Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Festività natalizie

Buon Natale 🎄e Felice Anno Nuovo 🎊 con questo racconto scritto pensando a tutti i nostri amici legati in diversi modi a Torino, al Piemonte, agli appassionati di lingua e cultura italiana, e naturalmente a tutti coloro che amano la tavola.

Che il 2021 vi porti qui da noi 💝

Friday, December 11, 2020

our covid 19 Holidays

Incredibly we made it to the end of 2020 🙆 and boy, hadn't we lived it, we wouldn't believe what we've been through these past months 😥
Despite all the difficulties and losses, 2020 also reserved us some good surprises and we feel particularly grateful for the small things we rediscovered.
Little we knew back in March what our future would reserve us, but as Italy is about to be declared 'yellow zone' we feel like this is our big Christmas present and are ready to celebrate 🎍

Monday, November 23, 2020

Novembre a Torino

Come la nebbia che avvolge Torino dal 20 Novembre in poi, e gli effluvi di cioccolata calda che salgono dalla tazza, questo racconto è dedicato a tutti coloro che amano le atmosfere autunnali e il confort food piemontese dei mesi freddi e umidi. La canzone da ascoltare alla fine è sempre quella di Giusy Ferreri, il cui vidoeclip è girato a Parigi perchè Torino è così 😎

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

T-day with an Italian twist

Unlike many other years, 2020 held our breaths till the Biden-Harris' victory. Now we all can finally move on and think about our Thanksgiving Day or Holidays menu.

This can be a delicate issue as families have their staple dishes and expats around the world don't always have access to certain ingredients. For one, Italian turkeys are different animals and taste different from the north American ones. Also more people have decided to go vegetarian, or even vegan, or to detox their system. In view of all these considerations, we are sharing two of our successful recipes to give an Italian twist to your Turkey Day table: pumpkin gnocchi and pumpkin chocolate bread as we talked about in our last Italian class:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

il diavolo a Torino

Questo racconto è dedicato a tutti gli amanti dell'italiano, di Torino, delle atmosfere aristocratiche, delle feste, del mistero e di Halloween 😈


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The door of the Devil

Like the best of the stars Turin can take many forms and this month she is in full Halloween mood! However, Torino is always in a spooky mood as you can read in this guests post by Mari Biella, a TurinEpi16 guest  😉

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Santa Cristina church

In our BC - before covid19 - era we started a series of posts about our very own Turin's churches. Granted that Torino isn't Rome with its 1000 different beautiful churches in many different architectural styles, dating back to different periods of history, still Torino counts about 114 churches and most of them are famous places totally worth a visit!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Il mare a Torino

Questo racconto in italiano è dedicato a tutte le persone che adorano la lingua e la cultura italiana e l'Italia, e soprattutto alle persone a cui manca Torino, con l'augurio che possano venirci presto!

Monday, September 7, 2020

A Turin reverie

As of today many schools in Turin have resumed their classes before the official date of September 14th. Many Italians are back from their August vacations mostly in Italy and very few in other European countries. The temperatures have slowly been dropping but last Saturday we were still in the full of the summer with our 30C/86F and the sweat dripping down our backs as we were walking downtown.

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.

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 😜

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

turinepi20 with covid19

As we are approaching the 7th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, it is clear that most of our guests will be stuck in their own countries faraway from Turin but... others living in Italy or Europe though, might actually love to come over and have a taste of a regular trip away from their lock down memories.

TurinEpi19: (left to right) Christina Conte, Jan Egan, Cynthia McCloud Woodman, Benedetta 
Oggero and Reine Bouton enjoying one of the TurinEpi lunches literally al fresco of the Turin's 
arches despite the scorching 44C-111F

Monday, April 27, 2020

Alfabeto covid19

Ciao a tutti i nostri amici che studiano italiano o che riescono a leggerlo e a capirlo 🙋

Su Instagram, Facebook e YouTube abbiamo iniziato a pubblicare una serie di videolezioni di italiano per chi ha la passione per l'Italia e la nostra lingua.

La prima lezione è stata sull'alfabeto del covid19 che in italiano chiamiamo solo 'covid' o coronavirus perchè l'altro covid in italiano e' chiamato SARS.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

COVID19 Easter

This will go down in history as the covid19 Easter when the Easter bunny was challenged to wear a face mask and gloves to hide the eggs in people's apartments.

Piazza San Carlo in this half XL choco egg of Caffé Torino in 2015

Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID19 lessons

March 25th was the deadline of the Italian lock down: everyone homebound, except for the super essential businesses such as pharmacies, food and other few essential shops. Then, the full factory shut down came: all but 80 vital industrial productions were shut down to keep the workers safe at home, in Piedmont this means 1 out 3 factories is closed.
Now Italy is surfing the COVID19 waves as they come and is deciding according to the immediate needs.

Many balconies all around Italy have the Italian flag, this one has the Chinese one too

Friday, March 13, 2020

COVID19 lifestyle

Italy is in covid19 mood since February 23, when people emptied the grocery stores for the first time.
Italians stocked up on all the pasta shapes but smooth penne, all sorts of pasta sauces, canned foods, as many bananas as the 15th century sailors going to the New World, detergents and disinfectants, frozen foods and all the antibacterial products available.
After the first PM, Mr Conte's announcement, all of a sudden Italy discovered her love for Amuchina the main local brand of antibacterial gels and disinfectants.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

San Carlo Borromeo church

Turin is the city of the Holy Shroud and even though our many churches spanning from 11th century to these days may look unassuming, once you get inside, you do get breathless by the gold, colorful marbles and especially by the architecture 😍

Piazza San Carlo, Turin's twin churches: San Carlo Borromeo on the right, Santa Cristina on the left

Monday, January 27, 2020

Piedmont rices

Up here in Piedmont, rice is definitely one of our local passions together with wine, chocolate and coffee. Our passions have always grown organically and exponentially, till reaching the European royal courts, the most remote international markets, and have conquered the most refined tables of the world.

risotto alla milanese with Italian saffron, you can see the short gran rice

Friday, January 17, 2020

Mardi Gras season

In Turin though every season is a great season to visit and currently, we are in full Mardi Gras season aka il carnevale 😆
The Italian Holidays officially end on January 6th and that's exactly when in Piedmont we announce the beginning of the Carnival weeks. This is a traditional Roman Catholic celebration that officially ends on Mardi Gras or Martedì Grasso as the local say.

Coffee shop and pasticceria Tamborini, Via Garibaldi 31