Beauty Tip: Aloe Vera as a Simple & Easy Natural Moisturizer

You’ve sure seen the pile of ALOE products available all over the place. Beside creams and masks and gels you’ll find aloe yoghurt, aloe Muesli, aloe juices – aloe just about everywhere! Hardly anyone knows however that it’s easy to grow pure ALOE in your own natural beauty garden, with plants that are not only beautiful to look at but will – used as pure gel – last for a lifetime! The original plant, also known as desert lilly or Curacoa aloe, comes from Arabia and was already used by Cleopatra to keep her skin fresh and toned…

Coccaro Spa therapist Manuela Donnaloia explains how to harvest, cut and use the famous Aloe Vera plant that is growning all around the masseria. Pure pleasure for the skin that doesn’t cost anything – could it be easier?
Simply cut one of the leaves in slices and press the liquid out. It might seem to be sticky at first but it will dissolve in no time. Keep the aloe vera leaf in the fridge and use it (it doesn’t take more than a new cut to “melk” it again) whenever your skin feels dry or after a day on the beach; relieves even on sore bits.

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Wine Tip: Negroamaro Teresamanara 2008 & Roasted Pork Cutlet

Nicola Capobianco, Chef Maitre e Sommelier di Masseria Torre Maizza: “The perfect wine to go with strong flavours such as in roasted pork cutlet – Negroamaro Teresamanara 2008, Cantele.”

Wine Tip: Primitivo Torcicoda 2009 & Beef

Here’s what Nicola Capobianco, Chef Maitre and Sommelier di Masseria Torre Maizza, suggests with the traditional Puglia dish tagliata di manzo (entrecote, italian style), ruccola, grain and tomatoes:

Torcicoda 2009, Tormaresca

“The 2009 Primitivo Salento Torcicoda shows plenty of varietal character in its deep, plush fruit. Smoke, licorice, leather, sweet spices and tobacco add complexiy to the juicy finish. This is another tasty red well-suited to near-term enjoyment. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013. 88 points” Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (195)

Wine Tip: Torre Testa & Stewed Lamb

Here’s what Nicola Capobianco, Chef Maitre and Sommelier di Masseria Torre Maizza, suggests with Lamb à la Pugliese:

Torre Testa 2007, Tenute Rubino, Salento, Brindisi

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Art Tip: Leonardo Angelini, location manager

„Credo che sia abbastanza vero che i luoghi dove uno nasce siano molto importanti in quella che è la vita futura dell’individuo. Se penso a me quindi credo sia stato fondamentale nascere in un luogo della Puglia e non una Puglia qualunque ma una parte come la valle d’Itria dove la magia di questa terra è insita in ogni cosa intorno a noi.“

“I’m convinced that the place where someone is born has a lot of impact on how he’s going to live his life. Talking about myself,  for example, Puglia is fundamental – and I’m not talking about any place in Puglia but the Itria Valley, a truly magic area.”

Quote from “Apulien. Typen, Träumer, Lebenskünstler” (Corso, Hamburg, 2011); pictures by Giovanni Troilo, texts and portraits by Katja Büllmann. An exhibition at Masseria Torre Maizza shows a best of.

Beauty Tip: Sparkling Eyes

An easy, refeshing mask against dark, swollen rings under the eyes, presented by our massage therapist Alessandra at Coccaro Aveda Spa. This way you might not get rid of the winter but at least of its most unpleasant effects.