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Flowers that can cure childhood leukemia

Flowers that can cure childhood leukemia

We are winning an amazing race! In 1970 there was only a 5% chance of survival for childhood lymphoblastic leukemia. Put another way, 95% of children died. However, following the last 40 years of research, in 2016 there is now an 80% survival rate. This is a huge increase in the overall survival rate, thanks to […] Read More

Outlawed gentleman – Stories and Legends of Milan

Outlawed gentleman – Stories and Legends of Milan

Ezio Barbieri and “La Banda della Aprilia Nera” A long time ago Milan’s neighborhood “Isola” (island) was isolated from the rest of the city – due to the railway crossing it – and it was inhabited by very poor people, “la classe operaia” (blue collars). When the situation got worse, after the Second World War, […] Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 2)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 2)

(Part 2 of 3) You now have your tessera sanitaria in hand and you’re familiar with the various options for giving birth in your adopted city. What’s next? The OB/GYN First, it’s important to remember that in a “normal” delivery, i.e., a vaginal birth without complications, the OB/GYN is going to spend precious little time participating in […] Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 1)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 1)

(Part 1 of 3) You’re having a baby! Few discoveries are as momentous, as joyful and as terrifying as the news that from this day forward, you will forever be responsible for a life aside from your own. That bringing this life into the world and helping to shape the person your baby will become […] Read More

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina – Stories and Legends of Milan

Carlina was a young girl from the Lake of Como, more precisely from Schignano. At the time and in those areas, according to custom, young brides dressed in black – and not in white as you are used to seeing today – this was to go unnoticed and avoid brutes taking advantage of them in […] Read More

Insider’s tips on Uffizi Virtual Experience

Insider’s tips on Uffizi Virtual Experience

Giorgia is a journalist based in Florence and always on the move.  As someone directly involved in the “Uffizi Virtual Experience”, a technologically groundbreaking art exhibition showcasing, in the heart of Milan, masterpieces from the Uffizi, she offers her insight for an intriguing visit of the show. I close my eyes and remember myself walking […] Read More

The Secret Price of History

The Secret Price of History

Most of us would agree that you can consider yourself well integrated into a new country when you stop translating back and forth from your native language and culture. Yet for a handful of assimilated expats, the translating not only continues but becomes a life passion. This is definitely the case for Gayle Ridinger, an […] Read More

The ‘Gender Gap’

The ‘Gender Gap’

The Global Gender Gap Index published by the World Economic Forum in 2015 shows that, while the world has made progress overall, stubborn inequalities remain. The issues highlighted in the Gender Gap report are on the agenda of the EU and the W20 : they include, for example, whether women are ready to take on […] Read More

Italian Names and their Onomastico

Italian Names and their Onomastico

Have you ever noticed that many Italians have the same name and most of them are named after a Saint? It is not lack of imagination, but a strong influence of their tradition. As we all know, Italy is one of the country with Catholic customs, one of these is the celebration of the Onomastico or […] Read More

Two Worlds, One Relationship

Two Worlds, One Relationship

Are you in an intercultural relationship? Do you know firsthand the unique joys of having a partner who enriches your worldview, and the frustrations of having a partner with whom you are often on different pages, based on different points of reference, different societal norms and countless different cultural nuances? In my counseling practice, I […] Read More

Tortelli di Carnevale

Tortelli di Carnevale

Tortelli di Carnevale are deep-fried puffs, coated with sugar.  A delight for adults and kids alike.  They can be served empty or filled with chocolate, whipped cream or other kinds of cream. The filling is inserted with a pastry syringe, after the tortelli are cooked and have cooled down. This popular and affordable Italian dessert is typical […] Read More

Have you met the Befana?

Have you met the Befana?

In Italy, January means epiphany and that means the Befana! (be’fa:na) which usually marks the end of the Christmas season. The Befana is a character from local folklore who makes her appearance during the feast of Epiphany on January 6th. In fact the name Befana comes from the word epifania, the Italian name for the religious festival […] Read More

Cassoeula Recipe

Cassoeula Recipe

Cassoeula [kaˈsøla] specialty typically from Milan, Lombardy. It is considered a ‘poor man’s dish,’ prepared with Savoy cabbage and pork, in fact it uses less choicer parts of the latter, but makes for a hearty winter meal. As per tradition, the cabbage should be used only after the first frost. It was a favorite of conductor […] Read More

How much do you know about Robert Burns?

How much do you know about Robert Burns?

Scotland is perhaps the only country in the world that regularly celebrates a poet: 25 January 2016 will mark the 257thanniversary of Robert Burns’ birth in 1759. Scots all over the world will get together for a traditional Burns Supper, which features Scotland’s most famous dish: haggis. We will have it flown in specially from […] Read More

Pizzoccheri Recipe

Pizzoccheri Recipe

“Pizzoccheri” is a phenomenal Italian recipe commonly found at ski resorts in northern Italy. This pasta dish, served generally in winter, is a tradition of Valtellina in Northern Lombardy. The recipe, not suitable for those lactose intolerant, has two fundamental ingredients, buckwheat pasta and mountain cheese, lots and lots of mountain cheese. There is no […] Read More

One card to visit 80 museums!

One card to visit 80 museums!

Before the beginning of Expo Milan 2015, the regions of Piemonte and Lombardy have decided to collaborate by promoting the culture and the tourism of our country thanks to one card! The goal is to realize also in Lombarduy the Museum Subscription, that in Piemonte counts more than 100,000 subscribers and it involves more than […] Read More

Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

The holiday season has begun, dear ones. Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, and for those of us living in Milan, we’re going to have holidays again in a few days (S. Ambrogio) and then… Christmas time. When December kicks in we all feel like Christmas is here and the whole month is all […] Read More

Dressing for the Holidays

Dressing for the Holidays

December is a very social month. You may have the perfect outfit for Christmas day, however it won’t do to re-use the same outfit for New Year’s Eve which will require something even more spectacular. The magic of the holiday season brings about many event; aperitivi, dinners and even breakfast engagements. If you are a […] Read More

A chat with Clive Malcolm Griffiths

A chat with Clive Malcolm Griffiths

Clive Malcolm Griffiths has worn many hats along his road through life, but he is perhaps best known with his bowler hat on explaining lyrics of today’s top pop hits in Italian schools. He moved to Italy following, as he calls it, “one of my great passions: ice cream.” Since then he founded Videomusic in 1984 […] Read More

Tizzy Beck an American in Milan

Tizzy Beck an American in Milan

Tizzy Beck a native New Yorker arrived to Milan some seven years ago as a fashion photographer. Since then she has made a drastic career move and opened her very own American diner in the heart of the fashion capital’s Navigli district. Easy Milano had the opportunity to chat with her and bring you her […] Read More

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Time:30 minutes to prepare and 4 hours to cook Servings: Difficulty:easy Ingredients 1 turkey (any size) 2 cups (475ml) of broth or water melted unsalted butter for basting (optional) Method About an hour before roasting, take the turkey out of the fridge. Remove any packaging and giblets. Set the turkey breast-side up on the roasting […] Read More

How much do you know about St Andrew?

How much do you know about St Andrew?

St Andrew’s Day (or more usually Night) is very important to all Scots around the world as it is when we celebrate Saint Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint. But how much do you know about him? Here’s a potted history: Andrew was a Galilean fisherman before he and his brother Simon Peter became disciples of Jesus […] Read More

VERY – Superstitious

VERY – Superstitious

We all know better than to open an umbrella indoors, walk underneath a ladder, break a mirror and stay away from black cats. However, Italy has a few additions to this list. To help you prepare for life in Italy, we have put together a list of a few key things to avoid and what […] Read More

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini – Porcini risotto

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini – Porcini risotto

Porcini risotto is a classic Italian dish for the fall season. Time: 35 minutes Servings: 4 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients: 400 g Porcini mushrooms 320 g Carnaroli rice (or Arborio rice) 60 g butter 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil 1 small golden onion chopped 1 garlic clove salt freshly ground pepper parsley 50 g grated Parmesan […] Read More

Where is Waldo? Stuck in the toilet possibly!

Where is Waldo? Stuck in the toilet possibly!

We have all enjoyed playing where is Waldo and it’s quite amusing, but there is a time and a place for everything. Sure, Italians are creative and that is a good thing, mostly, but when flushing the toilet becomes a treasure hunt, that’s just too much! Over the years I’ve heard a hundred different variations […] Read More

The traitorous “Colpo d’aria”

The traitorous “Colpo d’aria”

After ten years of living in Italy some things still surprise me. I recall the first time I’ve heard of “colpo d’aria”. It’s not a karate technique or a game, but a “rare disease” that, to the best of my knowledge, affects only Italians. Literally translated, colpo d’aria means a “whack of air” while culturally translated, […] Read More

Dressing for the Occasion – The Workplace

Dressing for the Occasion – The Workplace

What should I wear? This is always a dreaded question, especially if you recently arrived to Italy for work. Don’t waste time staring at your closet; here are a few pointers to get you on the right track… Italian women (and men) tend to have an innate sense of fashion so don’t get discouraged if […] Read More

Dinner with Dorothy Hamilton, President of USA Pavilion at Expo 2015

Dinner with Dorothy Hamilton, President of USA Pavilion at Expo 2015

Dorothy Cann Hamilton has quite a career in America’s culinary industry earning important distinctions including the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ from the International Association of Culinary Professionals and ‘Legion d’Honneur’ from the French Government. She pursued undergraduate studies in England traveling frequently to France, served as a volunteer to the Peace Corps in Thailand for […] Read More

James Biber architect of the USA Pavilion chats with Easy Milano

James Biber architect of the USA Pavilion chats with Easy Milano

Architect and partner of N.Y. based Biber Architects, James Biber is known for projects like the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, New York City’s Needle & Button kioskat the Fashion Center Business Improvement District. Recently he has been hard at work designing the USA Pavilion of the World’s Fair Milan Expo 2015 conveying the engagement […] Read More

USA Pavilion presents Feeding the Accelerator

USA Pavilion presents Feeding the Accelerator

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is calling on entrepreneurs looking to change the world of food! Feeding the Accelerator, a unique program by the USA Pavilion curated by AtelierSlice and supported by Microsoft Corporation, launches the online application process today with a pitch competition at Seeds & Chips in Milan, an event that […] Read More

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