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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!








Happy Easter my friends! Feliz Páscoa! Buona Pasqua! Feliz Pascua! Vrolijk Pasen! Frohe Ostern! Joyeuses Pâques!

I hope you'll have a wonderful Easter weekend. Tell me, how will you be celebrating?

Tableware by Ceramica Artistica Solimene,
bought at Menabo' Orvieto;
Napkins by Zara Home;
Champagne by Moët & Chandon;
Glitter Easter eggs by Paperchase;
Pink Easter eggs by De Bijenkorf.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter preparations







Hi Guys! How are you? It's been a while since I posted my last blog... I'm so busy right now, that I can hardly find the time to write any new articles. But I do want to share some Easter inspiration with you! Every year I try to find new ways of decorating the house for Easter. I love to pick the flowers, sweets, tableware and other home decor! How about you? Are you ready yet?

For some more Easter inspiration, please continue here:
http://tarasdolcevita.blogspot.nl/2015/03/easter-table-inspiration.html

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chilcano cocktails







Following the popularity of the Peruvian cuisine, Pisco sour has become a famous cocktail. Another cocktail from Peru that is not as well known yet is Chilcano. Chilcano is made with pisco, ginger ale, a few drops of bitters and some ice cubes. And I have to admit... I like it even better than pisco sour, Peru's national drink.

The primary ingredient in chilcano is (just like in pisco sour), pisco, a brandy similar to italian grappa. But it's lighter, fresher. My first and best chilcano ever, was at restaurant Mayta in Lima and it was prepared by bartender Renzo Amaya. He has won several awards for making the best cocktails based on pisco.

To mix a chilcano, you can also use pisco infusions, called "macerados" (second photo), made with fruit, leaves or roots. I especially loved the ones made with mango, camu camu and goldenberry. Although it will never taste as good as in Peru, I tried to make chilcanos at home.... and they turned out pretty well if I may say so myself (last photo). Salud!

Read more about Mayta here:
http://tarasdolcevita.blogspot.nl/2015/04/restaurant-mayta-lima-peru.html

Monday, March 6, 2017

The First Days of Spring






Spring is here, or so it seems. At least the crocuses are blooming, but it's still pretty cold outside! That won't spoil my mood though... watching all thoses crocuses in bloom is such a delight, year after year! Don't you just love them?

Photos taken in front of Hotel Des Indes at the Lange Voorhout in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hello March!




Finally March is here again!!! The 1st of March is the start of meteorological spring in the Northern hemisphere. In The Netherlands it's still pretty cold right now, so to me, it's really the promise of spring.... when birds finally start singing again, flowers flowering, days getting longer, new clothing collections arriving in the stores... In the mean time, here's some spring inspiration, enjoy!

Champagne by Moët & Chandon
Metallic yellow bag by H&M
Pink sweater by Zara
Cotton napkins by Zara Home
Scented candle by Diptyque
"Tompouce" tulips

Monday, February 27, 2017

La Dolce Vita is... drinking an aperitivo in the mountains


La Dolce Vita is drinking an "aperitivo" in the mountains! Whether it's an Aperol Spritz, or an alcohol free San Bitter... it's pure bliss to me!
I'm curious, what does la Dolce Vita mean to you?

Photo taken in Val Venosta - Vinschgau, Italy.

Want to get more of that Dolce Vita feeling? Please continue here:
http://tarasdolcevita.blogspot.nl/2015/02/la-dolce-vita-is-boat-trip-to-blue.html

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!







Happy Valentine's Day my friends!
Wherever you are...
However you are celebrating...
It doesn't matter... as long as you share & feel the love.
Because love is what the world needs right now!

Photos taken in Havana, Cuba & Alberobello, Italy.