The weather has changed a lot in the past couple weeks in Milan, Italy. It is getting colder as we are reaching winter season. I do not enjoy the cold…but it somehow gives me a little break from exhausting heat during summer. The sky is sometimes grey… which is very normal… things that keep the city alive is activities, events and people.

Let’s have a nice stroll around Piazza del Duomo (Milan, Italy)… and see some pictures…

A nice café near Piazza dei Mercanti


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Ladurée… their famous macarons are really good!
(Via Spadari 6, Milano)


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Café Victor Hugo also sells “macarons”


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Café Victor Hugo starts displaying many Christmas items


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Piazza del Duomo – Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II — still crowded all year round.


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A restaurant inside Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II


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Prada displays winter collection 2011


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A little girl with leopard print coat — wow, how stylish!


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Police and vigilants around Piazza del Duomo


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Camomilla Milano displays products from Hello Kitty… pink pumpkins look awesome!


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Mailman’s transportation… moves around with electricity on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.


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Cyclamen – popular flowers duing Fall/Winter (Italian = Ciclamino)


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The season has changed… stay warm everyone!

Vino (VEE-no) in Italian means “wine”.

We had a great opportunity to participate in a wine tasting trip… at “Roberto Manara” winery. It is in a little town called “Ziano Piacentino”… about 1 hour from Milan, Italy.
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Roberto Manara – Tenuta Ferraia
Address: loc. Vicomarino 140
Ziano Piacentino (PC), ITALIA
Website: www.robertomanara.it
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When we arrived it was raining a lot. Staff took us to see equipments for the processes of producing wines. There were machines to filter and separate grapes. Inside the winery, there were several containers to store grapes…that was fermentation process… little by little, they will turn into wine.
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At reception table… there was a display of signature bottle of Roberto Manara


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Staff was explaining the procedures of making wine

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Cheese, different types of salumi, focaccia, etc. little treats during a wine tasting

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Ready for “Wine Tasting”

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Sparkling wines and others at Roberto Manara


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After a wine tasting we went to a little restaurant in Vicobarone…a town near by… the place is call “Antica Trattoria del Tempio”. First Course was “gnocchetti” with peanut cream sauce. It was really good… fresh pasta with yummy sauce! I really like it.

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Second Course was stew chicken and mashed potato. It was alright.

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Different types of pastries after lunch.

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Beautiful painting inside a restaurant

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Little entertainment during our lunch… it was so much fun!!

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Roberta Manara has produces good quality wine (white, red, sparkling). The prices are very affordable! That’s what I like about it. Check out their website… there are more information there (www.robertomanara.it)

I have created some ideas about making Halloween treats… A couple weeks ago I was at the supermarket close to our home and saw nice oranges from Sicily (they are called “Valencia” oranges). Sure enough I picked up some of them and started to think about making orange pudding.

“Jack O’Lantern” came across my mind… and now here we go “Jack O’Lantern Orange Pudding”

Italian word for pudding is “Budino” (boo- DEE-no). Orange pudding is “Budino all’Arancia”.

Recipe: Jack O’Lantern Orange Pudding

3 Oranges (I used Valencia Oranges from Sicily)
Orange juice 2 cups
Granulated sugar 1 cups
Heavy Cream 2 cups
Corn Starch 2 tablespoons
Gelatin Powder 1 teaspoon

Directions
Prepare oranges
Cut the top off neatly, make them look like lids
Use a little knife to clean out the inside of oranges
You may use a little spoon to help
This step you will get orange juice around 2-3 cups
Use a strainer to filter seeds and pulps
Keep the juice for 2 cups (we’ll make pudding from it)

Keep the oranges (with inside emptied) as containers
We’ll use them to make “Jack O’Lantern”

“Making Pudding”
In a medium size pot, pour in orange juice
Put on a stove with medium heat
Slow pour in granulated sugar, mix well
When sugar was all melt, add in corn starch
The texture will form like orange jam
At this point, slowly pour in heavy cream
Keep stirring until it becomes thicker
At the end add in gelatin powder

Use a spoon to put the pudding in orange container
(bowls that are made from oranges with inside emptied)
Leave until they all cooled down
Then put them in a fridge for at least 2-3 hours
Pudding will form soft and thick texture, ready to serve

Decoration as Jack O’Lantern
We will need black papers
Cut into triangle shapes to make eyes and noses
For the mouth, you may create with different shapes you like

“Valencia” oranges

Cut the tops off, make them look like “lids”

Empty the inside of oranges, you can orange juice for 2-3 cups

Add in sugar, corn starch, heavy cream and gelatin powder

Mix well, then pour them back into oranges (with inside emptied)

Cover with lids before serving… does it look like “brain”? haha!!!

Decoration papers…

Decorate with black papers cut into different shapes for eyes, noses and mouths. Stick them on the oranges with glue

Jack O’Lantern Orange Pudding… ready to serve

Hope you enjoy!
Buon Appetito.

Milan Fashion Week has ended already. I got a few snaps from Monday, September 26, 2011. It was at Arco della Pace … the crowd were gathering to go inside… (Roberto Cavalli’s show).

 

Let’s see some pictures.

 

 

 

 

A girl who a little like Whitney Port (don’t think it was her, though)

 

 

 

 

More smiles!

 

 

 

 

Good looking guests…

 

 

 

 

I love her shoes!!!

 

 

 

 

He must be a male model!

 

 

 

 

Another guest… uhmmm, don’t know where she’s from! … her dress is very Cavalli!

 

 

 

 

Nude pumps seem to be the greatest hits!

 

 

 

 

No heels… just tennis shoes would work too!

 

 

 

 

Nice wedges (with a bandage… beauty comes with pain?)

 

 

 

 

Green sheer stocking with sh-booties… hmmm… (don’t know what to say!)

 

 

 

 

Securities were packed!!!

 

 

 

 

Press people were also packed!

 

 

 

 

Men can have a clutch too! Can’t they? hehe

 

 

 

 

That’s it for this year… see you at Milan Fashion Week again in 2012!

I was at Piazza del Duomo (Milan, Italy) on Thursday and Friday (September 22-23, 2011). It was fun walking and seeing people came to the event… The weather was perfect, not too hot… but we had a bit of sunshine… it was such a nice week!

Fashion tent… placed right next to Duomo di Milano

 

 

 

 

 

Red Carpet Arrival… I don’t really know who she is… but she looks terrific!

 

 

 

 

 

A reporter… someone from Fashion TV

 

 

 

 

 

Spectators in the area… good looking, right?

 

 

 

 

 

Love those shoes!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Teens walked by… they looked great! I love the very left girl. Somehow she reminded me of Amy Winehouse.

 

 

 

 

 

This man is really something… isn’t he?

 

 

 

 

 

They are male models… (I love Zoolander!!!)

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Press… they really looked like press from Fashion Magazine!

 

 

 

 

 

At Piazza del Mercanti – there were 3 models for Mercedes-Benz.

 

 

 

 

 

These are security guards!! Seriously… I think they must be through a good looking test!! (hehe)

 

 

 

 

 

Italian teens… I happened to see them waiting to enter a show as backstage staff.

 

 

 

 

 

Elephant Parade Milano Arts: an event from September 16 to November 15 2011. It is a campaign to protect elephants in Asia. We are seeing elephants with different patterns and colors all over Milan City at this moment.

Here we are at Via Tortona… 2 elephants with flags of 2 big football teams (AC Milan and Inter Milan). It’s so cool!

 

 

 

 

Buona Settimana (Have great week!)

 

 

Yes!! It’s fashion week in Milan, Italy… I am in town and love seeing all the people come from all over the world… These are just snaps I took while walking around Piazza del Duomo (Milan, Italy)

A big sign (from Piazza del Mercanti) with Duomo di Milano as a background.

 

 

 

 

Press from Fashion TV

 

 

 

 

2 Photographers… ready to shoot whoever looked cool on Red Carpet!

 

 

 

 

Sh-booties… wonder how someone could walk on those!!!

 

 

 

 

Red Carpet at Piazza del Duomo

 

 

 

 

Official sponsor… Canon…

 

 

 

 

MSNBC has a booth at Piazza dei Mercanti (near Duomo)

 

 

 

 

Make-up booth… long line for all the ladies!

 

 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz (another sponsor of this event)

 

 

 

 

Duomo di Milano — and fashion tent!

 

 

 

 

Roccobarocco – had a show on Wed. (Sept.21)

 

 

 

 

Event at Sisley (near San Babila) on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

 

 

 

 

Elephant Parade Milano Arts… many elephants are placed around Milano at this moment.

 

 

 

 

Typical Milanese young lady… texting while eating gelato!! (haha)

 

 

 

 

My lunch of the day… just a panino and an espresso coffee.

 

 

 

 

I really enjoy the fashion week… what fun!

 

Phi Phi Island (Phi Phi Don)

We had a chance to travel to Phi Phi Island in August 2011. It was difficult to see how the weather would be like. Fortunately, we were there during the good day, no rain — very nice and warm. (August is considered to be a monsoon period for The South of Thailand).

Tourists normally take ferries or speed boat as means of transportation. We decided to take a medium size ferry from Phuket. It took around 90 minutes to reach Phi Phi Don.

The sky was a bit cloudy but bright. The ocean looked emerald green… we loved it!

 

 

 

 

The picture was taken while we were on a ferry.

 

 

 

 

We were getting close to the Island… you can see how green the sea water is.

 

 

 

 

Loh Da Lam Bay… another part of Phi Phi Don

 

 

 

 

Small boat was floating at Loh Da Lam Bay

 

 

 

 

Sun bathing and Thai message station… (at Ton Sai Bay)

 

 

 

 

Bungalows — at Phi Phi Don Island

 

 

 

 

Small restaurants… just right on the beach.

 

 

 

 

Tropical Fruits: Durian, Jackfruit, Mango, Coconut, Mangos teens, etc.

 

 

 

 

Speed boat — small but fast

 

 

 

 

A ferry … medium size, ours looked similar to this one.

 

 

 

 

Local noodle restaurant — Ba Mi Som Jit

 

 

 

 

We had 2 different kinds of noodles – with soup and without soup. They were very tasty!

 

We really liked this place… Phi Phi Don Island… the ocean on west coast of Thailand looks gorgeous! I would love to be back again!