Come along with me to Italy!

Carina’s Italy – The Good Life Food & Wine Trip
Come along with me to Italy! Sept. 18 -22. 2019

Come along with me to beautiful Bologna and experience the best food, wine, culture, history and people the city and its region has to offer!

This upcoming fall- Experience the best of Italy’s food and wine culture with me as your personal guide.  The trip takes place in the Emilia- Romagna region and is personally developed by myself and my partners in Italy to give you a unique, authentic and personal experience.

For Norwegian readers please see my website here for more information

You will experience a part of Italy that is very close to my heart where you will be introduced to the region’s great food and wine alongside their passionate and dedicated producers, all of which make up the sum as to why Italy is ranked the healthiest country in Europe and second in the world.

If you have followed «Project Healthy in Italy» via my blog or social media you will have seen both pictures and videos from my time spent researching the Italian culture and all the amazing food, wine and people I have met. Now you can actually meet some of them too and have those same experiences! September 18-22. 2019 you can spend 4 days with me in beautiful Bologna and the surrounding area.

Price per person in shared double room 8999 NOK 

(Single rooms are sold out. For single occupancy use of the double room an additional cost of 3 200 NOK is applied)
Obs! In Italy there is a city tax of 3 euro per person per room and is not included in the price. This is paid individually at checkout.

Included in the price and your unique experiences are the following:

  • 4 nights at a newly refurbished 4 * hotel in the city center
  • Breakfast
  • Wifi
  • Transport to all group activities
  • Visit to a biodynamic vineyard with food and wine tasting
  • Visit to a local village bar to mingle with the locals and taste local wine and a traditional snack
  • Dinner with wine at a trattoria style Michelin restaurant
  • Daytrip to Modena with tour and lunch at a traditional Modenese restaurant
  • Truffle hunting
  • Olive oil tasting class
  • Picking vegetables for our dinner at a local farm (agriturismo)
  • Wine tasting in the farm’s wine cellar with a sommelier (wine expert)
  • Aperitivo
  • Pasta class with nonna (grandma) Anna
  • Dinner party at the farm with food and wine
  • Carina as your guide and expert
*Minimum age for participation is 18 years

For more information and booking send an email to carina@juicydrops.no 

The Hotel and Bologna

We will be staying at a lovely newly refurbished 4 * boutique hotel in the center of Bologna within walking distance to all the major attractions, shopping, bars and restaurants.  The main square, Piazza Maggiore is just a short walk from our hotel.  The hotel also has beautiful outdoor spaces including a roof top terrace where you can enjoy a view of the historic city.

Bologna is located in northern Italy in the Emilia-Romagna district and is a wealthy city known for its rich history, music culture and its vibrant student population.

The trip takes place from Wednesday to Sunday September 18- 22 2019.  

The price does not include air travel or transport to and from the airport in Bologna as people will be traveling from different parts of the world to attend. Wednesday will be a travel day and the official start of the program will be around early lunch time on Thursday. Sunday is the day of departure and there are no group activities this day. A detailed program will be e-mailed closer to the trip.

 

 

Flight tips! The airport in Bologna is called Bologna Guglielmo Marconi lufthavn (BLQ). It is also possible to fly to Milan or Florence and travel by train to Bologna.

Transport from the airport to the hotel: By cab. The price is normally between 25 Euros one way and takes about 20-30 min. depending on the traffic.

Terms and Conditions

*All bookings are non-refundable.

*Personal travel insurance is recommended for all attendees in case of illness or other unforeseen events.

* Attendees may book flights when the trip organizer has confirmed the booking via e-mail.

* Payment will be made in Norwegian kroner after an e- invoice is issued and can be easily paid via your online bank using IBAN/SWIFT.

For more information and booking send an e- mail to carina@juicydrops.no


Come Along with me to Culinary School in Bologna!

Meet Simone Guerra, one of the fantastic people I met during my stay in Italy for “Project Healthy in Italy”. (Read about it here). I was introduced to Simone, the founder of the culinary school Otto in Cucina in Bologna by Valeria Moschet, the women behind the succesessful blog My Lovely Bologna 

If you are travelling to Bologna I really recommend stopping by her site and Instagram account with the same name for some great tips!

Below the pictures you will learn more about how Simone founded one of Bolognas most modern culinary schools…

The Pasta Warrior

Simone Guerra is the founder of the culinary school “Otto in Cucina”. Her last name is “Guerra” which means warrior in Italian. Considering what she embarked upon a year ago when building her culinary school form the ground up, the meaning of her last name is very appropriate! You can see the video from her journey here

The moment I entered the school I could sense the passion and labour that went into building the beautiful, brand new culinary school full of modern equipment and design, which is branded with Simones staple color; hot pink.

Here is also a video from the lovely herb garden at the school! 

“Otto in Cucina” means “eight in the kitchen”, referring to the Italian school grade system where grade 10 is the best. Simone is not a chef with a formal education therfore she found herself more comfortable with telling her students that if you can acheive culinary results worth the grade 8 and not always 10, that still means you can make som amazing food! Food should be about pleasure, fun, joy and nutrition and not about perfection.

Becoming a Master of Pasta, Sfolia

I love the fresh egg pasta which is typical of Bologna and the Emilia- Romagna area and Simone taught me how to make the classic tagliatelle pasta which are the flat pasta that are suppose to be 1 m.m. x 6 m.m. in size. I can assure you this will take practice to acheive…

Simone learned the art of cooking  from her grandmother who was a “sfoglina”, female pastamaker, but the art of making fresh pasta she actually learned from the mother of one of her sons friends.

For years she had been intimidated by the art of pasta, thinking it would be to difficult to learn. But her friend told her otherwise. She was a professional “sfoglina” by trade and meant that anyone could learn and become good at making “sfoglia”  with a little love, passion and practice.

The two became both good friends and cooking buddies, talking eagerly about pasta making in the school halls. Eventually some of the fathers at the school overheared the conversations and wanted to learn more about pasta as more and more Italian men are getting into the kitchen. So the journey begins…

From Hobby to Career

Do to the demand of several fathers wanting to learn how to make pasta, Simone and her friend- the professional pasta maker, started pasta and cooking courses in Simones house in 2012. By 2013 they held about 150 courses in all kinds of cuisines and simply outgrew her house.

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Simone is a great teacher!

In 2017 Simone and her husband decided to invest in a property that today is the culinary school Otto in Cucina where Simone and her staff share their passion and knowledge about Italian food as well as other cuisines for both private persons and companies.

I highly recommend booking a class if you ever are in the area!  Visit her school here

Here are the dishes we made that evening; fresh egg tagliatelle, pesto, agrugula pesto with pistachios, cherry tomatoes and burrata cheese. 

Having great fun while learning about Italian cooking and being inspired by these talented women! Simone, Valeria and Stefania. ( http://www.mylovelybologna.com and http://www.mymodenadiary.com. More to come later).


A Leap of Faith – From Cocktails to Juice!

Paolo Scagliarini had been working in the bar industry for 20 years until one day his health was no longer on his side and he knew he had to make a change. The answer came in the form of pressing healthy fruits and vegetables.  So Paolo took a leap of faith and went from cocktails to juice!

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Paolo went from 20 years in the cocktail bar industry to the juice bar industry.

Slow Juicing in Bologna.

I was so happy when I found this cute juice bar just right outside my apartment here in Bologna as I was really missing my fresh juice and something healthy that did not consist of bread for a quick meal.

I was lucky to meet the owner that day and went back to learn more about his venture into the juice world and his thoughts on health here in Italy. As you may know I am here with my latest project “Project Healthy in Italy”. Read more about it here

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Cute juice bar in the heart of Bologna.

From Cocktails to Juice in Bologna. 

Paolo had beeing working in the bar industry for 20 years and starting having health issues as the focus had been on serving alcohol and chips due to his job. After a while he decided he was ready for a different focus and started learning more about vegeterian, vegan and raw food.

He started noticing a change in both his attitude and his body when implementing this kind of food and juice to his diet. He also added a slow juicer to his existing bar selling more and more fresh juice.

1 1/2 ago he decided to take a leap of faith and to leave the traditional bar industry for good to open a juice bar called Nectare in Bologna. The juice bar also focuses on raw and vegan food.

Paolo says, “There is more and more focus on a plant based diet here in Italy just like the rest of the world. The Italians also like something quick, easy and light for lunch so the vast majority of my clients are actually locals and not tourists.”

He also tells us that for the first time Italians are spending more money on fruits and vegetables than on meat, which is a very positive trend. And the focus on organic is also steadily growing.

Green Detox Juice

I also asked Paolo to share his most popular juice recipe with us and it is a juice called Green Detox. It consists of fennel, apple, celery, spinach and ginger. A real green treat! You can watch us make the juice in the video below.

Visit Nectare’s website here


Day 1 Project Healthy in Italy- Discovering Bologna

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I have arrived in beautiful Bologna, Italy where I will be living and working from for the next month with “Project Healthy in Italy”.

In case you are a new reader, get caught up on my project here

I got my gym membership in order, tasted some local food and wine for lunch to help me ease into everything. 😉 You can see some pictures below…

I am loving my apartment right by Piazza Maggiore, and I am settling in and getting ready for a really exciting and hectic month. I can’t wait to take you along on the journey to discovering why and how the Italians are so healthy!

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Lunch (pranzo). The Italians are so good at making vegetables taste yummy! Grilled zucchini with local cheese. 

Tomorrow I have a really exciting day as I am travelling (by train) to the very small town of Pieve a Nievole where I will be meeting and interviewing the famous Italian health guru, David Mariani. Make sure you tune in tomorrow via my Instagram ( watch Instastories) account here to see everything happening live. I will be visiting some exciting places with him to discover the secrets to living a long and happy life.

Just a short update for you today as I am still getting installed here. I will be back with a lot more to inspire you on how to live a happy, healthy life the Italian way!

Ciao!


Meet Alessandro Martini – Mr. #DOP!

I am so excited about my upcoming trip and quest to Bologna, Italy this Saturday, June 9th!

Project Healthy in Italy is officially launching this day (read about it here) and I hope you come along with me for the journey both here on my blog and through my social media accounts. 🙂

*Follow Carina’s Healthy Kitchen and Project Healthy in Italy on Facebook here and Instagram  here

But, what I really am excited about today is the introduction of my main partner for my month long quest- Alessandro Martini or as I will be calling him, Mr. #DOP!

DOP  is short for Denominazione di Origine Protetta (“Protected Designation of Origin”) and is a very important classification that garantees that the (Italian) food is made by local farmers and artisans, using traditional methods. Alessandro is an expert on this, among many other things related to Italian food and wine.

The reason I first visited Bologna in the Emilia- Romanga district ,was due to the food culture, but the reason I came back was Alessandro and his family owned food & wine tour business, Italian Days.

I also knew that for my quest in Italy I would really love to have Alessandro aboard as he knows all there is to know  about Italian food culture. He is the perfect person to help me find the answers as to why Italy is the healthiest country in Europe and the world.

When I reached out to him about “Project Healthy in Italy” I was so happy that he wanted to be a part of the journey as my “partner in crime”, food expert and as a genuine, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, warm hearted Italian.

You can follow us during June 9- July 6 th and there will be some really exciting things to see and learn more about. Olive oil in Tuscany, organic wine production, truffle hunting, cooking with nonna are just some of the things coming up!

You can visit his website here and I garantee you will not regret booking a tour when you are in the area! Make sure to use my name when booking and I am sure he will take extra good care of you;)

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Alessandro on his nr. 1 rated food tour experience. At a Reggiano parmesan factory. A must! I have been two times:)

*It is important for me to share with you that everything related to “Project Healthy in Italy”, its’ partners, products and recommendations are 100 % authentic and mine. They are not sponsored or paid for in any way. Everyone involved is choosen specifically and they are giving their time, energy and knowledge to make this project a succsess! Thank you everyone! See you soon!


Project Healthy in Italy! The Healthiest Country in Europe and the World.

My quest for health in Italy…

Oh, my goodness how excited I am to finally share my latest project with you…

I am going to Italy and you can come along! Well, not literally (at least not yet) but you can follow my quest live here on my blog and through social media from June 9.- July 6.!

About Project Healthy in Italy

I love Italy and the Italian culture and believe I must have been an Italian nonna (grandma), making fresh pasta all day in another lifetime. It is a country so close to my heart, but yet so far away from my lifestyle and diet goals. Or so I thought…

Italy has once again been awarded the title of being the healthiest country in Europe, and the second healthiest country in the world. Italy has for years been the healthiest in the world, and just recently recieved second place with just half a point behind Singapore. (Bloomberg Global Health Index.)

The Italians live longer, are happier and have a health care system that really works in favour of its citizens.

 

What is their secret and how can it be one of the healthiest countries in the world when pizza, pasta, cheese and wine is what first comes to mind when talking or thinking about Italy?

How can it be that this wonderfully delicious but gluten-rich, carb-loaded cuisine can bring health and happiness to Italians, but if my diet consists of this in Norway, I become sick, fat and generally unhappy?

What is it that the Italians understand that both I and the rest of the world simply don’t? What have I been missing in both my personal and professional journey as a health and diet expert that the Italians haven’t?

And is the country really that healthy? Have they been able to avoid the ever-evolving problem of declining health and expanding waistlines that the rest of the world, including my own country, just hasn’t?

So, hey Italy can I really be happy, healthy and keep a balanced weight while living the Italian lifestyle? I can’t wait to find out! Follow my monthlong quest in the country of world’s greatest food and wine, and according to Bloomberg, the world’s healthiest…

Do you think it sounds exciting? Make sure to follow my blog by subscribing and liking my Facebook page here and Instagram (which I will really be active on) here

 

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A Taste of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

I am simply in love with  Italy and I believe I must have been an Italian nonna in an earlier life, even though all the gluten, cheese and wine really doesn’t agree with my body! But it is all about balance, and that is why I really wanted to share my food travels with you, as it is what inspires me to evolve and keeps me learning new things that I can share with you!

I travel as often as I can to Italy and I love both the North and the South. They are so different from each other, including the food and the local ingredients.  One of the places I love the most is the Emilia- Romagna district and the city of Bologna. I love it so much that I almost don’t want to share it with you and keep it all to myself! 😉

It is a district known for its wonderful food and local produce such as D.O.P. Balsamico de Modena and D.O.P. Reggiano Parmesan. I also have to say my love for lambrusco (sparkling red wine) has also really grown since my last trip. Of course I have to mention that the world famous restaurant Osteria Francescana is also located in the district (In Modena) so it is really a place to visit if you are a foodie like me!

 

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View from vinyard. Our last stop on the food tour.

 

One of the best kept secrets, that more and more people are discovering every day is Alessandro Martini and his company Italian Food Days Wine & Food Tours. Booking a full day food tour with this guy and his company is worth the trip to Bologna and the region on its own!

I have been on his food tour more than once and last time my husband and I brought our parents along. It was the highlight of our travel, and for me such a learning experience.

You can find his company here

One of the reasons I love to travel as much as I can is because I love to learn about different food cultures and new ingredients. Some of them are healthy as they are, other recipes need adapting to become healthier versions. This is what I have done with a lot of recipes you will find here on my blog and also in my latest book Carina’s Healthy Kitchen. (Only avaliable in Norwegian for now). You can purchase it here

One of the stops on the food tour is in Modena where authentic balsamico comes from.   D.O.P(Denominazione di Origine Protetta). There are no additives or caramel coloring here! Only fermented grape must made from the best grapes that are locally grown. This balsamico  is the inspiration behind my raw chocolate with balsamico and sea salt recipe that you can find here.

I hope you get the chance to travel to Italy and the Emilia- Romagna district to learn and taste food and wine from the best producers in the district. Just remember to book a food tour with Alessandro 🙂 Here are some pictures from my last food tour together with my family…

 

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Raw chocolate with balsamico and sea salt.

Chocolate can really be an immune boosting food if chosen wisley, especially raw chocolate. Raw means the cacao has not been heat treated therefore it contains all the nutrients. It really is a powerhouse full of antioxidants, magnesium and healthy, fat burning fats.

Perhaps best of all is that it is really easy to make. I developed this recipe after being inspired by my trip to Modena, Italy where real balsamico is made. You can read about my trip here.

The recipe is posted below but take a look at my video of me making the chocolate. I do speak Norwegian but it is subtitled in English:)

A real good quality balsamico is naturally sweet and goes great with Maldon sea salt which enhances the chocolates flavour. You will also find this recipe in my latest book Carina’s Healthy Kitchen. (Currently only in Norwegian). You can purchase it here.

Raw chocolate with balsamico and sea salt.

You will need…

  • 100 grams of cacao butter
  • 0,25 dl ( 2 tbs) maple sirup
  • 3 tbs. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbs. good quality balsamico
  • Maldon sea salt or other unrefined sea salt flakes.
  • A  silicon chocolate mold

How to:

  1. Rouphly chop the cacao butter and add to a glass bowl.
  2. Melt the cacao butter in a water bath (slowly) making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the boiling water. This will scorch the butter.
  3. When melted remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients except for the sea salt. Mix well.
  4. Pour into a silicon mold and sprinkle a little sea salt on top. Let cool before setting the fridge for 2- 3 hours.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

 

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Healthy chocolate! Food styling and photo: Carina Hultin Dahlmann/Carina’s Healthy Kitchen.