Saying goodbye to summer from the Aletsch Glacier

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Last August I met Marco for lunch. I was telling him how much I loved Finland and then he ask “Why don’t you come to visit Valais, in Switzerland, next September?”
My uncle Giovanni used to live in Basel. I have these beautiful memories of road tripping with my family to visit them every time we could. Switzerland is always a YES! to me. Incredible landscapes, good food and nice and polite people. That’s what you might expect if you travel there!
What I didn’t expect was the largest wine region in Switzerland as well as the largest glacier in the Alps, the Aletsch Glacier.

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We traveled to Brig from Milan and our first stop was Visp and its vineyards on our way to Visperterminen.
The day after was the “alcoholic” one. A distillates taste in the morning in Martigny – after a good and rich breakfast! – and a beer tasting in the afternoon. With an intermezzo of some good local white wine. Cheers!
The afternoon was spent at Four Banal, a public bake oven opened in 1905 and now restored by the local community where they make bread 5/6 times a year to serve the entire town.
After this food coma a Michelin dinner at La Table d’Adrien in Verbier was waiting for us thanks to the talented chef Mirto Marchesi and his creativity. This is the view from their terrace at sunset.

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The third day was all about raclette and an unusual and traditional at the same time cow parade!
And luizet apricots, the last of the season.

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The last day was the tough one for me. I had to face my fear of heights while hiking the majestic Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but probably I just have to find myself on the Belalp-Riederalp bridge next time to face this fear.
Auf Wiedersehen Switzerland!dsc05308

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lauraSaying goodbye to summer from the Aletsch Glacier

Kipina Pop Up Restaurant, Kustavi – Finland

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The dinner I had at Kipina PopUp Restaurant in the island of Kustavi this summer is probably one of the best culinary experiences I had in the Finnish archipelago.

Kipina is an idea by Pekka Kuru and it’s both a restaurant and an art gallery. It’s open only few weeks during summer and it features different chefs every week. We had a dinner hosted by chef Petteri Luoto – chef and painter at the same time that week! – and we really enjoyed the mix of Finnish food and Mediterranean flavours. Surrounded by the forest. What else?

If you are planning a visit to Finland, or if you want an excuse to do that, check the Food and Fun Festival out in Turku this October!

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We flew from Milan and Chicago to Helsinki with Finnair and then we drove to Kustavi.
Check An islander in the Finnish Archipelago out for some recommendations and routes if you are considering a travel to Finland – or even if you are not 😉

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lauraKipina Pop Up Restaurant, Kustavi – Finland

Formentera

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Last May, my friend Francesca called me to ask if I wanted to join her and one of her friend for a 4 day vacation in Formentera. Luckily the flight was very cheap – considering everything else in the island is really expensive!

La isla is very small and even if it is one of the favorite places for people living in Milan, that was my very first time there.

We arrived in Ibiza at night, and from the airport we got our ferry tickets. Once in Formentera we rented a car and we try to reach our apartment asking locals where to drive. We stayed at Apartamentos Escandell: nice, clean and at a good price!

Because nothing else was opened that night we had dinner at 1am at Caterina, an Italian restaurant owned by two brothers from Milan – of course! One of them was really nice and recommended us a few places to stop by for aperitivo in the next days.

I personally recommend El Pirata bus and Blue Bar. Beaches are beautiful and waters are pristine everywhere. Take some time before sunset to enjoy the pinkish salt evaporation ponds. And if you are looking for some bocadillos for lunch be sure to check Mama Pan mini market. The lady is really nice – honestly, one of the few nice people on the island.

Looking forward to going back to the Balearic Islands… maybe Minorca next time!

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formentera, spain

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formentera, spain

formentera, spain

formentera, spain

formentera, spain

formentera, spain

formentera, spain

formentera, spain

formentera, spain

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Taormina

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Taormina is a small village between Catania and Messina, in Sicily. It’s one of the places on this earth I really love the most – probably for some memories from my childhood.

This is why when Vanessa, the beautiful owner of the Ristorante al Duomo, called me to shoot some pictures in her hidden gem I immediately booked my ticket to Sicily, and said YES! of course.

That day my mom was my special personal assistant and together with Vanessa and Gaetano, the chef, we had a day full of laughs and good food!

I’m happy to share some pictures with you, and if you are planning a visit to Sicily remember to reserve a table there. I’m looking forward to going back soon!

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Ristorante al Duomo, Piazza Duomo 98039 Taormina (ME)
Instagram – Ristorante al Duomo Taormina
Open every day – Lunch + Dinner

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From sunrise to sunset

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During summer we have so many fruits and vegetable available it’s a shame not to get the best from each product.

I love juices and when Smeg challenged me to create a couple of them inspired by the color of my juice maker I thought about some of my favorite ingredients – berries, beet, tomatoes – and moments of the day: sunrise and sunset.

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The first juice, is inspired by my morning ritual – guess which one? Breakfast, of course 🙂
Brush 2 beets, add some berries, ginger – as much as you like it – and one lemon: the awakening is guaranteed!

The second one is made for a healthy aperitivo. It’s a tomato juice with celery, cucumber, tabasco, salt and pepper. Don’t forget to chill your glass before serving.

If you are an Italian resident scroll down for a good news for you ⬇️
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Puoi partecipare al concorso di Smeg #MomentoBenessere per ricevere in premio un estrattore della linea anni ’50 e sbizzarrirti a preparare ricette e succhi.

Fotografa dall’alto gli ingredienti del tuo succo ideale per il tuo #MomentoBenessere.
Registrati sul sito Smeg50Style e carica la tua foto. Successivamente, condividi su instagram il tuo scatto utilizzando #MomentoBenessere e #smeg50style per partecipare all’estrazione.

 

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lauraFrom sunrise to sunset