Yoga: Coccaro Teacher Giuseppe Doing Morning Exercise on the Beach

Buongiorno everybody!
Finished your daily sun salutations yet?

We’ve recently moved our Yoga lessons to the outside: In the evenings we’re praticing on the Coccaro and Maizza rooftop terrace, with the sunset all around us and the scent of the sea nearby. On a sunny day like today, early in the morning, there is no better place than Coccaro beachclub, with hardly a soul around, a beautifully calm and relaxing atmosphere down by the sea, our lifesaver Onofrio who gently says Hi and our fabulous barmen Coco, Mimmo and Onofrio behind the bar – for a glass of fruitjuice or some green tea to finish your yoga practice in style…

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Puglia Guide: Beachhopping: Lido Bizzarro

May is a great time to explore the beaches all along the Adriatic coast! You’ll find lonesome, long sandy bays and a beautiful coastline, especially in the area of Fasano/Torre Canne. They all claim the “Bandiera Blu”: All over Italy there’s no more than 246 beaches with this important italian quality certificate. We would like to present you one of our off-season-favorites: Lido Bizzarro, known for it’s great situation for surfers (Windsurfing as well as Kitesurfing), located between Torre Canne and Ostuni, exactly where you leave the main road that leads from Fasano to Brindisi (exit Torre Canne Sud).

Today there were no more than two couples taking a relaxed sunbath on the beach, with a bunch of people passing by, having a drink at the bar or just excercising: From Lido Bizzarro you can beach-walk for as long as you can possibly imagine!

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Eating out in Bari: Go for the Classic – Bella Bari!

It’s located right next to University of Bari, but the crowd that you’ll meet for lunch or dinner at Bella Bari (Via Roberto da Bari 141, BARI 70100, Tel. 080-5235192) is rather a mix of politicians, actors & actresses, writers + advocats – “insomma gente benestante”, as they say for the rich and the beautiful of Bari. “It’s a classic”, explains Nicola, who has been running the place together with his two brothers for many years now; since they refurbished the interior a few months ago it seems to go through a new revival, one out of many over the years.

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Cooking School: Risotto with Fresh Scampis, Buffalo Ricotta and a Sorbet of Mandarins

Risotto undoubtedly is one of trickiest things in italian cuisine! There’s many details to look after, starting off with the right kind of rice and finishing with the appropriate cooking time: The rice needs to remain some kind of crunchy even though well cooked… It’s something for ambitious beginners – following our Maizza chef Vito Giannuzzi you won’t have any problems though.
Here’s our Maizza Summer Risotto: A combination of the southern italian lightness of being and combining ingredients like scampis and mandarins with the tasty northern italian rice (Cannaroli) from Pavia, known for its high quality.
Note: You won’t need an icemaker for the sorbet, just use an ordinary ice machine to prepare the frozen mandarins.

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Cooking School: Cacao Pasta with a Salsa of Scampis, Cacao Beans and Fresh Peas

Ever tried chocolate brown pasta that doesn’t only look like chocolate but actually contains 250 g of (bitter) cacao? Pietro Sgaramella, 28, pasta & primi expert at Masseria Torre Maizza/Puglia and therefore part of Vito Giannuzzis team of chefs, shows how to prepare this special kind of noodles and combines his “bitter-sweet” invention with a brilliant salsa out of scampis, cacao beans and fresh peas.

Gardening Tip: How to Plant Your Own Spice Garden

Remember Todi, our gardener? He spends all day between the two masserias and the beachclub to look after the gardens and plants. After the winter there was a lot to cut down, to replant and to adjust. Now that spring has arrived Todi concentrates on planting and sowing all over the place… The spice garden at Massera Torre Coccaro itself is worth a stroll, so beautiful is it, with all the different herbs like mint, rosemary or basil to smell, taste and try!

We asked Todi to show us how to prepare a professional little herb garden for the balcony or an outdoor terrace, for we like the idea of having all the useful herbs for mediterranean cuisine handy. What’s easier than jumping outside to pick a few basil leves or a fresh Pasta alla Crudaiola? Or to pick a bunch of mints for a homemade Mojito? See, that’s why…

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