Mamma Maria is a true Italian oasis in the heart of Lahti, Finland. From its decor to its friendly Italian waitstaff to the well-prepared and authentic Italian food, this restaurant delivers a very warm and welcoming Italian embrace in the midst of a Finnish winter.
On the road again! Heading out to Omaha, Nebraska for a Culinary Advisory Board meeting with food giant ConAgra. Unexpectedly, after Omaha, I will be back in Helsinki, Finland. Year 2013 is in full swing. Join me as I share these travels with you as we learn and catch all the inspiration together.
Yes! Santa Claus’s real home base is located at: ” Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Finland”.
Christmastime in Quebec, Canada! This city is about as French as it gets in North America and it’s steeped in interesting culinary tradition. This trip will take us through some fabulous Christmas markets, the famous Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel, and French cooking classes at the world renowned “Ateliers et Saveurs”- not to mention we will get some great insight to the “French-Canadian” way of celebrating Christmas!
I am pleased to announce that I will be heading back out to sea on-board Celebrity Cruises’ ship the “Reflection” as guest chef for her majestic transatlantic crossing from beautiful Barcelona, Spain to magnificent Miami.
California, here I come! I’m heading to Napa Valley to attend the “Worlds of Flavor” conference and festival from November 1–3, 2012. This year the focus will be on the “Arc of Flavors” and “Culinary Exchange”, from the Mediterranean and Middle East to Asia. Interesting? You bet!
Follow chef Franco’s “Excite the Senses” culinary journey on Celebrity Cruises ship the “Silhouette” for her 2012 Transatlantic voyage. FUN!
Celebrity Cruise Line proudly presents Chef Franco Lania as their “VIP Guest Chef” on-board the Silhouette. This world cruise leaves from the port of Bayonne, N.J. and heads to Lisbon, Portugal. Stay tuned at www.francolania.com for all updates, recipes, video and pictures from this once in a lifetime sea adventure!
India consists of many different religions – Christianity, Buddhism, Hindu, and, yes, Muslim, too. And, just because you see some Arabic writing on the front of an Indian shop or food market doesn’t mean it should be a place to avoid.