Obikà Mozzarella Bar Milan

Obikà is an interesting place for a quick lunch or an aperitif with wide choice of appetizers.
There are two in Milan, we went to the one located in the famous and very central district of Brera, well known for its art galleries, antique dealers, cafés and restaurants (the other one is at the department store La Rinascente). Obikà in Brera is a modern and stylish place with a minimalist design.
The speciality is their choice of mozzarella, the original “bufala” from Campania region.
They present a list of dishes for lunch or dinner with the possibility to consume them at a table or sitting at the counter. Most of the dishes are prepared in front of you.
In the evening it’s interesting for the “aperitivo”: by paying 8 euro, you choose a wine by the glass or a cocktail from their wine list and included in that price you have also a wide choice of appetizers and finger food, like focaccia, salads, bruschetta, ham, vegetables, different kinds of mozzarella (very nice the smoked mozzarella). It’s a large table with plenty of plates and you can take as much as you want.
Young and international public and friendly and efficient service.

Hamburger + French Fries by Illy

When Illy announced that it was hamburger with French fries for dinner, it changed my day! My mood changed and I went to our cellar to take a bottle of wine for the event.
I don’t know Illy’s hamburger recipe, maybe it is a little different if we compare it with some perfect British or American recipes but the result is perfect for my palate. These hamburgers are prepared with high quality beef, eggs, onion, green sweet pepper, paprika powder and milled bread.
While hamburgers are cooking, the French fries procedure starts and Illy has a perfect methodology to cook them, that she learned in Belgium, one of the best countries if we talk about French fries.
In the photo below you can see our hamburgers with French fries, fresh salade (a touch of mediterranean cuisine) and a Valpolicella red wine .

Hamburger and French Fries

“Warm heart” chocolate cake

A simple recipe for a delicious dessert that can impress your guests.
It can be prepared in advance, but it’s easy also to make “live” during your lunch.
The very special characteristic of this cake is its “warm heart”, a soft, delicious and smooth heart of warm chocolate, which is obtained by baking it only few minutes and serving immediately.
Following these simple procedures, you will be able to surprise your guests with a unique fresh-made dessert!
150 g. dark chocolate
10 g. bitter cocoa powder
90 g. sugar
20 g. meal
2 eggs + 1 yolk
80 g. butter
6 aluminium cups (small)
Melt dark chocolate and butter in two separate pans. In the mean time, mix eggs and sugar in a bowl, till it gets smooth and thick.

When melted, add chocolate and butter to the eggs, then meal and cocoa powder and mix everything together until it’s all homogenous.
Pour this mixture into the aluminium cups that have been previously greased with butter. Fill only ¾ of every cup, as the cake will raise in the oven.

The oven must be already warmed up to 180° C. Put the cakes inside and bake them for 12 minutes.

While the cakes are in the oven you can decorate each dish with cocoa powder, few mint leafs and some raspberry.
When they are ready, you can serve them immediately.
A great success will be granted!

Matsuri Japanese Restaurant New York

Matsuri is a trendy Japanese restaurant located in the basement of the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, not far from the Meatpacking District.
Almost invisible from the street, it has a very particular and warm atmosphere thanks to a beautiful décor and is perfect for a romantic dinner but also for going there with a group of friends.
We had first a delicious shiso mojito at the bar, which is on the mezzanine, overlooking the big dining room.
The dining room is very big but well divided with walls and vegetation, so that you feel cosy even if you are among a lot of people.
We ordered a plate for two with sushi and sashimi and a bottle of French white wine.
Food was very good and well presented, service very friendly and we enjoyed relaxed our dinner after an intense day of long walks throughout Manhattan.
I really loved the paper lanterns which gave a real oriental touch!

Matsuri Japanese Restaurant New York