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!

 

Wine on Wednesday #1

Well here we are, publication #1 of I Live Italian new periodic series Wine on Wednesday.

Just few words before starting: With the new home and little more of “our own space and time” we started enjoying now and then a nice glass of wine while playing the game of: “what do you smell and what do you taste”. That’s right if you see it as a game there’s no right or wrong (as it definitely is supposed to be) and results may vary among different person.

Definitely not sommelier of any kind we use little own resources, knowledge and a lot of fun trying to recall which memory a wine is bringing to your nose and taste. Reading here and there I came across the idea that all the tasting is based on memories of flavors we encounter along the life path, how can you recognize a pear flavor in a Chardonnay if you’ve never tasted a pear? On more advanced sommelier courses your nose and mouth is trained to recognize smells and flavors using sets of scents to get acquainted to them.

Nothing fancy in this series, just our little game “what do you smell and what do you taste” extended to all of you. Looking forward to read your comments about the result of your own game!

Now, here we go:

ONX MOON

Today’s wine is the Onx Moon, a Dark Red Blend produced exclusively for Trader Joe’s in the Northern California regions. It’s been awhile since we’ve tried it for the first time and we loved it.

To the eye: as a full body wine the color doesn’t hide a deep and intense red with purple shades

To the nose: blueberries, cherries and spices. Maybe a note of mint.

To the mouth: sweet flavors of dark cherries, blackberries, plum with spices and mocha.

To the tongue: not an high tannin wine but with a persisting dark berries taste.

As mentioned it’s found only at Trader Joe’s wine section for a reasonable price $6,99.

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

W.. like Wednesday or Wine?

Well Why not to Wind down on Wednesday With Wine?

I Live Italian is proud to announce that we have in the shop a new periodic: Wine on Wednesday aka W.

On W I’ll post about our most favorite “W“… Wine obviously on Wednesday!
Just a quick release to try to give a suggestion for a nice bottle to pop open and enjoy with your best partner: girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, even your cat, dog or Kermit the frog.

Wine, Food and Music

Are you into wine (the good wine I’m talking about), food and music?
Then this event is just for you!

When?
From Friday April 28th to Friday September 29th every last Friday of the month.
Events start at 6pm and end at 9pm. Food and music available 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Who?
Strey Cellars and Magnavino; both excellent winemakers in Oxnard CA, will join their effort to entertain you with a food  truck located between their tasting rooms, two bands and obviously good wine.

<<I Live Italian knows personally the Strey Cellars owners and every wine out of their list is fabulous, many thanks to Katie and Scott for having informed of this event, will be there!>>

What (is boiling in the pot)?
Every event will be characterized by a different food theme. All of them indicated into the flyer.

Where?
Everything will happen in the space between the two tasting rooms located at 951 and 961 North Rice Ave, Oxnard, CA 93030.

 

Looking forward to seeing some of I Live Italian’s followers and friends with a nice glass of wine in a hand!!

And as usual, comment and let us know yours about it!

Let’s have some Beer in LA!

Beer? Who doesn’t enjoy some??

Lately I’ve seen a drastic increase in real connoisseurs of the so-called “pilot’s juice”. From blond to amber to IPAs to hefeweisen to stouts there’s color and taste for every mouth at fairly accessible prices all over the places.

And for all of you into beer tasting or willing to have fun in LA, we want to point out this event in Los Angeles: THE LOS ANGELES BEER FESTIVAL.


The venue will be LA Center Studios on Saturday April 8th. The organization setup two different sessions:

  • Session 1 from Noon to 3pm
  • Session 2 from 5pm to 8pm

Here below the EVENT INFO you’ll find on the main site:

The 9th annual LA Beer Festival will feature over 200 beers, 80 breweries, food trucks, Power 106 DJ Truck, live music, dueling piano bar, and much more! The event will take place at LA Center Studios from noon to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm. Admission is $45 for General Admission and $80 for Connoisseurs, which includes access to private restrooms and a VIP lounge with an indoor/outdoor event dock overlooking the event as well as limited beers/ one-offs not available to general attendees. All tickets include beer with food sold separately.

For more info check the event website: LA Beer Fest 2017

See you there!

An oven in your luggage?

As a traveling crew member, one of the biggest discomforts is when you plan to eat healthy food on your 2 or 3 consecutive layovers and after cooking, boxing, freezing and packing, you get to a hotel which does not provide a microwave in the room.

Actually, what I was thinking actually happens quite frequently. Meghan as well, sometimes finds herself in the same situation and all the good proposals to be considerate about quality and food costs on overnights are threatened by the unavailability of a microwave.

Looking around and searching, one colleague of mine just showed me this amazing tool which soon will be sitting into my food bag: HotLogic Mini Personal Portable Oven

  

 

This portable food warmer or carriable oven is very compact and collapsable so it can be placed in the luggage or the lunch bag without taking too much space.

It’s enough to connect the plug, put your food container inside and warm it up with no problems at all. Hard to believe (haven’t tried but only read about) you can even cook a nice piece of chicken without stove at all!

The way it works is genius: the little bag has an aluminum lining to keep the internal temperature and the hot plate warms up your glass or plastic container, not too intensely, which allows the food to defrost, warmup and not get soggy or burnt. Hot logic mentions that you can let it run for hours and the food will be ready anytime and not spoiled.

The black version is always perfect, but Amazon has different colors available: blue, orange, yellow, purple and pink. Also available is the car adapter to use it literally on the go. The whole personal oven collapses and can be placed into any purse, lunch bag or travel bag.

The price of this device is 35,95$ and really can save you a lot on money for your lunches!

Definitely a life changer for travelers like us!

 

 

 

Heres a a video dedicated to my colleagues and friends flight attendants

Just like down the street in Italy

It’s always a joy and a surprise when we have the chance to breath a little of Italy around here.

While driving along the 101 north on our little road trip, happened to divert from the freeway and stop by a little caffe in Santa Barbara known by Meghan. The plan was just to get a coffee, a real espresso in this petit business almost invisible and quietly merged into the little little strip of 6-8 other shops and I have to say that if you don’t know it you don’t see it.

Continue reading “Just like down the street in Italy”

Day trip to… Hawaii

One day and half, one and half day only available in Hawai’i and more precisely in Maui. Maui it’s quite big of an island and today adventure takes us on the north west side of the little dot in the Pacific.  Continue reading “Day trip to… Hawaii”

Moto-Meeting “della Befana” in Milano

La Befanaor the “good witch”, is an old woman who flies the skies on her broom and delivers gifts and candy to children (or coal if you’re bad) on Epiphany Eve and, in the old Italian folklore, is celebrated on January the 6th.

Every year in Milano (Italy) Il motoraduno della befana is a must to go appointment for all the bikers in town, this year it was the meeting number 50.
50 years of uninterrupted tradition of thousands bikes of any kind: from street bike to track bike to dirt bike to Harley and so on, acting like a snake through some street of Milano with two main destinations in sequence Continue reading “Moto-Meeting “della Befana” in Milano”

New year seen from across the globe

New Year’s Eve has come and incredibly another year has elapsed.
2016 brought many changes in our personal lives, at work with the new plane I’ll have to fly, new projects and novelties like the opening of I Live Italian. On the subject I’d like to thank personally all our friends and the occasional visitors who made this idea to come to life and live in these lasts 5 months.

2017 is at the door here in the United States, already stepped in for some countries, and we couldn’t miss the chance to say few words today, the last words of 2016!

I’ve noticed that TV channels, on the footprint of last year and the year before, are broadcasting images from Tokyo and Sydney stepping through Rome, Paris, Munich and London until in few hours the main attraction will be the New York Ball Drop crowned with few others cities celebration until our Los Angeles.

I’d like to bring to you, instead, the beauty of an Italian city during holiday time witnessed by my brother Andrea and his girlfriend Melania just few hours ago (we miss you from this side of the world and we can’t wait to spend more time with you!) 

For the occasion they decided to go for the midnight New Year’s Eve celebration on the lake in Como, a relatively small city overlooking the homonym lake and surrounded by a crown of mountains creating an unrivaled “green walls” valley effect.


I’ve been there many times and in different occasion but I’ve never had the chance to see anything like what the city setup this year.
I don’t think that my boring words can explain what the pictures here below will pass through.
Starting from the Duomo (cathedral of Como) completely outlined with lights and projected sacred images

  

To the decorations every building in downtown on the lakefront was showing to the pedestrians with a complete light up shape and with images projected creating an amazing effects.

Last but not least the astonishing fireworks show on the lake which, I’d say, never gets old!

I hope all the above has left positive emotions and a desire, maybe one of the incoming years, to escape the well known usual places and to visit one of hundreds cities like this one of Italy, my homeland, rich with little pearls ready there to be discovered.
With these pictures I Live Italian want to wish you all HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We will see you next year … the 2017!

Alessandro and Meghan