Expo 2015

USA Pavilion: Lobster Roll Recipe

We’re on an USA Pavilion kick and we’ve got a lobster roll recipe from Sauce Milan friend (and fellow American turned Milan inhabitant to our Jackie) from Laurel Evans to prove it. Laurel is the creator of Un’Americana in Cucina as well as Culinary Supervisor for the United States Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.  You can find her lobster roll recipe at Food Truck Nation. For those of you who can’t make it to Milan, you can try your hand at Laurel’s recipe at home.

Laurel Evans’ Lobster Roll for the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, serves 4

Ingredients:

Cooked lobster pulp- 450 gr
Mayonnaise – 90 gr
Minced celery- 45 gr (around 1 big stick)
Lemon juice- 8 gr
Minced capers – 8 gr
Grated lemon zest – 1 tea spoon
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
4 soft buns, about 15 cm long
Melted butter, 60 gr
Minced chives
Preparation:

Cut the lobster pulp in rough chunks and put it aside. Stir the mayo, the minced celery, the lemon juice, the minced capers, the grated lemon zest and add salt and pepper to taste. Add the lobster pieces to the resulting mixture.

Place the bun on a cutting board and take away the crust from the two external sides, cutting lengthwise.

Cut the bun on the above part in order to create a pocket to stuff.

Brush the external sides of the bun with melted butter and toast them on a hot plate .

Stuff the central pocket of the toasted bun with the lobster salad, decorate with chives and serve.

Photo: USA Pavilion

Korea Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

The polished pod-like exterior of the gleaming white Korea Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is enough to pique one’s curiosity.  Inspired by a traditional  Korean white ceramic porcelain called a moon jar, the distinct, unembellished facade stands out among its mostly wooden and spiffed up pavilion counterparts.  Staff clad in head-to-toe white sport pop-star like head mics from which they greet you with the friendliest and most sincere buongiornos that you have heard all day.  Then the journey begins…

The theme of the Korea Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is “Hansik, Food for the Future.” (Hansik is the Korean word that Koreans use to refer to Korean food, by the way.)  Enter via a stairwell that stands between two white walls with food-related words written in English, Italian and Korean in a black cursive font, then it’s on to the first exhibit: “What Our Bodies Tell Us” which addresses problems concerning contemporary eating habits and culinary culture.

An enchanting multi-media display kicks off the second exhibit, “Hansik: Ask and Tradition Shall Answer,” addressing the theme of “Balance” in the form of a multi-media show called “Symphony of Food” which portrays the notion of harmony.  Next, a large earthenware vessel, an onggi, focuses on “Science of Time: Fermentation”, a signature component of Korean cuisine followed by “Wisdom of the Earth: Storage”, a dazzling multi-media spectacle that shows dozens of once buried onggi that have been opened, letting the food inside breath. The final part, “Hanskik, food for the future” focuses on greenery to showcase hansik as a nature-friendly and sustainable food of the future.

The Korea Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is beautifully done and thoughtfully executed…Expo can be pretty overwhelming in and of itself, but the Korean Pavilion does most of the work for you, letting you just stand back as you stroll along to take it all in.  And there’s something to be said for that. If you’re visiting Expo Milano 2015, we hope you take the time to check out the Korea Pavilion!

Here are some pics:

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“Wisdom of the Earth: Storage” Exhibit

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“What Our Bodies Tell Us” Exhibit

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“Symphony of Food: Balance” Multi-Media Exhibit

Kazakhstan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

So, let me preface this by stating that I hate waiting in line. Any trace of a queue is enough to make me turn around in the opposite direction. If I’m at the store and notice a line at the register, I  proceed with making a purchase only when necessary–and quite begrudgingly, I might add–otherwise I just stop shopping completely. If I have to wait for an elevator, I’ll take the stairs up even if the total wait time and elevator ride is less than the time it takes to climb simply because I just don’t want to wait.  So needless to say, every time I passed the Kazakhstan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 and saw a long line, I said, “oh hell no” and moved on. Well one morning, I arrived shortly after the 10am opening and lo and behold, Kazakhstan was line-free so I made a beeline for the entrance, eager to see what all the waiting was for. And I was glad I did because I wound up loving the Kazakhstan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 as much as I loved Russia’s.

The Kazakhstan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is a progressive experience that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, so the one drawback (in addition to some waiting along the way) is that you can’t really go through it on your own time. The pavilion’s theme, “Land of Opportunities” lays the foundation for Expo 2017  “Future Energy”, being held in Kazakhstan, the 9th largest country in the world. The Pavilion motto “such a large country, of which we know so little,” couldn’t be more fitting. I was Kazakhstani clueless and the Pavilion blew me away….everything about it was just so cool.

The Kazakhstan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 begins with some waiting. Once the room is at capacity, the visit kicks off with an enchanting overview of the country’s historical milestones. As the story is narrated, a lady uses her fingers to draw out the narrative on a sandy surface and this visual component is projected onto the screen.  From there, you proceed to the first floor exhibit area via an escalator ride that recalls Disney World’s Haunted Mansion.  Backlit pictures of various people and scenes from Kazakhstan’s agricultural life deck the walls, some are actually videos that “talk” to passers-by, sharing fun facts and trivia about Kazakhstan in both English and Italian.

The interactive exhibition room awaiting you on the first floor is, in a word, stunning.  It focuses on Kazakhstan’s agriculture, ecology, aquaculture and curiosities. The country’s various soils are viewable under magnifying glasses, you push buttons on the wall to see different grains and seeds emerge, sturgeon swim in a pool and more. Along the way, you learn all sorts of fun facts, such as how tulips originated in the Kazakhstan Steppe long before they were brought to Europe and how bees thrive in Kazakhstan while the western world is concerned about their extinction. I even tasted fermented mare’s milk, a traditional Kazakhstani beverage. If only we could have sampled some caviar. I’m kidding. Well, sort of…

Once you have made your way through the exhibition room, you wait behind a velvet rope of sorts before being led into another room for some more waiting. However, this wait takes place among a light display that brings Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, to life, complete with dangling iPads that offer virtual-reality like, 360-degree views of the city.

Finally, you enter a simulated theater for a 3D film that lets you experience Kazakhstan’s different terrains, ecosystems and environments. To be honest, I had never really said to myself, “I just have to go to Kazakhstan” but I left the Kazakhstan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 knowing that I need to go there.

If you’re visiting Expo Milano 2015, don’t miss the Kazakhstan Pavilion.

Text & Photo: Jackie DeGiorgio 

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Tommy Hilfiger’s New Pop Up Bar

Tommy Garden, a summer 2015 pop up bar in Milan, opens June 11th in Piazza Oberdan, in the courtyard of the Tommy Hilfiger store in Piazza Oberdan, near Porta Venezia. The bar team from Mag Cafe, one of our favorite cocktail bars in Milan’s Navigli, will create a selection of American-style cocktails–in line with the American brand–to accompany a menu of small plates and snacks.

Designed by Claudio Loria of Leclettico in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger,  vintage outdoor furniture and a wide variety of plants and flowers adorn the more-than-400-square-meter oasis, an urban greenhouse of sorts made from all recycled materials.  Additionally, you’ll find free Wi-Fi, a selection of books and international magazines, table football and ping pong tables, among other leisurely distractions.

Tommy Garden’s doors open officially on June 11 through the end of October for the entire duration of Expo 2015, every day from 10.00 to 19.30; with bar service, live musical performances and DJ sets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 12am.

Tommy Garden Pop Up Bar in Milan, Piazza Oberdan

 

Art, Food and the Italians in Piacenza

Piacenza in nearby Emilia-Romagna is just about an hour’s drive from Milan as well as easily reachable by train. Yes, there’s plenty of good eating and drinking to be enjoyed here, and this month, from 9 June to 29 June, is an art exhibit dedicated entirely to food and Italians: Il cibo, nutrimento per corpo e spirito – Per EXPO 2015.

On display are pictures, paintings and sculptures from artists such as Alberto Bertoldi, Alberto Gallerati, Doriano Scazzosi, Claudio Magrassi, Nicola Nannini, Matteo Nannini, Giuseppe Tirelli, Paolo Quaresima, Marco Manzella, Gianluca Corona and Luigi Gatti, all celebrating the Italians and their relationship with food.

Open daily from 3,30 to 7pm, excluding holidays.

Oratorio di S. Cristoforo (via Genocchi, angolo via Gregorio X); Website

Image: Nicola Nannini, Pianura, interno-esterno, from GruppoCampi.com

Russian Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

Now that we’ve had a month and change to acquaint ourselves with good ol’ Expo Milano 2015,we will be bringing you our musings, thoughts, gripes, opinions and/or a not-to-miss Pavilion each week. First up: Jackie on the Russian Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015!

Simply put: I am obsessed with Russia. No, I have never been. No, I don’t speak the language. Heck–aside from the fact that the letter resembling a “B” is pronounced like an English V–I am  completely clueless when it comes to the Cyrillic alphabet. But I am drawn to this fascinating country and in fact, if you ask me  the one place in this world I will die a happy woman after having seen, it would be Russia, hands down.  I dream of the day when I get to stand in Moscow’s Red Square and in front of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. Russia has intrigued me since  a production of Fiddler on the Roof as a child, upholding this fascination ever since. In fact, just having a first name like Ivan, Igor or Vladimir is enough to make me swipe right on Tinder. ;) I can chat Russia for hours but I won’t because this isn’t about me; it’s about the Russian Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

Personal preferences aside, I can say with full confidence that the Russian Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, designed by the architectural firm Speech, is a must see. You’ll agree as soon as you catch a glimpse of yourself in the wave-shaped mirror above…I’m not a selfie fan but it’s practically obligatory here as we really have the chance to see ourselves at that particular angle.

Aside from the restaurant where you can sample tasty Russian nosh, delightful gift shop selling matryoshka dolls and other typical Russian wares and an abundant calendar chock full of events, here are five reasons to visit the Russian Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.  Jackie DeGiorgio; Photos: Russia Pavilion 2015

What to Eat at Expo Milano: Street Food

Among the countless reasons we’re lucky to call Milan home, we can count among them the lack of a time constraint when it comes to exploring Expo Milano 2015. There’s certainly no shortage of food at the food-themed fair, but the one drawback is that some of the restaurants are expensive–expensive in the overpriced sense, not in the more-bang-for-your-buck sense. Another drawback of the restaurants? One big meal might render you completed satiated and thus prohibit you from tasting the fruits of the other pavilions’ labors. That’s where street food at Expo Milan comes into play. Why not nosh on multiple bites of the best street food at Expo Milan along the way to keep you satiated?

We’ve had one month to acquaint ourselves with Expo so far and we hope to keep you updated on our discoveries as we slowly but surely continue to explore the entire World’s Fair grounds.  We thought we’d share this round up of the best street food at Expo Milan that our Jackie wrote for Swide in an effort to hopefully, make the process of figuring out what to eat at Expo Milan a little easier for you.  Click here to read her article.

Photo: Jackie DeGiorgio

Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini Relocates

What comes as a surprise to many Milan visitors is that the city houses Michelangelo’s Pietà Rondanini. The celebrated Renaissance artist began work on his final sculpture in the 1550s and continued working on it until his death in 1564. The incomplete sculpture, which depicts the Blessed Mother mourning over the body of her son Jesus,  has called  Milan’s Museum of Ancient Art in Castello Sforzesco home for nearly 60 years, but has recently relocated to the castle’s newly restored 16th century Ospedale Spagnolo (Spanish Hospital) wing.  The vast empty space is intended to give viewers the strong visual impact that was lacking in the sculpture’s narrowly rigid former locale. The exhibit officially opens on Saturday, 2 May with free admission through May 10th.

Spanish Hospital at Castello Sforzesco; Tuesday – Sunday, 9am to 5.30pm; included with a general museum admission ticket, 5€ ; website.

Michelangelo Pieta Rondanini-Milan-Ospedale Spagnolo

Michelangelo Pieta Rondanini

 

Moroccan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

To us Milan inhabitants, it seems like Expo 2015 has been forever in the making and it’s surreal to believe that the festivities kick off in T minus 10 days. With 170 country and corporate pavilions, visitors are going to have a tricky time picking and choosing which to see. If you spent seven hours at Expo Milano 2015 for two days, allotting 30 minutes each per pavilion and factoring in lunch, you would only see about 15% of the entire world fair. So which pavilions do you visit at Expo Milano 2015? Decisions, decisions….

I recently had the privilege of traveling to Marrakech to sample a taste of the Morocco Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 straight from the source, and if you’re going to listen to one thing I ever tell you, let it be this: don’t miss the Moroccan Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015. The Pavilion’s theme, A Journey of Flavors, is realized in the form of a wood and clay Kasbah designed as one continuous walk through five regions inspired by the five ecosystems that characterize Morocco from North to South: Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Central Morocco, Atlas Mountains and the desert in The Great South. You can read more about it on the official website for the Moroccan Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

The visually appealing  Moroccan Pavilion at Expo 2015 is also slated to be a true palate pleaser. Here is a preview of some of the fare you’re likely to nosh on inside the Moroccan Pavilion at Expo 2015 Milano.

Text & Photos: Jackie DeGiorgio

Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit at Palazzo Reale

A genius, Renaissance man and jack of all trades, Leonardo da Vinci has a strong association with Milan. He worked directly for Ludovico Sforza, former ruler of Milan, from 1482 to 1489, during which he produced some of his most famous work, and returned to Milan where he stayed from 1506 to 1513.

Skira has helped curate a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit in Milan at Palazzo Reale, the largest show ever dedicated entirely to the ultimate Renaissance Man in Italy. The exhibit, which is officially open today and will run through 19 July,  showcases da Vinci’s genius in 12 different displays, which include his original codices, more than one hundred autograph drawings and artwork, such as drawings, manuscripts, sculptures, incunabula and sixteenth-century books. Da Vinci’s iconic Vitruvian Man will be on loan for one month, the maximum time period permitted, from the Gallerie dell’Academia in Venice.

The 12 sections are divided as follows: Drawing as the Cornerstone; Nature and the Science of Painting; The Dialogue of the Arts; The Dialogue with Antiquity; Anatomy, Physiology and Movements of the Soul; Invention and Mechanics; Dream; Reality and Utopia; The Unity of Knowledge; De Coelo e Mundo: Images of the Divine; Leonardo’s Legacy: Pupils, Followers and the Book on Painting; and The Legend on Leonardo.

A full-scale video reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, which is painted inside the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, will be enriched with descriptive panels and interactive stations, complete with the information on the work and its restoration. If you’re interested in getting tickets for Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper in Milan, visit this website. Be warned: tickets for Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper in Milan are arguably the hottest in town and they’re incredibly difficult to come by, usually selling out months in advance.

Advanced bookings for the Leonardo da Vinci art exhibit at Palazzo Reale in Milan are STRONGLY recommended because, to be frank, you might have an easier time trying to schedule an audience with the Pope than you will gaining access to Palazzo Reale in a timely manner, particularly during the weekends. Click here to book your tickets online.

Leonardo da Vinci: 1452 – 1519

Hours:

Monday: 2.30 – 7.30
Tuesday and Wednesday: 9.30 – 7.30
Thursday – Sunday: 9.30 – 24.00

General Admission: € 12,00

Palazzo Reale; Piazza del Duomo 12;  +39 02 0202  Website

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