THE LEGEND OF THE MILANESE PANETTONE

There are several legends about the birth of the milanese panettone.
The most common dates back to the 1476. It tells of Ugo, a young falconer
who worked for Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milan.

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The boy was secretly in love with Adalgisa, daughter of Toni, the most popular baker in Milan. To spend more time with her, Ugo managed to become a pastry cook apprentice. Christmas was coming, and Ugo wanted to give a twist to the usual bread.He sweetened up the dough, adding sugar, butter, eggs, raisins and chopped candied fruits, then he cooked and shaped it like a giant muffin.

The novelty instantly became the talk of the town. Everybody wanted the new Toni’s bread (pan de Toni) soon named panettone.

The history goes on
After centuries, the panettone is still the delicious centerpiece at many festive tables,
In 1930, two well-known patisserie masters, Mr. Agostino Panigada and Mr. Giovanni Cova came together to create their first workshop in Viale Nurzia in Milan. Here the real “Panetun di Milan” was born.
Traditional Panettone generously filled with  raisins and candied fruit peel (including a lot of squared oranges that I love) The “Milanese” pound (Libbra) is an ancient unit of measurement of Northern Italy – it corresponds to 1120 grams. Breramilano. have adopted this peculiarity to highlight the prestigious “Milano” line, where the combination between taste and art reaches the most impressive outcome. This line, called BreraMilano1930 (now widely distributed in the US)  is characterized by making use of a special paper, rough to the touch, that takes its stylistic inspiration from their original 1930s collections.  Breramilano produces superior quality confections particularly their Panettone and Pandoro which are known as the undoubted symbols of Milanese confectionary art all over the world. For this company, remembering and respecting the past means keeping alive the ancient confectionary art traditions, respecting old recipes and checking every single ingredient for quality. Their aim is to keep alive the flavors of the past as time goes by.
Finally, like in the old times, this panettone is rigorously hand
wrapped exactly like they use to do in the old Milan …Foto. Cesare Zucca

 

 

 

 

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X-RAYING THE MAESTRO

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

‘DENTRO CARAVAGGIO’ at Palazzo Reale in Milan till february 4th.
LINK TO info

 

 

Milan: At Sforza Castle, Vivaldi meets Piazzolla

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

HIDDEN UNDERGROUND JEWEL IN MILAN

45741-Cripta_Santo_SepolcroMilan, exactly in the spot that a Leonardo‘s drawing described as an ideal center of the plant in the city,  it was reopened to the public the impressive underground church of Santo Sepolcro. Here it was built a copy of the alleged “tomb of Christ”, was brought here the land of Jerusalem after the First Crusade.
Here Saint Carlo Borromeo came to pray.
Milan returns to show its history and its beauty.

See the 360 video
https://youtu.be/JVPVqssdO6c

 

 

Chic, Tasty & Sparkling? Berlucchi Lounge at Duomo !

Milan, April 6th Berlucchi from 7.30 pm at Mercato Duomo IMG_9347 copy
Davide
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Brut, Rosee and Saten Franciacorta Berlucchi ’61,
and including the new Nature, with five exquisite dishes large tapas like,IMG_9337 copy spanning from cold cuts, to veggies, to cheeses that representing
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The event will take place in the beautiful Franciacorta Lounge
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Milan gets greedy for food. MILANO GOLOSA 2015 will satisfy everyone appetite.

3 days of gourmet food, cooking shows, meetings and…did I say food?milano golosaThat’s the succulent program of the 4th edition of Milano Golosa, a gourmet bonanza
that will invade Milan Oct 3-5
at Palazzo Del Ghiaccio, located in Via PiranesI.mi go This annual event, created by Davide Paolini, the soul of the respected www.gastronauta.it
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Before the show starts, the program includes several  “Fuori Milano Golosa events where great chefs will create new and traditional dishes.
Amazing locations too, starting from the trendy furniture store Dilmos, where 7 producers will offer the best of their production during an aperitivo, that will combine excellences between design and food.dilmosThen to the next door I Salentini Restaurant, located in Via Solferino 44, which is hosting a tasting menu featuring specialties made with local product from the Salento area, including the celebrated pasticciotto, a traditional sweet made of shortcrust pastry filled with cream or chocolate.pasticciotto

 

 

 

If you want to know ( and taste) more of Milano Golosa, check info at
www.milanogolosa.it

 

 

“Happy Hour” on the grass with…Leonardo

Milan i is famous for its “aperitivo-happy hour” 3 (32 of 66)a feast of drinks, cocktails and wines, usually escorted by a generous buffet , tapas and pass trough finger food.
One of the best aperitivo is promoted by the flamboyant socialite Maurice Dotta, who has the ability to discover hidden places and amazing locations and transform them into a fashionable happy hour venue. Here people can meet, dance, drink and of course taste delicious food and hoers d’oeuvres from the local Chef. Maurice latest creature is called Apero and it’s located in a green oasis in the heart of Milan: the Orti di Leonardo Da Vinci, the beautiful garden of the 15th century Palazzo delle Stelline.PEOLE)
The party starts at 7.00 pm and goes till late. Guests are invited to relax on the grass, decorated with colorful blankets, comfy pillows and beach umbrellas. The Dj is spinning an interesting mixture of classics, retro and contemporary music, from the disco era to the newest avant-garde.vegan buffet at apero copyThe rich buffet is vegan friendly. I tried a vegetable couscous, spiced with yellow curry and an excellent farro salad with beans, carrots and red peppers.couscous copy farro salad copyPrices: Drinks are 7 Euros, the buffet 5 Euros. If you prefer a seated dinner, the Orti di Leonardo Restaurant has outdoor and offers a small menu with appetizers, entrees, fish and meat.

There II tried the tentacoli polpo, grilled octopus copya tender grilled octopus served with pachino tomatoes and a mozzarella called burrata di Andria with arugula and San Marzano tomatoes over a bruschetta bread.burrata e buschtta copy
I also suggest the classic risotto Milanese with saffron pistils or the vegan friendly pasta paccheri di Gragnano with vegetables sauce. branzino copyIf you are into fish, try the tasty grilled branzino and vegetables. Not to mention the cotoletta alla milanese, a must for a venue that even Leonardo would have loved during his staying in Milan!

Photos by Margarita Zurcova

New Bianchi store in Milan. Cycles, sportwear, cakes and other delicacies.

The legendary Italian champion Fausto Coppi

The legendary Italian champion Fausto Coppi

The legendary Bianchi cycles celebrates its 130th anniversary with the opening the new innovative “Bianchi Cafè & Cycles” in Milan.SAM_4732 copySAM_4735 copy SAM_4742 copyA must go, if you love top quality bicycles, Italian taste and a sporty lifestyle.

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The Milan location will provide a wide range of services, including bicycle shops, technical assistance, bike fitting and fined restaurant cafè.

For the press preview Genova’s Pasticceria Poldo served a delicious rupsberry semifreddo. 

Rupsberry semifreddo by Particceria Poldo in Genua.

Rupsberry semifreddo by Particceria Poldo in Genua.

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

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Genua Poldo’s Chef Francesco Crocco

Poldo’s Chef Francesco Crocco whispered to me that he would impress the evening crowd with a chocolate fountain…

 

SAM_4724 copyFor the opening super Chef Davide Oldani, created some amazing hors d’oeuvre, including a tuna creme decorated with beetroot and fried capers

A superChef Oldani ctreation: tuna mousse with beetroot, arugula and fried capers

A superChef Oldani ctreation: tuna mousse with beetroot, arugula and fried capers

followed by the succulent Fregole al Caffe (the fregola is a toasted pasta with an earthy, nutty flavour) with rosemary oil, pears  and a zest of coffee.

Fregole with pears ,rosemary oil and a touch of coffee

Fregole with pears ,rosemary oil and a touch of coffee

 

 

Bianchi Cafè & Cycles
Via Cavallotti, Milan
www.bianchi.com

CONGRATULATIONS!

RHIÉ fashion-short was the big winner last night at the  Milan Fashion Film Festival!
3 Awards for Best Director, Best Art Direction and BEST FILM
Check this amazing video, starring Sonja Kinski, She couldn’t be as better choice for this thriller-like short.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wqsiPazPoY
Here Rhie’ with 3 Awards designed by Fornasetti ( Photo)
Rhie' with 3  winner of 3 Awards at the Milan Fashion Film FestivalAfter the FFF Award ceremony, I met her at the party. She is so fun !
with rhie'Check RHIE’collection at http://rhiestudio.com/

1 hour : learn, experiment, cook… enjoy your dish!

Wednesday July 25th at 11.00 am Pacific time/2.00 pm Eastern time.
I will be hosting a 1 hour cooking online show SOCIALKITCHEN live from Milan, Italy!
CZ chef
You will learn how to make a tempting aperitivo drink made with Rabarbaro Zucca, a rhubarb-based digestive bitter liqueur  created, believe it or not, by my great great grand father and still one of the most traditional and popular drinks of Italy.
anonym-rabarbaro-zucca-2169697-1Then guided by super Chef Antonio, you will learn how to make an amazing hamburger, inspired to the legendary Serendipity’s Burger Extravagant, listed in the Guinness Records as the most expensive burger in the world.
295 US Dollars, no kidding!Serendipity 3 $295 Hamburger

 

 

 
Don’t  worry, our version
will be way cheaper but
equally…

                                                    sensational and gourmet!
Not only…few days before the show, SocialKitchen will email you the list of the right ingredients so you would be actually able to cook and interact live with Chef Antonio himself.
1 hour : learn, experiment, cook… enjoy your dish!

Go to www.socialkitchen.it
Register (it’s free)
Enjoy the show!

VEGAN BRUNCH ON SUNDAY OCT 20TH

Where? Interno 23 a private, luxury lounge club  in Milan at Viale Piceno 23.Starts at 12.00pm  Make a reservation ph. 02-87158467
What? A great buffet with farro and pumpkin, zucchini focaccia, herbs muffins, red lentils soup, scrambled tofu,vegetables. chocolate biscuits, apple tart,banana bread, fruit     skewers, and more… only 20 euros .                                                                                   I tried once , I loved it, I ‘ll go back on Sunday

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Ballet, Fashion & Creativity shine through young Hungarian designers

The Pentatonicism Fashiow Show was the magical closing night for the Milan June 2013 fashion week, held in the superb “cortile” of Palazzo Isimbardi. In a warm summer night more than sixty different garments created by twentyfour young designers of the Association of Hungarian Figurative Art, walked the runway. Instead of traditional models, the outfits were  worn by the dancers of the Opera in Budapest, performing ballets inspired by the Hungarian music on the pentatonic scale typical of folk melodies, well researched by great musician such as Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály.                                                        IMG_1950 copy         The event was attended by the President of the Chamber of Fashion Mario Boselli, the charming Mrs Enikő Győri, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and the lively Mrs Helga Gal, official sommelier of the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the evening wine&food official adviser.