Saturday, 27 September 2014

Wine Family Gathering - 19th of October - Chijmes - Discount code inside!

If you have been reading my blog religiously (which of course you have right? :D) you will know I went to the Wine Family Gathering last year and enjoyed it tremendously. You can check that post out here:

And some more info about Wine Family (cheap wine for the win!)

Now we are coming close to the 2014 edition of the Wine Family Gathering and as I know the founder, I want to share some more info with you and hopefully see you there (I will be going!). And since I know the boss, I have the pleasure of being able to share the Friends and Family rate with you which is a great saving, 22$ for 4 hours of wine tasting with various other interesting things like cupcakes and cheese and singing, with a 10$ voucher for purchasing wine. Win win win I would say, especially since the rate at the door will be 28$! So read on and hit the links below to get the discounted rate!

Here is some more info from Wine Family about the WineFamily Gathering:

Winefamily Gathering is a wine sales event where you can find a large selection of international wines at special prices from all the wine vendors onboard WinefamilyWhat you can expect to do/find at the Winefamily Gathering, 
  • Wine tasting of a wide collection of carefully selected international wines
  • International wines at special prices
  • Food pairings
  • Games & plenty of photo-taking
  • Interaction & networking with fellow wine lovers

Check out last year's Winefamily Gathering 2013 via our Facebook page.* Each Purchased ticket comes with a $10 wine voucher redeemable on the day itself.
And the PDF will more information:

The Early session is 11am to 3pm - click on the link below for the Friends & Family rate that I can share with you since I am friends with the Wine Family founder. You can save 6$ by buying tickets using this link, 22$ instead of 28$.

Discounted rate of 22$ for the Early Session (11am to 3pm) for the Wine Family Gathering

The Late session is 4pm to 8pm - click on the link below for the Friends & Family rate that I can share with you since I am friends with the Wine Family founder. You can save 6$ by buying tickets using this link, 22$ instead of 28$.

Discounted rate of 22$ for the Late Session (4 to 8pm) for the Wine Family Gathering

You can also see the full PDF file of info about the Wine Family Gathering on the 19th of October by following this link (if you can't view it embedded in this post above)
Wine Family Gathering - 19th of October 2014 - Friends & Family rate

Is 5 different curries / Indian dishes enough for a dinner party? ;)

We were back home in France at my parents' place to do some wedding planning and to surprise my brother for his 18th birthday. He had no idea at all that we were coming home and his face was a picture! He was so surprised and it really made the 18 hours in Economy worthwhile :)

On his birthday, my parents invited a bunch of friends over and we were given a few criteria for dinner to work within. My vegan sister. And a friend of my parents is allergic to capsaicin, the active ingredient of chillies and peppers. Hummm. OK. And we were told we were making curry if I remember correctly! So what do you do? How do you make curry, but without either chillies or peppers, or cayenne pepper powder, and including vegan dishes? Hummm..... challenge accepted! Read on to find out how we managed 5 different curries with my vegan sister and our guest managing 4 curries each when we ran out of gas half way through!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Procida, La Lampara Restaurant in Marina Corricella

Procida was magical... beautiful.... and we did also eat rather well! We did the usual trusty googling / TripAdvisor (though we mostly use TripAdvisor to check out the really negative reviews and laugh at them!)  and came across La Lampara on Marina Corricella. It looked pretty good, and apparently the views were lovely so we wandered down. We were a bit unsure that we were going in the right direction as you have to come down as if going to Il Maestrale, turn left and warn North East up the Marina Corricella past another restaurant and head up the hill a bit until you think you are walking into someone's house but it is actually a restaurant, don't worry. And yes, the views are amazing. And the food ain't bad either ;-)

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Positano, Italy - Next2 for modern Italian cuisine

We walked past this place the night before and saw it was busy and full of Italians which we took as a good sign. We looked it up online and Next2 got a lot of good reviews, from Italians, so we decided to give it a go. It was slated as a bit modern Italian cuisine and people raved about the courgette and truffle pasta so off we went!

We went relatively early but had to sit inside as theoretically everything outside was reserved (I say theoretically as there were only tourists sat inside, but we didn't let that bother us). I feel stupid that I didn't bring my proper camera, I only had my phone so the pictures aren't great and they don't do Next2's food justice.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Cicheti again - Couldn't do cold turkey on pizza so working my way down slowly (addiction is hard ;) )

You know I like Cicheti (as shown by my previous Cicheti posts! and  ) and after the Naples pizza pilgrimage with all our favourite pizza places in Naples, I was still craving pizza lots and lots. So when a colleague suggested we take customers for pizza, I was of course totally in. We took 16 people to Cicheti for lunch and they all really liked it!

Here is what we had that time and further down you will see some of a previous Cicheti trip. We started with some starters (duh...) and I really liked this one, a salad of roasted pumpkin, rocket, oats and hazelnuts with a yoghurt sauce underneath. Really really yummy.

Mussels in a tomato sauce.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Procida - Il Maestrale restaurant in Marina Corricella

We landed on Procida just around lunch time and the hotel recommended we head down the Marina Corricella just close to our hotel and eat at Ristorante Il Maestrale where we got a 10% discount by saying the hotel sent us.

Procida is just so gorgeous, so gorgeous. And the Marina is no exception.

Our food at Il Maestrale, very nice!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Procida - my post box obsession - Il Postino

I am virtually loath to even discuss this place on the blog. It is that lovely and virtually untouched that I worry about it being swamped with tourists! But it is so pretty and peaceful and lovely and amazing that I just can't resist putting it on the blog. Part of a famous Italian movie called Il Postino (the postman) was filmed in Procida (just off the coast of Naples) and the post boxes and house signs had me absolutely fascinated so I kept taking pictures of them and wanted to share them with you.

I love how they hang their rubbish out rather than it being on the floor or in a bin.

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