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!

  • Cynthia McCloud Woodman author of the website What A Girl Eats shared her background in the culinary world and how she started her blog back in 2011. She's an avid traveler and traveled around the world during a months long honeymoon besides working in pubs and restaurants in London, UK.

We also talked about important food politics and food education topics, nutrition and the staple dishes here in Turin like agnolotti del plin, risotto and tajarin 😋

  • Chocolate was the main topic of our video chat with Christina Conte - author of the website Christina's Cucina. Christina showed some very traditional chocolate products from Turin: a Caffarel's dark chocolate spread, a 40% gianduia chocolate one and 2 kinds of gianduiotti the staple chocolates here in Piedmont. Cremini chocolates were mentioned too, click here to see them. Christina underlined the importance of cooking with prime quality ingredients to preserve the authentic flavors and qualities of the recipes like Antonio De Vecchi and Daniele Taverna do at their Gelato Village in Leicester, UK, enjoy their Turinepi20 chat here.

Wanessa Navarro Marchini owner and founder of the green heart organic farm Il Cuore Verde in Morzasco, in the Monferrato Unesco wine district here in Piedmont closed the week. Originally from San Paulo, Brazil, she came to study Italian in Florence but visited Piedmont often. Wanessa shared how she transitioned from her career in architecture and design to agriculture and finally to the permaculture lifestyle thanks to her need to produce her own food for medical reasons and better raise and educate her two children.
With the years, her small vegetable garden has grown to a well round family owned company where all the gifts of the nature are used to make food and energy. She now produces wine, baked local delicacies, natural body creams, hazelnuts, herbs, fruits, vegetables and a lot more! Get in touch with Wanessa through her social media accounts to experience her life and see the whole production chain. She teaches yoga too and you'll be able to visit all the surrounding hamlets by bike.
This is a fascinating story of the real essence of Piedmont and the best example of vision of our territory.
This video chat is in Italian.

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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 and a second one, in English, will follow in the next few days!

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