Tuesday, September 10, 2019

August dolce vita

As summer 2019 officially called its end with a sudden storm that plummeted the temperatures and plunged Turin straight down into the Fall, we would like to take a moment to tell you the secret of the Italian dolce vita πŸ˜‰



What happens in Italy in August??


You will often notice how many bloggers and professionals based in or working with Italy have a big blank space when August comes. It is a question of priorities and life pace: Italians consider it a luxury to take some time off to recharge mentally and physically, to travel and see new things, and to press the stop button for 2 to 4 weeks straight a year.

Naturally this doesn't apply to the wine making professionals as that is the busiest time of the year due to the harvest. And once again... as visitors, you won't always be welcome because everybody on the vineyard is working.


What is August like in Turin?

In the 1960s and 1980s the Italian economy was growing steadily, the future looked radiant and most people in the Turin area worked in factories, especially the FIAT car factory that closed down in August to allow its workers and families their well-deserved summer rest.
Since then, the local lifestyle has changed quite a bit and many people prefer to travel during the low season months when flights are cheaper. Many others have also resigned and put a/c in their home so not to go to the mall (particularly Le Gru in the suburb) to enjoy some fresh air.
Over all Turin in August looks like a super calm city, with very few cars around and tons of parking spaces. If you take a stroll downtown 99% of the shops are open and only close in the Mid-August week aka Ferragosto - def a word you need to learn!

Hotels, restaurants and coffee shops, gelato places and chain shops will all be open but the small specialty shops, tobacco shops where you can buy candies and stamps will most likely be closed for their summer holiday break.

The rest of the city will likely be closed down.








The plus of visiting Turin in August


You will have the whole city and museums just for you, a great service when you sit down for a glass of wine or a nice meal. Fear not! The Turin city center is always alive and kicking because the down time for the businesses are the first 2 weeks of every year (sometimes the whole month of January) when they close for renovations and some well-deserved vacation time.

The markets might not be at their full either but boy, the museums and the shops will be amazingly all for you!




When does everything resume?


Typically, Italians consider that regular life must go back to its normal as the kids are back in school 😟 Piedmont is always the first of the 20 Italian regions to send her kids back to school so that the parents and the regional economy can faster go back to full speed work. If you plan to visit Torino and Piemonte in September, keep in mind the 7th as a day for it is around that day that all the shops open and the streets are filled up again.

... and by September comes, Turin is well worth a visit any month of the year 😎






Plan your travel to Turin and Piedmont with us, e-mail Lucia for your private tours and private classes: turinepi@gmail.com







Thursday, July 18, 2019

T is for torrone

The 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital owes a big GRAZIE to Christina Conte author of Christina's Cucina and a TurinEpi friend and supporter for many years now. In fact, the idea of organizing a wine tour started from her and Kelly Leonardini of Italian At Heart, another TurinEpi supporter and guest.
Not only was TurinEpi19 the most successful edition but we all also got the chance to enjoy Christmas in July!! 
Why? Because Christina expressed the wish to visit a torrone maker while here in Piedmont!!



organic, soft nougat with Piedmont IGP hazelnuts by Giovanni Scalenghe

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TurinEpi19 farewell

So how would you end an extended 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, after some of the guests had the unique chance of getting up close and personal with the top wines and foods of the Langhe district for 2.5 days; after 3 days in Turin of talk-shows (1, 2, 3), cooking class, a natural 'hot' yoga class, a super cheese-tasting and lots of amazing delicious food and laughters?


Suspiciously smelling 'acqua e menta'- Americans think it tastes like Listerine but boy, the locals love it!
Photo by Alberto Bonis

Saturday, July 13, 2019

TurinEpi19 talk-show 3

The third talk-show of the 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital had Jan Egan aka The Watchful Cook moderating Ulderica Masoni aka THE Turin fashion guru, Benedetta Oggero aka Miss Bee, Paola Pressi of Il Reale and Monica Buzio who is bringing back to life her great grandfather's liqueur recipes.


* Lucia Hannau presenting the third talk-show

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A TurinEpi19 cheese tasting

Besides getting to share Turin with our guests and their online followers, every year there is another special reason to join the Turin Epicurean Capital bunch: 2019 was special as it had 2 big events and the cheese tasting at historic Latteria Bera was definitely one nobody could miss out on.


*Chiara Franzoso owner of Latteria Bera in Via San Tommaso 13

Monday, July 8, 2019

TurinEpi19 hot yoga

When we were planning the sixth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, we imagined our guests might welcome a nice vinyasa to stretch and relax, what we couldn't imagine though was to get struck hard by the heat wave.
So basically, being outdoors was a hazard: the air blowing felt like an oven baking the pizza we had for lunch after the second talk-show.
Luckily, we could use a fresh lawn in the shade and enjoy the early evening breeze tunneled in the De La Salle Collegio San Giuseppe inner courtyard.



Saturday, July 6, 2019

TurinEpi19 talk-show 2

On Thursday, June 27th at 11am took place the 2nd talk-show of the 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital. Dr Reine Bouton moderated Christina Conte, Cynthia McCloud Woodman and Annette Joseph in a quite lively chat where personal experiences and points of view were often similar but conveyed in different ways.


*Left to right: Cynthia McCloud Woodman, Reine Bouton, Lucia Hannau, Christina Conte and Annette Joseph

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

turinepi19: gnocchi park

As customary this 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital included a cooking class. However, this year, we decided to move outside the kitchen to show our guests a part of Turin, otherwise they would never get the chance to visit.


*Barbara of Orti In Piazza showing the urban garden

Monday, July 1, 2019

TurinEpi19 talk show 1

Time flies by so quickly when you have fun and, not only the days in the Langhe and Roero wine districts were packed with fun visits, food and wine but also the Turin days were full of food, fun and sighs.


*Lucia Hannau presenting the first talk show of this 6th edition

Saturday, June 22, 2019

TurinEpi19: thank you

As this 6th extended edition of Turin Epicurean Capital is about to begin, we would like to take a minute to thank all the people that made it possible.


Torino 7, the Turin section of La Stampa newspaper with all the big events of the week to come

Friday, May 31, 2019

TurinEpi19 wine tour

Thanks to our collaboration with Incoming Experience, the sixth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital is extended and will last 6 days instead of our usual 3.
In June 2019, our guests get the opportunity to visit the beating heart of Piedmont: the Langhe wine district and a bit of Roero too πŸ˜‰

Top Italian wine producing region and white truffle hub of the world, within Piemonte there are many wine districts and traditional food production areas; however only 3 made it to the Unesco World Heritage Site list: Langhe, Roero and Monferrato.

Despite being close to each other, their geographical and geological conformations are rather different as you eye and palate can intuitively tell you.
These territories are made of tiny medieval hamlets perched on the top of vineyard covered hills.

If Monferrato counts more castles than in the Loire Valley, in France, the Langhe area comprised between Alba and Asti has the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants in the whole world! 
And Roero is the Piedmont unique fruit and vegetable garden thanks to its many family owned farms, orchards and hazelnut groves πŸ˜‹


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A piazza wide garden

Despite its very long industrial tradition, like Lady Gaga and Rihanna, Turin has known how to change and renovate herself along the years. Many areas of the city have changed completely in the last 30 years, starting from downtown, the Lingotto area where  you can now visit Eataly - the very first one in the world! - and the Fiat factory turned into a shopping mall, to Piazza Risorgimento in the Campidoglio neighborhood.

We often describe Turin like the Italian MoTown thanks to the Fiat, but also as the Italian Philly because of its elegant 18th century architecture and most definitely, like the Italian Manhattan given the Roman grid our city was built on. Like many cities around the world though, Turin has also many artsy projects and neighborhoods that keep outside of the tourists' paths.



Saturday, May 11, 2019

herbal alchimies in Turin

The 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital will see the participation of two women of the historic and world renown 'booze system' 😁: Monica Buzio and Paola Pressi.



Monica inside the distillery

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Amanda Jack's Turin

We are happy to share a guest post by our Twitter and Instagram friend Amanda Jack πŸ™†

Amanda is a writer, student, wife, mother and Grandmother. Dividing her time between homes in the North east of Scotland and the Piedmont Region of Italy, she patiently awaits the day she can perfect the Italian language. Until then, she enjoys writing about her adventures and reviewing books, mainly those set in and around Italy. 


Enjoy her perspective on Turin and do like her: come over!!


Friday, April 12, 2019

Spring risotto

Despite the weather hasn't made up its mind yet, we are in the spring and some days are getting really warm. To enhance our spring mood we are sharing our lemon and ginger risotto recipe πŸ˜‹ However we would like to underline how oranges, mandarins and lemons make for great all year long risottos!

By the way, this will be our Easter risotto 😜



Tuesday, April 2, 2019

galleria Subalpina

If the number of gallerias could define the cultural level of a city and its flair for art, no doubt Turin would always make the top of the list!


Galleria Subalpina in Piazza Castello

Thursday, March 21, 2019

April in Turin

April always makes a great month to visit Turin: the days are longer and the weather is generous enough to allow you to eat out in the many cozy piazzas and pedestrian streets.

Besides our humongous Easter chocolate eggs, and the endless list of artisan chocolate makers, you should try before the chocolate season ends, there are also other events that make April a good month to visit Torino.

Most events of 2019 happen after Easter. So, if you are planning a visit in the first 3 weeks of April check our suggestions here.

If you tango: just imagine what an experience it is to dance inside the Venaria Royal Palace during the Tango days on April 19th-21st


The Royal Palace of Venaria is Turin's Versailles

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

green risotto

March means green and Saint Paddy's Day πŸ’š so we are sharing with you one of green rice based dishes: our staple risotto with peas and mint πŸ™† 
Easy and healthy, it will be feasible virtually everywhere you are in the world, as long as you have access to any kind of white rice, frozen or fresh peas and fresh mint leaves. 
In order to preserve the fresh aroma of the mint and the peas flavor, we recommend you use white wine but, in case you happen to have it handy, a mild white beer will do too... and if worse comes to worse, you can always omit it for a lighter flavor.





Saturday, March 2, 2019

Galleria Umberto I

Turin is magic in many ways but first and foremost in our décor 😎 in fact, we have not only one beautiful Art Nouveau galleria but three!!
Today we are sharing the story of Galleria Umbero I in the Porta Palazzo market area.




Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Turin University

the historic university building from the 1700
Back in the 2006, a Winter Olympic Games TV ad said 'the whole world comes to Turin', and indeed many famous people have passed through Turin much earlier than 2006, fell in love with our city, chose it to spend a part of their lives and even study here!

Besides an airport - look up for TRN - Turin also has one of the oldest Italian, and of the world, universities!!

Founded in 1404, the current university structure, including the labs, the classrooms and all the offices are spread out from the 1700 Rectorate building, in downtown Via Po, to many mini campuses that reach out as far the Turin's suburb.

Unlike North American and British universities, Turin doesn't have just one whole area devoted to the university, because this one has grown over the centuries following the city's life and it urban developments.
Each school or college has its own library, located in its own building or mini campus; the university dorms are also spread out all over Turin to be located nearby the different schools or colleges.

Generally speaking, when referring to the University of Turin, the locals mean 2 institutions: the Liberal Arts School, located near Mole Antonelliana and Via Po and Politecnico where the Engineering and Architecture Schools have their administration.



Monday, February 11, 2019

aphrodisiac risotto

For this Valentine's Day we are sharing one of our risotto recipes: THE aphrodisiac risotto to help you friends get in the right mood πŸ˜‰


Many of you already know about the benefits of ginger, a powerful root that has been used for centuries in China.
Being related to cardamom and turmeric, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal natural remedy for nausea (during pregnancy and chemotherapy too), cold, flu and help digestion, thus stimulating appetite... 
It is also very good for people who regularly exercise because it reduces muscle pain. On top, it helps lowering blood sugars - making it a great anti-diabetic - and cholesterol, it is one of the oldest pain reliefs and it helps burning fats too!
According to some studies ginger protects the brain from Alzheimer and the body from infections.


Friday, February 1, 2019

pumpkin risotto

Despite all the differences that divide us, sometimes we are forcibly brought together by an external common circumstance like these days: the extreme cold weather!
As many areas of the world are going through some exceptionally freezing temperatures, we can only think about one thing to keep ourselves warm and happy:


Pumpkin Risotto 

with red ale ... optional

topped with (optional) crunchy bacon bites... 

  

Monday, January 21, 2019

our sweet emergency kit

During college, or studying abroad, or working far from home, raise up your hand, amici, if you haven't received at least one care package sent by a thoughtful relative or friend!
How soothing it was, wasn't it?

Well, as for us, besides being the happy recipients of a very much appreciated basic necessities bag put together by Chiara of Latteria Bera we were also awarded a sweet emergency kit πŸ™†


Friday, January 11, 2019

foodies' basic necessities

Some weeks ago we talked to you about Chiara and her nonna's dairy, Latteria Bera founded in Turin in 1958.
Now you may think that any dairy is the same and all you can get is just dairy based products. Sure, they may differ locally, but it's always cheese, butter, milk, eggs and yogurt, and that's basically it.
Well, that's not the case with this historic latteria that is more to be considered like a gourmet dairy and a small production specialty shop 😎 

Today we would like to share with you what Chiara's basic necessities bag contained for us... just in case you needed some culinary shopping ideas when in Turin πŸ˜‰