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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

What to wear in Venice?

Dear readers,

I'm so excited about my next year trip with my fans to Venice and the Veneto region.
I cannot wait to share with all the people that will joining me all my favorite places, make them discover the delicious  food and wine, and to serenade them with two private and intimate concerts. 
It will be a memorable trip. 

Something we are always wondering when traveling to new places is: what to wear?

Here are some tips. The trip will be from May 19th to May 27th: Springtime. 
A trip to Venice is always unforgettable no matter what time fo the year people are visiting. But there is something very special about Spring in Venice : the canals shine with the rain water of the winter, and Venice is not yet inundated with summertime tourists. The temperature is nice and warm  and very pleasant with no much humidity yet.

For sure the best time to be in Venice.

I always try to traveling light, but I don't  want to miss the chance to be well dressed while in Italy, where fashion is like food: molto importante....very important.

So here are some tips about what to pack:

1. I will say chic and yet comfortable is the way to go when visiting Venice. Neutral and monochrome colors palettes are always in vogue. So team a pair of black jeans or black slacks with some nice and stylish tops, according to your style. You need to feel comfortable.

2. Pack comfortable shoes with a good grip to navigate on cobblestones. Ballerina shoes, wedges and sneackers.

3. Since most of the outfits will be either while, cream or black, or jeans if you bring a pair, bring with you two nice and colorful scarfs to add color to your outfits and to keep you warm when crossing the lagune with the water boat that we will bring us around.
I always try to match them with my shoes and bag.

4. Make sure to pack a cardigan as well, or a light leather jacket. Spring can have a day that is a bit chilly still and it can be chilly at night as well.

5. We love to get dressy after dark in Venice. So pack a stylish ensemble to wear for the night dinners and, yes also for my Concerts. I always choose a black or red outfit for myself. Can be a little dress or pants with an elegant top, to wear with my lather jacket, as it can be chilly at night.
Pack for this outfit a pair of stacked heels or wedges to make treading the cobblestones a little easier. 
Wedges can be heavier than normal hills, so make sure to find a pair who's light.

6. It will be very sunny, so bring with you a fashionable hat, better if it's one you can fold in the suitcase, and your best sunglasses. We Italians wear sunglasses even on cloudy days I will have more than one pair with me.

Now you are ready for Venice.

Much love,


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Things to discover in Venice : Burano

Dear readers,

I'm so excited that next year in May, from May 19th to May 27th, I will take a group of my fans to Italy with me, to show them my hometown, my beloved Venice, and some other beautiful places of the Veneto region. There will be two intimate concerts, and wine tastings and delicious food. And so much fun.

I worked with the travel agency to create a tour of things I wanted to show, things I love so much of the place where I'm from.

There are so many things and places that often are forgotten by the tourist guides and things that stay unseen by the tourists. Things that are for me the most magical and beautiful ones. If you follow me on my social media and read this BLOG you know already many of them and you also know how some practical suggestions will make your visit in my city more pleaseant and convenient.

The people that will join me next year  will have a real Venice experience, they will see Venice and the Veneto region in a very personal way.  
I really cannot wait.

Venice will be our home for 4 nights while in Venice, but we will spend time also visiting the spectacular lagoon. So after breakfast in magical Venice we will board our private motorboat and depart for our discovery of the lagoon.

One of the island we will visit is Burano. This island like most of Venice, it is run through by a system of canals. But what really make this small neighborhood stand out are the crazy colors each of the historic houses is painted in. 

In reality Burano is actually a group of four small islands linked together by a series of bridges, and held together even more solidly by their colorful painting trend. The eye-catching color scheme has been going on for decades. The houses pop with bright colors that almost look photoshopped as the homes are repainted every two years. Each house is painted a different color from its neighbors and in fact anyone that wants to paint their place needs to get approval from the local community government.
Yes, if you live on the island, and wish to paint your house, you must send a request to the government, which responds by making a note of the colours permitted for that specific lot of houses.

In addition to the uniquely painted houses Burano is renowned for its quality lace work. This is a family tradition that goes on for century in Burano, generations after generation.  
They even have a school for lace and a museum of lace.  

Although photography is prohibited at the museum and in the little stores that sales them, you can take plenty of pictures in the little neighborhood at the unreal colors of the fishermen’s homes.    

I always enjoy to visit the island of Burano. There is something magical and unreal about this little Island. And there are spots for gelato and lunch and pastry all over.....get ready for some delicious sampling while strolling around in a dreamlike mood.

To see the all itinerary of the trip check this link:

I hope you will be joining me for a trip to remember.

Much love,


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Friday, April 27, 2018

Pasta alla Carbonara : recipe and history

Dear readers,

I want to share a recipe of one of my favorite pasta, Pasta Alla Carbonara.

This simple Roman pasta dish derives its name from 'carbone' meaning coal. It was a pasta popular with the coal miners. The original recipe calls for guanciale, which is pig's cheek, but since its not easily available, the chef has used bacon instead.

Easy and delicious:

  • Recipe Servings: 4
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  • Difficulty Level: Easy

Ingredients Of Pasta alla Carbonara

  • 1 packet spaghetti
  • 100 g bacon, cut in strips
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 100 g Pecorino Romano or Parmesan - grated
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Lots of black pepper - coarsely crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • LOVE : according my my Grandmother Maria, an excellent chef, this is a secret ingredient for perfect result. She believed that food feels our emotions so while cooking play your favorite music. You can also listen to mine on Spotify.  Just look for Giada Valenti Spotify.

Let's make it :

1.In a large pan or a saucepan, heat the olive oil and fry the bacon till crisp. Set aside.
2.In a mixing bowl, beat the whole eggs and the yolk well. Stir in the grated cheese and set aside.
3.Boil the spaghetti in abundant salty water. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water.
4.In another saucepan, toss the pasta with the egg mixture, bacon and any fat rendered from cooking the bacon, over very low heat.
5.Make sure that the individual strands of pasta are all coated properly with the mixture. Season with salt, add the pasta water, give it a quick toss, and remove right away from the heat.
6.The sauce should have a creamy texture, which will be lost if the pasta remians on the fire for too long.
7.The idea is to cook the egg with the heat of the pasta, and not with the heat of the fire.
8.Serve right away with lots of pepper, freshly crushed in a pepper mill, and more Parmesan if desired.

Many  believe that carbonara is a cream sauce. It is not! The creaminess of the sauce comes from eggs and cheese. If you add cream, you'll have different pasta altogether. A good one, I'm sure, but definitely not a carbonara.
Buon appetito,

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Did you know Tiramisu has rejuvenating and aphrodisiac properties?

Today is the First Day Spring and Tiramisu Day. Well Spring has not arrived yet in most places, in the United States and neither in Italy or Europe. Snow on the East Coast and rain on the West. But let’s keep positive it will soon be here. For sure here is Tiramisu Day, the most famous dessert of Italy and my favorite.

There are several legends about the birth of the tiramisu, and the Italian regions competing to be proclaimed the place of origin of this cake are Friuli Venezia Giulia, Piedmont and Tuscany.
  1. The region of Piedmont claims it was made first by a Turinese chef to support Camillo Benso Count of Cavour while performing his work of Italy ‘s reunification.
  2. The region of Tuscany stated that he was invented around 1600 during the visit of Cosimo III de ‘Medici in Siena. In honor of the Grand Duke, a pastry chef made a cake that reflected its personality: the “zuppa del Duca” a delicious and important sweet made with simple ingredients.
  3.  The region Friuli Venezia Giulia believes that the dessert was born in Tolmezzo,   invented in the restaurant of Hotel Roma where a Chef called Pinelli inspired by the famous dessert "Dolce Torino by the chef Artusi, made originally with Savoyards, butter, chocolate, egg red, milk, decided to replace the butter with the mascarpone and soaked the savoiardi in coffee. 

   4. The Veneto region claims the birth place of the “tirames├╣” (in Venetian dialect) is city of Treviso, where in the late 1960s at the restaurant “Alle Beccherie” the pastry maker Roberto Linguanotto made it for the first time. The success was so loud that it was spread throughout the Veneto region.
The only certainty is:
The name of this cake comes from the Venetian dialect “Tirame su” (later Italianate into tiramisu), that translate in English as “pick me up". The name seems to date back to the custom of serving this delicious cake as a present in some brothels in the region. The mix of energizing ingredients which has always characterized this cake, was believed to give energy and to have rejuvenating and aphrodisiac properties.
For the best results use the best ingredients you can find. Don’t go for cheap ingredients, go for authentic brands. This will make you already "a better chef”.- Giada

In occasion of Tiramisu Day and thanks to the support of the Galbani Cheeses, I will give away for the whole week a wonderful booklet with 5 Tiramisu recipes. The original of course and 4 variation I love : Green Tea, Limoncello, Hazelnut Cocao Spread (perfect for kids with no eggs and alcohol) and Thes Leches.

To download the booklet and my new single "Gracias A La Vida"

Happy Tiramisu Day and welcome Spring.


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