Thursday, January 29, 2009

Locanda della Valle Nuova on Yedioth Ahronot

Yedioth Ahronot, Israeli newspaper, published an article about sustainable accommodation a few days ago מלון אקולוגי להתארח and the Locanda is included along with other six establishments around the world.
Of course I don't understand a word of it!

New Locanda della Valle Nuova page on Facebook

I just added a page on Facebook about Locanda della Valle Nuova. You can find it here. Become a fan of Valle Nuova, write your opinions, leave us a review telling everybody about your stay with us, post your pics, we'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Green. Sustainable architecture and landscape design

La Locanda has been included (with other 3 properties) in an article in the December-February issue of the Australian magazine Green. Sustainable architecture and landscape design.
Unluckily you have to subscribe to be able to read the whole article, but the other properties included look great (and there's a link to their web page) and I will hopefully receive a copy of the magazine (it's on its way...). I'll write more once I've seen the magazine.

Monday, January 19, 2009

How to reach Valle Nuova

I was checking flights for a guest and I thought that a list of low-cost (seasonal or year-round) flights to the nearest airports from different places in Europe would be useful.
So, here it goes!

To RIMINI (1.10 hour drive to the Locanda)

Berlin Tegel TXL Airberlin
Köln/Bonn CGN TUIfly
Hannover HAY TUIfly
München MUC TUIfly
Stuttgart STR TUIfly
Stockholm S. Skavsta NYO Ryanair
Bristol BRS Ryanair
London Stansted STN Ryanair
Nottingham East-Midlands EMA Ryanair

To ANCONA(1.10 hour drive)

Weeze (Düsseldorf) NRN Ryanair
London Stansted STN Ryanair

To BOLOGNA (FORLÌ) (1.40 hour drive)

Brussels Intl. BRU Windjet
Prague PRG Windjet
Paris CDG Windjet
Berlin Tegel TXL Windjet
Riga RIX Windjet
Amsterdam AMS Windjet
Krakow KRK Windjet
Bucharest Otopeni OTP Windjet
Timisoara TSR Windjet
Moscow Domodedovo DME Windjet
St. Petersburg LED Windjet
Barcelona BCN Windjet

To BOLOGNA (2 hours drive)

Brussels Charleroi CRL Ryanair
Brussels Intl. BRU Brussels Airlines
Prague PRG click4sky
Paris Beauvais BVA Ryanair
Paris CDG Myair
Berlin Schönefeld SXF Germanwings
Köln/Bonn CGN Germanwings
Frankfurt Hanh HHN Ryanair
Weeze (Düsseldorf) NRN Ryanair
Reykjavik - Keflavik KEF Iceland Express
Dublin DUB Air Lingus or Ryanair
Oslo Torp TRF Ryanair
Katowice KTW Ryanair or WizzAir
Warsaw WAW WizzAir
Fuerteventura FUE Meridiana
Girona GRO Ryanair
Granada GRX Ryanair
Palma de Mallorca PMI Germanwings
Valencia VLC Ryanair
Birmingham BHX Ryanair
Edinburgh EDI Ryanair
London Stansted STN Ryanair

Of course if you want to go green and you have the time you can reach Pesaro by train from almost everywhere in Europe!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Kitty change

One of the kittens from last season's litters has an umbilical hernia, her belly button isn't closed yet (it doesn't until kittens are 6 months old) and, since she's a fatty, she has a little puff (walnut size) sticking out of her belly button. This is not a serious condition but she may need a tiny operation in a couple of months (she's now 4 months old) if the thing doesn't go back to its place.
The kittens are running wild around the farm now, so yesterday I had problems catching her for the vet to visit, so I decided to keep her at home for some days (or weeks?) for her to get used to humans again.... she's doing really well!
Can you believe that the following photos were taken only 24 hours apart?

Day 1: there she was, yesterday, hiding under a cabinet in my kitchen

Day 2: yes.... the orange thing where she's quietly resting after a huge dinner on catfood and a bit of sausage is my sofa! :)

Day 2,5 UPDATE... I guess this means that she's settled down and "used to humans" (the black and burgundy thing is me!) and even to dogs! ;)

Friday, January 09, 2009

"White" Porcini mashroom lasagne

It's about 4 p.m. approx and I just finished eating my lasagne... No, I'm not having lasagne instead of bisquits with tea, I'm just getting ready for my forthcoming trip to Madrid by adapting to Spanish eating times! :)
I just wanted to share a super easy recipe and some pics of it, it's about time that I go back posting recipes!


150/200 gr dry lasagna
300 gr fresh (or frozen) porcini mashrooms
2 garlic cloves (whole)
Bechamel sauce (if you're using "cook in the oven" lasagna you need 1 litre of soft bechamel, 1 litre milk, 50 gr butter, 50 gr flour, otherwise about half the milk)
30 gr butter
Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella (I use mixed bufala & cow)

Cut the porcini in smallish lices and sautee them in a pan with the butter and garlic, leave them a bit saucy. Reserve.
Make the bechamel sauce. Reserve
Cut the mozzarella in small cubes. Reserve
Grate the parmesan. Reserve

Make the lasagna (as you usually do or read the instructions on the package!).

Preheated oven 200C for 20/25 minutes.

Let rest for 5/10 minutes (it makes it easier to cut it without it going messy and anyway you don't want pure hot lava in your mouth!).