This last week is the typical Fashion Week in Milan where the city goes crazy and you tend to run into tons of female and male models running around with maps in their hands and ordering Cappuccino’s in the afternoon (a no-no in Italy!)
During this week I usually get my ears pulled (typical expression from my wife when I don’t help here out with the house chores!) for not paying attention to small details like what washing powder goes into the dishwater (yes, there is a risk that she comes home and finds the house like that scene from The Party with Peter Sellers…sorry for the film quality but it is the only one that shows what could happen at our house!)
For those who are a bit curious here are some shots from behind the scenes of a typical Fashion Show preparation prior to the 9 minutes which is how long they typically last:
Having met my wife in Miami Beach back in 1992 while she was visiting for a fashion shoot I still get excited when she shows me a very brief glimpse of that magic that she is able to do with her brushes and colors. Bella!
For those interested here is what happens in the front while Betti is in the back running around and retouching the girls.
Last night I had the pleasure and joy of watching this wonderful documentary (directed and co-written by my dear friend Carlo Sigon) on a great soccer player from Argentina called Javier Zanetti. Their was a live satellite hookup in major theatres across Italy.
The movie is not your typical sports documentary since there is a parallel story of a fictional Argentinian writer that narrates the dreams and struggles of a young kid from the Buenos Aires all the way up to his arrival in Milan and the vast years as captain of F.C Inter of which he is currently Vice-President. He retired from active soccer play last year.
The great news as I wake up this morning is that Carlo called me up to tell me that the movie was the top box office hit across the whole country for a one day showing competing with the likes of Birdman and the Sponge Bob movie.
I know the amount of effort and work that Carlo put into this movie (extensive interviews with stars such as Lionel Messi, José Mourinho, Roberto Baggio,etc) Location filming both in Argentina and Italy. Great story with fantastic footage and photography.
Congratulations my friend! You deserve it!
Final game and goodbye:
As most people around the world already know this year’s World Expo 2015 will be hosted in the city we call home: Milan, Italy. A great opportunity for us over at Casa Chiesi since we are lining up some interesting Events to show our friends abroad. This year’s theme centers around the topic of Food and Sustainability (Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life), which is a topic close to our hearts.
Their has been quite a lot of controversy regarding the construction firms involved in the construction of the Expo both from the point of view of corruption along with the issue of major delays in the delivery of the structures in question (kind of what occurred with the Brazilian World Cup and the stadiums that were hurried in a rush.) Hopefully this will all be sorted out by the opening since a lot of prestige surrounds the fact that a major city host an Expo.
The complex that will house the Expo is roughly 30 minutes away from the center of the city and covers a total of 490 acres. Close to 146 countries will be present and the opening date is from May 1st till October 31st, for a total of 6 months. We highly recommend that you book travel early since an expected 20 million visitors will be visiting the city during this time frame.
If anyone is planning to come and visit let us know since it is quite a happening and we would like to welcome you to it!
Buy tickets: Tickets Online Expo 2015
Web site: Expo 2015
Every year for the last 10 years (with slight interruptions for a small hiatus in the last two years) Elisabetta and I have joined a series of close friends(of which one of the original organisers and house provider Carlo Sigon – the man in the photo below) typically on the week after Christmas and run a Charity Event which consists of the following rules:
1. Bring three objects or gifts that you would like to get rid of. (typical stuff that you might have received and that you never found a place in the house for, an old object that is in the back of the garage that you noticed the other day and want to get rid of or you don’t use, etc.)
2. All these objects are placed on a big table for all to see. The person that brings the object puts a starting bid price after which people can increase and try to outbid the other participates usually on the basis of one euro increases (roughly a dollar and twenty cents).
3. If nobody wins the bid the person that put the price on the object has to re-buy it back at the price he indicated for the object. This is called a classic “boomerang” for obvious reasons.
This year we decided to do it in February since most of our friends were gone for the Holidays. Our dear friend Michele Rossi (in the photo) acts as auctioneer doing a great justice to the presentation of each item with comedy like approach that truly makes him a master (specially considering that he is an architect and their is a famous Italian comedian/actor in the group).
What started out as a small group of friends having an excuse to get together, drink and laugh has with time turned into a major event with more than 40 people in attendance and proceeds close to 2000$. Last night was no exception as you can see in the following photos.
Once we finish the Yearly Charity Event, a mailing list is generated and we pass the votes towards which charities to assign the proceeds in the following weeks. A great idea and tradition that is for a great cause and unifies friends on a fun evening!
Join us this Sunday at 3pm GMT/ 9am EST as we go live from the Naviglio in Milan and visit one of the biggest Antique Markets in Italy. We will be transmitting live via a Hangout on Air along with a Live Stream from our YouTube Channel.
I have been pestering my wife Elisabetta to get her stuff together and make me some Lemoncrema (which I tend to prefer instead of the classic Limoncello which she also makes). So we got our gear together and shot a nice video down in the town of Camogli on the Ligurian coast. Check it out in our latest Ingredient post here: Lemoncream: A variation on Limoncello
By the way we are gearing up to do some great stuff in the coming months as the weather seems to be changing for the better!
So as we come toward the end of 2014, we would like to thank everyone who have visited, watched, commented and joined in on our first 5 months of our Italian Lifestyle Casa Chiesi adventure.
We also wish everyone a fantastic Holiday and look forward to great things in 2015!
We are super happy to have our dear friend Alessandra Sposetti, a Italian Food and Cooking blogger joining us and introducing us to her Italian Cooking Course in the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro.
In this Event we will take a look at how this talented Italian opened her own Cooking School in the land of Samba and Soccer! In the meantime check out her blog here:Alessandras Blog
Christmas is here and Azlin BloorandChef Dennis Littleyinvited us to be part of the Savour the Flavour – Christmas around the World Hangout where we took a look at Panettone and Pandoro, typical Holiday treats here in Italy
along with other great guest that highlighted their talents and Christmas traditions.
Finally now that the sun has decided to come back into our lives after a horrendous week of rains and more flooding we can start planning for December. Betti is currently away at her week long meditation retreat close to Padova and I am stuck working out my currently client deadlines! (Everybody wants their web sites online by the Holidays don’t ask me why!)
Next month we are planning on a couple of Google Hangout on Air Events (remember you can also watch these on our YouTube Channel over here) revolving around Food and the Italian Christmas spirit.
Here is a hint of what we have in store for December: