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  • Luxury 'Vair Spa' in Italy Offers Unusual Treatments | Italia Living
    spa resorts in Italy Vair Spa sets out to enhance the made in Italy experience Patrons are assured that the rejuvenating natural ingredients like olive oil sea salt and citrus extract used during their soothing treatments some straight from the surrounding Puglia area Enjoying the beauty of life is extremely therapeutic and this is the base of the concept of Vair Spa A relaxing oasis of 1800 sqm 14 treatment rooms roman baths sauna and steam fitness flotation room barber shop mani pedi suite couple suite hair studio yoga studio and spa cinema The spa s many unusual treatments are inspired by local traditions Practices involving the use of volcanic rocks Roman bath techniques of hot and cold rooms and an Apulian Sauna with basil all seek to promote either blood circulation reduce muscle tension or even increase your decision making abilities Daily treatments for the body and face include using local ingredients like honey fig and prickly pear All massages are specifically designed to restore balance and clear the head Vair Spa s new 5 8 14 day retreats work to help you rediscover the joy of being alive Throughout your stay you will come across massage therapists beauty

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  • Mechanical Music Box That Serves Coffee | Italia Living
    your home with a really cool design Kurt wanted to create this special morning feeling During BaselWorld Reuge presents the very first coffee machine featuring Illy capsules which plays soft mechanical music while your excellent Italian coffee is brewed Gone are the days of the unpleasant noisy coffee machine When you first leave your cosy bed sheets and try to face a new day you want all the emotions you can get Thanks to the cooperation of the world s most silent coffee machine KISS Keep It Simply Swiss and the 150 years of unique experience in the world of mechanical music of Reuge waking up for a coffee lover has never been more relaxing 7 grams of carefully selected coffee rather than the standard 4 5 to 5 grams are under a pressure of some 20 bars the result is an unmatched Italian coffee The Reuge movement which plays with 36 individual notes is linked with the coffee machine so that it plays exactly when your coffee is brewed However you can also play the music box at any other moment whenever you like All in all an excellent example of a Swiss partnership matching highest technology with greatest

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  • Enjoyment and Benefits of Gourmet Olive Oil | Italia Living
    color and appearance Their taste and aroma should reflect the fact that they were made from olives and have some positive attributes that is they cannot be totally tasteless Here is a basic profile of olive oil flavors Intense Full Bodied Earthy Strongly flavored big oils for those who like full flavor and rich mouthfeel Think of a heavy Cabernet Can have a peppery punch as well Best used with strong flavored foods Robust Fruity Peppery More olive flavor more verdant flavor very often accompanied by a peppery aftertaste Best used with pasta dishes robust soups or as a finishing drizzle Moderate Smooth Buttery Luscious fruitier oils that retain a sense of delicacy best used on salads vegetables poultry Moderate Fruity Herbal These are herbal grassy oils Delicious on anything but especially with vegetable pasta and seafood dishes Mild Subtle Nuanced Delicate olive oils with slight complexity best used for the lightest dishes such as grilled white fleshed fish fresh mozzarella or an Insalata Caprese Again these are basics as there are so many factors that go into the making of a great olive oil as there are in the process of a great wine Keep these simple yet important rules for using olive oils in mind If you are not going to heat the oil and use it in a salad or as a garnish use the good stuff such as an Extra Virgin Olive Oil If you plan on heating it to cook or saute proteins or vegetables then use something that is a lower grade and cheaper Besides the flavorful enjoyment the health benefits of olive oil seems endless from outer to inner wellness especially within a Mediterranean diet In the spring and summer especially when fresh ingredients abound there s an incomparable way to simultaneously simplify

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  • 6 Tips on Eating to Win from an Italian Pro Golfer | Italia Living
    sugar is the worst thing to do as it causes your energy to plunge after the quick sugar rush I eat pasta few times a week because pasta is a great fuel for the body It s a carb that transforms into sugar very slowly and keeps you going for a long time The secret is to pick a high quality pasta One of my favorites is Monograno Felicetti made in the Dolomites Mountains of Italy using 100 organic whole grains like farro and kamut combined with the area s crystal clear spring water I m also careful in my choice of sauce because it is not pasta that you should avoid but creamy sauces Here are two recipes I love to cook the night before an important tournament They are simple quick tasty and very healthy Tomato Avocado Basil No Cook Pasta Sauce Serves 2 8 ounces pasta preferably Monograno Felicetti any shape 1 heirloom tomato A few basil leaves 1 avocado Olive oil Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente Meanwhile chop the tomato basil and avocado Toss with the strained cooked pasta adding a drizzle of olive oil and salt to taste Zucchini Glazed Spaghetti Serves 2 After it s grated zucchini releases lots of lovely green juice which is used to cook the pasta coating it in a glossy glaze Especially delicious when made with Monograno Felicetti farro spaghetti which imparts a naturally nutty flavor 5 large zucchini Salt 2 garlic cloves minced 1 pound spaghetti preferably Monograno Felicetti farro spaghetti Olive oil optional Parmesan or other aged cheese grated optional Grate the zucchini with a cheese grater into a calendar lined with cheesecloth that s resting in a large bowl Toss with salt and the garlic

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  • Southern Europe's Olive Oil Crisis to Drive Up Prices | Italia Living
    whole crop and various climatic factors combined get them going The mild temperatures during last winter didn t manage to kill off harmful insects and bacteria and the humid spring and wet summer set the ideal conditions for them to proliferate Well known all through Southern Europe the olive fruit fly Bactrocera oleae or Dacus oleae is always a threat for Italy s EVOO production Lower lying groves near the coast are normally most affected but this year trees located inland and higher up were also hit hard An insect called Tignola the olive moth is a lesser known plague since its damage is normally small enough for most experts and producers to agree that it is not necessary to intervene This year though it has become a big concern Fungi belonging to the Anthracnose family have made the disaster come full circle The secondary infections had an easy game on the already ailing olives in most Italian groves EVOO is often affectionately called liquid gold Never will this have been so true as in 2014 since the scarce harvest will skyrocket the prices of Italian extra virgin olive oil European olive oil at large may see a rise in prices since Spain the world s biggest producer is having a difficult year too because of the extreme drought in the south of the country Olive oil is big business in southern European Union countries They are the source of more than 70 percent of the world s olive oil bringing export revenue of almost 2 2 billion last year The United States imported just over 800 million of that Overall the 2014 2015 olive oil production season is likely to result in a 20 reduction in the world s olive oil supply compared with the previous year For celebrated

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  • New Study Says Drinking a Glass of Red Wine Has Same Benefit as Hour of Exercise | Italia Living
    of Physiology says that drinking a glass of wine can equate to an hour of exercise The researchers responsible for the glorious study discovered that resveratrol a natural compound found in certain fruits nuts and red wine could actually enhance exercise training and performance In addition Jason Dyck the principal investigator for the study tells Science Daily that resveratrol can also offer the same benefits working out does stating I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do We re all aware that wine is one of the healthier choices you can make when consuming alcohol but just how healthy is it According to Leah Kaufman a registered dietitian wine is the most calorie friendly alcoholic beverages adding up to only 100 calories in a typical five ounce glass Kaufman mentions that wine also contains antioxidants and can help prevent heart disease as well as lower bad cholesterol and the formation of blood clots An added bonus red wine acts as a mouthwash because the flavan 3 ols in it can reduce bad bacteria

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  • 10 Ways Coffee Can Benefit You! | Italia Living
    which help prevent tissue damage to the body coffee also contains minerals that help the body to use insulin effectively A 2012 study found that a compound in coffee actually helped to block a substance in the body called human islet amyloid polypeptide that may play a role in the development of diabetes 4 Coffee protects the brain against Alzheimer s and Parkinson s diseases Coffee has also been shown to have a positive effect on the brain and can improve short term memory According to studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association caffeine is a cognitive stimulant that actually boosts brain functioning Moderate to heavy coffee drinkers reduce their risks of developing dementia by about 65 percent 5 Coffee reduces risk of symptomatic gallstone disease Studies by the Harvard School of Public Health have shown that moderate coffee drinking can reduce lower risk of symptomatic gallstones in woman and protect against symptomatic gallbladder disease in men The Harvard researchers suggested that the caffeine in coffee is responsible for the gallstone effect perhaps because it triggers gallbladder contractions that may discourage stone formation 6 Coffee promotes regular digestion Have you ever noticed that you often make a trip to the restroom in the morning soon after drinking your cup or two or three or four of coffee That s no coincidence Coffee actually clears you out 7 Coffee reduces the risk of some cancers Although studies on coffee consumption and decreased risk of cancer are limited a large study found that individuals who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had a 50 percent lower risk of death from oral cancers in a 25 year time frame Also drinking coffee may help you to ward off the most diagnosed form of skin cancer A study in the journal Cancer Research that looked specifically at the caffeine in coffee demonstrated that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma Other studies have shown that drinking coffee regularly actually reduces your risk of getting colon cancer by about a quarter In addition it also makes you less likely to develop liver cirrhosis and liver cancer 8 Coffee helps you burn fat Because coffee is a diuretic many people avoid it before they work out You might want to rethink that approach Coffee has been shown to help your body burn fat while you exercise aiding in weight loss It also enhances performance by minimizing the effects of fatigue 9 Coffee is actually good for your teeth Everyone knows that one of the cons of drinking coffee is a stained smile but coffee can also have a positive effect on teeth According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal people who drink coffee are less likely to have cavities Roasted coffee beans have antibacterial effects against microorganisms like Streptococcus which play a hand in causing tooth decay 10 Coffee can help prevent stop headaches Have you ever wondered why caffeine is one of

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  • The Perfect Espresso Tasting Session | Italia Living
    by blends with a prevalence of Robusta beans the less valuable of the two varieties or when the beans have been roasted for too long or the coffee has been incorrectly prepared by the barista This is the ideal color of an espresso the color of Pellini Top It indicates a blend that is 100 made up of superior quality Arabica beans and has been roasted meticulously and carefully prepared within the right time at the right temperature and with the correct amount of ground coffee generally 7g per cup This indicates the coffee has been prepared incorrectly Smell is a complex and delicate sense Through smells and scents we recognize what is around us Olfactory is analysis is the evaluation of the aroma of an espresso through the sense of smell Concentrate on your sense of smell and try to recognize all the aromas in the espresso FRESH FLOWERS CITRUS OR HONEY COCOA WITH HINTS OF VANILLA SUGARS CONTAINED IN THE BEANS WHICH ARE TRANSFORMED DURING ROASTING DRIED FRUIT AND NUTS AROMATIC HERBS AND SPICES The palate the place where the experienced of drinking coffee culminates is the part of the body that experiences and assesses its taste In coffee tasting terms aroma is defined by evaluating a number of different factors which thanks to our taste buds we can recognize evaluate and appreciate allowing us to savor coffee like true experts Do not add sugar to your coffee and take a sip of water before tasting Body is the syrupy feeling of coffee that you can feel by swirling it in your mouth for a few seconds The best coffee is always pleasantly smooth with a syrupy consistency Acidity is a particular characteristic of the Arabic species It produces a sensation of freshness and liveliness that is noticeable

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