Sunday, March 25, 2012

Recipe: Italian Burrata Cheese Pizza

This is a fabulous pizza I had in Milan, Italy! It is so easy to recreate this at home!

1 ready to cook pizza crust
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Basil leaves
1 whole burrata cheese
Olive oil

Cook pizza crust according to instructions on package. Remove from oven and cut into slices. Place on large plate. Drizzle on pizza crust. Place tomatoes and basil on slices. Place burrata in center.

Slice into burrata at table and scoop some cheese onto each slice as you place on plates.


Recipe: Italian Spritz Cocktail from Venice!

Venice, Italy - original home of the refreshing Spritz cocktail!

It is so simple to recreate this delightful aperitif found in Italy! It is perfect for a warm day, with a snack or light lunch, or before dinner.

2 oz Aperol liqueur (or Campari for a more bitter flavor)
2 oz Prosecco
2 oz Club soda or sparkling water
(hint: a shot glass is 2 oz!)
Sliced juicy orange (you can use a blood orange if you can find one)

Fill large balloon glass with ice, and add one orange slice. Add the liqueur, Prosecco, and sparkling water.
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Ingredients & Cocktail!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gattullo: The best Bakery / Cafe in Milan, Italy

This is the most amazing bakery with cute cafe seating inside. You will be amazed and delighted by all the wonderful cookies, pastries and chocolates inside. Try the croissant filled with cream! For a savory treat, try the mini croissants filled with thinly cut Italian ham. The drinks are perfect too- try a glass of fresh squeezed blood orange juice, and a perfect cappuccino!
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Gattullo Pasticceria
Piazzale di Porta Lodovica, 2
20136 Milan, ITALY
02 5831 0497


Fabulous Mozzarella Bar restaurant overlooking Milan

You can find this fantastic mozzarella bar on the top floor of the big department store of Milan, overlooking the famous Duomo church. Choose from one of the four styles of fresh mozzarella, and add a vegetable side to create a plate (sliced cherry tomatoes, roasted artichoke, grilled vegetables, prosciutto...), then select a fabulous pasta (pesto pasta, house made lasagna...) or a delicious fresh salad. The local olive oil and balsamic vinegar are wonderful! Grab a seat outside in nice weather, order some wine and later coffee, and relax and enjoy the surroundings! Back inside you can find all kinds of cute candies and Italian specialty foods to bring home!
View of the Duomo in Milan
Four types of fresh mozarella
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Burrata with cherry tomatoes, Spinach salad with pecorino and walnuts
Obika Mozzarella Bar
La Rinascente Duomo
7 piano Food Market
via S. Radegonda 1 corner Piazza Duomo
Milan, ITALY
+39 02 885 2453

Monday, March 19, 2012

Enjoy a Spritz in Piazza San Marco in Venice!

The Piazza San Marco is a great place to enjoy the sunshine in the nice weather and be entertained with great people-watching and live music. Grab a table at any of the outdoor seating areas. A great beverage for a warm day is a Spritz! Try the more bitter version made with Campari, or a sweeter version made with an Orange aperitif. Share a grilled sandwich and relax! Of course you can opt for a photo with the famous pigeons of the square if you want a funny memory from your visit.

Here is the recipe for the Spritz cocktail.

Fabulous tapas in the oldest bar in Venice

If you go to Venice stop by this great place for a tapas and wine lunch! This place is popular among Venetian locals who pop in for a quick bite and drink during lunch time.

You will find all Italian wines on the menu, including many from the Venetian region. Ask the to make you a selection of the tasty tapas which could include boiled egg with anchovy marinated artichoke heart, marinated squid, cheese, bruschetta with tomato and capers, even the local delicacy of a warm pork sausage on a slice of bread with mustard. Or choose from a selection of small finger sandwiches. Everything is delicious!

Finish with a glass of flavorful dry Prosecco from the region!
Do Mori
Sestiere San Polo
30125 Venezia, Italie
+39 041 522 5401


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Club: N'Dulge at the Atlantis in Dubai

The N'Dulge Club at the Atlantis in Dubai is fun for dancing and having some drinks! There is a big indoor area, with private rooms with seating with lots of pillows, separated from the main area by curtains.

The outdoor area is fantastic, if the weather is not too hot! Grab a cabana with your friends, and have a great night of dancing and drinks!
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Stephanie Swinton How to be Fabulous
The Palm, Dubai
N'Dulge website

Cocktails: The Skyview Bar at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai!!

You will love to have cocktails here, overlooking the lights of the city of Dubai!

Make sure to get a reservation! Try calling or emailing the establishment first (preferably in advance!) If you want to go that night or the next night, however, and you find yourself not accommodated by the establishment, have your hotel or a travel agent make the reservation for you. Only drawback: they take a 10% fee.

The view is quite nice, and just go with the flow for the exotic cocktails (camel's milk? burning thyme?) - you can always order a glass of wine for the next round.
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Stephanie Swinton How to be Fabulous
Stephanie Swinton How to be Fabulous
Stephanie Swinton How to be Fabulous
Stephanie Swinton How to be Fabulous
Skyview Bar
Burj Al Arab
Jumeiah Road
Skyview Bar website

Recipe: Fabulous Chicken, Walnut & Blue Cheese Salad

This simple salad is delicious and will remind you of Southern California!

1 chicken breast - grilled on a BBQ or George Forman, or cooked in 1 cup of white wine (turn once)
Walnuts - 1 handful, broken into small pieces
Raisins - 1 small handful
Blue cheese - several chunks, in small pieces
Cherry tomatoes - 6-8, cut in half
Mixed baby lettuce mix

Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Lemon juice (1/4 lemon)
1/2 small shallot, chopped finely
Salt & pepper

Mix dressing, then mix in all salad ingredients - voila!