Posts made in May, 2009

Luisaviaroma: Fashion, Shopping and Internet

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Not only fashion shopping but also fashion events: a “full screen” shopping-window with images and clicks. Luisaviaroma trades luxury high fashion clothing and accessories since the 30s and is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious boutiques in the industry thanks to the excellent quality of the services offered to customers. The official website luisaviaroma.com presents a rich selection of clothing items from the collections of the most renowned designers of international fashion in the world. Both the store and the website are authorized dealers of all carried fashion names. On the website there are more than 100 collections of top designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Dior Homme, Chloe, Lanvin Moncler and DSQUARED. In addition,...

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Long Weekend in Tuscany

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Today is the first day of the June 2nd long weekend. Thankfully this year’s Republic Day is on a Tuesday, giving the opportunity to the majority of workers to enjoy a half-week vacation, that many lucky ones have already started yesterday. Many are the events organized throughout Tuscany for this 4-day weekend. Gastronomic and oenologic fairs where to taste unexpected flavors, live historical reenactments, visit exhibits, and assist to water sports competitions. From May 28 to June 2nd in Pontassieve near Florence, the 40th edition of “Toscanello d’Oro” will take place. It is a big wine fair restricted to wines produced in the Valdisieve. Wine tastings and music will accompany the fair. In Prato, from the 29th to the 30th of May, the Di...

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New Moon in Montepulciano

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Nope, not talking about the phases of our satellite here, but the fantasy movie New Moon that from May 25th to the 30th will be shot in Montepulciano in Tuscany. The news will surely make all fans of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart happy. The small town of Montepulciano has already been flooded by screaming adolescents eager to meet their beloved stars. Why is New Moon being shot in Italy? Careful not to spoil the story to anyone that has not already read the book, I will only say that Montepulciano will be the set but in the movie it will be called Volterra, as the Volturi will have an important role in the magic of the story. Edward (Robert Pattinson) asks their help to end his own existence…how will it end? Why did the production choose Montepulciano...

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Record Temperatures in Tuscany

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The thermometer has anticipated the full summer season in Tuscany by one month. Since May 21 temperatures have started rising steadily and are now several degrees above the season average. Blue sky and sunny days with not even a trace of a cloud are coloring the entire Tuscan territory of an intense green and dotting it with large patches of wild multicolor flowers. Those who rent a property in Tuscany during the medium season to escape the tourist mass and get lower accommodation prices in Tuscany, usually have to forgo some sunny days. This year they will have their full share of sun and feel like they hit the jackpot. This unusual heat wave hits Tuscany few times in a century, and fortunately it does not mean that the rest of the summer will be torrid. It only...

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Eel in Egg Sauce

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Eels are not that common in Tuscan dishes, but this is what makes this recipe all the more interesting as your guests will for sure have never tried this entry in any Tuscan restaurant (outside of Tuscany, that is). If the thought of working with this kind of snake of the sea makes you uncomfortable, you can have it prepared at the fish shop so you get already chopped eel. Each piece of eel should be 1 to 2 inches long. Ingredients: - One medium size eel, chopped in large pieces - 2 slices of raw ham (prosciutto) - 1 medium onion - A bunch of parsley - Extra Virgin Olive Oil - A glass of white wine - One egg - Heavy cream - Salt, pepper, nutmeg - One lemon Preparation: Pour a tablespoon of olive oil into a saucepan and add 2 slices of minced ham which should...

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