While walking around Milan on Saturday I spotted these sweets treats along the road near Parco Sempione. They are streetart created by Urbansolid, and I think they are so cute. Definitely makes it more fun to walk around town when you suddently spot a giant cupcake!
This is a panettone, a type of sweet bread originally from Milan which is usually enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy.
I could only find these two this time, but will keep an eye out for any other cakes along my way.
On a sunny day like today it was the perfect excuse to go check out the Gelato Festival. The festival is touring around Italy this summer, and luckily this week it stopped in Milan.
The festival is a place to try different flavours of italian ice-creams, and to join in on the fun you have to purchase the The Gelato Card. It entitles you to 5 tubs of different ice-cream’s + another tub when you vote for your favourite competing flavour. The great thing is that if you can’t manage 5 ice-creams in one day you can save the card and come back another day.
You can’t go wrong with nutella flavoured anything. The ice-cream was deliciously nutty, with just the right amount of nutella on the top. Only down-side is that it’s a bit heavy, but overall a good scoop!
When I saw the vodka based ice-cream options I knew I had to try one. As these are sorbets there are no milk involved, and it was therefore a good choice to have after the full-on nutella bomb. I went for the strawberry & vodka flavour, which was nice but a tad too much vodka for my liking. The strawberry flavour itself was delicious, but unfortunately the vodka overpowered it. Definitely a grown-up ice-cream options for vodka lovers.
I love peanuts, so I had to try this ice-cream. The saltiness from the peanutbutter combined with the sweetness of the vanilla ice-cream and gianduia is a match made in heaven. I might have to go back for seconds. :-D
If you are an ice-cream lover like me and want to find out where the Gelato Festival will be next, then click the logo below for more info:
When I heard that film director Wes Anderson (famous for indie films such as The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom to name a few) had designed the interior of Bar Luce at the Fondazione Prada I had to go and check it out.
Anderson has re-created the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè with a 1950s style full of pastel colours and quirky details, the perfect place for a drink and a bite to eat while you pretend that you’re in your favourite Wes Anderson film..
The bar-staff is all dressed as they have stepped out of The Grand Budapest Hotel, I kept looking for the lobby boy but he was unfortunately not around. As it was a very hot and sunny day I had a classic spritz, which I enjoyed while observing the big crowd – a mix of hipsters and Italian families on a day out.
It has a ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ and a ‘Castello Cavalcanti’ pinball machine alongside a cool retro jukebox, a counter full of candy, cakes, food and drinks, and the most extravagance entrance to a WC I have ever seen.
“There is no ideal angle for this space. It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc. While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.” – Wes Anderson
Bar Luce opened this weekend and is a must-see for any Wes Anderson fans!
A giant green apple has appeared in the piazza del Duomo in Milan! It is eight meter high and completely covered in natural grass. The installation is ‘Terzo Paradiso La Mela Reintegrata‘ (Third Paradise – The Reinstated Apple) and will be on display from the 3rd to 18th of May. It was created by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto using the apple as a symbol of creation and life.
“The symbol of the apple is the whole history we have behind us, starting from the bite, which is the separation of mankind from nature and origin of the artificial world as it grew to the size of today’s all-encompassing. The apple is reinstated with entry into a new era in which the artificial world and the natural world are reunited producing a new planetary balance. The Third Paradise aims to reconcile different polarities as nature and artifice and can only be realized through the assumption of collective social responsibility.” – Michelangelo Pistoletto
As it was the first weekend of the EXPO 2015 we got a pair of evening tickets (they are only 5 euros!) to have a stroll around the site. It was great to get a little overview of everything before future visit’s, it’s so big you definitely need a lot of time to see and experience everything.
We got there quite late after some transport issues. First there was no parking as this must be booked in advance, then when we decided to take the train in from the city centre the doors wouldn’t open at the right station which resulted in a bit of a detour.. So when we got there we were very hungry. Luckily there was no queue at all and the security check went smoothly, so the process of getting in was very quick. Once inside we walked down the Decumano (the central way) trying to decide where to stop for a bite to eat. There are so many options it’s hard to choose. Each country have their own pavilion, and most of these have a restaurant of some sort in it, so you can basically eat food from all over the world.
We ended up at the Japan Pavilion, my boyfriend had read recommendations online and we know we love Japanese food so it was a no brainer. There you can order food from 3 different famous Japanese restaurants in a food court, all through a click on a machine at the entrance. We tried the rice burger menu from MOS Burger, which seems to be Japan’s answer to McDonald’s. The menu included a burger, fries and a bottle of Coke, all for just 12euros. This was a great choice, the burger was so delicious and not too heavy because of it mainly being rice! A little bonus was this cute little “Let’s learn together with Hello Kitty about Japanese food culture” leaflet you get with the meal.
After the food we had a walk through the rest of the site, and ended up at the Lake Arena in the Italian area for the final evening show. Here in the water you can find the Tree of Life surrounded by fountains coming to life with artistic water-play complemented by music and lights. The Tree of Life is a 37 metres tall wood and steel structure constructed by Orgoglio Brescia and designed by Marco Balich. The show is an amazing experience and has to be seen in real life, the highlight of our evening and a great way to end the visit.
My first brief visit to the EXPO was very nice, and I can’t wait to go back to see (and eat) more!
Spent this Saturday snapping away at the Salone Del Mobile exhibition in Milan, a showcase for the latest in furnishing and design. It was a massive exhibition space, so having the map at hand was a must.
So much inspiration & great design in one day, here are some of my highlights (but be warned – it’s a lot of yellow!) :
Amazing Ballo stool by Humanscale inspired by the exercise ball, I need one!
OFF modules by Scan Sørlie.
Shelving systems wall art.
So much yellow this season, this sofa from Vitra is so bright and lovely.
Creative way to hang magazines by Swedese.
New retail concept by Lago, NFC stickers you hover your phone over for info about the product.
Skandium Danish classic toys for grown-ups.
Yellow pouffe with space for your coffee cup.
The Dots coat hooks by Muuto.
Simply beautiful wallpaper.
Seletti neon letters.
Lamps made out of cheese-graters? Why not.
The PULK storage bench designed by Herman Cph.
Desk-space by Calligaris.
Clothes rack by Erba. (Just had to take a picture..)
The Normann Copenhagen bell lamps.
Love this simplistic sink and tap.
This sun-bed by Skagerak is perfect for a hot day.
LOG 365, colourful seating by Pedrali.
Yellow, grey & wood at Muuto.
Shima; a nice little stool with an attached little turnable table by Johanson.
Ciao for now, see you next year at Salone Del Mobile!