Friday, October 13, 2017

Lyn fascinated by Turin!

Back in October 2015, through Instagram we connected with Louise Rhodes, an Aussie friend with a passion for food, wine and travel. 
The following month, on November 1st, we accompanied her at Manuela Gomez  to pick her "on demand made in Turin" wedding shoes for her wedding in May 2016.

Louise sized by Manuela Gomez
As Louise went back home and got her shoes, we also got in touch with her aunt Jenny via Instagram. Then, Louise got married; after one year Clairette, her first baby girl arrived and we got in touch with her mom, Lyn! Yes, always via Instagram, because nothing speaks louder than images! And this is how at the beginning of October 2017, we showed Lyn around Turin!


Lyn is a compulsive traveller who lived in many countries; she's an inventive home cook and a grandmother of three interested in exploring the world and its cuisines.  Now retired but occasional building developer and crafter with wool and thread."

Lyn loved Turin and will definitely come back because unfortunately she had barely one night and half a day to get to know our city as she had traveled to Barolo where Louise, her husband and Clairette are staying this Fall. 

Enjoy her pictures and reading about her impressions of Turin!

Roman ruins: Palatine Towers

It's a toss up between the ancient Roman gates  and the Barratti & Milano chocolate shop that keeps me thinking about my guided morning walk with TurinEpi (Lucia) on Saturday morning 8 October 2017.  

the bull - il toro Turin/Torino's symbol 

But then there was the city's mascot, the brass bull, inserted in the footpath to be stamped on for good luck, 

the San Lorenzo dome
the amazing dome in the cathederal and the royal palaces of the king and queen. 

large Piazza Castello with the king's Royal Palace and the duomo dome in the corner


Palazzo Madama where the queen lived

Did you know its the home of Cinzano and Lavazza?  



So much to see and experience in this sophisticated city of northern Italy.



by 
Lyn Learmonth Rhodes




Follow Lyn's travels around the world on her Instagram account @learmonthrhodes






Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Turin for beer lovers

Besides being worldly renowned for its top quality wines, Piedmont is also the second top brewing region in Italy with a long European brewing tradition!
So beer lovers, you will find many amazing craft beers over here and foodies, you will certainly gets inspired by the new flavors to make new recipes for breads, risottos, roasts and even cakes.

If you are in Turin and love beer, or are just curious to taste our local productions, you must visit at least these 5 breweries.

Friday, September 15, 2017

lots of kisses!

One can never get enough of kisses especially here in Piedmont where baci di dama or lady's kisses were invented 😙

let's face it: just 1 tin of kisses isn't enough!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Timeless jewels

Turin's creativity is constantly twirling, giving life to many new events, projects and products. This is where among the many unique galleries, Creativity Oggetti stands out as one of those places of wonder where design, art and fashion merge.



Friday, September 1, 2017

books from Turin

This post is for all our friends who are studying Italian, book-lovers, travelers and the armchair travelers.
We are often asked about books, Turin and how to improve Italian when you are learning it or have been living in Italy for some time and want to write better. So, we thought of suggesting 5 made in Turin books (actually 7...) you can find translated in different languages too.



The following books are all by Turin authors but not necessarily about Turin and 3 of these authors took part to Turin Epicurean Capital in 2014 because through our food and wine event, we aim to share with the world what Turin is really like today and how artsy and creative we are ðŸ˜‰

  • Torino e' casa mia by Giuseppe Culicchia


As you can easily tell, this is a book about Turin. Because Turin is his hometown, Giuseppe describes our city like a house: the living-room being elegant Piazza San Carlo, the kitchen the Porta Palazzo Market and so on.
As far as we know this book is available only in Italian, however, for those of you who would like to read something by Giuseppe, and especially for all the Italian L2 students, we recommend A Spasso con Anselm.
This is a series of short stories set in Turin about Anselm, a Brazilian ant eater who lives with Giuseppe. You should be able to find it in other languages too. 
Giuseppe's writing style is simple, yet very precise, ironic and fully delivers you the Turin atmosphere!


  • Che animale sei? by Paola Mastracola

What animal are you? and its sequel E se covano i lupi (and if wolves brood) are both entertaining and philosophical books about different contemporary issues of our society - really, no matter the country you live in.

The original Italian version is easy enough for non-Italian readers to learn many new words of common use and still enjoying the plot.
Basically, your view about ducks (and wolves if you read the sequel too) will change dramatically. 

  • Seta by Alessandro Baricco


Silk was so successful they even made a movie with Keira Knightley! For the Italophiles in love with the language, but still at the beginning of their learning path, this is a great book because: the story is repeated in each and every chapter in the same way... just with an extra detail as you go on with the story!
This book is available in many languages too and if you are lazy you can even just watch the movie!








  • Cosi' parlo' il nano da giardino by Margherita Oggero


Margherita is a retired high school teacher turned one of the most successful contemporary Italian authors. From her books movies and TV series were released. She writes about many topics, detective stories included and has a great sense of humor.
Naturally, all her books are set in Turin or in its suburb and many are available translated in other languages.
Note for the Italian language students: this book has a lot of passato remoto and it is written in a more literary style. 


  • Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli by Fabio Geda


In the Sea there are Crocodiles made Fabio famous and it got translated in over 20 languages. Unfortunately, even though many years have gone by since the days when the author put into writing Enaiatollah Akbari's life story, this book is still very current.
This book is suitable for all ages and it really shows the human being's power to survive. A real must-read!


All these books are thin and easy readings.

We thank again Giuseppe Culicchia, Fabio Geda and Margherita Oggero for their kind participation to Turin Epicurean Capital in 2014. 
Let us know what you think about these books!!



       

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Executive Hotel: an art gallery

In 2017 Turin Epicurean Capital has grown up, we needed a new partner hotel to host our guests, this is how we got to collaborate with Best Western Plus Executive Hotel and Suites in Via Nizza 28.
As always we like to rely on hotels with very high standards that are also conveniently located downtown so that our guests can just walk everywhere, because this is the most immediate way to get to know Turin.

the Executive Hotel internal hall is an informal meeting space

Friday, August 4, 2017

our belly is our brain

After following his Instagram account for so many years, we finally went to meet Behrang Danesh Eshraghi to understand how Turin and yoga can go hand in hand and when it all started.

Turin is literally Behrang's home

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Watchful cook at TurinEpi17

Our dear friend Jan Egan aka The Watchful Cook is sharing her experience as Turin Epicurean Capital guest. If you wonder about the insider's perspective, Jan is shading some light!
Grazie mille, Jan!

Photo by Lucia Hannau


Friday, July 14, 2017

Turin: an Italian discreet gem

Here's a second guest post by our dear friend Patty Boner of Foodie Sneak Peeks.


Patty Boner enjoying the aperitivo rite at "La Farmacia"

A guest of Turin Epicurean Capital 2017, she was very happy to make it back to Turin and try new foods and visit places!
Here below enjoy her second guest post about her Turinepi17 adventure 😎



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Turinepi17 thanks

This very successful fourth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital was made possible thanks to the priceless collaboration of many people. Today, we are taking the time to thank all those who made turinepi17 possible and smoothly organized:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

walking tour and parade

The Turin Epicurean Capital 2017 activities finished with a walking tour offered by the GIA Tour Guide Association. Our tour was led by Laura Sgarlazzetta who strived to keep us cool, engaged and in the shade despite the exceptionally hot and humid weather.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

talk show 3

The third talk show of Turin Epicurean Capital 2017 closed the fourth edition at the peak of an exceptionally hot and humid heat wave.
Carolina Stupino aka Tastes of Carolina hosted the talk show with Patty Boner or Foodie Sneak Peeks and Amanda Courtney of Amanda's Wine Adventures.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Adriana Delfino at TurinEpi 17

On the second day of the fourth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital 2017, after our mandatory risotto lunch, Turin fashion designer Adriana Delfino started our journey through the senses, with sight and touch.

Adriana Delfino

Thursday, June 29, 2017

talk show 2

The second talk show of the fourth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital was hosted by the American actor Daniel McVicar now a Turin resident and truffle knight.
The other guests were Jan Egan aka The Watchful Cook, world renown food photographer Ilva Beretta and Turin astrologer and author Patrizia Balbo.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TurinEpi 2017 cooking class

The Turin Epicurean Capital 2017 cooking class was taught by Chef Marco Giachello at Associazione Culturale Qubi' in a vibrant and growing neighborhood of Turin.
Chef Giachello has been a Turin Epicurean Capital supporter since our very first edition in 2014 and we are really happy we could work with him again.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

talk show 1

Turin Epicurean Capital 2017 was such a great success that the guests left 2 days after the end of our turinepi activities feeling they must come back for more!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

food for thoughts

Food and thoughts are strictly connected and yet too often we forget to reflect about what we are eating. Food keeps us healthy but in many ways, it's making sick an always larger portion of the population.
Before meeting with Lucia Andriolo, psychologist and psychotherapist we had never heard of mindful eating.
We too take sometimes for granted our amazing food even though in Turin we are blessed to have access to fresh, local, natural and seasonal food. Artisan producers are virtually everywhere and the food we crave is really just non-Italian specialties we can't replicate in our kitchen, like American bacon and tropical fruit.



Friday, June 9, 2017

food is alchemy

Planning Turin Epicurean Capital 2017, Chef Marco Giachello introduced us to his friend Margherita Frari at Associazione Qubi'.
We sat down with an espresso and got to know Margherita who is also a professional chef with a special interest in food properties and powers.

Friday, June 2, 2017

6 Italian things born in Turin

Italy is famous for many things, yet very few people are aware that these Italian symbols in the world were actually born in Turin, first capital of Italy in 1861. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

stars and shoes

Since the dawn of humanity, men and women have always been fascinated with astrology and its power of prediction, and at Turin Epicurean Capital we always keep an eye on our horoscopes both for fun and curiosity. 

Patrizia Balbo, astrologer and author

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ivrea's cookies

Eporediesi

For all lovers of chocolate and hazelnuts out there, here's one more recipe from Piedmont. Eporediesi are the traditional cookies from Ivrea, a small town just 40min driving from Turin, famous for its carnival, tomini cheese and fairy tale wine: Erbaluce di Caluso - the only Italian DOCG wine in all 4 of its variants!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Turin discovered

Our friend Jan Egan aka The Watchful Cook is sharing with us her love for Turin.

After an international corporate life during which she was well paid, well travelled and well fed, she now has the luxury of combining her twin passions of Italy and food. Keen supporter of Slow Food and love to source and cook with authentic ingredients in her kitchens in London and Milan. She fell in love with Turin about four years ago and now she tries to be here as often as she can. She can’t be doing with fake or speedy anything and likely to rant about the industrialisation of food at the drop of hat. When not in the kitchen, she is likely to be found with her nose in a book, wandering around looking at art and architecture or listening to opera (the earlier the better). She is blessed with a wonderful Italian partner, Edoardo, whose role in the kitchen is to keep her glass filled.

Follow Jan on The Watchful Cook where you will find many enticing recipes and posts elegantly written in her down-to-earth and witty style!



Friday, April 28, 2017

Turin's aperitivo

For happy hour or aperitif, Turin is the cradle of the Italian aperitivo rite and all the drinks and foods related to it.

Vermouth and just some nibbles (cappuccino was Lucia's)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bicciolani from Vercelli

Piedmont is famous for its many local cookies, some expanded over the regional borders and have acquired a national recognition becoming regulars on all Italian tables, others are still pretty much connected to their locality and you will find them only where they are produced.

artisan bicciolani

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Camporelli aka Pavesini

Each Italian town has its own cookie and camporelli are Novara's cookies or biscottini (tiny cookies).
Coming from the Milan Malpensa airport, driving or riding the train toward Turin, you go through Novara, also known as the gorzonzola cheese hub.

Camporelli are among the few cookies or biscotti that go through a double "cooking" (baking) - bis-cottatura process.

eggs, sugar and flour

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gobino's chocolate factory

We have already told you how Turin has been the European chocolate capital since 1600 but we have never shared with you how cool the Gobino's chocolate factory is 💁

the Gobino factory is in Turin and the neighborhood perfumes of chocolate!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Turin rocks

If you have never heard of Turin or Torino and you have no clue about it, or if you haven't been here yet, after reading this post by our friends the independent people, Xavier and Valeriia, you will simply want to teleport here!



Xavier and Valeriia, a couple of cyclists, dancers and photographers explorers are living the expatriation experience, currently in England. On their mission to discover hidden or little-known spots of Europe and prove that there is no need to go too far for some genuine treasures. You can read them on their blog Independent People and follow their adventures on Twitter and Instagram




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Amanda's cheese spots

Today we are sharing a new guest post by our friend Amanda, a new resident in the Piedmont wine country!

Amanda Courtney born outside of the Boston area, after high school she went to study metal-smithing and jewelry design at the Maine College of Art in Portland ME. Which then brought her to Los Angeles and from there she was tantalized by the super passionate and exciting food and wine scene that LA had to offer.  It was then that she found her passion and where she got her wine degree at the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust. Working with wine, talking and educating people about the different regions, varieties, and philosophies of the winemakers, she had found her true talent. She now lives and works in one of the most important wine areas in Italy, Piemonte. Having recently started up her own Wine Adventures company she is now able to show people around this area to educate them about the food, wine, and culture of this wonderful place.  

You can find her at www.amandaswineadventures.com



Friday, March 3, 2017

Turin's bicerin coffee

Turin more than any other city in the world is so characterized by its own coffee culture to have its own coffee: bicerin.


The word bicerin comes from the local dialect and it means small glass because back in the 18th century it was served in a small glass and at a small price to allow everyone to enjoy it.
This decadent coffee drink includes chocolate and frothed cream and it's the evolution of "bavareisa", another 18th century popular drink, served in large round glasses and enjoyed mainly by aristocrats and wealthy people.

According to the local custom, the bicerin's identity stays in keeping the three layers of coffee, chocolate and cream unstirred so as to fully taste them separately. After all, this is not a cappuccino, a cafe' moka or any other kind of similar coffee you can enjoy anywhere else.

bicerin and the cookies to dunk: torcetti, baci di dama, canestrelli, krumiri and lady fingers
Most likely it was invented in a tiny coffee shop that today carries its name: Caffe' Al Bicerin, located in Piazza della Consolata, between Via Garibaldi and the Porta Palazzo market. This is the only place in the world where they still serve it following the original and secret recipe

Anywhere else in Turin, you will still be able to order it but... the ingredients, their amounts and preparation will not be exactly like the one enjoyed by the Count of Cavour, the very first Italian Prime Minister and all the other prominent people of the past like Picasso and E. Hemingway who adored it!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Piedmont royal cookies

or savoiardi better known in English as Lady fingers 😋

These are the top royal Piedmontese cookies invented in the 14th century by the chef of Amadeus VI, Count of Savoy when the King of France and his court came over to Turin for an official visit.
They loved them so much that that's how savoiardi became the official royal cookies and were offered to all the royal guests as a symbol of the local cuisine.


The first registered recipe dates back to the 16th century and it precises that these royal cookies made in the Savoy kingdom require little flour, egg whites and sugar.

Even though this is a traditional Piedmontese cookie, it spread out to all the lands governed by the Savoy dynasty and this is why you can find savoiardi in many Italian regions with slightly different recipes and under different names.
Their spongy texture allows them to fit many Italian desserts like tiramisu', trifles, bavarois, charlottes, vanilla and chocolate creams and many more.
They even made it over the borders, to France where they are known as biscuits a' la cuillere or spoon shaped cookies, and Dumas wrote about them in his food dictionary.

Savoiardi are usually soaked into liqueur, coffee and are easily given to infants. They are also rather light and crumbly; like many other traditional cookies, they don't contain any leavening agent, and their sponge texture is given by the egg white meringue. While baking, the air bubbles of the meringue grow and provide their typical spongy texture.

Savoiardi recipe 

makes about 40 cookies

00 flour 80 gr - 2/3 cup (slightly less)
7 eggs
potato starch 80gr
1 vanilla pod
sugar 120 gr - 1/2 cup + barely 2 tablespoons
1/2 lemon zest
a pinch of salt

to sprinkle: as much granulated and powder sugar as you like

oven: 200C - 400F

*This recipe is easier if you have a Kitchen Aid or similar kitchen machine.


  • Carefully separate the egg whites and whisk the egg yolks up with half of the sugar. Then add the vanilla beans and the lemon zest. Whisk the yolks for about 10 minutes till they get fluffy and light in color.
  • Get the 7 egg whites in a bowl with a pinch of salt and beat them up till getting stiff glossy peaks. With a spoon, slowly fold in the other half of the remaining granulated sugar. Be careful to fully incorporate the sugar but not to deflate the meringue.
  • Gently fold in half of the egg yolks batter; then, slowly, add the sifted flour with the potato starch. Then add the other half of the egg yolks, folding them in with a spatula.   
         The firm and fluffy batter you end you with ensures that the lady fingers keep their shape while           baking.

  • Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper, fill a pastry chef bag (sac a' poche) with the batter and cut a 1cm - 1/2inch opening to lay the cookies down. Each cookie should be about 10 cm - 5 inches long; remember to allow some distance because they grow while baking.
  • Generously sprinkle all the cookies with some granulated sugar and then sprinkle the powder sugar too.
         
         Bake at 200C - 400F for about 10-15minutes

Check they are golden baked before getting them out of the oven.
With a spatula lift them up or let the parchment paper slide on the table where once cooled off, you will easily be able to pick them up without breaking them.

If you aren't eating them all up right away with your tiramisu', trifle, fruit salad or milk, you can keep them in a tin box for up to 2 weeks! Make layers with some parchment paper so they won't stick together.


Wine pairings:

Best wine pairing for savoiardi: Moscato D'Asti DOCG
Best wine pairing for tiramisu': Erbaluce Passito DOCG

Plus of course all the bubbly wines both sweet and dry from Piedmont ;)


Enjoy!!



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Turin: love at first taste!

Our food and travel blogger friend Patty Boner talks about her love at first taste with Turin! As her guest post is very detailed, you will be traveling with her while enjoying her writing and pictures!
Patty is the author and photographer of delish Foodie Sneak Peeks where you can find all her culinary adventures around the world and at home!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cintia Soto's Turin

This week we are sharing a guest post by our friend Cintia Soto, an amazing photographer and lover of all things Italian. After years of online friendship, we met her in person last September during the Slow Food convention Terra Madre in Turin and in front of a bicerin coffee, she shared with us her love for Piedmont and the authenticity of Turin.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mardi Gras fritters

Very few foods have a huge comforting power: home made Carnival fritters sprinkled with powder sugar are one of those, at least to all Italians 😍


In fact, Carnival like any other holiday is connected to a culinary specialty and wherever you'll go, in Italy as well as, in many other Latin countries, you'll find these fritters.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Piedmont canestrelli

Cookie lovers, Piedmont offers an endless list of delicious cookies and many share the same name like canestrelli!
In fact, according to where you'll visit, you can find waffle like cookies, thin wafers or wafer sandwiches, could it get anymore scrumptious?

Piedmont canestrelli from Val di Susa (the waffle-like ones) and from the Canavese district (the large holy wafers)

Friday, January 13, 2017

White Truffles

We are always bragging about Piedmont and Turin, our royal lifestyle made of decadent chocolate, cashmere sweaters, designer's cars and long tradition slow food cuisine. 
It is true, but after all, despite our totally understated regional pride and local promotion, we can 😎