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Sunday, May 19, 2013
5:10 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Lovin' the new mural on glass at La Lombarda.
Had a ton of fun translating the Ristorante La Lombarda May menu into English. This exercise always takes much, much longer than you would think. There's the literal translating, the searching for some items, the understanding of new methods and foods, the discussion about how to describe them in English, and finally the complete digression into thoughts of how hungry we are and what we want to eat, and so on. But it's always an entertaining, mouth-watering few hours and this time was no different.
Andrea is a talented and innovative chef who is very proud of his culinary creations and techniques. With each new menu he searches out ingredients that are in season, but also some that are special delicacies. Their rareness is recognized and appreciated immediately by his Italian customers, but sometimes much can be lost in the translation, or simply unknown, for the English-speaking diners, and I often worry, while translating the menu, how to depict it in a way that is accurate but also understood and still attractive to English speakers.
Andrea, lo chef.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
2:10 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Cardio! If part of your daily routine means cardio exercise, and your vacations don't mean a vacation from that, then you're probably already thinking how to exercise while you're here in Stresa. Depending on what your exercise of choice is, here are a few suggestions:
Running: Stresa's lakefront measures just about one mile from one edge to the other. The pink-paved Lungolago path runs the entire distance, and there is a bit of sidewalk continuing past that. It's flat, and wide, and you can't beat the scenery. For long-distance runners, it might become boring running back and forth along this path; once you become familiar with Stresa's streets you can cut inland and run along a parallel street, creating a loop. For those of you who like or want to run some hills, that's easy; just run inland a few streets and you'll find them.
Back on the Lungolago, while running you will notice some exercise stations that Stresa has placed along the route. If you like to interval train, these are good points to stop and do a set of pull ups or stretches.
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Monday, May 6, 2013
1:00 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Editor's note: Let's bring this post from two years ago back up to the top of the list, as it's a great collection of helpful posts to get you started with your summer Stresa planning.
Summer planning starts right here! With the season underway, and so many planning their holidays to Stresa, I'm putting some of the most helpful links and older posts all together here to get you started.
Main Sites and Attractions: Start your search and planning with our Top Ten List. It'll acquaint you with all the most popular places to know about and see.
Important Annual Events: Check your travel dates against these events. Some will require purchasing tickets in advance.
Stresa Festival: The annual festival that brings together world class musicians and incredible venues.
Fiori di Fuoco: The World Championship of Fireworks usually runs from mid July through mid August, with different fireworks exhibitions in different venues each week.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
7:50 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Recently we ate at Ristorante Lo Stornello, another new restaurant in Stresa; this one new in the sense of a new owner, just since this winter, and a new look. At one time it was a part of one of the hotels on via Cavour; now it is an independent restaurant in a good location in the center of town, between via Princepessa Margharita and via Roma. The interior, which had looked dated and uninviting, now looks fresh, clean, and more open, redone in shades of cool grey and white. The only pops of color are the thick water glasses; each table has a variety of bright, jewel-toned ones, an interesting and creative touch. The exterior, at least for now, is unchanged. But the entire front is glass, making the inside changes instantly understood.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
6:55 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Buona Festa Italia!
April 25, Liberation Day. It marks the day at the end of World War II that Allied troops liberated the North of Italy, thereby allowing all of Italy to be consolidated in national unity, in the name of freedom. On that day, the bright horizon of democracy was opened, and a new era in Italy's history begun.
photo and words courtesy of stresaduepuntozero
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
12:28 PM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
A reader just wrote:
"HI, WE HAVE BOOKED LA LOMBARDA FOR MAY AND ARE REALLY EXCITED. ANY CHANCE OF MORE PHOTOS?"
And so, if you don't mind a bit of self-promotion (hey, we are super proud!) here are some photos of La Lombarda. So far on websites we have posted a photo of the entrance side, let's call it the front. It is painted a deep red and at night is lit with very striking LED lights. The opposite side of La Lombarda, by contrast, is painted orange and has a very different look. You wouldn't know they were the same building, if shown side-by-side, and in my opinion, the orange side is the more interesting. The orange side has an unusual, asymmetrical shape, the terraces (as it is the side that gets all the sun), and the orange side has retained much more of the look of the old building than this front, red side. Let's look at some details...
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Friday, April 12, 2013
8:39 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
Just enough news to enjoy with your cappuccino...
In this edition we have news about swimming, signs, and spring.
The new pool at Lido Carciano should be open at the end of May, or at the latest in the first days of June. It's been some years in the planning and building, and a year of a shut down of the works due to the financial crisis, but finally the pool is ready for its inauguration. La piscina, the pool, is located at the edge of the lake near the Carciano boat station, has a panoramic view of the Borromean Islands, was designed by architetto Fabrizio Bianchetti and cost more than one million euro. No word yet on the admission fee; we'll keep you posted.
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Saturday, April 6, 2013
7:10 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
I had heard that people were talking about the new entrance at the Hotel des Iles Borromees, and so one sunny day I took my camera and walked over to there. Approaching on the sidewalk you can first see a couple of new columns reaching into the sky....
The 5-start hotel is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and among many other festivities to commemorate the occasion they have decided to design this new entrance to the existing driveway leading to the parking area. It's been built during this past winter, and finishing touches were being put on when I visited to take these photos.
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Monday, April 1, 2013
8:29 AM | Dana Kaplan, Stresa Sights | Edit Post
My favorite wine bar in Stresa is now even better. There have been some changes over at Buscion. Massimo's been busy during the winter. Some of the changes are subtle and a couple are rather obvious. The obvious change one first notices are the two large quotations painted on the ceiling. I love this! When your walls are covered with wine bottles, and the only clear space to paint is the ceiling, well why not! The effect is great. Surprising and classy and fun.
The painting begins on the wall behind the bar, with a prosecco bottle being popped open, and the resulting spray continuing onto the ceiling, carrying the eye to the quotation.
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