Beyond the Streets

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Beyond the Streets is a huge exhibit on the history and social impact of graffiti. There is imagery from New York City and Los Angeles as well as memorabilia from the graffiti heyday. Anyone even remotely interested in street art would do themselves a favor in going to this expertly curated exhibit. Fans of hip hop will appreciate it as well as it touches on the relationship between the two art forms.

They also have a great gift shop!

The exhibit is located at 25 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and runs Through August 25th.

 

Italian Cooking Class

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This was a last minute booking as a Capri trip was cancelled due to weather, but sometimes things work out for the better.  We were staying in Amalfi so we had to take a bus but it was no issue as it was the last stop in Agerola and it was only a 10 minute walk to the farm from the bus stop. 

Once there we were greeted in a nonchalant way by Fernandido’s brother. No biggie, excitement ensued as we waited for the others in the class to show.  There was a total of eight of us in the class and we were shown how to make tiramisu, ravioli (ricotta and mozzarella filled) and fettuccine with a zucchini and garlic sauce.  Fernandino and his brother were patient and helpful teachers answering all questions in their best English.  They had a great dry sense of humor and I enjoyed the rest of the group I was with from Canada, Greece, Lebanon and the USA.  We all worked great as a team to create these pastas and dessert from scratch cheering each other on as we slowly made progress in each area.  The best thing about all of the work was beating able to  taste the fruits of our labor which was so amazing, I’m talking restaurant quality flavors.  Maybe the raviolis and tiramisu were not of picture perfect quality but flavor-wise...right there!

I think the thing I took most from this class was the minimal amount of ingredients that were used.  For the fettuccine we used four ingredients; olive oil, zucchini, salt and pasta.  Ok so to make the pasta we used egg, flour, water and pepper but the point is it’s not about how many ingredients, it’s about the quality of ingredients.  Same with the ravioli and tiramisu.  To reiterate this was a fun, fantastic and educational experience.  I would highly recommend anyone thinking about taking this class to do it.  And again, you get to eat the fruits of your labor and you get local wine too!

Luna d’agerola

Limoncello in Amalfi

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I knew Limoncello as that clear shot of lemon flavored Windex given to me at the end of an Italian meal.  I was told it is a digestif. It is something that will help with the digestion of all the food I just ate.  I always did it as a shot, thinking it is like an Italian version of jäegermeister.

I arrived late in  Amalfi and after my first dinner I received a small glass of chilled and gold colored liquid.  Ah, here is my limoncello, but this was different.  It was straight from the freezer cold, velvety smooth and more like fresh spewed lava viscous than any I have ever had.  My curiosities were all answered the next day when I took a Limoncello class at Amalfi’s Antichi Sapori Di Amalfi.

This experience was fantastico. It was only a group of six and they had personalized stations for us to actively participate. This was very educational and well presented, definitely a family run business and experience. Our host, Vittorio, gave clear explanations on the business of limoncello making and interesting stories of his family and the Amalfi area.  We were gifted with different types of tastings and one of the most moist and flavorful lemon cakes I have ever had.  In return you also get to participate in a bit of the limoncello making process.  It will not take too long out of your schedule and it was well worth the time if you are curious at all about limoncello, what goes into making it and enjoying it properly. I learned that limoncello is very indigenous to the Amalfi Coast.  

This is what Vittorio and his family do and have been doing for generations. This is their life and their passion; they specialize in this golden liquid and they are experts in their field.  It is so special that they are offering this opportunity to share this with strangers. If you have a chance I highly recommend doing this, if you enjoy it grab me some of the creamy limoncello.

FYI - this was booked on AirBnB Experiences

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Rosé mansion

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This new attraction minutes from Macy’s and Penn Station is the perfect marriage of Instagram and Rosé wine heaven. Rosé, that blush colored, chilled wine that goes hand in hand with summer is the focus here at this playground for those of us that need to be continually visually stimulated. As you travel through the themed and sometimes educational rooms you get 5 to 6 tastings of different Rosé. Some local some not but all were pretty tasty to me. There were differences between all of them and who know there were so many variations of Rosé. At the end of the “tour” there is a bar where you can purchase additional full glasses of Rosé as well as some snack to help offset the alcohol.

Is those for everyone, no. Is it for those that love rosé and instagramming all their experiences, yes.