Friday Favorites # 15

We’re back on the blog after taking time off to be with Alessandro’s parents who were visiting us from Italy! We ate lots of homemade Italian food (thanks Mamma Lella!), walked around the marina and canals close to our home, went to the beach and enjoyed their company.

Fun– Hiked this short but intense Chumash Trail with my Dad. It’s just two hours round trip at a steep incline. Best part was climbing th American flag at the peak overlooking Point Mugu Navy base.

Family– Funny times between foreign families! Italian parents meeting the American ones with two translators in the middle to go back and forth!

Find– We made one of our favorite pictures of us walking the Brooklyn Bridge into a metal print to hang on the wall. Shutterfly did a nice job and this option is a nice sleek alternative to a traditional framed photo. They are offering 50% off right now with code word SUMMERTIME.

Wine on Wednesday #4

Another Wednesday and another wine discovered. Looking forward to the next week, having my parents here in the States will for sure lead us to pop open a couple of bottles we have spotted.. So .. Meghan prepare yourself. As usual I send you to the #1 post of this periodic to read what I try to accomplish with Wine on Wednesday and the tasting we do seen as a game.

In the last post I’ve talked about a California red blend so this week I thought about a white, undecided between a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc I basically let the bottle label make the selection. My eyes got definitely caught by the bright orange, interesting and funny sticker on this “It’s a HeadSnapper”, 2016 Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

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Friday Favorites # 14

Find–  Bought longboards at Play it Again Sports to surf the sidewalks and cruise around the channels near our house

Fun– First Dodger game of the season and first live baseball game for Alessandro!

Friday Night Fireworks– Beautiful fireworks after the Dodger win!

Foto– Hiking around with my crew and capturing the big skies of Montana

 

Have a great weekend!

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Once in a while it’s very nice to change your food cultural target.

One day back from the tennis court we wanted to cook something different something out of our very appreciate and successful Italian routine and we started to wander around the net looking for ideas…
… well, has to be easy (too much energy left on the tennis battlefield), quick and tasty… something creamy, spicy and maybe exotic, light but yummy…

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Wine on Wednesday #3 

Back again today with publication #3 of I Live Italian new periodic series Wine on Wednesday. I’d like to redirect you to Wine on Wednesday #1 for the few words describing what are we trying to accomplish with this series.
Here is then our little game “what do you smell and what do you taste” focused on..

APOTHIC DARK, California blend

The Dark is one of the 3 versions of the Apothic (slowly slowly we’ll visit ’em all) made  with grapes mainly coming from Lodi a northern town of California. As all the brothers by the same winemaker it results quite sweet and jammy; not everyone, especially wine experts, will go crazy for it but the success obtained in the past year shows that general public likes it. Not one of our top selection but we definitely enjoy it especially trying to identify every time a new flavor.

Looking at the label, you can easily consider it an “Halloween spooky bottle” with a black spirit inside trapped by the cork.

    

To the eye (sight): very dark and dense in color. While pouring into the glass looks like a black opaque ink is flowing from the bottle to the goblet.

To the nose (smell): blueberries and dark berries. Hints of spices with smell of coffee and dark chocolate.

To the mouth (taste): velvety and smooth taste of blackberry; after few moments the smokiness of the roasted coffee and oak comes on the top of the mouth and ends into the nose.

To the tongue (finishing): low in tannin, the dark reveals intense and long lasting flavor of the blackberry and elderberry marmalade

Easily found at every local grocery store, just to indicate how popular this wine became, for a more than honest price ranging between $7,99 to $9,99 and almost every time subject to sales. 

Drink and enjoy responsibly but don’t forget to leave a comment telling us what you think about it, see you soon! Don’t forget to suggest any wine you like out of your cellar, we will try it!

Friday Favorites # 13

Hi everyone, I am back again with my new series I share every week with all of you. We are on episode #13 and these are my top picks of the week in the F category … F like … Friday. Food, Foto, Fun, Fashion, Ferry, Find.

 

Fun- Celebrating international yoga day and summer solstice outside at our new favorite daily yoga spot at the beach, Yoga by the Sea. You couldn’t have a better setting with bunnies hoping around, and palms swaying overhead while you reflect and stretch. Check out Meetup.com for free local yoga in your area.

  

Flick- Just watched Wizard of Lies which came out in May on HBO about the Bernie Madoff scandal/largest Ponzi scheme ever pulled off in America. Robert de Niro is uncannily mistaken for Madoff himself and Michelle Pfeiffer nails Ruth Madoff’s thick Queen’s accent. I just had Pfeiffer on a flight recently and she is still so youthful and beautiful and much different from the older Mrs. Madoff she played on screen.

Food- It’s cherry season! There are cherry stands popping up everywhere from farmstands to people selling them out of their truck roadside and this deep-dish pie from FOOD52 caught my eye. This Pistachio, Cherry and Chocolate Tart also looks good.

Find- This article about the Woman who made Anthony Bourdain a t.v. star was interesting especially since I just read his best-selling book Kitchen Confidential : Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. He leaves no gaps in your imagination as he details the good, the bad, and the ugly of serving people and running a kitchen.  I have to say I have so much respect for the people in the restaurant and food industry especially now that the general public demands so much more, thanks to the foodie-culture and fine dining and critiquing that became everyone’s full-time hobbies, seemingly overnight.

 

100 Anni

As I popped in to Walmart late one night recently, I never expected I’d leave there with a new friend. 

I was asking a sales associate for help, when this older customer wandered over to me an struck up a conversation and didn’t want to let me go. She brought up the fact that she was Italian, no Sicilian actually, and started retelling me stories of growing up in an Italian family. Interested, I asked her what brought her to Ventura, California and more about her life. She had a firecracker personality, sharp wit, still very agile and lucid and was determined not to slow down. Which is why she drove herself to Walmart at 8 o’clock that night.

She then encouraged me to guess her age. I couldn’t believe it when she said ONE HUNDRED! 100 years old and still driving, but what’s more shocking is she’s self-sufficient physically and mentally carrying on interesting conversations and shopping for herself and by herself at Walmart.

Not believing her, she then proceeded to whip out her CA drivers license to prove to me her real age and sure enough, she had just turned 100 in April. We exchanged numbers and she posed for a picture right in front of the clothing aisle! Teresa Piano, the coolest Italian centennial nonna I’ve ever met, that said her secret is “not taking shit from anyone and eating anything you want”!

I’m really happy to have met a living legend and would like to pick her brain one day and hear more stories on what it was like being born in 1917 and growing up during the 30’s in an Italian family.

For those of you who don’t know the origins of the sign she’s giving, it means cornuta (which also has another meaning which we won’t get into) “horns or malocchio “evil eye”  which when flashed is a superstitious gesture to ward off bad luck.

Wine on Wednesday #2

Back again today with publication #2 of I Live Italian new periodic series Wine on Wednesday.
I’d like to redirect you to wine on Wednesday #1 for the few words describing what are we trying to accomplish with this series.

Here is then our little game “what do you smell and what do you taste” focused on
VILLA MARIA, Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Villa Maria is a quite affirmed Sauvignon Blanc produced from vineyards across the Marlborough region in New Zealand. In my opinion a really good wine very compatible with seafood and white meat. Suggested, as every Sauvignon, with Thai Food.

To the eye: light pale color with some green reflex

To the nose: the first fruits you can distinguish is the grapefruit then passion fruit with intense smell of lime. If really chilled some pear notes emerge.

To the mouth: lime and lemon grass as well as other light citrusy flavors are the main and dominant notes together with an intense minerality on the palate.

To the tongue: light to medium body with a refreshing aftertaste.

We found it at our local Vons, where the wine selection is definitely extended. For a reasonable price varying from $8,99 to $12,99 Villa Maria is taking a spot in our favorite white wine options.

Drink and enjoy responsibly but don’t forget to leave a comment telling us what you think about it, see you soon!

 

Friday Favorites # 12

Hi everyone, I am back again with my new series I share every week with all of you. We are on episode #12 and these are my top picks of the week in the F category … F like … Friday. Food, Foto, Fun, Fashion, Ferry, Find.

FOTO/VIDEO– I can’t get over this beautiful  time-lapse video of Rome! 

*It makes me home-sick for my former home in Rome.

FUN– A day without June gloom and partial sunshine calls for a picnic at the beach.

FIND– New project making curtains. It reminds me of how much I used to like making things with the sewing machine.

FOODThis recipe is a great antioxidant tea accompaniment that can keep well in the fridge for a week. It’s perfect as is with hot water and a little lemon and honey or added to any tea for a spicy kick.

Friday Favorites # 11

Hi everyone, I am back again with my new series I share every week with all of you. We are on episode #11 and these are my top picks of the week in the F category … F like … Friday. Food, Foto, Fun, Fashion, Ferry, Find.

FUN– Perfect day sailing with our friend Paul on his beautiful boat with beer and sandwiches in tow, not far from our house at the Oxnard Harbor on a particularly windy and cloudy day.

FIND- Costa Rican coffee! Adding to my collection from the some of the best coffee purveyors around. Perhaps one of the coolest perks of this job is getting to sample local products and bring back goodies from all over the world! Dark Chocolate covered coffee beans and roasted drip whole coffee beans!

FOOD– real (slow-cooked) polenta with a sausage and wine-rich tomato sauce (similar recipe here) cooked up by my personal chef (aka, Alessandro)! It’s my go-to request  for comfort food lately even if it’s a classic cold-weather dish.

FACT– Interesting article on how Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck wine is so inexpensive and the main factors that differentiate expensive bottles from the cheap table or cooking wines in California.