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Venice..the City of Water and Carnevale

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Venice – The City of Water

editor  Shantae Taylor

copyright 2015 Art of LIving, PrimaMedia,Inc.

Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.

– Truman Capote

Thinking about planning a trip?.. why not Venice. Venice is a city in northeastern Italy that is separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is Europe’s largest urban car-free so there are only two ways to get around, on foot or by water. To get around the city quickly you can take the vaporetti, which is a water bus that’s affordable. The gondola is another way to get around this city if you would like to have a romantic ride along the canals. The gondola is not as affordable as the vaporetti, but people also use them for weddings and  other special ceremonies.

Venice is also known for its’ art, architecture, and culture and nearby the island of Murano recently reopened its’ glass museum. At this museum you can learn about the techniques of glass manufacturing and admire the art of handmade, colorful glass.

If you are looking for a place to wine and dine, check out Hosteria de Franz. This restaurant takes its name from Franz Habeler, an Austro-Hungarian soldier who adopted Venice as his home. At this seafood restaurant Chef Gianfranco and his son Maurizio prepare the food for their customers. Lastly, hotel Santa Chiara is a great pick for a hotel to stay when visiting Venice. Santa Chiara is the only hotel in Venice that that’s offers guests the commodity of private parking if they are arriving by car or motorbike. As you can see is a place that is full of great attractions, for more  sightseeing tips check out http://trifter.com/europe/italy/sightseeing-tips-for-your-venice-trip/.

Venice is at its’ most colorful today for Carnevale..if you missed it here are some pics

 

And if you are traveling a lot then you need to communicate with friends and family back home so  try Dual Global Mobile ,phone calling will never be the same and wil never be this economical, get your dual sim card and free US and UK phone numbers before leaving home, go to dualglobalmobile.com

Carnivale Di Venezia, is a very good reason to indulge the culinary senses. As food plays a significant role in celebrations, is there a better time to enjoy the annual apple harvest. The friendly competition of apple bobbing, or as the Scottish refer to it, dooking, remains a favorite. The most memorable part of Carnevale is the food, especially the specialty sweets made for this holiday. Celebrate the spirit of Carnevale by making the Carnevale  sweet of frittelle

Frittelle

Ingredients (for 6 people):

  • 1 lb flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • I/2 cup grappa
  • 1 packet brewer’s yeast
  • a pinch of salt
  • peanut oil to fry
  • icing sugar to decorate

Method

Melt the brewer’s yeast and sugar with a bit of warm water, then add flour, the eggs, grappa, milk and a pinch of salt. Mix everything and knead it for a while until you see some kind of small air bubbles forming on the surface. Cover then with a napkin and leave it in a warm place to enable it to rise. When the dough has doubled its volume, add the raisins (and pine nuts). Make balls with a teaspoon and gently slide them into the boiling peanut oil (The oil should be deep enough to cover the small balls but do not to put too many of them in at a time). When they rise to the top,, turn them over, so that they brown evenly. Dry them on kitchen paper, sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy your fritoe! (Venetian dialect for frittelle)

*Congratulations to  Il Volo..on winning San Remo Music Festival..was a double treat since it was night of Grande Amore with my Grande Amore on February 14th!  If you missed Sanremo for 2015 here is the most beautiful song of the Festival…http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media/ContentItem-dfa7277a-5a9c-43ef-bbc7-0fe92d192481.html

Join me on March 5th and 12th at Del Val College in Doylestown for 2 Tuscan  feasts with cooking classes and book signings..celebrating Leonardo DaVinci’s favorite recipes and more! Hope to see you there register here http://www.delval.edu/continuing-and-professional-studies/non-credit-certificates-and-courses/culinary-and-food

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Hope to see you at Warren Township Library on April 25th in Warren Township New Jersey! Registration is required to attend this event. You may sign-up online at www.somerset.lib.nj.us/warren.htm. For more information or for registration assistance, call 908-754-5554 ext. 64.

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