True Italian Cooking Class with Bruna | Puglia, Italy | One of the many exciting real experiences, I truly enjoyed during my recent visit to Puglia, in the South of Italy, was other than the Wine & Olive Oil Tasting at a real Masseria, the real Italian Cooking Class at da Bruna Ristorante , with Bruna herself, outside of Lecce in the region of Salento. Our cooking class focused on pasta, and the best part was, that at the very end, we had to eat our own cooking. Continue reading True Italian Cooking Class with Bruna
Wine Tasting by L’Astore Masseria | Puglia, Italy | Of course no visit to Puglia, in the South of Italy, in the region of Salento, can be complete without a proper local wine and olive oil degustation at a traditional Masseria (a typical agricultural estate) and a cooking class. Well we did both… For the first one, we came to the town of Cutrofiano, on our way to the city of Lecce, to visit the estate of L’Astore Masseria. L’Astore wines are favorites of celebrities like Mick Jagger and Helen Mirren. During our degustation, matched with local tapas delights, we tasted three wines. My favorites were the Massaro Rosa wine made out of Negroamaro grapes, and the white Krita made of Malvasia Bianca grapes, all local Salento region grapes. Continue reading Wine Tasting by L’Astore Masseria
TRAVEL ALERT France & Italy | For the next 10 days, I will be traveling in Paris, France and the South of Italy at the Puglia region. Internet access and time will be limited, therefore I might not be able to blog or post as usual. I invite you to follow my hour by hour experiences, reviews and tips on hotels, restaurants, and more at my Instagram @CarlosMeliaBlog. Let’s keep the conversation going. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
During this trip I will be reviewing and experiencing: ( Paris, France ) Staying at Hotel de Sers and Hotel Vernet. Visiting and reviewing Chateau Bouffemont, Le Royal Monceau by Raffles Hotels and Eduard 7. Dinners at Michelin star Il Carpaccio, La Cuisine de l’E7 and Restaurant Le V. Flying New York / Paris / New York on Open Skies.
( Puglia, Italy ) Visiting Bari, Lecce, Monopoli, Alberobello, Martina Franca, Ostuni, Maruggio, Beach of Campomarino, Gallipoli, Galatina and Otranto . Hotel stays at Borgo Egnazia, Le Fabriche Masseria, Relais Corte Palmieri, Hotel Risorgimento. Site inspections of Masseria San Domenico, Masseria Cimino, Relais Don Ferrante, Le Alcove, Pietrefitte, Masseria Torre Coccaro, Masseria Torre Maizza, La Sommita, Masseria Bagnara, Matatelure, Masseria Montelauro and Masseria Prosperi. Flying Paris / Bari / Paris with Alitalia.
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