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How to recognize the True Italian Taste – An easy Italian recipe to cook at home!

My father used to say: It’s all about best quality ingredients you have in your kitchen to create a tasty recipe.

And I feel so lucky that since my childhood my palate got to experience the True Italian Taste! This makes it very easy today to recognize, if a product derives from genuine and high quality ingredients.

Now you can ask, how can you recognize an original Italian product?
To recognize real Italian products you have to read PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) or D.O.P. It stands for Denominazione di Origine Protetta (literally Protected Designation of Origin.

According to latest market insights, the most copied Italian product is Parmigiano Reggiano, followed by Prosciutto di Parma and San Daniele, but also, Grana Padano cheese, Mozzarella di Bufala, Asiago and Gorgonzola cheese are copied.

Pay attention on the labels and the packaging. If you read “traditional ham” or “country ham” for example, usually they aren’t real Italian products.

100% Made in Italy products combined with creativity make the magic happen in the kitchen!

On this occasion, Chef Cristian Pratelli from Casa Artusi and presenter Sara Bello provided a group of media experts with their expertise during an online cooking class organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce from Geneva & Zurich under the motto: Authentic Italian Table. Chef Cristian used a selection of fantastic Italian products we had received at home, too.

Can you imagine how high my heart jumped when I got delivered the True Italian Taste box full of flavors?

This is what the box included:

A white wine called Greco di Tufo – L’arietta Vinosia from the Campania Region!
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A Franciacorta from the company Ca’del Bosco
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A Moscato sweet wine with bubbles called “Dolce Le Rughe”
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Oliixir Biologic Extra virgin Olive Oil from Sicily distributed by Foodforhealth in Switzerland
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Pacchetelle di Pomodorino del Piennolo del Vesuvio DOP
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Olive Caiazzane Nuova Eden – Agricola San Giovanni Antonio
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Conchiglie Pasta di Gragnano – Afeltra
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Ceci di Controne – Chickpeas from Michele Ferrante – Controne (Salerno)
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Risotto rice from Risoacquerello
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Parmigiano Reggiano 24 month Consorzio Vacche rosse

What would you create with Conchiglie pasta, tomato sauce, eggplants, Parmigiano Reggiano and Mozzarella di Bufala?

Chef Cristian inspired me a lot with the preparation of the crunchy rise paddies paired with hummus & Friarielli. By now I had never stuffed Conchiglie pasta with mozzarella di Bufala &  eggplant! Watch how I prepared the Conchiglie here.

How to prepare the Conchiglie pasta

Ingredients:

  • 200 gr of Conchiglie Pasta Afeltra
  • 1 aubergine
  • 250 gr Pacchetelle di Pomodorino del Piennolo del Vesuvio DOP
  • 2 Mozzarella di Bufala (ca. 125 gr each)
  • fresh basil
  • Biologic Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Oliixir

Preparation:

  • Boil the Conchiglie for ca. 7 Min. – Take them out of the water and let them cool down.
  • Peal the skin of the eggplant and cut same amount of stripes (ca. 0.5 cm thin) as Conchiglie you are going to stuff.
  • Cut the eggplant in little cubes and pan fry them golden with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Season with salt and herbs. Let it cool down. Fry the eggplant stripes until they get golden, too – put apart.
  • Cut the Mozzarella in little cubes, add it to the egg plant cubes.
  • In another pan, fry the garlic with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the tomato to make a delicious sauce.
  • Stuff the Conchiglie with the cubes, make a loop with the eggplant strip around the Conchiglia so that it looks like a little cute package.
  • Take a square mould and distribute the Conchiglie
  • Pour the tomato sauce over the Conchiglie and as a final step. Grate as much Parmigiano Reggiano you like over the pasta
  • Put it in the oven for ca. 20 min. You can put an aluminium foil for the first 15 min. in order to prevent the pasta to dry out.

Pair a delicious white wine from Campania – The Greco di Tufo “L’arietta Vinosia”. It is refreshing with a marked but harmonious acidity, supported by fresh minerality.

A big thank you to all involved parties for this unforgettable culinary trip with 100% Made in Italy products!

In the mood to get inspired on a Piedmont Trip ? Read my blog post here!

 

This blog post has been created as part of a collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Switzerland. The project “True Italian Taste” is part of the government program “The Extraordinary Italian Taste” which is promoted and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and carried out by Assocamerestero. It was launched in 2016 on the markets of North America, to then land in the following years also on the main reference markets of Italian agri-food exports in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. The project is being developed in collaboration with 36 CCIEs in 23 countries around the world and aims to raise awareness among foreign consumers about the consumption and informed purchase of food 100% made in Italy to counter the phenomenon of Italian Sounding, which improperly uses words, colors, locations, images, names and recipes that recall Italy for foods that have very little Italian about them. True Italian Taste aims to spread a greater knowledge of the characteristics of typicality, places of origin and nutritional aspects and DOP-IGP certification.
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A special fasting program designed to loose weight and feel more energy

My body asked for a reboost: The Mimicking Fasting diet ProLon designed by Prof. Valter Longo was the solution. Use Promocode LOVEFOODISH13 for your 13 % discount !

I’ve never done fasting and I could not imagine to survive 3 or 4 days without food! In order to find out what suits best to me, my researches brought me to intermitting fasting and the mimicking fasting program.

How does intermittent fasting work?

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them. There are several different intermittent fasting methods, all of which split the day or week into eating periods and fasting periods. The fasting period is usually around 12 or more hours that, helpfully, includes time spent sleeping overnight. There is the 16/8 fasting plan. Fasting for 16 hours and then only eating within a specific 8-hour window. Another strategy is to eat only one meal a day (OMAD). There are a lot of possibilities for fasting and somehow you’ll need to experiment, adjust to work for your lifestyle and goals, and see how your body responds.

What about the ProLon Mimicking fasting program ?

Reading through a variety of articles I got in touch with the longevity diet by an Italian professor called Valter Longo. And guess what, he is from my hometown Calabria. Thinking back on the healthy organic food my relatives in Calabria consume and how old my grandparents got, I can absolutely imagine, that this scientifically developed and clinically tested program works. Valter Longo invented this program at the University of Southern California at the USC Longevity Institute. It brings together a multidisciplinary aging research to enhance the human healthspan. Read also more in his book “The longevity diet”.

Valter Longo discovered that specific diets can activate stem cells and promote regeneration and rejuvenation in multiple organs to reduce the risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

So how does ProLon work?

With the ProLon Fasting Mimicking Program the body does not recognize that it is being fed. The ProLon five-day fasting program is based on healthy natural products and ingredients, all whole-food derived and 100% plant based, gluten-free, non-GMO and with no artificial additives. It comes prepackaged in meal kits, so you don’t have to care about cooking or shopping. The meal kits are low in carbs and protein yet high in healthy fats like olives and flax.

The box includes soups, bars, crackers, olives, drinks, and supplements. You receive a specific menu where you see, which items to eat per day.

Day one of the diet provides approximately 1,090 kcal (10% protein, 56% fat, 34% carbs), while days two through five provide only 725 kcal (9% protein, 44% fat, 47% carbs). The low-calorie, high-fat, low-carb content of the meals causes your body to generate energy from noncarbohydrate sources after glycogen stores are depleted. This process is called gluconeogenesis.

My personal experience of the ProLon diet

The sleek, modern, glossy white box reminded me of unboxing a new MacBook or iPhone. Inside the box are five smaller boxes, marked with Day 1, Day 2, etc. Each box contains all of the food allowed for the specific day. A suggested menu card is provided so that it’s easy to understand when to take which meal.

Foods provided include dried soup blends (they require adding hot water) and I seasoned them with pepper and fresh leafs (mint or basil), delicious nut and cocoa-based bars, pouches of olives and kale flax crackers. There are also supplements, including algal oil for plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, and multivitamin/minerals. The box contains herbal teas, too and a large water bottle used to sip a flavored glycerol-based drink. This is used days two through five to help maintain fullness.

My absolute favorite item: the nut bar! And I have to admit, the kale crackers were a flavorful snack, too.

Overall, I have to admit that getting through the five days wasn’t easy. The first two days I was ok and kind of excited to try all different food portions. Day 2 I felt a strong headache. After Day 3 I started to feel new energy and I got motivated to do some workout. By that time I was already missing fresh food, fruits and veggies. I typically eat 2-3 times veggies and fruits each day. Day 4 and Day 5 I felt terribly hungry and couldn’t wait to just have the 5 days gone! I miss biting and chewing. I experience waking up more energetic and with a more clear mind, although.

After the five days I lost 3 kilos, by now I got 1 back again. My waste line reduced 4 cm and I can say my clothes fit more loose. Thanks to ProLon I gained motivation to eat more controlled. I already was used to eat healthy and fresh food. Thanks to this diet I realized, that I don’t need food every 2 hours. It feels easier to stick to breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon snack and dinner. All of that to be eaten in a time frame of 12-14 hours.

Having all of my food for the day pre-planned made it decision-free and easy to follow

Will I do it again? I guess so! The company recommends to not extend the program past five days or complete more than one cycle per month. They encourages repeating the diet “from time to time” when looking for rejuvenation – every 3 months approximately.

Are you motivated to try the ProLon Mimicking Fasting program? Use Promocode LOVEFOODISH13 for your 13 % discount and order the box here. (Normal price is 229 CHF). Shipping costs are included in the price. Valid for Switzerland only. Let me know, if you like to order from another country, we can find a solution for that.

Get more information also here info@vmmt.ch or call 044 558 42 44 and have a chat withDr. Marica Brnić (PhD in human nutrition)—who speaks Italian, German, French, English and Croatian. I felt very well consulted by her large knowledge in nutrition!

 

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The Sacred Power of Cacao: How this ancient plant-medicine can open our hearts

Why are ceremonies and rituals still so important ?

During the last year I felt like practicing yoga, meditating and being surrounded by people with a similar vibes makes me feel more balanced and down to earth. We are all somehow going through changes, and guess everyone finds its way to recharge energy and clean the mind. Ceremony and rituals add depth and dimension to our journey. They can add extraordinary to the ordinary and help us to remember, to honor, to feel and to connect.

Today I’d like to bring yo closer the Cacao Ceremony! I had the privilege to attend one with Zurich based Yoga Teacher Aleks Nicolic at the studio Yoga Tribe. (All covid-measures were safely applied of course, attendance was limited to 4 people).
Aleks immediately conquered my heart with her feminine and natural attitude. The studio we were having our ceremony felt safe and sacred as all the moments we shared together during the two hours. A beautiful altar of fresh flowers and offerings as crystal stones or jewelery that we could bring illuminated by lots of candles created a magic atmosphere in the room.

Let’s talk about the Sacred Power of Cacao

Cacao is a sacred plant found in Central and South America. Also known as natural plant medicine. Cacao has been used for thousands of years in the Mayan culture of South America for medicinal, spiritual and ceremonial purposes. Raw Cacao is a source of theobromine, magnesium, antioxidants that help the body naturally produce anandamide (the bliss chemical), serotonin (feel-good-chemical), phenylethylamine (love chemical) which results in a better quality of physical and mental health.

Aleks mentions, that cacao is the food of the Gods and the Medicine of the Heart. And that makes a lot of sense to me. As a hearty and passionate person.

Her cacao ceremonies offer a variety of cacao blends by Naked Chocolate, get hem in her online shop! Experienced Yogis can surely organize their little private cacao ceremony also at home. It can also be used as a daily supplement. Sprinkle a tea spoon on your food or add it to a smoothie or coffee to enhance general wellbeing.

The cacao we got had a wonderful aromatic taste. It contained various ingredients as hibiscus, rosemary, peppermint, hemp, camomile, cinnamon and black pepper. The taste was not sweet at all, it doesn’t taste anything like hot chocolate, it’s pure and slightly bitter.

What exactly happens during a cacao ceremony?

Aleks introduced us to the cacao we were going to enjoy with beautiful words of thankfulness followed by beautiful sound and slow heart opening exercises. After sitting with the cup of cacao and connecting to our hearts, we set our intention to call in our intentions and we drank our cacao. The next hour was dedicated fully to movements and further heart opening exercises lying on our backs. The sound Aleks used was a mix of sound healing with instruments and beautiful chanting.

What happens in your soul & body during and after the ceremony?

The energy during the ceremony is very active and alive. Thoughts appear very clear – either positive or negative – it feels like the heart connects with the mind and finds a way to clear all mess up 🙂 Writing down the words or thoughts helps a lot, especially when you’re back home and want to go through it again.  The morning after the ceremony I had light cramps, sweated a bit with little signs of a diarrhea. Guess clear indication, that the cacao cleaned up my body with antioxidants!

Thank you Aleks for making me feel safe and guiding me to the voice of my heart!

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A digital food based provocation -Are you hungry? Check out edgarunddieter!

lady edgardundieter

Do you know the most famous and provocative works of art about food?

Artists make tremendous sacrifices in their lives in order to feed their creative addiction, whether they become financially successful or not. Inspiration comes from action, from experimentation, from the chaos, the fire, the big wins and the big fails. This is why I admire creative minds on how they master the art of the unknown!

Reason enough for me today, to introduce to you a project realized by two hungry artists based in Switzerland & Germany: edgarunddieter has been founded by Christoph Dieter Göttel and Markus Edgar Ruf.

Who stands behind edgarunddieter?

Christoph Göttel creates modern art in Basel using his graphic and illustration background as a way to let an image speak for itself. His objective is always to make a clear statement. Find more on Chris Art here.
The other creative mind of the project is Markus Edgar Ruf. He is based in Lörrach and specialized in photography, videography and graphic design. Find more on his work here.

Together they go viral with a new project combining all of their creative power!

Let’s talk about their project_ May it be a little more?

Food offers best prerequisites for arts to play wild! And if you give some meat into the hands of two experimental minds as Edgar and Dieter guess what comes out?

Not everything is sausage what we do, but almost everywhere is sausage. When is there too much “sausage” around? This question is addressed in this work. Implemented in an environment that couldn’t be more contradictory and yet suggests a common thread. It is the weariness of everything. The more absurd this connection of the pictorial structure, the greater it draws you into the visual language – edgarunddieter –

 

 

 

 

Are you curious to get to see their art live or want to buy a piece for your living room? Get in contact here!

For all the ones that are really hungry now and looking for the best sausage in town, check out my foodguide (for takeaway of course).

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A good day starts with good food delivered from Eat-Fit.ch!

My Personal highlight: Starting the day with no planning, preparing or shopping  for meals. I just choose from one of three menus eat-fit.ch prepares and delivers to me!

Basically this is how the perfect day could look like, no? When Peter from Eat-Fit.ch contacted me I was very curious to try this healthy meal catering out! What a feeling to open the fridge and know, that yummy meals are prepared for the day and you can focus on other projects coming along!
I personally could imagine to order such a service 2-3 times a week, in order to still follow the joy of cooking in the kitchen. From the menus I got delivered I looooooved a lot the shrimps with rice noodles and veggies. I never calculated the calories I consume, so having them mentioned on the box was very interesting! All 5 meals together come to a maximum of  2000 – 3000 calories ca. depending the menu option you choose.

Who stands behind Eat-Fit.ch?

Talking to Peter I find out that there is a big passion and motivation to support people, that need motivation to eat healthy and have no time to prepare meals at home. Most of the time, it seems as there is just a lack of creativity when it comes to cook at home by oneself everyday, so having someone as Eat-Fit.ch taking care of this important task is magic!

Eating healthy is living healthy, and a healthy life is a happy life, so simple 🙂

How do they menu look like? Is there a Veggie option available – What about the sanitary standards?

Eat-Fit has the goal to offer a properly balanced healthy meal plan that contains all the required vitamins and micronutrients and comes with 5 different tasty meals for the day. The menu consists of plant products and animal products.

Use Promocode ‚LOVEFOODISH2021‘ and receive a special deal

Get 50% on your order placed from today Jan. 7 until tomorrow, Jan. 8. 2021 (24.00 h) Or decide later and get a voucher of 30% valid for all January 2021!

Here is a menu example I got delivered

  • Breakfast1: Joghurt & berries choco müesli  (400 kcal)
  • Breakfast 2: Pea Cream with sunflower seeds (300 kcal)
  • Lunch: Beef Stroganof with quinoa (600 kcal)
  • Afternoon snack: Semolina with roasted apple (301kcal)
  • Dinner: Rice noodles with shrimps & veggies (400 kcal)

I really love the fact that every portion has a detailed overview with all the nutrition facts as carbs, fats, proteins, fiber, sugar and salt.

You can choose out of three categories: Optimal, Vege or Vege & Fish. Find the meal plans for the actual week here .
The ingredients used for the meals are made of local trusted sources and organic! Each portion is hermetically sealed which protects it from the influence of external factors. They are stored and transported in special freezers and thermal food containers. I love the fact, that the boxes are made of  sugar cane pulp, their decomposition only lasts 12 weeks so they are very environmentally friendly!

Where do they deliver and what about the costs ?

Find out online, if your area is covered from the service! Zurich area is fully covered.
About pricing: The 5 meal menu starts as of 49 CHF to 59 CHF. You can safe money if you order the meals for 20+ days. I recommend to go for the test kit. It’s a good start to make a personal experience and get convinced about the meal and service quality. It saves you 50% of the menu you choose. To find out more about pricing, check this section on the website.

A healthy food plan needs a good fitness plan, too, right?

Guess it’s not a secret, eating healthy is important and plays a main role in our lifestyle. But foodies, we need to move our beautiful asses, too 🙂

Here a very personal list of online full body and yoga workouts I frequently use!

So now go enjoy your day and stay safe!

Thank you peter for serving me these yummy 5 meals and taking care of my food plan!
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Practical, rational and positive: My personal COVID diary to handle this virus

A personal story of a passioned foodie experiencing the lost of taste and smell during COVID including a diary on how to handle this unknown journey

Welcome to my personal experience of Covid! In this little – very personal guide – I would like to share what exactly happened from the moment I felt the first symptoms to the day of recovery. The blog post includes suggestions and helpful procedures to make this isolation time more suitable for mind, body & soul. All you read is based on a personal experience and excludes any medical validation. My aim is to share how I experienced all of this and maybe be a little light in the whole covid chaos.

How everything began – Day 1 of my first symptoms

All started with a dry cough and a little sore throat. At this stage I did not really relate my symptoms to covid yet. This is also a reason why I was still meeting some few friends for a walk or a coffee. The second day it continued a bit with the sore throat, I felt more tired and I did also sweat during the night. This is when I started to stop seeing people and I kind of thought, well, it could be covid is coming.

When taste and smell are gone

The third day was the day I decided to go for a covid test since I experienced the disappearing of my taste and smell and somehow my body felt very tired and powerless. From the day I knew I am going to make the test I did not see any people and I isolated myself at home. I was lucky to have a friend that brought me some food and groceries I needed! As an Italian, and as my parents thought me, a basic food stock as tomato sauce, pasta, rice, cheese, nuts or frozen veggies can’t miss at home.

Where to go for the COVID  test in Zurich

I checked online where the best/fastest available place was to get tested. Since some as Triemli Spital showed availability only in 2-3 days I decided to do it at Universitätsspital/Reisezentrum.
As of  now covid tests can also be made in pharmacies. Here some pharmacies in Zurich that offer the service:

According to information from Pharmasuisse, the rapid tests react to viral antigens and delivers a result within 15 minutes. This requires a smear of the posterior nasal wall. Advantages of the rapid test compared to the PCR test currently in use are not only the speed but also the price and independence from expensive laboratory equipment. Costs for test are covered by the government, if you have symptoms or were in contact with an infected person. If this is not the case, you have to take care of the costs yourself, but you can send in your invoice to the health insurance!

What happens after the covid test is made ?

So, I was sitting at home waiting the test result, but honestly I knew covid virus hit me, because the missing smell and taste was something so unknown to me the way it was. Can’t explain the feeling, but it’s not coming because you feel a blocked nose, it’s just no taste and smell. The result arrived after 24 hours and I was curious about what would happen next. On the one hand with my body on the other hand on the administrative part.
I got an sms some hours later telling me, that someone from the contact tracing would call me. I was sitting there and waiting but nobody ever called. What I received was an email, where I got instruction on how to behave, what means, stay home, inform all people I met 48 hours before the first symptom appeared. Further a questionnaire to fill in all symptoms I returned immediately.

What I really missed in all this very impersonal information was a call of someone telling you where to address if there is an emergency or uncertainty with the symptom that arise

Day 3 to day 6 are a real rollercoaster

My symptoms seem to be consistent the next days with the no taste and no smell. I have no fever and still feel my muscles and brain tired and slow. Nevertheless, I try to do some yoga exercises to understand how my body reacts on fatigue. I experience that it’s good for my mind to be a little active. Meditation helps me to stay calm and accept the fact, that I have no idea, which symptoms will appear the next days.

Day 6-8 put me somehow in difficulty and fear since I experience the first time a strong pressure and heat in my chest. It feels like there is a radiator that burns in my chest. This is the day I decide to call the AERZTEFON (Tel. 0800 33 66 55) . I do not really go regular to see a doctor since I am quite in good shape so I try the number I got from the pharmacy.

The doctor at the phone is very friendly and calms me, she takes my coordinates and explains to me, that everything seems to be in the “norm” and that I shall observe the pressure and breathing quality. She says bye and assures me, that I can call anytime and they will send a doctor, if I do feel I need one. So I hang up and go to bed and try to relax with a good Netflix serie!

Power food to eat during your covid self-care

Day 7 the smell is still not there but somehow I keep myself busy by cooking some easy dishes as veggie soups, since I know my body needs vitamins and honestly it keeps me busy and positive to work in the kitchen!
During the whole day I drink a lot! Absolutely recommend the turmeric tea from the brand Sonnentor made of the ingredients that support the immune system! (turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, coriander, fennel, liquorice, black pepper, vanilla pod and cloves).
When it comes to the right food when at home with covid I made a little research online and found out that food rich of potassium sources could be considered a basic nutrition education strategy for self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more on this study here

The use of culinary herbs like oregano, sage and cinnamon as well as increased consumption of fruits and vegetables is encouraged to improve antioxidant levels in the body

Another food suggestion you shouldn’t miss: Eat raw garlic! Its regular consumption can help treat and mange lung disorders including cancer! Garlic contains a phytoutrient called allicin. This is what helps in attacking against microbes causing infection.
My symptoms seem to be consistent with the no taste and smell, still no fever but the pressure and twinge in my chest are continuing. My sleep is deep and I wake up quite “normal” in this first week.

Recommended online food shopping to try when locked at home

I was very happy to find the online delivery shop Mahler & Co. for organic food. They were super fast (2 days of delivery) and have a wide selection of quality biological food including organic wines. This is where I placed my order of a red biodynamic Ripasso! Because you need to be ready, when the taste starts to come back, right? No, I did not consume alcohol while being sick 🙂

This annoying smell of burn  is still here after day 9

It seems as a lot of symptoms are gone, the only thing that irritates me is the smell of burnt in my nose! While after day 9 the taste is nearly all back there is a little thing that keeps annoying me. I smell burnt in my nose! I read online, that the taste of burn is normal and that it is a sign that the senses are recovering from the virus. Well, at least it makes it easier to get along with that topic, and I know, patience will help also here!

Is all this coming soon to an end after 10 days?

Day 10 and I feel like all is nearly gone, wow, it’s an amazing experience, my body seems semi-normal, I still do not have 100% my power back but all other symptoms seem to be gone. I realize when I do my yoga exercises, that the strength in my body is coming back, also the taste is back and no smell of burnt around! I notice only some little pressure in the chest but it doesn’t alarm me. Nevertheless, since I want to understand if it is ok to have this procedure of symptoms I decide to call again the Areztefon. The doctor assures me, that mostly they experience this kind of light second symptom wave after 10 days in a lot of patients. This calms me and I switch of my Netflix again to enjoy my evening!

Day 11 to Day 14 – YEY I have my power back – when can I go out?

The feeling of being healed is finally here! According to a lot of information on the web and guidance of the BAG after 10 days the body is healed. Now it’s important to be 48 hours symptom free and the time to be able to leave the house is here.

Some people may think, but it’s too early to leave the house, you don’t know if you will still have symptoms and transmit the virus to someone. The thing is, once you have the virus in your body and you go through the whole illness you feel when your body is healed. And leaving the house after being symptom free for 48 hours doesn’t mean you go to the next party or in spaces full of people. The use of common sense is a rule for plenty other topics in life, no? It’s a delicate issue and since there is a lot of information I understand people being confused and especially scared. So don’t worry about what others say, go your own way!

If you can’t handle the unknown an option could be to make a second test and have it officially on a paper, that the virus is gone. But here you find several opinions and theories, too. The doctors I asked where in the opinion that doing a PCR test can result still positive since part of the virus remain in the blood for 2-3 month. Another advise I got in a pharmacy was to do an antibody blood test after 1-2 month to see, if the virus is still in the blood. Here I found several services online offering this test, but I did not try them personally.

For all the ones that want to know more about the available tests, read this official BAG information

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or this very useful article from Harvard Medical School.

How my body and health changed after covid

I can say that after covid my body feels often dehydrated, I need to drink more water than before. My throat feels constantly dry with a dry cough (no pains). As a migraine patient over several years I also noticed much more headaches than before covid. My physical strength was back after 8 weeks approximately, and that feeling is amazing! An X-Ray of my chest confirmed, that luckily I had no damage at my lungs!

Ways of keeping yourself positive and busy during the time at home – working, cooking, painting & zoom

Being an experienced remote worker staying at home for me never meant boredom. Luckily there is always something to do and I admit, it was a good distraction to be able to work! Of course the brain worked slow but hey, it’s okey! I have a wonderful team around me that supported me also in this!

An activity that always keeps me busy is cooking! Believe me, the first days were weird with the non smell and taste issue, but I ignored that fact and continued my cooking journey. I baked some bread and made some fresh spreads and the usual simple dishes as oven veggies, soups, pasta or risotto rice. I found a beautiful blog called The First Mess that I immediately fell in love with. Absolutely recommend it!

Paint it nice!

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”
– Vincent Van Gogh

Did you know, that painting is a secret passion of mine ?
It’s amazing how my creativity flows once I have the brush and paint under my fingers. I had this idea to use food for my painting since a while so this was the time to do it and it was really a lot of fun! A spicy, colorful and drunk painting for the kitchen of my friend was born!

Meditate and keep your mind calm!

A lot of people say they try to meditate, which is a good start. My advise:  practice it frequently in order to get to that status of mind, where everything around you is switched off.
Try this meditation and let me know, what you think about! I love it, 15 minutes every day will clean your thoughts and keep you down to earth while others freak out 😉

Let your friends & family be part of your time at home

Being stuck at home means no social contact and we all know, that we need this kind of quality contacts in our life. When I had the need to be in contact with my friends or family I just told them that I need some virtual attention! I personally think that it is very important to communicate your needs, since sometimes people are just too busy with their own life and they don’t do it per purpose but they forget to call or send you a little text.

What else to say, stay healthy, follow your common  sense and hit me up if you have any questions!
If you’re in the mood to travel virtually get a read in my travel section!

Sending you love and good vibes! Marina

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Taming the wanderlust through a plate of fresh & light food prepared at home

tuna in coconut crust

A little guide on how to mentally travel by creating your individual culinary experience at home!

We traveler and foodies are all facing a tuff reality: It got more complicated to travel after Covid19 times. But hey, why don’t we use this opportunity to challenge our creativity by spending more valuable time at home? Let’s experiment more in the kitchen and bring on our tables joyful culinary moments we collected on our travels. This little personal guide shall inspire you to create cozy travel moments at home!

Choose the favorite corner at home and decorate it with herbs & flowers that remind you your holiday!

The spot that makes my mind wander most at home is my balcony! I decorated it with fresh herbs as basil and moroccan mint and some lovely lavender! When it comes to spoil me with food I start with using special pottery to arrange my dishes! My latest shopping was at Coop where I found the perfect turquoise blue plates that remind me to Bali or Greece!

Create a playlist with all of your favorite songs collected!

Here you can find mine! I put together songs I listens during my long flights or just while relaxing at the beach. Once back home I play it while I stand in the kitchen preparing my holiday delicacies!

Spoil your palate with a recipe that reminds you a memorable food & travel experience

A recipe I really love is the Tuna in Coconut crust with edamame. It brings me somewhere between Greece and Israel!

Ingredients for the tuna:

  • A piece of fresh tuna, about 150- 200 grams
  • 1 table spoon grated coconut
  • 1 table spoon sesame oil
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 table spoon soy sauce
  • 200 grams of edamame

Preparation steps tuna:

Mix the olive oil and soy sauce, put the tuna in the soy sauce and wet it from both sides. Use another bowl, mix the sesame oil with the coconut flakes. Now put the tuna in the coconut mixture and after pan fry it for 2 min each side. Take the tuna from the pan and cut it in slices. Optional: put some lemon juice or extra virgin olive oil on the top of the tuna slices.

For the edamame:

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the pods in it (previously washed in clear water) for about 5 to 6 minutes at medium heat. You can defrost precooked but still frozen edamame in this way, which reduces the cooking time for them by about 2 minutes. Then pour them into a sieve and let them cool down a little before serving. Sprinkle with some sea salt.

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Travel

Traveling virtually to Genova and the UNESCO Heritage of the Rolli Palaces – Rolli Days 2020

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ROLLI DAYS DIGITAL WEEK
A virtual journey around Genoa, UNESCO Heritage including culinary inspiration by young Italian Chefs in quarantine – May 16-23 exclusively available online

What a coincidence! I’ve never been to Genova ! And as of May 16 until May 23 there is the unique possibility to virtually stroll through some of the most prestigious palaces, four of them shown for the first time during Rolli Days from May 16 – May 23.

An occasion that I will take for sure! Since I have to be honest, I do miss strolling to Italian cities a lot!

Come on a virtual trip through Genova with Lovefoodish !

The story of the Rolli Palaces

Genoa has historically been one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean and birthplace of Christopher Columbus!

The Palazzi dei Rolli are a specific number of historical noble palaces in the so-called Strade Nuove in Genoa. The system of Palazzi dei Rolli consists of palaces which, in the period between the year 1576 and 1664, were listed in lists drawn up and maintained by the Republic of Genoa. Since the city did not have any representative buildings of its own, the noble palaces and their owners were legally forced to receive guests of the state (and to bear the corresponding costs). For this purpose, the palaces were classified according to size and splendour in categories (so called bussoli) from which, in case of a state visit, the name of the palace in which the guest of state was received and accommodated was drawn. The UNESCO sites includes 42 Palazzi dei Rolli, among the 100 existing ones.

Tune in from May 16 – May 23, 2020 to experience online exclusively some of the Rolli Palaces!

The uniqueness of this Digital Rolli Days lies in the fact that three of these “first showings” wouldn’t have been opened to the public, according to the traditional format and they even won’t be opened in the future; for this reason the digital visit doesn’t represent a sort of emulation of the physical experience, it’s a real resource that allows the public to visit places which are not accessible in any other way.

Many contents will be available both in Italian and English languages!

Discover typical flavours and recipes from Genova during Digital Rolli Days!

In Genoa, pesto is the king of the table. Just as traditional is the focaccia, with its thousands of variants, though you can also enjoy the frisceu, savoury fritters, chickpea flour flatbread and panissa, a type of polenta also made with chickpea flour.

During the Rolli Days there will be the opportunity to discover Genovese flavours, thanks to the traditional recipes, reinterpreted by one of the chefs belonging to Genova Gourmet network and through an innovative “Rolli’s menu”, that includes many ingredients of the region, created by young Chefs in quarantine. 

Virtually discover some Art and Culture of Genoa

A walk through the art: the Musei di Strada Nuova collections in Genoa can be admired online using Google Arts & Culture portal. Few clicks will open you the doors of surprising museums, offering you a heritage of culture and beauty

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musei-di-strada-nuova?hl=it

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Rolli Days Digital Week Genova 2020 is an event promoted and sponsored by the Municipality of Genoa, Palazzo Ducale Foundation for Culture, Genoa Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities – Regional Secretariat of Liguria, Association of the Rolli of the Republic of Genoa; in collaboration with the University of Genoa. (Humanistic science, Polytechnic school –Architecture science Department) 

More info: www.visitgenoa.it/it/strada%20nuovawww.rolliestradenuove.it

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STORIES

How to survive your quarantine with good food and amusing activities for singles, couples or families

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Seeking delicious take away or delivery food options during lockdown in Zurich and ideas on how to spend valuable time at home?

Find inspiration & creativity in this blog post for food, sports or love! We will be affected by this situation for several months, it is important to be well prepared!

Now that all restaurants in Zurich are closed due to the coronavirus, it is essential to support Zurich Gastronomy and order delicious meals for home. From street food to gourmet restaurants, there is a variety of options for vegan, vegetarians and meat lovers.

Discover here my lockdown food suggestions, mostly of them available through ubereats

  • Try the website lockdown-gourmet with plenty of international food as Asian, Italian, Local Swiss or Mexican for example. Some of the food is delivered by UberEats, some directly through by the restaurant.
  • My top Asian so far for Sushi: Hato Restaurant, get your order directly on UberEats or Smood.ch and for traditional Japanese dishes absolutely try Gaijin Izakaya. For super healthy fresh bowls or and more sushi try: Barfuesser! Find more on the restaurant on my food guide, here!
  • A light and healthy poke bowl? Kaisin was my choice for a light dinner! Get them on ubereats, too!
  • Greek Food lovers, go for Oh My Greek,
  • In the mood of some sweets for your romantic dinner or brunch family? Sweet pastry creations from Dolder Hotel, Star Patissier Christian Hümbs wait for you. They deliver for free if you live in Zurich Kreis 7! Otherwise you can go for a pick up at the hotel.
  • Pizza lovers know: Ristorante Luigia is one of the best address for Neapolitan Pizza, so don’t miss that one, too.
  • Pizza al Taglio if you are around the Old city in Niederdorf! Ritù Pizza makes the best Pizza slices in town! Natural ingredients and seasonal topings as artichokes, salame calabrese bit spicy and much more!

Fresh Bread and chocolate croissants!

A bike ride at the fresh air will be good for your brain cells! Visit John Baker at Helvetia Platz or Stadelhofen for your fresh bread or croissant early in the morning. There are allowed only 2 person at a time in the shop, so no worries about nervous customers standing around you. Read my detailed blog post on their tasty chocolate croissant, here!

Specialty Coffee for take away or a Gelato to go!

  • My favorite coffee shops Grande close to Central offers Coffee & Negroni’s to take away! Open Monday – Friday!
  • Just Coffee is my new entry! Coffee is good, their Vegan Donuts are awesome! Try it out! Open Monday – Sunday!
  • Don’t forget to stop by at Gelateria di Berna for your ice cream! Be aware of the long line, so go early!

In the mood of  a Negroni during lockdown made by your local Barkeeper?

The company Mikks supports Zurich bars and makes it possible to continue enjoying cocktails during lockdown. Visit the site cheerstosupport and find the drink of your choice from your dearest Cocktail Bar in Zurich!

Among the bars that deliver from now on are, for example, the “Bar Sacchi“, which offers various Negronis, and the “Acid Bar“, which among other things mixes a Ginger Lemon Kick. The “Barista Corado” offers espresso martini and the “Kasheme” bar offers light my fire and purple hazle. We love this initiative very much!

Cooking at home during quarantine or mixing your own cocktail

I’ve always been a fan of easy recipes especially now when I don’t go out for shopping every day I try to plan my shopping list as accurate as possible and go for recipes that are easy to prepare. There are plenty of recipes as risotto or oven recipes, where little ingredients are needed. I try to vary with veggies and fruits! Bake your own bread, pancakes or nutrition bars with nuts and honey.

And if you like to mix your own very simple drink at home, absolutely recommend to check the online shop of agoimports for some artisan fruity soda drinks in from the brand Three Cents. They come in different flavors and taste super natural! They are created with natural spring water from Rododafni (Greece). You can find also a selection of spirits as Gin, Vermouth or Tequila. My choice is the 100% handmade pink grapefruit soda mixed with some vermouth!

Online shopping is still possible so if you love fresh juices I absolutely recommend a cold press where you can create fast and easy vitamin bombs to start your day! The drink I love most is: carrots, ginger & apples!

Follow Laz uns Kochen for mediterranean inspiration in your kitchen, anaundnina for fresh and creative recipes or my friend Alma for some yummy baking ideas!

How to emotionally survive quarantine if you are single or a family!

These apps are much fun and allow to interact A with the people you know or B with random people around the globe !

  • Houseparty
    As the name suggests, it offers a way to hang out and party with friends while couped up at home.
  • Words With Friends 2
    Essentially a Scrabble clone built for phones, it comes with an interface designed for interacting online.
  • comehome
    Meet new friends, participating in house events organized in your city. It’s focussed on Italy, Spain & UK – Check it out 🙂
  • Smule App to get your caraoke career started!

Zero cost traveling for mind and soul to Europe, Africa or Asia?

We all know, one day we will travel again, get some virtual travel suggestions for Europe, Africa or Asia on my travel blog section!

In the mood of some virtual Museum visits around the globe?

Are you bored of Netflix and the endless browsing on internet ? Here comes your virtual museum visit without leaving your couch!

  • British Museum, London
    This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
  • Guggenheim Museum, New York
    Get ready with Google’s Street View for a tour through the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase. Discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras!
  • Musée d’Orsay, Paris
    Walk virtually through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    Are you a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter than see his works up close by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh.
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence
    This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici.

To see more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website. There are thousands of museum Street Views on Google as well. Google Arts & Culture also has an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.

Single and in the mood to flirt online –  Spread  Love not Corona!

In Zurich a group of single boys & girls launched a flirting platform called: be-my-quarantine. The website is in German but once you’re logged in you can chat in any language! Get more directly on their site!

Why not having a coffee talk with Swiss celebrities or random people living in Switzerland?

The platform that makes this possible is called “binenand“. The platform connects generations in Switzerland, makes projects visible and networks actors and interested parties. Get a better picture on Instagram. The website seems to be in maintenance right now.

Ever tried Breakletics ? Looking for some fun and creative online sport instructors?

I personally was attending some classes in the studio Balboa in Zurich before lockdown, this is where I discovered the workout “Breakletics” and Leo. Check his classes to sweat and have fun! On Instagram he goes live daily!

Yoga & fitness go perfectly along together!
My preferred online yoga studio is called: Alo Yoga Give it a try and let me know how you like it! There is a wide mix of instructors you can choose of. They are running a 14 days free trial right now!

In the best case, we can even integrate some of these new habits into our routine and make them last also after this covid-19 pandemic.

Stay safe and healthy !

Marina

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Accomodation

Giardino Mountain Hotel St. Moritz

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My personal highlight: Staying in the Engadine in luxury and informal surrounding offering the best comfort you need for body & soul

Here is where you find a tranquil & intimate winter escape only a five-minute stroll away from St. Moritz. Welcome to Champfèr close to nature and far away from everyday life. Giardino Mountain is a modern luxury hotel with a homely touch. The architecture is traditional from Engadine, the sgraffitos (typical wall painting from Engadine) on the walls made by the local artist Steivan Könz combined with wood elements add a particular romantic touch! It has undergone an extensive transformation, preserving the local Engadine charm and fusing it with clean interior design.

Why to choose 5 Star Hotel Giardino Mountain for your trip

Staying at Giardino Mountain feels like visiting a friends chalet with a luxury touch and excellent service. The interior design is modern, colorful and arty. The view from the balcony over the Engadine Mountain is giving you the needed portion of tranquility every time you slide the curtain!

Walking through the corridors you notice vibrant fuchsia and lime velvets that brings to mind a huge bouquet of wild flowers cascading down a snowy mountain. I absolutely love the wall of roses on the way to the fine dining restaurant Ecco by Chef Rolf Fliegauf.

Accommodation

The rooms are decorated with warm colors and delicate fabrics and provide soul-nourishing spaces, including a restful state-of-the-art wellness spa. I really loved the earthy tones that give to the 78 rooms and suites a feeling of warmth and pure coziness.
The size of the rooms starts from 18-square-meter Double Room Small to 60-square-meter Mountain Suite, each of the 78 rooms offers mountain views and either a king-size bed or twin beds. All rooms offer a shower or a bathtub—apart from the 32-square-meter Small Suite South, the 50-square-meter Suite, and the 60-square-meter Mountain Suite, which offer both—while some also boast a lounge or balcony.
The Mountain Suite also plays host to a wonderful fireplace to enjoy the best post-piste relaxation moment. Check their actual rates here.

Wellness & SPA, Gym or Yoga

Discover the brand “dipiù” – a declaration of love of Ticino’s nature and its efficacy at Giardino Mountain. Choose the program of ayurveda or beauty you need out of their offer here. For all yoga lovers: go for the weekly yoga sessions! They help to relax and let go! The sauna world offers  various dry and steam saunas. Use the indoor pool for some swimming and don’t miss their modern gym equipment from Technogym for your training practice.

Are you into a short getaways in St. Moritz: choose the day pass to the dipiù Spa at the Hotel Giardino Mountain, there’s no need to be a hotel guest to enjoy a short relaxing break. Whether it’s summer or winter, spend a restorative day of wellness in the pool and sauna area of Switzerland’s largest dipiù Spa.
One treatment, such as a massage, is included. Including 60 min. treatment – CHF 220 p.p., Including 90 min. treatment – CHF 260 p.p.

Restaurants

The hotel features 4 restaurants. Restaurant Hide & Seek and the Stüva provide culinary delights throughout the year. Ecco Restaurant is probably the best 2 star Michelin rated restaurant in the Engadine run by Chef Rolf Fliegauf. They prepare amazing dishes with regional products combined with flair and imagination. I had the opportunity to experience the Menu prepared with the Guest Chef Renu Homsombat from Bangkok during the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. Go for a romantic Fondue & Champagne in their new pop-up restaurant RSRV (pronounced “reservé”) on the hotel terrace. It’s a transparent dome, for an outdoor feeling with an indoor temperature! Get more here! Prices are from CHF 85 (with the Engadine fondue), CHF 96 (with the truffle fondue) to CHF 116 (with the champagne fondue).
The pop-up restaurant will be open from 20 December 2019 to 8 March 2020.

Note: From May 29 to November 1, 2020, when many Alpine hotels close down, Giardino Mountain transforms into a casual bed-and-breakfast, offering its normal five-star ambience, but without its restaurant and spa—perfect for those who seek a high-style luxury setting in the Alps during summer.

A warm thank you goes to all of the Giardino Mountain Staff and Woehrle Pirola AG that made this press trip possible

www.giardinohotels.ch/

Address: Hotel Giardino Mountain – Via alla Maistra 3 – 7512 Champfèr-St. Moritz – Schweiz

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