Beachhopping: Quarto di Monte, Monticelli – absolutely fabulous!

To find Quarto di Monte You really have to know where to go! But once you’re there you won’t want to leave any more… This is what happened to Tina and Alfonso, the owner couple, who found out about the fabulous beachview place years ago and installed their caravan right next to the spot that was supposed to become one of the trendiest beachclubs in Puglia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have travelled the world in search of inspiration (and keep on travelling: when their season is finished they call their dogs and hop on their rolling home): Mexico, Brasil, Costa Rica. Once their “baby” was born, they started working on it, literally “living” it: Maroccan tents, Balinese sofas, Thai seats, you name it, to not get bored to easily: You never know what to expect when they’re reopening for the new season!

 

 

 

 

 

This year they came up with some crispy and fresh blue sofas where to stretch out while listening to the live concerts on sunday night. As every year, Tina would be the cashier – and head of the bar, whereas Alfonso manages the live music gigs, mostly musicians from Puglia who know how to entertain in hot Puglia summer nights! Check out the place for a light lunch, try the fresh fish as well as the salads and don’t forget to order a “macedonia” as a dessert: You’ll be amazed what a simple fruit salad can look and taste like!

We asked Tina, who’s an expert on frozens of any kind, for her summer 2012 suggestion. Here’s what she proposes: All it takes is half a pineapple, an apple, fresh lime juice and mint leaves. Mix all the ingredients in a blender and taste the creamy thing through a straw: Absolutely Fabulous, isn’t it?

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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Coccaro Pizza @ Easter Olympics!

Ever joined one of our famous kids’ cooking classes around Easter? This year we welcomed more than 30 kids as talented young chefs in the Coccaro Frantoio, where the “professionals” taught the little ones how to make pizza, one next to the other on a long wooden table, or how to paint the most beautiful designs on chocolate easter eggs.
Apart from all the laughing and chatting and shouting and competitive “fighting”: It’s an unforgetable experience for both the kids and their parents (who were curiously watching from behind what their children were up to), following a Pizza from the very first step until one of the chefs takes the “artwork” out of the oven: Crispy and yummy and exactly the way a truly Italian Pizza must be!! Would you like to join in? Here’s the secret recipe of Vincenzo, our Coccaro Pizza specialist (foto):

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Cocktail Course: “Chocolate for Happiness” – Natale’s Valentine Tip

“Life is like chocolate”, says our barman Natale Marasciulo:  ”The bitterness makes you appreciate the sweetness more…” For this year’s Valentine Dinner at Masseria Torre Coccaro he made up this beautiful bittersweet chocolate apertivo called “Chocolate for Happiness“.

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Cocktail Course: How to Carve Roses out of Strawberries

Here’s how you prepare one of the most beautiful and impressive cocktail decorations: Cutting a rose out of a strawberry. Seen at Palazzo Personè, Lecce, right beside the famous Basilica Santa Croce (Via Umberto I, no. 5). “All you need are strawberries of a certain size”, says Andrea, the bar chef. Insert a long wooden stick from the bottom side. Cut tiny  carvings like slices into the fresh fruit, as shown in the video, without removing the green stem part. Start from the bottom, finish on top.

Cooking School: Kids Preparing Pizza in the Courtyard

Ever tried Cooking School out in the open? Vincenzo, one of our chefs, will lead you and your kids through a Pizza Baking Class in the Coccaro courtyard. The kids will prepare everything from the doe until the mozzarella spread. Vinzenzo will put the tasty “art works” in the hot wooden oven and minutes later serve you the freshest, crispiest, yummiest Pizza pieces you’ve ever tasted.