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Marzipan vs. Chocolate

Marzipan vs. Chocolate

sicilian marzipan fruit

Mario’s Italian Influenza

Mario's Italian Influenza

It was meant to be a short break to spend quality time with Mario’s parents, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and the rest of the family.  A celebratory break of sorts, to be there for this milestone, take a few days out with the family and the chance to grab some well-deserved rest and relaxation in between the Christmas craziness, catering jobs and other events. Whilst it was definitely ‘quality’ time with the family, being that we really didn’t leave the famiglia home much, if at all, and we did get to partake in the amazing wedding vowels renewal and feast that followed for the anniversary party – it was really the one and only day that we could really call a holiday. You see, Mario was unfortunately struck down with a horrible case of influenza and associated viruses, which kept him couch ridden for much of our holiday.  While his mother loved being able to spend so much time with her boy (who, to be honest, has probably never been under that roof for so much time since he was a toddler), it was definitely not the holiday we had hoped for. It’s a tradition in Mario’s family to make stracciatella soup for sick loved ones – a light, hearty and nutrient full broth to warm the soul.  True to tradition, mamma whipped up her boy his soup and whilst we can’t say the influenza passed all that easily, there was obviously some magic being worked, as there were no complaints of being stuck at home. As we come into the dreaded flu season in Australia, I suggest you give this soup a …

i heart italy – the kitchen angel competition

i heart italy - the kitchen angel competition

The month of June means that it is time to celebrate la Festa della Repubblica – Italian Republic Day!   In true Italian style we are celebrating all month long.  Please join us as we appreciate all things Italian and Italian inspired!   To enter Submit on theKitchen Angel facebook page your favourite Italian inspired dessert photo. Each week the photo with the most likes will receive an Italian hot chocolate kit to make your own thick and luxurious hot chocolates at home.   At the end of the month of June the photo with the most likes in total will win a baking kit worth $35! Even if you have never been to Italy, you can still enjoy the love of Italian food, wine, romance and dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing)!   All it takes is one photo, some sharing with friends and family and you can have your own Italian patisserie experience without having to leave the comfort of your own home (hot barista not included)!   Good luck!   Terms and conditions 1. Prizes can be claimed at Locale or will be posted free of charge anywhere in Australia. 2. Baking kit includes a Pasta di Mandorla baking mix, a silicon baking mould & a packet of glace cherries. 3. You must own and be able to prove copyright of the image submitted. 4. Entry into the Prize Draw is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 5. Only one entry per person per week. 6. The weekly prize draw closes at midnight on each Sunday night. The monthly prize draw closes at midnight on the 30th June 2013. Entries received …

i heart italy – the locale competition

i heart italy - the locale competition

The month of June means that it is time to celebrate la Festa della Repubblica – Italian Republic Day!   In true Italian style we are celebrating all month long and we invite you to join us as we appreciate all things Italian and Italian inspired!   To enter Submit an Italian inspired cafe photo on our Locale facebook page which will be judged by our fans through Facebook likes. The more likes, the higher your chances of winning the weekly and/or monthly prize, so make sure you share your photo with family and friends to increase your chance of winning.   The prizes Each and every entrant in this competition will receive one free coffee at Locale.   Each week the photo with the most likes will receive a mixed biscotti pack.   At the end of the month of June the photo with the most likes in total will win a Coffee and Bake cooking class with Italian pastry chef Mario Cali!   You too can be baking like an Italian pastry chef in no time!   Terms and conditions 1. Coffees and biscotti packs must be claimed in person at Locale by 31st July. 2. Baking session will be held at Locale and must be booked in advance. 3. You must own and be able to prove copyright of the image submitted. 4. Entry into the Prize Draw is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 5. Only one entry per person per week. 6. The weekly prize draw closes at midnight on each Sunday night. The monthly prize draw closes at midnight on the 30th June 2013. Entries received after that date and time …

i heart italy – the marca competition

i heart italy - the marca competition

The month of June means that it is time to celebrate la Festa della Repubblica – Italian Republic Day!   In true Italian style it’s an all month festa and we invite you to join us as we celebrate all things Italian and Italian inspired and join us in a fun little competition!   The competition   Submit your own travel photo either taken in Italy or inspired by Italy on the Marca facebook page, which will be judged by our fans via “likes”.   Each week the photo with the most likes will receive a Brachetto D’Acqui Tosti piccolo sparkling wine.   At the end of the month of June the photo with the most likes in total will win a $50 restaurant voucher!   All it takes is one photo and sharing with your family and friends to win an Italian meal, as good as if you were in Italy.   For those who have never been to Italy or don’t have any photos to share, don’t forget to like your favourite photos on our page and enjoy dolce far niente (the sweetness of doing nothing)!   Terms and conditions 1. The Restaurant Marca prize draw (the “Prize Draw”) is open to residents of Australia aged 18 and over. 2. You must own and be able to prove copyright of the image submitted. 3. The prizes must be claimed at Restaurant Marca via a previous booking. 4. Entry into the Prize Draw is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 5. Only one entry per person per week. 6. The weekly prize draw closes at midnight on each Sunday night. The monthly prize draw closes …