Yummy lunch at Al Boeuc
One of the things that I was looking forward to in Italy, was the delicious food. Not that I lack of delicious food here at home: we have so many beautiful French products and of course I have my own private chef. But still: Italian food also has a reputation ;) Of course our lovely guide knew exactly where to take us for the perfect lunch. Nothing ultra gourmet or fine cuisine, but beautiful local products, wine from the next village and a friendly owner.
Welcome to Al Boeuc, a wine bar where they serve typical Piemontese food. We ordered a cheese & meat platter, bruschetta (toasted bread with different toppings like truffle & mushroom, radicchio cream and tomato & basil). And of course the famous Bagna Caöda: a hot dip made of garlic, anchovies, olive oil, butter and cream. You eat it by dipping raw veggies. Accompagnied by a fruity wine and nice conversations, this lunch was so so good!
Al Boeuc serves simple and honest dishes and it's all very tasty. If you're ever in the Lake area, this place deserves your visit! Buon appetito!
Enoteca Al Boeuc /// Via Bersani, 28 /// Orta San Giulio, Italy /// +39 3395840039
open every wednesday to monday from 11-15:30 and 18:30-01:00
Hay Mini Market in Milan
You didn't need a map to find the Hay showroom during the Salone del Mobile in Milan: you could simply follow the cool folks sporting the limited edition Wrong for Hay totes to get there. It's the first time since 2008 that Danish furniture & accessory brand Hay and sister brand Wrong for Hay were exhibiting in Milan. And they made it into a very clever exhibition too, because it included a pop-up shop where you could purchase affordable small goods to bring home. Very suitcase proof ;)
Hej! oh I mean: Hay!
We've seen it everywhere in Milan & online: African wax inspired prints are HOT! I love how these are slightly different, yet very bold and happy. Designed by Nathalie du Pasquier for Wrong for Hay:
Contrary to the Hay House in Copenhagen, the Hay showroom didn't feel like a home. It was a true exhibition space with private areas for retailers & buyers. But a very creative and bright one. Plus the staff was very friendly and helpful. Even when I was clumsy and accidently tipped over a banner and a candle holder ;)
Nothing new, but I can't get enough of Scholten & Baijings sense of color:
Color & stationary heaven: the Mini Market. Also loved the super simple candle light:
And this beautiful Spine notebook:
I wish our home had more walls, because this setup with 16 hooks by Line Depping looks great:
The number of times that we sighed and smelled wisteria during our Blago trip, were countless. I haven't seen any wisteria here in the Oise yet, but in Italy they were blooming on every street corner. And because unfortunately I cannot include perfumes on my blog (yet!), I tried to capture the purple flowering plant in images.
Eternal snow in Switzerland in the back and blooming wisteria in the foreground as seen from the Hermitage Santa Caterina del Sasso on the Lago Maggiore:
No doubt about it: we're in sunny Italy:
One day, my palm trees will be as high and pretty as these beauties:
The view from that boat must have been amazing:
By now, can you smell the wisteria? Is there any growing where you live?
Patterns in Milan
My five days in Italy with friends were bright and colorful, just like the tiles above at Temakinho in Milan. We walked for hours along several lakes, enjoyed the abundant sunshine, ate the most delicious Italian food, had many interesting conversations, laughed a lot, smelled the blooming wisteria on every street corner, got our design fix at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, had gelato only twice (!) and slept way too little. And what do bloggers do when they stumble upon patterned floors like this? They take a #fromwherewestand :
These amazing tiles made me wish I could run to Milan just to add another colorful picture to my IG running series ;)
These stars were a little bit more subtle:
Behind the scenes of this instagram picture with Deepa, Jillian and Kat:
And more pattern love near the Duomo, in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II:
Of course I took way too many pictures, so this week you'll be showered with a lot more Italy-love here on the blog. I hope you don't mind ;)
Ciao from the Concrete Jungle
A quick hello from this concrete jungle called Milan! As you can see the sun is shining bright and the many many plants on the Milanese balconies seem to love it. There's so much inspiration everywhere for the upcoming topic of Urban Jungle Bloggers later this month! By the way, Louise from 30smagazine did an interview with Igor and myself about our green adventure in the new sisterMAG issue. It explains what it's all about, how we started and of course how you can become an Urban Jungle Blogger too. Check it out here. I hope you like it!
Oh and I can't wait to show you the charming little villages around the Lago Maggiore later next week, it's truly beautiful here... I wish you all a great weekend from sunny Italy!
the Mediterranean is silver today!