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Children at the table: 8 good habits to start the year to the fullest – Italian Cuisine


The year has begun and each of us has certainly focused on his good intentions for the months to come. The real difficulty? Keep them!

Yes, because, especially when it comes to children, habits change so quickly that it makes it really difficult for a mother or father to adapt to the situation. If then they concern the welfare and behavior of children at the table even more. We have collected 8 tips for you to try and establish one positive routine for the whole family.

Create a weekly menu

The real problem of the routine of work and family is to find time to dedicate itself to the table and so often we find ourselves at the last to put on fire the usual pot of water for a quick pasta. Creating a weekly menu and consequently stocking fruit and vegetables, and buying only what we really need for meals, already organized, of the week, saves money and avoids waste and jitters.

Let's meet

If you know that the menu for the next meal does not exactly contain your child's favorite dishes, do not be discouraged or forget about it. Come to terms with children, especially if they are older and therefore able to understand your proposal. For example? Offer in the same lunch a dish that they love very much, like Mickey Mouse Croccomagie of Pizzoli, combining them with ingredients that they appreciate less.

Do the shopping together with mom or dad

Do you think you have a baby in the supermarket that looks like a nightmare? Not even if this moment of sharing becomes an important habit to make the child understand the value of food and in general of the purchase. Involving children in spending is useful to choose together, of course with the guide of the adult, which products will be consumed during the week and encourage children to eat in a more varied and balanced.

A full of vitamins

Speaking of spending, do you know what the seasonal ingredients are? Always ask to buy fresh products, rich in vitamins, colorful and tasty (and even cheaper). For example, in the first months of the year, give priority to citrus fruit, for great sweet desserts, ideal for breakfast. And for a snack? Try the funny juices Santàl with Mickey and his friends, 100% of natural origin, with apricot, pear and peach flavors.

Go ahead to the imagination!

A simple greenish vegetable soup turns into a dinosaur soup, carrots and zucchini become nose and eyes of a hamburger, and so on. There are many ways to make children happy in the kitchen and ensure that they accept to eat even what they do not usually appreciate. Choosing products suitable for them then is essential, like the ravioli Squirrel-fresh pasta studied by the Marco Bianchi Foodmentor to taste Zucca & Carote or Pomodoro & Mozzarella in the version with Disney Frozen or with Spider-Man. To bring the magic to the table you can also try the fun pasta From the Costa, which incorporates Mickey Mouse, the Disney and Cars Princesses.

Cook together

To each his role: the little ones can set and clear the table, the biggest ones cut vegetables or other ingredients, mum and dad are the chefs. Turning the kitchen into a game it also makes meals easier and lightens the loads of effort of the whole family.

Short but intense lunches

It is useless to pretend that children stay at table for a long time and, often, parents' requests turn into whims and moments of crisis. Better to have short, well-organized lunches and dinners, both on weekdays in the family and on weekends with friends and relatives. Let the children behave as such: it is right that the time of lunch is respected and shared, without however requiring an effort that goes against their nature.

Television at the table goes out

It should be a fixed rule, but it is not always possible to respect, for the weariness of all the members of the family and for the whims of the little ones: television at the table does not look. Focusing on a cartoon will not allow the child to share the meal time with parents and siblings, or even to understand and savor what's on his plate. Rather, treat yourself to a sham rule every now and then. For example? A pizza in front of a film on Sunday evening to regenerate all together before the start of the week.

Habits de Lumière, the party of lights in Champagne – Italian Cuisine


If you are looking for an excuse to organize the umpteenth weekend in Champagne or you would like to go there for the first time, but you have never managed to convince your companions for anything sensitive to the charm of the bubbles, here it is served, the 14, 15 and 16 December 2018 with Habits de Lumière.
The party takes place onAvenue de Champagne of Epernay, which on this occasion looks so much like paradise, as every wine enthusiast dreams of it. The headquarters of the great maison, ancient and imposing buildings, which follow one after the other, in a luxury and magnificence competition, dress up with light games, punctuated by musical performances, able to enchant adults and children. All doors are open and visitors can move from one building to another tastings of Champagne, combined with oysters, grilled meat, cheese and other local specialties. Along the way, dozens of artists parading with gigantic horses, tightrope walkers, mimes, fantastic machines, this year inspired by the world of Jules Verne, ending with a fireworks display worthy of the glories of Versailles. The party, born in 2000 and very much felt by the vigneron, also allows you to see the real monuments of Champagne, like Monsieur Philipponnat or Madame Boizel, just to name a couple whose fortuitous meeting left me dry for the emotion.

Christmas market but above all wineries

If you cut out a long weekend, it is worth taking the opportunity to visit the Christmas market around the cathedral of Reims, one of the most beautiful in France, as well as the church itself, a gothic jewel protected as World Heritage by UNESCO, where 34 sovereigns were crowned and today is made even more precious by the exciting polychrome windows, made by the likes of by Marc Chagall.
Of course you can not take a trip to Champagne without visiting at least one winery and a good idea to involve the whole family is to choose one where the "Wow effect" is assured. Like Taittinger, in Reims, one of the only six big houses (along with Ruinart, Pommery, Veuve Clicquot, Charles Heidsieck and GH Martel) that has the cellars set in the ancient crayères, real underground gypsum cathedrals, excavated at the time of the Romans, with galleries long kilometers, where the bottles rest and where they are still visible remains of the ancient crypt of the church of Saint-Nicaise and engravings made by the French population that in these places has always found refuge during the many wars that have troubled the region .
Finally, a couple of practical information: the most convenient way to get to Champagne is by air to Paris Charles de Gaulle. From here, with a TGV stop you get to the Champagne-Ardenne station where you find the local train connection to Reims or where you can take a taxi (better book it). But if you want to stock up on bottles, the car remains the best option …

Where to sleep

If you are traveling by car, you can sleep in Reims, a very pleasant and well-connected town: a good address is that ofHotel de la Paix (9, rue Buirette) less than a ten minute walk from the train station and the cathedral. If you travel by car, you can surrender to the charm of a hotel in some village surrounded by vineyards. A good choice is theCastel Jeanson hotel in Ay, owned by the family Henri Goutorbe, which also produces very interesting Champagne with an excellent quality-price ratio.
If you are looking for a charming accommodation, you can rent one of the suites of the De Venoge house, directly on the avenue de Champagne in Epernay, so as not to miss a minute of the party.

For information: habitsdelumiere.epernay.fr; Comité Champagne champagne.fr/it