5 Ingredients for a 'Dolce Vita' (#Dolcevitabloggers)

5 Ingredients for a 'Dolce Vita' (#Dolcevitabloggers)

5 Ingredients for a 'Dolce Vita' (#Dolcevitabloggers)

This month our #Dolcevitablogger topic is to describe our 'Dolce vita'. What does it mean for each of us?

While the famous film, Federico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' shows us a frivolous, carefree life with a dark undercurrent. My version of 'a sweet life' is something much simpler and more transparent. 

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Which is the most beautiful Italian lake of them all?

Which is the most beautiful Italian lake of them all?

Which is the most beautiful Italian lake of them all?

I wish it was that simple to look in a magic mirror and be told which Italian lake is the most stunning and should be your next holiday destination! 

I've been to many of the Northern Italian lakes. Como, Garda, Trasimeno, Lugano. They all have a certain beauty to them. Their own personality.

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An Italian Hidden Gem (#Dolcevitabloggers)

An Italian Hidden Gem (#Dolcevitabloggers)

An Italian Hidden Gem (#Dolcevitabloggers)

There are some places you want to keep for yourself. But then you can't believe somewhere so wonderful exists and really want to share!

So I'm going to be sharing a restaurant and hotel. Except it's not just any hotel, to us anyway. As this hotel is where we ended up having our wedding reception. 

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Where to stay on Lake Maggiore: Golfo Gabella

Where to stay on Lake Maggiore: Golfo Gabella

Where to stay on Lake Maggiore: Golfo Gabella

As most of you know by now, we are huge fans of the Italian lake region. We've been holidaying and visiting family around Lake Como for 12 years. We were married there, our babies were baptised there and we really feel like it's a home from home. 

However recently we were persuaded by Jo of Bookings For You to consider a different lake for our next holiday. Lake Maggiore. 

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Summer events in Italy - Turin Epicurean Capital

Summer events in Italy - Turin Epicurean Capital

What is Turin Epicurean Capital?

Turin Epicurean Capital is a 3 day event in Turin, Italy. The year 2018 marks the 5th edition of the festival and it will take place from 20-22nd June. I organize the event to help promote Turin and shed some light on our beautiful royal city that is still pretty much under the radar despite most famous Italian brands and products being born right here.

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4 Italian cheeses to try this Summer

4 Italian cheeses to try this Summer

4 Italian cheeses to try this Summer

Who loves great meals with friends? Cheese, wine and conversation? I feel like the older I get the more I crave this than chocolate and dancing!

Before my children arrived I would head out into London with my girl friends for dinner and the highlight of our meal was always the cheese board and wine! 

Now I'm married to an Italian, cheese indulgence has taken on a new meaning! There are so many incredible varieties to try but where do you start and what can you pair them with? 

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12 Perfect Italian Villa Holidays

12 Perfect Italian Villa Holidays

12 Perfect Italian Villa Holidays

Today we have a fantastic Guest Post from Jo Mackay, founder of Italian Villa rental company Bookings For You. Jo has kindly gathered together 12 beautiful villas which all suit different types of holidays. Have a read and find the perfect break for your family and friends. 

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How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta!

How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta!

How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta! 

I recently asked my Instagram followers if they would like to know more about how to cook pasta the Italian way. How to marry together a sauce and a pasta shape. Yes those pasta shapes are really made for different sauces not just because someone got creative in the kitchen one day! 

However before I get started I think if we're going to talk about how to cook pasta, first we should discuss quality. 

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5 Italian Words or Phrases (#DolceVitaBloggers)

5 Italian Words or Phrases (#DolceVitaBloggers)

5 Italian Words or Phrases (#DolceVitaBloggers)

This month at Dolce Vita Bloggers we're writing about our 5 Favourite Italian Words or Phrases!

It's pretty hard to pick just five as you come across so many wonderful words when you study languages. 

These are mine, although I had to do words AND phrases as there were too many! 

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Protein Packed Pasta Alternative

Protein Packed Pasta Alternative

Protein Packed Pasta Alternative

Alternative pasta is a growing trend in the food industry at the moment. You may have seen some unusual colours making their way into the pasta aisle at the supermarket and wondered if you should give them a try.

As a family who consume a considerable amount of pasta we have also been dabbling in these new varieties!

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All words are equal, but some words are more equal than others

All words are equal, but some words are more equal than others

Bilingual Children - Week #13

All words are equal, but some words are more equal than others

When I started attaching a word of the day to the front door before going to work, back in September 2016. I didn’t have a real plan: I didn’t know how long it would have lasted for, I didn’t focused on any particular group of words.

I didn’t set a target . It was only my genuine desire to grow my son’s vocabulary in the minority language. A simple yet unrefined attempt to boost the number of words he could understand and pronounce in Italian.

It was a Monday to Friday exercise and started almost by chance.

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Ragu' or Bolognese?

Ragu' or Bolognese?

Ragu' or Bolognese?

In the UK we've all grown up with Spaghetti Bolognese thinking we were eating an authentic Italian dish! In general terms it's partially Italian but there are key differences! 

Ragu' alla bolognese which is the name of the meat sauce, is from Bologna. The Bolognese means something from Bologna. A local could say they are Bolognese, the same as my Husband is Milanese as he's from Milan.

It's served with tagliatelle not spaghetti. Spaghetti doesn't hold the thick sauce the way tagliatelle does. 

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Perfect Pesto Pasta

Perfect Pesto Pasta

Perfect Pesto Pasta

I've got a series of Pasta posts coming up so I thought it only right that I also arm you with some sauces. Here you have the easiest, quickest and most delicious family meal, Pesto. 

Yes you can buy it in a jar but if you get used to making it yourself you will wonder why you ever went to the shop. It's so quick and can be adapted to what you have at home. 

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Bilingual Children - Week #12

Bilingual Children - Week #12

How to stay Bilingual on holiday!

So how do you keep your language learning on track while you're away. You may think it's easier when you're in a routine but going somewhere new can actually help bolster the learning for your children rather than throw them off course.

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Where's My Village? Mammaprada & Facebook

Where's My Village? Mammaprada & Facebook

Where’s My Village? Mammaprada & Facebook

Mammaprada is starting to build a bit of momentum and I would like to create more opportunities for us to share things with each other, chat, have fun and offer assistance or collaboration!

With that in mind I have in a moment of possibly sheer madness created TWO Facebook groups!

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A Perfect Day in Italy (#DolceVitaBloggers)

A Perfect Day in Italy (#DolceVitaBloggers)

A Perfect Day in Italy (#DolceVitaBloggers)

This month at Dolce Vita Bloggers we're writing about our Perfect Day in Italy. 

It's so hard to pick just one idea or one day as so many different perfect things seem to happen when you're in Italia. What I love is the amount of spontaneous moments you tend to have here. Is it because you're on holiday. Down to the people you're with or just the nature of Italy that everything is that little bit more flexible?  

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3 Delicious Italian Easter Cakes

3 Delicious Italian Easter Cakes

3 Delicious Italian Easter Cakes

Easter is big in Italy both as a religious festival and as a reason to gather together with family and friends. 

As with the UK, lamb features on the menu. It's cooked in various ways depending on which region of Italy you are in. 

One year we sent my Father-in-law to buy the lamb as I was in charge of the cooking and he came back with goat!

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Luxury Italian Villa Holidays - Try Award Winning 'Bookings For You'

Luxury Italian Villa Holidays - Try Award Winning 'Bookings For You'

Luxury Italian Villa Holidays - Try Award Winning 'Bookings For You'

This week we're chatting to Jo Mackay of Italian Villa rental firm Bookings For You. Jo built her business from a love of her own family holidays in Italy to become a holiday specialist with beautiful villas available throughout the country and has now expanded into France. 

If you would like your holiday organised by someone who realises how special those precious weeks off are and considers it of upmost importance that your time is memorable, read on! 

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Bilingual Children - Week #9

Bilingual Children - Week #9

Bilingual Children - Week #9

This week on Bilingual Children I decided to actually interview my children about learning languages and their two cultures! 

You've heard don't work with children or animals... well I'd say there's some truth in it! 

Watch here to find out more and join in the discussion with your anecdotes on raising children with languages whether it be at school or home! 

years and the next one will take place on 1st March 2018.

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Inspirational Women - International Women's Day 2018: (#DolceVitaBloggers)

Inspirational Women - International Women's Day 2018: (#DolceVitaBloggers)

March: Inspirational Women - International Women's Day 2018: 

This month at #DolceVitaBloggers we're honouring International Women's Day by choosing 'Inspirational Women' as our topic! 

I've created a video this month and my Inspirational Women is the main character!

Take a look and please comment with your stories of the Inspirational Women in your lives! 

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