#Remember the Floating Piers

The Floating Piers Isola di San Paolo

Starting this weekend and the following two weekends after that, the village of Sulzano and Monte Isola at Lake Iseo will be the setting for Remember the Floating Piers. The event marks the first year anniversary of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s colossal work of environmental art that allowed visitors to ‘walk across the water’ in a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

A shame we won’t be able to attend any of the festivities, but for the occasion I put together a dish that we enjoyed after walking the lake last year. The original by Dispensa Pani e Vini featured trout tartare in goat milk yogurt, but here I’ve substituted salmon which was easier to source at the supermarket. It’s a nice, light course to serve during warm summer days.

Remember the Floating Piers
Sunday’s lunch starter: salmon tartare in unsweetened goat’s milk yogurt, garnished with trout roe, evoo, and topped with a thin, crisped strip of polenta.

For more information: #Remember The Floating Piers

STREEAT at Carroponte Milano

STREEAT at Carroponte Milano
During the last weekend of May – it was blistering hot!

It wasn’t too long ago that we were in this very same spot, sizing up the line of food trucks while mentally taking note of what we absolutely had to get to take home. This year’s late spring edition of STREEAT European food truck festival did not have all of our favorites, but at least we got the chance to sink our teeth into Phil’s awesome pulled pork sandwich once again. At 7 euros it always tops our ‘best list’ of pork sandwiches for value and flavor.

Phil's pulled pork sandwich

By comparison, our next sandwich, a lomito (Angus beef with lettuce, tomato and chimichurri sauce) didn’t quite measure up to my expectations. Now, either I’ve been bamboozled by all the lomito images on Google or Osteria Argentina’s simply doesn’t do fried egg on theirs.

Osteria Argentina lomito
For 8 euros, it didn’t win me over, but I’d give them another try with say…the Menu Asado.

Osteria Argentina food truck

Or something straight from their Argentinian-style grilling.
Osteria Argentina grilling meats

Another garlic-smacking pork sandwich is the all’Aglione from Porcobrado. While the pork was greasier than what I remember from a past event (a pool of fat at the bottom of the wrapper), the flavor was still good.

Porcobrado all'aglione

And dessert(s) for the road! Gourmet eclairs worth their uber high price tag. I had no idea that L’Eclair de Genie established shops in Milan (shame on me!), so now there’s no need to go to Paris to taste them.

L'Eclair de Génie piaggio

I chose yuzu lemon and blackberry chocolate. 4€ and 4.90€ respectively.

L'Eclair de Génie

Worth every heavenly bite! Yes they’re smaller than the cream-filled, chocolate-glazed eclairs found at regular bakeries/pastry shops, but look at how perfectly filled they are.

L'Eclairs de Génie

And last but not least, cannoli from il Cannolo Eccellenza Siciliana. Your choice of chocolate, candied orange, pistachio, or all of them together. Filled on the spot, these were EXCELLENT. And at 3.50€ each, won’t hurt your wallet either.

Cannoli Eccellenza Siciliana

Happy Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend 2017

Monday won’t be a holiday in Italy (we’ll have our turn next Friday for Festa della Reppublica) but with the warm days we’ve been experiencing lately, summertime has officially started and there’s a long list of events and celebrations to anticipate. Have a great weekend!