FUNNY IDEAS FOR THE LAST DAY OF THE YEAR

The New Year 2019 is approaching and the usual question arises: “what to do on the last day of the year?”.


A question that may seem difficult to solve if you have children with you. No problem, this article will provide you with many interesting ideas and original ideas and fun to spend a New Year with children for the whole family. From a party with princesses and superheroes to dinner organized with menus for your children, to theme villages and holiday packages: let’s discover all the many offers to spend the last evening of the year with the children and your loved ones!


NEW YEAR OF PRINCESSES AND SUPERHEROES

Have you ever dreamed of finding yourself face to face with the most powerful SuperEroes and the Kingdom Princesses?
The New Year’s Eve in Toscana is dressed with magic, with a Special Veglione dedicated to families with children. The Grand Ball of the Princesses and the arena of the SuperEroi awaits you in Montecatini Terme in Toscana with many incredible emotions. Many special animators will take care of the little ones giving to Mom and Dad a few moments of relaxation!
You will also experience the thrill of a warm hug in the thermal waters.
A completely covered and heated structure, with an excellent and exclusive service.
To ensure maximum well-being, they can access the thermal pool, maximum 25 people per hour. We recommend booking well in advance.
THE OFFER INCLUDES:
– 2 nights in Family Hotel
– Masked dinner on December 30th with entertainment for children
– New Year’s Eve Dinner with Princesses and SuperEroes
– Entry to the thermal pool

NEW YEAR’S EVE LEONARDO EXPERIENCE IN TOSCANA


Curious riddles, unfaithful inventions, bizarre intuitions and lots of fun.
Would you like to experience a New Year in Toscana in the company of Leonardo da Vinci?
The Genius Stravagante and his intrepid aide ZoroAstro, will lead you into surreal atmospheres in the heart of Toscana, between works of ingenuity, fascinating landscapes and oddities of all kinds.
The experience begins Sunday, December 30, 2018 (you can add an extra night with arrival on Saturday) until January 1, 2019 with a succession of emotions entirely dedicated to families with children.
During the 2 dinners, the Kids Areas will be present where the children will be entertained with professional entertainers.
THE OFFER INCLUDES:
– Overnight at Hotel
– Dinner on December 30th 2018 with the Party of the Mage-Making Pasticcioni
– New Year’s Eve dinner on 31 December 2018 with Party Leonardo Experience.

NEW YEAR FOR CHILDREN IN ROME: 3 DAYS AND 2 NIGHTS OF PURE FUN

Are you looking for an imaginative and exciting adventure for New Year 2019 with your children in Rome? There will be 3 days and 2 nights of pure amusement between Centurions and Empresses, Princesses and Superheroes and (hearing) a special entrance into a Magic Castle where you will meet Santa and the Spiteful Elves!
THE OFFER INCLUDES
– 2 nights in Family Hotel in East Rome
– Gourmet Dinner with Party Centurions and Empresses (30 Dec)
– New Year’s Eve with Princesses and Superheroes
– Reserved access to the Castle of Santa Claus
PRICES
Adult price: € 259
Bimbo Price: € 169
Free Bimbo with less than 36 months.

FUN PARKS

Gardaland Happy New Year
There is nothing better than a “playground” to stay in the company of their children, so, let’s move virtually to Gardaland, which is located in Castelnuovo del Garda in the province of Verona. An explosive party will be organized to spend a fabulous New Year with children and with the whole family. Among music, bright balloons and multicolored glitter the New Year’s Eve will be tinged with a thousand colorful colors to light up the night of December 31, full of magic and fun. We will organize a wonderful dinner at the end of the year for adults and children, with entertainment and sparkling entertainment for everyone.

Wonderland

The park is located near Ravenna and offers many attractions for children of all ages. Inside you will find a fairytale atmosphere and you will be greeted by the inhabitants of the Land of the Snows with the House of Santa Claus and the Kingdom of Crystals. Shows and animations with Elves, mascots of the park and Queens of the Snows  will accompany adults and children to discover the world of ice. The ice rink is open. Info on Mirabilandia

Boutique for your gifts and an excellent restaurant inside the park with the possibility of staying overnight in the area.

REC CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

We are in Bellaria-Igea Marina where in the historic colony of young filmmakers we organize the Winter Colonies for children and teenagers from 6 to 17 years. Qualified educators constantly follow guests and organize thematic workshops, recreational activities, excursions and walks. The program includes two 4-day shifts and a single 10-day shift. For info http://www.ragazziecinema.it/rec-christmas-village/

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN THE RESIDENCE OF SANTA CLAUS

If you want to give yourself a truly unique and unforgettable New Year’s Eve, I suggest you go to Rovaniem, Finland, where Santa Clause Village, Santa’s annual “residence”, is located. Between elves, spells, restaurants and other organized activities, you will spend a fabulous holiday in a fairy place that smells of magic for adults and children. The only drawback is that Rovaniem is not exactly around the corner, so if you are looking for a more affordable and less expensive solution from an economic point of view, you can always go to one of the many Santa Claus villages in various towns and villages. ‘Italy.

 

NEW YEAR IN AGRITURISMO IN ITALY

To spend a new year with children in the name of outdoor fun, you can spend a wonderful holiday in one of the many farms that from North to South we find in our country. From those facing the sea to those that hide in the hills, in the woods or in the mountains of our country. Visit our page dedicated to the New Year’s Day in the Farm where you will find some interesting offers for the period of New Year 2019.

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN THE MOUNTAINS

Arm yourself with snowshoes and poles and with your children you can take quiet walks in the mountains. Sunday, December 31, 2018 we start at 10.00 for a snowshoe tour organized by the Alpine guides of Bormio.

But it does not end here for your children. In Valdidentro for the last Sunday of the year there is a fun program called “The Penguins of the South Pole” starting at 14.30. A Snow Party with animation on the snow.

 

TOUR OF 11 DAYS OF SICILY IN CAMPER

For the New Year 2019 in Sicily we offer a truly original initiative: the Island Tour in Camper. The tour, which will take place from December 27th 2018 to January 6th 2019, will start from Civitavecchia and cover the whole coast of Sicily, stopping in suggestive locations like Palermo, Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Syracuse, Taormina and other places. In Sicily, in winter, the climate is not particularly rigid and often offers spring days. On board a camper, the participants will enjoy magnificent views with splendid views like cliffs that slope towards the crystalline Sicilian sea, villages, natural parks and cities rich in history and tradition. Children will not have time to get bored and enjoy an exclusive New Year’s Eve. And do not forget to savor the Sicilian cuisine and especially the desserts that children will love with joy. For info and reservations go on New Year’s Eve in Sicily.

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN ROME AT KINETIC  WORLD

At Kinetic World you can start an exciting journey, together with your children, among thousands of attractions that appeal to the world of Cinema and Television. An amusement park for all ages, discovering alien worlds, gladiators and gunslingers in an evocative journey where reality leaves room for imagination. You will meet Ben-Hur, cross an Indian jungle or take the shuttle from the Moon base on the Sea of ​​Tranquility to the Ares colony on the planet Mars. These are some of the attractions you will find visiting the park.

A New Year’s Eve 2019 with a very rich program with the park open from 6 pm to 8 am for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. For children there are dedicated shows, games, with the Sognolabio area open until 11:30 pm; baby-parking is offered in the GiocArena area.

For those who want to participate in the New Year’s Eve dinner there are 5 possible options with different types of dinner (buffet, dinners served at restaurants Saloon and American Restaurant), VIP dinner at the restaurant Charleston Club. A shuttle service every hour to / from Roma Termini. For children up to 10 years access to the park and dinner cost 50 euros. For more details click here New Year in Cinecittà World

 

GENOVA’S AQUARIUM

Also this year the Genova Aquarium offers the public a very special dinner and a ball that will allow guests to immerse themselves in the enchanted atmosphere of the sea floor. There is  entertainment for children, but the presence of sharks or morays will be enough to attract their attention to that underwater world to make them happy.

It will be a special evening that includes: an exclusive visit to the Aquarium to discover the night life of the guests of the tanks, dinner buffet with menu in the wonderful setting of the Cetacean Pavilion, and to finish special animations and celebrations with the opportunity to toast to the arrival of the new year on the external deck of the structure with a striking panoramic view of the city and the Old Port. See the article on New Year’s Eve in Genoa for info and reservations.

CENON OF SAN SILVESTRO AT THE PALAZZO LEONE IN PALERMO

If you are looking for a New Year’s Eve dinner in Palermo you have come to the right place! At Palazzo Leone, an enchanting location on Via Lincoln 48, you can celebrate your New Year’s Eve with an extensive fish menu.

This will be a reserved and exclusive evening with a number of participants limited to 80 people and a reserved area with an entertainment service for children. No entry will be allowed after midnight.

The building stands on the land donated by Count Rinaldo De Mohac to the Church, as evidenced by a document dated 1194. The construction of the building dates back to the early 1800s but the central part has a much older date as it incorporates what was probably a sighting tower already existing at the time of the donation made by the count.

The ancient building, abandoned and decadent for years, has recently been recovered by the descendants of the De Mohac family. Careful and meticulous restoration work has allowed us to bring the structure back to its former glory and at the same time to adapt it from a technological point of view, making it an ideal location for any type of event.

On the ground floor of the building the halls, of about 300 square meters, characterized by particular stone arches and vaulted roofs and elegantly furnished, lend themselves to the organization of any occasion. For info on the menu and prices see dedicated article New Year at Palazzo Leone.

 

CENON TO ASTRONAL TAKE IN NAPLES

Let us now dedicate ourselves to those who, for the last festival of the year, want to give themselves a mouth-watering dinner in a city where the food and wine tradition is very strong. Particularly recommended is the Tenuta Astroni, a beautiful property surrounded by greenery, where you can enjoy the best Neapolitan delicacies washed down by the DOC wines of the area, with music, entertainment and songs throughout the evening. During the dinner will be organized several fun games with numerous prizes, waiting for the arrival of midnight. Participants will enjoy the musical evening animated by a DJ and two music bands, while the children have been set up a playground where they have set up an inflatable fun fair for them. The magical atmosphere of the Tenuta Astroni will make your New Year in Naples unforgettable. Dedicated menu for children. For more info and reservations see article on New Year’s Eve in Naples

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE

And finally, another suggestion is to spend the evening of New Year 2019 with your children at the medieval castle of Pavone Canavese, in the province of Torino. The children will be fascinated by the ancient walls of the castle and the clothes worn by the evening entertainers. Before and after dinner the children will have enough time to play with the characters of the castle of the time. On the other hand, who has never dreamed of being a knight or a princess? The evening, organized by the historic group Burgo Turris, costs € 85 for children between 4 and 12 years and includes in the price dishes and drinks. For more info on the evening For more info on the evening read here.

 

IN LONDON ON HARRY POTTER’S SETS

If your children, children or teenagers, are passionate about cinema, the New Year’s trip to London organized by the Ragazzi e Cinema association is for you. Their New Year’s Eve 2019 package includes: travel by coach from Rimini, Bologna and Milan, sightseeing tour of London with overnight stay at the hotel and visit to the Warner Bros Studios, where the films of the Harry Potter saga were filmed. All at a cost of € 410 by 30 September 2018. For more information and reservations, visit the dedicated page on the site of Ragazzi e Cinema. If you want some more ideas on the last year in London, you can take a look here.

How to open and manage a restaurant’s facebook page

The web is now one of the main promotion and sales channels. For this reason, whoever manages an activity must necessarily think about their digital presence, structuring a website and maybe even opening a facebook page.

In particular, through these channels and social media, you could increase your customers and make yourself available to a new market share. Facebook pages, for example, are an excellent tool for retaining customers and acquiring new ones. Furthermore, opening them is very simple. All you have to do is follow the instructions provided by the same platform and in a short time you will have the facebook page of your restaurant ready to be managed.

At this point, however, the hardest part arrives. Managing a facebook page in a winning way is in fact anything but simple and obvious. We need a real marketing strategy, which must be carefully planned and entrusted, if possible, to experts in the sector.

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How to open and manage a restaurant’s facebook page: what not to do

Between optimal management and bankruptcy, the border is very thin and sometimes a small mistake is enough to compromise the image of the business forever. If in fact gaining a good online reputation is very difficult and requires time and dedication, to ruin it is enough a badly managed response to the negative review of a customer. Before identifying the golden rules for managing a restaurant’s facebook page, let’s see  the mistakes that should be avoided.

Publish irrelevant content

It may seem obvious but it is not at all. Often, in fact, especially if the Facebook page is entrusted to people who are not properly trained, it is easy to come across publications that concern the owner’s personal interests, irrelevant events and other information that has nothing to do with the activity. In these cases it is difficult to distinguish the page from a personal profile and what will emerge will be only a lack of professionalism.

Publish rarely

Managing a Facebook page is an activity that requires time and dedication and that can not be limited to the occasional publication of content. Of course we must not fall into the opposite error, but keeping the page updated, with 2-3 posts per week, is essential to not lose the interest of fans.

Cancel negative comments and do not respond to reviews

One of the thorniest aspects of managing a Facebook page, especially if it is a restaurant, is that related to reviews and negative comments. In these cases, it is good to count to ten before responding. An impulsive response, and therefore poorly managed, is in fact a sign of touchiness and denotes only a lack of professionalism on the part of the restaurant and its staff. The advice is to plan standard responses in which the restaurant takes responsibility  and responds with criticism to customer requests.

How to open and manage a restaurant’s facebook page: 3 golden rules

After identifying all the possible mistakes that could damage the image and reputation of the restaurant, it is also important to know the golden rules to better manage the Facebook page of your restaurant.

Create an editorial plan

The editorial plan is a tool that allows you to create a programmable content grid that is always available to keep your page active and to retain your customers. This way you will avoid occasional and irrelevant publications. Of course, your ability will be in identifying those contents (photos, links, etc.) that can attract and engage the users of the page better.

Create and manage advertising campaigns

The creation of an ad hoc editorial plan will also include the promotion of the page through the creation and management of advertising campaigns. To do this you can rely on the tools ,available by the same platform, the Facebook ads. In this way, you can reach more people, increase your community and even get a few more bookings.

Create a space for managing comments and reviews

Finally, one last golden rule is to create a sort of space with all the indications to respond to possible criticism and reviews in a cordial manner. In this way you will contribute to improving the image of the restaurant, showing availability and professionalism, qualities much appreciated by customers.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

The New Year’s Eve represents a true tradition of Italian culture.

Among the most popular are those that are organized by clubs and restaurants, which offer menus with different price ranges, suitable for all budgets.

Spending the New Year’s Eve in a restaurant or in a club will avoid extra housekeeping and you will enjoy an excellent dinner waiting for midnight.

New Year’s dinners on the premises are transformed into real show-events, with various performances by different artists that attract the  audience with their performances.

As an alternative to the restaurant, there is a New Year’s Eve dinner at home, perhaps more challenging but more in line with the Christmas style.

The menu is usually based on fish as tradition dictates, which among the typical dishes includes risotto with fish, fried king prawns, the mussel , spaghetti and clams etc.

Meat lovers can console themselves with the boiled mixed scent, the chicken broth and the timeless Chinese cote with lentils, usually served at the end of the dinner .

Reinforced salad and stewed lentils are classic side dishes that can not be missed.

If you are fascinated by the bucolic atmosphere you can book a dinner at a farm, where genuine menus are served with ingredients of own production and km 0.

There are many cultural, sports or motorcycle associations that organize a real cultural exchange in the kitchen where everyone engages in the specialty of his land.

For those who wait for midnight in the Italian squares, the dinner will be anticipated.

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Interesting ideas can be at the spa, or at the theater, in other cultures New Year’s Eve is celebrated in a castle, in the disco.

Many will spend the New Year in the mountains or in the beautiful Italian squares, Dinner + disco, Dinners with crime, New Year’s Concerts and even in Cruise.

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How to choose the restaurant manager: 3 useful tips

The success of a restaurant is measured by a series of factors. In addition to the quality of food and dishes offered, which is certainly the first distinctive element for such an activity, we must consider another aspect, which is able to positively or negatively affect all activities.

How to choose the manager for the restaurant: why do it?

We are talking about management, that is, all the planning and supervision activities that are really fundamental in a restaurant. A successful and functioning restaurant is in fact also a well managed restaurant. On the other hand, poor management will be reflected in every single activity of the restaurant, from the organization of the room and the tables, to the service and supply of raw materials.

For this reason, if you have just opened a restaurant and you want to make the business TO take off, you will definitely have to rely on a manager who is able and to support you or to take charge of the entire management of the room. It is therefore very important that you choose the right person, because it will be a key role, able to heavily condition the future of your business.

Pizza flour: find out which one to choose!

It must therefore be a competent person, who may have already worked in the sector and above all has managerial skills and a sense of initiative. Another very important aspect that you will need to consider is that the manager will not have to cover other roles as well. Often, in fact, especially in small restaurants, it happens that the restaurant owner is also the manager. A practice that can go well in family-run businesses, but that can not be followed in more structured restaurants. If you want your restaurant to be successful, remember to always separate and divide individual roles and tasks.

Management of a restaurant mistakes: discover the most frequent ones!

 

How to choose the manager for the restaurant: useful tips

Competent
It may seem obvious but it is not at all. Many owner of the restaurants, in fact, underestimate this figure to the point of entrusting the role to a friend or a person who is simply passionate about the sector but without skills. The role of the manager is a very important role and can not be neglected or entrusted to the first that happens. In fact, in addition to supervising all activities, the manager must also plan costs and investments. A good economy base, therefore, is really fundamental. Without all this, your restaurant could take a big risk and quickly find itself on the verge of bankruptcy.
Organized
A good manager, in addition to having a solid background, must also be very organized and, above all, know how to work with the right tools. In your selection, then try to prefer people who for example have already made use of restaurant management. To date it is in fact unbelievable to consider being able to effectively manage a restaurant without relying on this kind of software. Ristomanager, for example, is one of the best and the most completed on the market today. A program that you can download comfortably on your tablet and your PC, and thanks to which you will be able to monitor and plan every single activity: from the management of the tables to the orders, to the management of the personnel, the warehouse and even the customers.
Command restaurants: find out how to best manage them! Using Ristomanager nothing escapes your control of the restaurant manager. You can organize all activities better, optimizing time and resources and avoiding nasty surprises. Your manager will have more help and can plan costs and investments, as well as monitor performance , identifying strengths and weaknesses. In short, a very essential tool and that every good manager should know how to use.

Enterprising
Finally, a quality that can not be lacking in a good restaurant manager is certainly the full resource. This means that the manager of a restaurant must also be able to dare and look beyond, assuming investments and initiatives that can revive the restaurant. A good manager is not just a good accountant, but he is a full-fledged entrepreneur, capable to grow the restaurant, and therefore able to provide new tools and ideas. This does not mean that the manager should be reckless, but only that he should has initiative and being able to intuit the changes, and anticipating them.

Takeout containers: towards the prohibition of plastics in 2021

The war on disposable plastic objects for the European Parliament pushes the search for biodegradable materials to be included in their warehouse and replace them with their stocks.

Starting in 2021, the sale of disposable plastic items, such as cutlery, cotton sticks for cleaning ears, dishes, straws, drink mixers (coffee stirrers or cocktail sticks) should be prohibited in the EU; sticks for balloons.

MEPs added fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene and oxy-degradable plastic articles (such as bags or packaging) to the list of prohibited plastics proposed by the Commission. The Eurocamera also declares war on cigarette butts containing plastic, whose quantity in waste must be reduced by 50% by 2025 and by 80% by 2030, with tobacco producers called to bear the costs of processing and collection, including transport.
The same applies to producers of fishing gears containing plastics, which will contribute to achie a recycle target set at least 15% by 2025.

Furthermore, Member States should ensure that at least 50% of fishing gears contain lost or abandoned plastics that  are collected each year.

The EU countries will also have to reduce the consumption of plastic products for which there are no alternatives (single-use boxes for hamburgers and sandwiches and food containers for fruits and vegetables, desserts or ice-creams) of 25% by 2025.

Other plastics, such as beverage bottles, must be collected separately and recycled 90% by 2025.

The rapporteur of the report, the Belgian Liberal Frederique Ries, intends to open negotiations with the Council in November.

For the transport of cold foods, IngeoTM (P.L.A.) containers are available, for hot food containers with hinged lid in cellulose pulp, both in the mono-compartment version and in the two- and three-compartment versions.

For hot foods there are containers with hinged lid in cellulose pulp made of cardboard coated with a Mater-Bi film.

All we have to do is adapt the stock to the take-away containers in biodegradable materials and insert them into the products to be purchased in our management program.

HOW TO OBTAIN THE MICHELIN STARS


It is well known that Michelin stars are the highest aspiration of all the chefs and restaurateurs of the planet.

Seeing the name of your restaurant appearing on the guide is synonymous with quality and excellence, not to mention customer feedback.

Going back a few decades, we find ourselves in Clermond-Ferrand in France, in the leading company of tire production, the founding brothers: Édouard and André Michelin, had to find a way to guide motorists during the trip, and so they have thought of a guide that contained the reviews and advice on where to eat, stay overnight etc. it is an important recognition that was and still is assigned by the inspectors, evaluating the kitchen, the location, the chef, the service, the cleaning and many other factors.

In 1900 the first issue of the Michelin guide was published.

To appear in the guide with the prestigious symbol next to it, you need to get at least one star from the inspectors, which indicates an excellent cuisine, which can be both traditional and range in the creativity of the Chef. When the second star arrives after the first one, the restaurant reaches very high levels, at the threshold of perfection obtained with the third star, the highest recognition, the crème de la crème. In short, the main features are as follows:

very good cuisine in its category.

 

 excellent cuisine, deserves a detour

 

exceptional cuisine, worth the trip

The process begins with the inspector who, sitting at the table in the restaurant, orders from the menu, opting for a culinary experience that allows the overall assessment of the work of the Chef and his whole brigade. Starting from the presentation of the dish, very important, (even the eye wants its part), to continue with the flavors of the dishes, the balance of the ingredients, the technique of preparing their quality and the ability to  cook and  to create a union unique and unforgettable. Then we move on to the evaluation of the approach with the clientele, namely the professionalism of the service, the selection and the right combination of wines, the atmosphere of the room, the furnishings, the location, the quality / price ratio. leave the mark.
Each plate is evaluated according to the following parameters:

Product quality
Preparation technique
Balance between the ingredients
Creativity of the Chef
Every point on the list receives a vote, here we do not speak of stars but of, forks, ranging from 1 to 5, considering all the elements that we talked about before.

If you are a restaurateur, we can give you the advice to buy the last guide, for the new one you will have to wait until next month, November 16th, and  to start examining the starred restaurants in your area, try them and try to learn. Analyzing the competition, or perhaps it is more correct to say, who made it is fundamental.

The second tip is to invest in your business, change furniture, modernize and keep up new with the times. It is better to buy  an architecture book and redo the furnishings, to select the best staff you can find, travel around the world and get the best out of many different cultures. Start this research to make your restaurant one of a kind, and with dedication and perseverance the results will come.

For the new edition of the guide, the eyes are focused on the famous chef Carlo Cracco, who last year spoke because he lost a star, and he has moved his restaurant in the Vittorio Emanuele gallery in Milan. In less than a month we will find out that  next to the name of its restaurant “Cracco” another star will appear, or maybe two, in order  to reach the maximum prestige.


Even young people are taking their space, in one of the previous articles, we interviewed Chef Isabella Potì, who with his partner Floriano Pellegrino, also Chef, brought the restaurant “Bros” in Lecce to high levels, achieving a reputation , which at this time was  among the most quoted for obtaining the first star.


Italy, in 2018, has 356 recognized stars, occupying the second place in the world after France.

Chocolate, that’s why it should never be missing. Let’s celebrate the chocolate festival with the tasty Mud cake recipe

Let’s talk about chocolate, have you already enjoyed in your mouth?

Perhaps you will think of the film with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche where they  fell in love in a French town between one praline and another. Or the last chocolate cake you gave up for its high caloric intake. I’m sure nobody has thought about the benefits that chocolate gives to body and mind, just knowing how to choose the right one.


The chocolate landed in Europe in 1502 and became a medical remedy, it was thought in fact, that it was a drug for digestion, the proper functioning of the organism and that it even healed from depression. So it was beliefs, that cocoa paste has superlative properties, today we have the security.

A basic requirement for a quality product is cocoa paste as the first ingredient, therefore attentive to labels. Bad news for lovers of the white and milk variants, the ally of our health is the flux, which should contain at least 70% cocoa; the higher the percentage, the better it is.

The cocoa, in fact, contains the flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that we also find in berries, in red wine and citrus fruits. But why are they so important for our health

  • They prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • They protect the arteries
  • They improve memory
  • Antivirals
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Antiallergeni
  • They fight obesity
  • They help the immune system

The positive effects are many and worth taking into consideration, however we must not forget the fact that chocolate is a very caloric food, 100 grams of product bring about 500 kcal, but if introduced into a healthy and balanced diet, some small picture is it will be able to taste without guilt.

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
An unmissable event for chocolate lovers, this year Perugia will host the Eurochocolate, at its twenty-fifth edition. From October 19th to 28th the Umbrian capital will be invaded by thousands of gluttons. For the occasion, three “tourist” packages have been created, which will allow participants to take part in the most prestigious chocolate festival on the peninsula. Below you will find descriptions of the travel offers and their prices:

 

 

Day trip, return journey by bus + day to Eurochocolate 49 euros
Weekend travel, return journey by bus + 2 days to Eurochocolate + one night in hotel (half board) + guided tour of Assisi 129 euro
Deluxe travel, return journey by bus + 2 days to the Eurochocolate + 2 nights at the hotel (half board) + guided tour of Assisi 219 euros
And if you are a lover of art, you can not miss the open-air gallery that offers Eurochocolate every year; the most admired are the sculptors, who succeed in modeling huge blocks of chocolate, creating works worthy of a museum.

RECIPE MUD CAKE
We could not finish an article on chocolate without giving you a recipe, we present the Mud Cake, or as it is called in its country of origin “Mississippi Mud Cake”. Literally means mud cake but do not be fooled, it has been named for its soft and creamy texture, which reminds the banks of the Mississippi River. In the United States this sweet is present in the recipes of all families. Absolute protagonist, it can only be him, the CioccoRe, which makes this cake very substantial and therefore unsuitable for frequent consumption. For special occasions, it is a pity of throat that can be granted. A delight for the palate that will bring your taste buds on an entrancing journey.

INGREDIENTS:

250 grams of butter
250 grams of extra dark chocolate (70% minimum)
250 grams of sugar
130 grams of milk
4 eggs
1 sachet of vanillin
1 cup of coffee (optional)
50 grams of cocoa powder
200 grams of flour
1 sachet of baking powder
150 grams of extra dark chocolate
60 grams of fresh cream
grains of hazelnuts and pistachios

METHOD:

The first thing to do is to melt the chocolate in a bain-marie with the butter and sugar, mix all the ingredients and add the milk and the cup of coffee, continuing to mix over medium-low heat.

In a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients, then the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and vanilla sachet. Mix the ingredients and gently add the mixture previously dissolved in a bain-marie.

Take another container, break the eggs and after adding a pinch of salt, use the whisk or electric mixer for a few minutes at medium speed, until they are light and fluffy.

Add them to the mixture and mix with a spatula from bottom to top, this step is very important to avoid disassembling the mixture.

The game is done; take a 22 cm diameter cake tin, with butter  and flour and then pour the mixture.

Static oven at 150 degrees for an hour and a half.

Now comes the easy and fun part, the preparation of the chocolate ganache; Once again melt the remaining chocolate (150 gr) with the bain-marie liquid cream, stirring occasionally. When it has reached a smooth and shiny consistency and the kitchen will be flooded with the dense scent of chocolate, you can pour it on the mud cake. To decorate, add the grains of hazelnuts and pistachios or alternatively a small pile of red fruits in the center. Enjoy your meal!

 

“There is not so much metaphysics on earth as in a chocolate”
(Fernando Pessoa)

RoDyMan, the pizza maker robot between Neapolitan and tech cuisine.


The ingredients of this incredible story are three: Naples, pizza and robotics. Ingredients that are  well blended, have created RoDyMan, the first robot-pizza maker.

It all started in the Prisma Lab, a laboratory of robotics at the Federico II University of Naples. Here is a team of engineers led by prof. Bruno Siciliano orders a pizza and has an intuition: to build a robot able to handle elastic, malleable objects. Like the pizza dough our engineers were snapping.

And beyond the pizza RoDyMan, a.k.a. “The robot pizza maker”, represents a real evolutionary stage in robotics. And not only  that because its fluid movements abandon the traditional rigidity of the robots, but also because its ability could be exploited in many other manual professions, even in healthcare (think of futuristic robot-surgeons).

With an army of RoDyMan  can definitively take the place of human workers? The professor. Siciliano assures that  RoDyMan does not intend to replace man as much as to support him in certain activities. Not even meat-and-bone pizza makers, at present, seem to be particularly worried by RoDyMan, in fact they doubt that a sequence of robotic movements, triggered by algorithms, can replace the art of human pizza makers, born instead of emotion. And from that passion that seems to flow in their veins like the magma of Vesuvius. “You will not believe it but every pizza has a soul” says Gino Sorbillo, the best known pizza maker of Naples “a soul that changes from dough to dough”. And, for the moment, the queues that are miles away from its premises as well as the 150,000 employees in the catering sector hope  for Sorbillo and his fellow chefs.

However, the age-old art of pizza seems to have been handed down to RoDyMan, whose movements are modeled on those of the pizza maker Enzo Coccia, another veteran of the sector. Sensors have been applied to the chef to transmit every movement on a screen called an avatar. From this screen, which acts as a “mind” for RoDyMan, the robot stores them. And, as foreseen by prof. Sicilian, this year the robot pizza maker will have nothing to envy to his “colleagues” in the flesh, so much so that he can show off his skills at the Pizza Festival in May 2018. There, under the eyes of disbelieving visitors , will cook pizzas without skipping any preparation phase, starting from the dough and cooking.

However, how much did RoDyMan costs? The professor. Siciliano does not hide  a cost of hundreds of thousands of euros, which however has been rewarded with a loan of two million that has allowed the Prisma Lab of the University Federico II of Naples to recruit doctoral scholarship holders from universities all over the world. A beautiful trend reversal compared to Italian graduates who go abroad, which fills the prof. Sicilian and the Neapolitan university.

Food News: Las Bravas, two Spaniards in Italy on board a food truck

What is a food truck? It is the home of street food.

Valentina and Mireja had made their profession and, they have  traveled far and wide for Spain, they arrive in Italy on board their blue trailer: they are called Las Bravas and their specialty is tapas.

They arrive in Milan and from there they will leave to be known throughout the boot. There is a wheeled kitchen in which they prepare in a revisited version the culinary specialties of the Iberian Peninsula. Mireja is of Spanish origin, Valentina has lived in Barcelona for so long to fall in love with her. Their project stems from the love for the Spanish culinary culture and the desire to share and export it: hence the idea of ​​reviving Iberian recipes in the street food version and putting them on their traveling business.


But which  are  the steps to put on a tapas bar, or in general a food truck, on two wheels?

The process is long and always starts from a good idea and a lot of work needs  to implement it. We need to be clear about our goals and the identity of our business, evaluating their expenses as well as possible earnings.

Next, you have to deal with the bureaucracy: first of all ,the certificate of the Food and Beverage Administration course is required. Another fundamental step is the opening of the VAT number at the Inland Revenue, registration with INPS and the Chamber of Commerce. You must then go to the town of residence to obtain a license to the traveling trade, and find out which roads are allowed to stop and sell and in what time. Each municipality has its own regulation and knowing the rules that allows to avoid problems of any kind and penalties.

What are the advantages of a food truck?

The initial costs are certainly not those of the opening of a real restaurant and it is easy to amortize them quickly.

You can more easily retain the customer: the relationship with those who “eat” is more directed and informal than in traditional restaurants. Even the sale is simplified and fast: the street food format is more practical than the classic “courses”, and helps the growth of profits.

You can move around and participate in festivals, events or even to  choose the best places that offer more sales opportunities: if a place does not work, turn the engine on and off!