Call or go our website http://www.coastal.506.nu/ to learn more about this beautiful mountain property and others today. Casa Beatty estate distills the spirit of Costa Rica Mountains and the essence of its singular landscape ! The 3BR & 3BA main house is nearly 4000 square feet, with an open and inviting floor plan and vaulted, beamed, light stain wood ceiling in the living room out to the grand open patio with an outdoor kitchen, Soaring Windows, Upper skylights, 2 Coral Fireplaces and Custom Cabinetry abound – Natural Bamboo Wood and Tile Floors – Great Room, Gourmet Kitchen, Granite or Marble appointments for the Bedroom and Bathroom areas.
The Guest House Is a spacious 1,675 sq feet 2BR & 2BA with the same delightful views – it has a spacious storage room and an extra room for hobbies, office or use as a 3rd bedroom. Both Houses are totally furnished with everything – 100% Turnkey, just bring your clothes.
Architect/Designer/Owner thoughtfully studied the sunrise & sunset of this site and designed home to compliment both on a fantastic 1.9 acre lot with unobstructed spectacular views of Poas mountains during the day and San Jose city lights at night.
The property comes with an extra 1/2 acre lot with electric, water, cut in driveway and landscaped. Your guest will be lavished with every amenity for their comfort
This Luxury Estate is the perfect place to enjoy mountain living. GPS = N 10 08.272 x W – 84 16.858
St Pete is such a happening place that I can’t begin to list all things that are going on this weekend. Here are just a few things that you might want to add to your schedule.
Get Downtown For First Friday! On the first Friday of every month, downtown becomes St. Pete’s biggest block party. First Friday St. Pete is a showcase for great bands, great drinks, and great food that make St Petersburg Florida’s most exciting city .First Friday St. Pete is organized by the Breakfast Optimist Club of St. Petersburg who donates net proceeds to charitable efforts, with a focus on youth education and children’s health. Featuring The Tempests, with their eclectic mix of Pop, Rock, Blues and Motown. The party starts at 5:30pm and goes until 10pm. Your admission is FREE and vendors and restaurants offer a wide variety of food and drink. Get dressed in red, white and blue and join the St. Pete community for live music, great drinks and food. Takes place between 2nd and 3rd Streets on Central Avenue.
FREE First Friday Show @ Jannus Live
Join Jeremy Thomas Band Friday night for a free First Friday. Begins at 8pm. FREE. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.
Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays – Zombie Night The Rays face the Blue Jays this weekend. Friday night is Zombie Night. Password: 1ZOMBIE. The Tampa Bay Rays invite you to takeover Tropicana Field for Zombie Night when the Rays take on the Toronto Blue Jays! For just $25 ($35 value) this special ticket package includes a seat in the tbt* Party Deck and a Zombie Night T-shirt! Groups of 10 or more will receive an additional discount and preferred seating. For more information or to place a group order call 727-825-3406. Game begins at 7:10pm. Visit raysbaseball.org for tickets. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.
OPENING DAY: Saturday Morning Market More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants The mission of the market is to be the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg – the place, more than anywhere else, that people feel a strong sense of joyful connectedness and creative community. While actual farmers, great food, interesting crafts and lively music are all wonderful elements of the market, this spirit of community is what really defines the market experience. The market is held every Saturday from October 2-and runs through May. The market is open from 9am-2pm. Al Lang Parking Lot, 230 1st Street Southeast.
FREE 12th Annual Pumpkin Palooza Family Fall Festival This event will offer a pumpkin patch, kids’ games, crafts, face & hair painting, inflatables, food & treats, arts & crafts vendors, live performances, opportunity drawing baskets, and a community awareness zone. This is the Junior Woman’s Club’s 12th annual event. 11am-5pm. FREE admission. Northside Baptist Church, 6000 38th Avenue North.
Public Walking Mural Tour Florida Craftsmen, Inc. along with the City Of St. Pete host PUBLIC walking mural tours of theBurg every Saturday. Tour begins at 10am and goes until 11:30am. Tours will be held every Saturday at 10am except for the second Saturday of each month when tours will be held at 4pm. $19 for adults, $11 for children and FREE for kids ages 5 and under. Tour begins at Florida Craftsmen located at 501 Central Avenue.
Adult Horticultural Programs and Workshops: Urban Gardening Series: Introduction to Hydroponic Gardening Need strategies for gardening in small spaces? Intrigued by the hydroponic approach to gardening? Come and learn about the basics of hydroponic growing systems and creating a small space garden with a bountiful harvest. 11:30am. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (62+) $4 for children (2-11). Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street North.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Minnesota United FC WATCH PARTY @ Rowdies Den The Rowdies face the Minnesota United FC Saturday night. The Rowdies are surging at the end of the season and have high hopes of a playoff run. Be a part of St. Pete history this weekend and watch them play at Rowdies Den. The match begins at 8pm. Rowdies Den 200 1st Avenue South.
Florida Orchestra Opening Night: Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 Music Director Michael Francis leading The Florida Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring pianist Valentina Lisitsa. The program also includes Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, hailed by many as the “Great American Symphony,” with its musical climax being the theme from Copland’s own Fanfare for the Common Man as a statement on the country’s post-war optimism. 8pm. Tickets $15-$45. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.
Corey Smith @ Jannus Live
Corey Smith will light up Jannus on Saturday night. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets from $22-$27. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.
TIGLFF Presents: Lea Delaria @ Palladium Theater Lea DeLaria of Orange is the New Black fame as special guest to TIGLFF 26! DeLaria will entertain with her hilarious sense of humor and delight with her beautiful singing voice. DeLaria was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Show starts at 6pm. Tickets are $25 for GA, $50 for preferred seating, $75 for premium experience. Visit tiglff.com for tickets. Palladium Theatre, 253 5th Avenue North.
TIME will be livestreaming Sunday’s lunar eclipse.
Three decades have passed since the last time Earth was witness to the triple crown of lunar events — a full moon, a lunar eclipse, and a lunar perigee all at the same time — and now people in north America will be able to see a “supermoon eclipse” this weekend.
A lunar eclipse is when the Earth comes between the full moon and the sun. Although completely in the Earth’s shadow, the moon still receives a bit of reddish sunlight. Unlike a solar eclipse, there’s no special equipment needed to view it. A supermoon is when the moon is in perigee, or the closest point to the Earth it will reach. Sunday’s moon will be about 14% larger than normal, according to NASA.
There have only been five times since 1900 where the supermoon has coincided with a total lunar eclipse— and the next won’t happen for another 18 years.
Begin looking to the moon around 8 p.m. EDT on Sunday Sept 27, with the total eclipse setting in around 10 p.m. But if there’s cloud cover or you’re unable to get to a clear patch of sky then a livestream will be on TIME.com, hosted by Slooh. The stream will be hosted by Paul Cox and Bob Berman.
Take the time, effort & money to attend the National Association of Realtors Conference this November & begin to make connections with Realtors, associations, lenders, title companies and many more vendors from around the country but also from around the world. I am still in touch with many of the contacts that I made in San Diego 8 years ago and a vast majority have become friends that I look forward to seeing each year. One needs to be sincere and genuinely interested in them & what you can do for them. One can not approach people with the attitude of what can they do for me Also don’t expect instant results from meeting them once. One must follow up with emails or phones calls. But don’t be surprised if some time in the future, you receive a referral of them. It happens every conference, every year! It’s worth every penny or dollar.
Imagine my surprise when the August issue of the Accredited Buyer’s Representative magazine arrived and someone told me to look at page 2. In the photo from last year’s conference in New Orleans is Phil Riek. Silvia Dukes & me (Annalisa Weller) all from Florida-networking with a gentleman from Hawaii.
U.S. Home Prices Predicted to Rise 4.7 Percent in Coming 12 Months
WORLD PROPERTY JOURNAL–Residential-Real Estate News By WPJ Staff | September 2015
CoreLogic’s July 2015 Home Price Index (HPI) is reporting that U.S. home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 6.9 percent in July 2015 compared with July 2014. On a month-over-month basis, home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 1.7 percent in July 2015 compared with June 2015.
Including distressed sales, only Colorado has more than 10 percent year-over-year growth. Additionally, only 10 states have experienced increased growth in the last year that matched or surpassed the nation as a whole; those states are: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Washington. Fifteen states reached new price peaks since January 1976 when the index began including Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Only two states experienced home price depreciation: Massachusetts (-2.1 percent) and Mississippi (-0.8 percent).
Excluding distressed sales, home prices increased by 6.7 percent in July 2015 compared with July 2014 and increased by 1.5 percent month over month compared with June 2015. Excluding distressed sales, only West Virginia (-0.3 percent) and Vermont (-0.1 percent) showed year-over-year home price depreciation in July. Distressed sales include short sales and real estate-owned (REO) transactions.
The CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates that home prices, including distressed sales, are projected to increase by 0.5 percent month over month from July 2015 to August 2015 and by 4.7 percent** on a year-over-year basis from July 2015 to July 2016. Excluding distressed sales, home prices are projected to increase by 0.4 percent month over month from July 2015 to August 2015 and by 4.6 percent** year over year from July 2015 to July 2016. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state.
“Home sales continued their brisk rebound in July and home prices reflected that, up 6.9 percent from a year ago,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic based in Irvine, Ca. “Over the same period, the National Association of Realtors reported existing sales up 10 percent and the Census Bureau reported new home sales up 26 percent in July.”
“Low mortgage rates and stronger consumer confidence are supporting a resurgence in home sales of late,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “Adding to overall housing demand is the benefit of a better labor market which has provided millennials the financial independence to form new households and escape ever rising rental costs.”
Highlights as of July 2015:
Including distressed sales, the five states with the highest home price appreciation were: Colorado (+10.4 percent), Washington (+9.9 percent), Nevada (+9.1 percent), Hawaii (+8.9 percent) and Oregon (+8.8 percent).
Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest home price appreciation were: Colorado (+10.1 percent), Washington (+9.5 percent), Nevada (+9.1 percent), Oregon (+9.1 percent) and New York (+9 percent).
Including distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the national HPI (from April 2006 to July 2015) was -6.6 percent. Excluding distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change for the same period was -3.5 percent.
Of the top 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population, 95 showed year-over-year increases. The five CBSAs that showed year-over-year declines were: Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (-0.3 percent); Boston, MA (-3.8 percent); New Haven-Milford, CT (-1.9 percent); New Orleans-Metairie, LA (-4.9 percent) and Worcester, MA-CT (-7.2 percent).
As The Most Interesting Man in the World from the Dos Equis ads might say if he were a Realtor,
“I don’t always post my sales. But when I do, I prefer to post a sale of a luxury condo in downtown St Pete .”
I recently represented the buyers for this beautiful 3 bedroom 2736 square foot (approx. 254 square meters) Parkshore Plaza luxury condo on the 11th floor. With its stunning views of downtown St Petersburg’s waterfront and the Tampa Bay beyond, the vibrant activities of Beach Drive are at your doorstep. Restaurants, museums, galleries, music venues, boating, marinas, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, sporting events including the Tampa By Rays and the Rowdies, art festivals, music festivals, rib festivals and much more are found within minutes of this high rise building. Tampa International Airport is less than 30 minutes if one choses to venture afar. The new owners are enjoying their own private elevator which opens into the private foyer before entering the contemporary residence with an open floor plan. Floor to ceiling windows, designer lighting and travertine flooring throughout give the condo that elegant feeling one expects in a luxury condo. The bedrooms have western views towards the beaches providing beautiful sunsets and have all full en-suite bathrooms. Two secured parking spaces along with an additional secured, air-conditioned storage area come with this unit. Parkshore amenities include: a fitness center with private lockers, steam room, a library adjacent to a billiards room, a resort-style pool and spa area heated by Geothermal, an outdoor natural gas grill and kitchen with fireplace, a large social room with catering kitchen, a business center and a 24 hour concierge staff.
If you are interested in living this wonderful lifestyle, I would be delighted in helping you with finding the right condo or home. And remember,
“Stay thirsty for the luxury life of St Petersburg, my friends.”
The question on how to approach appraisers has come up several times in the last 2 weeks so when I saw this post, I thought that it would be good to share.
Forget the rumors that you have to keep silent. But that doesn’t mean your communications still can’t get you in trouble.
August 2015 | By David S. Bunton
Real estate professionals and appraisers both play an essential role in the process of buying or selling a home. It is critical that these two parties work together to ensure that an appraiser provides an independent, impartial, and objective opinion of value that accurately reflects the marketplace. However, we often hear from brokers and agents that they’re unaware of how much interaction they may have with an appraiser, what they’re allowed to say, and what information they can provide. Some incorrectly believe that they are prohibited from speaking to an appraiser at all.
In reality, qualified and competent appraisers welcome any information that helps them do their job. In fact, we at The Appraisal Foundation encourage brokers to actively communicate with appraisers in a professional and productive manner. Real estate professionals should feel empowered to supply relevant materials, including the terms of the sale, applicable comparable sales, and any evidence of notable renovations done to a home that might affect its value. Additional useful data could include records that categorize maintenance and upkeep done to a home, such as regular inspections or replacements of major appliances. These materials will help an appraiser arrive at an opinion of value that accurately reflects the market value of a home.
However, real estate professionals are legally barred from any communication with an appraiser that is intended to unduly influence the outcome of the appraisal. While it might be obvious that coercing an appraiser is off-limits, it is always a good idea for agents and brokers to make sure an appraiser or regulator couldn’t interpret their communications as an attempt to improperly influence an appraisal. An example of improper communication would be asking an appraiser to provide a valuation that matches the asking price of a particular home. Another example could be telling an appraiser he or she will not receive future assignments if the appraisal does not facilitate a transaction.
And communication between appraisers and real estate professionals doesn’t have a specific cut-off point, either. A broker or agent who has questions or concerns about an appraiser’s final report may take formal steps to communicate those concerns and ask for reconsideration of the appraisal report. For instance, a broker can submit additional comparable sales through the lending institution for the appraiser to consider. A broker can also request that the appraiser correct any errors in the report, such as the miscalculation of the number of bedrooms in a home or the total square footage. The appraiser can be asked to provide additional detail explaining how he or she arrived at certain conclusions and the ultimate opinion of value. However, a broker cannot dispute an appraisal simply because he or she is not pleased with the outcome.
At the most basic level, it’s important for real estate professionals to recognize that it’s the duty of competent and qualified appraisers to provide credible opinions of value for homes. Any information that assists an appraiser in that objective is not only allowed, it is welcomed.
In our area of St Petersburg-Tampa-Clearwater, Florida, most sellers won’t even consider an offer without a pre-approval letter from the lender. So I tell my buyers that they must start the loan process in order to receive the pre-approval letter but also so we know exactly what price range of homes we should be viewing.
Buying a house is a very exciting time for anyone and most potential homebuyers want to jump right in and start looking at houses. However, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is one of the most crucial points in beginning your home search. It is natural to want to start looking at houses immediately, but getting pre-approved first will make the process much more streamlined for everyone involved. Here are 5 reasons why you should get pre-approved before house hunting.
Saves time for everyone.
It doesn’t make sense to look at houses when you don’t know what your price range is or whether you’ll even be approved. Looking at homes takes time and while it may be fun for you, it is also work for your real estate professional. Having a pre-approval before house hunting will allow you to look at homes that you can afford and save everyone’s precious time.
You know what your budget is.
As a homebuyer you want to begin looking at homes you can afford. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a home that is outside your price range. Getting a pre-approval before house hunting will give you a realistic expectation as to what you can afford. With that number you can decide on what compromises you are willing to make to stay within that price range. This will help you to manage your expectations and emotions during your house hunt.
You will be taken more seriously.
Having a pre-approval in hand will make you look much more on top of things during the home buying process. Many realtors won’t begin showing homes until they see your pre-approval letter and know what price range of homes they should be showing you. Additionally, when it comes time to make an offer on a house, you will be taken more seriously in the eyes of a seller if you have a pre-approval letter to present. In fact, your offer may be more attractive to others because the sellers will know that you’ve already secured a mortgage loan.
It is much less risky.
If you enter into a sales contract without a pre-approval you are creating many risks for yourself. First, getting a mortgage pre-approval may take time and it may push back your closing if you don’t already have one. Secondly, if you fail to get a pre-approval after entering into a sales contract you may end up losing the earnest money deposit that you made with your contract. Neither are risks you want to take when buying a home.
Helps expedite the closing process.
Having a pre-approval before entering into a sales contract will make the process much more streamlined. You will already have a point of contact with your lender and will most likely have a list of documentation that you’ll need to provide. You won’t have to go through the entire underwriting process and it will help you to close on your mortgage in time.
Remember these 5 reasons of why you should get pre-approved before house hunting. It saves everyone time and will help you to avoid any heartache and headache in the real estate market.
These dishes from chefs around the world are absolutely gorgeous!
Feasts for the Eyes
Some chefs serve food, others create works of art that delight the eyes
and tantalize the palate. Meet the new culinary stars pushing the limits of possibility
The image of a chef poring over a plate at the pass, fastidiously pimping the presentation of a dish, is, in reality, less than 50 years old. Like most things in today’s gastronomically ambitious restaurant, you can blame it on nouvelle cuisine. A famously influential movement in French cooking, it was championed by the restaurant critics Henri Gault and Christian Millau via the eponymous guide they started publishing in 1965, the former coining the term before defining it in a manifesto in a 1973 article.
Leaving aside its widely berated signatures – microscopic portions and pretentiousness the usual charges – it gave traditional haute cuisine a much-needed makeover. The emphasis was on healthier, lighter sauces, and more natural flavors, with creativity encouraged through new recipes, ingredients, and techniques to move beyond the established culinary canon famously codified by Auguste Escoffier.
But another, less-noted legacy of nouvelle cuisine was that for the first time in the history of haute cuisine, it was the chefs who plated the food. Before then, the established style of service – service à la française – involved the dish being finished tableside by the chef de rang (the head waiter), who would mix, sauté, carve, or even make a sauce, before plating the food up with a garnish, and presenting it to the guests.
I see this restaurant as a canvas and I’m painting it with food
André Chiang at Restaurant André, Singapore
With chefs of nouvelle cuisine in complete control of their plates, dishes were entirely assembled in the kitchen and increasingly artistic presentation followed. The plate had become a canvas: an expression of the chef’s creativity delivered directly to the diner.
All of which, of course, is to look at things through Western eyes. This kind of thinking in terms of food presentation had already been part of Japanese culture for centuries, notably in the beauty of multi-course kaiseki menus. Lyon’s legendary Paul Bocuse, an early advocate of nouvelle cuisine, first traveled to Japan in 1970 and it’s entirely possible that it had an impact on him, the Troisgros brothers (fellow Gault et Millau poster boys), and early Nipponophiles.
So now that Ferran Adrià’s legendary El Bulli has shut its doors for good, and once-cutting-edge Heston Blumenthal (of bacon-and-eggs ice-cream fame) is producing food on an industrial scale for an upmarket British supermarket, who are the next generation of chefs creating edible works of art, and where should we go to sample their wares?
René Redzepi at Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark Since opening Noma in 2003, René Redzepi has moved beyond being cast as the figurehead for the “New Nordic” movement, via topping “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” to influencing haute cuisine worldwide. Drawing on classical French training and spells at El Bulli in Catalonia and The French Laundry in California, he combines strict seasonality, wild and foraged ingredients, and innovative techniques.
In 2011 Redzepi founded the not-for-profit organization MAD (“food” in Danish), which hosts an annual symposium in Copenhagen for like-minded professionals to highlight ways of working with food to make the world a better place. Following a sabbatical at the start of 2015, when he relocated Noma and its staff to Tokyo for a five-week run, Redzepi returned to Copenhagen to put his learnings into practice, and has plans to open a second, more casual outpost.Typical dishes: Fried Finnish reindeer moss with pulverized cep mushrooms; Lacto-fermented gooseberries with lemon verbena oil and lavender.
In his own words: “We need to surprise people through cooking. We do this by distilling our landscape onto a plate. We try to give our diners a sense of time and place and celebrate deliciousness in a modern way.” http://www.noma.dk, http://www.madfeed.co
Hélène Darroze at Restaurant Hélène Darroze & Connaught, Paris, France & London, UK The fourth generation in her family to cook for a living, Hélène Darroze only decided to become a chef in her mid-20s. It was at Le Louis XV in Monte-Carlo, where she worked as an administrator after finishing a business degree, that Alain Ducasse convinced her to enter the kitchen.
Darroze returned home to Villeneuve-de-Marsan in southwest France, taking over the kitchen of the family-run Relais & Châteaux. In 1999 she relocated to Paris to open her eponymous restaurant, before going on to win her first Michelin star. Darroze cemented her reputation over the next decade, ahead of taking over the famous dining room at the Connaught hotel in London in 2008. The Frenchwoman – recently named the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef for 2015 – now divides her time between the two restaurants where, in staying loyal to her roots, her elegant, intensely personal menus always feature foie gras and champion her favorite growers, farmers, and fishermen.
In her own words: “The smallest details on a plate can recollect and represent who I am, what I have experienced, and furthermore, evoke feelings, memories, aromas, and even a trip.” http://www.helenedarroze.com
Ben Shewry at Attica, Melbourne, Australia Hailing from North Taranaki, on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Ben Shewry was raised on his family’s coastal farm and fed on wild, foraged ingredients throughout his childhood. Later, he moved to Melbourne to work under Michael Lambie and Andrew McConnell, before working his way around the US, eventually ending up at the London outpost of David Thompson’s haute-Thai, Nahm.
At Attica, in a suburb of Melbourne, Shewry has built a reputation for his adventurous approach in the kitchen – one that has brought him national and international recognition. Eclectic dishes, often inspired by nature and memories of his rural childhood, combine his love of Thai cooking with high-tech methods, foraged indigenous ingredients, and produce grown in his own garden. Typical dishes: Wallaby blood pikelet; Salted red kangaroo and bunya bunya; Potato cooked in the earth it was grown in.
In his own words: “It was obvious for me to pick things from the wild or from along the coast where I lived because they were fresh; I like using the ingredients I pick on the day for dishes we serve on that day.” http://www.attica.com.au
André Chiang at Restaurant André, Singapore Born in Taiwan, André Chiang grew up working in his mother’s Chinese restaurant in Tokyo before building up an impressive culinary CV, including stints at London’s L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon and Maison Troisgros in Roanne.
Chiang opened Restaurant André in a 19th-century townhouse in Singapore in 2010, and last year he launched two more casual dining rooms: Porte 12 in Paris and RAW in Taipei. He has coined the term “Octaphilosophy” to describe the elements of his delicate French cooking at Restaurant André, listing dishes under headings that include Unique, Pure, and Memory. Typical dishes: Cockscomb and duck tongue terrine with smoked eggplant, caviar, and sesame salt; Warm foie gras jelly with black-truffle coulis; Chlorophyll capsules on fresh moss.
In his own words: “Sometimes when we see the produce we think it would make a perfect ‘Artisan’ or ‘Pure’ dish, but you can work the other way, like when I’m inspired by a painting or a movie and want to portray the message through a dish. I see this restaurant as a canvas and I’m painting it with food.” http://www.restaurantandre.com
Massimo Bottura at Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy Born and raised in Modena, northern Italy, Massimo Bottura was two semesters into a law degree when he decided to follow his passion for cooking by buying a roadside trattoria in 1986, opening it a week later as Trattoria del Campazzo. He went on to cook under Georges Coigny in Piacenza, who showed him how to apply French techniques to Italian regional ingredients and traditions.
Following a spell in the kitchen with Alain Ducasse at Le Louis XV in Monte-Carlo in 1994, Bottura opened Osteria Francescana in Modena in 1995. In 2000, a summer spent at Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli opened his eyes to the possibilities of “deconstruction” in his kitchen. Bottura’s takes on regional classics sit alongside playful excursions that embrace inventive techniques and avant-garde presentation.Typical dishes: “Bread is gold”; “An eel swimming up the Po River”; “Oops! I dropped the lemon tart.”
In his own words: “Italy is a country in which culinary identities are formed at a young age. It was absolutely necessary for me to take a step back to move forward. A little irreverence, self-mockery, and irony helped me find the critical distance I needed to see things from another point of view.” http://www.osteriafrancescana.it
Grant Achatz, at Alinea, Chicago, USA From his parents’ restaurant to Charlie Trotter’s famously intense kitchen, via Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry, Grant Achatz was arguably influenced most by his time at Ferran Adrià’s experimental El Bulli. On returning to the US, he joined Trio in Evanston, Illinois, where his daring new direction gained national attention.
At Alinea, which Achatz opened in Chicago in 2005, his tasting menus, typically comprising between 15 and 19 courses, pursue an experimental bent by making use of new technologies and embracing multisensory theater. In 2011 he opened his second restaurant in Chicago, Next, introducing a pre-paid theater-style ticket system for reservations, which was later implemented at Alinea. Typical dishes: Wagyu, parsnip, black trumpet, kombu; Scallop, citrus aroma, fourteen textures; Balloon, helium, green apple.
In his own words: “What makes the food that we do so interesting on the outside is that we really don’t let ourselves say no to an idea.” http://www.alinearestaurant.com
GOURMET TRAVEL: A TASTER OF ITALIAN LIFE Nestled in the Umbrian hills, the Castello di Reschio is a collection of ancient farmhouses – set among 3,000 acres of woodland, olive groves, and vineyards – six of which are available to rent as vacation homes. Purchased in 1994 by Count Antonio Bolza, the Reschio estate has been restored to its former glory and beyond, with each farmhouse boasting a swimming pool within its gardens.
Reschio is heaven for foodies. Stroll down to the estate’s Osteria restaurant, where a menu of home-grown ingredients and seasonal produce awaits, or have a resident chef craft a simple supper or grand feast in your own farmhouse. For a more hands-on experience, learn the art of making pasta in a personalized cookery class, or go foraging to source such delicacies as wild asparagus and truffles, before the estate’s sommelier schools you in which vintages will complement your dishes.
For culture with your cuisine, visit the estate’s old tobacco drying shed, now beautifully restored to house a creative hub. Artworks by Nic Fiddian-Green are on display this summer/fall (July 4-September 30) – a fitting setting for the master of equestrian sculpture, as Reschio has exquisite stables where some of the world’s best dressage horses are bred and trained. http://www.reschio.com
Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist
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