Oh Honey Bee, How Sweet Are Thee

Oh Honey Bee, How Sweet Are Thee

Honey, a sweet food substance made mostly by the honey bee, is one of the most versatile and lately one of the most adaptable and sought-after food for foodies all over the world. From a drizzle on your morning yogurt parfait to hot honey on pizzas to the star of any charcuterie board to your accompaniment in your evening tea …. you might have honey multiple times a day and not even realize it! Honey is now also widely used for baking and used as an alternative to sugar. In a Smithsonian magazine article titled “The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life”, we learn that because most microorganisms can not grow in honey, you can leave honey sealed for thousands of years without it spoiling!

Lately the honey craze has exploded and it is now considered a “craft” accessory to most any food/drink. According to an article about “getting to know Italian honey”  honey was mentioned for the first time by

June 24, 2022 — Sabrina Hebert
Say “I Do” with an Italian Flair

Say “I Do” with an Italian Flair

The proposal; I will never forget that night on a beach in Italy sitting on the sand that was now cool to the touch as the sun had set hours ago. The waves crashed lightly and calmly and excited chatter was all around us as people were anticipating the first boom of the midnight fireworks promised to us all by the town’s festival flyer. My now husband turned to me seconds before the first firework lit the sky in colorful hues and whispered in Italian “Mi vuoi sposare?” Will you marry me?

Fast forward a year later back in the states and having attended one too many weddings in Italy (I’m Italian and we have A LOT of cousins) I knew I wanted

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May 25, 2022 — Sabrina Hebert
What it's like to celebrate Father's Day, the Italian way.

What it's like to celebrate Father's Day, the Italian way.

n Italy Father’s day is celebrated on March 19th, in conjunction with St. Joseph’s Day, which is celebrated by Catholics around the world to honor the depicted father of Jesus Christ, Joseph. Joseph was a saint, a protector and a provider. Although life has since changed since the time of Joseph, children of all ages and all over the world will continue to look up to their papa’ to fill those same roles mentioned above.

Like all special occasions in Italy, Father’s Day typically revolves around a hearty lunch for dad and children will scream “Auguri Papa’” and 

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The Royal House of Savoy; The Who, The How and The Where

The Royal House of Savoy; The Who, The How and The Where

The Baratti & Milano name has a long spanning history of over 160 years. You might notice us mentioning “the chocolates for kings and queens” and “your royal access to”. This is because Baratti & Milano were in fact the King and Queen’s chocolates recognized as the “Official Chocolatier of the Royal House of Savoy.

Part 1. So Who were the Savoy’s?

Referred to by the Italians as Casa Savoia, The House Of Savoy, was a royal dynasty recognized in 1003 in the Savoy region of Europe. As the Savoy family

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April 25th, Italy's Liberation Day, a day of remembrance and celebration

April 25th, Italy's Liberation Day, a day of remembrance and celebration

Liberation Day is celebrated in Italy on April 25th (Anniversario della Liberazione or Festa della Liberazione). The holiday is intended to celebrate the liberation of Italy at the end of World War 2 by the Allied Troops and the Italian resistance. This marked the end of 23 years of Fascism in Italy. The Festa della Liberazione also made it possible for the referendum that took place on June 2nd 1946 where Italians voted for a republic and no longer a monarchy.

How do Italians celebrate?

April 25, 2022 — Sabrina Hebert
The History and Symbolism of the Almighty Egg

The History and Symbolism of the Almighty Egg

Who would have thought that something so fragile and small like an egg could have a history that spans thousands upon thousands of years ago....

As soon as Spring starts to bud, Baratti & Milano will break out the hashtag; #breakanegg .....but what does that mean?

Just like the phrase "break a leg" is meant to signify good luck so too does the wonderful egg carry a weight of significance & symbolism.

You wouldn’t think so, but cracking an egg has a LOT of history and symbolism behind it!

March 22, 2022 — Sabrina Hebert
Baratti & Milano Easter Egg Flies Beyond Borders 2021 Campaign Press Release (Translated From Original Author)

Baratti & Milano Easter Egg Flies Beyond Borders 2021 Campaign Press Release (Translated From Original Author)

The historic Easter eggs of the Turin House can be found online and in boutique Italian shops, thanks to a new campaign that allows you to share the precious works of the great Turin pastry shop to friends & family all around the world, even from a distance, in a cylinder containing a jewelry surprise that holds a glimpse of the Belle Époque of Turin.

For the second consecutive year, the world will have to defer the Easter holidays to measures to contain the pandemic. For this reason, Baratti & Milano has thought of a completely new campaign: rooted, as always, in the great tradition of Piedmontese pastry, but capable of overcoming distances and flying over borders.

March 22, 2022 — Sabrina Hebert
5 Reasons Why Italian Chocolate Is The Best

5 Reasons Why Italian Chocolate Is The Best

Chocolate, a small but mighty superhero in our everyday lives. It has the power to brighten our day, it comes in many interesting varieties, always keeping us on our toes and according to the 2022 Forbes Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, a Harvard University study reported that people who ate chocolate at least three times a month, live at least a year longer than those who don’t. Again, our super hero.

Easter In Italy, not just a day but a "Season"

Easter In Italy, not just a day but a "Season"

For Italians there is perhaps no more of an enchanting season than that of Spring. In fact it is very common to hear the phrase “Buona Pasqua e Felice Primavera!” (Have an enjoyable Easter and a Joyous Spring!). Whilst the land thaws, the warmth of the sun can be felt once more and, excitedly, we welcome the season of

 
March 02, 2022 — Sabrina Hebert
Valentine's Day, The Italian Way

Valentine's Day, The Italian Way

Valentine’s Day, or in Italian, “Giorno di San Valentino” derives from a Roman Empire holiday, celebrated on February 14th which was meant to celebrate Juno, the Goddess representing women and marriage. Then, as time progressed, Valentine’s was celebrated by couples in Italy in the form of taking walks in
January 31, 2022 — Sabrina Hebert
Chestnuts, the "seed" of traditions and memories

Chestnuts, the "seed" of traditions and memories

I still remember the first time I ever saw a chestnut within its prickly green home. I was around 7 and living in the south of Italy. By that time I of course had eaten my fair share of chestnuts, that were traditionally roasted after every Sunday meal at Nonna’s every Autumn. However the honor of going to pick chestnuts was not bestowed upon me until my father and grandfather thought I was old enough to go into the mountains with them and able to be aware of my surroundings especially on the lookout for the venomous green little snakes that were the topic of every mountain trip when it was time to gather the mushrooms or chestnuts.

I remember my little weaved brown basket and my dad and grandpa both taking out their heavy duty working gloves and thinking to myself, 

Halloween, celebrated with an Italian “Spirit”

Halloween, celebrated with an Italian “Spirit”

The smell of cider floating in the air, the giggles of children dressed in costume giddy for their treats, jack o lanterns smiling at us creepily at every corner. The all American Halloween is one of the oldest holidays to be celebrated and recorded in American History dating back to the 1800s where it is said that immigrants from Ireland brought the mischievous festivities to America as a way to escape the potato famine back home and keep a little of their culture alive. There is no denying that children and adults from all over the United States have really begun taking this particular holiday to a different level in the past decade, with decorations galore, Halloween best costume prizes and neighborhoods known for their full size candy bars, the holiday has come a long way from the original meaning whether it meant warding off bad spirits for better crops, celebrating the Pagan beliefs for others or a festival meant to bridge the gap

October 20, 2021 — Sabrina Hebert