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Wish you all had a very merry Christmas… December is such a month of celebration… the birth of Jesus Christ and time to be together with our family. We really did had a great time on December 25th. My in-law hosted a grand Christmas feast, food is all Italian… delicious!

This year Milan has a very bright and shine weather… 2-6c with sunshine throughout the week. We didn’t have a white Christmas but it was alright. The time with family was more precious… what a year we had.

Our Christmas feast… lunch of December 25th, 2011.


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Antipasti (starters) : we had different kinds of cured meat, salami and hams.
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Side dished: pickles and different kinds of vegetable.
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Anchovies
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Tartine al Salmone: toasts with butter and salmon
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Tartine: little square pieces of bread, spread with patè (spreadable meat paste) and garnished with vegetable or pickles
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Patè: a mixture of ground meat with herbs and spices into a form of spreadable paste. The recipe of my father in law was to cover with gelatin and chill it in a fridge for a couple of days.
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Salsa Verde: vegetable paste made with fresh parsley, anchovies, onions, salt and vinegar.
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Primo: our first course was ravioli stuffed with ground meat.
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Secondo: chicken with potatoes and salsa verde. On Christmas day, chicken meat is preferred to be from female chicken (hen), in Italian it is called “Gallina”.
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Grandmother of my husband loved this part of chicken, yes… it is bottom! She said, back in the old days it was not easy to find. You would have a buy a whole chicken to get this part. I think it is true until these days. They don’t sell chicken’s bottom in the supermarket, you will need to buy a whole one… the question is “how many people want to eat that part (chicken’s bottom)???”
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Another side dish: Gallina in Gelatina
It is chickent torn in pieces and soaked in gelatin… garnished with pickles.
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Gorgonzola and mascapone cheese mixed together, garnished with walnut: It is cream spread, which is quite popular in North Italy.
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Dessert: Panettone pudding
It is made from Italian festive bread “Panettone”, sliced in to pieces, layered with chocolate and vanilla pudding.
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Pandoro (big loaf of bread covered with icing sugar): it is traditional bread in Italy, which is widely sold during Christmas and New Year.
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We love to have Pandoro with sweet mascarpone cream.
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We exchanged our gifts after finishing our big meal… what fun!

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Our Christmas lunch was very long… lasted from 12:30pm until 6pm with 14 attendees including hosts. It was a long hard work to prepare but I bet the joy that came out of it was paid off wonderfully. Wish you all a great time during holiday season… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012!

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Every last Sunday of the moth, there is an open market along Navigli canal in Milan, Italy. It was really warm day (30c). I couldn’t believe how warm it was. Still people were not afraid to get burned under the sun. I saw hundreds and hundreds of visitors walking along Navigli, browsing items and enjoying gelato! It was called “Antique Market” because most of vendors were selling vintage and antique stuff. They were interesting, some were collectible.

Loving a wonderful weekend!

Navigli Canal (June 26th, 2011)

 
 
 
French style items!


 
 
 
Navigli on the 26th of June.


 
 
 
Let’s continue walking along Navigli.


 
 
 
Shoes, shoes and shoes!


 
 
 
Vintage dresses


 
 
 
Hats and vintage hats


 
 
 
Paintings… lots and lots of paintings


 
 
 
There were some items… looked like calculators, cash registers, type writers, etc. Some were really back in the old days… wow!


 
 
 
Freezers… coolers… vintage coca cola style…


 
 
 
During these times… nothing is better than fresh gelato… loving Gelateria Marghera (Via Marghera 33, Milano)


 
 
 
Summer is already here… I will probably be away from time to time… taking a nice and long vacation… hope you all have great summer holidays!

The weather is so nice in Milan, Italy. Well, it could rain a lot sometimes but still it is nice and shine. I had a little time in the afternoon, checked out stores and shops around Piazza del Duomo. The tourists were packed as usual. Love a nice and easy day…

Zucca is a coffee shop inGalleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The unique thing about this place is they have an old fashion mosaic wall… love how it looks. I read a tourist guide about Zucca, it was famous for opera writers and performers to come have a cup of coffee in the past… well, it is just a walking distance to “La Scala”… no wonder… still it is famous for Milanese to come until these days.


 
 
 
 

Let’s walking around checking shops in that area!!!

Louis Vuitton


 
 
 
 
Stuffed animals… Pirate style!


 
 
 
 
Sephora


 
 
 
 
Duomo di Milano (Photographed on June 8th, 2011). It was a bit cloudy on that day.


 
 
 
 
Security is everywhere… New mayor is in town!


 
 
 
 
Zara – Summer Collection is here!


 
 
 
 
Geox


 
 
 
 
Mango – Love their clothes and summer dresses!


 
 
 
 
Ladurée – got to love French macarons… New boxes are here!


 
 
 
 
M.A.C store on Via Torino.


 
 
 
 
Flowers are everywhere right now! Spring is here!


 
 
 
 
Gelato is perfect for an afternoon dessert… so hot and humid on that day.
Dopocena = gelato with different varieties of toppings


 
 
 
 
I really like gelato from Galateria Marghera (Milan, Italy)


 
 
 
 
Hydrangea on my balcony: pink and purple


 
 
 
 
Have a nice day, everyone!!!

There is a nice little park in the city area of Milano, Giardino della Guastalla. It is located right near State University of Milan (Università Statale di Milano). During the day, you may see many college students there… sitting in the sun, having lunch, or just resting. Not only students, working people like to go there during their lunch break also. I found it was like a little haven in the busy area of the city, love it!

 

 

Giardiono della Guastalla
 

 
 
 
There is a big pond inside this little park.

 
 
 

Red roses are found around Giardiono della Guastalla.

 
 
 

White roses!

 
 
 

Let’s have a little walk near La Scala.

 
 
 

La Scala (Milan, Italy)

 
 
 

Yellow roses are everywhere near the statue of Leonardo da Vinci.

 
 
 

I have been growing some plants on our balcony, such as Tangerine (Italian = Mandarini).

 
 
 

Hydrangea (Italian = Ortensia)

 
 
 

Hydrangea starts showing colors (purple and blue)

 
 
 

Hydrangea : I took this picture from a little part near our home… nice, aren’t they?

 
 
 

Spring is here! The weather in Milan is getting warmer and warmer. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to go somewhere for a nice day trip soon!

The weather is getting a lot warmer in Milan… we couldn’t help going to buy some flowers and plants for our balcony. One of my favorite places is “Botanic”. A big store, which sells plants, flowers and all kinds of gardening tools, located in Rozzano (suburb of Milan, Italy).

 

Let’s go to “Botanic” store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many kinds of outdoor furniture.

 

 

 

Plants’corner in front of Botanic

 

 

 

Plants on our balcony; sage, oregano, basil
(Italian = salvia, oregano, basilico)

 

 

 

Rosemary and Mint
(Italian = Rosmarino, Menta)

 

 

 

Gerbera – orange is beautiful!

 

 

 

African Violet (Italian = Saint Paulia)

 

 

 

Gerbera — bright yellow!

 

 

 

3 plants — so bright and beautiful on our balcony

 

 

 

One of my favorite icecream shops in Milano— Gelateria Marghera (Via Marghera 33, Milano). This place is quite small but full of people everyday!

 

 

 

Beside ice-cream, they also make ice-cream cakes.

 

 

 

Homemade gelato! So yum, so good!

 

 

 

Gelato – Minth chocolate chips and white chocolate (plus whipped cream)

 

 

 

Have a wonderful week!!!

Last weekend (May 7-8), we had so much walking along “Naviglio” canal in Milan, Italy. There was an event called “Arte sul Naviglio”, which was an open show (and market)… illustrated different paintings from artists mainly in Milano. It was fun… the weather was nice, bright and shine… wish we could have enjoyed more than just a weekend!

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Photos from “Arte sul Naviglio” during May 7-8, 2011

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Different paintings were put outsite… for sales.

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“Shoes” – this is one my favorites.

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Transportations in Milan: Scooters, Fiat 500, Trams

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Trams in Milano

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Paintings of nature, flowers, forest, etc.

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Another view of Navigli Canal

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Paintings from Florence (Firenze)

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Spring is here! We see flowers blooming everywhere!

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Peace Lily

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Flamingo Flowers

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Holly branches and Hydrangea

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Coffee shops and restaurants at Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (near Piazza del Duomo)

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Flowers are everywhere.

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Gelato shops are open again for Spring/Summer.

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A book I am ready, Summer and the City… It is very fun! I enjoyed getting to know “Carrie Bradshaw” back in the 80s… she was so cool… can’t wait to see SATC 3… will it be coming soon????

Parco Sempione is the largest public park in the city of Milan, Italy. The weather has been very nice in the past 10 days (20-25c). We couldn’t help to go out and have a bit of walk around the park. Love the weather… and it is still nice…hopefully for the whole week!

One of the landmarks in Milan is “Arco della Pace”. The arch, located right next to Parco Sempione, was built in 1807 and finished in 1838. During that time, Milan was under the rule of France (Napoleon Bonaparte). The style is a bit like French. Some of us, who have been to Paris, would see the similarity.

 

 

Arco della Pace is one of the entrances to go inside Parco Sempione.

 

 

 

 

Inside – Parco Sempione

 

 

 

 

Castello Sforzesco is another landmark of Milan, which you can see from Parco sempione.

 

 

 

 

Public drinking water in Parco Sempione

 

 

 

 

This flower is called “Dente di Leone”, in English is “Dandelion”.

 

 

 

 

Spring is here!

 

 

 

 

Let’s run and bike!

 

 

 

 

There are many restaurants and coffee shops around Parco Sempione. The brunch buffet is 15 euro/person. It’s such a good deal!

 

 

 

 

We had “Sunday Brunch” with friends on April 3rd. The weather was wonderful!

 

 

 

 

Gelato is back! This is a sign that the whole town is ready for summer!

 

 

 

 

April 2nd was another day in Milan. There is a big football match, “Derby di Milano”. Two giants have come to play together, Inter Milan VS AC Milan. Another word that people use is “Derby della Madonnina”. Yes, you heard it right “Madonnina”. It is the statue situated on top of Duomo di Milano. When these two teams meet, the term is used to call this special event.

 

April 2nd, there were many fans walking around Piazza del Duomo.

 

 

 

 

Store changed the display… welcome a derby match!

 

 

 

 

Take a close look of Madonnina… that day is it is “Derby della Madonnina

 

 

 

Result: Inter Milan VS AC Milan (0-3) … sad day for Pazza Amala!!!