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Happy Easter (Buona Pasqua) to those who celebrated! My in-law had organized a big lunch for a family get-together. It was wonderful! 12 of us did enjoy a special time during Easter feast. Hope you all did too.

Here our dining table… ready to receive everyone in the family (12 seats)
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Name tag (handmade) — my father in-law made these and put them on each seat! They are cute, love them!
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Primo (first course), it was lasagna.
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Secondo (second course) : grilled lamb with rosemary
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Side dish — it is called “Sformato di Verdure”. Mashed potato with green beans, eggs, grated parmesan … mixed all together until it become creamy, sprinkled with breadcrumbs and baked in the oven.
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Another side dish – baked potatoes
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Before dessert we had “madedonia” (mixed bowl of chopped fruit such as pears, apples, strawberries, kiwi, etc.)
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As Italian tradition – people exchange chocolate eggs … each egg weighs around 300-400 grams (standard size). They are wrapped in colorful papers.
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Some prefer to give gift set instead of one big chocolate eggs (chocolate and traditional Easter cake called “Colomba”)
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We were in the middle of exchanging eggs in the family… fun fun!
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There they are!… chocolate eggs for Easter
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Inside chocolate eggs there are little gift (or souvenirs) hidden, you need to break or tear all eggs to see them.
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This cake is called “Colomba” (English = Dove). It is considered to be Italian Easter Cake. The texture is like sweet bread, topped with baked almond and sugar. The shape is like “dove” with head, tail and 2 wings.
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Our gifts for the family — nice package of chocolate eggs and little baskets from Lindt… good quality chocolate and beautiful package design, love it!
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Hope you all had a great Easter… it is huge family get together event here in Italy (beside Christmas). Have a great day, everyone!

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!

Milano Food Week

May 7-15, there was an interesting event in Milan, Italy, “Milano Food Week”. There were many cooking shows and courses organized in several places around the town. We had a chance to participate in one of the events at Piazza San Fedele (near Galleria Vittorio Emenuele II). The sponsor was “LeProtto”, a big brand of “Saffron”. Yes… “Saffron” (or Zafferano in Italian) is one of the most expensive spices in the world. LeProtto gave some free samples to attendees… how lucky we are! We took home some saffron from the event!

Let’s see some pictures!

Cooking show – making dishes with saffron (Piazza San Fedele, Milano)

LEPROTTO – the sponsor of this event

LeProtto gave out some free sample of “saffron” to the audiences

Chocolate Muffins with Saffron

Sedanini Pasta with Saffron

LEPROTTO printed some recipes to give out! Nice!!!

Piazza del Duomo – there was an art show around the plaza

Official store of AC Milan – near Piazza del Duomo

May 15th, AC Milan Fans celecrated the victory of “Campioni d’Italia”

We are “Interista” ( Inter Milan’s Fan)… so sad, let’s go eat some gelato, shall we?

“Cioccolati Italiani” near Piazza del Duomo. We decided to buy some gelato from there!

“Colmato” – bread and ice cream with white chocolate sauce, yummy!!!

Happy weekend everyone!!!

 “Public Design Festival 2011” is one of the major events in Milan, Italy. There were many exhibitions and showrooms from big and small organizations. We were still around “Via Tortona”. Let’s continue with part 2.

Let’s see what’s behind the wall…

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Different styles of chairs… awesome!

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Tall glass stands

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Lamps “Tricolore”, Italian’s flag theme (green, white and red)

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Accessories – made from light fiber

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Lamps – look like vases.

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A restaurant inside one of the showrooms

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HTC showrooms – all with technology for mobile phones

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Whirlpool – a showroom of modern kitchen

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Inside Whirlpool showroom – a demonstration of making bread from “Whirlpool” oven

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Fiat – ABARTH (small size, big engine)

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Thailand showroom

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Tray for spices

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Home décor item – decorating tray

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Interior design for modern homes

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MBT (Mind Body Temple) Showroom – shoes for exercise

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New Jaguar – must be very fast one!

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Fireplace – retro look

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Lamps – very colorful!

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“Cannon” showroom – with light and sound

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Decorating ceiling lambs – Jellyfish shape

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Easter is coming… it’s time to shop for chocolate eggs. As an Italian tradition, people exchange eggs on Easter Sunday. We can see them all over the cities… supermarkets, bakery shops, bread shops, department stores, etc.

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Wish you a very “Happy Easter”.
Buona Pasqua!

April 12-17, 2011, Milan hosted an annual event, Public Design Festival. It is one of the public events that dedicated to public design and urban space. There were several projects, meetings, workshops and international contest all around major streets in Milan; such as, Corso Garibaldi, Lambrate, Porta Romana, Via Tortona, San Babila, etc.

We went out on Saturday, April 16th, the weather was nice… sunny and breezy… perfect for a long walk. Let’s see some pictures from this event.

“Public Design Festival 2011”

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“Design of Love” – black and white theme

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Colorful design

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Lounges from “Design of Love”

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Very colorful ceiling lamps

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Modern Grand Piano

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Sequin Wall

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Sequin Bags

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“ASUS” – showroom of technology

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Transparent sidewalk – with see through design

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Car and (giant) shoe

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(Easter) Bunnies???

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Showroom from Thailand – very exotic design

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Gorgeous lamps – love it!

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Mini Cooper (with decoupage!??!)

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Mini Cooper – open (hanging) showroom

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Very cool walls!

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Home furniture with modern design

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Samsung and their design of technology

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Lunch Time – nice weather, let’s sit outside!

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California Bakery – good place for lunch

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My lunch – sandwich and cheesecake

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White daisy flowers (Italian = Margherita) – we see them all around the city!

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We had such a great time… this event was so hip, so cool… not very often that we could find many exhibitions of designs all together.