Monday, August 10, 2020

Ferragosto 2020

Since the Roman times when it all started, every year August 15th is Ferragosto or the epitome of the Italian summer vacations.

By extension all August is vacation time in Italy, so whatever you might need, take it for granted: you won't get it between July 15th and September 15th. 
This August 2020 with covid19 is no exception to the rule even though 30% of the people living in Turin will stay in town and briefly venture up in the mountains for a short fresh week-end (where all rentals are sold out!), down to the sea, most likely in nearby Liguria (defying overcrowded trains), or at the lakes - and indeed in Piedmont, we do have many nice small lakes.

Over the past 7 weeks, Italy has become a small happy island surrounded by many countries where covid19 clusters are multiplying rapidly. New measures are put into place every 2 weeks but over all, we must admit it: Italians are very much wearing their face masks in all indoor public spaces, public transit and are generally keeping their social distance in a huge effort to avoid another avoidable lockdown in the Fall.
Summer temperatures have gone up but are now down within reasonable seasonal ranges, most Italians are staying in the boot and traveling by car. Italian airports are rather empty and the national tourist economy is suffering big losses compared to the past years.

Many small business won't reopen in September and many major structural changes seem to be slow to come, especially in the educational, fiscal and technology fields.

And yet we made it up here and now we are looking ourselves around in disbelief we were indeed able to reverse our catastrophic coronavirus 19 fate.

For this virtual 7th editon of Turin Epicurean Capital (week 1week 2week 3week 4) we have been sharing some of the things you would have normally only experienced coming over in person.

We filmed a sample of our guided tour of the Porta Palazzo market aka the largest outdoor market in Europe:

We IG chatted with TurinEpi16 and Turinepi19 guest and long time friend: Jyothi Aimino now owner and founder of L'Erm winery in the Canavese wine district here in Piedmont, where Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG - the fairy tale wine - and prealpine Carema DOC are produced. 
Discalimer: this chat is fully in Italian, if you are interested in an English version, let us know.

To celebrate August we also filmed an Italian video class with the vocabulary of the Italian summer vacations and the words most used in the boot with some Italian culture bits. What new word did you learn?

As customary we'll come back in September with more posts and virtual experiences. Wherever you are, may you be safe and in good spirits 🙏 most of 2020 is already gone, we have to hang in there only for a few months left 😅

Buon Ferragosto!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Turinepi20 week 4

The fourth week of this virtual Turin Epicurean Capital 7th edition marked the end of the live chats with our guests. In the following days we'll be doing some Turin lives to bring you all over here from your armchair helping you to visualize yourselves in Torino living our vidaroyal 😜

  • Toni Brancatisano - twin sister of Lisa Brancatisano who took part to the first week of these turinepi20 live chats - shared her story and life transitions from a RN in Australia to culinary professional based in Italy. We talked about the importance of following our passions and not being afraid of exploring new path. Currently, covid19 is forcing us to stop, giving us the time to devote ourselves to other things. 
We also talked about her food tours and cooking classes in Rome and naturally Lucia gave Toni an idea of what to expect in Turin's Porta Palazzo market and from our gelato tour during the 2021 edition.

  • Dawn Olsen shared her passion for photography, writing and traveling, and what pushed her to study Italian at Purdue University, hint: Bloomability. Dawn is one of those lucky people who can say her passion for writing has turned into her job and can still evolve into something bigger.

We also talked about how authentic food is different from what you can find in other countries, her obsession for lingerie and stationary shops and her expectations of Turin and Italy. Finally turinepi21, will gratify Dawn's curiosity for Italy!

  • The virtual cheese tasting in English at Latteria Bera closed these turinepi20 live series (for the Italian version click here). This time, Chriara prepared a selection Piedmont cheeses from tiny regional productions, a special pecorino toscano, corn meal cookies or paste di meliga together with her vegan gianduiotto, cremino chocolates, a cricri and her famous whipped cream. This dairy is one of the very few historical specialty shops in Italy and one of the even fewer dairy shops in Turin. It is a real star gate and all the products you can buy there are from tiny productions and mostly super limited seasonal editions. Naturally, talked about her 94 year old nonna who took over this dairy in 1958 and her  90 year old grandaunt who helped in the shop up to 4 years ago!

Don't miss the turinepi20 chats of:

As you can hear and see there is plenty of reasons to make Turin and Piedmont your post covid19 destination as soon as you can fly over. If you can already drive over or simply catch a train over: take advantage as this is a super pleasant summer and the Fall is our high season 😍

Monday, July 6, 2020

Turinepi20 week 3

The third week of the virtual 7th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital had three super interesting video chats spanning from California to Brazil and Piedmont, whose food topics spanned from food politics to food access via spermaculture!

Monday, June 29, 2020

turinepi20 week 2

Turin Epicurean Capital normally lasts 3 days in Turin but covid19 kept most of our guests at home and so we met them virtually online and these are our week 2 chats.

  • As our guests loved the turinepi19 cheese tasting at Latteria Bera, we had planned another one this year too. Given the situation, we decided to do a virtual one where Chiara presented 7 cheeses, mostly produced in Piedmont, the vegan gianduiotti and cremini chocolates you can buy in her historic dairy and naturally, her famous whipped cream 😋
This virtual tasting is fully in Italian, for the English version click here.

turinepi20 week 1

Here are the first turinepi20 online chats:

  • Renata Haidle - a very talented travel photographer who specializes about France but deeply loves Italy - opened this 7th virtual edition.
During her chat we talked about virtually everything from food to future travel plans!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Turin Epi 7th edition

So it is in the Covid19 times that starting from next week, we'll be switching to a virtual Turin Epicurean Capital edition on all our SoMe.

Monday, May 25, 2020

life with covid19

At the end of this May 2020, everything in Italy has reopened except for the museums, the theaters and the movie theaters that will reopen on June 3rd.
As for the schools... nobody knows yet, but more and more teachers and parents are protesting to resume the school in September because the Italian long distance learning system isn't working at all, many students are left behind or drop out of school, many teachers left their books at school (!) and naturally such books don't come with ancillary materials online. No, don't make me write about the teachers who ask their students to text them the pictures of their notebooks 😖

the very first spritz in Piazza Vittorio on May 23