Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cuddle Cats

Our cats are doing fine. When they nap they love cuddling together. Unfortunately, even after more than a year, they still are very afraid of humans … I have met cats on farms that were more happy to see me … Continue reading

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Roero Winterwonderland

We are out in the country and this morning when we woke up we saw this: Compare with this, you can make out the same house on top of the hill. And the video in this post shows nicely what … Continue reading

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Home-made ‘uovo in cocotte’

Since we bought some nice truffles (relatively cheap) on Sunday, I felt confident enough to make my own ‘cocotte’ … I pretty much followed this recipe: 1 tbs. heavy cream 4 tbs. butter 1 tbs. Parmigiano 1 1/2 oz. white … Continue reading

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Matt Bianco @ Moncalieri Jazz Festival 2010

What a rare treat! One of fav bands from my wild(er) teenage days was the ending act for this years Moncalieri Jazz festival last night. I never got to see Matt Bianco live before, and when I look at some … Continue reading

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Anual uovo in cocotte @ osteria dell’arco

It is truffle season again and we headed down to Alba to enjoy the evil egg-cream-cheese-truffle dish ‘uovo in cocotte‘, which was just fantastic again. But I think next year I will jump from this appetizer dish directly to dessert. … Continue reading

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Sports day

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Hmmm .. miso soup

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… and while we were at the opera

Julius had a fun afternoon with Chidi:

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Opera: Madama Butterfly

This afternoon Ritsu and I went to the opera (happens rarely enough) to watch Madama Butterfly. The Teatro Regio was pretty much packed and the only seats we got a while ago online were up in the private boxes. Nice … Continue reading

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Strike a pose

… with papa’s new hat.

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Julius and Astrid (from LA)

On very rare occasions we meet with fellow bloggers who we have been in touch with for years, but because of distance, we were never able to meet. Rose, Uwe and Astrid found our blog because they did their baby … Continue reading

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Beginners’ guide to white truffles, Lesson 1

What I am trying to do with this post is to give fellow food lovers who have not yet embraced the addiction to white truffles an easy way to get this unique flavor experience .. and pretty cheap (compared what … Continue reading

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Playdate / dinner with Yuika

Today Julius had Yuika over on a play-date. They both arrived on the same school bus. Initially Yuika was very timid, her English is not that great yet, and my Japanese probably added to her confusion … also ‘why is … Continue reading

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More IKEA time lapse fun … right … FUN … :~

Ever since the cat(s) have soiled the futon we had briefly in J’s room, we have been wondering about some kind of replacement. We still have his small kids’ bed, which he hardly ever used, which I dragged from IKEA … Continue reading

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Cascina Vrona just got even better

We spent another Saturday – Sunday stay at this beautiful B&B. The weather was not that great, so we arrived kinda late. Different this time, although we had been to this cascina about 10 – 12 times before, for the … Continue reading

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