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I was in Paris, France, last weekend. That city is just charming. No matter how many times I go, there are still interesting things yet to see. This winter is not that cold. There was a bit of sunshine during the day. I had so much fun walking and sightseeing Paris, France. Love it, love it and love it!

 

 

View of Tour Eiffel in the morning (Sunday, January 30th)

 

 

 

 

Pont d’Iéna in front of Tour Eiffel

 

 

 

 

Bateau-Mouches – tourist boats long River Seine

 

 

 

 

Trocadéro – Palais de Chaillot
It was built in 1937.This place has many museums inside; Musée de l’Homme, Musée de la Marine, Musée des Monuments Français, Musée du Cinéma.

 

 

 

 

Big fountain in front of Trocadéro

 

 

 

 

Palais de Chaillot

 

 

 

 

Place de Clichy: It is located in Northwest of Paris. There are many hip coffee shops and restaurants around that area.

 

 

 

 

Starbucks

 

 

 

 

Avenue des Champs-Élysées – The famous street in Paris

 

 

 

 

Arc de Triomphe

 

 

 

 

Arc de Triomphe – I was walking around… fun fun!

 

 

 

 

Champs-Élysées at night.

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton

 

 

 

 

Le Fouquet’s – a famous restaurant on Champs-Elysees

 

 

 

 

Ladurée – a famous shop for “Macarons”. In Paris, it is also a restaurant and coffee shop inside.

 

 

 

 

Macarons from Ladurée – they are really good!

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One of famous fashion streets in Milan, Italy, is Via Montenapoleone. I think this place is very unique. Besides having many stores of major designer brands, it gives an ambience of old Milano… historical sites and views. What amazing! Let’s have a little walk along this street.

 

Via Montenapoleone

 

 

 

 

Rolex

 

 

 

 

Yves Saint Laurent

 

 

 

 

Sergio Rossi

 

 

 

 

Valentino

 

 

 

 

Alberta Ferretti

 

 

 

 

Hogan – Urban Chic and High Street Label
There must be sample sales going on!

 

 

 

 

Cartier

 

 

 

 

Dior

 

 

 

 

Versace

 

 

 

 

Gucci

 

 

 

 

Prada

 

 

 

 

Bottega Veneta

 

 

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo

 

 

 

 

Giorgio Armani

 

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton

 

 

 

 

BVLGARI

 

 

 

 

Street Style – big scarves are so in right now!

 

 

Have a great week, everyone!

We had a chance to go to a restaurant for a romantic dinner. One place that many have recommended is on the west side of the town, Cascina Corba. It looks like a house surrounded by a nice garden. Some told that it gave a little touch of Tuscan style. Well, it does. We felt like we were away in a country side. It is really amazing.

Ristorante Cascina Corba

Via dei Gigli 14

20147 Milano

 

 

 

 

Inside Ristorante Cascina Corba

 

 

 

 

Antipasti – fried meat balls and vegetable pie (polpette, torta di verdure)

 

 

 

 

They’ve got good bread!

 

 

 

 

Antipasti ( Mozzarella di bufala con pomodorini cigliegini)

 

 

 

 

Primo – First Course is risotto cooked with pumpkin, leek and smoked ham
Risotto alla zucca con porri e speck

 

 

 

 

Second – Second Course is salmon strudel with mash potato
Salmone in crosta

 

 

 

 

Secondo – his second course – deep fried steak
Orecchia d’elefante alla milanese

 

 

 

 

Dolci (Desserts) – mine is mixed fruit with icecream
Macedonia con gelato di crema

 

 

 

 

Tiramisu

 

 

 

 

Complementary dessert – coconut cookies and cream


The food was great. We really liked our dinner there. And yes! I would recommend you to go visit if you have a chance. It is a very typical Italian restaurant! You’ll enjoy it!

 

Winter Sales 2010 in Milan is still going strong… I just couldn’t help to pass by one of fashion streets, Via della Spiga. This is a place for major designer brands are located… let’s have some fun walking and shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

BVLGARI

 

 

 

 

Stuart Weitzman

 

 

 

 

Ferré Milano

 

 

 

 

Hermés

 

 

 

 

Prada

 

 

 

 

Miu Miu

 

 

 

 

Dolce&Gabbana

 

 

 

 

Giorgio Armani

 

 

 

 

Tiffany&Co.

 

 

 

 

Moschino

 

 

 

 

Roberto Cavalli

 

 

 

 

Blumarine

 

 

 

 

MARNI

 

 

Enjoy Shopping!!! Love you all.

Winter Sales 2011 has started since January 6th, 2011. I really enjoy all the wonderful sales so far. We have the term “Saldi”, which means “Sales”, written all over place.

 

Let’s have a look around Piazza del Duomo… here we go “Winter Sales 2011”.

 

 

 

 

In front of La Rinascente

 

 

 

 

Coffee shops and restaurants around Piazza del Duomo

 

 

 

 

Ferrari Store – many souvenirs are on sales! (not the cars!)

 

 

 

 

Max Mara

 

 

 

 

Pennyblack, affiliated brand of Max Mara

 

 

 

 

United Colors of Benetton

 

 

 

 

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

 

 

 

 

Geox – good quality shoes!

 

 

 

 

Mango – Brand from Spain

 

 

 

 

H&M

 

 

 

 

Diesel – famous Italian brand, love it!

 

 

 

 

Camomilla – full of items from Hello Kitty

 

 

 

 

Inside Galleria, LV – Louis Vitton

 

 

 

 

Prada – long line to get inside the store

 

 

 

 

Prada – Winter 2010/2011

 

 

 

 

Gucci

 

 

 

 

Swarovski

 

 

 

 

Classic Vespa – with brighten red hot!

 

 

 

Enjoy shopping, everyone!

First of all let’s get to know some Italian words; Carciofo is “Artichoke” in English. Most of the time the plural form is used, which is “Carciofi” or “Artichokes”… you can guess it is because we normally use more than “one” artichoke to make a meal.

Carciofo (singular) = Artichoke

Carciofi (plural) = Artichokes


Let’s see our menu today; Pipe Rigate con Carciofi

 

 

 

Ingredients for 4 people

Pasta Pipe Rigate 350 grams

Artichoke (in olive oil) 150 grams

Heavy Cream 200 ml

Grated Cheese: Pecorino Romano 40 grams

Extra Virgine Olive Oil 1 tablespoon

Dried Marjoram 1 tablespoon

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

 

 

Directions

Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain the water and leave it aside.

Cut each artichokes into bite size. In a large skillet, fry artichoke, add salt and pepper as you like.

Pour cooked pasta and mix it with fried artichokes.

In a small sauce pan, mixed heavy cream with grated pecorino romano and boil with low heat.

Add dried majoram to mixed sauce (cream and cheese).

Pour mixed cream sauce over pasta Pipe Rigate and artichokes, serve hot.

You may sprinkle a bit of dried marjoram on the dish.

 

 

 

Pipe Rigate

 

 

 

 

Grated Pecorino Romano

 

 

 

 

Carciofi (Artichokes) – fresh

 

 

 

 

Artichokes in olive oil

 

 

 

 

Majoram (or Maggiorana in Italian) – we use dried one.

 

 

 

 

Directions

 

 

 

 

Fry artichokes in a large skillet

 

 

 

 

Pipe Rigate mixed with artichokes

 

 

 

 

Mix heavy cream with grated Pecorino Romano

 

 

 

 

Boil heavy cream with Pecorino Romano, then add dried Marjoram

 

 

 

 

Pour the mixed sauce over pasta and artichokes

 

 

 

 

Mix all the ingredients well

 

 

 

 

Add a bit of dried Marjoram, ready to serve.

 

 

 

 

Menu of the day – Pipe Rigate con Carciofi

 

 

Buon Appetito!

During long weekend holidays, I spent some time to take a little stroll around Piazza del Duomo, Milano. There were so many people lined up to go see Museo del Novecento (Museum of 1900s). We couldn’t help taking some pictures of the holiday atmosphere… the weather was cold, but not too much. It was nice enough to see a little sunshine in the afternoon… perfect for a little walk.
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Let’s see some pictures of Museo del Novecento.

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A long line waiting to get into Museo del Novecento

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Museo del Novecento

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A side view of the building – Museo del Novecento

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View from Piazza del Duomo – looking at Museo del Novecento

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A little train for tourist running around Piazza del Duomo – Milano

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A temporary store – selling official souvenirs from Milano

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Motocycle… Made in Milano!

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La Rinascente at Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

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Have a very Happy New Year 2011!