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Chamonix, the coolest place to relax and have fun just across the Italian border – Italian Cuisine

Chamonix, the coolest place to relax and have fun just across the Italian border

It is for everyone "Cham", the most glamorous center at the foot of Mont Blanc, just across the border from Italy. Walking through its streets you will hear at least three different languages, you will see young people from all over the world for work, study, or simply to have fun on the other 60 downhill slopes free that are part of the ski area. In addition to this, Chamonix is ​​the home of snowboarders and freerides, for stunts in fresh snow. Sports, but also relaxation in the suggestive Wellness Centers and Spas, as well as a lot of nightlife in the trendy clubs where the night is always young: all this is what awaits you as soon as you cross the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

Surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains in the entire Alpine arc, between the peaks of the Aiguille des Grands Montets and the Bossons glacier, Chamonix is ​​the place to spend days surrounded by nature, walking along snow-covered paths, or romping in some of the adrenaline-pumping disciplines in fresh snow. And for the after ski, if what you are looking for is a stop in the name of tranquility and quiet, the hotel Le Hameau Albert 1er, Relais et Châteaux it's the place for you. The Carrier family, at the helm of this luxury hotel since 1903, awaits you to pamper you here, in this oasis of peace at the foot of Mont Blanc. Rooms with attention to every detail, with fireplace, family suites or independent chalets: you will find an answer for your every need. And inside the hotel you will find a spa with an outdoor heated swimming pool with a view of Mont Blanc and an indoor one, as well as a 2 Michelin star restaurant where you can choose from an à la carte menu or from three proposals at 73, 110 and 176 euros . In addition to this there is also a Restaurant de pays, where to taste the authentic mountain dishes revisited in lightness.

Le Hameau Albert 1er, 38 route du Bouchet, 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc France

Tel: +33 (0) 450530509


If you prefer oriental disciplines such as yoga and meditation to skiing, rest assured, you are still in the right place. The Mont Blanc Hotel reserves an unmissable proposal: from 4 to 7 December, Anne Francin, professor of Prana Vinyasa in Paris, will be present at the facility. With her you can live whole sessions of exercises and meditations, use the spa with its 250 square meters by Clarins, as well as a heated swimming pool overlooking the Mont Blanc massif.

Hôtel Mont-Blanc Chamonix, 62 Allée du Majestic, 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Tel: +33 (0) 4 50 53 05 64


Just outside the center of Chamonix is ​​the B&B Chalet Kidou, the perfect place for those who love skiing, walking on the snow or hiking on glaciers. Located 4 km from the Aiguille du Midi cable car, Chalet Kidou offers accommodation entirely covered by free WiFi and free private parking. There are 4 rooms equipped with all comforts, in a relaxed and well-kept atmosphere.

Chalet Kidou, 70 Chemin du Fouffion Chamonix


What to do, where to eat in Chamonix

The Montenvers train

The landscape around Chamonix is ​​one of those that take your breath away. If you do not want to miss an incredible panorama, what you need to do is to get on the Montenvers red cogwheel train, dating back to the early 1900s, which will take you to the foot of the Mer de Glace, the longest French glacier. Around you the most beautiful mountains ever, in a fairytale show. For those who do not suffer from claustrophobia there is also a visit to the ice cave, accessible with a 20-minute walk or by cable car.

Mer de Glace et train de Montenvers, 35 pl de la Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 (0) 450532275

Relax at the Chalet de Charamillon

For a break after skiing, or for a relaxing break between skiing, try it Chalet de Charamillon, where you will find a selection of typical dishes, as well as hand-made sandwiches or delicious hand-made cakes. Hot chocolate with the fresh cream or the classic "bombardini" are inevitable.

Chalet de Charamillon
Arrivée du télécabine de Charamillon
74400 Argentière
Tel: +33 (0) 450540472

The spa

If you want to treat yourself to a pampering, no place will be able to satisfy you like them QC Terme, 3000 square meters of swimming pools, Turkish baths and wellness programs where you will be spoiled for choice. Immersed in a breathtaking scenery, you can choose from 30 practices that guide your multisensory journey, as well as an infinity pool that is mirrored by getting lost in the water of the adjacent alpine lake, with an unmissable view of the Bossons glacier. And then massages, remise en forme treatments, face care, to rediscover the pleasure of taking care of yourself.

QC Terme Spas and Resorts
Tel: +33458380110

Paragliding flight
For an experience that takes your breath away (and not in a metaphorical sense!) A paragliding flight that's what it takes. We fly with a professional master over the snowy peaks of Le Brevent and Chamonix, 20 minutes of true drunkenness suspended in the void. The appointment is at the paragliding school on 24 Avenue de la Plage, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Equipment and protections provided directly by the school.


To redo the load of energies, al Restaurant Le Cap Horn you can dine in a very nice and charming environment and at the same time with a very familiar atmosphere. A tasting menu or à la carte proposals will make you travel between the mountains and the sea, with Asian influences. Excellent desserts
Cap Horn, 74 Rue Des Moulins
Tel: +33 4 50218080

If instead the altitude does not disturb you, you must not get lost The 3842, a restaurant at high altitude (3842 meters above sea level!), reachable with the Aiguille du Midi cableway. The restaurant is a chalet immersed in the sky, from which you can have a 360 ° panoramic view of the entire Mont Blanc massif. The menu is succinct, and changes every week to take advantage of seasonal products. Reservations are required, there are only 26 seats inside!
Restaurant Le 3842
Tel: +33 4 50558223

All that ended up in place of Cattelan's banana – Italian Cuisine

All that ended up in place of Cattelan's banana

The work of art "Comedian !, sold for 120 thousand dollars and eaten by David Datuna, sparked irony on social media. Here are the funniest memes

There Cattelan's bananain the end it ended up in the belly of the artist David Datuna, which detached it from the white wall of the Perrotin galleryArt Basel of Miami (probably the most important art fair in the world) where it was attached with duct tape, e he ate it in one bite.

Thus ended the story of Comedian, the controversial work of the Paduan artist, who had been sold for 120 thousand dollars (a little more than 108 thousand euros)? No, and not just because neither the gallery nor Cattelan will resort to legal ways to sanction Datuna's irreverent gesture.

But also because, on social media, under the adhesive tape, he is finishing everything, in these hours. Each of the things that, in one way or another, are considered art by someone. And therefore, of course, food too. A bar has attached a croissant to the wall, announcing that, even if it doesn't cost 120 thousand dollars, "it won't stay there for long". With a warning to the artist that he ate the banana: «Datuna, this is better. Under the tape there is also a bottle of Aglianico del Vulture: «Cattelan, just moved, suggests the wine lover who published his work. There are also those who assert that «Fiano is the new banana, Publishing the image of the bottle of wine under the adhesive tape. "If Cattelan had been Molise …", an Instagram user speculates, probably instead of the banana he would have used three beautiful local sausages, just like he did.

A fish shop attacked a fish: "Banana, we prefer the strawberry". Then there is the Catania hamburgeria which ensures that "to taste a work of art you don't need 12 thousand dollars". And the sandwich shop that recommends: «Don't hit our sandwiches on the wall: magnatavill!. The pizzeria notes: "Cattelan's banana was sold for 120 thousand dollars. With the same money, though, you could buy about 24 thousand daisies. " A Sicilian cannoli, an Apulian panzerotto, a rusticotto are also finished under the adhesive tape. In short, if Cattelan wanted to make us reflect on the choice and the way in which we value an object, it probably succeeded. Also offering us an opportunity to rediscover the accessible works of art of Italian food and wine.

The perfect mise en place for the party table – Italian Cuisine


Thinking about Christmas gifts, choosing the menus of the party lunches and finding the right recipes, for those who are looking for something a little less obvious, is certainly not easy. Certainly there are those who rely on tradition and those who want to experiment. And also to furnish the table, care, ideas and time are needed. Certainly, sharing these important moments in complete harmony is what we all want and we can also organize a beautiful table where gathering family and friends is part of the feast ritual.

180503But what are the trends of mise en place for Christmas 2019? To find out what is in vogue this year, we have heard the opinion of Giorgia Fantin Borghi, expert in the art of the table and etiquette, event organizer and wedding planner among the most successful in the industry.
"Our convivial appointments – tells Giorgia Fantin Borghi – they are seen as real celebratory meetings where, this year more than in the past, an elegant informality, a refined but relaxed table wins, and an attention to details that has the good taste of the matter without exasperation".
Because organizing the Christmas table is not just a commitment, it also means expressing one's personality and giving vent to creativity. "Whether it is an opportunity to be with family, with friends or to get closer to work colleagues – the expert continues – the time together is organized with commitment to transform it into a sought after but joyful and light moment, which helps to create precious moments, to strengthen and strengthen personal relationships and to express ourselves, even in receiving ”.

Here are some suggestions of Giorgia Fantin Borghi on the trends of the 2019 Christmas table, interesting and useful ideas for drawing inspiration and setting the table with taste, and why not, winking at the fashion of the moment.

180506Go ahead for allegorical symbols
They are well-wishing, have a protective and exorcising value with an idea of ​​rebirth and renewal. Space for animal figures as a metaphor for change and small objects with a talisman function, mixing design and tradition, more classic colors with images halfway between the mythological and the magical.
Mise en place ideal for the superstitious.

Lots of light with gold and metals
All the variations of gold and metals are still very trendy: gold, silver, brass and copper. Suggestive and bright effects, not brazen, but highly decorative. Finishes, details and small objects, in leaf or foil, for a refined but not ostentatious effect.
Perfect table for those who love to shine but with discretion.

Unconventional combinations
Plates and underplates with a traditional pictorial style and more formal ornaments are combined with more contemporary cutlery or ultramodern accessories. Mixing different styles, colors and materials within the same context helps to express our personality. But, be careful not to go "by chance", the combination of the various elements requires a minimum of attention.
For the daring, mix & match lovers.

180512Long live colors and materials
Two options for this Christmas 2019: on the one hand the dark and smoky colors like the intense greens and the very deep reds, on the other the absolute clear with small sparkling affectations. Whatever the choice, the direction goes in the sign of contrast with the background, whether it is a tablecloth or a material surface such as wood or marble.
For those who don't like compromises.

Small sophisticated details
Using embroidered cloth napkins, even in a very simple way, gives the table a special charm, a feeling of particular attention to detail. A superchic trick? Giorgia Fantin Borghi suggests changing the napkin before serving the dessert with a little smaller or simply a different color.
Chic details for the maniacs.

Essential and personal
"Our table – explains Giorgia Fantin Borghi – precisely because it is ours, it must be unique. There is therefore a very precious rule: to surround ourselves with a few objects but very significant for us and to be inspired only by the trends that really belong to us, without choosing what others would choose only because they are fashionable. Focus on the essential, making it completely personal ".
For those who don't like to follow fashions at all costs.

Beyond current trends, we asked Giorgia Fantin Borghi what absolutely must not miss on the Christmas table and which are the evergreens.

My inevitable on the Christmas table are a beautiful tablecloth, something a little special that dresses up the table to party. A rich and somewhat more abundant fall than usual makes the scene immediately elegant and refined. And if our favorite is a little short? To present the table, however, "habillé" it will be enough to use a longer fabric as a base (even in solid colors) and simply overlap the tablecloth. The underplates, in addition to being a huge fan, I think they are an extremely decorative element that allows the guest to keep his living spaces and the tablecloth to save himself from a bleach bath. The centerpiece, on imported occasions you can't miss it! It can be traditional with fir branches and Ilex berries or "green" with seasonal fruit and cinnamon branches or even unconventional with design objects of various kinds. However, the addition of mini lights or a few candles will immediately catapult you into the perfect scenario.

What are the main mistakes you should not make when preparing for the holidays?
The worst mistake is to put too many things on the table. Setting the table with forty-seven forks and thirty-two knives does not particularly help the service but, on the other hand, it creates a great confusion, also because in the end you never know where to place the serving dishes! The second is undoubtedly always leave the empty seat at the table because they are busy preparing the dishes in the kitchen or answering the various phone calls for wishes. At table you tend to sit!

How much and in what way do you think the conviviality and spontaneity of an informal family lunch – even during a party like Christmas – are influenced by a particularly sophisticated and richly detailed table?
Unfortunately the habit of “beautiful at the table” has been lost a little over time and it can happen that finding yourself in front of a particularly sought after equipment influences the approach to dining by covering it with a formality, but often it is only an initial sensation. But I think the warmth of the parties has a soothing effect, the taste of traditional dishes, music, memories, everything is part of that attention to detail that in some situations is good and right. Living in this beauty and enjoying it for some time I think it's wonderful, so then all the panettone are already without a tie!

Mariacristina Coppeto
December 2019


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