Monthly Archives: November 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go!

I was walking around Piazza Duomo the other day, trying to find some gifts for a family. Seeing a Christmas Tree was really amazing! Thanks to the City of Milano for putting up the tree. It did take a lot of effort but they did!

And It snowed this morning for several hours… now it stopped… think we’ll have a white Christmas this year.

Many of us start decorating our home… there are plenty of nice shops, selling Christmas decorations… I found “Vincenzo Dascanio” very interesting, very beautiful items displayed inside. Let’s have a look!

Vincenzo Dascanio

Address; Via Alberico Albricci 1, Milano



And the Christmas Tree is up!



It’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas, isn’t it?



Dear Chocolate Lovers,

I just visited a “Lindt” store at Vicolungo, Italy. There are so many beautiful and delicious pieces came out for exclusive collection. Christmas is right around the corner; Lindt has offered so many products at their stores.

I’m NOT associated with Lindt by anyhow… just another chocolate lover, who enjoys sharing the love of chocolate to you all.

Enjoy shopping… hope everyone is having a great time during Christmas Season.


Tama Bea



Lindt Store at Vicolungo, Italy




Displays of Christmas Collections




My “Lindt” shopping haul: Truffles




Crema al Cioccolato (Chocolate Cream)




Cioccolatini – Pink Collection





“Savini” is very famous for being a stylish coffee shop in Galleria, Milan, Italy. It is also a restaurant… serving traditional Italian dish… I just had a chance to actually go visit and buy delicious sweets from Savini.

Yes,…it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… everywhere you go…

Let’s have a look at “Savini” … a stylish coffee shop and restaurant.

Address: Galleria, Milano



Savini – Restaurant inside Galleria, Milan (Italy).



Savini – a stylish sign in front of the shop



Varieties of sweets…displayed in front of the shop



Savini — restaurant



My shopping haul



Chocolate & honey



“Savini” Chocolate — so good!



“Savini” Honey




And… the Christmas tree is up!



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🙂


Trofie alla Genovese is a typical dish from Genoa (or Genova in Italian), a city in the region of Luguria, Northeast of Italy. I tried it first time there… so good… couldn’t resist to find a recipe and make this at home. It is so simple… delicious with authentic Italian flavor.

Ingredients: (4 servings)

3 cups of Pasta Trofie

½ cup of Pesto

2 medium Potatoes (cubed)

1 cup of Green Beans (chopped into bite size)

Salt to taste


In a large skillet, boil cubed potatoes until it is almost done. Add pasta Trofie, cook for 8-10 minutes, then add chopped green beans. Boil until everything is cooked. Drain the water then mix pesto sauce with pasta, potatoes and green beans. Serve with a few fresh basil leaves.

Recipe for Pesto:

3 cups of Basil Leaves

2 cloves of Garlic

½ cup of Pine Nuts

½ cup of Olive Oil

3 table spoons of grated cheese – Parmigiano Reggiano

2 table spoons of grated cheese – Pecorino Romano

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions for making Pesto:

Combine basil leaves and pine nuts, blend in a food processor. Then add garlic and pulse a few more times. Slowly add olive oil, blend very well until it is creamy. Add both types of cheese, pulse a few times. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Basil leaves and Cheese – getting ready to make Pesto

Pesto – the main ingredient for this dish

Making Trofie alla Genovese

Mixing pesto with pasta

It’s ready… here we go! Trofie alla Genovese

Buon Appetito!

It’s all about shopping… the season of giving has just begun. Soon (and very soon), we will be seeing the Christmas trees & lights around the city of Milan. Let’s have a walk on one the famous shopping streets — Via Torino.




M.A.C. Cosmetics is diplaying a new collection, A Tartan Tale.



Continuing on Via Torino



A little church among all kinds of shops



Not even tired… let’s walk on!




A Café in front of San Gorge’s Church



Bikes for rent — so much better than driving a car!



Pizzeria — good place, affordable price!



Walking back from Via Torino to Piazza Duomo.



Leaves are changing colors — saying good bye, Fall Season!

We had a chance to join a Diwali Festival Dinner at an Indian restaurant in Milan. Diwali is an Indian New Year, which has another name… the Festival of Light. It was amazing! I am a big fan of hot food… spices… basmati rice, etc. Why not? Let’s have fun!

The restaurant is “Aangan Restaurant”.

Address: Viale Monza 90, Milano

It wasn’t just a dinner… there was also an Indian dance, provided by the owner to surprise all the guests. What fun! The food was amazing!



Diwali Festival Dinner …plus a surprise show, Indian Dance!

It was a rare sunny day during the week. I had to go out… ran some errands and met up with friends for a cup of coffee. We walked along another shopping street in Milan, Italy. It is “Corso Venezia”. Wish the weather would stay like this for a little while.

It’s getting cold in Milan… rain is our acquaintance, they sky is almost always grey. Come on sunshine… we miss you!

There is a coffee shop; Dolce&Gabbana Martini Bar
Address: Corso Venezia 15, Milano

Cappuccino with coco powder – D&G

Stay warm, everyone!