Behind the Scenes of Your Italian Fix: Day 2

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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>> This is day 2 of a 7 day party delivering a sneak-peek at how getting your Italian Fix is the best thing you can do with your precious vacation time.<<

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Have you ever noticed how some food makes you feel?

You know when you taste something incredible; how you slow down your chewing for fear of losing a molecule of flavour prematurely?

I had that experience last June.

It was at a restaurant in a Cinque Terre village so small it doesn’t even have a street – just a few stairs leading to a crowd of houses. The restaurant is nested in the ancestral home of one of the owners, huddled with the few other slightly crooked abodes in the tiny hamlet of Groppo.

When the owners Maurizio and Christiane had children they realized that their life in the city wasn’t providing them with a life they desired – so they made a move.

They chose to move back to Groppo to lead a life they love. The only thing was – how do you work in a village that has nothing? You have two choices: you either a) leave everyday to work elsewhere or, b) become brilliant and forward thinking and invite the world to your door.

Which is exactly what they did.

The restaurant is called Cappun Magru.

They made it so good that people travel to the middle of nowhere to eat at it. I did. And I brought twelve other people as part of our Cinque Terre tour.

Why is it so good?

— Local food. They know where every piece of cheese comes from that they put on your plate – they might even know the sheep’s names.

— Love and passion. It’s poured into every inch of their home, their kitchen and their lifestyle

— The perfect wine. They pair their food with wine made from the grapes harvested from the punishingly steep terraces of the Cinque Terre. This isn’t Tuscany – all rolling hills and fertile soil: it’s steep, rocky, and right on the ocean – which means the wines of the Cinque Terre are from small batch artisan makers and co-ops.

Today I want to share the gorgeous photos of our meal at Cappun Magru and our hosts Maurizio and Christiane.

Of course we are going back. It’s too good not to.

This experience is included on our Cinque Terre itinerary June 18 -24, 2013.

You can see the full schedule of that trip here.

And today — there are less spots than yesterday – just sayin’. To be perfectly blunt: When the 12 spots are gone they really are — gone.

 

All images by Leela Cyd

 

The 2013 trips are (drum roll please)

 

A photography workshop in Florence. We are staying in the artist quarter with morning photography workshops and afternoons cruisin’ Florence

A shopping trip to Florence + Milan. The most beautiful design hotels right in the center of the action with a photo-shoot and vintage car rentals.

The Cinque Terre: an insiders views of the people and places that make the Cinque Terre a place to fall in love with.

 

Today’s party

 

Everyday this week we are giving away something gorgeous to celebrate the release of the 2013 schedule.

Today my sweets, we are giving away an 8×12 print. This map of Italy was created for Italian Fix by U.K. illustrator Laura Bird

To enter leave a comment below about anything that you are thinking about: travelling, eating, blogging, cooking, map making. I wanna hear it. You must comment by midnight (PST) Friday November 2 to have a chance of winning this print.

{Update: Give-away winner is Jenn Chic. Congrats! Thanks to every-one who posted a comment}

Luck + love.    xx Bianca

 

 

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Wendy

I don’t think I could eat anything with eyes – such as the fish pictured above. However, hopefully I can afford to go on one of your trips and be proven wrong -learn a new experience. The food, the presentation; everything looks so healthy and fresh and new – lots… Read more »

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eM

I have just recently begun to study Italian so that my next trip to Italy will be even better! I ADORE this map! Is it available for purchase??

Jo
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Jo

I love pictorial maps! If I had it on my wall I would use it to help me manifest a trip to Italy with you! Thank you for this morning’s ‘fix’:)

Fira Pierce
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Fira Pierce

This is so fun! I am going to have 2 day old leftovers of chicken sausages for breakfast today and I thought that was a treat (not cereal), now I think it is not a treat anymore after looking at your photos and reading your daily blog! hahaha

jenn chic
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What a pretty picture! One day it will be a great reminder of the awesome time I had in Italy! Thanks for the generous week of celebrations! Celebrate! xo

christy
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hi Bianca! i loooove all of these trips! we are actually go to see family in Aug/Sep in France and have been talking about a cinque terre trip!!! or florence, gotta decide which is better with kids in tow…..and what I really want to (WILL) do is PAINT!!! If I… Read more »

Beverly
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Beverly

Hi Bianca!
I am loving reading your Italian fix! I rarely ever win anything, but thot IF I did, I would LOVE to win anything ITALIAN! 🙂
I am ‘learning’ some of the language (from CDs) in hopes of getting there some day soon!
Ciao!

Donna Konsoradoa
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Thinking about travel this morning, the door bell rang, our renewed passports delivered! After signing for them I put my glasses on (still think I don’t need to ware them ALL the time) and one of them is for the man down the street… wonder where he’s off to? Making… Read more »

Kristy Graham
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Kristy Graham

I love travelling with you, you are the most patient and gracious host….ever! The map is absolutely gorgeous, so perfect. I am inspired over and over again by what you are putting out in your itineraries…the descriptions and pictures are scrumptious, just want to eat them up. I agree, eating… Read more »

Marie Dahlgrin
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Marie Dahlgrin

I was full a few minutes ago, and now after looking at these pictures my stomach is growling! Just put some black beans to soak, for sweet potato, black bean and tomatilla enchiladas tomorrow, but maybe I can catch a flight out and have dinner here instead!

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