Sunday, 3 May 2009

Abruzzo Review - Day 28: 31DBBB

Janet's Top Ten Adjectives
Abruzzo is a region spoilt for descriptive adjectives but here are my favourite ones:
  • awesome
  • rugged
  • unspoilt
  • breathtaking
  • wild
  • spectacular
  • magical
  • delightful
  • picturesque
  • mysterious

The food is amongst the best and most delicious in the whole of Italy. Here are a few of the local products which I have tried. Recipes courtesy of "I Sapori di Abruzzo e Molise" by Carlo Natali.

Grilled "scamorza"
"Scamozza" of Abruzzo is a cheese famous for its softness and delicate taste. Grease it well with olive oil and cook over a charcoal fire. It is an excellent hors d'oeuvre served hot with salt and pepper.

Chicken, King Francesco's II Way
It is said that this descendant of the Borboni Monarchy especially liked this dish while out hunting in Abruzzo. Cut a chicken into pieces and fry it lightly in olive oil with chopped garlic, rosemary, 1 bay leaf, half a chilli, salt and pepper. While cooking, sprinkle it with white wine and add pieces of green olives, capers and pickles.

Janet's Top Abbruzzo WinesThe Abruzzo region is blessed with an abundance of vineyards which produce world-famous wines such as the following:

Trebbiano D'Abruzzo
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

I only buy the local wines produced in this area. I can honestly say that they are indeed fantastic value. It goes without saying that they are modestly and discreetly imbibed and enjoyed to the full!

Janet's Top 5 Cities to visit in Abruzzo

Castel del Monte - for its picturesque setting
Civitella del Tronto - for its medieval fortress
Santo Stefano di Sessanio - for its unique panoramic setting
Castelli - for its wonderful ceramics
Sulmona - for its confetti

You must not leave Abruzzo without visiting its magnificent national parks and seeing some of its natural wildlife in action.

To finish off my little Abruzzo review, here is a video from Abruzzo:Pure Italy.

Abruzzo: Pure Italy - The best free videos are right here

Day 28: 31DBBB Addendum
I have just spent a couple of hours on a wild, tempestuous, rainy, windswept Sunday putting this little "Abruzzo" Review together, using Wikipedia, the Internet and my own limited knowledge.
If you haven't been to Abruzzo before, then please don't let recent well-documented events put you off visiting this relatively unknown part of Italy. It will be well worth a visit, I can assure you.

Abruzzo Reference List
Have a look at these sites which mention Abruzzo:
In Italy Online
Sherman's Travel Magazine
Fiat 500 Tour
Irish Times


SUDEEP said...

Hey ,
Came on your blog from problogger , good to see a nice blog .Well those list of adjectives are really gr8 as i am devoid of adjectives . Its funny , but i hardly use a adjectives as much i should .Need to change that habit .

La'Tonya Richardson said...

Hey, I like the way you used the 31 Day BBB Challenge on your site. Great job! I've hit and miss, more miss, and have a lot to make up.

popps said...

Hi, i too came on your blog through the 31 Day Challenge.
I'm teaching English in France but my blog is not really about that and i'm still exploring yours so i do know that that is the label i would place on yours.
I have a technical question though which you may be able to help me with - how do you insert images and/or video INTO the text, i have only succeeded in putting them at the beginning of the post or at the end by submitting a separate post (in which case it looks -separate).?

Janet Bianchini said...

Hi there all

Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. Greatly appreciate it!

I'm going to be doing some more tasks on the 31 Day BBB Challenge as soon as I have time. They won't be in order but I don't think that matters. I have greatly enjoyed reading through the tasks and I have learned a lot.

I really like your blogs, Sudeep, La'Tonya and popps, as they are all 3 totally unique!

popps: I am the least technical person on the planet but this is what I do . For images, I click and drag the image from the top of the posting (where it automatically appears) to wherever I want to put it. It took me ages to master this feature as the image usually doesn't move and so you have to keep clicking (on the edge of the picture), dragging and more clicking and dragging until eventually you can place it in the desired spot. Maybe there is an easier way of doing it and if anyone can enlighten me, I'd be grateful.

As for video, what I do is copy the "embed" code which is usually found near the video (I don't copy the "url" as this gives just the link to the video) and then paste the embed code to the spot I want it and it seems to work. A lot of numbers and hmtl(?)codes appear in the compose area, and to double check the video is actually there, I go to preview mode. Again, this took me ages to work out, but it seems to work for me. Hopefully this makes sense. Good luck!

popps said...

Thanks janet, that - sort of makes sense- i'll experiment and see if it really does.

Abruzzo white wines Italy said...

Abruzzo has really gorgeous landscapes, but most important is that visitors will definitely enjoy some delicious meals and taste exquisite wine in Abruzzo.