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fauxpasta:

Chef’s salad: a classic summer dinner we had growing up, served with warm baguette + Kerrygold butter on muggy, humid Illinois evenings accompanied by a deafening cicada soundtrack.
Adapted from Bon Appetit. August 2003.
Summer Chef’s Salad (recipe)
ingredients
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons dried oregano
5 cups butter lettuce (3 oz)
10 ounces Black Forest ham, cut into matchstick-size strips
6 ounces Swiss cheese, cut into matchstick-size strips
1 1/2 cups coarsely shredded peeled carrots
1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes (about 10 ounces)
2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into wedges
1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade (stack leaves, roll into a tube then sliver)
Puree olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and oregano in blender or food processor until smooth. Season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper. 
Arrange lettuce on large platter. Arrange ham strips, cheese strips, shredded carrots, and halved tomatoes in spoke-like pattern atop mesclun. Place egg wedges around edge of platter. Sprinkle with slivered basil. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve. 
-Paulina 

fauxpasta:

Chef’s salad: a classic summer dinner we had growing up, served with warm baguette + Kerrygold butter on muggy, humid Illinois evenings accompanied by a deafening cicada soundtrack.

Adapted from Bon Appetit. August 2003.

Summer Chef’s Salad (recipe)

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 5 cups butter lettuce (3 oz)
  • 10 ounces Black Forest ham, cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 6 ounces Swiss cheese, cut into matchstick-size strips
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely shredded peeled carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into wedges
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chiffonade (stack leaves, roll into a tube then sliver)

Puree olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and oregano in blender or food processor until smooth. Season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper. 

Arrange lettuce on large platter. Arrange ham strips, cheese strips, shredded carrots, and halved tomatoes in spoke-like pattern atop mesclun. Place egg wedges around edge of platter. Sprinkle with slivered basil. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve. 

-Paulina 

Things to Do in Milan

Stopping by in Milan? 

We recommend a variety of things to do there, from famous tourist attractions to off the beaten paths. 

Have you visited Milan’s Duomo (Cathedral)? It is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Construction started in 1386 but took nearly 500 years to complete. 135 spires and 3200 statues adorn the duomo roof and you can take an elevator (or climb the stairs) to the rooftop for a close-up view as well as magnificent views of the city below.

Not interested in historical landmarks? How about going on a food trip to Milan and dining in their famous top restaurants?

Clandestino Milano Restaurant serves ‘playful’ Italian cuisine. 

Following with the bizarre and surreal theme at Maison Moschino, the two-Michelin-starred chef Moreno Cedroni creates what he calls “Flower Child Sushi”, which replicates the Japanese original, but uses carnaroli rice, Italian extra-virgin olive oil and Burrata cheese in place of wasabi or seaweed. Be sure to try it! 

If you have been to these places before, and want to see the “other side” of Italy, we highly recommend you to try the activities that are not commonly done.

For example, if you’re into backpacking and wanting to try new things, or, you want to immerse yourself in the culture of Milan, you may want to try out staying over at a local host’s house. 

What’s more interesting than to talk to the locals and understand more about the culture of Milan? Do you want to know their customs and tradition? Do you want to know what makes up the country and its people? AIRBNB offers travellers a chance to stay in a local host’s home and spend the night there. 

However, if you’re not daring enough to stay for a night, there are other ways to understand the culture of a country. Perhaps, having a meal with a local will suffice for you?

We have many fantastic hosts in Milan who are friendly and enthusiastic about hosting travellers over at their house. Cultural exchanges start from making new friends!

One of our Italian hosts, Alessandra has many years of experience hosting.

People who have dined with her all praised her cooking skills and hospitality, furthermore, meeting people from all walks in life is the best way to learn about their culture!

Trip to Italy: A Foodie Holiday

Just the mention of Italy and your mind conjures images of mouth watering pasta, absolutely delectable tiramisú and of course, its famous wines. The Italian cuisine has become so well-loved worldwide that many are travelling to Italy just for a taste of authentic food. 

The “foodie” trend is on the rise, with various kinds of experiences and tours up on offer. Perhaps you’ve heard of a few, perhaps you haven’t. Here’s a little introduction that might just get you hopping on the next flight to Italy!

Italy’s quaint and cozy cafes are not to be missed and with cafes around nearly every corner, it’s hard to resist a cafe hopping tour through the city.

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(photo credit: tuscanyitaly.ca)

Besides the usual pasta and pizzas, the Italian espressos and gelato don’t fall far behind, and tours specifically for espresso and gelato tasting are especially popular in the warm late summer heat. 

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Wine tasting is another popular tour option in Italy. With the wide variety each with their unique taste, you’re sure to find one that suits you!

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(photo credit: www.walksofitaly.com)

But with all that eating out, sometimes you just want a taste of authentic home cooked food. Social dining experiences are seeing a rising popularity with online platforms like BonAppetour offering experiences ranging from rooftop parties to lunch on a boat along a river to cozy dinners around a dining table at home. 

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And of course, you’d want to bring home a bit of Italy and it’s food, wouldn’t you? What better way than to attend an Italian cooking class? Several of such classes are up on offer, but if you’d like to cook and eat your own food comfortably, BonAppetour hosts are more than willing to entertain you!

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(photo credits: www.bonappetour.com)

Already drooling at the thought of all that good food? Well, save up and visit Italy! Give each of these tour options a go and you’ll leave with a satisfied tummy and absolutely no regrets!

Social Dining

"Andrea and his wife did a wonderful job at hosting us!"

Want a home-dining experience with our hosts? Visit our website and choose one from all around the world.

Food In London

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"Our trip London has never been more amazing when Petra was so friendly." 

Italian Cuisine - Home-cooked version!

Host Alessandra is one of our amazing hosts residing in Milan, Italy. She enjoys organising parties for her family and friends. Also, she invests much of her time into cooking and is skilled in a variety of Italian cuisines. She is friendly, warm and generous in so many ways. Alessandra prepared so much food that it was more than enough for us. Have a meal with her today

Singapore Food At Home

"Eat to live and live to eat - for health, for enjoyment and for indulgence" - is what our Singaporean host Yvette thinks.  

It was a Saturday afternoon when we went to Yvette’s house for a meal. From the doorstep to the end of the meal, she was really friendly and enthusiastic! Her house is beautifully furnished and the interior design gives off a warm yet modern feel. Her cooking is delicious and healthy. 

"I studied food science in the university," she shares heartedly. "I’ve learnt about the various preservatives that can be found in food, so I’m particularly picky about my ingredients." 

The happy couple spends most of their weekends at home, taking a breather from the hectic pace of their work. They invite family and friends over for meals wherever possible. When asked about what variety of cuisines do they cook, they have more to share.

"She doesn’t just cook chinese food," her husband, Jun Jie points at the dishes. "She’s good with western food and her pasta is delicious!" 

That Saturday, the couple prepared soup, a local dish and a famous Singaporean cold dessert. 

"Corn and carrot soup is especially nutritious to the body," Yvonne explains as she scoops a generous portion of soup for us to taste. "And this," she points to the pieces of pork in the broth, "is to enhance the flavour of the soup. It’s pretty tasty like this."

Apart from her healthy corn and carrot soup, we were lucky to have a local dish called Yong Tau Foo and a famous Singaporean dessert called Cheng Teng. Yong Tau Foo is a Hakka Chinese soup dish commonly found in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Cheng Teng is a well-known cold dessert that can be found in hawker centres and it is made up of dried longan, dried dates, barley, sago, white fungus, pandan leaves, lotus seeds, ginko nuts, dried persimmon and pang da hai. 

Yvette is a wonderful host and she was very polite. She has much to share about her profession and her knowledge on food. 

"While I can’t guarantee that I can cook the best in Singapore, but I can assure that I can expose you to Singapore’s vibrant culture." 

Eat like a local, eat with a local!

Interested to book a home-dining experience with her? Visit her profile and sign up to eat with Yvette today!

Spaghetti Recipe: Make it Yourself!

"I’m a friendly girl who likes good food … especially the Bolognese! Watching my grandma cook has influenced me ever since i was young, so cooking is both a passion and a form of remembrance of my grandmother."

Host Giorgia shares about her heartfelt passion behind cooking and cooks a delicious meal for us to try. It was a heartwarming and beautiful experience. 

Come to our website and book a meal with Giorgia today!

Get it?

Get it?

BonAppetour experience is now available in Foster City, Califonia, United States! 
Click here if you want to dine with Ashley and find out more about her profile.

BonAppetour experience is now available in Foster City, Califonia, United States! 

Click here if you want to dine with Ashley and find out more about her profile.

It’s always better to have home-cooked food. There’s this difference that we can’t ignore.

It’s always better to have home-cooked food. There’s this difference that we can’t ignore.

Remember! A salts are deadly! 

Remember! A salts are deadly! 

You have to, or you can’t ketchup!

You have to, or you can’t ketchup!


They’re both nuts in the wrong way. 

They’re both nuts in the wrong way. 

"Andrea and his wife did a wonderful job at hosting us!"
Want a home-dining experience with our hosts? Visit our website and choose one from all around the world.

"Andrea and his wife did a wonderful job at hosting us!"

Want a home-dining experience with our hosts? Visit our website and choose one from all around the world.