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Chocolate, exotic spices and miniaturist art – Italian Cuisine

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These are the new Zaini Milano tablets, a riot of surprising sensations. To the eye and to the palate




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There is dark, milk or white chocolate. The bars of raw or fine chocolate, of pure cocoa or those embellished with orange peel, classic hazelnuts, crunchy wafers and so on … But what if the chocolate flavoring, giving more flavor to the bars were just spices rare? Berries, peppers, exotic aromas and flavors from afar. A mix of flavors, a unique experience from an organoleptic but also a cultural point of view, this is how the brand new tasting line was born "Tarot collection" from Milan backpacks. A range of 12 amazing bars of very fine dark chocolate paired with spices, berries, superfoods, roots and citrus peels. “Collezione Tarocchi” combines the strong taste of dark chocolates also single origin Madagascar, Peru And Mexico with saffron, Montana Maya coffee (originally from Central America with an intense and decisive taste), passion berries (not to be confused with the passion fruit. The berries are a real rarity that comes directly from Ethiopia, the peculiarity lies precisely in the olfactory and gustatory notes. The nose reminiscent of chamomile, in the mouth they release all the flavor of passion fruit, with sour and fresh notes), star anise, Timut Nepal pepper (Its shape is very reminiscent of pepper berries but on closer inspection it is the very fragrant peel of the Timut berry, a tree with leaves that recall the scents of lemon, basil and mint. The aroma of Timut Nepal pepper is fresh and citrusy , suggests notes of grapefruit, lime and passion fruit), Voatsiperifery pepper (originally from Madagascar, this precious and rare pepper smells of forest, citrus and mint), pink pepper and salt crystals, Goji berries, ginger, chili pepper And fought (or Kaffir Lime, is a very fragrant citrus similar to lime of Asian origin of which leaves and peel are used) to create tablets with unique and vibrant flavors.

Chocolate becomes a work of art
The Tarot Tablets Backpacks Milan they offer much more than an invigorating organoleptic and tasting experience, they are also a real cultural excursus into the history of the Italian Tarot. On each tablet, Zaini Milano has faithfully reproduced the miniatures that in the middle of Four hundred, Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan and his successor Francesco Sforza they commissioned several artists to make the first Tarot deck, 78 cards that inspired subsequent decks. Real works of art to taste.

The meticulous Research of Backpacks for the history of the Tarot of 1400 is also reflected in the choice of colors used for the reproduction of the images, in fact, for the first time gold paste was used to highlight the miniatures present on the packages. L'gold, an element dear to the Tarot, not for its preciousness but for its meaning. It has always been identified with the light, the deepest one that leads to knowledge and wisdom.

Not only that, Zaini Milano wanted to flavor its chocolates with spices, another element dear to the Visconti Sforza era. From the last years of the 15th century, supplies of spices arrived in Milan, rarities from far away. Presented by the apothecaries, merchants specialized in their marketing, they were highly appreciated in the Courts, especially in the rich Court of the Visconti Sforza, where the apothecaries were now at home.

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The 12 Tarot Tablets Backpacks Milan
Intense, aromatic and enveloping. Here are the tastes of the new collection Milan backpacks. The single origins of Madagascar are The magician flavored with Voatsiperifery pepper; The Dad with star anise; The world with the combava e Lovers with passion berries. The single origin of Mexico is The weather, a tablet flavored with Montana Maya Coffee. Finally, the single origin of Peru is dedicated to the carta de The crazy, with hints of Timut Nepal pepper. The collection continues with five dark chocolate bars with hints of pink pepper for Justice, of ginger for The cart, of jalapeño pepper for the paper de The devil, of goji berries for Luck and with notes of Persian blue salt crystals for The Hanged Man. The collection ends with the tablet dedicated to the paper de The Popess, very fine white chocolate flavored with saffron.

Each Tablet has a meaning
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An original gift idea, rich in history and meaning, perfect for Christmas.

Who is Zaini Milano
Master chocolatiers since 1913, when Luigi Zaini, founder of the homonymous line of chocolates, opened the first chocolate factory in Milan together with his wife, Olga. Today, as then, the local historian is in Via De Cristoforis in Milan, where art, knowledge and experimentation come together to create impeccable products.

November 2021
Giulia Ferrari

Posted on 07/11/2021

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carbonara, the art of being – Italian Cuisine

carbonara, the art of being


bacon and egg, just the name makes us hungry, it reminds us of the small trattorias in Trastevere, the ones with the tables on the side of the road, the ones that when you pass in front of us you see pretty little women kneading. A warm climate that envelops you: there is a taste of history in the streets of Rome, of romance, all that is contained in a perfect bite of pasta carbonara.

But what is its history? It is said that it was the dish of the woodcutters of central Italy who ventured into the Apennine mountains to do charcoal. In fact, coal and carbonara, we are there. But the most accredited narrative is the one that derives from the legend dthe Roman innkeeper who with a nice flair attributed to his dish the name of his old work: the charcoal burner. The result was a first fatal meeting between the pasta, bacon and fresh eggs.

The pig cheekobviously a fundamental ingredient. Never trust anyone who offers you an alternative: an offense to the Romans. Bacon and bacon absolutely to be eliminated. However, the use of bacon is granted a historical attenuation: it seems to have been introduced in pasta sauces by allied American soldiers who, engaged during the Second World War on the Reinhard line, between Lazio, Molise and Campania, had the opportunity to taste and become attached to typical Abruzzese “Cacio e ova” pasta, to which they wanted to contribute with their typical product. "You fare spaghetti", this was the fateful phrase that triggered this Italian American mix, where their beloved bacon was inserted everywhere.

"Excuse me a moment, listen a little, but do you know how to make spaghetti carbonara?". He said Aldo Fabrizi in the famous comedy Good looking waitress offering herself …, but yes you know how to make it, but maybe you don't know very well which best pasta can make sparks fly. Spaghetti and rigatoni are the most coveted. Spaghetti obviously better if bronze-drawn, since this is what makes them more suitable for holding the sauce and those chosen to make it at home. But rigatoni are considered a classic, because the sauce hides the pasta in the vaults, giving it that inimitable flavor.

Let's clarify immediately. Pecorino cheese and not the Parmesan as many do. And not just any one: for the carbonara Doc it takes Pecorino Romano DOP.

But besides the classic, how many other versions do you know?

With all due respect to the purists, there are infinite variations of carbonara (also -ahinoi- with cream mixed with egg dressing): vegetarian carbonara, with peas and green beans or that with zucchini. Ah, that's not all, because there are those who prepare it with fish: carbonara marina, in fact, has its own audience of connoisseurs.

A question of technique

And here we come to the technique, a theme on which even the New York Times, thus giving carbonara a stars and stripes identity. Obviously the freshness of the ingredients is essential. The eggs they must be at room temperature and must only be cooked very quickly when they come into contact with very hot pasta. The browning of the pig cheek, on the other hand, it does not want oil or butter since it already independently releases the fat (which must be used), the pasta it must first be passed into the pan where the browned bacon lies and only afterwards it must be added to the mixture eggs and cheese. This is the fundamental step, summed up in a daring balancing act and a sudden movement. In fact, the mixture of egg yolks and cheese, mixing quickly: the still warm pan and the hot pasta lightly cook the eggs making them creamy. Be careful not to let them clot and make them take on the appearance of a scrambled egg, otherwise it's done.

Of Elena Strappa

90 years of Fisher-Price .. with a touch of art! – Italian Cuisine

90 years of Fisher-Price .. with a touch of art!


Fisher-Price joins Vogue Italia for a collaboration that brings an artist's touch to the heart of the brand: Eva Cremers, Dutch illustrator and digital artist, has been selected to create, for the November issue of Vogue Italia, a reworking of visual key to some of the most iconic Fisher-Price products

2020 was a very important and significant year for Fisher-Price: the most loved and known brand in the world in the childhood and preschool category has celebrated its first 90 years of life. In fact, it was in 1930 that Herman G. Fisher, Irving L. Price and Helen M. Schelle founded the company in East Aurora: since then Fisher-Price toys have entered the childhood memories of entire generations around the world.
Fisher-Price, for 90 years, has been working alongside families to invite them to discover the wonder of being children and to see the world with their own eyes, just like when they play with a Fisher-Price product. To end the year with a flourish and to effectively show what it means to see the world through the eyes of the little ones, Fisher-Price joins Vogue Italia for a collaboration that brings an artist's touch to the heart of the brand: Eva Cremers, Dutch illustrator and digital artist, has been selected to create, for the November issue of Vogue Italia, a visual reworking of some of the most iconic Fisher-Price products.

Eva Cremers is an emerging Dutch illustrator and digital artist who has made fantasy and humor the strengths of her works. The artist for Fisher-Price has combined the contemporaneity of shapes with the characteristic and inimitable features of the brand, giving life to a unique reinterpretation of 3 "historic" Fisher-Price products, which shows at 360 ° the playful and imaginary potential that springs from Fisher-Price toys, so even the older ones can enjoy it. Playfulness and dream are therefore the two keywords that have guided the Dutch illustrator and digital artist in her reinterpretation of the iconic Telefono Chiacchierone, Cagnolino Ridi & Learn and the 5 ring Pyramid.

It is not the first time that Fisher-Price, in the year of celebrations for its 90th anniversary, joins the world of art: to celebrate the legacy of the brand, on October 16 it was inaugurated, on the account of the same name Instagram, the digital experience "Fisher-Price Toy Museum" a real exhibition with more than 90 different images of as many exhibits organized for decades, so that visitors can find and rediscover the vintage toys of their childhood. The Fisher-Price Toy Museum digital exhibition was conceived by American designer Leila Fakouri, who in the past has created sets for brands such as Nike, Chanel and Gap.

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