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


My Day in Modena- The City of the World’s Best Restaurant, Osteria Francescana.

 

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When I was in Italy this summer for “Project Healthy in Italy” ( read about it here) I was lucky to meet many fantastic people along my journey. One of them was Stefania Fregni who I was  introduced to by Valeria Moschet the woman behind the beautiful blog www.mylovelybologna.com.

I also hope you will take the time to read about when Valeria took me to cooking school in Bologna here!

 

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Stefania was my local guide and showed me the best that Modena had to offer!

Stefania is a born and raised Modenesian and is the woman behind the beautiful blog www.mymodenadiary.com

Modena is a beautiful little city just aboout 20-30 minutes by train from Bologna Central Station and is a quiet and quaint place in the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. The world famous chef, Massimo Bottura and his restaurant Osteria Francescana, which was recently awared the tittel of the best in the world, has put this city on the map. Even if you can’ t eat at the famous restaurant, Modena is still well worth a visit on its own. (Read about when I met Massimo Bottura here)

 

Modena is known for its various magnificent buildings and majestic monuments. The most famous is its marvelous cathedral, or duomo, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997 along with the city’s Torre Civica and Piazza Grande.

 

Have you seen the Netflix Chef’s Table episode where Massimo Bottura is introduced to the world? The fotage where he goes shopping at the local market is called Mercato Albinelli, which you can see in the first photo. Here Stefania introduced me to local dishes and produce, and of course the most famous Modena balsamico! Read about balsamic vinegar here.

 

Modena is small enough to plan a day trip to if you are travelling in the region, or staying in other nearby cities. I would really recommend contacting Stefania for a local tour because you are introduced to places that you will not find on your own.

The highlight was when she took me to a local family owned restaurant for lunch. The owners’ mother (who must have been over 70 or more) was sitting in the entrance area hand rolling pasta! Amazing:)

Authentic, family owned restaurant with local pasta dishes, Lambrusco (local sparkling red wine), balsamic vinegar and other local specialties. The highlight of my day!

 

For more tips or to get in touch with Stefania visit www.mymodenadiary.com What is your favorite place to travel to?


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).


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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