Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Ferragosto!

Happy or "Buon Ferragosto" to all my Italian friends! For those of you who don't know this holiday, the 15th of august is the date the Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It's a national holiday in many Mediterranean (and other Catholic) countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Greece, Chile, Colombia, etc. etc. Only in Italy it's called "Ferragosto" though, a (pagan) celebration that dates back to the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus.

In Italy most people go to the beach, to relax, meet up with family and friends and to enjoy never-ending lunches! A traditional Ferragosto dish is grilled pigeon, but many italians just have a 'regular' BBQ or 'grigliata' on the beach. Buon appetito!

Dessert by the Fusion Bar:
Sweets by Gilli, Florence:
Green cocktail by the Fusion Bar:
Apérol Spritz by Beachclub Doen:

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