Best of 2012

2013 is almost here so I'd like to share with you mi top ten favorite posts from 2012:
(in case you missed them, the link to the post is under the photo)

1) Caribbean Cruise:
We had a blast cruising the Caribbean for the second time on NCL's Epic; we visited Saint Thomas, Saint Martin and Nassau, had lots of food and enjoyed great shows.

2. How to piss off a Mexican
I wrote this post as a humorous example of some annoying stereotypes about Mexicans

3. Dubai:
I loved Dubai, it was a great trip, best part of it was being able to dine inside the wonderful Burj Al Arab.

4. Eataly, Turin:
For the foodie in me, any trip to Eataly is like going to Disneyland so I enjoyed going back to Eataly Turin and having their delicious tuna.

5. Tuna recipe
As I just wrote, I love tuna, and I enjoy cooking it at home as well, this has to be one of my favorite recipes.

6. Eataly, Rome
Our weekend in Rome was even more special after we discovered Eataly Rome had just opened, and we had a delicious Roman tripe to make it even better

7. Piazza Navona, Rome
Rome is one of my favorite cities in the world and Piazza Navona is one of my favorite spots in the Eternal City

8. Club Med Ixtapa, Mexico
we had a relaxing (and weight-gaining) holiday in Club Med Ixtapa, best service and food ever!

9. Statue-hunting in Düsseldorf:
It was a great challenge to find the 9 Poeggeler statues while visiting Düsseldorf

10. Hangar Bicocca:
Although I live in the area, I had never been to Hangar Bicocca, a very nice exposition space in North Milan

Bonus -  Sunflower fields forever
Beautiful landscapes, great weather, fantastic food, I just love Le Marche!


Easy starter

Hello again and sorry for my lack of posts again, been busy buying Xmas presents :)
Anyhow, before I go on holidays (1 day to go!) I wanted to share this super-easy recipe that reminds me of summer. It can serve as a starter for your Christmas Eve dinner and it's really the easiest of all.

Baked Prawns
(serves 2)
6 big fresh prawns
minced parsley
2 garlic cloves
white pepper
olive oil

1. Put the prawns in an oven tray (lined with baking paper). Heat the oven to 200°C (392°F)
2. Chop the garlic cloves and mix with the minced parsley adding salt and pepper to taste
3. Sprikle the prawns with plenty of olive oil and then the mix of garlic and parsley
4. Bake in the oven for 10/15 minutes
5. Serve. If you wish, you can pour the remains of the sauce (oil, garlic and parsley left in the baking paper) and use it as a sauce once you've peeled the prawns.
Enjoy with a glass of chilled white wine, still or sparkling.


Salmon pasta

I still remember one of my first meals in Italy, Farfalle al Salmone. I had them in the pizzeria next door to the students residence I was staying at, and although it was no Michelin-star restaurant, I instantly fell in love with this dish. It was also one of the first things I learned to cook so it's a favorite.


My wishlist

So, Christmas is officially around the corner! I love the atmosphere everywhere these days, everyone looking for presents for friends and loved ones (perhaps a bit warmer weather wouldn't hurt), lights, music, etc. Since I love speding time thinking of the best presents for my friends and loved ones (I started planning since last month!) I'm sharing my wishlist so in case you're looking for ideas on what to buy for Xmas for your traveler, foodie or fashion lover friends this might help!