Don’t forget this “Hotspot”……. Bella Napoli!

This is truly one of the richest cities in Italy and only an hour from the magnificent Amalfi Coast. Yes Napoli is certainly a city like Rome ” See Rome and Die” is an expression that actually does not exist……what the Italians actually say is ” Vedi Napoli e muore” meaning ” See Naples and die!” intending once you have seen Naples, it is safe to depart this planet as you have seen the best there is to offer. How true this is!!

One of the many magnificent views when approaching Napoli by sea!

One of the many magnificent views when approaching Napoli by sea!

One of the best ways to see Napli, is arriving first by sea! not by road........

One of the best ways to see Napli, is arriving first by sea! not by road……..

Naples being one of the most captivating cities in Italy is an ancient jewellery box full of delightful treasures; from theirs magnificent domes churches with riches dating back hundred of years to their colourful street festivals embedded with pizza eating nomadic locals. There is something for the avid shopper, the antique hunter, the food and wine gatherer, the cultural shop lifter and the art lover……and all nestled atop the wonderful Mediterranean Sea. The salt air speckles the shore line gardens where the local children play in a period Monet-like  painting. The restaurants burst as the seams at lunch and dinner time with ravenous clientele and the breathtaking churches and museums are often full of visiting Italians, not just foreigners. This city is a national treasure.

The magnificent Galleria Umberto is jammed with wonder stores for the keep shopper and for the cultural, just gazing upward to its magnificent architecture might be enough!

The magnificent Galleria Umberto is jammed with wonder stores for the keep shopper and for the cultural, just gazing upward to its magnificent architecture might be enough!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes there are grimy dirty dangerous areas which we all avoid, but the bulk of this city is a marvel to the cultured eye and leaves few disappointed.

Firstly get your accommodation sorted. Where you stay in this wonderful city will make all the difference. I like to be close to the action and looking over that wonderful Mediterranean Sea. The Lungomare, sea front, is my choice. The  shops are just on the other side of this hotel  so I can make a get-away when I need a quick shop fix! My choice is a charming boutique hotel called Miramare and its right on the seafront. Enzo the owners has been a friend for decades and was a frequent client of ours in Positano with his magnificent buffy headed scotch dog and red sports car! He epitomised the ‘cool Neapolitan’ and is a true gentleman like only can be found in Naples. Naples aristocracy is some of the finest in Italy and unfortunately a dying breed. Let me know if you need help with your booking, Enzo is a great mate! my-amalfi-coast.com 

If you’d like some a bit more glamorous but still very affordable, the 4 star Gran Hotel Santa Lucia right in front of the fabulous Castel dell’Ovo

If you are on a budget then head to this fabulous spot right near Mergellina port called Hotel Mergellina! they only have 8 rooms, but its cute, very well positioned and cheap!!!

This could be the scene on your breakfast terrace at Miramare in Naples. Wonderful pastries and a magnificent sea views.!

Heading off into Naples for a day requires planning. Do your galleries and museums in the morning. Pick the ones you love and book a taxi through the hotel to get you there. Make sure you check with the hotel that the galleries and museums you want to visit are open that day, I think Monday is a bad day when a lot of stuff is shut! so check this out before going so you dont waste a day.

I love the National Museum, Museo Nazionale. One of the first build in Europe and one of the most breathtaking archeological moments you will experience. Most of the beautiful refined pieces from Pompeii are all here! This is a well worth trip and by no means exhaustingly big.

My second choice would be the Porcelain Museum in Capodimonte, a central area of Naples. This museum is full of some wonderful treasures and will take you back centuries. The Bourbon palace in which this museum is found is another wonder of Naples. Originally erected as a hunting lodge by king Charles VII of Sicily atop this magnificent hill in Naples with the town at its’ feet, this museum offers a lot more than it’s famous porcelains which later became a massive industry in Naples and world renown. There is a lot more than simply percelain to see at this museum and it is prized as one of the best in Naples.

 

The park belonging to the Villa Floridiana found at Vomero in Naples overlooking the port of Magellina is one of the pretties small parks I’ve every seen with one of the most delicious views in all of Italy. This little park embrances an almost 360 view of Naples and its sea. I would sit here for hours just taking it all in. Not to mention the wonderful coffee houses and shops at its back door.

Lunch in Naples is a must! Here is what you can expect to find: from the finest delicacies of the sea through to the famous puffed up fried pizza. And they do everything brilliantly!

Another favourite eatery in Napoli is the wonderful and central Terrazzo Calabritta, right on the corner of one of the best shopping stretches (Via Calabritta) – although quite a short street it has some great shops and this little eatery rests right on the corner of Piazza Vittoria and Via Calabritta. My darling ex mother in law Lucille took me here ages ago after a heafty day shopping and we enjoyed one of the best seafood lunches I’ve ever had! They do a fierce pasta fatto in casa too! (home made pasta)

If you are feeling a bit more relaxed and want a classic scrumptious and delicious Neapolitan pizza, head to Ciro’s 50 Kalo’ in Piazza Sannazzaro. This is the latest and hotest spot for pizza in Napoli today!

Ciro's famous pizza from 50 Kalo' in Napoli!

Ciro’s famous pizza from 50 Kalo’ in Napoli!

 

To wrap up your very busy day in Napoli and just at the other end of the very short Via Calabritta is Piazza dei Martiri with the iconic Gran Caffe La Caffettiera, so have your after lunch coffee sitting here in the piazza with all those wonderful Neapolitan legends and watch the world go by! Even if you don’t know how important they are,  THEY certainly do!

Nothing like that rich Neapolitan caffe!

Nothing like that rich Neapolitan caffe! 

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The best side trip ever!

One of the best side trips while visiting the Amalfi Coast has to be the island of Capri. Although it is NOT official apart of the Amalfi Coast, it is so close and so pretty….it might as well be!  But you have to be organised, well informed and have plenty of energy to made the most of the fabulous island.

If we are talking summer and you are on a budget, just do a day trip as accommodation in Capri can be very expensive during the summer season. Then again the masses disappear at night and the island becomes an enchanted mix of locals and eclectic fun visitors itching to kick up their heels!

Otherwise head to the island in the quiet season (my favourite time)………March and/or October, avoid the crowds, enjoy the locals and embrace the space in the all the restaurants and bars!

1) Organise your itinerary. If you are a walker, then get your trekking guide sorted before you go. I can help with booking your English speaking guide.  He will show you the magnificent walk of Napoleans’ little fortresses, Google them……..they are delightful and run along one of  the top ridges of the island- a true paradise. Visit the little chair lift that leaves from the main piazza in Anacapri and will allow you some of the most spectacular views in Capri and the famous Vesuvius mountain in Naples. Make sure you walk down to i Faraglioni to enjoy a wonderful meal by the sea at Fontelina or Da Luigi.

The sensational Faraglioni rock that jut out from the Mediterranean Sea and face the Amalfi Coast. If you can see them clearly  from Positano.........this indicates bad weather coming, do prepare!

The sensational Faraglioni rock that juts out from the Mediterranean Sea and face the Amalfi Coast. If you can see them clearly from Positano………this indicates bad weather coming, do prepare!

 

Naturally you will have to eat something delicious at midday and if you are in the vicinity of i Faraglioni, I heavily suggest Fontalina or Da Luigi. If you are on the Anacapri side I recommend Il lido di Faro……….amazing fish under salt! Both are fantastic spots for sunning and swimming, which oddly enough is not so easily accessed in Capri unless on a boat or yacht!

 

The fish recipe in world! baked under salt. Il Lido di Faro do an excellent one!

The best fish recipe in the world ….baked under salt. Il Lido di Faro do an excellent one!

 

If you are near the Grotto Azzurro you cannot go past Il Riccio and their famous dessert room. It will blow your mind……..and you taste buds!

Mouth watering desserts from the 'Sweet Room' at Il Riccio, heavily guarded by a siren mounting a giant squid   . The magnificent work of great sculptor Paolo Sandulli from Praiano.

Mouth watering desserts from the ‘Sweet Room’ at Il Riccio, heavily guarded by a siren mounting a giant squid . The magnificent work of great sculptor Paolo Sandulli from Praiano.

Delicious macchiato cafe to accompany all those wonderful desserts!

Delicious macchiato cafe to accompany all those wonderful desserts!

There are plenty of less expensive spots to eat, so do your research before going, especially if travelling in high season. The restaurants are packed!

2) Do your research of the island and know what you want to see. If you are not a trekker but a keen shopper…make sure you head to the right area. Around the main clock piazza is a great start and just up the path from the Marconi Outlet which is well worth a visit for some summer cashmere!….

Brightly coloured cashmeres for summer...........,my draws are full of them from Marconi Outlet.

Brightly coloured cashmeres for summer………..,my draws are full of them from Marconi Outlet.

 

3) Distribute your energy well when planning a day trip to Capri. Don’t try and see and do everything in one day. You will leave exhausted and hating the entire experience. Do a little sight seeing, a little shopping and a lot of swimming, sunning and eating!

 

PS here is a great website tip if travelling to Capri……this will get you there.

A bird's eye close up of i Faraglioni in Capri

A bird’s eye close up of i Faraglioni in Capri

Baci Baci e buon viaggio!

xxx

Best trip up the Amalfi Coast!

There is a new little vehicle to rent in Positano on the Amalfi Coast. It’s a mini electric car where you sit one behind the other like a motorbike, but the driver has a steering wheel, rear vision mirrors, seat belt, break pad and accellerator, and a roof! AND you feel like you are on a sailing boat…..it is so green and so so quiet, except for its very loud horn, which is important in Italy. Not to mention the two doors which open like a fancy Ferrari (up! not out!).

I had the best days zooming up the coastline to Ravello for a wander and caffe in the piazza then down to lunch at the magnificent Torre Normanna in Maiori, apx 45 mins from Positano. This little car also charges in decent, so cruising down from Ravello we gained more juice! Not to mention our darling parking man at the Torre Normanna who plugged us into their 220 V electricity plug on the roadside and charged us up for a good run home after lunch and a swim.

Best little joyride up the Amalfi Coast! and you don't even need to ride a vespa, just drive a car!

Best little joyride up the Amalfi Coast! and you don’t even need to ride a vespa, just drive a car! your friend in the back and you up front!

A full tank of electric juice will get you up to Ravello for some shopping, coffee and a cruise around town, and you will recharge as you come back down the hill. 10 mins further along the coast is the town of Maiori and the magnificent 12 century tower of Torre Normanna which is now the home and charming restaurant of the Proto brothers from Minori just down the road. Ivano and Daniele run the dinning room which caters for weddings, parties, celebrations and plenty of handsome romantic couple, while Gigi and Massimo run the wonderful kitchen creating extraordinary dishes for the diners. This is a special treat and a fabulous day out.

Massimo & Gigi are truly passionate cooks delighting in feeding us not only delicious local food but with  5 star presentation and paying attention to every little detail including all our needs, allergies, intolerances, likes and dislikes.

Both myself and Tess my girlfriend try to avoid gluten as we are both of low tolerance. Well Torre Normanna not only bake their own hot little gluten free bread rolls but also dished up the most delicious gluten free sea food pasta! Trust the Italian to know how to make a delicious GF bread roll…..I was very surprised! I thought wheat was their poison till their dying day! We were in heaven.

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This charming man watched over us as we swam and climbed in and out of the Med!

 

precious swimming water for an after or pre lunch dip!

precious swimming water for an after or pre lunch dip!

 

After lunch we just flopped around on some beach beds and swam in the sea! what a fabulous day out. A sunset silent drive back to Positano topped of one of the best days I have had on this coastline.Contact me so I can book your car and your lunch. I promise you WONT be disappointed. AND Torre Normanna is also one of the hot spots on my Gourmet Safari in Sept/Oct so book now.

Buon appetito e buon viaggio!

baci baci xxx

Gourmet Safari on the Amalfi Coast!

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Going Raw…………. Yikes! Not very Italian I know.

It may sound insane but  I am Going Raw for 3 months! I know this is not very Italian but boy its a great prep for that coming Italian stint in Europe this summer. All that gluten (PASTA), dairy (MOZZARELLA & CHEESE), sugar (TIRAMISU), alcohol (WINES) that one loves to enjoy whilst on vacation in Italy is all fine in moderation but is your body ready for it?  This is all very acidic food and quite harmful if you overdose. Before heading off for that fabulous ‘degustation’ holiday, make sure you are ready for it so you dont come home feeling & looking line a like a mozzarella ball yourself!

If you are heading up Kilimanjaro wouldn’t you be training before leaving home doing heaps of stairs, climbing and generally getting fit ? Well eating your way around Italy and the Amalfi Coast is a bit the same, you really should prepare for it.

Breath and go Cuoncio Cuoncio! slowly slowly..........

Breath and go Cuoncio Cuoncio! slowly slowly……….

So apart from doing plenty of stairs before leaving home, very essential on the Amalfi Coast so you dont have screaming sore calves and shins for an entire week when you arrive just getting to and from the beach, try a good  ORGANIC Alkaline diet to get yourself prepped for your big Italian  food fest ! I suggest starting a few months before leaving home. I’m a pretty extreme person so decided to go RAW! Only raw veggies ,sprouted seeds, grains and nuts plus a few berries &  fruits  for three months. This is really a big detox. Go for very little acidic food; no meat, fish, dairy, gluten grains, heavy oils, or sugar………..just plenty of raw veggies, fruit, spouted non gluten grains like buckwheat and quinoa, fermented veggies (I  make my own and they are delicious – recipe to follow) , seaweeds for iodine and  a few seeds and nuts………..but not too many as they too are full of Omega 6, which is something we want to avoid. Think Omega 3 in it’s plant form and this is what we want to achieve for perfect health and energy!

You  may feel a bit “orribile” (horrible) to start with, but that will soon change and  before long you will be feeling on top of the world, full of energy and with little hunger!

A few weeks before you leave, I would start slowly introducing  a few lightly steamed foods, some light  gluten free grain toast, about 20% of what you eat could be now cooked  to get your system used to a regular diet again. Try and stay off the heavy stuff like red meat, heavy dairy, sugar and too much wine. “Cuoncio cuoncio” “slowly slowly” as the locals say while climbing up those long staircases on the Amalfi Coast! The eating is the same deal.

Go veggies! and there is no better place than Italia!

Go veggies! and there is no better place than Italia!

Dont forget the juices and smoothies! The Italian flag is the way to go and these will stop the hunger, up the energy and alkaline your entire system.

La BANDIERA ITALIANA! The Italian Flag - Fresh watermelon juice - creamy almond milk and delicious sweet green veggie juice to fill your day! you cannot beat this for good health!!!!

La BANDIERA ITALIANA! The Italian Flag – Fresh watermelon juice – creamy almond milk and delicious sweet green veggie juice to fill your day! you cannot beat this for good health!!!!

 

See Kimberly Snyder for some great tips & recipes, she is one of the best experts with smoothies, alkaline diet and energy tips and if you are feeling really brave, go the RAW with Kristina. I cant get enough of those fermented veggies and they are so easy to prepare. I make a batch a week and finish the lot!  Here is Kimberly’s fermented veggies recipes  Don’t forget, don’t go nuts with the nuts! they can be dangerous and very fattening! you don’t want to look like a blown up Macadamia nut in your pretty Italian bikini on the Amalfi Coast !
For more tips on preparing for your Italian stint write to me at amanda@my-amalfi-coast.com or for your accommodation  visit www.my-amalfi-coast.com

Kale chips.....and RAW!

Kale chips…..and RAW!

Buon Appetito and don’t forget, all great treats come in small ‘organic’ packages !

A Secret hideaway on the Amalfi Coast – Casa Privata!

Have you ever wondered why some of the most breath taking destinations in the world become so over run with people and unbearably over crowded during the seasonal months? 100 years ago it wasn’t like this. Only the privileged got to visit these exotic and beautiful spots so in some way, they were protected, but today everything has changed and it is open slather! Transport is cheaper, accommodation is super accessible, the Internet has changed everything. In a way this is good, why shouldn’t everyone enjoy …………the world! However once these beautiful destinations have been discovered by the masses, its all over! Today every spot on the planet is up for grabs ! The locals are generally keen to promote their special niche to make ends meet so become less selective about controlling the amount of people who come and go, making it less fortunately for that area to be over run by too many travellers. But some how the ‘budget traveller’ and the ‘privileged ones’ sort it out and hunker down together in these tiny paradises all over the world.

The Amalfi Coast is definitely one of these special destinations. The problem is how does one enjoy this paradise without battling the maddening crowds, a battery of over booked restaurants, wall to wall beach beds and lengthy exhausting cues! And dont forget all the Italians are there to enjoy their little paradise too! It IS their country don’t forget but Italians are not great at cueing……and although the foreigners are a bit better educated at this, it can still be very confrontational!

The fairytale town of Atrani.......voted one of the smallest prettiest villages in Europe!

The fairytale town of Atrani…….voted one of the smallest prettiest villages in Europe!

The trick is finding that special little corner where time has stood still, the natural beauty of the area is still in place and you are not battling with cues, crowds, impossible restaurant bookings, slow service and wall to wall beach beds! phew……….hardly a holiday right? And you certainly dont want to have to mortgage your family home or sell your children on the slave market to enjoy this holiday! so is has to be financially viable as well!

Finding the right property can be a challenge when you want to visit these special destinations in summer. For whatever reason whether is be for school holidays or just to take advantage of the great weather. Its a wonderful thing to know you can arrive at your villa and that you wont have all the above trials to deal with on arrival.

Tucked away on the less frantic side of the town of Praiano on the Amalfi Coast is a wonderful villa called Casa Privata; and it is just that……….A private house! yes, you may have to do the 150 stairs from the roadside to get to the main villa, but here are the benefits; absolute privacy, breathtaking views, no noise or crowds, stunning surroundings and unlimited peace. Plus a fully staffed villa who will shop, cook and schlepp (luggage) for you the entire stay….. you will not want to leave this property!

The staff will prepare wonderful local dishes for you and serve them al-fresco on the ample terraces overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Everything you need is at the villa and at your finger tips. They will organise everything for you from connecting your music to the Bose speakers indoor and out to booking your boat or helicopter rides!

So whether you are a romantic couple or a group of 20 friends and family, this is one of those special magical spots that will gift you that very special once in a life time holiday. For bookings and more details on this property please visit my website;  http://www.my-amalfi-coast.com/praiano-casa-privata

Luxurious canopied bed at Casa Privata

Luxurious canopied bed at Casa Privata

 

CONCA DEL SOGNO RISTORANTE CHEF ARRIVES IN SYDNEY – BOOK YOUR COOKING CLASS NOW FOR FEB 2014!

My darling friend Anna Tizani, owner of one of the best beachside restaurants on the Amalfi Coast; Conca del Sogno in Recommone has arrived in Sydney with one of her top chefs. Together they will be holding special cooking classes in Balmain in February of 2014 so book as soon as you can to  not miss out!

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The magnificent terraces of Conca del Sogno restaurant on the Amalfi Coast.

 

Anna Tizani cooking up a storm!

Anna Tizani cooking up a storm!

Anna works with a cast of thousands and does it brilliantly. She will make sure every client leaves happy and totally satisfied with the food from her wonderful kitchen. She is open longer than most beach establishments and even when seas are rough and boat transport difficult, it’s well worth the trip via car.

Marco at the stove top!

Marco carving up that bunny!

Anna has long been a good friend and her heavenly restaurant on the Amalfi Coast has been a favourite destination for decades. Over the decades I have been lucky enough to enjoy this venue with intimate romantic tete-a-tete meals, rowdy joyful summer lunches with many friends and even a 200 head wedding at night ! and the one thing that never changes is the incredible quality of her food. This will always be a special meal for anyone visiting the Amalfi Coast and one of the definite destinations on my coming Gourmet Safaris starting at the end of May 2014!

Anna can have anything up to 30 staff at one time in her amazing kitchen to make things run smoothly over summer. She serves the ‘elite’ from all over Europe and the world and gives them the service and quality food they expect. Every mouthful is a joy and Anna runs the internal part of this beachside paradise like a military exercise. She will make sure you leave happy and satisfied!

Getting ready to tuck into some delicious food at Conca del Sogno

Getting ready to tuck into some delicious food at Conca del Sogno

Lovely Marco from Conca del Sogno in Recommone, now in Sydney to teach us some Amalfi Coast cooking!

Lovely Marco from Conca del Sogno in Recommone, now in Sydney to teach us some Amalfi Coast cooking!

So contact me now to book your cooking classes with Anna and Marco in Feb of 2014 in Balmain Sydney, it will be a memorable day for all!!!

amanda@my-amalfi-coast.com

A GOURMET SAFARI ON THE AMALFI COAST…. with me…….BOOK NOW!!!

A GOURMET SAFARI ON THE AMALFI COAST

I am overjoyed to finally share some of my 20 years of experiences with fellow Amalfi Coast lovers.

Living and loving in this magnificent region of Italy for nearly two decades was a great thrill, but to return & share some of my favourite moments with some fellow Australians gives me even greater pleasure.

By far ‘food’ consumed an enormous part of my daily life while living in Positano on the Amalfi Coast all those years, and I could safely say the same or most locals. My partner was in the food industry with one of the most successful beach restaurants on the Amalfi Coast, so I did have that extra boost!

We would wake up and discuss what we’d have for lunch, then during the morning we’d chat about how we would prepare it while making our purchases, then we’d talk about its greatness while we ate it and at the end of the meal, we talked about what we would eat for dinner that night …………and so the cycle would continue. I never tired of this daily ritual. Luckily all those stairs and running around keep my figure trimmer than the day I arrived. What a bonus!

Being closely connected to the food industry, a lot of our acquaintances and friends were also restaurateurs or retailers.They became a big part of my life for the next 20 years. Over the years I have stayed in touch with them making annual visits to their establishments and venues. Some are professional chefs, others are simply amazing home cooks.They became the key notes and protagonists in my latest book, Amalfi Coast Recipes (Penguin Oct 2012).They not only gave me their time and dedication to produce this fabulous cook book, but shared some of their most treasured recipes that have been in their families for generations.

Today they have generously agreed to prepare some spectacular dishes for us to savour in the magnificent surroundings of the Amalfi Coast.We will not be a large group, with a maximum of 8 pers. Due to the sheer geography of this region, smaller numbers work better. I’m a big believer in intimacy when it comes to great food experiences.

This fabulous week long Safari will be a magnificent nostalgic voyage for me which I hope we will share together.

This seven day safari will nurture your palate and all your travel senses. Here are just some of the chefs and their dishes you will meet along the way!

The fabulous Andrea from the Buca di Bacco Restaurant in Positano. One of the oldest most established on the coast!

The fabulous Andrea from the Buca di Bacco Restaurant in Positano. One of the oldest most established on the coast!

 

A  traditiional hearty pasta/meat dish from Andrea's kitchen.

A traditiional hearty pasta/meat dish from Andrea’s kitchen.

 

The gorgeous playful Erika will delight with her super sophisticated dishes tucked away on the mountain top in her little restaurant in Montepertuso!

The gorgeous playful Erika will delight with her super sophisticated dishes tucked away on the mountain top in her little restaurant in Montepertuso!

 

One of Erika's wonderful fish dishes, cod, peas and vongole!!!

One of Erika’s wonderful fish dishes, cod, peas and vongole!!!

 

Fortunata, the queen of the pasteries will delight you.

Fortunata, the queen of the pasteries will delight you.

 

nobody makes an artichoke pasta like Fortunata!

nobody makes an artichoke pasta like Fortunata!

 

Massimo will cook up a storm for you in his 12 century tower in Maiori

Massimo will cook up a storm for you in his 12 century tower in Maiori

 

Massimo's traditional pasta aglio olio is an after dinner treat!  simple but not so easy to make it this well!

Massimo’s traditional pasta aglio olio is an after dinner treat! simple but not so easy to make it this well!

A GOURMET SAFARI ON THE AMALFI COAST WITH Amanda Tabberer.

Tour dates are generally from  Sat to Sat – Sept/ Oct 2014. Dates are days are negotiable according to group numbers.  Maximum group size is 8 guests.

For more information, pricing & bookings

EMAIL – amanda@my-amalfi-coast.com

 

Don’t miss an opportunity for ‘The Big Grill’!

There is nothing healthier to eat for our body than vegetables! The classic western “FOOD PYRAMID” has it all wrong……..all those grains & startchy foods in abundance are a disaster! Just ask any poor sod with a bit of gluten intolerance, ( like me and 1/2 the planet today)  and he will verify that all those grains are his worst nightmare. All that stodgy stuff just clogs up the works!

Healthy grilled vegetables dressed lightly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and fresh erbs.

Healthy grilled vegetables dressed lightly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and fresh erbs.

Healthy grilled vegetables dressed lightly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and fresh erbs.

Yet I’ve never heard of anyone who is allergic to veggies! yes there are some that need avoiding at certain times of ones life, but generally a veggie dish will take you a lot further than a big fat sandwich! And think COLOUR! we need as much variety of coloured vegetables as possible to feed our brains! Dr. Terry Wahls and Dr. David  Perlmutter two BIG BRAIN EXPERTS, experts on brain power, no matter what your health issues are will guarantee this!

And if you HAVE to cook those veggies, then the gentle grill is a great way to go…….or a slow bake. Please don’t be tempted to whack up the flame, it is not necessary and is also harmful to your food. Just be kind & gentle  to your veggies as you would be to your insides.

Generally the Italian love to grill ‘nightshade’ veggies like  eggplant and capsicum. But if you are going through a slightly inflamed period drop these and do the following which are delicious on the griddle. ZUCCINI – PUMPKIN – SWEET POTATO – FENNEL – RADICCHIO – These to me are the best flavours.  There is no need for oils or fats while cooking , just a sprinkle of good quality  celtic or sea salt on the griddle while it warms then away you go placing a layer of sliced veggies cut to apx 1/2 cm thick on the griddle. Cover the griddle till it is full and when they have achieved their grilled stripe, flip them over and do the other side. Then repeat the process until you have cooked all you require.

 

The flavour is fantastic and these veggies will last in a sealed glass container in your fridge for quite a few days. They can be added to salads, pasta sauces or toppings on open gluten free seeded breads. The best breads you can buy are  Coconut Pete’s breads up at BU Organics at 40 Ebley st Bondi Junction NSW 2022. He has dozens of different types from millet to amaranth and beyond…….. they are all delicious!

 

When all the veggies are cooked layer them on a large platter, let them cook then drizzle them with a little extra virgin olive oil, lots of finely chopped garlic and parsley and if if you like a bit of a kick, sprinkle with some freshly chopped  chillis! You may need to check for salt as the veggies do absorb quite a bit from the griddle.

Grilled veggies topped with Organic Extra virgin olive oil dressing and finely chopped red bell peppers.

Grilled veggies topped with Organic Extra virgin olive oil dressing and finely chopped red bell peppers.

Join me in a few days and I will give you some great tips on some baked and raw veggie ideas which will keep your tummy happy and healthy…….and not one hunger pain in sight!

PLUS I have some stunning new properties on the Amalfi Coast for your winter holidays next year, which I will also be chatting about on my coming blog pages.

AND dont miss my fabulous GOURMET SAFARI starting next June 2014! I will also give you some more details. You will learn to make all those wonderful dishes like The Big Grilled veggie dish and many others.

 

A Gourmet Safari on the Amalfi Coast – to never forget!

Book now for June 7 2014. As a follow up to the great success of Amalfi Coast Recipes  we are preparing a sensational week long Gourmet Safari on the Amalfi Coast next June. My favourite chefs have been flat out this  summer, but have agreed to spoil us whole-heatedly early next summer before the masses arrive!

Here below is our recent flyer to entice you a little. There will be a maximum of 8 pers per week so book this wonderful five star Safari soon!

 

What: Join Amanda Tabberer  for a delectable journey of local food & wine along the Amalfi Coast.  Author of two best selling books on this region My Amalfi Coast (2008) & Amalfi Coast Recipes (2012)  and long standing local of nearly 20 years, Amanda will take you on a delightful & unforgettable gourmet safari like no other.

YOUR COAST!

YOUR COAST!

 

This gourmet safari requires a minimum of 6 pers or a maximum of 8 pers,  smaller numbers can be negotiated.  This week long adventure will take you to some of Amanda’s favorite restaurants & kitchens along the Amalfi Coast…….she will also introduce you to some of her favorite chefs from her recently published book; Amalfi Coast Recipes!

From mountain top hideaway trattorias to beachside eateries that will blow your mind and palate, you will taste some excellent local wines and devour everything from exquisite fisherman’s treasures from the sea to comforting country delicacies fit for a Neapolitan King!

When: The best time to enjoy a good gourmet safari is definitely outside the High Season period. So Amanda will always attempt to leave the second half of May through to June and again at the end of September to the middle of October.

How: All you have to do is get yourself to Rome and Amanda will organise  the rest!  You will have a limousine  pickup from the Rome airport (or Naples if you prefer), she will book your accommodation according to your preferences, whether it be a spacious villa for  8 pers, a group of cosy individual  apartments  or a central glossy hotel………….and for those interested,  she will organize an excellent local chef to give a private cooking class!……naturally followed by a delicious meal.

YOUR VENUE

YOUR VENUE.

Where: This safari will take you up and down the Amalfi Coast to eat in any one of the 13 villages. From the mountain top town of Tramonti to the fishing village of Cetara & anywhere in between; these are all possible venues. The 40 kms coastline is easily accessible with our luxury minivan or local ‘gozzo’ boat and Amanda will strive for a good variety of not only dishes but also villages to offer you a rich and varied palate and experience.

 

YOUR DISH

YOUR DISH

MORE GOODNESS........

MORE GOODNESS……..

 

General Itinerary:  Breakfast will be at your leisure in your hotel, villa or local bar if you prefer to mingle with the townsfolk! When you are not enjoying a Gourmet meal with Amanda, she will offer you a list of extra exciting things to do while visiting the Amalfi coast region and help you plan your day ahead of time or even as a spontaneous event. You will know in advance if your gourmet treat each day will be a leisurely lazy luncheon or an enchanted evening meal. The exact venues of each Gourmet meal will be decided on arrival when the weather patterns will determine if sea or land transport is better. The third meal each day will be at your own discretion, if you have room for it!

YOUR ACCOMMODATION.

YOUR 5 star ACCOMMODATION.

Costs:  Included in Safari:

*On booking you will receive a free copy of Amalfi Coast Recipes to wet your palate and prepare your senses for the Gourmet Safari!

*All transport via sea or limousine to and from venues including airport transport to and from the Amalfi Coast and Rome or Naples

*All accommodation  – see below for specifics

* All land and sea transport during your weeks safari to and from our venues.

* Daily continental breakfast

*One  delicious Safari meal each day, lunch or dinner –   accompanied by excellent local wines

*One home Cooking class followed by a Safari tasting.

*One Wine tasting with a spuntino (refreshments)!

*At least  two sunset cocktails on a five star terrace overlooking the       Mediterranean.

*You will receive a comprehensive list of extra activities, restaurants, trattorias, tours, points of interest on the Amalfi Coast to enjoy during your stay while not eating with Amanda……if you have the time & energy! Amanda will assist you in organising your outing of choice.

YOUR GIFT!

YOUR GIFT!

 

 

Costs: Excluded in Safari:

Airfares

Extra meals not mentioned in the above Safari itinerary.

Extra tours & activities during your stay.

 

Final Pricing:  

Gourmet Safari with  Doubles accommodation in a four star hotel or five star villa apx 8300 euro  @ head 

Gourmet Safari with Single accommodation in a four star hotel or five star villa apx 9500 euro @ head

I look forward to seeing you on A Gourmet Safari on the Amalfi Coast – to never forget!

Book now at: amanda@my-amalfi-coast.com

A presto!

 

BUON VIAGGIO E

BUON APPETITO!

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