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Girls’ Trip to Milan (Day 2)

After a well rested night, we started day 2 with a food tour. Booked the Milan Food Tour online just two days before our departure to Milan. It was highly recommended by my cousin, who just visited Milan few weeks before us. It’s a 3-hours Food Tour in Brera, which is the oldest neighborhood in Milan, and the size of the group varies depending on how many people book the tour. There was about 9 of us that day which I’d thought it was a pretty good size.

The meeting point was in front of a pastry shop called Panificio Pattini. We arrived around 10 am and apparently that pastry shop was our first stop. After the headcount, we went in and were served with a cup of coffee of our choice (the tour lady recommended cappuccino) and a pastry, I think it was the pasticiotti (mini pastries or pies with a tender crust and rich ricotta or custard filling). The tour lady also explained how Italian loves to stand by the counter and talk to the barista while they prepare their coffee and newspapers that local reads. It was a quick coffee fix before we headed to our second stop – Parma & Co.

There were people inside the deli preparing for business around 11.15 am but it only opens to the public after 12 pm. Our tour group was allowed to go in and was served 3 different types of Parma ham and assorted cheese. The tour lady shared some history of the deli, different cuts and parts of a pig and how the selection of cow milk affect the taste of the cheese. So much input for a morning! Haha!

After that, we continued our tour with more walking, which was good for digestion since we have another 4 more stops to go. We walked about 500 meters and arrived at Grassi e Rossi. It is a gourmet grocery store and has 4.8 out of 5 stars rating on Google based on 5 reviews. It’s like a one-stop-for-all-your-pasta-needs and they do have some outdoor seating in case you are interested in having a quick bite before continuing your day. We were given one risotto alla Milanese each to taste. Basically, it’s a fried rice ball with melted cheese inside. That’s my understanding of this Milanese style risotto.

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And we finally arrived the 4th stop of our tour, Jamaica dal 1911 Ristorante bar. It’s a hundred and six years old bar, as you may have guessed from the name itself. Everything interior including furniture, tiles, bar setup and even the toilet is from more than a century ago! A bar that witnessed history. Haha! It is also a popular place for students to chill out especially it’s located near the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. And the bar printed its business card into a postcard! I love that idea so much because not only we could send the postcard home, we would have the name and address of the place we’ve been to printed on it! Who knows we might want to go back there again and we do not have to search everywhere to look for their name and address. Brilliant idea!

After finishing our drinks, we walked another 800 meters for some meatballs at Antico Pastificio Moscova. It’s an old pasta shop where they sell traditional Italian home-cook food supplies. We got to try two different types of meatballs: beef and veal, which I personally prefer the beef ones. One fun fact about this place is they can cook in your cookware. If you bring your own cookware, they will do the cooking for you, in your cookware. I’m guessing this is to reduce waste, like bring-your-own-tumbler-when-you-buy-coffee kind of idea, but it also makes it looks like you are the one who did the cooking! Hah! Another brilliant idea especially for those busy housewives who need a me-day once in a while.

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Could you guess what’s next?

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YES! You guessed right. DESSERT! Hahaha! How could we complete a food tour in Milan without some gelato? So the next station, Tasta.

 

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Tasta

 

 

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Can you tell mom is pretty excited about the ice cream?

 

 

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My choice of gelato: Chocolate and cheese something. =D

They offer a variety of flavors, as most of the ice cream shops do, and I have yet to try all of them, but I do like my choice of chocolate and cheese. But according to mom and sister, they prefer the one they had the day before, which is located near Duomo. I did not get to try that (because I did not join them for the rest of Day 1) but this was not bad for my enjoyment.

By the time we finished our food tour, it was already 1.30 pm. We had been eating non-stop for the past 3 hours and it’s time for shopping. We walked around Brera and Sempione park for an hour or two, and then took a bus to Via Monte Napoleone and sat down at Pasticceria Cova, located along via Montenapoleone, the upscale shopping street in Milan, for some afternoon tea. It has a beautiful interior and offers a great selection of handcraft pastries, an ideal place to relax and chat after the long 3-hours walking.

We decided we can’t do much later that evening because we have booked our tour to Bellagio and Lake Como the day after. So we headed to Don Raffaele for some pizza and pasta before calling it a day.

Hah! The second half of the day was pretty free and easy considering we did not have anything planned specifically, except for enjoying the mother and daughters time. It was also sister’s birthday so we got her a slice of cake from Don Raffaele (Cova has a good selection of pastries but not so much on cakes) and had our small celebration back in the hotel. There was nothing big but I think she had enjoyed the day! Lolz!

 


Day 3 and 4 will be out somewhere in the week. Stay tuned!

 

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悠闲的星期日下午,几乎可以忘掉晚上的Reporting。 =D

不知道是它选择了我,还是我选择了它,反正我就对这数字组合非常喜欢。 =)

反正遇上了,喜欢了,没法解释。

反正真的当时间踏入0000开始,心情愉快指数破标。

在这我喜欢的日子里,特想知道阿豆妈咪26年前的心情。

剧痛,紧张,兴奋和忧虑?

无论如何,感激您们兩佬26年以来的抚养,栽培,教导,关心,宠爱,从出世的那一刻就陪伴着我。 =)

没有您们,不会有今天的我。

您们也给予我最好的。

谢谢!! ❤

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Quarter of a hundred

Quarter of a hundred.

Yes. That’s my age. Officially turned into 1/4 of 100.

My favorite date of the year.

The day where my mother gave birth to me.

Thank you Mother! 😀 and also Father, who made that happened.:D

I always think we should celebrate our birthday with our parents, because it’s they day to show gratitude towards them who brought you to the world, but I didn’t request for birthday leave because I don’t mind working either.

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Turned 24th in the air

Spent my 24th 30th Nov at Sydney. 🙂

Dono how many miles away from home. Lolz. Even Google can’t answer my question. 🙂

The day, started off good, with perfect mood.

I just wanna say thanks to everyone who spend your time sending me wishes. 🙂 mainly via Facebook, then Whatsapp and Line. 🙂

Purposely change to this flight. Lolz. From SYD to SYD. Haha. Cause Grace Mok on board. 😀 thanks for allowing me to do so dear.. And your chiong-ed with me in SYD even though you were so sleepy.. 🙂 I really do appreciate that. Continue reading

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I’m officially 23 years old. 🙂

The first two person I would like to thank on this special day, or rather, the post about the special day, which was yesterday, are dad and mom. 🙂

Thank you for bringing me to this world and have taken good care of me for the past 23 years. 🙂

Thank you for providing me sufficient food and comfort shelter in the past 23 years.

Thank you for being with me for the past 23 years. 🙂

Is this the first year I celebrated my birthday without my parents?

Hmm. Let me think. Yes.

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