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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!

It’s Milan Fashion Week, February 22-28, 2012. Many major designers’ show are being performed during the week. As you go around the city, there will be several locations hosting the shows. We were at Piazza Oberdan (Milan, Italy) on Wednesday, Feb.22, where Gucci was. Here they were… fashion magazine editors, bloggers, models, etc. Let’s have a look at these photos… Enjoy!
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Fashion Week sign (at Piazza dei Mercanti)

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Piazza Oberdan 2b at Gucci’s show
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Press came from all over the world… yes, they did.
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FTV interviews
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Behind the scene
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Fashion Bloggers… photographers…
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Bold colors are huge!
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Anna dello Russo (Editor at large of Vogue Japan)
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Young models… cute!
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Men’s Fashion
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Waiting for Gucci’s show…
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Bold fashionistas crossing the street.
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Flower print… Spring is coming!
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Red pumps with skinny leg jeans are so “in”.
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All the fun is almost over… we shall see each other again (for the Fashion Week) this Fall.
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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!

Piazza del Duomo (Milan, Italy) has already been lit up with Christmas tree and lights… It is such a wonderful time of the year!…

Let’s see some photos!
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Under the dome of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, there are lights put in a shape of Milan flag.

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Castello Sforzesco – Via Dante

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Christmas tree at Piazza del Duomo (Milan, Italy)

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Christmas tree at night

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Duomo di Milano at night – Lights were on in the evening, reflecting georgous colorful glass windows.

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Navigli Canal in the evening

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A little shop under the Christmas tree at Piazza del Duomo

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Shops around Duomo have changed to festive displays

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Flower stands are selling Christmas theme dried and fresh flowers.

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Coffee shops and bakery are selling festive pastries.

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Wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012

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)

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!