A Kitchen Show

If you are in Positano you don’t need to worry to much about where to eat because the food is pretty exceptional everywhere. After all, nothing beats pasta fresca and fish. Perhaps, the only thing better than an Italian dish is an Italian dish reinterpreted by a Japanese chef. 

Surprisingly that is just the case at Casa Mele, where Fumiko Saki Yokohama cooks impeccable dishes in an open view kitchen. The kitchen is a fantastic twist on a classic just like the food: with large black, white and iconic Fornasetti tiles, it is like a theater setting. So, if after an exhausting day in the sun, you have run out of topics to discuss with your husband, you can both just enjoy the show of the cooks preparing your meal. And I can assure, you will not be disappointed by the result!  

Hansik is a Korean Word

I always tell my students that every exhibition needs to have a “wow effect” element.  You can denigrate this notion as populist but you cannot deny its truth. Things however get interesting when through an attention grabbing intervention, a substantial message with real content is conveyed.

The Korean pavillion at the Expo – after  a series of pseudo artistic installations, a good introductory video and a technological showoff – accompanied the visitors to a room, where wow and information were so well combined, my children had to drag me out.

At the heart of Korean cuisine is hansik, the process of preparing dishes  through fermentation. In the Korean installation, hundred of jars (onggi) were converted in videos. A projection of colours, patterns and images showed how raw ingredients are preserved and transformed through the passing of seasons. With immaculate execution and plenty of feeling the Koreans managed to really convey their eating philosophy.

Bags of Food

People assume that in the countryside you are constantly going for romantic walks. In fact I have never spent so much time behind the driving wheel in my whole life. Not surprinsingly then, that the thing I miss most of town life is going everywhere on foot.

Seeing this bag at the Wallpaper Handmade show in Milan made me really want to go back to the days when on Friday morning I would walk to the market. Andrea Incontri (creative director of Tods) and Davide Oldani joined forces to design the ultimate chef’s bag. Light and soft, with plenty of side pockets for the delicate pear and smelly cheese, it is  large enough to fit all the ingredients for your gourmet dinner. I love the graphic hole pattern subtely alluding to the famous gommino. It is so elegant you will want to walk to the market every day!

Marni’s Milan Market

Looking back to the Salone in Milan, one event that could just repeat itself every year, with no need of improvement is the Marni Mercado. Marni’s showroom is romatic industrial wharehouse filled with light, and walking in it  felt like diving right into summer.
The place had been  transformed with simplicity and charm to allude to the market de Pallquemao of Bogotá. On long tables, fabulous and colourful sculptures of metal wire: exotic fruits from a faraway land, to be used as decorations or containers. It was just a like a banquet.

The limited edition of objects and furnishings, were entirely handmade in Colombia, involving a group of women who have found their independence and emancipation through their work. What bettet reason than to take home sone fruit for the summer days!

Milan Discovery: L’Arabesque

 

Half of the good tipps come over Instagram these days. You simply need to follow the right people amd one of the very best is design blogger and extraordinaire Dana Tomic Hughes of Yellowtrace. So when she posted pictures of L’Arabesque in Milan, I rushed to check out the place myself. Design gallery + fashion store for her and him + book shop + restaurant, it is the perfect Saturday destination for a little stylish shopping and absolutely delicious food. 

The asparagus cream soup came with a floating poached egg in bread crust. The clothes and the furniture are vintage and vintage imspired and the setting has a strong 50’s vibe. If you are around for the Salone, you should stop by; see you there!   

Opinel for Kitchen Artists

 

There is a real satisfaction in chopping and dicing – when the knife has a cutting edge. I personally like smaller and lighter knives, since I have a knack for cutting my fingers as well as the carrots. You can imagine I was clearly delighted to find in the Not Another Bill monthly parcel a set of Opinel knives. A serrated, a paring, a vegetable knife and a peeler, all with coloured handles in a smart ecological packaging. 

The french manufacturers have been producing wooden-handled knives since 1890, and to such success, that Opinel has become a genericized trademark. It is also a design classic, one of those rare timeless objects. For me an Opinel has always been an artist tool: the knife for sharpening pencils and modelling clay, opening paint tubes and cutting canvas. Now I can use it in the kitchen, and feel just as much of an artist without need of any bandages! 

 

Breakfast In London



Breakfast is the best meal of the day. You can mix sweet and savoury in no given order: corn fritters, ricotta panckakes, bulgur salad with soft eggs. And coffe, the most soothing of smells. 

Long gone are the days when I would sleep until midday before tucking in a hangover fry-up at some trendy brunch joint. Nowdays breakfast is a family affair and I am lucky if I can postpone it until nine. But that is no reason to miss out. I had two amazing breakfasts in London this weekend: at Caravan in Granary Square (Kings Cross) and at Granger & Co in Westbourne Grove (Notting Hill). Amazing because the food is original without being exotic, and most importantly, simply delicious. And since the atmosphere of both places is bustling and enticing to people watching, you will not mind waiting in a queue!