Japafantastic event @ Satricvm


Another fantastic event took place @ Satricvm last August when I was working and relaxing in Italy. A fantastic buffet; a mix of the most delicious Japanese delicacies with extra portions o sashimi and sushi rolls. Just an amazing food and cultural feast to reveal the ancient flavours of Japan. Refreshing cocktails such as Mai thai included in the celebration. The Japanese night is part of the Movidando event. Every Tuesday a foreign world comes alive @ Satricvm. It runs all summer long and includes Japanese, Spanish, Greek, Indian, Moroccan, Lebanese, Mexican nights. Shall we ask the Chef to fit in a few of these fabulous events in winter too? Which would be the cuisine you would like to experiment? Please leave the British one out lol!

These are only a few pics taken, as during the day I helped in the kitchen and at night I  enjoyed the great, fresh food.

 

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It could be you making Gnocchi in Italy!


In my latest visit to Nettuno, my hometown, I practiced making gnocchi with signature Chef Max. I used to make gnocchi before of course, but with him I learned many professional tricks. I teamed up with Max and Sonia owners of the stunning Satricvm restaurant to offer a unique Italian experience where the art of cooking blends together with language learning. So the “LIVE THE DREAM PROGRAM” was born. As I am already offering conversational Italian lessons while cooking traditional Italian food in London, I thought about offering an intense real Italian experience in Italy itself. Nettuno is only 60 km from Rome and it’s on the coast. It boasts with a beautiful medieval centre and it’s well linked to Rome (always considering Italian public transports standards lol). The program is 7 days all inclusive except the flight. It distinguishes itself from other cooking courses as it is  an authentic language and cultural experience too. In summer, our guests can also enjoy going to the beach besides our excursion to Rome and wine tasting sessions. Anyway if you think it is worth reading you can check more info here http://www.languagesalive.com/index.php/live-the-dream in the mean time enjoy  a sneak peek!

Out for dinner with a special family


During my stay in Italy I had the immense pleasure to catch up with my long date friends. A few days before my departure I met my dearest friend Simona who introduced me to her third child; the little Beatrice who is only 9 months. We went to have dinner in Nettuno in the characteristic medieval town where we had a great antipasto di mare (a mix of delicious fish and squid) followed by Fettuccine allo scoglio (with seafood) and Tagliolini al coccio (with local fish) We washed the delicious meal down with local chilled white wine and fished off with a piadina with nutella. I had so much fun with her children Martina and Sofia who also enjoyed the local cuisine, eating spaghetti alle vongole (with clams) and pasta al pomodoro. Her children looked very healthy with no problems of overweight whatsoever. I guess it’s because Simona thoroughly avoids junk food and gives her children sweet treats only occasionally. Martina is only 7 even if she looks older as she is really tall and had not problems in devouring her spaghetti al pomodoro which usually is not very liked by children in this country I noticed. Anyway I spent a beautiful evening with Simona and Mauro and their happy children. I wish them all the best I hope to see them very very soon for more fun. I am awaiting to play giggino e giggetto again immerse in Martina and Sofia’s laughs. Well done Simona you are a great mum!  Mauro a splendid father! A good happy family keep it this way!

 

Mexican night @ Satricvm


My dear friends, Chef Max and his wife Sonia, have been holding very creative and fun events at their restaurant Satricvm.The restaurant and the food are amazing and for this reason Satricvm is also the place where our cooking and conversational Italian lessons take place. Anyway, this post is all about the great Mexican event held at Satricvm last Tuesday. Every week there is a different cuisine and the theme is persistent all along, from the food of course, drinks, music and sometimes some brilliant shows. It is just magic. Look at the first pic, that is me happy making empanadas! What do you think, don’t you wish you were there to taste the fab cuisine? Next is Spain night, unfortunately I will be back in London that day, you can enjoy it for me too!

Me, myself and Italy


I have been away such a long time and then, every time I come back to my country I experience the strangest feelings. At the beginning the pace is too slow for me, having been living in London for a such long time. Then, after a couple of days I can fully enjoy everyday, every spark of sun, every heat wave, every bite of good food I take. It is like an eternal holiday where people talk to each others everywhere and are not constantly angry. I love going out at 9 pm or 10:00 pm as towns start living at that time, I love being able to go out in a light dress as it s hot till night. A fresh frullato (shake with water and fruits) after dinner or a plate of natural seasonal fruits have nothing to envy to the delicious gelato which is offered everywhere. This is for residents purely routine, for me it is a treat. A treat that every time gets harder to renounce to. Sometimes, I wish I could just come back and live a simple ordinary life, however, having seen a lot of the world and still craving to see more and learn more and more I cannot stop. If you read this and you have been living abroad for long time you probably understand what I mean. What is happening is the reverse effect of cultural shock when the foreign culture has been assimilated and a process of re adaptation takes place when going back to one’s country. I never went over that process, I have tried several times to go back for good without success. I guess it is the politics and lack of work that puts me off. However, more than anything else I notice a general lack on Italians‘ side on keeping a vivid curiosity towards other cultures and languages. The almost maniac attachment to their families and routines does not go along with my crave of exploring and learning. Before skype, I wished so many times especially on a Sunday as it is tradition to spend lunch with the whole family, to turn around the corner and be with them. I missed them thoroughly then with technology everything became easier. Not that I sit down facing the camera while I eat lol! However, it has been a big relief to have been able to talk and see my loved ones. Tonight I am relieving my feelings maybe because I only have four days left here and then my busy life will start again. Are these people missing something or am I the one missing it all?

if you read this and have an opinion please comment I would love to hear your thoughts.

Meeting up with old friends


After 9 months I finally had the time to go back to my hometown. I was very excited to visit my family and I thought of organizing an event to meet friends I had not seen in a while. Only a few came over but it was a nice, fun evening, fill with laughter, Italian beer and different pizzas. We started the evening with an apéritif at Volpi bar, with a prosecco and many little yummy snacks such as olives and croutons topped with diverse sauces. Then, we headed to Peppe all’archetto, people say he makes the best pizza around Nettuno and surroundings. The place is so old that the kitchen is located opposite the pizzeria and the waiter has to cross over to reach the venue. It is just literally opposite and takes less than a minute. We had pizza Margherita the classic, pizza with seafood, pizza with shrimps and rocket, crostino with parma ham and capricciosa… Delicious… we then went to stroll around the medieval town and as it is not yet summer it was quite and peaceful…. and eventually we ended up eating warm croissants and bombe filled with nutella; a bliss. Enjoy the pictures!

Family pizza making time


Last summer, I was lucky enough to go on holidays back to my home town Nettuno a small city on the Tyrrhenian coast, south of Rome. My little cousins were very keen on the idea of making pizza so there we go making the dough, having fun, cooking pizza and of course eating it! I hope to go back soon to make more healthy meals and enjoy the good fun. Educating children to prepare meals from scratch is not only pleasant for them but it a good way to teach them the importance of home food. Children obesity is rapidly increasing in development countries, encouraging your child to eat healthy food and play outdoor instead of being stuck in front of the television will certainly help. I remember when I was a child, video games were hardly out there and we kids used to get together to play every afternoon after school.  Yes, we had toys but also had a great fantasy and there were million games we could do using absolutely nothing. It is indeed a shame that traditional values have been lost giving space to a materialist approach adopted by a lack of time and interest on the parent’s side. I have been working with rich families and I have seen children as young as four playing with Iphones and Ipads. Anyway I will not go into detail. Let’s enjoy the pictures!

Next post will show the outcome: yummy!!!