Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cocconato a place to discover



Cocconato it is a medieval village or "Borgho” from the province of Asti over a hill at the Montferrat, in one of the most beautiful regions of North-Italy “The Piedmont”. Cocconato it is a beautiful land where the principal wine is the Barbera of Montferrat,  right there at the historic little piazza in the "Cantina del Ponte",  I meet Paolo Maciot one of the Brothers Maciot owners of the Vinyard www.maciot.it, they have a wonderful cellar in Cocconato “La Cantina del Ponte” where I found a very traditional and authentic appetizers very famous by the way for this. I wanted to know more about one antique speciality The “Schiciola” (in the photo) looks like a little pizza but is not, the base is made it with the dough of the “agnolotti” covered with  Robiola cheese, Cocconato’s DOC speciality added prosciutto or some of vegetables. Simply delicious. They have the agnolotti wrapped wish honestly this is the first time I have something similar there are the agnolotti wrapped on a napkin warm and ready to eat. You don't need anything just a little bit of cheese and that's it. 

Their cuisine, is 100% organic and biodynamic. This is one of the most important principals in their process not only in the Cuisine also in the Wine production. 

Cantina del Ponte have a variety of wines from the region, but they offer their own like the 465 or Vinusa.  Highly recommended. 


















Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Florist shop - Coffee



Pane & Tulipani is hard to define. It's a lovely combination of chic and vintage coffee or a flower workshop or simply a florist shop with a Cafeteria/Bar/Restaurant all in one. It's simply amazing. I spend a day there with my friend, Valeria. She picked me up in Milan and we traveled to Lake Como where she lives. She prepared an amazing special tour for me. One of the first places we visited was Pane & Tulipani. We took the "Italian aperitivo" at 11:00 a.m.. The small bites were extremely well prepared by The Chef Davide, a young and handsome ex-football player, I know, a fantastic combination, right? The  author of the fine decoration is from Her mother Daniela, who chose very carefully every detail to maintain the ambience of romanticism on the Shop. Delicate and Fine test.

The service were great very friendly people they pay attention on every single detail as a photographer I asked permission to use my camera on the place They were very kind to allow me to take pictures everywhere. For me is very important take pictures of food this time it wasn't possible because we stop just for a glass of wine and some small bites. But I know that the culinary offer includes gourmet dishes, delicious sandwiches prepared with selected ingredients, salads and special desserts and cakes. In general everything were fantastic. 

Valeria and I were fascinated!. The Chef Davide and her mother  Daniela were very kind, telling the history of this place, a place to visit in different hours. It could be a coffee in the morning, lunch or dinner or simply the aperitivo in the morning or afternoon. It was there where our conversation become interesting, Valeria is a journalist by passion, traveler and citizen of the world. We immediately had  a great connection. We are both lovers of Italian food, photography and dreamers so let's discover a little bit more together. After this lovely place we were in another restaurant but that is another story.





















 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Food Styling photography workshop

Dear friends, I know this is crazy but yes, I will do a workshop in Italy next Saturday I will have a group of Food bloggers hanging out with me learning Food Styling photography and some social media. It will be fun.
I hope I can come with my other country friends to Italy in a Workshop. Will be awesome.