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Month: April, 2012

Cookbook and memories

These pics are from the cookbook that my boyfriend’s brother gave me as a present for my birthday. I literally can’t wait to try some of the recipes – it’s all about salty&sweet cakes – by now I’m happy just looking at the pictures, there’s nothing I love most than well done food photos.

this is a pizza called “sardenaira”, tipycal from West Liguria region and South of France – I love it, it tastes like childhood to me

it’s an only-tomato pizza, with anchovies, black olives and raw onions – fresh and tasteful!

this one reminds me of “Green fried tomatoes at the Whistle Stop cafe” written by Fannie Flag – I’ve adored both the book and the movie

this is a blueberry cake and reminds me of our tiny house in the mountains

we used to go pick up berries during summer, then in the evening we ate them just with lemon juice and brown sugar – one of the best guilty-free dessert I’ve ever had!


25th April and birthdays

Today in Italy it’s National Feast: we celebrate the release – and relief – from Fascist regime by American and British forces on the 25th April 1945. It’s one of the most important feast that we have and nowadays it’s still deeply felt by a lot of people – including myself.

In my family there’s another reason to celebrate: my dad’s birthday! We had lunch all together and my mom made this amazing cake

[pic taken by me]

it’s a pear&chocolate cake with a Sbrisolona-inspired dough. The Sbrisolona is a traditional cake from Mantua area – in the South of Lombardia – and its peculiarity it’s being made with a mixture of yellow & white flour plus grated almond. It’s not so easy to make and definitely not a light dessert, but it’s really delicious!

Artichokes for you, my darling

a bunch of artichokes instead of flowers?

A quite funny solution for the kitchen!

(Instagram by me)

Karakorum – Mongolian restaurant in Milan

Two dear friends of us from Zurich are in town for Salone del Mobile – and yesterday evening we had dinner out all together. We went to Karakorum, a Mongolian & Japanese restaurant in via Tadino 4, just round the corner of Porta Venezia tube station on the red line.

It’s a place that I definitely suggest cause the food is good and the bill is more than affordable – and is not so easy to find these two things combined together. I used to go there at lunch time – they have an all-you-can-eat menu for just 11 euros! – but in the evening it’s even better. They have several Japanese from-starter-to-dessert menus for around 21-22 euros, but you can also choose à la carte. I had a yaki udon with shrimps and vegetables that was the end of the world! My bf ate Mongolian spaghetti with shrimps and chicken and that was delicious too. I really adore Asian cuisine!

This is the map to reach the place – pay attention, at dinner time it’s always very crowdy – especially on Friday and Saturday of course – and you may have to wait for a while

Welcome you, new kitchen

this is part of our new kitchen – still a work-in-progress

it will stay this clean not more than…erm, 25 minutes?

Crème caramel and childhood memories

picture from my Pinterest, via

What do you think about crème caramel? It reminds me immediately of my childhood. It’s apparently a Portuguese dessert but, as far as I know, it’s extremely popular in Italy too. I remember that when I was little and me and my parents were having a pizza out, it was always part of the dessert list, no matter how short it was – crème caramel was there, indeed.

Also, we used to buy it already made at the supermarket, just like yogurt – you had to put it upside down on a dish and eat it – that’s all. It has been the snack of a gazillions afternoons for me – how many memories

it’s also one of the most simple dessert to make on your own – here‘s a quick recipe!

Lookbooks and laser blast

It’s lookbooks time at my office – they keep coming and coming – I was just browsing AGNONA, which is a very classy and luxurious Italian cashmere brand, they do beautiful stuff

Instagram by me

Also, yesterday Replay hosted a very nice party @Hangar Bicocca – the scenery was amazing, Kiefer’s Towers plus red laser, great combination – and the Maccabees + LCD Soundsystem performed on stage

As everybody knows, it’s not easy taking pics with the Iphone when it’s very, very dark – I just tryed and this was the bad result, but better than nothing…

Instagram by me

Anyways, I really suggest you Hangar Bicocca – it’s quite far from downtown but you still have to pay a visit, they created a very nice area with art exhibitions, a tiny but well stocked library, a bar – all with a mighty European taste, not so easy to find here

Salone del Mobile Milan – interactive installation and mapping

If you are in Milan for Salone del Mobile, I suggest you to go and visit this interactive installation and mapping that my boyfriend made with his studio In_Synch Lab for Fantoni showroom – it’s set in via Santa Sofia, 27 – the entrance is free

it’s beautiful! here   you can see a video preview

and this is the street map to reach the place

Pinterest addiction

I’m getting more and more addicted to Pinterest – it’s very refreshing compared to other social networks, so inspiring, so filled with beautiful and brilliant images. I have created a board called “Food (not just) for thought”, totally dedicated to the most funny and charming food-related images that I could find on the web. I’ve always loved beautiful food – “if it catches the eye, it catches the stomach”, as they said.

Today it has been a very grey and rainy day in Milan – and I just need things like these to warm myself up a bit – begging for real Spring to come. Here are my favourites

a spinach, strawberries and goat cheese salad that I can’t wait to try – via

a caprese-inspired tarte that looks simply amazing – and easy to make, tough – via sweetpaulmagazine

a recipes book that I bought and I still have to try – Instagram taken by me

Momin-inspired cookies – too cute to be true – via

who said that lemons are bitter?

(for more, check my Pinterest here)

Milan: a quick look

Just a couple of random Instagrams I’ve taken some minutes ago from my office window, during lunch break. From the other side of the street you can see the Armani Cube, the hq of the maison with a super cute cafè, two restaurants, a huge shopping area where you can buy basically every Armani product – from clothes to chocolate and flowers – and, since last January, an amazing hotel.

I really suggest you to try the tiny unformal restaurant right up the bar. The food is delicious – Italian way, with a wider look to European and foreign cuisine – the waiters are super kind and the prices are actually affordable. It’s better to book a table for lunch cause it’s always very crowdy. I really adore their pumpkin ravioli with butter & sage.

Milan is holding this week Salone del Mobile, which is the correspective of Fashion Week but for design and furniture – it’s one of the main event in the city, there are a lot of interesting spots, activities, presentations and parties opened also to a large audience. It’s definitely one of the best time in the whole year to visit Milan – the only side effect is that the prices of the hotels are higher than ever!

You can find all the Fuorisalone events here