Monday, 13 August 2018

MUSIC MONDAY ~ N.33

This Monday brings another Italian summer hit!  

This song, entitled, "Non ti dico no" ("I won't tell you no") features reggae and hip hop group, Boomdabash and the iconic, Loredana Bertè.

The vibe of the song matches the chill tone of summer perfectly, while the lyrics reflect the carefree atmosphere that summer brings, where spur-of-the-moment fun is embraced.

There is some fun language play in the lyrics, as the group nods to their southern roots (the group is from the Italian region, Puglia) with the dialect phrase, "sciamune," meaning "to go out." (Note - The "Bedda" lyric that precedes "sciamune," refers to the singer Lorenda Bertè.) 

Check out the fun video below where the group and Lorenda Bertè perform the song live in the city of Lecce in Puglia.




Friday, 3 August 2018

Dolce To-Do ~ August List



So, it's the last month of summer...are you panicking yet?  Well, hopefully not!  Many people get a little anxious as they realize that summer is winding down - especially if they haven't crossed off all their "to-do" items yet.  Hopefully you aren't in that position, but if so, take a deep breath, relax and start planning.  Don't waste another minute of these summer days! 

Check out the list below for some fun activities to make the most of the last few weeks of summer!

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1. Check out a summer concert: Open air concerts are an amazing experience!  Check out your local listings, and book your tickets for a night of entertainment under the stars.

2. Camp out: Whether you love the great outdoors, or prefer "glamping" it up in a chic little cottage, set aside some time to enjoy this great summer activity.  You don't ever realize how much of a break you need from city-life until you take one!

3. Roast Marshmellows: Whether part of a camping trip or an activity on it’s own, roasting marshmellows in the great outdoors is a fun activity for both kids and adults. Be sure to get the jumbo marshmallows for extra gooey-ness! 

4. Enjoy a boat cruise: You don’t have to own a yacht to enjoy some time on the water. simply book a local boat cruise! Hosting an event? Consider renting a boat for your party! 

5. Visit the zoo: The zoo is always fun during the summer months. Seeing the animals up close and personal is always a treat! Just be sure not to go when it’s too hot, as the animals will be hiding for some shade. 

6. Visit a theme park: Rides, shows, food - theme parks are your one-stop shop for a fun full-day activity. Visit a local park, or splurge a bit and book a destination park.

7. Watch an outdoor movie: Whether visiting a drive-in or setting up your own movie screening in your backyard, be sure to try out this great summer activity. With a blanket, some popcorn and a sky full of stars, it will be surely be one of your favourite movie watching experiences!

8. Indulge in fresh eats: Summer is definitely the time to indulge in fresh, local eats. If you have the opportunity, try growing a vegetable garden, or even some berries. The effort is worth the tasty reward! 

9. Bake some treats: With all the fresh fruit and vegetables in abundance, now is a great time to look up some of your favourite recipes and bake away! Another great sweet treat is to take those veggies and fruits and make great frozen treats!

10. Soak in the sun: Whether it's lounging on a beach, playing with your kids in the yard, or sipping a drink on a patio, make sure to soak up the vitamin D in these weeks of summer! You know you will be missing it when the cold weather hits. (Don't forget to lather not the SPF of course!) 

Monday, 30 July 2018

MUSIC MONDAY ~ N.32

This week's Music Monday post features one of my all-time favourite Italian bands, Negramaro.
I have followed this band for quite some time, and am happy to see that their musical talents have allowed them to create hit after hit after hit over the years.

This week's featured song is a slower-tempo tune, that speaks about a potentially retuning love, and whether or not that love will actually come back.  With his beautifully, haunting voice, Giuliano Sangiorgi (the band's lead singer), carries you along his journey, allowing you to sit right alongside him while waiting for his love.

Check out the video and lyrics (and translation), below!


Friday, 27 July 2018

How to style denim this summer

A few posts ago, I introduced you to my niece, Stephanie, who joined Viva la Dolce as a contributing writer.  In her first post, she gave us great suggestions for spring dresses; Stephanie is back again with more fashion advice, this time, on the current denim trend. Read on for some great tips and links for your summer wardrobe!

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Denim has been a long-time staple in many people's wardrobes for hundreds of years.  This textile has an extensive history of reinvention and popularity in the fashion industry.  The use of denim in fashion has continued to grow from its initial use to create classic jeans in the 17th century (back when they were known as the "working-man's pant"!) to its enormous popularity and categorization as an essential item in the 1950's. Fast forward to the 1990s, and denim was largely worn in the "over-baggy" jean trend, while the next decade saw an exact opposite trend with the super-skinny low-rise jeans in the early 2000s.  Looking back on all of denim's past iconic style moments, it's clear that the use of the material has been changing with the times and growing in the fashion industry for literally centuries!

Seeing as denim is so versatile, it is no surprise that it continues to thrive in today's fashion industry.  There are so many ways to wear denim today that go way beyond the traditional pair of jeans.  In fact, in recent years, high fashion brands have begun to incorporate denim into more unconventional pieces of clothing and accessories (such as bags, shoes, and even jewellery!) more and more.  To help you keep up with this trend, here are nine different items that you can use to incorporate some denim into your outfits right now!



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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Nonna's waffles

There is something special about what a nonna (grandma) bakes.  It can be the simplest, easiest dish, but with her touch, it becomes the most scrumptious treat!  One such treat is our nonna's waffles! 
These waffles are quick and easy to make!  They can be enjoyed with some syrup, jam, or better yet, nutella (yum!).  You can also enjoy them as a special summer treat, with your favourite ice cream squished between two waffle slices (double yum!).   
Check it out this dolce recipe below and enjoy! 








12 eggs
1 cup of milk
1 cup of oil
2 cups of sugar
1 shot of sweet liqueur of choice (*optional*)
5 teaspoons of baking powder
5 cups of flour (approximately)

*mix all ingredients; if you notice the batter is too runny then add flour; if the batter is too thick then add milk
*pour one scoop of batter into waffle maker at a time (amount depends on desired size and thickness); remove cooked waffle from waffle maker; let waffles cool completely before eating

Monday, 16 July 2018

MUSIC MONDAY ~ N.31

Un'estate italiana (an Italian summer), is filled with many amazing things: gelato, beautiful fashion, days and nights by the sea, evening strolls to the piazza, the list goes on and on. 
However, nothing is quite as special as the music during the summer season in Italy.

Maybe it's the catchy beats, the lyrics that almost always reference "amore" (love) or "il mare" (the sea/beach), or the experiences to which the music is shared; whatever it is, Italian summer hits have a way of mesmerizing the listener and delivering a slice of "la dolce vita."

One such song that's tearing up the charts this summer is "Amore e Capoeira," by Takagi & Ketra feat. Giusy Ferreri and Sean Kingston.  Check out the video below - I assure you, the beat will have you dancing in no time!





Thursday, 5 July 2018

Dolce To-Do ~ July List


School is out and it's time to enjoy the long, lazy days of summer! With so much to see and do throughout the month of July, you'll be surprised how fast the days fly by!
Make the most of your summer with some great "dolce to-do" ideas below!

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1. Dip your feet in the water: Whether you have a fancy pool, or just a little one for the kiddies, there's nothing like swaying your feet in some cool, refreshing water on a hot summer day.  Don't be afraid to kick and make a splash for some extra old-school fun ;)

2. Create ice cream creations: If you're a whiz in the kitchen, try whipping up a batch of homemade ice cream! If you prefer the store-bought kind, make it unique by creating your own version of ice cream sandwiches, or set up a toppings bar and create some deluxe ice cream sundaes.

3. Go strawberry picking: This was always one of my absolute favourite activities growing up!  I loved gathering fresh berries to take home, and of course, munching on some as we picked! What's more, you can make fresh batches of jam to last the whole year through!

4. Go for walks after dinner: You may feel sluggish in the evening, and just want to relax on the couch, but don't get stuck in that rut. Remember how cooped up you were in the winter? Right! So get out there and enjoy these warm summer evenings!

5. Have a water fight! Bring out your inner child and participate in a water balloon fight!  Go ahead and run through the sprinkler while you're at it! ;)

6. Sip sangria on a patio: Whether relaxing at home, the cottage or at one of your favourite spots in the city, be sure to take that drink outdoors.  If it's late enough, you can star-gaze as you sip away!

7. Take a road trip:  Want to get away but have limited funds?  A road trip is a great way to travel for less.  The best part is, the drive is half the fun!  You can create great memories while getting to your destination with all the car karaoke, food stops and story swapping!  

8. Play some outdoor games:  Bocce season is upon us! If the Italian lawn-bowling game is not your thing, perhaps you can have some fun playing mini-put, croquet, or horseshoes.

9.Read a great book: There is nothing like curling up on the hammock, or on the beach with a great summer read.  The longer summer days and vacation time, offer the chance to breeze through the chapters and get lost in another world.

10.  Dine al fresco: Organize a dinner party at one of your favourite restaurants - but be sure to book your table outside!  The atmosphere of a full patio on a summer night, with laughter, drinks and great food, is simply magical!
 

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