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When life spices up: an interview with Gourmandize

Red chili pepper plant

Hello Everyone!

Today, we are barging into your house for a few minutes only to share some exciting (at least for us!) news!

Do you know those early mornings when you have just switched the alarm off, your eyes are still half-closed and sleepy and your are trying to remember your name and figure out where you are? Oh well! Who am I fooling? All my mornings are like that! 😉

Anyway, after I regain all my senses and before getting up, my mechanical arm grabs my phone from the bedside table and I check my emails. Not that I usually get great emails (quite the opposite!) but, every now and then, I happen to receive good news.

Now, you can imagine my surprise first, and excitement immediately afterwards, when – on one of those mornings – I read an email from the editor of Gourmandize asking us if we were interested in being interviewed and featured as Blogger of the Day on their site!

I have to admit I was not familiar with Gourmandize, but the more I check their website the more I get hooked. Gourmandize is a recipe sharing site created last year where the content is contributed by its members. You can register your blog with them, join their community and enjoy the benefits of their platform, while sharing your recipes and getting to know fellow food bloggers. Can it get any cooler than that?

So do yourself a favor: check Gourmandize out and open yourself and your food up to new possibilities!

If you are interested in reading our interview, you can do so here:

My interview on Gourmandize

Enough with the bragging! 😉

I wish you all a great day!

Francesca Xx

The Super Sweet Blogging Award

Super Sweet Blogging AwardLast Christmas Eve, Fae of Fae’s Twist & Tango decided to play Santa and put something super sweet under our Christmas tree. 🙂 We want to thank Fae for passing on to us this lovely award. Fae is a very special lady of exotic origin who has been travelling the world since… forever! Her blog is much more than extraordinary recipes. She opens the door to new worlds taking her readers on a fascinating journey through amazing different cultures. You may want to check her blog out when you got a chance. I promise you won’t regret it! 🙂

The rules of the award are:

1 Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.
3 Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.
4 Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (12) blogs for the award, add a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5 Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.

The Super Sweet Questions are:

1. Cookies or Cake? Cookies

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Hazelnut dark chocolate

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? In the morning

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? If someone would give me a sweet nickname, I would suggest that he or she sign up for therapy sessions! 😉

My nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Sweet Precision because Heather was born with the baking gene.
2. lovely buns because temptation must be rewarded.
3, 4, 5 & 6. Tortore, The Greedy Frog, Dans Ta Kitchenette and Ma Cuisine et Vous because everybody talks about Italians but when it comes to baking, let’s be honest, French do it better 😉
7. Bam’s Kitchen because of that unique exotic twist Bobbi always manages to put in.
8. piesandeyes because he believes that food should look good in addition to taste good.
9. Maria Dernikos because her baking skills are amazing.
10. at350degrees because of Carissa’s “bake-ology”.
11. The pancake princess and the protein prince because Erika makes me crave sweets even if I do not have a sweet tooth.
12. apuginthekitchen because of her extraordinary creativity.

Congratulations to all the nominees – you are all very well deserving!

Winevent – Gambero Rosso's Tre Bicchieri USA Tour: February 7-15, 2013

Gambero Rosso's Tre Bicchieri USA Tour 2013It appears that a wave of Italian wine is about to wash the shores of the U.S.: beside the Vinitaly International/Slow Wine event that is scheduled for January 28 in New York (for more information and other dates/cities, see our previous Winevent post), Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri World Tour will make three stops in the U.S., as follows:

  • February 7: San Francisco, CA
  • February 12: Chicago, IL
  • February 15: New York, NY

This event is open to media, trade and “Italian wine collectors” (sic) only – links to register for any of the three locations above are available on Gambero Rosso’s Web site. Tre Bicchieri USA 2013 is an event that is not to be missed for those who qualify and are into Italian wine, as the organizers will showcase a selection of only those Italian wines and producers that have been awarded the coveted top “tre bicchieri” (i.e., three glasses) recognition by reputable Gambero Rosso wine guide.

Just to give you an idea,  in an imaginary tour of Italy from North to South, the list of the wines that won the prestigious tre bicchieri includes, limiting ourselves to just one wine per region and trying to avoid the most obvious among the “usual suspects”:

  • Northern Italy: Les CrĂȘtes‘ Chardonnay CuvĂ©e Bois (Valle d’Aosta); Cogno‘s Barolo Vigna Elena Riserva (Piemonte); Bio Vio‘s Riviera Ligure di Ponente Vermentino Aimone (Liguria); Berlucchi‘s Franciacorta Brut Cellarius (Lombardia); Ferrari‘s Trento Extra Brut PerlĂ© Nero (Trentino); Muri Gries‘s Alto Adige Lagrein Abtei Muri Riserva (Alto Adige); Masi‘s Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano (Veneto); Vie di Romans‘s Isonzo Sauvignon Piere (Friuli); Chiarli‘s Lambrusco di Sorbara Del Fondatore (Emilia Romagna);
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  • Central Italy: Fonterutoli‘s Mix 36 (Toscana); Oasi degli Angeli‘s Kurni (Marche); Caprai‘s Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 Anni (Umbria); Cataldi Madonna‘s Pecorino (Abruzzo);
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  • Southern Italy: Mastroberardino‘s Taurasi Radici (Campania); Basilisco‘s Aglianico del Vulture Basilisco (Basilicata); Planeta‘s Chardonnay (Sicilia); Argiolas‘s Turriga (Sardegna).

For the entire list of awarded wines, check out Gambero Rosso’s Web site.

Much like in the case of Vinitaly International/Slow Wine NYC 2013, we plan on attending the Gambero Rosso event in New York City and reporting on Flora’s Table thereafter.

It’s been raining awards!

Is there any better way to celebrate the holidays than spending them with the people you love, giggling about an award under the tree? I don’t think so! 😉  Before going crazy with grocery shopping, finalizing my holiday menu and setting the table, I want to be sure to put an award under the trees of some blogger friends – some recently met, some following us from the beginning, everyone amazing in his/her own way.

Before I get to the nomination business, I want to apologize in advance for not giving a brief description of each nominee blog. As you know, my parents are visiting and the time I have left to blog is really, really limited – they are pretty demanding guests, you know 😉

Let me just say that the nominees are a bunch of fantastic people which includes talented artists, crafty masters, gifted cooks, fashion experts and world travelers. Each of them will open you a door to a new world. They will tell you about their cultures, they will make you laugh, they will touch your heart with their artwork or their life experiences, they will make you think about the world which surrounds you, they will share tips about how to realize wonderful crafty projects, they will teach you how to cook pretty much anything that is edible. The holiday break is around the corner so I suggest you find some time to check each of the nominee blogs out. You’ll find plenty to fall in love with.

A. Blog of the Year 2012

Blog of the Year Award 1 star thumbnailThank you to Fae of Fae’s Twist & Tango for nominating Flora’s Table for this great award. Fae has Persian origins, was raised in Japan, moved to the United States in the Seventies, traveled the world ever since. Her international background is unique, her travel posts are informative and extremely interesting and her food so eclectically delicious. I recommend you check her blog out. You won’t regret it!

The rules of the award are:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

2. Write a blog post and tell nominate blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ’Blog of the Year 2012 Award’ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar
 and start collecting stars


Well, my nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Laura of the cook to love project

2. Dina of The World according to Dina

3. Sarah of diary of a house elf

4. Kimberly of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 4

5. Bobbi of Bam’s Kitchen

6. The gracious frog of The Greedy Frog

7. Anatoli of Talk-A-Vino

8. Violet of Violet Gallery

9. Genie of A Place Called Love

10. Daisy and the Fox

11. Jeanette of Global Grazers

B. Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

wonderful-team-awardI’m particularly happy that Flora’s Table has received this amazing award. During the last three months, I have learned that blogging is much more than publishing my posts and receiving likes. Blogging is about meeting other people and reading about their knowledge and life experiences. There is so much to read and learn! So, a huge thank you goes to Daisy and the Fox for this extraordinary award. Her recipes are fresh, creative and delicious. Go check her blog out as soon as you can. You’ll thank me later 😉

The rules for this award are pretty simple (thank goodness!): pass on the award to 14 nominees!

And my nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Stephane of My French Heaven

2. Sofia of Mamsell Proust

3. Chiara of Kiara Style

4. Zanzana of Zanzanaglob

5. A Twist of Couture

6. Jeanette of Global Grazers

7. Fae of Fae’s Twist & Tango

8. Candy of lovely buns

9. Rebecca of Lady or Not… Here I Come

10. Allison of spontaneous tomato

11. Sarah of diary of a house elf

12. Kimberly of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 4

13. The gracious frog of The Greedy Frog

14. Jill of afternoon artist

C. The Very Inspiring Blog Award

Very Inspiring Blog AwardThank you to Candy of lovely buns for this wonderful award. Candy is a Scot living in Alsace (France) and, judging by the perfection of her recipes, I can tell she has been there for a long time 😉  Her dishes are simply mouth-watering and her food pictures are great. I guess I do not have to tell you: just go and check her out. Yup, this is my extra Christmas gift to you! 🙂

The rules for this award are the following:

– Display the award logo on your blog.

– Link back to the person who nominated you.

– State 7 things about yourself.

– Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them.

– Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

Seven things about myself

1. I love old movies

2. One of my favorite activities is… sleeping 😉

3. I’m a perfectionist

4. Everything for me is either black or white: I struggle to see the grey

5. I get speechless in front of acts of rudeness. My tongue seems to freeze and when I’m ready to react, it’s always too late.

6. I think either you are born with a sense of style or you are not. There is no way you can acquire it later on.

7. I’m the worst driver ever.

My nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Carissa of at350degrees

2. The guys of The London Flower Lover

3. Jill of afternoon artist

4. Heather of Sweet Precision

5. Zanzana of Zanzanaglob

D. Liebster Award

Liebster AwardThank you to Carissa of at350degrees and Zanzana of Zanzanaglob for giving Flora’s Table this lovely award. Carissa was born with the baking gene and she thinks that baking is the cure to all. Consequently, her baking “medicines” are amazing and her sweet treats to die for. Zanzana in an Italian living in Milan. Her blog is more than just great, delicious food (do you know that she makes her own butter?). She tells her readers about life in Milan, all the events happening in Italy and Europe in general and, last but not least, her dream of growing vegetables in a rented garden in Milan. Yup, pretty cool, huh?

The rules for this award are the following:

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.

3. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. Remember, no tag backs.

Eleven facts about me:

1. I love reading the classics

2. I’m taking French classes

3. I’m obsessed with cleanliness

4. I’m a Law&Order addict: I can watch even ten episodes in a row

5. I enjoy reading gossip magazines

6. I treasure the time spent with… myself 😉

7. I do not drink red wine (ouch!)

8. I do not watch horror movies. What’s the point of getting scared to death?

9. I loathe vulgarity

10. If I could, I would go to the movie theater pretty much every night (and yes, I would eat the nasty nachos with cheese!)

11. I have been waiting with trepidation for the beginning of the new season of my favorite shows: Downton Abbey and Smash.

Questions from Zanzana:

Q1. How would you define yourself?
A1. Not easy to live with.

Q2. Which languages do you speak?
A2. Italian and English

Q3. What is your favorite mean of transportation?
A3. Subway

Q4. What do you feel when you cook?
A4. Well, it depends… happy, focused, busy

Q5. What is your favorite animal?
A5. I’m not an animal person but if I have to pick one I would say… the leopard

Q6. What do you normally read?
A6. Novels, biographies, classics

Q7. Where would you like to live?
A7. Exactly where I am now 🙂

Q8. Is there a city you feel you really belong to?
A8: New York City

Q9. Do you grow any vegetables at home?
A9. No

Q10. How would you define Fashion?
A10. Coco Chanel used to say: ” Fashion fades, only style remains the same”. I think it is very true.

Q11. What would be your first wish for your letter to Santa Claus?
A.11 To keep my family healthy and happy

Questions from Carissa

1. Day or night? Night

2. Birthday or Christmas? This is a tough one… can I pick both?

3. Dogs or cats? Neither

4. Breakfast or supper? Breakfast

5. Pancakes or waffles? Neither

6. History or math? History

7. Movies or television? Movies

8. Superheroes or Vampires? Superheroes

9. Coffee or tea? Coffee

10. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

11. Heels or flats? Flats

Questions for the nominees:

1. What’s your dream job?

2. Would you like to live somewhere else? If yes, where?

3. You would never…

4. What’s your next project?

5. Do you read before falling asleep?

6. What’s your favorite form of art?

7. You are obsessed with…

8. What’s on your list for Santa?

9. Do you play any musical instruments?

10. What’s the best gift you have ever received?

11. What’s your biggest regret?

My nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Raphaelle of Fait Maison

2. Heather of Sweet Precision

3. Lydie of Le Blog des Surprises

4. Justine of Rondo Takes Brooklyn

5. Scott of Greenhorn Photos

6. Misty of hayride to heaven

7. Christina of Small Kitchen Chronicles

8. Robin of Making Rainbows

9. Axel of Freshipe

10. Tim of The Forester Artist

11. Tortore

My warmest congratulations to all the nominees – you are all very well deserving!

One last note: I wanted to pass on an award to B of Just Add Attitude. However, when she started blogging, she decided not to take part in the “award process”. Obviously, her decision must be respected. I just suggest you pay her blog a visit because it is simply amazing.

May you and your families have a very happy holiday season!

Francesca

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The Very Inspiring Blog AwardAnd this is crazy… so call me, maybe? Nah, just kidding! What is crazy and absolutely marvelous at the same time is that, on Thanksgiving day, Flora’s Table was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! We are thankful (of course!), honored and immensely happy for this award.

Well, let’s talk a bit about the amazing blogger who gave us the award. Her blog is all about shooting the light and capturing the perfect moment. Do you need any more hints? Yup, we are talking gorgeous photography here but…there is more. Kimberly combines the eye and sensibility of a great artist with a unique sense of humor. She is sweet and super funny and reading her posts is a real pleasure. Thank you so much Kimberly of WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot4 (chuckle) for this award. So, you guys do yourselves a big favor and check her blog out: I promise you will not regret it, although (consider yourselves warned!) you will get addicted to it 🙂

Before we get down to business, let me just thank Nicole and Stefano for their amazing work. Flora’s Table wouldn’t be what it is without their wonderful talent and commitment.

The Rules

1. Display the award logo on your blog
2. Link back to the person who nominated you
3. State 5 things about yourself
4. Pass the award on to 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back

Five things about me:

– I prefer giving gifts rather than receiving them: I’m not very good at showing happiness and excitement to the giver, especially if I do not quite like the gift 😉

– I’m a fashion addict. After all, I’m Italian: I was born with the fashion gene 😉

– I’m not romantic…at all!

– I have a wicked fascination about women who seemingly had everything to be happy (beauty, money and talent) and yet whose lives were miserable and died tragically – yeah, kind of weird, I know


– I love the night and its magical silence. After 10pm is when I get the most creative. All of my posts are written at night.

And now, our six nominations to pass the award on, in no particular order:

  • My French Haeven, because Monsieur StĂ©phane est trĂšs chic et charmant, his recipes are unique and mouth-watering and his food photography is gorgeous.
  • Kiarastyle, because Chiara has an impeccable fashion taste and, by following her blog, I keep abreast of the latest fashion trends. Did I mention she is Italian? 😉
  • The Greedy Frog, because it is one of the most gracious… blogging frogs and the recipes are a true temptation for the palate.
  • gabicoatsworth, because Gabi is a kind, cheerful and supporting friend as well as a fantastic writer. Reading her essays and poems is such a pleasure!
  • the drunken cyclist, because his wine blog is sleek, informational and fun to read and… it’s about wine! 😉
  • Talk-A-Vino, because his wine blog is wonderful, chock-full of useful information and wine reviews and the host is a very gracious one.

Congratulations to all the nominees: your blogs are amazing and you sure deserve this award.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Sunshine Award!

With Thanksgiving behind us, we can now catch up on a few things that demand our attention, notably accepting the Sunshine Award that lovely Laura at The Cook to Love Project was kind enough to nominate us for – thank you, Laura! Just so you all know, Laura’s blog is much more than a wonderful cooking blog – although, make no mistake, in The Cook to Love Project you will find plenty of delicious and healthy vegan, gluten-free recipes. Laura’s blog is also a great source of inspiration (not only in the kitchen, that is) which strives to encourage its readers to “eat and live healthfully, creatively, and compassionately” (borrowing Laura’s own words).

On to the award acceptance process: according to the rules, nominees must (i) include a link in your blog to the blog that nominated you; (ii) answer some questions about yourself; (iii) nominate 10 fellow bloggers, linking to their blogs; and (iv) inform them that they have been nominated.

So, we took care of (i) above, and since Laura was so kind as to include both Francesca and me in her nomination, we thought in the Q&A part we would answer one question each, alternating:

1. Who is your favorite philosopher? S: Being a firm believer in logic and science, I definitely say Aristotle.

2. What is your favorite number? F: 17

3. What is your favorite animal? S: this is a tough one as I like and, as a nature photographer, have photographed many of them. Having to pick just one, I would say bears, regardless of the species.

4. What are your Facebook and Twitter? F: www.facebook.com/FlorasTable – sorry, we do not have a Twitter account!

5. What is your favorite time of day? S: Being a photographer, I like the fringes of the day, when the light is warmer, the sky gets tinged with magical hues and contrast is lower.

6. What is your favorite holiday? F: Christmas

7. What is your favorite physical activity? S: Leaving the “obvious” answer aside 😉 I would say skiing.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? F: sparkling water

9. What is your passion? S: As you can guess from my icon, my passions are photography and wine!

10. What is your favorite flower? F: this is tough, because flowers have been my passion my entire life, but if I really have to make a choice, I say hydrangeas and peonies.

And now our own nominations to pass the Sunshine Award on, in no particular order:

Congratulations to all the nominees: your blogs are awesome and certainly deserve this award!

Have a stress-free Black Friday!

The Liebster Blog Award!!!

As some of you may have noticed, yesterday night I made a little technological mess! Oops! Let’s give it one more try, shall we?

Yesterday, I came out of the shower only to find out that lovely and witty Sarah from Diary of a House Elf had nominated Flora’s Table for the Liebster Blog Award! I was over the moon with excitement and I immediately called Stefano (who was in Milan) and my parents in Rome to share such wonderful news. Thank you so much, Sarah – yours is a great and fun blog and I love the way you write. And thank you to all my Flora’s Table “partners” who worked so hard during the last month: this award would not have been possible without your valuable contributions. And clearly, a big thank you goes out to all of our readers and followers who are making of Flora’s Table a comfy communal table around which to sit for a bite, a glass of (good!) wine and a chat: just the way we had meant it to be when we embarked on this project!

So, the award rules are the following: those who get nominated must answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated them and tell 11 random facts about themselves.  Then, each of them is supposed to pass on the award by nominating 11 blogs with under 200 followers and ask them 11 questions.

Well, I hope nobody is going to get mad at me, but I’m going to follow Sarah’s example (Sarah, you were not lame at all!) and replace the number 11 with the number 5. I hope you’ll understand… my experience in the blogosphere is still too limited and, given also the requirement that this award be only given to blogs who have less than 200 followers, I cannot possibly come up with a meaningful list of 11 blogs that meet the requirements! 😉 Of course, I am sure my nominees will do a hell of job and, if they so desire, they should by all means go back to the original rules.

Random facts about myself:

1. I never start cooking before lunch time
2. I loathe jealous people
3. I hate cold weather
4. I cannot cross a street unless there is a traffic light
5. I do not think that beauty is subjective …at least to some extent 😉

My answers to the questions asked from Sarah at Diary of a House Elf:

Q1: Who/what do you want to be “when you grow up”?
A1: Any kind of artist: a painter, a writer, a designer, an actress – you name it.

Q2: What one thing would make your life better?
A2: A magic wand.

Q3: What one quote best resonates with you?
A3: Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress. (Coco Chanel)

Q4: What one living person – that you don’t know personally – inspires you?
A4: Richard Mason, author of “The drowning People” and “Us”.

Q5: If you could spend one entire day how you wanted, what would you do?
A5: I’d spend the day in bed reading and watching old movies.

My questions for the nominees are the following:

1. What’s your favorite book?
2. If you could live in the past, which historical period would you pick?
3. What’s your favorite drink?
4. What’s your addiction?
5. If you were a piece of clothing or an accessory, you would be…

And the nominees are…

1. The Mind’s Cabin

2. Ma Cuisine et Vous (in French)

3. The Backdoor Artist

4. My Life is My Style

5. The Literate Chef

Certain of my nominees do not show the number of their followers on their blogs, so I’m taking a guess here. Congratulations to the five of you on creating wonderful blogs!