This is a picture of one of Italy’s most indispensable items.
There’s a lot of things that can fit into your pocket, some more apparent than others like a wallet for example or gum, keys or lip balm. Name the top 5 things that can fit in your pocket -a perfect Family Feud survey question that lends itself to the type of answer audiences love.
The answer can be as pragmatic as a roll of tape (you never know when you have to fix something), as whimsical as a “falling star”, as crazy as a chair (actually 2) or as inventive as a dry eraser board (check this story out on line).
But for espresso lovers nothing can compare with the portability of having a pocket espresso. Described as the “coffee that goes with you” Pocket Coffee is a dark bittersweet chocolate with real Italian espresso inside. Ferrero, the Italian company that packages this little jolt of java, says that it contains a third of the caffeine found in a traditional cup of espresso, just enough caffeine to give you an energy boost.
And if you’re looking for something with more mouth-feel, try Pocket Espresso to Go, a liquid mix of the original Pocket Coffee. Available in a few select markets in Italy, Pocket Espresso to Go is a Lilliputian cup of espresso with a cute little straw for sipping from a tiny pocket size container.
Memorial Day weekend in Indiana means one thing, RACE DAY and for most racing fans the Indianapolis 500 is where auto history is made. One hundred years at the brickyard have made the Indy 500 the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and fans from around the world have made it the largest single-day spectator sporting event on the planet.
But history is a time line of many events and for a racing fan who is an Italianophile leaving in Indiana with relatives in Milano that means Monza.
The racing history of the banked oval at Monza has been compared to the IMS (Indianapolis Motor Speedway track) and in 1957-1958 US drivers from the USAC competed with teams from the European Formula One World Championship in the Race of Two Worlds also known as the 500 Miglia di Monza (500 Miles of Monza).
One of the great gastronomic treasures of Italy that enliven Italian cuisine are condimenti, a special group of foods whose primary purpose is to add to the details and compliment the food. In the States we are given a choice of mustard, ketchup, relish and onions but in Italy a list of condiments reads like the lyrics of an Italian opera; Mostarda di Cremona, Pesto Genovese, Aceto Balsamico, Nebbiolo Grape Chutney, Miele di Castagno, Salsa di Tartufo Bianco, Sott’aceti.
In Italy, condiments not only act as a seasoning and accompaniment to meats, they enhance the flavor of sauces, pair with pasta and compliment cheese. So the next time you’re at the ball park pass the mostarda for a classic Northern Italian fruit condiment with an agrodolce flavor and a healthy kick of mustard for a hot dog that knocks it out of the park.
A day at the ball park will never be the same.
One of the easiest ways to bring Italy home is to open a bottle. A good quality estate bottled extra virgin olive oil, a bottle of regional Italian wine or bottle of balsamico from Modena. Or in this case a bottle of prosecco from Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the hills north of Treviso. The crisp, bright taste of prosecco, reminiscent of citrus, herbs and melon with a mere 10.5% alcohol content make prosecco a perfect drink for summertime entertaining.
My wine memories of prosecco center around two spectacular meals with our Italian cousins. One along the Brenta Canal in a town called Mira and another along the Levante di Caorle, an old fishing port on the Adriatic near Venice that is now a popular seaside resort. After we pored over the 7 page mouth-watering menu at Da Eugenio Ristorante La Ritrovata* , choosing all manner of seafood and shellfish for dinner, we ended the meal with a sgroppino, the “little unknotter”. This frothy fruit sparkler made with prosecco mixed with vodka and lemon gelato is a perfect digestivo to untie any knots in your stomach if you’ve eaten more than you should.
*Warning – Opening this video link will make your mouth water.
Put the lemon gelato/sorbet in a bowl and break it up with a spoon. Stir in vodka. Add the prosecco, whisking by hand to form a soft, foamy mixture. Don’t whisk too much or it will become too liquid. Serve in a tall glass or wide-mouth goblet immediately. Makes 2-4 servings.
The recent release of the Avengers got me wondering what fueled these super-heroes. Fighting crime and disorder on this level of magnitude needs a jolt of energy and inspiration that according to Italian coffee maker, Lavazza is a cup of their coffee.
The 2007 Lavazza Calendar with photos by Spanish photographer Eugenio Recuenco portrays an imaginative city filled with super-heroes fueled by coffee. Every year Lavazza designs a calendar that showcases their product and brand (espresso) that is a stunning piece of photographic art. Their 2007 calendar (The Most Incredible) features a group of sensual and seductive super-heroes that the Avengers may want to meet for un caffe’ before their next crime fighting spree.
Some people wear their heart on their sleeve. I wear la dolce vita on my wrist. Taking the Italian lifestyle and turning it into a concept and a brand is something designers aspire to. Marco Mantovani was able to capture the enthusiasm, emotion and style of Italy in a watch. Yes a watch as in LOCMAN. Conceived in the heart of Tuscany, on the idyllic island of Elba, LOCMAN founder Mantovani took the watch and made it into an avant-garde accessory that reflected the lifestyle of the Mediterranean.
Using high-tech materials like aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber with seductive oval shapes and vivid colors, LOCMAN set the trend for diamond-embellished sport watches, oversized cases, and unique unisex designs. The first watch introduced by LOCMAN (called Radica) has become a collectors’ piece and features bezels carved of rare Mediterranean Briarwood.
On one of my first trips to Italy all my friends and family were wearing LOCMAN watches. They were trendy, fun, decidedly cool and elegant just like them . Very Italian! And that’s the way I feel every time I strap my black LOCMAN Nuovo on my wrist.