The Colors of Sirolo Make Me Happy

Another amazing post about Le Marche and Sirolo by Ishita! Please make sure to check this out!:-)

Source: The Colors of Sirolo Make Me Happy

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Celebrating the Italian Ferragosto with a glass of wine from Santa Liberata vineyards!

If you are in Italy today, most probably you would escape the heat at the seaside, lakes or mountains. If you’d stay at home you will have a huge family party or enjoining the company of many friends. You’d probably make many toasts, watch a lot of fireworks and eventually attend a traditional Palio horse race in one of the many old towns around Italy.

Today is August 15th, not just another ordinary summer day, but THE summer day that everybody has been waiting for! Today is the “Ferragosto,  literally the ‘hottest’ holiday in Italy! So whatever you’ll be up to, just make sure to celebrate and have fun from day to night!

Talking about celebration and tradition in Italy, you’ll certainly have to raise your glass to toast and say “CinCin” at some point. That’s a sure thing.

As you know,  you’ll  have a wide choice of  great wine in Le Marche, thanks to excellent vineyards and their  amazing families who run the business generation after generation.

Today, in observance to the Italian Ferragosto holiday, I’d like to share with you the story of an amazing vineyard in Le Marche: the Santa Liberata vineyard and their Savini Family.

Please enjoy this interesting post from the WineLoversPage blog by our dear friend Neil Duarte and  let’s start celebrating! Cheers!

More info about the Santa Liberata vineyard, their family, their wines, estate and cellar, their wine tasting experience and much more…here!

Casa Agostinelli: a place where taste and tradition of Le Marche region welcome their guests in a true “Farmily”!

How strange life is! I’m going to tell you about a surprising place in Le Marche, that I was able to discover thanks to some dear friends from Texas, Terry and Neil.

The Duartes have just come back from a travel in Le Marche and Terry, knowing that I would myself have been back to Italy soon, advised a visit to Montemarciano.

Here’s what she wrote to me:

“I know the charm of the hills in Montemarciano, a town that gives a wonderful view of the Adriatic Sea, as well as the extraordinary landscape of the Apennines and Monte San Vito.”

…and so, I visited the Agostinellis!

I cannot tell you what I was most impressed with by this delightful family the other day.

Probably the taste of homemade ‘tagliatelle’ pasta, the same recipe my grandmother used to make every Sunday when my family got together. Then we used to spend all the day chatting and telling how life was going.

Or maybe something about the warm hospitality with which Dilva and Giancarlo welcome their guests. Or,  even the extraordinary feeling of spending a few hours as we used to do long ago.

Dilva is making her homemade traditional ‘tagliatelle’ with Terry

Giancarlo and the harvesting of garlic

“Buon Appetito!”

I have no doubt: besides the quietness and the beauty of the scenery surrounding “Casa Agostinelli” (aka, Agostinellis’ Home), besides the authentic taste of meals, it is the vibe you breath here that struck me most!

I felt like being back to the old days, when spending quality time together while sharing thoughts and opinions was one of the most enjoyable time! 

Today my thanks go to the Duartes for the great advice and to the Agostinellis, who made me realise that certain values still exist.

If you’re also missing the simplicity of old times, then get in touch with ‘Farmily’. Please find more information on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/casa.agostinelli/

 

 

Risorgimarche: music and solidarity in the places of the earthquake

“A shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the Earth’s lithosphere that creates seismic waves. It can range in size from those that are so weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities. The seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of shaking experienced over a period of time.”

This is the definition of the word “earthquake”.
This is what happened to my land.
There are towns and villages that, once I’m back to Italy, I will not be able to see anymore since the do not exist any longer.
There are friends who live in a house that does not belong to them, because they were forced to leave their own home.
There are children who must learn too early that tragedies in life really exist, not just on TV.
There are old people who will never see the places where they were born and lived for a lifetime ever again.
There are broken dreams.
There are non-existent hopes.

And then there is “Risorgimarche”.
It is not a novelty that the Italian actor Neri Marcorè, who is originally from Le Marche region, still has a strong connection with his region. 

The Italian actor Neri Marcore’
Photo credit: ansa.it

Recently, he has been the face of some commercials in support of Le Marche (check out the hilarious video below)  and now, we are happy to tell you about his project in support of this land battered by the earthquake.

Risorgimarche is an invitation to come to Le Marche and to discover a still little-known land through a series of musical concerts.
Some Italian artists like Luca Barbarossa, Fiorella Mannoia, Malika Ayane, Daniele Silvestri…and many many others, will perform in different locations tin Le Marche and make people discover our enchanting region.
Every event will start around 5pm. This timetable is designed to protect the environment, exploiting the natural light and thus preserving the places that will host these concerts.

From the first concert of Nicole’ Fabi in Spelonga, Marche, Italy on June 25th, 2017         Photo credit: Risorgimarche Facebook page

Solidarity is important, but it is even more important to give people the opportunity to resume their lives and to continue with their own strength.
Here’s the goal of Risorgimarche: to let tourists fall in love with the natural beauty of Le Marche region.
It is through the revival of the tourist flow that is the recovery.
So, thanks to all the artists that will volunteer to this project and wil offer moments of leisure for a good cause. They will attract visitors from outside of the region and let them admire the beauties of which it is rich.

Photo credit: Risorgimarche Facebook page

Thanks to all those who, by taking advantage of the free admission to these musical events, will attend and find out what Le Marche Region can offer to them.
Thanks to the organizers and above all to Neri Marcore, a talented actor who has not forgotten his origins.

THANK YOU!!!

For more information: http://risorgimarche.it/

The artichoke frittata – original Montelupone recipe

With the summer time and the warmer temperatures, it is nice to treat yourself with yummy dishes that are easy to cook. In “honor” of our much beloved Montelupone Artichoke, today I want to share with you a super easy recipe, with a special ingredient…

The artichokes frittata…an-easy-to-make and nutritious dish!:-)
Frittata can be served warm and cool. It is perfect with an aperitif, as an appetizer or as well as a main or even a side dish. In other words: frittata is welcome anytime!

Ingredients

Montelupone Artichokes
parsley

salt

pepper

lemon

eggs

Parmesan cheese

pecorino (sheep) cheese

Prep time

30 minutes

Difficulty

Easy

Directions
To make a good artichokes frittata, start by cleaning the artichokes.
You will have to remove the outer leaves of the fresh artichockes. Then fill a bowl with water and some lemon juice. Soak the cleaned artichokes for a few minutes then drain and cut them into very thin slices.
Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Whisk in some grated parmesan and pecorino cheese, about 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Add the artichokes and chopped parsley. Pour in the egg mixture. Swirl the pan to distribute the eggs and filling evenly over the surface.
Shake the pan gently, tilting it slightly with one hand while lifting up the edges of the omelet with a spatula in your other hand, so that the eggs run underneath during the few minutes of cooking.
Cook in a covered pan over low heat for about 15 minutes shaking the pan gently every once in a while. From time to time, remove the lid and loosen the bottom of the omelet with a wooden spatula, tilting the pan so that the bottom doesn’t burn. Instead it should turn a deep golden brown. Then flip the frittata and continue cooking without lid for another 10 minutes.

Frittata can be stored in the fridge for up to two days.

Tips
Buon Appetito!

The Montelupone Artichoke celebration: ode to an elixir of life

Everybody knows it is a good habit to have a lot of vegetables in one’s diet.

While on the phone with an Italian friend of mine, she was telling she only eats seasonal veggies. I actually never thought about greens as super “antioxidant” food and their power to prevent illness.

To me, veggies have always been a delicious side dish, low in calories and able to provide a sense of fullness and the corresponding reduction of hunger: the perfect combo to keep you fit!:-) However I never really thought trough other vegetable properties.

My friend told about her conversations with some local farmers, who explained to her that if we would follow some simple rules and eat some particular food on a daily basis, we would be able to avoid many drugs.

For instance, did you know that artichoke can be a weapon to fight cancer?

In their Health & Wellness section online the news magazine ANSA.it (Italian Associated Press) , describes the artichoke as a possible treatment against mesothelioma, a major form of asbestos-related cancer affecting about 2,000 people every year.

In addition to that, artichokes contain phytonutrients (“fight-o-nutrients”), or plant compounds that have antioxidant properties and promote general human health. They also boost the immune system and lower cholesterol.

Photo credit: Il Carciofo di Montelupone

Artichokes are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that increase health and wellbeing, making them incredible defenders against cancer, aging, heart disease, and illness.

As you know, I travelled back to Italy during the Easter holidays. I then decided to stay longer in order to visit the Montelupone Artichoke Festival.

I’ve planned to go and visit this beautiful old Medieval village in the province of Macerata and also to enjoy the vibes of the event which are totally unique and and nowhere else in the world can be experienced.

Airview of the Montelupone town
Photo credit: Comune di Montelupone

Crossing the village with its romantic alleys leading to the central square where you can enjoy the beautiful Podestà Palace, the Civic Tower and the historic theater ‘Nicola degli Angeli’ while music and performances entertain all around and create a cheerful background to the food festival.

‘La Piazza’ (the Square) in the middle of the old town of Montelupone, where the Artichoke festival takes place every year
Photo credit: Il Carciofo di Montelupone

A magnificent art and history surroundings for an event that calls thousands of visitors from all over Le Marche, looking for the tasty offer of gourmet delicacies and for the folklore of a celebration that is always much loved.

Each food vendor offers a wide variety of dishes and the Montelupone Artichoke is the main ingredient for all of them, ranging from appetizers, to main and side dishes, as well as deserts and even ice cream.

Just a few irresistibile receipe with artichoke as main ingredient…
Photo credit: Il Carciofo di Montelupone

Veggie ‘Carbonara’ pasta
Photo credit: Il Carciofo di Montelupone

Seafood and artichoke: a really nice match
Photo credit: Il Carciofo di Montelupone

If you are curious to taste real delicacies, don’t miss the Montelupone Artichoke Festival on May 6th and 7th, 2017!

The supergreen hills where the local farmer grow the artichokes in Montelupone area
Photo credit: Il Carciofo di Montelupone

Special thanks go to the Montelupone artichoke producers’ network and to the Montelupone Municipality. For more information, please visit: http://www.carciofodimontelupone.it