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How do you present food? Take the test and discover your personality

How do you present food? Take the test and discover your personality

Food presentation is no longer an exclusive domain of caterings, hotels, chefs and food bloggers. Plating is not just a synonym of “getting served” or “putting food in a plate” but it has gained a broader meaning. It means to create a dining experience that temps all of our senses.  We found a very good definition of plating in the Treccani Italian dictionary:  ”preliminarily set up in the kitchen, with taste and choreographic and decorative intentions, the food, in each of the dishes to be served to the guests”. Starting from this definition, and with the precious support of our food bloggers friends, we’ve created a sort of psychology test: tell me how do you present food and I will tell to you who you are. We have noticed that the way we serve food (beginning with the way we cook it, how we choose the dish that best uplifts the food and the table, how we garnish the plate), can tell something about our personality. So, are you ready to know which is your profile based on the way you present food? Answer to these simple questions and discover the results. How do you cook and manage vegetables? I cook my greens for a very short time and pass them quickly into water and ice, so that they stay crispy and keep their shining green color. I cook my greens the right amount of time and season them well, either with lemon or with a scented Mediterranean dressing. I cook my greens for a long time, until they slightly flake, enjoying the charm of a traditional cooking style....

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Entertain with Pink these Holidays

Entertain with Pink these Holidays

This year pink is a must for the holidays. Pink is paramount in fashion, as well as in interior design and home décor. Remember that Pantone chose Rose Quartz as one of the 2016 colors.     We usually consider pink as the color of baby showers, girls party, spring and summer gatherings and, above all, the perfect wedding color. But, have you ever thought about adopting pink hues for your Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday party decorations? Here is how. Dreamy pink holiday decorations First of all, there are hundreds of different shades of pink: I‘ve found this article very interesting to discover more about this lovely color. In general, pink tones match perfectly with grey (aged zinc!), white, silver and gold, black, green, earthy tones and copper. You can add warmth to your holiday decorations with glittering acorns, caramel scented candles, cinnamon stars or sticks.     You can unleash your creativity with gifts packaging: all you need is white gift papers and pinkish ribbons, or a simple natural hemp twine. Depending on your style, you can set a new romantic, shabby chic mood under the Christmas tree, or a modern stylish mood, with brilliant fuchsia wrappings and black ribbons.     But where you can give your best, is in setting a festive tablescape. We’ve put together a short style guide on how to decorate your dining table for the holidays. Table settings ideas for the Holidays If you are so lucky to live in a warm country, we have some outdoor holidays ideas for you. Pink and gold will definitely add glamour to your tablesetting. Peonies, hydrangeas and...

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3 Inspiring Food Bloggers to Follow

3 Inspiring Food Bloggers to Follow

It is always very hard to make a list of favorite things. It is harder when you have to choose among outstanding food bloggers that have spectacular photos, great content and fabulous styles. But, since many of our fans and followers have asked us to guide them in the “jungle” of bloggers, we have decided to share some of our faves in three areas: food, style and wedding planning. Let’s start with the food bloggers. A truly Tuscan Woman: Juls’ Kitchen Why do we like her? Giulia is the quintessence of Tuscany.  If you love Tuscany and if you want to deeply learn about this region and “breathe” the Tuscan lifestyle you should read her blog. She proposes traditional recipes. She doesn’t go for “new age”, unknown ingredients but she engages readers on how to cook the real Tuscan recipes, the Tuscan way.  An example? The Tuscan Panzanella   She is authentic: if you are planning to visit Tuscany you must read Juls’ “Discover Tuscany” section on her web site. It is an extraordinary guide to authentic places and restaurants in Tuscany that only locals know. Plan also a Tuscan cooking class with Giulia. You will never forget it! An Australian hero in Rome: Alice Kiandra Adams Why do we like her? Alice is a fantastic storyteller: she conveys to an international audience the “romanity” and the true spirit of what it means to live in Rome. She writes in English with a mix of roman idioms (fun to read for Italians!) and she really gets to the heart of Roman culture. It is very interesting to read her...

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10 Fall colors to style your table 

10 Fall colors to style your table 

We are entering the fall season and perfectly on time, as usual, the Pantone Color Institute features the 10 fall colors to style your table. The Pantone report is a precious guide not only for home decor but also for fashion and style. The 10 colors can be matched together as we want, making much easier for us to choose how to combine different tones. We can pick up any color and we don’t have to worry about finding the perfect match with other colors. Just follow this palette because they fit each other! Every color recalls the shades of nature during the fall season – the sky, the earth, the tree leaves – and inspires calmness and quietness. Look around the house and take out from your closets and drawers all that you have in these nuances: tablecloths, glasses, plates, bowls, placemats. Decorate your table by mixing old and new objects, to use at all times of the day and not just for special occasions. Just to give you some inspirations, here are our proposals and ideas to style your table with these beautiful 10 fall colors.   Fall colors and table settings trends Lush Meadow – For Breakfast green is the tone to boost your energy level. Spicy Mustard – At lunch time recharge your batteries with a sunny tone. Riverside – For a tea break, blue hues are perfect to relax. Aperitif:  Aurora Red – red is the color of passion and excitement. The right mood to begin a glam evening. Shark Skin – We picked grey for dinner: classic and elegant, it never fades.  ...

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4 Secrets about the “ Italian way of Fooding ”

4 Secrets about the “ Italian way of Fooding ”

It is now definitely recognized worldwide that the Mediterranean diet has incredible positive effects on our health and wellness. The “Italian way of Fooding” has been recently proclaimed by UNESCO as Intangible heritage of Humanity and was celebrated by international newspapers such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and many more others. The list of the VIPs in love with the Mediterranean diet is endless: from Catherine Zeta-Jones to Heidi Klum, Isla Fisher, John Goodman, Penelope Cruz, Mark Zuckerberg, Kate Middleton, Robert De Niro….. . It is not just a trend based on good and healthy food, but it is mostly a lifestyle trend, which is spreading everywhere. According to 90 renowned chefs, nutritionists and anthropologists, the success and popularity of the “Italian way of Fooding” depends on ten values, among which these are the most important ones: CONVIVIALITY, because the joy of being together at the table is a typical value of the Italian style. Eating together means sharing food but also friendship, values, traditions and very often putting together different generations; TASTING, because the meal is not only “food consumption”, but  it is a way to try and enjoy the best flavors and fragrances; WELLNESS, because scientific studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet is healthy for people and for the environment; STYLE AND ELEGANCE, elements that can never be lacking in a typical Italian tablescape. The other elements featuring the “Italian way of Fooding” are, in the following order, the QUALITY of the MADE IN ITALY products, TRADITION and INNOVATION, and, last but not least, CREATIVITY, because Italians can impress not only your taste but also your sight....

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Why We Love Cactus and Succulent

Why We Love Cactus and Succulent

It’s time to go green, and here is why we love cactus and succulent (and you should too!). The summer season challenges our “green thumb”: we love to stay outside in the green, we love to be surrounded by flowers and plants in the house, on the terrace or in our garden. But when we have to chose which plants to buy, we start wondering if they will survive, if we will be able to take care of them, if they are the right plants for that spot…. No Panic! Succulent and cactus are the right choices for any kind of living spaces: indoor, outdoor, beach houses, mountain retreats, city apartments, northern as well as southern countries across the globe. Not only succulent and cactus need very few attentions – just lots of light! – but they are extremely decorative and can be used in any space in the house: from the bathroom to the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the dining room or in entryways.   You can unleash your creativity with hundreds of different species to plant in pots and vases of all sorts of shapes and colors. Even old or chipped glasses are perfect to plant them, and could be a very original idea for a gift in any occasion.   Cactus in Home Trends: Desert Chic and Mediterranean Style Cactus design is trendy both in fashion and in home décor. Kenzo, Dolce & Gabbana, Coachella, and many others are adopting cactus on their creations. Wallpapers, furniture, accessories with cactus motif are spreading around, frequently matched with modern and boho styles.   We love those plants because...

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