CHRISTIAN DE SICA is the most eclectic Italian entertainer - actor, singer, comedian and movie director. He lives in our neighborhood and yesterday I met him at the cafè near our house. His father was Vittorio De Sica, an Oscar winning actor and movie director. Christian de Sica is now starring in the latest Christmas movie, the 28th of the series of cinepanettoni...."VACANZE DI NATALE - CORTINA 2011", now showing in movie theaters all over Italy.
My daughter, Sicilian-Japanese singer Sayaka Alessandra http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/ is a fashion addict and in this video she's showing off some of the clothes she has bought in Sicily and in Rome.
LIKE DAUGHTER, LIKE MOTHER:)
Red is my favorite color. This is my red Kiko lipstick and red sweater from Fili D'Erba
We're both wearing Coral lipstick from Kiko and orange teashirts from Piazza Italia
My daughter, SAYAKA ALESSANDRA http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/ singing the beautiful country song JOLENE for a charity concert in Trapani for the LILT, the Italian Association for Breast Cancer) accompanied by the Quartetto Trapanese, a Sicilian band from Trapani ...Vito Morello, Chicco Alotta, Roberto Gervasi (Jahmento) and Francesco Canamela.
Sayaka Alessandra picking the famous red oranges (blood oranges) in the province of Trapani
A panoramic view of my town Buseto Palizzolo, just 15 kms. from Trapani
My daughter, Sayaka Alessandra http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/ uses the kitchen to sing (here she is singing Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, sitting on the kitchen table:) but I use it to cook. I am preparing a traditional sicilian dish...pasta con l'aglio (or pesto trapanese, as it is also known)
After WWII, Italians loved everything American...whiskey, cigarettes, rock&roll etc. Neapolitan musician Renato Carosone wrote this beautiful song to celebrate those times. My daughter Sayaka Alessandra http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/ sang "Tu Vuò Fà l'Americano" on Sicilian television channel VideoSicilia in Alcamo. Check out that sexy "Godfather" dancing with her:)
Times haven't changed. We still love anything that's American. Here my daughter and I are having lunch at McDonald's in Bologna, Italy. Even our chihuahua Rocky loves McDonald's!
Nigella Lawson is my favorite cook. It occurred to me one day that my daughter, Sayaka Alessandra, http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/, instead of resembling me, resembles Nigella...well, not physically perhaps :) but the long hair and the accent, but mostly in the messy cooking, so I suggested that she do a parody of Nigella.
Well, it's obvious that Sayaka should stick to singing, and leave the cooking to me. Here is a chocolate cake I made recently. Photographed by our talented friends DIGITAL STUDIOS di Alessandro Spatafora e Agostino Parisi, address: Via Guglielmo Marconi 80, Trapani, Sicily
My daughter, Sayaka Alessandra, http://www.sayakaalessandraofficial.com/ loves this traditional Cajun dish so much that she even sings about it:. Our chihuahua Rocky makes a special guest appearance in this video:)
Castroni is Rome's oldest and most famous international food supplier. It is a delight for expats, Italians and tourists. You can find products from all over the world there...America, UK, India, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico and many more countries. They have a great supply of Twining teas, of Italian honey, jams, nuts, candies and many more products
GRATTACHECCA is a typical Roman refreshing drink made up of grated ice and sweet syrup or fruit juices. Here is our favorite Grattachecca place, it's along the Tiber river in the Prati neighborhood of Rome.
I just found the cutest little pastry shop in Rome...even Buddy was there, you can see him in the picture below. It's run by a father and daughter team and they make the most delicious cakes and international desserts! It's located on Via Milano 48.
I was running out of spices so yesterday I went to the Testaccio area of Rome to get a supply at EMPORIO DELLE SPEZIE, a fabulous shop where you can find spices, fresh ginger, honey, flours, rice etc. http://www.emporiodellespezie.com/
EAT YOUR BREAKFAST STANDING UP...If you want to have breakfast at a bar, have your cornetto and cappuccino at the counter because Roman bars usually charge more if you sit at a table.
GET YOUR CORNETTO FROM A CORNETTERIA...if you buy cornetti directly from the baker you wil pay less than at the bar. In the Prati area you can find a cornetteria on Via G.G. Belli 63. Freshly baked cornetti are available from midnight onwards.
Go to a PANINOTECA...lots of choice of panini and tramezzini
Have pizza by the gram at the PIZZA AL TAGLIO shops. Many choices of pizza and you can buy as much or as little as you like.
Go to MONDO ARANCINA, a Sicilian fast food chain in Rome. Here you can get arancine with different fillings, pizza, sfincione, genovesi and other Sicilian delights. In the Prati area Mondo Arancina is in Via Marcantonio Colonna 38. There is one on Via Tuscolana, in Piazzale Clodio, Via Oderisi da Gubbio and in Via della Vite.
Get a made-to-order panino from a supermarket or grocery shop.
HAVE A HAPPY HOUR!
Happy hours have become a Roman obsession, every bar in town has a happy hour. For 5-7 Euros they'll give you a drink or juice, a platter of mini-tramezzini, mini-pizzette, potato chips and peanuts. Prices, hours and content vary from bar to bar.
Breakfast in Rome usually consists of Cornetto and Cappuccino but for my birthday I wanted a HUGE breakfast so we went to the SCHOLAR'S LOUNGE Irish Pub, just off Piazza Venezia and Via Del Corso in downtown Rome.
It's sales time in Rome so my daughter bought me a pretty PROMOD dress for 15 Euros and a lovely BRANDY&MELVILLE scarf for 10 Euros.