Monthly Archives: January 2011

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.










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!


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










Yves Saint Laurent





Sergio Rossi










Alberta Ferretti





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






























Bottega Veneta





Salvatore Ferragamo





Giorgio Armani





Louis Vuitton










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










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!











Stuart Weitzman





Ferré Milano















Miu Miu










Giorgio Armani















Roberto Cavalli













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










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















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)




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.










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.

Let’s see some pictures of Museo del Novecento.




A long line waiting to get into Museo del Novecento




Museo del Novecento




A side view of the building – Museo del Novecento




View from Piazza del Duomo – looking at Museo del Novecento




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




A temporary store – selling official souvenirs from Milano




Motocycle… Made in Milano!




La Rinascente at Corso Vittorio Emanuele II



Have a very Happy New Year 2011!