Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cantina Follie, Lake Como Area

Deborah & Joost wish you a warm welcome at Cantina Follie's website.

Our wine-bar/shop is situated in the cellar of an old house in the old town centre of Tremezzo.
At Cantina Follie you can enjoy a nice drink (including soft) either in the cellar or with nice weather outside on the terrace under the grape-vine, accompanied by some local cold cuts or cheeses. Our speciality is the "Tagliere dell'amicizia" the friendship's platter with the complete selection of local cheeses and sliced meats.
You can also buy some bottles in the shop...to enjoy at home while you remember the time you spent in lake Como.
Review  http://www.cantinafollie.it/
"A fabulous place which we visited on every evening of our trip! Cantina Follie is a small place with maybe 6 tables (well, oak barrels actually) spread across a couple of rooms, and has a lovely intimate atmosphere. There are over 350 wines in stock, with something to suit all budgets, and this is primarily a wine bar. However, to... more"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Cooking Classes and Restaurant Reviews From Lake Como

Found Il Caminetto via Trip Advisor and cannot recommend it enough. We spent a wonderful day with Moreno at his restaurant which has been in the family for 8 generations and because we went off-peak it meant there was just 4 of us in the class - rather than the usual 10-12. This was perfect because we got to eat... more

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Catholic Cup Of Coffee!

Four Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee.
The first Catholic man tells his friends, "My son is a priest, when he walks into a room, everyone calls him 'Father'."
The second Catholic man chirps, "My son is a Bishop. When he walks into a room people call him 'Your Grace'."
The third Catholic gent says, "My son is a Cardinal. When he enters a room everyone says 'Your Eminence'."
 The fourth Catholic man then says, "My son is the Pope. When he walks into a room people call him 'Your Holiness'."
Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in silence, the four men give her a subtle, "Well....?"

She proudly replies, "I have a daughter, slim, tall,
38D breast,
24" waist and 34" hips.
When she walks into a room, people say, "Oh My God."


Monday, January 4, 2010

Renting a villa instead of staying in a hotel.

Renting a villa instead of staying in a hotel can give you a different look at Italy.

Cautionary notes about renting:
1. Make sure utilities are covered.
2. Have a contract and keep it with you. This can be handy at check-out to verify what you do and don't pay for.
3. Ask about air conditioning. It can take time to turn it on.
4. Euro washing machines take a lot longer to cycle and there are no dryers in most homes. Don't pack clothes that turn crackly after air drying. Softer fabrics and synthetics wash and wear much better.
5. Ask for two sets of keys. And ask the management company to show you how to use them — European locks can be ancient and quirky.
6. Fuses get blown. AC has mysterious settings in other languages. You want immediate assistance. Ask for a 24-hour number to call. Ours were programmed into the home phone, which was helpful.

What to pack for your kitchen
Pop-up sponges. They're space-saving in your luggage and much cleaner than the sponges you might find in your adopted kitchen.
Plastic bags. They're versatile and take up less luggage space than plastic wrap. (They weren't provided in our kitchens.)
Kitchen towels. Take "one way" towels that are on their last legs and toss them when you're through.
Knives. An imperative for serious cooks. The knives provided were cheap and dull. (Don't take yours in carry-on luggage!)
Spices you can't live without. We brought a chili rub with us and should have taken more chili powder. Don't pack anything that is liquid but do take small amounts of your American favorites such as lemon pepper and Cajun spices.
Insulated backpack. Use it as your carry-on. Then when you arrive, just pop a bottled water in your freezer. You can use as a cold pack and take groceries from one city to another or pack picnics with you when you go sightseeing.
Tips for grocery shopping
Find out when and where outdoor markets are open. Hours are important because they close and disappear within minutes as if they were never there.
Supermarkets are smaller than in the U.S. but some have fantastic selections of deli and baked goods. Look in the cheese section for dolce gorgonzola, fresh mozzarella and other treats. French and Spanish cheeses are far less expensive here than in the U.S.
Green grocers often feature little neighborhood stands; the prices aren't as good as at the market but they're convenient when you've forgotten that one ingredient. Some sell their own marinated olives and other treats. Befriend the proprietors and they will put up with your broken Italian and even give you deals sometimes.
Bring a market bag that folds up neatly.
Enotecas (wine bars) are great for special bottles but don't overlook the wine at grocery stores. You'll find wonderful selections for 10 Euros or less. You probably won't recognize the labels, since this is wine that's meant for domestic consumption, so watch what the locals are choosing.
Meat markets, pastry shops and other places to buy food stuffs give you the real flavor of Italy. Here is where you'll find pan forte and other treats in a variety of regional styles. In Rome we shopped for food and gifts at Castroni, an international spice and food stuffs store with incredible Italian chocolates and nougats and a few items for a Mexican food fix, like pickled jalapenos.
Homefinding Web sites
We used www.vrbo.com for Florence and www.undertheromansun.com for Rome.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Under the Tuscan Snow!

Live In Long Beach!


ESPN and ESPN HD to Re-Air Action Sports Star Moment on
“Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Show”
ESPN captured nine-time X Games gold medalist, Travis Pastrana, in a live telecast of Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. as he rang in the new year on the east coast by launching his rally car off the Pine Street Pier and landing on a floating barge in the middle of Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor. The world record feat set at 269 feet will re-air tomorrow Jan. 1 on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. ET and this Sunday, Jan. 3 on ESPN and ESPN HD at 10:30 p.m. ET. Pastrana’s successful jump was witnessed by more than 75,000 fans.
Previous record of 171 feet was held by fellow X Games Rally Car Racing competitor Ken Block.
Pastrana follows in the footsteps of fellow motorsports athletes Robbie Maddison and Rhys Millen, who rang in the last two New Year’s Eve celebrations by pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records, in front of thousands of fans in Las Vegas and millions of viewers on ESPN.
Known to most as a leader in motocross, the popular innovator has focused on Rally Car Racing in recent years. The three-time defending Rally America Champion is the most decorated athlete in the history of X Games Moto X and has 11 Moto X Games medals and three Rally Car Racing medals, including gold in 2006 and 2008.