four Seasons”. From the brilliant and balanced Venetian baroque to Piazzolla’s tormented Las cuatro estaciones porteñas
The unprecedented combo started from the famous Vivaldi’ Spring  followed by Piazzolla Fall, then interacting with all the other seasons by both the musicians.
A great night, Thanks to the magic violin of Francesco
Manara from Teatro alla Scala and the
Milano Chamber Orchestra directed by Lorenzo Passerini
Tonight a new show:  From Summertime to Roman holidays, a compilation of the best original songs from iconic movies. and more…. such as Jobim’s Desafinado, Callin you from Bagdad cafè, Streisand’s The way we were , Over the rainbow, and much more
all performed by Quartet Archimia.

Munich. The Flushing Meadows. Surprise!

Text and Photos © Cesare Zucca
While in Munich, I had the pleasure to stay in the ‘one and only’ Design Hotel The FLUSHING MEADOWS, Fraunhoferstraße 32. The pleasant surprises started with the Glockenbachviertel district where the venue is located, which is not only home to Munich’s gay and lesbian scene, but a destination for a hip young crowd of all backgrounds. The area offers fashionable bars, snug bistros, trendy stores and supercool shops, all nested in one of Munich’s most picturesque boroughs.

 

 

At your arrival, downstairs on the street, your are welcomed by a small bar serving fresh juices, including their popular Super Danke, a green multivitamin shake.

 

 

 

 

Let’s get in. By a metallic elevator I reached the reception on the 4th floor, where Ramon and lovely Aglaia escorted me to a definitely surprising room on the 3rd floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me tell you that all the 16 rooms are different and each of them is dedicated to local celebrities who designed them, including Michi Beck , member of the well-known German hip hop group Die Fantastischen Vier , while the 4th floor rooms has been designed by the owners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My room 305 was styled by the local techno musician, DJ Hell. Black was the inspirational color, including a metal skeleton band stand in an alcove and a vinyl record player ready for action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actually it couldn’t be more appropriate, since myself I have been spinning records for many years, back in the ’80 Milan disco scene.
Totally different atmosphere for the other room I experimented, the 306,that offered a combo of high-tech furniture, sound proved walls and 2 pretty romantic feathers ceiling lamps, ballerina style.

 

 

 

Other additions include a Nespresso machine, coffee capsules, complimentary bottles of mineral water, and a pile of trendy magazines to flick through.

 

 

 

 

The bathrooms are a sleek combination of white tiling and copper details on the  powerful showers.                           Super comfy mattresses, private access to the rooms, free WiFi.

Guten Morgen!
A rich and healthy breakfast is served till noon (or even later) in the nice roof top bar with its little terrace overlooking the City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Be cool’ is staff’s password.
Original and unconventional, Flushing Meadows is undoubtedly the coolest place to stay in Munich.
I ‘ll go back …After all, I ‘ve got 14 more rooms to discover and …more surprises waiting…

for more info
The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar”
Fraunhoferstraße 32, 80469 München, Germany

Phone:
+49 89 55279170

 

 

My gospel article published in ‘Onda d’Urso’


Dear Barbara,
nel tuo prossimo viaggio a NY, non perderti una domenica-gospel a Harlem, meta delle comunità afro-americane e di visitatori provenienti da tutto il mondo.

Articolo di Cesare “Pumpkin” Zucca

Le messe iniziano alle 11. Riprese video e foto vietate. Sconsigliabile (e irriverente) fare i furbi. Per chi ama viaggiare in gruppo, esistono tour organizzati, tra cui harlemspirituals.com. Per chi, come te, preferisce viaggiare indipendente, basterà zigzagare per le strade e lasciarsi attirare dalla musica, sia provenga da una grande cattedrale, sia da piccoli edifici, dove le funzioni sono meno coreografiche, ma spesso più intime e coinvolgenti. Ecco le più famose.

Gospel e cibo dell'anima: una domenica ad Harlem
Gospel e cibo dell'anima: una domenica ad Harlem

New Mount Zion Baptist Church (171 W 140 St). Il suo coro gospel è considerato tra i migliori  di Harlem. Mount Neboh Baptist Church (1883 A. Clayton Powell Av) Oltre agli inni sacri, ascolterai canzoni popolari come ‘Oh Happy Day’, Abyssinian Baptist Church (132 Odell Clark Pl/W 138 St) gioiello architettonico, ma turistica e quindi lunga fila per entrare, Metropolitan Baptist Church (151 W 128 St) ospita illustri cori provenienti da altre congregazioni. La mia preferita è Greater Refuge Temple (2081 A. Clayton Powell Av). Energia alle stelle, musica trascinante, accompagnata dai tamburelli delle black ladies dagli incredibili cappellini.

Gospel e cibo dell'anima: una domenica ad Harlem

Gospel e cibo dell'anima: una domenica ad Harlem

E dopo questa full immersion di fede e musica, ti meriti un lunch soul food, la cucina afro-americana originaria del Sud degli USA. Da provare: fried chicken croccante pollo fritto, collards e turnip greens erbe amare e verdure saltate con salsa all’ aceto, black eye beans fagioli neri, cornbread, pane caldo di mais, candied yams patate dolci, grits semolino di mais tritato e pecan pie, fantastica crostata alle noci.

Gospel e cibo dell'anima: una domenica ad Harlem

Gospel e cibo dell'anima: una domenica ad Harlem

 Da accanito turista-non- turista, sconsiglio il popolarissimo Sylvia’s Restaurant (328 Malcolm X) con musica dal vivo. Meglio Amy Ruth‘s (113 West 116 St), famoso per il pollo fritto. Spoonbread (547 Lenox, 366 W 110 Street) Due locali creati dalla leggendaria Norma Arden, una delle prime modelle nere nella storia della moda. Popolarissimi (e consigliabili) i self service con ricco buffet e atmosfera locale. Tra questi Londel’s (2620 Frederick Douglas Blvd), due Jacob’s (2695 F. Douglass Blvd, 373 Lenox Ave) e quattro Manna’s (486 Malcolm X Blvd, 2353 F.Douglass Blvd, 54 E 125 St, 70 W 125 St) Prezzi popolari. Ci si serve da soli e si paga a peso. E’ lì che va la gente nera di Harlem.

Big kiss from Pumpkin

Fotografie di Cesare ‘Pumpkin’ Zucca

Article published in ‘Turismo del Gusto’

Dal giallo del Tiepolo al rosa delle Dolomiti…
Testo e foto © Cesare Zucca

La mia avventura con Laite è iniziata nella suntuosa Galleria Tiepolo del Palazzo Clerici a Milano, dove Champagne Veuve Clicquot ospitava ‘Atelier des Grandes Dames’ tributo a Madame Clicquot, Grande Dame dello Champagne.Tra gli ospiti speciali della serata spiccavano 10 top chefs, tra cui Fabrizia Meroi.

 

Appena hanno annunciato che il suo ristorante era situato a Sappada (Belluno)… ho avuto uno shock. Sappada è un incantevole villaggio circondato dalle spettacolari Dolomiti…

Qui il paesaggio è caratterizzato da tipiche abitazioni montane in legno scuro decorate da fregi e, in estate, da mille fiori colorati, in un’atmosfera da fiaba.

Mia madre è nata in paesino vicino e lì la mia famiglia ha trascorso molte vacanze estive.
Conosco Fabrizia e le prometto di sperimentare Laite durante il mio prossimo viaggio a Sappada.
E l’ho fatto!

A tavola da Laite

 

Il minuscolo ristorante si trova nell’antica borgata Hoffe, un gioiello nascosto dove le case sono mescolate ai vecchi tabiè, le cui finestre, affacciate sulle spettacolari Dolomiti, sono arricchite da cascate di gerani selvatici.

 

 

 

Due accoglienti stanze in legno, riportano a un’atmosfera familiare con echi di tempi passati.Con nuove invenzioni, in un menu che rispetta la cucina locale, Laite continua a sedurre i suoi ospiti con i piatti sapientemente preparati da Fabrizia e la superba ospitalità (e la conoscenza dei vini) fornita da Roberto Brovedani.

La creatività di Fabrizia rivela intuizione e immaginazione, come nel Tagliolino di Riso Nero Venere, piatto senza precedenti, dove il riso ridotto in polvere, si trasforma in una pasta, servita con cavolo, prosciutto affumicato, kummel e felicemente abbinato a un ottimo Pecorino Rève Velenosi.

Come antipasti, ho assaggiato una deliziosa melanzana con saurnchotte (tradizionale ricotta acida) e peperoni.

Poi è arrivato il piatto ‘hit’ di Francesca: Cervofondente, cervo marinato sei ore con spezie, canna da zucchero e servito con schiuma di muschio, tuberi e radici zestati con una lacrima di resina di pino e buonenrico, un’erba selvatica locale. Accoppiato a un ottimo dry Riesling by Villa Huesgen/By The Glass.Fabrizia ama armonizzare la tradizione con la creatività come nel Tortello all’Uovo, una revisione del tradizionale tortello, qui diventato di patate, riempito di un rosso d’uovo à la coque e sormontato da anice e porcini, irrorati di burro fuso.

 

 

E che dire di quei gialletti marinati in kefir, aromatizzati con camomilla e barbabietole, tutto per guarnire un tenerissimo bocconcino di vitello?

Per finire in freschezza

Un trio rinfrescante: sorbetto di albicocche, rabarbaro e piselli, accoppiati a un seducente e ambrato Anselmi 2016 I Capitelli, con aromi di albicocche, miele e buccia d’arancia, fichi secchi.
Ecco la mia avventura, profumata dall’atmosfera di un luogo accogliente, familiare, cordiale e con un incredibile chef.

Non cheap, ma vale ogni euro.Ottimi vini più la versione di Fabrizia della sopa coada, (classica zuppa di piccione) di Treviso. Questa volta l’ho persa, ma l’estate 2018 arriverà… e tornerò!

Laite
Via Hoffe 10, 32047 Sappada (BL) Italia
T: +39 0435 46 90 70
www.ristorantelaite.com

Munich: Anna Hotel, grandma (and myself) are satisfied!

Anna hotel, is one of Munich’s first design hotels, is located at the heart of the city, right by the Karlsplatz / Stachus, close to the central railway station.
At my arrival I had warm welcome with several pleasant touches in my room .

 

 

 

 

From a nice of the city,
to a beautiful perfumed bag of lavander, to  a rich local fruits plate,to a smart couple of condoms hidden in a anna hotel box.

 

 

 

 

 

Nice thoughts, I though…. I felt a blend of contemporary design, elegance, warm colors and a mattress for a 5 star comfort…including the possibility to use free of charge the sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, fitness room and rest area can be used in the next door Hotel Königshof.
I started the morning with a rich breakfast buffet
and topped up your energy levels over the day from a
wide selection juices, bread, cold cuts, cheeses, salmon, fruits, delicious desserts,
including a seductive apricot tarte…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ordered a poached egg ,unexpecatcly  served with a kinda of a sweet n sour sauce.
Then I met with loveley  Silva Caldera, Sales & Marketing Manager . She is from Italy and yes, we spoke italian…She was so nice to give me few tips on the City, where to go, what to do…and my curiosity was satisfied when I knew that the name Anna comes from  the grandmother of the first owner, then we took a tour of the hotel.
Anna that boasts of 75 rooms, including 11 teak deck rooms with glass shower and coloured LED lighting , 5 tower rooms with view over Karlsplatz, among other rooms with terraces and a spectacular tower suite with great view.
Again, service, comfort, accuracy and a warm smile targeted anna hotel exactly like grand ma would have loved…

 

 

 

 

 

For your info
https://www.annahotel.de
Schützenstr. 1 | 80335 Munich

 

SHOT CALLER

LA FRATELLANZA , original title SHOT CALLER will be released in Italy in the first week of September . Great movie! Don’t miss it. In crime thriller Directed by RicRoman Waugh’s (Snitch), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Swords throne) interprets Jacob Harlon, a successful Pasadena businessman married to Kate (Lake Bell)

 

 

All this ends in a night when, drunk at the wheel, Jacob causes a deadly accident in which his best friend Tom (Max Greenfield) loses life.

Jacob is sentenced to two years in jail surrounded by true criminals. While surviving inside the prison hierarchy, where a wrong move can mean the end of the game, Jacob is forced to make though choices.

LAITE: when a restaurant is more than an adventure…

Text and Photos by Cesare Zucca

You know that Mr. NTT (Non Touristy Tourist)  is always eager to know of hidden gem destinations and unusual venues, well …my adventure with Laite started in the luscious Tiepolo’s Gallery, a sumptuous hall in Palazzo Clerici, one of Milan’s most charming 17th century historic palace, where Champagne Veuve Clicquot Milan hosted ‘Atelier des Grandes Dames’ as a grand tribute to Madame Clicquot, Grande Dame Of Champagne.
The event was intented to promote a network of women’s catering talent who have been able to assert their entrepreneurship and their professional style.

 

 

Special guests of the evening were 10 top female starred Italian Chefs,
including Fabrizia Meroi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as they announced that her restaurant was located in Sappada (Belluno) … I had a shock. Sappada is an enchanting little village surrounded by the spectacular Dolomites. My mother was born there and my family spent many summer vacations.
I meet Fabrizia and promised her to try Laite cuisine during my next trip to Sappada.
And I did it!
LAITE
Laite’s two cozy wooden rooms bring back a family atmosphere with echoes of times gone-by. It lies amongst an ancient village sourrended by the spectacular Dolomites. The village of Sappada is a hidden gem where houses are mixed with old tabiè (barns), where the windows are enriched by colorful cascades of carnations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laite continues to seduce its guests with the skillfully prepared dishes of Fabrizia Meroi and the superb hospitality (and knowledge of wines) provided by Roberto Brovedani.

 

 

 

 

Daring Fabrizia creates a never-ending stream of new dishes that suggest intuition and imagination, like the unprecedented Venus Black Rice Tagliolino,

 

made from the deconstruction of black rice, surprisingly reivented as pasta and served with cabbage, smoked ham and kummel, wisely paired with Rève Velenosi Pecorino white wine.

 

 

 

 

As starters, I tried a delicious eggplant with saurnchotte (Sappada traditional sour ricotta) and a soft mousse of peppers.

 

 

 

 

and Francesca hit dish: Cervofondente, tender deer marinated 6 hours with spices, sugar cane, moss foam, goodbye, local wild herb and served with tubers and roots and zested with a tear of circus, pine resin …
paired to a high-quality Mosel Riesling dry Riesling by Villa Huesgen/By The Glass.
Fabrizia loves to harmonize tradition with creativity like in the Tortello all’Uovo, new version of the raditional tortello pasta, here filled with a semi-boiled egg yolk and topped with anis and porcini Mushrooms and served with burned butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about those gialletti, delicious chantarelles marinated in kefir and flavored with chamomille and beetroot to garnish a tender veal? New inventions in a menu that respect the local cuisine

 

To end the feast, the refreshing trio: apricot, rhubarb and pees sorbets, paired to a seductive Anselmi 2016 I Capitelli with amber reflections and intriguing aromas of apricot jam, orange blossom honey, orange peel and dried figs.

 

 

 

 

My story feels the athmosphere of a cozy place with friendly friendly service and an amazing top chef. Not cheap but worth every euro. And very good wines..plus Fabrizia’s version of sopa coada, a classic regional pizza dish from Treviso.
I missed that this time, but summer 2018 will arrive sooner or later … and I’ll be back!

Laite
Via Hoffe 10, 32047 Sappada (BL) Italy
T: +39 0435 46 90 70
www.ristorantelaite.com

You know that Mr. NTT (Non Touristy Tourist)  is always eager to know of hidden gem destinations and unusual venues, well …my adventure with Laite started in the luscious Tiepolo’s Gallery, a sumptuous hall in Palazzo Clerici, one of Milan’s most charming 17th century historic palace, where Champagne Veuve Clicquot Milan hosted ‘Atelier des Grandes Dames’ as a grand tribute to Madame Clicquot, Grande Dame Of Champagne.
The event was intented to promote a network of women’s catering talent who have been able to assert their entrepreneurship and their professional style.

 

 

 

Special guests of the evening were 10 top female starred Italian Chefs,
including Fabrizia Meroi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as they announced that her restaurant was located in Sappada (Belluno) … I had a shock. Sappada is an enchanting little village surrounded by the spectacular Dolomites. My mother was born there and my family spent many summer vacations.
I meet Fabrizia and promised her to try Laite cuisine during my next trip to Sappada.
And I did it!
LAITE
Laite’s two cozy wooden rooms bring back a family atmosphere with echoes of times gone-by. It lies amongst an ancient village sourrended by the spectacular Dolomites. The village of Sappada is a hidden gem where houses are mixed with old tabiè (barns), where the windows are enriched by colorful cascades of carnations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laite continues to seduce its guests with the skillfully prepared dishes of Fabrizia Meroi and the superb hospitality (and knowledge of wines) provided by Roberto Brovedani.

 

 

 

 

Daring Fabrizia creates a never-ending stream of new dishes that suggest intuition and imagination, like the unprecedented Venus Black Rice Tagliolino,

 

made from the deconstruction of black rice, surprisingly reivented as pasta and served with cabbage, smoked ham and kummel, wisely paired with Rève Velenosi Pecorino white wine.

 

 

 

 

As starters, I tried a delicious eggplant with saurnchotte (Sappada traditional sour ricotta) and a soft mousse of peppers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

and Francesca hit dish: Cervofondente, tender deer marinated 6 hours with spices, sugar cane, moss foam, goodbye, local wild herb and served with tubers and roots and zested with a tear of circus, pine resin … paired to a high-quality Mosel Riesling dry Riesling by Villa Huesgen/By The Glass.
Fabrizia loves to harmonize tradition with creativity like in the Tortello all’Uovo, new version of the raditional tortello pasta, here filled with a semi-boiled egg yolk and topped with anis and porcini Mushrooms and served with burned butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about those gialletti, delicious chantarelles marinated in kefir and flavored with chamomille and beetroot to garnish a tender veal? New inventions in a menu that respect the local cuisine

 

To end the feast, the refreshing trio: apricot, rhubarb and pees sorbets, paired to a seductive Anselmi 2016 I Capitelli with amber reflections and intriguing aromas of apricot jam, orange blossom honey, orange peel and dried figs.

 

 

 

 

My story feels the athmosphere of a cozy place with friendly friendly service and an amazing top chef. Not cheap but worth every euro. And very good wines..plus Fabrizia’s version of sopa coada, a classic regional pizza dish from Treviso.
I missed that this time, but summer 2018 will arrive sooner or later … and I’ll be back!

Laite
Via Hoffe 10, 32047 Sappada (BL) Italy
T: +39 0435 46 90 70
http://www.ristorantelaite.com

THE “GENTLE GIANT” IS WAITING…with a ‘secret’ phone number…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The river Po, called the “gentle giant”, is the longest river in Italy. With its 650 km (about 400 miles), it runs through the Po Plain and flows into the Adriatic Sea, forming a delta and one of the largest wetlands in Europe and in the Mediterranean Sea. The Po Delta Park is a wonderful land, where blue sky and clouds get reflected on the water, like a magical palette of hundreds of shades. It should be experienced by bike, by boat, by canoe, or on foot, by walking slowly across, discovering the gentleness of its landscape, the warm and rough welcome of the fishing lodges, the emotion of the boat bridges, the wide horizons, the activity in the fishing lagoons and in the vegetable gardens. From equipped beaches of Rosolina mare, Boccasette and Porto Barricata to some isolated sandbars strips of land that are formed at low tide and where there are numerous colonies of wading birds: gulls, terns etc..making the area a wonderful bird-watching attraction. I discovered Scano Boa island, where the fishermen used to live in straw houses and recently retrieved to allow visitors to experience the life of these lands. You must get a boat to get there , ask locally and yes I have their ‘secret’ mobile number)

There I had a succulent lunch thanks to Signora Chef…….. who generously prepared yummy clams with tomatoes and garlic, fried mussels and fried fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To get there , you must ask locally how to call a boat , to reserve a great meal … well you got t have Lady’s number ….which I do !!!!  Check below..)

 

 

 

From September 18th to 23rd 2017 Po Delta and its jewel Venetian Botanical Garden, will host the World Youth Forum MAB UNESCO 2017.Hundreds of young people aged 18 to 35 coming from 120 countries around the world will gather in the heart its Biosphere Reserve.

                                              The Forum is conceived as an event that will provide young people with a unique opportunity to meet, debate and share their vision and commitment to sustainable development. It aims to become a place where strategies and action proposals can be discussed and implemented in order to achieve,

 

 

 

 

Since the area produces the excellent Riso del Delta del Po,  all the partecipants will be challenging in a cooking competition where that rice that will be the main ingredient of tipical dishes from different countries.
I am crazy for risotto and rice…I soooo wish to be in the jury …

 

 

 

 

 

Delta people just love their land.
“The Po Delta is a territory where development can start from the pursuit of happiness.” says Marco Gottardi, Po Delta Park’s director, while expert guide Sandro Vidali like narrate about the last 400 years when the Venetians diverted the course of the Po. Isabella Finotti guided me through the fascinating botanical garden, which is a unique habitat for many species of animals and plants. Alessio Greguoldo has experimented with a new oyster farming system in the Po Delta. Today, more than 1,500 Delta people are members of the fisheries Consortium of Scardovari. Numbers are huge! About 80,000 quintals of clams and 50,000 of mussels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay
Ca’ Zen, a 17th-century Venetian villa, nestled in a garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agriturismo Monte Scala, clean and cozy.

 

 

 

 

                         Where to eat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osteria del pesce  Via San Gaetano, 78 Cà Pisani Porto Viro (Rovigo)
Trattoria alla Rosa (my favorite) Via Treponti, 8/A, 45011 Bellombra (Rovigo)
Il Bilancione, Via Bacucco, 17, Ariano Nel Polesine ( Rovigo)
Scanno Boa (ask locally how to get there by boat, and yes….
I do have their cell number +39 345 92 34483

 

info@parcodeltapo.org
www.parcodeltapo.org

Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas. Kick back away from the crowds in luxury

by Phlilip Sinsheimer
Photo:Cesare Zucca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand.
After a few days in Hua Hin city,
I checked in for 2 nights at the Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas about 30 minute drive south in a super quiet locality called Pranburi.

 

 

Even though unlucky with unexpected rain, the stay was just fantastic.

The villas are super spacious, comfortable and private.
Didn’t use the private pool to cool off from the sun, but after a long relaxing hot bath in the outdoor tub.

The food was awsome: just loved the breakfast buffet with various both Thaï and Western treats. Not the widest variety ever, but no one should be frustrated and everything was top notch. Who needs 90 items if half of them are disappointing.The à la carte menu of the restaurant with ocean view had me have the best Thaï food so far: true flavors with excellent ingredient sourcing. Loved the local Pranburi squid, partially sun dried for a great flavor and texture.

Killing time inside the villa, reading, watching TV, catching up with email left no time to boredom. The staff just couldn’t be nicer and professional.

Stepped out the resort to have a long walk along the ocean. The beach has been washed out on large portions, but discovered abot 7km South a beautiful beach.
Just outside the resort I had my favorite foot massage ever at Mali massage for a mere 300 Bahts. In the village great moment on a terrace with a Leo Beer and snacks.
Everyone in town seems relaxed and someone offered a free ride back to the hotel.
Loved that place.