1. Recent Adventures

    I haven’t disappeared, I promise. The past few months have been a complete whirlwind, but you can follow me on Instagram (@elenaciprietti) for more frequent updates. Here’s what I’ve been up to!

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    I fell over head over heels with Rome (again), and keep falling in love as I repeatedly watch La Grande Bellezza

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    Super last minute trip to Egypt (Dahab & Sharm el-Sheikh) for some sun and snorkeling. Spent the last day of 2013 on Tiran Island, one of the most breathtaking beaches I have ever seen. 

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    Crossed “hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia” off my travel bucket list. 

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    Traditional Turkish breakfast in Istanbul.

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    Aperitivo of the year in Piazza dell’Anfiteatro in Lucca (Tuscany). Such a cool mix of ancient and ultra-modern.

     


  2. Anniversaire à Paris

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    I had been dreaming of Angelina’s since the last time I was in Paris. Skipped the line for the tea room and headed right to the boutique for a babylone - raspberry confit, vanilla mousse and almond biscuit - and the best hot chocolate in the world.

     


  3. Autunno

    Italy in the fall is absolutely perfect with its breathtaking foliage and seasonal ingredients, like pumpkins and truffles. Here are some of my favorites from Le Langhe (wine region in Piemonte), Alto Adige (region close to the Austrain border) and Milan.

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    Italian comfort food. Cinghiale (wild boar) stewed in a Barbera wine sauce, served with potatoes and spinach. @ La Cantinetta, Barolo (Piemonte).

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    Tajarin (thin Piemontese pasta made with egg) topped with white truffles.

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    The stunning Rivetto winery (Serralunga d’Alba, Piemonte).

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    One of the most delicious red wines I’ve ever tasted.

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    Nocciomiele, a heavenly mix of honey and hazelnuts, spotted at a farmers market in La Morra (Piemonte).

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    Peaceful solitude along the Passo di Costalunga (Alto Adige).

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    Tris di canederli (three tastings of bread dumplings with different cheeses, spinach and horseradish), salad with crispy speck (local prosciutto) and prosecco with blueberry puree @ Vögele, Bolzano.

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    Pumpkin soup with lemongrass, foie gras and seared duck @ Aromando Bistrot, Milano.

     


  4. Latteria di San Marco, Milano

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    Latteria di San Marco:a must see in Milan. The owner and chef swears by his silver pans and seasonal ingredients, claiming that high quality food is the secret to a happy and healthy life. The restaurant is tiny with less than 10 tables and the menu changes everyday, often featuring vegetables directly from the family’s garden in Piacenza. 

    Highlights included the incredibly tender filetto di manzo steak, zucchini puree and fresh ricotta cheese, and the 30euro/person bill was reasonable for its historic reputation, chic Brera address and portion sizes. 

    Via San Marco, 24 (02.6597653), open Monday - Friday for lunch and dinner. 

     


  5. Vacanze negli States

    August in Italy means closing up shop and heading to the beach and/or mountains for the month. This year, I had the opportunity to head back home to New York and travel around for a few weeks to re-connect with friends and family, and start up some new and exciting projects. Here are some highlights from the trip!

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    First meal in NYC, Roquefort Burger + Moscow Mule @ The Spotted Pig (West Village). I dream of those rosemary garlic shoestring fries with spicy mustard.

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    Bethesda Fountain, Central Park. Although it is filled with tourists, I find this to be one of the most peaceful little corners of the city.

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    Wise words found antiquing @ Cold Spring (Hudson Valley), New York. Highly recommended for a day trip.

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    Beer tasting (PUMPKIN ALE!!!) @ Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford (Westchester), New York

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    Sunflowers @ Harvest on Hudson, Hastings (Westchester), New York. Excellent cacio e pepe and fish dishes.

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    Three-day getaway @ The Montauk Beach House. I absolutely fell in love with Montauk - as strange as it sounds, it reminded me so much of Ibiza.

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    "Writing is not a lost art" journal @ The Montauk Beach House. A nice complimentary touch for guests.

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    I loaded my suitcase up with Brotherhood riesling (served in the restaurant of the White House!) + sparkling Moscato and Wolffer Estate rosé + chardonnay. 

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    If I ever moved back to America, Washington D.C. would definitely be at the top of my list. Very chic and international city. Missing photos from a decadent meal at Central Michel Richard. Go there and eat the fried chicken + mac n’ cheese - you’ll thank me later.

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    Bethany Beach, Delaware. I’ve spent many summers at this beach and happy to see that the food scene has drastically improved since my last visit. My go-to restaurants in the area are Just Hooked and Touch of Italy (nothing better than a fresh squeezed Grapefruit Crush after a day at the beach).

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    ;-) @ Surf Bagel (Lewes, Delaware)

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    Dark truffle terrine with sea salt, hazelnut ice cream @ Just Hooked (Fenwick Island, Delaware)