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!

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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 Mo√ęt & 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.

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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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Flashback to New Year's Eve



As you all know, on thursdays people post old(er) pictures on social media using the hashtag #throwbackthursday... so today I take the opportunity to look back at New Year's Eve! It's almost the end of January, but I just had to share these photos of one of my best nights of the year 2016.

I spent New Year's Eve in Orvieto, the location of the Umbria Jazz Winter festival, a jazz fest with great music, good food, nice wines, beautiful architecture and most of all wonderful people. It was great to see my italian friends (italian by birth or by heart), listen & dance to the music and especially... to laugh all night long!

Photos taken at the Orvieto cathedral, the Mancinelli theatre and restaurant San Francesco. Chocolates by Bar Montanucci, dessert by Il Malandrino Bistrot.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Best Wishes!

Dear Family, Friends and Followers,

First of all I would like to thank you for your support in the past year & I wish you all a very Happy & Healthy 2017, living La Dolce Vita!

It's already the 16th of January... I know... december was such a busy month (working, traveling, partying) that I just did not have the time to write on my blog. My apologies! One of my New Year's Resolutions is in fact to publish more often. Hopefully I will be able to fulfill that dream and keep my promise. For daily inspiration, please follow me on


Ps. The Christmas decorations shown here depict the Faraglioni rocks in Capri, Italy... the epitome of La Dolce Vita!