Red is the color of The New Year

Monthly Archives: December 2011

Red is the color of The New Year

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle,Travel | December 28, 2011

Superstition is a characteristic Italian trait. Most Italians would deny they were superstitious and believe in “old wives-tales”. Yet they often follow some interesting “traditions”.

A few years back, my husband and I spent New Year’s in the Basque Country of Northern Spain and on New Year’s Eve were guests at a dear friend’s aunt house. Amid wonderful food and delightful company, I could observe some of the local traditions (or superstitions) and compare them with mine.

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Wine in Heaven

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | December 14, 2011

If you have ever come across a postcard from Tuscany or a Tuscany Calendar, chances are you’ve seen Chianti.

This not clearly marked area extending between the cities of Florence and Siena, offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves.

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Italian Style “Fashion Bingo”

Posted by in Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | December 7, 2011

Italians are keen on fashion and the average Italian goes to a great deal of troubles to keep up with the latest trends. This is hardly a news flash!

However, fashion trends – especially in terms of shapes, cuts and colors – literally dictate what you will find in clothing stores in any particular season all around Italy.

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Colosseum opens new areas

Posted by in Travel | December 6, 2011

Heading to Rome soon? Plan a stop at the Colosseum. After more than 40 years, 2 more areas are now open to visitors. More info here.


Posted by in Food and Restaurants | December 6, 2011

PASTE DI MELIGA are cornmeal butter cookies local to Piedmont and specifically to the charming province of Cuneo. They are a typical example of regional specialities for which Italian cuisine is so famous. So far, I could only taste them when visiting my friend Elena and her family in Mondovi’ (CN)……….. well…….. not anymore! If you live or are planning a trip to New York City, you can find them at EATITALY (200 Fifth Avenue). Not as fresh as the ones from the Pasticceria Comino in Mondovi’, but quite close!

Explore your Inner Contessa in Tuscany

Posted by in Travel | December 6, 2011

strong>Give yourself the luxury of a retreat to luscious Tuscany, for women only!

This extraordinary week is for you, if you want to…

…. reclaim your power, step up and uplevel your life,
…. take the time to reconnect to yourself and to your innate confidence,
….find a new relationship to your femininity and your leadership,
…. be luxuriously pampered while soaking in the sensual Tuscan hills,
…. enjoy glorious food, fragrant wines and Italian hospitality,
…. have fun exploring medieval towns and Italian fashion, making gelato,
…. experience life as an Italian Contessa!

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Home-Made Tortellini.

Posted by in Food and Restaurants,Tips, Trends, Custom & Lifestyle | December 1, 2011

Despite what most people think, Cuisine is a regional affair in Italy and often a family matter. 
Providing a quintessential  “ Italian Christmas Dish” is therefore impossible, so I thought I’d go with the “piece de resistance” on my mom’s Christmas Day menu: home-made tortellini.

For us, making tortellini for our Christmas celebration is really a family effort: my mom is the Queen of filling and dough making; my father and my husband are the Kings of “closing” (giving the tortellini the traditional “priest’s hat” shape); my brother, sister-in-law and I are the little elfs who cut the dough stripes and place the filling on each square. 

In our household, the tortellini are served at Christmas cooked in chicken broth (tortellini in brodo), and as I will be taking my first bite on December 25th, I’ll be thinking of you all and wishing you were there. Enjoy!

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