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A new collaboration between Disaronno and the luxury fashion house Versace, has been revealed in London.
Versace has dressed the iconic bottle in the decadent style for which it has earned its reputation worldwide.
At the exclusive party at One Mayfair many guest have celebrated the launch of the limited edition bottle: the models Jimmy Q, Chris Perceval, Eva Riccobono and the always smiling Xenia Tchoumitcheva with whom I had the pleasure to chat while in the queue in, the TV presenter Maya Jama and Game of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska.
During the party we were treated to delicious DISARONNO VERSACE Sour cocktails, a dramatic blue and gold cocktail garnished with real gold leaf. You will find the recipe at the end of this article.
The limited edition #DISARONNOwearsVERSACE bottle is available from early October is stores.
‘DISARONNO VERSACE Sour’ cocktail recipe:
- 25ml DISARONNO
- 15ml Vermouth Bianco
- 15ml lime juice
- Shake and pour over crushed ice
- Top with a dash of Prosecco
- Drizzle with Blue Curacao
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Once again Harrods, in collaboration with Identità Golose and five Michelin star chefs, honours the excellence in Italian contemporary cuisine.
After Carlo Cracco in September, in October the Cerea brothers are taking over Harrods’ restaurant located at the Lower Ground Floor.
I have been invited at the press night with Enrico “Chicco” Cerea, owner and chef – with his brother – of the Italian restaurant Da Vittorio in Brusaporto, close to Bergamo and I would like to share the great meal we had the chance to try in advance:
• Anchovy from Cantabrico, tuna sauce and hazelnuts from Piedmont – myself and Paolo Marchi have tried to have a bis and a tris of this one
• Soft polenta, Roccaverano robiola cheese, white truffle and Grana Padano sauce
• Gnocco filled with melted cheese with white truffle- my favourite dish
• Sea-bass Mediterranean style with yellow tomatoes
• Avocado cream with caramelised macadamia nuts and yogurt sorbet – a wonderful 5 senses experience (ok maybe 4 senses, not sure if I can include the hearing :))
In November it will be the turn of Gennaro Esposito of restaurant La Torre del Saracino, Vico Equense in Naples, two Michelin stars.
Then Annie Féolde’s Enoteca Pinchiorri from Florence, three Michelin stars, and in January Enrico Crippa, chef at restaurant Piazza Duomo in Alba, three Michelin stars and number 39 in the 2014 World’s 50 Best Restaurants. With only one restaurant in London being part of the 50 Best, The Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, it’d be a real shame not to try what Crippa has to offer.
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Are you looking for a SPA in London that doesn’t cost you a mortgage?
Well, I have the right address for you: the SPA London.
SPA London is a completely new concept that revolutionised the SPA market by offering luxury packages that are affordable and accessible to all. I heard about it, but I never had the chance to try myself until a few weeks ago when I went to the Ironmonger Row Baths branch, near Old Street. This charming 1931′s building was built as a public wash house and later upgraded to a Turkish Bath. It’s only one of the 6 SPA facilities that are available across London.
The baths now include:
- 2 saunas
- 2 steam rooms
- Ice Fountain
- Plunge pool
- Monsoon Shower
- Bucket Shower
- Hot Rooms (Tepidarium, Caldarium, Lanconium)
I spent more then one hour trying every room – you can read this as “I have done nothing else than relaxing” – and then I enjoyed some time in the relax area, lying down on a super comfortable chaise longue, reading magazines while sipping an herbal tea.
There are also a double treatment room and 3 treatment rooms, where you can indulge yourself with products from Elemis and La Sultane de Saba.
I pampered myself in the double treatment room with the signatures services: the Ironmonger Row Full Body Scrub and the Ironmonger Row massage and I can say that the entire experience has completely relaxed my mind, released my back and after that my skin was really smooth, I will definitely come back again and again. I’d like to mention that, as the name implies, you have to share the double treatment room and this might be an issue for someone. It wasn’t a problem for me or the other girl and I am sure you can discuss your needs with the beautician.
Now the best part, the price! The cost of the massage+ scrub is only £25+£10 and the the price for the 3 hour Thermal Spa Experience varies per location due to size and services available, the rate ranges from £9 for concessionary members through to £25 for a non member. It is really a SPA bargain!
They offer men only, women only and mixed sessions.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of SPA London, but hopefully you’ll trust this post is about an honestly enjoyable experience.
Photos are from Spa London’s website, you are not allowed to take pictures inside the Bath.
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Nella cucina tradizionali la precisa selezione di spezie per ogni piatto è una questione di culturale nazionale o regionale, pratica religiosa, e, ovviamente, anche di tradizione famigliare.
- 400ml latte di cocco
- 2 cucchiai di pasta di curry verde thailandese
- 400g gamberi congelati, già cotti e sgusciati (scongelati)
- succo di 1 lime
- 1 cucchiaio di salsa di pesce Thai
- 1 broccolo a piacere
- riso Jasmine Thai
- foglie di basilico (per decorare al posto del più comune coriandolo che non mi piace)
Mischiare il latte di cocco al curry, fino ad ottenere una pasta liscia. Scaldare la padella e aggiungere la pasta di curry, portare lentamente a ebollizione, quindi mettere i gamberi.
Cuocere fino a quando i gamberi sono pronti. Aggiungere quindi il succo di lime e la salsa di pesce, mescolare e servire il tutto con qualche foglia di basilico, il riso e i broccoli a piacere.
Post in collaborazione con Le Creuset.
- 400ml coconut milk
- 2 tbsp Thai green curry paste
- 400g bag frozen, cooked, peeled tiger prawns, defrosted
- juice 1 lime
- 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
- 1 broccoli
- Thai Jasmin rice
- basil leaves (as a decoration instead of using the most common coriander, I don’t like it)
- Heat a pan, tip in the coconut milk and the curry paste, mix together and stir fry for 1-2 mins.
- Bring to a simmer, then add the prawns. Cook until the prawns are heated through. Add lime juice and fish sauce, then spoon into bowls. Scatter over some basil leaves and serve with Jasmine rice and broccoli.
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Non lasciare che ti butti giù. Che cosa? La paura!
Quella sensazione di essere inadeguati, vuoi per il contesto, l’aspetto. La paura di non farcela, di sbagliare, di essere giudicati o di non accettati.
Tutti abbiamo provato questa sensazione, magari anche più di una volta nella vita.
Qualche settimana fa mi sono trovata di fronte ad una delle mie più grandi paure, buttarmi in acqua, da sola, in mezzo alla rapide.
Ma partiamo dall’inizio.
Spogo mi contatta per una giornata di rafting e canoa al Lee Valley White Water Centre, impianto sportivo situato nell’Hertfordshire, utilizzato per ospitare competizioni di canoa discesa e sede dei Giochi olimpici 2012.
Non avevo mai provato nessuno dei due sport, ma in questo stato di grazia sportiva decido di non perdere l’occasione e dico si!
Il sabato parto con G e in circa un’ora arriviamo al Lee Valley Centre accolti dalla colazione e dal team Spogo.
Conosciamo anche le altre blogger @lookoutlucy @fitbits_ @jogblog @slaterjen @ptmollie @beprettyfit @pmusttryharder e iniziamo con il training e le informazioni necessarie per la canoa.
Dopo circa una ventina di minuti entriamo in acqua ed inizio a pagaiare. Faticosissimo, solo dopo una decina di minuti capisco finalmente come farlo senza spaccarmi le mani… Ottimo inizio.
Facciamo anche un paio di giochi compreso il terrificante “Head Shoulders Knees And Toes” – guardate il video qui per capire.
Ora, voi vi chiederete cosa c’è di terrificante in una canzone per bambini? Ecco provate a mimare I gesti della canzone in piedi in bilico su una canoa… poi mi dite!
Dopo la canoa siamo passati al rafting e qui inizia il bello… tra le prove di sicurezza necessarie era incluso il:
- buttarsi dal gommone nell’acqua gelida per poi essere recuperate dal compagno – immaginate la temperature dell’acqua in Inghilterra in aprile e no, la muta non tiene cosi caldo!
- lanciarsi dalla riva in mezzo alla rapide e tornare, nuotando, a riva.
Ecco gelo a parte, l’idea di saltare in acqua sballottata dalle rapide non mi piaceva per nulla, io che in mare aperto da sola non nuoto, io che ho paura del vuoto sotto di me, sono rimasta paralizzata sul bordo senza sapere che fare.
E proprio in quei secondi, eterni, pensavo di non farcela, di mollare e di andare a cambiarmi…
Poi NO, ho reagito, ero li, avevo questa possibilità e mi stavo divertendo, perchè avrei dovuto darla vinta alla paura!?
Ho deciso, ho provato, sono saltata nelle rapide, ho zittito la paura e ho vinto IO!
Non è stato facile, ricordo di aver bevuto ed essere stata sballottata un bel po’, ma ce l’ho fatta. Risalita sulla riva mi sentivo come Wonder Woman, orgogliosa di quel piccolo enorme passo.
La giornata termina con noi urlanti e appesi al gommone perché quel sadico, ma gran figo, di istruttore decide che era bello passare una decina di minuti in balia delle onde! L’ODIO PROFONDO!
Dopo una decina di giri, completamente fradici ci avviamo alle docce e al meritato pranzo.
Highlight della giornata: la sottoscritta è rimasta per più di 5 minuti in posizione squat, arrivando seconda nella competizione #1PercentMore (iniziativa Spogo: è stato calcolato che se l’Inghilterra fosse solo l’1% più attivo potremmo risparmiare £1,2 miliardi di NHS entro cinque anni. NHS è il sistema sanitario nazionale). Mai avrei potuto vincere contro Molly, è una personal trainer tostissima, ma chissene…. 5 MINUTI in posizione SQUAT!!!
Thanks for everything SpogoUK!
Don’t let it bring you down! What? The fear.
That feeling of being inadequate, maybe about your body shape. The fear of being judged, making mistakes or not being accepted.
Everybody felt like that, at least once in a lifetime.
Some weeks ago I found myself in front of one of my biggest fears, jumping alone in the water, right in the middle of the rapids.
But let me start from the beginning.
I have never tried those sports before, but I thought it would be fun, so I said yes!
On Saturday I took the train with G and in about an hour we got to the Lee Valley White Water Centre, welcomed by the breakfast and Spogo’s team.
Just the time for a quick chat with the other bloggers and we immediately started with the necessary info and kayak training.
After 20 minutes we were in the water and I started kayaking. It took me some time to learn how to paddle properly without getting exhausted… not a good start!
We played a few games included the horrible “Head Shoulders Knees And Toes”. What’s so horrible about a kids song? Watch the video here and try to do the Kindergarten Exercise while you stand up on a kayak! Let me know.
After the kayak we went on to try the rafting and that’s where the fun began.
To be part of the crew, you have to pass some safety tests including:
• jumping from the inflatable raft into the cold water and then being saved by your partner. Imagine the water temperature in England in April, and no, the wetsuit is not enough to keep you warm!
• jumping from the bank right into the middle of the rapids and swimming back to the shore.
Now, I did not like at all the idea of jumping into the rapids all by myself and I was paralysed on the bank without knowing what to do.
And it was during those seconds that I thought I could not make it, that I would give up…
And then I finally reacted and I said NO to the fear! I was there, I had this great opportunity and I was having fun, why should I give up!?
I tried, I jumped into the rapids, I shut up the fear and I WON!
It has not been easy, I drunk some water, but I did it. On the bank I felt like Wonder Woman, so proud of my big achievement!
The day ended up with us screaming on the raft because that sadistic – but awesome – instructor decided that it was nice to spend ten minutes at the mercy of the waves! After some laps, completely soaked, we headed to a hot shower and a well-deserved lunch.
Highlight of the day: I have spent more than five minutes in the squat position, coming second in the competition #1PercentMore (Spogo initiative: it has been calculated that if the nation was just 1% more active we could save the NHS £1.2 billion within five years).
Molly won the challenge, but who cares… 5 MINUTES in the squat position! I am the boss!
Thanks for everything Spogo, it has been amazing!
The nation is constantly hearing about growing obesity and diabetes levels, so we know we should be making an effort to get healthier and do more exercise.
spogo.co.uk is the smart new way to find sport and fitness. Developed by ukactive using a Sport England lottery grant, this online tool is designed specifically to make your life easier by bringing together over 121,000 sports venues, facilities and clubs, leisure centres, personal trainers and events. spogo works with real people to show how sport and fitness can improve everyone’s lives.
Risks of inactivity:
- Being inactive shortens the lifespan by 3-5 years
- Only 6% of men and 4% of women in England are doing enough activity
- By 2020 the average Brit will be so sedentary that they will use only 25% more energy than if they spent the whole day sleeping
- Physical inactivity costs England over £10bn per year