WELCOME TO THE ‘OLTREPO PAVESE’ !

Let’s venture into a new itinerary of beauty and taste where we will discover food, wine, culture, history and environment…
Welcome to Oltrepò Pavese!

The Oltrepò Pavese is located south of the river Po, in the area of the province of Pavia which extends as far as Liguria, touching the province of Piacenza to the east and the province of Alessandria. A territory that is worth discovering for its eno-gastronomic, cultural, religious, historical and even environmental attractions linked to an important biodiversity factor.
Castles, parish churches, churches become unmissable stops for walks and excursions and for religious itineraries such as the Via degli Abati, the Via Francigena, the Via di San Colombano which develop in part on the territory.

Castello di Nazzano

It is a land of rolling hills covered with vineyards that produce excellent wines: Pinot Nero, Croatina, Barbera; the Riesling, the Buttafuoco, the Bonarda, the traditional Oltrepò wine and the sweet red Sangue di Giuda, His Majesty the Riesling, the still full-bodied but balanced red Casteggio, with violet reflections and aromas played on red fruits, while the Buttafuoco with a production of 70,000 bottles a year and represents a real rarity on a national level . The Consorzio Tutela Vini dell’ Oltrepò Pavese protects and promotes the value of its important historical wine heritage, in a land that belongs to wine.

Buttafuoco

Some vineyards were planted in the lands of Oltrepo Pavese in the late nineteenth century, such as the cellars Sartieri which since then have been handed down in the Saviotti families. Having a Sartieri 1931 bottle on the table means, in addition to having an excellent ally for your dishes, rewarding a unique area rich in traditions such as that of Oltrepò, an area dedicated to the cultivation of vineyards for millennia.


“Première” Classic Method Sparkling Wine and “Allure” Rosé Classic Method Sparkling Wine; followed by Bonarda “Dama Célinde”, Riesling Renano “Zefir”, Cabernet Sauvignon “Madagascar”, Pinot Grigio “Caban”, Croatina “Suit”, Merlot “Figurino” and Barbera “Tuxedo”, in two versions, “Gold” (young ) and “Red” (aged).

Villages and castles
Montesegale, Torre Degli AlberI, Zavattarello and Fortunago, perhaps the most characteristic San Ponzo, of medieval origin: very narrow streets and stone houses, are leaning against each other. It almost seems to be in a mountain town. Romagnese, whose tower houses the civic museum of peasant art. Not far away, in Alpino di Pietra Corva, a beautiful botanical garden with about 3,000 plant species.

Fortunago

Amazing castle such as  Oramala, di Cigognola, di Nazzano e di Montalto

Castello di Montalto

Next stop: Varzi
Here is a village that contains architectural jewels such as the Malaspina Castle, the Romanesque church of the Capuchins, the parish of San Germano and deserves a special mention for the artistic combination of art and street art, letting the Pavese artists use the shutters of the shops of the old town to paint their graffiti.

The products of the territory
The famous peppers of Voghera, with a sweet and pleasant taste, the mustard of Voghera, a historical product, known as early as the 14th century, to accompany cheeses, mixed boiled meat, cotechino .. the Lungavilla cap pumpkin with the characteristic shape of a turban and green color -blue, an ideal ingredient for risotto. stuffed with ravioli and baked.

Zucca berrettina e peperoni di Voghera , due eccellenze del territorio

The “king of rice” Carnaroli: tenacious grain, pearly reflections, perfect cooking resistance and for centuries the protagonist of Lombard cuisine. The typical bread is miccone, in the shape of a plait with a thin crust and thick crumb. Pair it with salami, salad and bonarda: top snack!

In Varzi an excellence of Oltrepo Pavese is born: the salami of Varzi DOP, rigorously cut with a knife, crosswise. When matured correctly, especially in the summer months, it will be easy to notice the classic “drop” due to the melting of the fat.

il celebre salame di Varzi

Dolci

Almond cake
A dessert is simple, dry and crumbly, tasty and nutritious. One of the favorite foods already in the twelfth century, at the court of the Malaspina.
Donuts from Staghiglione
Classic hole donuts. The recipe has been jealously guarded for three generations by the local bakery. The product dates back to the early 1800s and is characterized by a double cooking: the first in boiling water and the second in a wood oven after drying. .

le storiche ciambelle

Michelin Stars

I Castagni, Vigevano
In the elegant farmhouse in the Vigevano countryside, we find the Chef Enrico Gerli, champion of a cuisine firmly linked to the traditional aspects of the territory to result in a reinterpretation that rewards the research and the gastronomic inspiration of the Chef who was able to create a “home for friends “, convivial and full of cordiality where you can taste superior dishes and wines.

.Villa Naj, Stradella
Chef Alessandro Proietti Refrigeri landed in Oltrepò after significant and important experiences including Noma in Copenhagen working for two years alongside Renè Redzepi and La Pergola by Heinz Beck. With his experience and professionalism, in addition to his love for cooking, he is now at the helm of Villa Naj, where he involves many small local producers and gives an innovative touch to the excellent local raw materials.
His book “Terra, Mare e Vegetali” has just been released, from which we have extrapolated a really top recipe.

Uno dei piatti che Chef Proietti Refrigeri racconta nel suo libro “Terra, Mare e Vegetali”

MEZZE MANICHE, BITTER HERBS EMULSION, ASH GOAT GOAT AND BLACK TRUFFLE 

Ingrediants for 4 people
320 g of half sleeves, 200 g of dandelion, 150 g of wild chicory. 100 g of nettle. 150 g of catalonia, 100 g of turnip greens, 100 g of black truffle, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, 200 g of goat’s goat with ash from the Il Boscasso farm, 300 g of cream

Method
Prepare the herbal emulsion, carefully cleaning the dandelion, field chicory, nettle (making sure to use gloves to avoid burns), catalonia and turnip greens; cook them in salted water for 4 minutes and then blend them adding a little cooking water, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper with the help of a food processor. Set aside a few whole dandelion leaves. Cut the goat cheese into cubes with all the crust; separately heat the cream and pour everything into the food processor, blending for 3 minutes; kept separately. Cook the pasta in salted water and, when it is al dente, pour it into a pan with a little oil and its cooking water: once cooked desired, turn off and add the bitter herb cream. Cream and serve by putting the goat cream with ash, the pasta, the sautéed dandelion leaves and only at the end a grating of fine black truffle

The perfect wine to pair
To accompany the hints of dandelion, field chicory, nettle and ash of his dish, Alessandro recommends Pernice Conte Vistarino, a historically “noble” cru, having just the Count Carlo Vistarino brought the Pinot Noir cuttings from Burgundy around 1850. The Vistarino dynasty is today represented by Ottavia Giorgi di Vistarino, who lives the legacy of the company respecting its tradition and at the same time putting character, future and personality into it. 

Hungry?

Let’s take a well-deserved stop in a typical tavern to enjoy free-range cuisine and local dishes, such as a risotto with salami paste, eye beans and Bonarda or cod with golden onion from Voghera and raisins. and finally a delicious pumpkin pie from Lungavilla. Here’s where to throw the eye …

Prato Gaio Montecalvo Versiggia
Guallina, Mortara
La verde sosta, Crocetta
Osteria della Madonna da Peo , Pavia
Il giarone , Rocca Susella
Osteria del campanile, Torrazzacoste
L’ustarua di giugaton , Battella
Pappa e cena , Val di Nizza
Buscone , Varzi
Paradiso,  Caseo-Canevino

Sisters … in the kitchen!
In Rivanazzano we find Oasi Della Pace, a restaurant run by the Sisters of the Holy Rosary, Apostles of Labor. It is well known for the simplicity of its dishes, served in an environment where silence, peace and fresh air reign. The menu is fixed price and the success is stellar. Any particular ingredients? “Not at all, the Sisters say, the foods we use are simple and genuine. The real secret is love and patience. It doesn’t matter what you cook, but how you do it!”

The recipe by Alessandro Proietti Chef of Villa Naj, Michelin Star.

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Avventuriamoci in un nuovo itinerario del bello e del gusto dove scopriremo cibo, vino, cultura, storia e ambiente

Benvenuti nell’Oltrepò Pavese!
Ci troviamo a sud del fiume Po, nella zona della provincia di Pavia che si estende fino alla Liguria, toccando la provincia di Piacenza a est e la provincia di Alessandria.  Un territorio che vale la pena di scoprire per le sue attrattive eno-gastronomiche, culturali, religiose, storiche ed anche ambientali legate ad un’importante fattore di biodiversità. Castelli, pievi, chiese divengono soste imperdibili per passeggiate ed escursioni e per percorsi religiosi come la Via degli Abati, la Via Francigena, la Via di San Colombano che si sviluppano in parte sul territorio.

Castello di Nazzano

E’ una terra di dolci colline ricoperte dai vigneti che producono vini eccellenti: Pinot Nero la Croatina il Barbera; il Riesling, Il Buttafuoco, la Bonarda, il vino dell’Oltrepò della tradizione  e rosso dolce Sangue di Giuda, Sua Maestà il Riesling,  il Casteggio rosso fermo corposo ma equilibrato, con riflessi violacei e profumi giocati sui frutti rossI, mentre il Buttafuoco con una produzione di 70.000 bottiglie l’anno e rappresenta una vera e propria rarità a livello nazionale. Il Consorzio Tutela Vini dell’ Oltrepò Pavese tutela e promuove il valore del suo importante patrimonio storico vitivinicolo, in una terra che è del vino.

Buttafuoco

Alcuni vigneti sono stati impiantiti nelle terre dell’Oltrepo Pavese nel tardo ottocento, come le cantine Sartieri che da allora si tramandano nelle famiglie Saviotti.
Avere sulla tavola una bottiglia Sartieri 1931 significa, oltre ad avere un ottimo alleato per i vostri piatti, premiare  un territorio unico e ricco di tradizioni come quello dell’Oltrepò, zona vocata da millenni alla coltivazione dei vigneti.
Dallo Spumante Metodo Classico “Première” e Spumante Metodo Classico Rosé “Allure”; a seguire Bonarda “Dama Célinde”, Riesling Renano “Zefir”, Cabernet Sauvignon “Madagascar”, Pinot Grigio “Caban”, Croatina “Suit”, Merlot “Figurino” e Barbera “Tuxedo”, in due versioni, “Gold” (giovane) e “Red” (invecchiato).

Tra borghi e castelli

Montesegale, Torre Degli AlberI, Zavattarello e Fortunago, forse il più caratteristico
San Ponzo, di origine medievale: vie strettissima e case in pietra, sono addossate le une sulle altre. Sembra quasi di trovarsi in un paese di montagna.
Romagnese,
la cui torre ospita il museo civico di arte contadina. Non lontano, a Alpino di Pietra Corva, un bellissimo giardino botanico con custodite circa 3.000 specie vegetali.

Fortunago

Molti borghi vantano maestosi castelli, come quelli di Oramala, di Cigognola, di Nazzano e di Montalto

Castello di Montalto

Prossima tappa :Varzi
Ecco un borgo che racchiude gioielli architettonici come  il Castello dei Malaspina,, la chiesa romanica dei Cappuccini, la parrocchia di San Germano e merita una menzione speciale per il connubio artistico di arte e street art lasciando che gli artisti pavesi utilizzassero  le sarracinesche  delle botteghe del centro storico per dipingere i loro graffiti.

I prodotti del territorio

I famosi peperoni di Voghera, dal sapore dolce e gradevole, la mostarda di Voghera, prodotto storico, conosciuto fino già nel XIV secolo, per accompagnare formaggi, bollito misto, cotechino.. la zucca berrettina di Lungavilla  dalla caratteristica forma di turbante e colore verde-azzurrino, un ingrediente ideale per risotti. ripieni di ravioli e al forno.

Zucca berrettina e peperoni di Voghera , due eccellenze del territorio

Il “re dei risi” Carnaroli : chicco tenace, riflessi perlacei, perfetta tenuta di cottura e da secoli protagonista della cucina lombarda. Il pane tipico è il miccone, a forma di treccia dalla crosta sottile e la mollica fitta.
Accoppiatelo a salame, insalata e bonarda: spuntino top !

A Varzi nasce un’eccellenza dell’Oltrepo Pavese: il salame di Varzi DOP, rigorosamente tagliato a coltello, di traverso. A giusta stagionatura, soprattutto nei mesi estivi, sarà facile notare la classica “goccia” dovuta allo sciogliersi del grasso.

il celebre salame di Varzi

Dolci

Torta di Mandorle
Un dolce è semplice, secco e friabile, gustoso e nutriente. Tra i cibi preferiti già XII secolo, alla corte dei Malaspina.
Ciambelle di Staghiglione
Classiche ciambelle con il buco. La ricetta è gelosamente custodita da tre generazioni dalla panetteria locale. Il prodotto risale a inizio 1800 ed è caratterizzato da una doppia cottura: la prima in acqua bollente e una seconda in forno a legna previa asciugatura.

le storiche ciambelle

Le Stelle Michelin nel cielo dell’ Oltrepò

I Castagni, Vigevano
Nell’ elegante casolare nella campagna di Vigevano, troviamo lo Chef Enrico Gerli, paladino una cucina saldamente legati agli aspetti tradizionali del territorio per sfociare in una rivisitazione che premia la ricerca e l’estro gastronomico dello Chef che ha saputo creare una “casa per gli amici”, conviviale e piena di cordialità dove degustare piatti e vini superiori.

.Villa Naj, Stradella
Lo Chef Alessandro Proietti Refrigeri è atterrato in Oltrepò dopo esperienze significative ed importanti tra cui il Noma di Copenhagen lavorando per due anni al fianco di Renè Redzepi e La Pergola di Heinz Beck. Con la sua esperienza e professionalità, oltre all’amore per la cucina, è ora al timone di Villa Naj, dove coinvolge tanti piccoli produttori locali e regala un tocco innovativo alle ottime materie prime del territorio. E’ uscito proprio in questi giorni il suo libro “ Terra, Mare e Vegetali” da cui abbiamo estrapolato una ricetta davvero top.

Uno dei piatti che Chef Proietti Refrigeri racconta nel suo libro “Terra, Mare e Vegetali”

MEZZE MANICHE, EMULSIONE DI ERBE AMARE, CAPRINO ALLA CENERE E TARTUFO NERO

Ingredienti
per 4 persone
320 g di mezze maniche, 200 g di tarassaco, 150 g di cicorino di campo. 100 g di ortica. 150 g di catalogna, 100 g di cime di rapa, 100 g di tartufo nero, olio extravergine di oliva, sale e pepe, 200 g di caprino alla cenere dell’Azienda Agricola Il Boscasso, 300 g di panna

Preparazione
Preparate l’emulsione di erbe, pulendo accuratamente il tarassaco, il cicorino di campo, l’ortica (facendo attenzione a usare dei guanti per evitare ustioni), catalogna e cime di rapa; cuocetele in acqua salata per 4 minuti e poi frullatele aggiungendo poca acqua di cottura, olio extravergine di oliva, sale e pepe con l’aiuto di un robot da cucina. Tenete da parte alcune foglie di tarassaco intere. Tagliate il caprino a cubetti con tutta la crosta; a parte scaldate la panna e versare il tutto nel robot da cucina, frullando per 3 minuti; conservate a parte. Fate cuocere la pasta in acqua salata e, quando sarà al dente, versatela in una padella con un po’ di olio e la sua acqua di cottura: arrivati alla cottura
desiderata, spegnete e aggiungete la crema di erbe amare. Mantecate e impiattate mettendo la crema di caprino alla cenere, la pasta, le foglie di tarassaco saltate e solo alla fine una grattata di tartufo nero pregiato

E nel calice…?

Per accompagnare i sentori di tarassaco, cicorino di campo, ortica e cenere del suo piatto, Alessandro consiglia Pernice Conte Vistarino, un cru storicamente “nobile”, avendo  proprio il Conte Carlo Vistarino portato le barbatelle di Pinot Nero dalla Borgogna attorno al 1850 . La dinastia Vistarino è oggi rappresentata da Ottavia Giorgi di Vistarino, che vive l’eredità dell’azienda rispettandone la tradizione e nello stesso tempo mettendoci carattere, futuro e personalità.

E le osterie…?

Concediamoci una meritata sosta in una tipica osteria per goderci una cucina ruspante e piatti del territorio, come un risotto con pasta di salame, fagioli dell’occhio e Bonarda oppure del merluzzo con cipolla dorata di Voghera e uvetta. e per finire una squisita torta di zucca berrettina di Lungavilla.
Ecco dove buttare l’occhio…

Prato Gaio Montecalvo Versiggia
Guallina, Mortara
La verde sosta, Crocetta
Osteria della Madonna da Peo , Pavia
Il giarone , Rocca Susella
Osteria del campanile, Torrazzacoste
L’ustarua di giugaton , Battella
Pappa e cena , Val di Nizza
Buscone , Varzi
Paradiso,  Caseo-Canevino

In una di queste osterie potreste trovare ancora la schita, tradizionale merenda dei bambini ma anche “compagna alimentare” per i contadini che lavoravano nei campi e nelle vigne. Ha una ricetta composta da farina, acqua e un pizzico di sale, ingredienti sempre presente nelle case dei contadini, veniva poi fritta nello strutto o nell’olio e fatto dorare da entrambi i lati.

la schita dell’OltrePoPavese

Sorelle… ai fornelli !

A Rivanazzano troviamo Oasi Della Pace, ristorante gestito dalle suore del Santo Rosario, Apostole del lavoro. E’ molto conosciuto per la semplicità dei suoi piatti, serviti in un ambiente dove regnano silenzio, pace ed aria buona. Il menù è a prezzo fisso e il successo è stellare. Qualche ingrediente particolare? “Macchè, dicono le Sorelle, gli alimenti che usiamo sono semplici e genuini. Il vero segreto è l’amore e la pazienza. Non importa cosa si cucina, ma come lo si fa!”

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Fano, Italy. Discover a delicious fish dish!

By Cesare Zucca

Italy. Fano is a seaside resort and town, located about 12 kilometers southeast of Pesaro.
It is the third largest city in the Marche Region and a tourist destination for those looking for a first-rate cultural, historical and environmental heritage.

Fano offers visitors, tourists and locals the opportunity to enjoy the sea and the delightful countryside of the hinterland. If you have never visited Fano, I suggest you to add it in the list of future weekends.
You will not be disappointed!

La Torre d’Augusto

No to be missed
L’Arco di AugustoPalazzo Montevecchio
il Giardino Storico di Piazzale Leopardi
Fontana della Fortuna
Mura Augustee ( Augustus Walls)

Le mura Augstee e la Fontana della Fortuna

Maria Nuova Church
Piazza XX Settembre
Museum Civico e Pinacoteca nel Palazzo Malatestiano hosting the magnificent Guercino‘s painting “The Guardian Angel”

Guercino‘s painting “The Guardian Angel”

THE BRODETTO FEST
Every Year Fano celebrates the most iconic local fish dish : the brodetto .
The brodetto is a dish born on board fishing boats as a soup of “poor fish”. A super mixture of mazzole, monkfish, dogfish, weever, ray, boccaincava, St. Peter’s fish, mantis shrimp, cuttlefish, redfish were cooked with oil, onion, tomato paste and vinegar.

The brodetto is the result of the historical and profitable “cultural” and “material” exchange between fishermen and gardeners, between sea and land. It was born as a poor dish of fishermen who used that low quality fish difficult to sell. The ingredients provided are extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley, basil, yellow pepper and tomato Fish varieties can vary, but should be at least seven, including ray, mullet, cuttlefish, big head, walnut, cod, sea cicala , sole, mussels, clams, redfish, scampi.

BrodettoFest 2021
This year edition was set up by Omnia Comunicazione that managed to create an extraordinary food & wine bonanza, featuring Michelin starred Chefs, show cooking, meetings, kid games, culinary talks and tastings of the best brodetto in the Region.

Here come the Stars!

Three amazing dishes prepared by Michelin starred Chefs. From left RISOTTO RIVIERA ADRIATICA by Alberto Faccani, SPAGHETTO BREZZA MARINA by Michelangelo Mammoliti, CALAMARATA WITH ALKERMES by Silvia Baracchi


The United Cities of Brodetto
Sounds like a new nation! and a very tasty one!
Five chefs showed their skills while cooking different styles of brodetto.
The winner? All five of them… dishese were delicious.

Five different styles of brodetto, one common denominator: a slice of a crunchy roasted bread
you can add unusual extra ingredients , like peppers, saffron or passatelli pasta
The five dishes created by the Chefs from the Marche

Brodetto Experience. Let’s take a class!
From the fish market to the home table in an authentic and convivial atmosphere.
Let’s learn how to cook brodetto together! – Tour to the fish market in Fano to buy fish, then travel to a Show cooking soup in a country house .
With a small group of four ( the lucky ones…) with lived the brodetto school experience. The adventure started quite early in the morning, shopping around the Fano great Fish Market, in order to choose the best ingredients to male the best brodetto ever….

shopping for the right type of fish at the Fano Market
TUQUI Tour Adolfo and with the lovely Ivana, a brodetto expert.

We were guided by Adolfo Ciuccoli, from TUQUI Tour, a travel agency specialized in discovering the Marche Region, aiming to emotionally involve the traveler, who becomes the main actor of the experience.

“Absolutely no clams or mussels in the authentic brodetto! ” Sentenced Signora Ivana the cook in charge of the Experience… “Let the mussels be in my “Pepata” on the side”
et voilà! the brodetto is served ! Buon Appetito!

What In the glass?
Certainly a Bianchello del Metauro, a white white produced in the Marche with the Biancame and long white Malvasia vines, It is a precise, young and versatile wine, with a straw yellow color and a dry, fresh, pleasant taste of wild thyme,
My fav are Asdrubale e Pian dei Fori from Azienda Agricola Mariotti Cesare,

Two Marche excellencies : Bianchello Mariotti Cesare, and Fossa Cheese from Sogliano

The Bianchello d’Autore Project is from the union of some historic producers of Bianchello Metauro DOC and has been entrusted to the experience and professionalism of a careful choice of nine local producers, whose labels bring to the table a wine that can accompany with harmony the most varied dishes, especially those of fish, including the brodetto, a true icon of the Marche cuisine.

Great meals! what about ending with an amazing coffe?
Sure, but must be a moretta!
Moretta Fanese, is a pretty alcoholic corrected coffee originating from the city of Fano also widespread in neighboring areas and cities.
It is strong and sweet, and is usually drunk as a digestive after meals or as an afternoon energizer, since the correction is an alcoholic blend based on aniseed liqueur, rum and brandy.

2021 Brodetto Fest did not ignore it , on the contrary set up the Moretta Competition, featuring barmen and cocktails expert form all over the region and awarding Nicolas Vincenzetti as Best Moretta Maker 2021, The secret ingredients of his winning coffee? ….Anized drink Varnelli, coffee grounds, sugar syrup, lemon peel, rum and brandy, banana juice.
Try to make your own at home!

Brodetto Fest 2022 will be back next year! Check online and Add the dates to your calendar!

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BLED, SLOVENIA: The enchanted Lake

Slovenia. Bled, about an hour North of the capital Ljubljana to the North-West of Slovenia. Rather than the town it is the beautiful lake that gives the name Bled, famous among the European elite as early as the 1930’s with the construction of a luxurious hotel providing  natural hot spring source knowned for health benefits.I am talking of the Grand Hotel Toplice, a venue that boasts a rich history, a magical location, gorgeous alpine and lake views and sumptuously comfortable, elegantly styled rooms.  

Each of the rooms and suites at Grand Hotel Toplice has its own unique character and are traditionally styled with beautiful parquet floors, rich furniture and beautiful paintings with many of the rooms benefiting from breathtakingly beautiful lake views. The hotel has been recently renovated and restored to its former glory and is one of the best hotels in Slovenia as well as being a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.          

It has hosted many eminent guests and is frequented by celebrities such as  Vivian Leigh, Arthur Miller, Pablo Neruda, King Hussein of Jordan, Paul McCartney and…me, with my best friend-chef-writer Philip Sinsheimer, graciously hosted by Sava hotel and resort group that manage the venue.

Starting from the impeccable reception. the hotel boasts luxurious accommodation, few restaurant, a bar  and the enchantment of Lake Bled. All rooms and suites are individually decorated in an enchanting and traditional style, lavishly equipped with an excellent range of facilities, a relaxing thermal swimming pool and benefit from different saunas, wellness services and a solarium among a private lido,

where Philip (expert swimmer) dived in the limpid lake water while me (lazy man…) was indulging in a relaxing sunbathing. We dedicated the morning ( when the light is best) to row to the island where the minuscule baroque chapel.I was anxious to hear the bells rings, because  I knew about the legend wich narrates that around the year 1500, the leaseholder of Lake Bled at the time, Hartman Kreigh, disappeared. People said he was killed. Sad for the events, the Lady of the Castle collected all of her precious golden jewellery to be melted down and casted into a bell for the chapel on the island of the Lake, so that the bell would toll in remembrance of  beloved companion. They say the bell has a magic power, when it rings, you should make 3 wishes and wait for them to become real.  We did 99 steps and finally we arrived at the church, where the view is really breathtaking and, yes, we waited for the bell… Not sure my wishes are becoming a reality, we ll see….

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Planning your next Italian holidays? Fano is waiting for you…

Italy: Fano in the Marche Region, is the place where Roman and Renaissance histories blend with modernity and sweet life. From the Arch of Augustus to the Malatesta’s walls to the Roman Amphitheatre, to some peaceful beaches on the clear blue Adriatic Sea. In Fano you can also sample the local cuisine that offers a great choice of dishes.

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Here some: traditional dishes from the Marche Region.
The tripe omelette rolled and cut into strips sautéed in a tomato sauce, the Pesaro’s pasticciata a stew of beef in red wine with lard, cinnamon, cloves, tomato sauce. In Senigallia , the specilaty is the cutanèi , kind of “poor” dumplings made of water, flour and a few eggs.The scepter, however, goes to vincisgrassi, the most famous pasta of the Marche region, cut into large strips, seasoned with chicken giblets and baked in the oven. You ‘ll find many rabbit dishes, raised in inland areas between Ascoli, Macerata and Fabriano, the tastiest is the one in porchetta, stuffed with spices and wild fennel or stewed with white wine, garlic, chilli and aromatic herbs. Last but not the least the Ascoli olives, stuffed with meat, breadcrumbs and grated cheese, then floured, passed in egg, in breadcrumbs and fried.

Ascoli Olives

What about fish?
A lot! From sea snails, molluscs, seafood, cooked in stew with tomato, mint and wild fennel or the stockfish cooked in abundant white wine, anchovy pesto, celery, carrots, onion, chilli, aromatic herbs, peeled tomatoes, black olives and potatoes and the iconic brodetto, a fish dish widespread in much of the Adriatic coast prepared in many different styles,

Talking of brodetto, I stopped at the restaurant which has been awarded over the years as “Best Brodetto in Italy” and won again last year Fano Brodetto Festival. It’s called La Liscia da Mr.Ori , located in the premises of the 4 stars Augustus Hotel, an elegant venue in the center of Fano, boasting 22 rooms carefully prepared to welcome all year round guests from all over the world.

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I stayed at the next door 3 stars Hotel De La Ville, owned and managed by the Augustus team with excellent level services and trained, professional and multilingual staff. Hotel De La Ville has 24 rooms, including 8 comfort, completely renovated, bright and equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar and free Wi-Fi. Some have a sea view while others overlook the ancient city walls

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I choose this hotel because is in the heart of the city of Fano, directly on the ancient dock, it is an excellent starting point for a relaxing beach holiday and a great discovering of history, art and excellet food

Both hotels have free private parking and a bike sharing service by reservation. A gym with innovative equipment and a sauna for relaxing moments, as well as a quiet and private reading room and internet point are also available to guests of the Augustus Hotel.
Simplicity, exaltation of natural taste, freshness and genuineness combined with tradition and creativity: these are in summary the virtues that you will appreciate at the La Liscia Da Mr.Ori restaurant a certainty in the gastronomic panorama of the Marche region.

Good morning at the Augustus. A tempting home made cake

There I meet with the Executive Chef Francesca Paradisi and the mysterious Mr.Ori himself…aka Luca, Francesca’s husband. Pretty soon we were joined by the all family: mamma Tiziana and papa Gabriele. Hey, we are in Italy, after all…

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Tiziana, Francesca, Gabriele: it’s a family affair... Photo @ Cesare Zucca 2021

Ciao Francesca, ciao Luca, where do you like to travel to, if you have some free time?
Luca: We love travelling, exotic destinations are our favorite, Francesca, me and 3 kids, big company. We went to Etiopia, Kenya, Nepal, India, who knows what would be the next…
While in your territory, what car do you like to drive?
Francesca: I am the only driver in the family because Luca doesn’t have a driving license. I have a spacious Peugeot where I can easily fit three child seats in the back
Are you curious about those local cuisine?
Francesca: Absolutely. Sometimes we export ideas, like my ricciola sashimi with mango yelly or the Meo Meo tuna iinspired by Thai cuisine, based on rice, fried vegetables, soy and oyster sauce. We aim, especially in this period that we cannot easily travel, to take our clients around the world with imagination and taste.

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What is important on your cooking?
Taste, freshness, variety, all of that wiith a bit of fantasy and inspiration, for example I named Cesar my laurel, zucchini and prawns skewers as laca and me, we were both inspired by Caesar Augustus,

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Francesca, tell me about your menu and your top dish
My cooking is thetraditional way the cooks form Fano use to prepare a meal: simple, fresh products, lots of fish.

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My number one dish undoubtedly the brodetto, a traditional “poor” soup that local housewives used to cook using the leftover fish that the fishermen did not sell. It is made with oil, red vinegar, tomato paste, pepper, salt and a large quantity of fish: cuttlefish, spider fish, redfish, sole, monkfish and more…

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the iconic brodetto

As a matter of fact in the kitchen there is another “Cooking Queen” I am talking of Tiziana, Gabriele’s wife and expert Chef, here she is…
Tiziana, your restaurant is famous for fish dishes, any particular you would like to mention?
Tiziana: I would love you to try the octopus with mint, green beans, potatoes and the cuttlefish salad with ginger, then you’ll tell me what you think… I also “created” another dish that am proud of: tortelloni stuffed with ricotta and monkfish and wild fennel.

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A Tiziana’s creation: Octopus with mint, green beans, potatoes
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tortelloni stuffed with ricotta, monkfish pachino tomatoes and wild fennel.

Let’s go back in time: Your fist memory in the kitchen?
Francesca: Mom cooking all the time… with some huge sunday production making fresh pasta tortellini and those large tables settled up in three huts, on holidays such as communions and confirmations and was served in three huts.

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Gabriele: Oh yeah, I remember. I was a kid and my job was to shape the gnocchi using my fingers, I kinda loved and hated…actually usually two were ending up on the table and one… in my mouth, even raw they were so good…

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A succulent and tasty traditional dish. the ” fritto misto” served with fried vegetables

Gabriele, you have won the Best Brodetto Award, can you tell me a little bit about it?
Gabriele: Sure, we were the winners of the first edition and we keep the title for a long time, including last year. Fano BrodettoFest it’s a great event that will happen again this year from September 10th to 12th I consider it an unmissable appointment for seafood lovers. There will be great chefs exhibitions and cooking contests to declare the best fish recipe, evaluated by a technical and popular judges.


There is also an area for the children Brodetto & kids, with entertainment, games, didactic activities and detailed workshops about the fish in the Adriatic Sea and the snack time served with fish to approach the children to eat fish, especially the local ones.

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What a great event! Pity only 3 days....
Well, you ‘ll be happy to hear that several restaurants will take part to the “Fuori Brodetto” promotion: a serving of that delicious fish soup will be served at the fixed price of 20 Euros until the end of the month!
So, come to Fano and enjoy this delicious specialty!
Well, I have already save the date…
Grazie Tiziana, Francesca, Gabriele and Luca, see you in September!



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CESARE ZUCCA
Travel, food & lifestyle.
Born in Milan, Cesare lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world.
For WEEKEND PREMIUM he photographs and writes about cities, cultures, lifestyles. 
He likes to discover both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights,

to meet and interview top chefs from over the world and to ‘steal ‘their recipes.
All of them treasured in his blog, with a “Non Touristy Tourist ”  style

SUMMARY OF HOTELS REVIEWS by Cesare Zucca

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Looking for a Greek Island historical, alive and welcoming?
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Looking for an amazing accommodation where indulge your Corfù vacation?
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Be enchanted by the wonderful landscape of Umbria, in my opinion one of the most beautiful regions of the Peninsula. Perugia is awakening from the forced torpor of the lockdown: many accommodation facilities of all kinds, many museums, restaurants and trattorias, have reopened and tourists, especially Italians and Europeans, have returned to enjoy the beauty of this city.


Among the hotels, the 4-star Sangallo Palace stands out for its quality-price ratio, service and location, being strategically located right next to the escalator that will first take you to the magical Rocca Paolina, the imposing fortress built by Pope Paul III.

La Rocca Paolina. Get lost in a labyrinth of underground rooms of extraordinary beauty

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Let’s discover more ‘niche’ accommodations.
Corte di Gabriela
In the small Calle degli Avvocati a very accurate residence awaits you where the inspiration of the owner / chef will reserve you a perfect welcome, starting with the linen, served in rustic paper bags, to the silky sheets.

Modern design, small breakfast strictly home cooked, exquisite and served in a delightful garden. Here and there vintage photos with past festival stars, Paul Newman, Claudia Cardinale, Jane Fonda…

EGO’ 
Literally next to the Rialto Bridge, a 4-star luxury boutique hotel that tells the story of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. It will be the very kind Ekaterina to welcome you and tell you how each room recalls an episode of her journey, while here and there historical hints about the life of the great conqueror pop up.

For a special night, a soecial room, a round bed, a jacuzzi decorated with gold, moon and sun and when you wake up a rich breakfast served in your room or in the sitting room overlooking the Grand Canal.

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LONDON Where to stay
Cercate classe e tradizione ? Consiglio il cinque stelle Royal Lancaster Hotel. Si affaccia su Hyde Park e, secondo me, rappresenta il top dell’eleganza, discreta e sempre di buon gusto accompagnata a un servizio ineccepibile. Due ristoranti: Nipa Thai serve autentica cucina tailandese e Island Grill, che offre piatti della tradizione locale. L’elegante Hyde Bar è perfetto per un cocktail. Il ricchissimo breakfast è servito nello splendido ristorante Park con vista mozzafiato sul parco.
Dalle camere, progettate in modo impeccabile per combinare stile e comfort, si oode di una vista spettacolare giorno e notte. Arredamento vagamente anni ’60, sembrerebbe che James Bond possa entrare nella hall da un momento all’altro.


Eccleston Square Hotel
Perfetto esempio di alta classe alberghiera che sposa Ie più avanzate soluzioni tecnologiche.È uno dei primi hotel al mondo a fornire connessioni TV 4K e, grazie al soundbar Sonos Beam, un suono perfetto. Comandi digitali dovunque, dal controllo di tutte le funzioni in camera, all’inclinazione del letto e, come se non bastasse, vi verrà consegnato un cellulare gratuito per chiamate illimitate a numeri mobili e fissi britannici e internazionali.

Chi prenota direttamente può usufruire di un minibar gratuito rifornito ogni giorno. Si trova a pochi minuti da Victoria Station e della metropolitane Circle, District e Victoria, nonché il Gatwick Extress. Ah dimenticavo…. gli ospiti possono utilizzare il meraviglioso giardino privato antistante l’hotel!see full article

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A contemporary interpretation of the Italian Riviera; an innovative, intimate retreat of 43 guestrooms. Although just a few minutes’ drive from the destination village of Positano, Casa Angelina’s fishing village location immerses guests in an off-the-radar authenticity that occupies a prime spot on the Amalfi coast.Resting high up on the cliffs, the converted fishermen’s homes look to the future with an immaculately minimalist design complimented by exquisite Murano glass sculptures. Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 12.54.28Aperitivi are served at the on-trend Marrakech Bar, and the rooftop gourmet restaurant—Un Piano nel Cielo—offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Salerno. Guests are also encouraged to make use of the restorative spa and exclusive access to Casa Angelina´s own beach, La Gavitella, to fully appreciate la bella vita. Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 12.54.33I
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BOUTIQUE HOTEL LA TORRETTA, CINQUE TERRE
At the gentle yet accurate reception, you ‘ll find a bottle of Italian prosecco and Cuban rum
to welcome you in one of the ten gorgeous sunny rooms that harmoniously mix a combination of antique and contemporary pieces.

SAM_3185 copyMost of them have balcony overlooking the vineyards to one side and the blue Mediterranean to the other. At breakfast time, the “buongiorno” , is a real “good morning” thanks to Gabriele’s Mamma who prepares the most delicious torte salate (salted cakes with fresh vegetables) and the succulent torta di riso ( a rice cake traditionally cooked every year con August 10th, but available here every morning! ). All this goodies enhance a generous breakfast with local cheeses, meats, home-made patisserie, fresh squeeze oranges.Enjoy one ( or more…) glass of wine offered at your arrival or served at the sunset aperitivo time in the terrace that boasts a spectacular views of the stunning Bay.

Spectacular view from the terrace
Spectacular view from the terrace

Superbly located in the centre of the wonderfully picturesque village of Manarola a once-in-a-lifetime ultimate destination in beautiful Cinque Terre, Ligury, Ital. Reservation a must. Here the link http://www.torrettas.co

December is a great time to visit Oslo, celebrate PEACE and enjoy the magnificent Grand Hotel a superb symbol of a first-class hospitality with tradition, atmosphere and style.

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TUCKED BETWEEN HISTORIC FACADES ON A TREE-LINED ROAD IN MEXICO CITY’S TRENDY CONDESA NEIGHBORHOOD,
THE HOTEL CONDESA DF FUSES THE SPIRIT OF ITS BOHEMIAN SURROUNDINGS WITH A PLAYFULLY SIMPLE AESTHETIC DESIGN.
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I had planned it all and planned it well. We arrived in Cambodia’s capital and enjoyed a 2-night stay at the Intercontinental a magnificent venue that isn’t in the touristic epicenter of Phnom Penh which would be close to the river, close to the Royal Palace, but actually it is rather central taking the city in its full scope. There are good things about staying at a hotel that is NOT particularly meant for tourists and that ISN’T in the touristic hub of town.

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Perugia, Italy. Discover Hotel Sangallo and meet Chef Islam


Be enchanted by the wonderful landscape of Umbria, in my opinion one of the most beautiful regions of the Peninsula. Perugia is awakening from the forced torpor of the lockdown: many accommodation facilities of all kinds, many museums, restaurants and trattorias, have reopened and tourists, especially Italians and Europeans, have returned to enjoy the beauty of this city. Among the hotels, the 4-star Sangallo Palace stands out for its quality-price ratio, service and location, being strategically located right next to the escalator that will first take you to the magical Rocca Paolina, the imposing fortress built by Pope Paul III.

La Rocca Paolina. Get lost in a labyrinth of underground rooms of extraordinary beauty

Continuing on the escalators, you will arrive in the wonderful center where the Fontana Maggiore triumphs in the sumptuous Piazza IV Novembre, the setting for summer concerts during the Umbria Jazz festival.

Night fairy tale on the square

Let’s go back to where we started from, and that is the Sangallo Palace.
A venue that we recommend for its exquisite hospitality and professionalism, welcoming comfort rooms, design details in the furnishings and lighting, which quote the floor graphics of the Annunciation by Perugino with futuristic neon accents. colored in the showers

Perugino in the quotes of the Hotel Sangallo

Despite being in the center, the rooms are very quiet, thanks to a first-rate anti-noise system. For workouts, relaxation and a nice swim, you will find a rich spa with swimming pool and gym

The spa and a really “Perugina” room with the iconic couple of the famous kisses

Finally, his excellent (indeed I would say very good) Sangallo Restaurant, where we meet Chef Kamrul Islam, born in Bangladesh and living in Italy for more than 30 years.

His renowned cuisine is now decidedly Italian, indeed Umbrian with a French accent.
There is a lot of traditional Umbrian cuisine in the pasta dishes, strictly homemade, like strangozzi, served with salmon and zucchini and umbricelli alla norcina, with cream and sausages.

Chef Kamrul Islam

Good morning Kamrul, your first memory in the kitchen?
When I was looking around mother Nasmakan intent on preparing our typical dishes. Unlike Indian cuisine, ours is much simpler and certainly less spicy. Sitting at the table is a ritual, just like in Italy, and no expense is spared for food.
Your cooking is …
Based on local products, meats, vegetables, cured meats, cheeses, I would define it as an Umbrian cuisine, often with traditional dishes, such as polenta and sausage and grapes, a classic of the winter months.

A Chef Ismal signature dish: Colfiorito lamb chops marinated in herbs

Do you cook at home?
(laughs) Never! My wife forbids me, only her is at the stove, also because our women think that we husbands are not so good at cooking. that we mess and leave everything in a mess, so at home they don’t let me touch a pot.
What does Mrs. Ismal cook?
In my house, the pasta is a winner, also because I have a son who literally lives only on pasta … sometimes rice, as a second course maybe a hamburger or a chicken breast, or … again pasta!
Always and never in your refrigerator…
Well, easy to guess: many types of pasta in the pantry and some homemade sauces in the fridge. Never: eggplant. And yes I like them a lot … but for my wife they are out of discussion … Luckily I cook them here in the restaurant … i

Unfortunately never … in the chef’s house fridge

Where do you like to spend a weekend?
If we stay in the area, at Lake Trasimeno, if we have a few more days, we like to visit a European city like London or Paris, but above all to discover our wonderful cities in Italy, also because the hospitality of Italians is incomparable.
Do you do gastronomic research on your travels?
No, when I go on vacation I take off my chef uniform and completely forget that I am a cook. I am a pure tourist interested in other things.

fishing and relaxing on Lake Trasimeno

Any new dish on your menu?
Brand new, perhaps you are the first to taste it. A very summery dish and easy to make: lemon and mint tagliatelle. Here the recipe

LEMON AND MINT TAGLIATELLE.

Ingredients for 4 people)
1 lemon peel
Egg Tagliatelle (300 grams)
Fresh mint (1 bunch of 50 grams)
Garlic (2 cloves)
Olive oil
Parmesan cheese (30 grams)
Parsley (10 grams).
Preparation : Boil the lemon peel to chop later Prepare the mint pesto with garlic, olive oil, parmesan and parsley. Mix everything well and pour over the pasta cooked al dente
A wine to pair?
A wine that interprets history, elegance and modernity. Think it was the first Chardonnay to be grown in Umbria, in the early 1970s and its label recalls, with stylized graphics, the four-lobed tiles of the fourteenth century. that adorn the facade of the Cathedral of Perugia, I am talking about Umbria Chardonnay of Cantine Lungarotti, with a full and well balanced character. It has a color: intense straw yellow with greenish reflections and a perfume that expresses notes of banana, peach and pean

Chardonnay Lungarotti

The Lungarotti company maintains a strong family imprint based on respect for the values that unite tradition, history and territory and is today directed by the sisters Chiara Lungarotti and Teresa Severini, while Maria Grazia Lungarotti successfully directs the work of the Foundation. At the forefront of environmental protection, the company operates a sustainable viticulture, with choices that aim at obtaining the best quality of the grapes without stressing the plant or the soil, together with the defense of the environment, not using either herbicides or chemical fertilizers. i.

The Lungarotti hills, famous for their Rubesco

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Angsana Resort Corfù, Greece

Angsana Resort Corfù, Greece

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Looking for an historical, alive, welcoming destination?
The answer is Greece
Looking for a Greek Island historical, alive and welcoming?
The answer is Corfù
Looking for an amazing accommodation where indulge your Corfù vacation?
The answer is the Angsana Resort Corfù, the newest, incomparable addition to the Island.

The view from the Angsana Terrace

I spend there 5 fabulous days, enjoying my room, my terrace, the SPA, the private “Emerald”
beach and the immense swimming pool, a truly amazing endless space that literally seems to plunge into the blue sea.

the Angsana Corfù swimmimg pool

The resort is set on an idyllic lush green hilltop overlooking the turquoise waters of the historical Benitses Bay. It boasts a close vicinity to the exotic Paxoi and Antipaxoi islets.
Located a short 12 km drive south of Corfu town, an UNESCO World Heritage site with its imposing Old Fortress, the resort is strategically positioned for must-see spots, beautiful sandy beaches, historical sites and activities for all tastes, an experience of local heritage and a deep sense of belonging.

The estate is surrounded by a landscape of exquisite beauty with Mediterranean gardens and olive tree groves, overlooking the picturesque Benitses Bay, presenting far-reaching views of the Ionian sea and the countryside.

THE SWIMMING POOLS
This swimming pools are undoubtedly among the Angsana Corfu’s greatest attractions. They both, outdoor and indoor, encapsulates the heart of the resort’s lifestyle. In addition, an indoor heated pool for winter days or training regimes and a kids’ pool bring the fun of poolside life to every guest.

A personal fitness program can be designed and executed at Angsana Corfu dedicated state-of-the-art Gym and at the outdoor Yoga Pavilion, for a healthy and fit summer life.

Yes, that’s me with the lifeguard, always present and on the alert, with a smile, like the entire professional team working in the property.

THE ROOMS
The resort offers a collection of 159 contemporary rooms and suites, plus 37 luxury villa homes built in the style of local architecture, laid out across the hilltop estate.with a choice of 159 rooms and suites plus 37 private pool villas, backdropped with infinity sea views.

Spacious and stylish accommodation on a historical hilltop location of Corfu, offering a fine blend of the Greek “philoxenia, friend to the stranger” and the mystique of Asian hospitality, a home away from home feeling.

amazing sunset from my beautiful terrace

The rooms, the suites and pool villas are backdropped with infinity sea views define the spacious and stylish accommodations on a historical hilltop location of Corfu, offering a fine blend of the Greek “philoxenia, friend to the stranger” and the mystique of Asian hospitality, a home away from home feeling.

THE FOOD
Here comes one of my favorite part…. Food here is amazing.from the huge breakfast buffet to the greek cuisine of Sofrito, to the experience at Botrini’s, a fine dining restaurant guided by the stellar Chef Ettore Botrini.

Botrini’s and Sofrito

THE AMAZING BREAKFAST
From Freshly pressed juices made to boost your health and stamina, enhancing a feeling of happiness in you, to rich omelettes made just the way you like them, an infinite number of local and international sweets and desserts,

You will find fresh homemade bread, cold cuts, salmon, local cheeses, a great variety of yougurt, fresh honey that melts under your eyes, a huge choice of vegetables, cooked or sautéed, such as mushrooms, potatoes, yellow and red cherry tomatoes and ratatouille,

So, If you are into salads, You ‘ll find them
if you are into eggs, You ll find them
if you are into sausages …well, you got it !

Add seasoning of any kind, sweet and salted delicacies, fruits and tasty local pastry, such as bougatsa a greek pie with a creamy custard and light phyllo, and the incomparable cheese pie called tiropita… in short: a king’s breakfast!

Dessert time: going local with bougatsa and tiropita

DINING
Angsana Corfu places gastronomy pleasures high on its priority list… and so do I !
The resort offers a unique palette of vibrant flavors and taste combinations sourced from around the world. Our chefs serve up a universe of options, from fusion Asian cuisine and sushi bites to Greek cuisine with local Corfiot delicacies and tasty international favorite dishes.

With a full range of signature restaurants, and outdoor dining lounge terraces overlooking a panorama of expansive seaviews and mountainous Corfiot landscape, every meal will be an experience to remember.

Angsana Corfu is a Mediterranean sanctuary of extraordinary beauty, a luxurious spa and beach resort offering the warmth and charms of its unique blend of Greek and Asian hospitality. Its proximity to Achilleion Palace, once home to the famed Empress Sissi of Austria,
enriches its surroundings with echoes of a royal era.

THE SPA
What better than a relaxing foot massage upon my arrival? I gOt the stress out and enjoied the one hour session that you I felt like walking on a cloud.
Wellness is revived in the signature award-winning Angsana Spa, a space of euphoria, providing guests with a rejuvenating sense of touch using fusion massage techniques, where East meets West.

Angsana Spa consists of 11 treatment rooms, outdoor with secret gardens and superb seaviews, located right next to the indoor pool area overlooking the bay, making it a true oasis for the body and the soul.

There will always be something for the children, who can happily hang out and socially mingle at our kids’ club and pool, the Ranger’s Club. Our beach spot will offer luxurious sun loungers, a beach bar and fun water sports activities. A dedicated concierge is available to deliver special guest requests.

The “Emerald Beach” at Angsana

And this is only the beginning…. more surprises are in their way…
Like an additional 4th and 5th floor huge terrace where you ‘ll feel like on top of the world

And if… a photo is worth more than a thousand words…
THAT’S THE WAY I WAS FEELING, WHILE THERE!

Arrivederci Corfù! See you soon ! Τα λέμε αργότερα !

Arrivederci Corfù !
See you soon !
Τα λέμε αργότερα !

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Angsana Resort Corfù, Greece

Looking for an historical, alive, welcoming destination?
The answer is Greece
Looking for a Greek Island historical, alive and welcoming?
The answer is Corfù
Looking for an amazing accommodation where indulge your Corfù vacation?
The answer is the Angsana Resort Corfù, the newest, incomparable addition to the Island.

The view from the Angsana Terrace

I spend there 5 fabulous days, enjoying my room, my terrace, the SPA, the private “Emerald”
beach and the immense swimming pool, a truly amazing endless space that literally seems to plunge into the blue sea.

the Angsana Corfù swimmimg pool

The resort is set on an idyllic lush green hilltop overlooking the turquoise waters of the historical Benitses Bay. It boasts a close vicinity to the exotic Paxoi and Antipaxoi islets.
Located a short 12 km drive south of Corfu town, an UNESCO World Heritage site with its imposing Old Fortress, the resort is strategically positioned for must-see spots, beautiful sandy beaches, historical sites and activities for all tastes, an experience of local heritage and a deep sense of belonging.

The estate is surrounded by a landscape of exquisite beauty with Mediterranean gardens and olive tree groves, overlooking the picturesque Benitses Bay, presenting far-reaching views of the Ionian sea and the countryside.

THE SWIMMING POOLS
This swimming pools are undoubtedly among the Angsana Corfu’s greatest attractions. They both, outdoor and indoor, encapsulates the heart of the resort’s lifestyle. In addition, an indoor heated pool for winter days or training regimes and a kids’ pool bring the fun of poolside life to every guest.

A personal fitness program can be designed and executed at Angsana Corfu dedicated state-of-the-art Gym and at the outdoor Yoga Pavilion, for a healthy and fit summer life.

Yes, that’s me with the lifeguard, always present and on the alert, with a smile, like the entire professional team working in the property.

THE ROOMS
The resort offers a collection of 159 contemporary rooms and suites, plus 37 luxury villa homes built in the style of local architecture, laid out across the hilltop estate.with a choice of 159 rooms and suites plus 37 private pool villas, backdropped with infinity sea views.

Spacious and stylish accommodation on a historical hilltop location of Corfu, offering a fine blend of the Greek “philoxenia, friend to the stranger” and the mystique of Asian hospitality, a home away from home feeling.

amazing sunset from my beautiful terrace

The rooms, the suites and pool villas are backdropped with infinity sea views define the spacious and stylish accommodations on a historical hilltop location of Corfu, offering a fine blend of the Greek “philoxenia, friend to the stranger” and the mystique of Asian hospitality, a home away from home feeling.

THE FOOD
Here comes one of my favorite part…. Food here is amazing.from the huge breakfast buffet to the greek cuisine of Sofrito, to the experience at Botrini’s, a fine dining restaurant guided by the stellar Chef Ettore Botrini.

Botrini’s and Sofrito

THE AMAZING BREAKFAST
From Freshly pressed juices made to boost your health and stamina, enhancing a feeling of happiness in you, to rich omelettes made just the way you like them, an infinite number of local and international sweets and desserts,

You will find fresh homemade bread, cold cuts, salmon, local cheeses, a great variety of yougurt, fresh honey that melts under your eyes, a huge choice of vegetables, cooked or sautéed, such as mushrooms, potatoes, yellow and red cherry tomatoes and ratatouille,

So, If you are into salads, You ‘ll find them
if you are into eggs, You ll find them
if you are into sausages …well, you got it !

Add seasoning of any kind, sweet and salted delicacies, fruits and tasty local pastry, such as bougatsa a greek pie with a creamy custard and light phyllo, and the incomparable cheese pie called tiropita… in short: a king’s breakfast!

Dessert time: going local with bougatsa and tiropita

DINING
Angsana Corfu places gastronomy pleasures high on its priority list… and so do I !
The resort offers a unique palette of vibrant flavors and taste combinations sourced from around the world. Our chefs serve up a universe of options, from fusion Asian cuisine and sushi bites to Greek cuisine with local Corfiot delicacies and tasty international favorite dishes.

With a full range of signature restaurants, and outdoor dining lounge terraces overlooking a panorama of expansive seaviews and mountainous Corfiot landscape, every meal will be an experience to remember.

Angsana Corfu is a Mediterranean sanctuary of extraordinary beauty, a luxurious spa and beach resort offering the warmth and charms of its unique blend of Greek and Asian hospitality. Its proximity to Achilleion Palace, once home to the famed Empress Sissi of Austria,
enriches its surroundings with echoes of a royal era.

THE SPA
What better than a relaxing foot massage upon my arrival? I gOt the stress out and enjoied the one hour session that you I felt like walking on a cloud.
Wellness is revived in the signature award-winning Angsana Spa, a space of euphoria, providing guests with a rejuvenating sense of touch using fusion massage techniques, where East meets West.

Angsana Spa consists of 11 treatment rooms, outdoor with secret gardens and superb seaviews, located right next to the indoor pool area overlooking the bay, making it a true oasis for the body and the soul.

There will always be something for the children, who can happily hang out and socially mingle at our kids’ club and pool, the Ranger’s Club. Our beach spot will offer luxurious sun loungers, a beach bar and fun water sports activities. A dedicated concierge is available to deliver special guest requests.

The “Emerald Beach” at Angsana

And this is only the beginning…. more surprises are in their way…
Like an additional 4th and 5th floor huge terrace where you ‘ll feel like on top of the world

And if… a photo is worth more than a thousand words…
THAT’S THE WAY I WAS FEELING, WHILE THERE!

Arrivederci Corfù! See you soon ! Τα λέμε αργότερα !

Arrivederci Corfù !
See you soon !
Τα λέμε αργότερα !

INFO
Angsana Resort Corfù
Akra Punta, Benitses, Corfu, Greece

Photos © Cesare Zucca 2021

Meissen, Saxony, Germany . Discover the Meissner Fummel, the “flying sweet bread”


Welcome to Meissen. History, art, porcelain and a dessert that flies … 

MUST SEE IN MEISSEN

Stadtmuseum This is the city museum, in the former church of a Franciscan monastery. Do not miss the large manual press dated 1788 or the last fishing boat on the Elbe river The Cathedral of 1400, of French-Gothic style, one of the most richly furnished and decorated Saxon churches. The perspective of the columns really looks like a neverending curtain.

Frauenkirche, make your way up to the spire (193 steps!) For a spectacular view of the city and to hear the Meissen porcelain bells. Albrechtsburg, a fairytale castle built in the Gothic style, overlooking the city of Meißen, in the land of Saxony, Germany.

Un bellissimo tramonto a Meissen

It is actually the porcelain, locally nicknamed “white gold”, one of the things that Saxony is best known for, being the first place in Europe to produce porcelain since the early 1700s. Two crossed blue swords will welcome you in the famous Manifattura di Meissen whose precious creations are famous all over the world. le cui preziose creazioni sono famose in tutto il mondo.

le meravigliose ceramiche di Meissen, per impreziosire la vostra tavola

At the end of the visit, do not miss the well-stocked gift shop, I’m sure you won’t resist the temptation to buy a souvenir.

piccoli souvenir in porcellana

The historic puffed sweet bread

Meissen’s historic sweet specialty is Meissner Fummel, whose origins date back to at least the 17th century. It is a pandolce with a very thin and extremely crumbly puff pastry, so fragile that it breaks at the slightest vibration.

‘bretzel’ salati e il tipico pane dolce soffiato

It has a rounded shape, empty inside, very light and extremely fragile. A real cloud! It has no specific flavor, so no appreciable nutritional value, however, with the addition of a sprinkle of powdered sugar it becomes a dessert, often paire to a good sweet wine.

Volete la ricetta? Eccola Curious about the recipe? here you go!

MEISSNER FUMMEL

Meissner Fummel, Il dolce tipicodi Meissen. La dimensione è quella di una pagnotta sottile e friabile., vuota all’interno e riempita d’aria.

Ingredients
▢ 50 g of butter ▢ 1 egg yolk ▢ 100 g of flour ▢ 1 pinch of sugar ▢ salt ▢ 1 straw (not a joke)

Preparation
▢ Put the flour on a work surface, mix well with the sugar and salt and then add the butter. ▢ Knead the dough well for about 10 minutes so that at the end it is elastic. ▢ Roll out the dough very thin. ▢ Brush one half with egg yolk and cover the other half. Press the edge firmly and flip the piece of dough to the other side. It is best to place everything on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. This is then spread to obtain two thin discs, on one of which, moistened with water or egg, is made to match the other by squeezing the edges well. ▢ At this point, use the straw, first to pierce the upper half of the dumpling, then to blow some air into it and inflate it slightly. ▢ Then put the gnocchi in the oven preheated to 240 degrees and bake for 3 minutes.

INFO
Manifattura Porcellane di Meissen
Meissen Tourism
Visit Meissen

Harlem: gospel, banana pudding and the legendary Miss Norma Jean Darden

Harlem, meta delle comunità afro-americane e di visitatori provenienti da tutto il mondo.

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY CESARE ZUCCA

Sunday morning in Harlem, a destination for African-American communities and visitors from all over the world. For those who love to travel in groups, there are organized tours, including welcometoharlem.com, harlemspirituals.com, harlemheritage.com.offering a global view of Harlem and its historical path.

Gospel masses start at 11, better to arrive well in advance to ensure entry. Harlem, a destination for African-American communities and visitors from all over the world.

Abyssinian Baptist Church

Among those that host the most renowned choirs I like to mention: New Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of the most traditional churches in the neighborhood, founded more than 80 years ago. Its choir is considered one of the best in Harlem. Here the singing never stops, even during the Pastor’s sermon. In fervent union with music, the faithful clap their hands, mark the time and pray ecstatically (171 West 140th Street) .Abyssinian Baptist Church, a true architectural jewel with splendid mosaic windows. It boasts a mighty choir and is a favorite destination for tourists. Long line to enter. (132 Odell Clark Place / West 138th Street) Mount Neboh Baptist Church Its choir, in addition to traditional sacred hymns, sings new versions of popular pieces such as “Oh Happy Day” and “At Calvary.” The service starts at 10.45. (1883 Adam Clayton Powell Ave) and finally

The Greater Refuge Temple, my favorite. Large modern amphitheater where numerous choirs alternate. The energy is sky high, the music is enthralling. , voices and prayers are transformed into a musical crescendo, accompanied by organ, drums, electric guitar, and by the numerous tambourines with which the elegant African American ladies mark and color the rhythm. (2081 Adam Clayton Powell Avenue)

The Greater Refuge Temple


Powerful voices and sensational harmonies result in a collective frenzy that ignites souls and turns into a real show. Video and photo shooting inside the church are prohibited. Unadvisable (and irreverent) to be smart.

For the black ladies, it is an opportunity to show off an elegant look and unpredictable hats.

Per le black ladies, l’appuntamento domenicale è anche un’occasione per sfoggiare un look elegante, acconciature elaborate e imprevedibili cappellini.


It’s time for lunch, one of the most popular soul food restaurants is Spoonbread Too
which serves authentic Southern American home cooking, famous for gumbo, collard greens and traditional fried chicken.

Norma Jean, ieri e oggi

The restaurant is run by a Harlem icon: the legendary (and still beautiful) Norma Jean Darden, one of the first black top models in fashion history.
Norma serves comfort food based on the family recipes she collected in the book Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine, written with her sister Carole.

il fortunatissimo libro libro Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine,

Among the classic dishes of the South, here is the “banana pudding” a banana pudding enriched with whipped cream or, just like the grandmothers of the South, with a meringue top.
GRAND MA BANANA PUDDING

Il “banana pudding” di Norma Jean Darden

Norma Jean Darden’s “banana pudding”, a Southern dessert made with layers of vanilla custard, biscuits and slices of fresh bananas Ingredients For 8 people 4 tablespoons of 00 flour 1 1/2 cup of sugar pinch of salt 3 separate large eggs (you will need the egg whites later for the meringue) 3 cups of milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 box of vanilla wafers about 45 wafers 5-6 bananas 3 egg whites 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar 1/4 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Preparation Preheat the oven to 325º F. How to make custard for pudding Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Lightly whisk the egg yolks and whisk to combine with the milk in a large bowl or also use a large liquid measuring cup, such as 4 cups. Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the dry ingredients in the saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the custard has thickened, remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. How to assemble banana pudding Arrange the vanilla wafers on the bottom of a 2-quart dish, such as an oven-safe glass bowl or dish. Slice the bananas and place them on top of the vanilla wafer layer. Pour 1/3 of the pudding over the waffles and bananas. Repeat the layering process, ending with a wafer layer. Grandma recommends serving it in a glass bowl How to make the meringue garnish: Use a very clean whisk and bowl that have been chilled for a while. Then, whip the egg whites with your electric whisk at very high speed. When the egg whites begin to foam, add the cream of tartar and then the sugar one tablespoon at a time. Continue beating the egg whites until all the sugar has dissolved and hard peaks form, then stir in the vanilla extract.
Spread the meringue over the top of the pudding, taking care to spread it completely to the inside edge of the plate to completely cover the pudding. Cook for 25 minutes until the meringue is lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and serve.

Nonna consiglia di servirlo in una ciotola di vetro

Spoonbread Too
366 West 110th Street, di fronte a Morningside Park, New York

Tour
https://welcometoharlem.com/
https://www.harlemheritage.com/
https://www.harlemspirituals.com/

Cesare Zucca
Travel, food & lifestyle. Born in Milan, Cesare lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world.For WEEKEND PREMIUM he photographs and talks about cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights. Cesare meets and interviews top chefs from all over the world, ‘steals’ their recipes and tells you everything in his blog, in style ‘Turista non Turista’

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Harlem: gospel, banana pudding and the legendary Miss Norma Jean Darden

Harlem, meta delle comunità afro-americane e di visitatori provenienti da tutto il mondo.

TEXT AND PHOTOS BY CESARE ZUCCA

Sunday morning in Harlem, a destination for African-American communities and visitors from all over the world. For those who love to travel in groups, there are organized tours, including welcometoharlem.com, harlemspirituals.com, harlemheritage.com.offering a global view of Harlem and its historical path.

Gospel masses start at 11, better to arrive well in advance to ensure entry. Harlem, a destination for African-American communities and visitors from all over the world.

Abyssinian Baptist Church

Among those that host the most renowned choirs I like to mention: New Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of the most traditional churches in the neighborhood, founded more than 80 years ago. Its choir is considered one of the best in Harlem. Here the singing never stops, even during the Pastor’s sermon. In fervent union with music, the faithful clap their hands, mark the time and pray ecstatically (171 West 140th Street) .Abyssinian Baptist Church, a true architectural jewel with splendid mosaic windows. It boasts a mighty choir and is a favorite destination for tourists. Long line to enter. (132 Odell Clark Place / West 138th Street) Mount Neboh Baptist Church Its choir, in addition to traditional sacred hymns, sings new versions of popular pieces such as “Oh Happy Day” and “At Calvary.” The service starts at 10.45. (1883 Adam Clayton Powell Ave) and finally

The Greater Refuge Temple, my favorite. Large modern amphitheater where numerous choirs alternate. The energy is sky high, the music is enthralling. , voices and prayers are transformed into a musical crescendo, accompanied by organ, drums, electric guitar, and by the numerous tambourines with which the elegant African American ladies mark and color the rhythm. (2081 Adam Clayton Powell Avenue)

The Greater Refuge Temple


Powerful voices and sensational harmonies result in a collective frenzy that ignites souls and turns into a real show. Video and photo shooting inside the church are prohibited. Unadvisable (and irreverent) to be smart.

For the black ladies, it is an opportunity to show off an elegant look and unpredictable hats.

Per le black ladies, l’appuntamento domenicale è anche un’occasione per sfoggiare un look elegante, acconciature elaborate e imprevedibili cappellini.


It’s time for lunch, one of the most popular soul food restaurants is Spoonbread Too
which serves authentic Southern American home cooking, famous for gumbo, collard greens and traditional fried chicken.

Norma Jean, ieri e oggi

The restaurant is run by a Harlem icon: the legendary (and still beautiful) Norma Jean Darden, one of the first black top models in fashion history.
Norma serves comfort food based on the family recipes she collected in the book Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine, written with her sister Carole.

il fortunatissimo libro libro Spoonbread and Strawberry Wine,

Among the classic dishes of the South, here is the “banana pudding” a banana pudding enriched with whipped cream or, just like the grandmothers of the South, with a meringue top.
GRAND MA BANANA PUDDING

Il “banana pudding” di Norma Jean Darden

Norma Jean Darden’s “banana pudding”, a Southern dessert made with layers of vanilla custard, biscuits and slices of fresh bananas

Ingredients For 8 people
4 tablespoons of 00 flour 1 1/2 cup of sugar pinch of salt 3 separate large eggs (you will need the egg whites later for the meringue) 3 cups of milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 box of vanilla wafers about 45 wafers 5-6 bananas 3 egg whites 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar 1/4 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Preparation
Preheat the oven to 325º F. How to make custard for pudding Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Lightly whisk the egg yolks and whisk to combine with the milk in a large bowl or also use a large liquid measuring cup, such as 4 cups. Whisk the egg yolk mixture into the dry ingredients in the saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the custard has thickened, remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. How to assemble banana pudding Arrange the vanilla wafers on the bottom of a 2-quart dish, such as an oven-safe glass bowl or dish. Slice the bananas and place them on top of the vanilla wafer layer. Pour 1/3 of the pudding over the waffles and bananas. Repeat the layering process, ending with a wafer layer. Grandma recommends serving it in a glass bowl How to make the meringue garnish: Use a very clean whisk and bowl that have been chilled for a while. Then, whip the egg whites with your electric whisk at very high speed. When the egg whites begin to foam, add the cream of tartar and then the sugar one tablespoon at a time. Continue beating the egg whites until all the sugar has dissolved and hard peaks form, then stir in the vanilla extract.
Spread the meringue over the top of the pudding, taking care to spread it completely to the inside edge of the plate to completely cover the pudding. Cook for 25 minutes until the meringue is lightly browned.
Remove from the oven and serve.

Nonna consiglia di servirlo in una ciotola di vetro

Spoonbread Too
366 West 110th Street, di fronte a Morningside Park, New York

Tour
https://welcometoharlem.com/
https://www.harlemheritage.com/
https://www.harlemspirituals.com/

Cesare Zucca
Travel, food & lifestyle. Born in Milan, Cesare lives between New York, Milan and the rest of the world.For WEEKEND PREMIUM he photographs and talks about cities, cultures, lifestyles and discovers both traditional and innovative gastronomic delights. Cesare meets and interviews top chefs from all over the world, ‘steals’ their recipes and tells you everything in his blog, in style ‘Turista non Turista’

Hotel Mercure Wittenbergplatz, Berlin

To avoid surprises, I relied on Accor, a large and tested hotel chain and I chose the 4 stars Hotel Mercure Wittenbergplatz, a central, modern, welcoming and excellent quality-price accommodation.

Mercure Wittenbergplatz is part of the mighty Accor chain, with facilities around the world.
Excellent service, welcoming rooms, contemporary design and meticulous attention to hygiene and sanitation, as well as all the attention due in these times of Covid.

The ‘all safe’ label respects the new improved cleaning protocols and guarantees hygiene and prevention measures for the safety of the guests, from the sanitization from the rooms to the breakfast food that is scrupulously served in sealed containers.

The hotel overlooks the square of the same name, the metro is a stone’s throw away, and is located right next to the iconic KaDeWe, a colossal department store founded in 1907 and still a favorite destination for shopping, while on the top floor a colossal triumphs gourmet paradise, with shops, outlets, markets, restaurants, wines and food from all over the world.

INFO
Mercure Wittenbergplatz Hotel  (https://all.accor.com/hotel/9147/index.en.shtml)
Visit Berlin (www.visitberlin.de/it)
Berlin Welcome Card (www.berlin-welcomecard.de/it)


In Berlin: 25hours Bikini Hotel, a hot (and green…) spot

NOT TO BE MISSED
• Reichstag
• Holocaust Memorial
• The Museum of Film and Television

• The Wall and Checkpoint Charlie
• Brandenburg Gate
• The Dome
• Tiergarten
• Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower

THE MUSEUM ISLAND
A spectacular ensemble made up of five great museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Altes, the Neues, the Pergamon, the Bode and the Alte Nationalgalerie. Unmissable!
You will find the Berlin WelcomeCard Card very useful, offering free admissions and transport as well as discounts, maps and useful addresses. It can be purchased in different parts of the city or online.

WHERE TO STAY
25hours Bikini Hotel Berlin
Funky, young, fun, full of surprises, the 25hours hotels, spread across half of Europe, never disappoint. The Bikini, very close to the grandiose Zoo, is inspired by a trip to the jungle: relaxing hammocks, pelouche sweet monkeys, gadgets, and bicycles for rent (ideal for visiting the city).

Eco-friendly everywhere, also in the SPA and in the public spaces, full of greenery, glass and exposed pipes and the industrial ceiling left intact.
The rooms are equally eccentric and trendy. IThe one I was staying in , had a cozy open-space shower, overlooking a wonderful panorama of the Zoo.

On the 10th floor, with a spectacular view of Berlin, you will find the NENI restaurant led by Chef Christian Drewitsch which offers a culinary mosaic inspired to Austrian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern influences, with a touch of Israeli cuisine. The most important ingredient is sharing the table where everyone can try a little bit of everything.

Useful Info
25hours Bikini Hotel ( https://www.25hours-hotels.com/en/hotels/berlin/bikini-berlin )
Visit Berlin (www.visitberlin.de/it)
Berlin Welcome Card (www.berlin-welcomecard.de/it)

WHERE TO STAY WHILE IN BERLIN

It is difficult to identify a privileged area to choose where to sleep in Berlin.
A bit like London, in fact, the German capital does not have a well-defined center and after the fall of the wall, the geographical importance of the places has undergone a downsizing. In any case it must be said that Berlin is a modern and well-organized city: whatever the area you choose, it will certainly be connected by public transport to get around the city quickly; moreover, during the weekends the subway also works at night. –

I Choose…HOTEL LOUISA’S PLACE

More than central location, excellent cleanliness of the structure, spacious and well-kept apartments, have kitchen with balcony equipped with chairs and table .. great for smokers … with the room key you can also open the central door … heated very well … very satisfying breakfast … all very nice …
Located in the elegant Kurfürstendamm is an historical building and is located directly on the magnificent boulevard surrounded by sights, numerous designers boutiques, restaurants, bars .

Experience the charm of Berlin at the turn of the century in one of our 47 individual hotel suites. A hotel suite in our Louisa’s Place offers a unique living experience during your hotel stay. In our suites with a separate living room and bedroom you will find rest and a relaxing atmosphere after an eventful day. All our rooms impress with individual floor plans and classical interior. Choose your suite out of five different categories.

The hotel is named after Queen Luise of Prussia, and occupies a Prussian-era property that has been immaculately restored, complete with a handsome library with bookshelves, comfortable armchairs and classic lamps, antique furnishings (sadly, the lovely fireplace is fake), and tasteful, modern décor installed by local interior designer Etchika Werner. The resulting look is of homely elegance.

A typically Berlin-style luxury boutique hotel, Louisa’s Place is located on the prestigious Kufürstendamm shopping street, close to shops, restaurants, cafes and entertainment in central Berlin. This building dating back to 1904 has been completely restored, keeping its original style. The elegant interiors combine classic style with modernism, the antique style furniture and decorations blend perfectly with the best technologies. Equipped with forty-seven suites, all spacious and comfortable, furnished with classic furniture and wooden floors. All rooms have large, modern bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen for short and long term stays.

Louisa’s Place offers a high standard of services that are hard to find in other small hotels like .A fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, stove and oven, microwave, coffee maker and kettle makes your stay many times easier for all guests who strive to keep their distance. Benefit from the possibility of being able to prepare a little something by yourself or to be able to take care of yourself completely.

Spacious family suites offer all the amenities for your family stay. They all have a separate bedroom and living room. Some family suites have a balcony or winter garden, so you can end the evening with a glass of wine.Talking of wine, the owners produce one of the most unique red called Bella’s Blend from The Heret Family, Sonoma County

When your stay on the occasion of leisure or work for a longer period you may have particular demands on your accommodation. The central location directly on the Kurfürstendamm is the ideal base for the city centre. Our suites with their generously-dimensioned living spaces and fully-equipped kitchens also cater ideally to the requirements of those who need a base for longer stays. We will delight you with the warm and personal service we extend to all our guests. Our comprehensive range of hotel services can be availed of by long-stay as well as short-stay guests.

The typical architectural style from the turn of the century gives each and every one of our 47 suites its own distinctive character. Different floor plans allow a range of personal preferences to be catered for in 5 different categories of stylish and comfortable suites ranging in size from 41 sqm to 102 sqm.
Our Louisa’s Place suites are not only ideal for classic hotel stays. As they are generously dimensioned and have fully-equipped kitchens, they also boast everything that is necessary in a temporary home used for longer. We would be pleased to offer you a package tailored to your requirements.

The hotel is located towards the western end of the Kurfürstendamm – slightly quieter than the eastern end, but with plenty of shops, restaurants and theatres still within easy walking distance. The closest U-Bahn (Adenauer Platz) is a one-minute walk, and will bring you to sights such as the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the bustling Zoologischer Garten area in less than 10 minutes on foot.

As well as the library, there’s a well known Restaurant SAVU and Marcus & Mira hair salon on the ground floor, a small but refined lounge opposite reception, and a spacious basement spa with a decent-sized pool plus a fitness room, sauna, a couple of rooms for massage and cosmetic treatments, and its own small bar area with healthy drinks and snacks.

You will feel welcome to Kurfurstendamm and enjoy THE Louisas’s Place!

INFO

LOUISAS’S PLACE
Kurfürstendamm 160
10709 Berlin
Tel: +49 30 63103-0
Fax: +49 30 63103-100
E-Mail: info@louisas-place.de

DISCOVERING POTSDAM “GERMAN VERSAILLES”

Welcome to Potsdam, the “German Versailles”, a historic destination in the Brandenburg region, Germany. It is located a short distance from Berlin, easily reachable by an S7-Bahn train and with a regular ticket that covers zones A, B, C. Rich in sumptuous palaces, many of which are Unesco heritage, it offers art, history, castles, wonderful parks and culinary delicatessen

NOT TO BE MISSED

Charlottenhof Castle
Neuen Palais
Barberini Museum
Belvedere
Sanssouci Palace and Park

My reccomendations
The Cecilienhof Palace where Churchill, Truman and Stalin discussed the future of Germany in the famous 1945 Conference, currently the subject of an exhibition.
Film Museum celebrates Studio Babelsberg, the center of German expressionist cinema of the 1920s: one of the oldest in the world, starring Marlene Dietrich and Fritz Lang, among others.

Dutch district the most characteristic of the whole city, adorned with 17th century buildings designed by the Dutch architect Boumann.

WHERE TO EAT
Soup Bistro

If you fancy a good soup
Der Butt
If you are a fish lover. Excellent traditional dish: eel with dill sauce.

Zum Fliegenden Hollaender
Spartanly hasty, menu in German, although (reluctantly) they will give you the one in English. Typical dish: a rich roast of pork with plums and the traditional kartoffelklosse, potato dumplings, perhaps my favorite dish of the local cuisine.
These great dumplings, also called kartoffelknödel, go well with meats and sauces. The ideal potatoes are the floury ones, such as Russets and Yukon Gold. They should be cooked with the peel, the day before. Cool, peel, mash and refrigerate for 12-24 hours and then mix with the flour, 1 cup of cornstarch, melted butter, eggs, salt and nutmeg.
We then move on to the creation of the gnocchI which must be about 8 cm in diameter and hide a cube of stale bread inside. A gentle boil for about 15 minutes and your kartoffelklosse are ready to be served.
Grandma’s trick
To prevent the gnocchi from sticking to your hands, just wet them with water or dust them with flour.


INFO

Welcome to Brandenburg
tourism info


WORLD’S BEST CHEF EVER! MEET MR. PELLEGRINO ARTUSI

The acknowledged father of modern Italian cookery, Pellegrino Artusi was born in 1820 in Forlimpopoli. He lived in his native town until 1851, when the city was violently attacked by the band of the Passatore, an infamous highwayman The Artusi family moved to Florence after that. Pellegrino became a wealthy man  Working in finances and, at the age of 45, was able to concentrate full-time on his big passion: the home cuisine. He loved to search, meditate, About the recepies, have someone else to experiment the cooking and, finally, taste. Artusi anticipated trends which would become popular during the XX century, among them the introduction of pasta as the typical first course on the Italian menu. The book was ahead of its time. No publisher was interested.  Finally, in 1891, the author took a chance and published it at his own expenses. Success was as unthinkable as it was overwhelming. During the following 20 years, the author himself worked on 15 editions and the “Artusi” became a hit. Casa Artusi was founded in the name of  its cultured gastronomist and his manual La Scienza in Cucina e l’Arte di Mangiar Bene (Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well). one of Italy’s best read books. Most Italian families had it—and still have it. It has been translated into English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Japonese.
HAPPY 200!
Casa Artusi, is celebrating the 200 years of Pellegrino’s birth with an opulent FESTA ARTUSIANA
In addition to celebrating the fact that Artusi was born in Forlimpopoli
, says the Mayor of Forlimpopoli Milena Garavini, we want to celebrate our country, our city and the fact that, after all, Artusi could not be born anywhere else, because this is the land where the sense of hospitality it is still sacred, in which the first companion at the table are still ‘al ciacri’, in which being together is culture.
Being together at the party on Pellegrino’s birthday represents the desire to do, to be there, to “not give up” that distinguishes us and the desire to look forward with hope for the future. Obviously we want to do it safely and peacefully, observing all possible cautions and all safety devices, also because where there is no serenity there can be no fun.MORE THAN 2O RESTAURANTS IN THE PIAZZA!
The restaurant is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of the Festa Artusiana. People who come to Forlimpopoli for our event stop in one of the many restaurants to taste the various menus on offer. In all these years we have worked to ensure that the gastronomic offer always improves over the various editions .. In addition to their fabolous menu, each restaurant will prepare one Artusi’ s dish, scrupulously   following the original recipe.
HOW TO GET INTO THE FESTA
The entrances to the party area are characterized by large portals located on Largo Paolucci de Calboli, in Via A.Saffi, in Via A. Costa and Via Monte Grappa.
The exits from the party area are located on Largo Paolucci, Via San Rufillo, Via del Castello and Piazza Trieste.
INFO
http://www.festartusiana.it/

Finally…. the great Number 7
Artusi’s recipes are all numbered and probably the masterpiece is the Number 7, the famous cappelletti al’uso di Romagna (Romagna-style cappelletti pasta)
The name cappello (hat) comes from its shape. The pasta is filled with capon breast, parmesan, nutmeg, ricotta and raveggiolo (a mild creamy cheese), carefully shaped to six centimeters in diameter and boiled just a few minutes in a rich capon broth with celery, carrots and beef bones.

CESARE ZUCCA
Travel, food, wine & lifestyle.
Milanese by birth, lives between NY, Milan and the rest of the world. Cesare photographs and narrates cities, cultures, lifestyles, top chefs, and discovers traditional and innovative gastronomic delights  to tell you everything here,
in his non-touristy style.

Alta Badia, Italy. LET’S HAVE A MOUNTAIN PICNIC! (italian and english version)

LET’S HAVE A MOUNTAIN PICNIC!

In Alta Badia, in the heart of the Dolomites a UNESCO World Heritage site, picnics are back in fashion. You can order a picnic basket from ten refuges taking part in this initiative and enjoy your meal in the peaceful meadows next to the hut.
In Alta Badia, nel cuore delle Dolomiti patrimonio mondiale dell’UNESCO, i picnic sono tornati di moda. Puoi ordinare un cestino da picnic da dieci rifugi che prendono parte a questa iniziativa e goditi il ​​tuo pasto in prati tranquilli.
Una delle proposte enogastronomiche si chiama “Mountain Picnic”, che consente ai visitatori di gustare i migliori prodotti dell’Alto Adige, comodamente sdraiati in un pascolo verde a 2000 metri sul livello del mare. I turisti possono ordinare un cestino presso le dieci capanne che prendono parte all’iniziativa. Ogni rifugio offre una selezione diversa basata su specialità e prodotti locali. Dopo aver raccolto il cestino da picnic, ti verrà anche fornita una coperta…indipensabile per un classico pic nic !
One of the food and wine proposals is called “Mountain Picnic”, which allows visitors to taste the best products of South Tyrol, while comfortably lying in a green pasture at 2000 metres above sea level. Tourists can order a picnic basket with a unique menu at the ten huts taking part in the initiative. Each mountain hut offers a different selection based on local specialities and products. Upon collecting your picnic basket, you’ll also be given a blanket – no good picnic is complete without one! – and you can enjoy your picnic in the meadows near the huts. This allows all excursion enthusiasts to choose a safe spot to enjoy lunch.The baskets can be purchased in advance by contacting the hut or collected directly, with no prior order, at the participating mountain huts.

CURIOUS ABOUT THE MENUS?
Ütia Crëp de Munt: Local sliced meats and cheeses, dumplings salad with “turtres” (local speciality, fried pastry filled with ricotta cheese and spinach or sauerkraut), apple strudel.
Ütia I Tablá: Appetizer based on speck, smoked salami, local cheeses and bread, BIO barley salad, Alto Adige natural yoghurt with blueberry compote, Alto Adige apple.
Ütia Pralongiá: Fresh goat cheese wrapped in speck on salad with a honey dressing, venison ham, stewed sauerkraut and “föies da soni” (fried potatoes pastry), local yoghurt with wild berries and crumble.
Ütia de Bioch: Speck, smoked salami, pickles, hard boiled egg, horseradish, apple, cheese, bread, barley soup and “turtres”, Linzer cake.
Ütia Jimmi: Fresh cheese with mountain herbs, walnuts, tomatoes preserved in oil and local salami, venison burger, rustic bread, sauerkraut salad with crunchy speck, mayonnaise with juniper aroma, local venison meat, hazelnut tart with wild berry jam.
Ütia Saraghes: Appetizer with mixed cold meats made by “Lüch da Ciampidel farm”, including speck and cold salami, mixed salad leaves with fresh local cheese, hard boiled eggs (from free range chickens from a local farm) and smoked ham with an aromatic herb dressing, homemade chocolate and hazelnut cake with red currant jam.
Ütia Lée: Summer salad with strips of beef, wrap with speck and Fodom-cheese, carrot cake.
Ütia Las Vegas: Mixed salad with Mozzarella cheese, Püccia bread with cutlet, Linzer cake.
Ütia Franz Kostner: Mixed appetizer of local products, “Piz da Lech” pasta salad, dessert of the mountaineer.
Ütia Boconara: Boconara appetizer with cold meats, own smoked salami, local cheeses, spelt salad, fruit salad or strudel.
Once you have finished your picnic, you can bring the baskets back to the hut, showing respect to the natural landscape by leaving the meadow as you found it. The baskets will be sanitised before being used again. Prices range from 20 to 28 Euro per person depending on the menu selection.
Ecco le malghe e i menu

Ütia Crëp de Munt: affettati e formaggi locali, insalata di gnocchi con “turtres” (specialità locale, pasta fritta ripiena di ricotta e spinaci o crauti), strudel di mele.
Ütia I Tablá: Antipasto a base di speck, salame affumicato, formaggi e pane locali, insalata di orzo BIO, yogurt naturale altoatesino con composta di mirtilli, mela altoatesina.
Ütia Pralongiá: formaggio di capra avvolto in speck su insalata con salsa di miele, prosciutto di cervo, crauti in umido e “föies da soni” (yogurt di patate fritte), yogurt locale con frutti di bosco e crumble.
Ütia de Bioch: Speck, salame affumicato, sottaceti, uovo sodo, rafano, mela, formaggio, pane, zuppa d’orzo e “turtres”, torta Linzer.
Ütia Jimmi: formaggio fresco con erbe di montagna, noci, pomodori conservati sott’olio e salame locale, hamburger di cervo, pane rustico, insalata di crauti con speck croccante, maionese con aroma di ginepro, carne di cervo locale, crostata di nocciole con marmellata di frutti di bosco.
Ütia Saraghes: Antipasto con salumi misti della “fattoria Lüch da Ciampidel”, tra cui speck e salame freddo, foglie di insalata mista con formaggio fresco locale, uova sode (da polli ruspanti di una fattoria locale) e prosciutto affumicato con aroma salsa alle erbe, torta fatta in casa al cioccolato e nocciole con marmellata di ribes rosso.
Ütia Lée: insalata estiva con strisce di manzo, impacco con speck e formaggio Fodom, torta di carote
Ütia Las Vegas: insalata mista con mozzarella, pane Püccia con cotoletta, torta Linzer.
Ütia Franz Kostner: antipasto misto di prodotti locali, insalata di pasta “Piz da Lech”, dessert dell’alpinista.
Ütia Boconara: antipasto di boconara con salumi, salame affumicato, formaggi locali, insalata di farro, macedonia o strudel.
Il prezzo di un cestino varia da 20 a 28 Euro a seconda del menu scelto

INFO
http://www.altabadia.org – Tel .: +39 0471 / 836176-847037 –
Email: info@altabadia.org

CESARE ZUCCA
Travel, food & lifestyle.
Milanese by birth, lives between NY, Milan and the rest of the world. Cesare photographs and narrates cities, cultures, lifestyles, top chefs, and discovers traditional and innovative gastronomic delights  to tell you everything here,
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Secret Croatia: ISLANDS WITHOUT CAR

Walking barefoot in Secret Croatia
ISLANDS WITHOUT CARSUnije
– this small paradise is located in the shadow of the island five times larger, Losinj. Cars don’t circulate here because the narrow streets are narrow. The main means of transport is the wheelbarrow; however, a small airport is located on the island. The northern part of the island is of particular ecological importance as it is located on the route of migratory birds. It
is still known for its olives, at the time of the Roman Empire it was all an olive grove. Next to Unije are the islets Vele and Male Srakane. Even here there is no traffic, but there are many bees that attract biologists from all over the worl
https://www.visitlosinj.hr/it/unije.aspx?q=1–1-1-1

Susak –  a small island located in the northern Adriatic, known for its numerous sandy and shallow bays. There are no roads on the island, there are no cars, there are no disco noises; only kilometers of paths that connect the village to remote bays. During the day, small tractors with trailers circulate on the island, the noise of which can only be heard when the load is removed from the ship. A peculiarity is its popular dress, in fact this island, which has just a hundred inhabitants, has the shortest popular dress in Europe and the only one that does not cover the knees.
Silba – called “the door of Dalmatia”. This island is an oasis of peace: cars don’t circulate here too. This island of seafarers and sailors defended themselves from the machines with a decree approved by all the inhabitants. The best known attraction of the island is undoubtedly Toreta, the tower with an external spiral staircase. According to legend, in the 19th century Petar Marinic built it as a reminder of a love never forgotten.
http://www.tzsilba.hr/en/
Zlarin is an island near Šibenik. Zlarin is a car-free green island, a paradise for children, ideal for a relaxing holiday, for those who love taking walks and bathing in the crystal clear sea. All over the world it is known for its corals – here the jewels and coral objects are still worked in a traditional way since the fifteenth century, today remembered in a museum. From 2019 it is the first plastic free island of the Adriatic islands where the use of disposable plastic objects is prohibited.

Prvić – is a small island in the vicinity of Vodice. There are two typical Dalmatian fishing villages on the island: Prvić Luka and Šepurine, and they are connected to each other by a 1 km long road that can be traveled on foot or by bike as traffic is prohibited here.This island is the closest to Sibenik and the coast, so it is called Prvic “the first”. It is also called “the Island of Fausto”, according to Fausto Veranzio, the famous scientist and inventor of the seventeenth century who spent his childhood in Prvic Luka and was buried there.https://www.vodice.hr/it/vodice/isola-di-prvic

 

 

Lopud is located in the Dubrovnik region, it is a small island with a long maritime tradition, without cars and without roads. It represents an excellent alternative to mass tourism.The island boasts a long history, of which you can find evidence: remains of medieval churches, fortresses, summer houses and a splendid Franciscan monastery. The right place for relief from the heat is the Dordic-Mayner park, full of palm trees, pine trees and flowers. Lopud also boasts one of the most beautiful beaches, Šunj, through the thick and luxuriant vegetation.Koločep – the southernmost inhabited island of Croatia, located west of Dubrovnik is a true corner of paradise. There are no roads on the island; the only paved road is the one that connects two fishing villages – Gornje Čelo and Donje Čelo. It is wide for pedestrians, but not for cars.How to get there: with one of the daily ferries from the port of Gruz in Dubrovnik or with a taxi boat

For more information, visit the website https://croatia.hr/it-IT

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