Sunday, October 16, 2016

Giovanni Berdondini - Chianti Sound (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


Chianti Sound – Giovanni Berdondini original piano song.
Composed, performed and produced by Giovanni Berdondini
Realized with the support of: project 100band within GiovaniSì - Regione Toscana

Piano recorded, mixed & mastered by Mirco Mencacci & Andrea Ciacchini at SAM Recording Studio

Video filmed by The Factory PRD
Video director: Stefano Poggioni
Dop: Claudia Cataldi
Drone operator: Lorenzo Hervatin
Makup artist: Audrey Biarnais
Hairstyle: Andrea Prischi
Assistant video: Elena Poggioni, Simone Petracchi
Pianos provided by Checcacci
Special thanks to: Castello di Poppiano Guicciardini

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It had always been amazing to me the similarities between Tuscany and the wine country of northern California, coupled with the long cultural link.


Friday, October 14, 2016

It Finally Happened: America Gave up the Internet to the UN

It Finally Happened: America Gave up the Internet to the UN

Wayne Levi Price - Tribulation Saints


Now we just have to play the waiting game. The nice fox is now in charge of the chicken house, and we are the chickens. Literally almost anything can happen in time as a result of handing it over to the UN. I'm still not clear as to actually how much power and influence "they" will have. The UN doesn't recognize any 1st Amendment rights. We've already seen some very inconsistent censorship, for example on twitter, where someone may be muted for something small and inconsequential while another person is simply allowed to call for violence against individuals. Americans are not aware that the Canadian government has, for twenty years, attempted to censor websites through threats to American-based internet service providers. Now that same government, and many much worse, will have a say on what will happen with free speech. Dozens of very powerful special interests around the world are just salivating at the possibilities.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Team of two women from Trentino-Alto Adige take silver in Olympic diving

The team of  Tania Cagnetto from Bolzano (right) and Francesca Dallap√© from Trento (left) won Olympic silver medals in the Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard diving. Cagnetto, the daughter of two Italian Olympic divers from Bolzano, additionally won a bronze medal in the Women's 3 metre springboard. She is now retired from diving after having competed in five different Olympic games.

Swimmer Federica Pellegrini
Double world record holder retires from swimming

Federica Pellegrini from the Veneto has retired from the sport with the Rio Olympics. Although she didn't win a medal this time, she holds the women's 200 m freestyle world records (long course and short course), and won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Pellegrini became the first woman ever to breach the 4 minute barrier in 400 m freestyle with the time 3:59.15

USA-Italy: Gold medal game in women's water polo

Although it was projected  to be a competitive match between the two best woman's water polo teams, the USA won handily by a score of 12 to 5. 

USA totally dominates the Olympic games

Although for some years it appeared that other nations were catching up, the USA dominated the games. The USA had far more overall medals and gold medals than anyone else. If the two closest nations were counted as one, they would only have won the games by a small margin. Italy came in ninth, although they did come back to score a big upset over the American men's volleyball team, but ended up losing in the gold medal match vs. Brazil.

Diver Tania Cagnetto


Sunday, July 24, 2016

'Oakland mourns the looming closure of 90 year old Genova deli'

David DeVincenzi (right), son of Genova Deli owner Dominic DeVincenzi, helps customer Mrs. Gasparro, while his wife, Patti, kneels in front of a display case to help Joe Scodella (center), a deli customer since 1956.

'Oakland mourns the looming closure of 90 year old Genova deli'

Ethan Fletcher - San Francisco Chronicle - April 26, 2016

The vibe inside Genova Delicatessen on Monday afternoon had the feel of a living wake, with old friends gathering one last time to celebrate a loved one soon to pass.

In this case, that loved one took the form of overstuffed Italian sandwiches, homemade meat ravioli and softball-size fried artichokes, all of which longtime customers were loading up on one last time before this immensely popular 90-year-old Oakland institution closes for good on Saturday.

While the announcement was officially made late last week, the closure had been threatened — and for many locals, dreaded — since January. That’s when news leaked that owner Dominic DeVincenzi was considering shutting down his family’s flagship Italian deli due in part to a rent dispute with the property owners of Temescal Plaza, where Genova has been located since 1996. (It’s been in Temescal since 1926.)

According to David DeVincenzi, son of Genova Deli owner Dominic DeVincenzi, the family is continuing to work on finding a new location in Oakland.

“We’re working on a couple of places,” DeVincenzi said. Where that might be exactly, however, DeVincenzi was unwilling to divulge.

The Temescal neighborhood’s reputation has soared in recent years as a foodie destination — home to the likes of Pizzaiolo, Burma Superstar and Bakesale Betty — and as a hot spot for house hunters priced out of San Francisco. But the crowd inside Genova, packed with everyone from families to firefighters, felt very old school.

Customers pack Genova Delicatessen for their last orders and to say goodbye before it closes on Saturday after 90 years in Oakland.

Generations of patrons

Terry Barnes, 41, grew up around the corner and said he’d been coming to Genova since he was 4 years old, back in the days when it was located in a tiny Victorian on Telegraph Avenue, and lines would stretch out the door and down the block. He was waiting for his number to be called — which even at 3 in the afternoon was taking upward of an hour — to get one final Italian combo sandwich with extra dry salame and marinated cucumbers. “And a cannoli. Gotta have my cannoli,” Barnes added.

“My family, my mother and my grandmother and all my cousins, we all grew up on this,” he said. “My kids grew up on this, my kids’ friends and their cousins all grew up on this. Every girlfriend I ever had, I would take them here, and now I see all of them coming in with their kids. So it’s sad to see this happen because you would think this place would stick around.”

Genova’s factory and Napa store will remain open, and the property’s landlords have said they’re looking to keep the space as a deli. That seemed small consolation for many customers, nearly all of whom it seemed had been coming for decades and knew each other.

Another customer, Emmy Fearn, ordered three sandwiches — an Italian combo, a coppa and a pastrami. One was for her, one was for her husband getting treatment at a nearby hospital, and the third was for her husband’s doctor, who had promptly put in an order upon hearing the deli was closing. Like many, Fearn expressed shock that Genova was actually closing.

“At first I thought that it was just a play to get some leverage with the landlord,” Fearn said. “But now that it’s really happening, I think it’s horrible. I think it’s a terrible loss to the community.”

‘This is a real loss’

Inside, she ran into an old friend, Marge Gibson Haskell, a former Oakland city councilwoman who had worked with Dominic back in the 1980s to ensure that the deli remained in the neighborhood.

“Back then, there was hardly anything else around here, so you had to really hold on to what you had,” said Haskell while waiting for her Italian combo (light on the peppers). “That was really important for this neighborhood and to a large extent made it possible for everything else that came here afterwards. This is what started it all. … I think not keeping this here is a serious mistake.”

“This city has changed a lot over these last few years, some good, some bad,” said Haskell. “But this. This is a real loss.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by many inside Genova, where there was a palpable sense of unease among longtime locals at the speed with which the rapidly gentrifying city was changing and losing its ties to its past. And while it’s unclear to what extent any rent increase played in the store closing — Genova’s owners have cited the general cost of doing business in Oakland and not wanting to pass that on to the consumer as the main factor — there was plenty of blame to go around that something couldn’t be worked out.

“I understand you want to get fair market value and all that, but you can’t expect people to pay so much, especially in the restaurant industry where the margins are so thin,” said Lex Gopnik, loaded up with a big bag stuffed with Italian provisions. Gopnik said he has been coming to Genova since he moved to the East Bay in 1988. Genova has served as a touchstone for him, his wife and three kids, whether it was grabbing takeout to bring to an A’s game or as an easy dinner for a busy family of five.

“It’s indicative of what’s happening here in the East Bay and the Bay Area in general. I think they would have had to charge like $20 for a sandwich. So it’s sad to see them go, but I respect them for taking a stand and saying, ‘No, I don’t want to do that.’”

‘Things change’

Gopnik is more familiar with the industry than most. He’s been looking for space to open a Montreal-style deli in Oakland, but says news like this makes him reconsider whether he has a future in the city in which rising rents threaten the feasibility of the types of small, independently run businesses that make the place so attractive in the first place.

“I just don’t understand that mentality,” he says. “To me it seems so shortsighted.”

Brian McCabe, an Oakland native waiting for one last turkey sandwich on sourdough, took a more pragmatic view.

“I’ve been coming here for years, and it’s a special place,” he said. “It’s been around for so long, and there’s something comforting about that. But things change.”

Ethan Fletcher is a Bay Area freelance writer. Email:


Giovanni Beltramo, who opened a wholesale and
retail wine and spirits business in Menlo Park in
1882, in his vineyard. Photo courtesy Beltramo family.

'Menlo Park: Beltramo's closing after 134 years'

Melanie Wong - Chowhound - May 9, 2016

Whoa. Beltramo's ends 134 years in business this summer.


It would be worth it to click on the above link just to see the old photos, and there's a short interesting history. When Beltramo's opened, it was the El Camino trail with horses and carriages. The story of Beltramo's, the family originating from Piemonte, is everything our people have been about in northern California. I didn't realize that they were initially in the wine business. It was a truly great store. Why do I miss things most when they're no longer there...

'Beltramo's Wines and Spirits is closing its doors in Menlo Park' (history and old photos)

'Menlo Park's oldest business, Beltramo's, is a family tradition' (history)


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Someone finally says "No" to transnational bankers

In the same manner that there are "labor unions" which seek to unite and ignite an active consensus among workers; there are "unions of billionaires" who use this same basic formula. I say "billionaires" when in fact, three separate international banking cartels each have a net worth in the hundreds of trillions of dollars. Right from the get-go, each country is to have both a central bank.. and a foreign relations group made up of major figures from the main choke points of society: banking, corporations, media, education, advertising, intelligence, military, etc. These two entities are to be linked into the global network in the same manner as perhaps an international labor union might. 

Since they're internationalists, these are the people who have made words like "nationalism, protectionism, and isolationism" into dirty words. Once in awhile they wave a flag when they want something done in a certain area, but their focus is international. Their power is so immense that within a few days of Brexit, we now have contrived mainstream new stories about massive "vote regrets" and millennials being angry at baby boomers (UK).. using manipulated "polls" as they so often do. The simple fact is that a monkey wrench was thrown into the machine of the internationalist dream of these financial and corporate overlords. The UK and Germany was the EU. 

Some years ago when countries were signing up with the European Union, on a couple of occasions the organized facilitators were openly stating that they would just keep putting it to a vote (of politicians) until they got the result that they wanted. Now they want to do the opposite! In their minds.. it's heads they win, tails we lose... every time. These are the people who have for many years, promoted the very worst elements of monopoly Capitalism and social Marxism... as we can so painfully see today. The hard underlying truth is that someone like Obama gets elected, and the very first thing he does is bring in a team of financial advisors from Goldman work like termites behind the scenes for the next eight years. That's the way it works in every country that these transnationalists are allowed to inhabit.

Brexit was one of the most important news events of our lifetime, because these people must operate in a way that loosely follows some type of Democracy. Luckily the populace got a chance to vote, and the scoundrels were thrown out. This should only be the start. There's no way to even begin to describe the damage that these unelected Globalist bureaucrats have done to our world. This whole dynamic reminds me of the movie 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Next' when McMurphy finally realized that after all the complaints.. all they really had to do was walk out the door and it would all be over.. just like any abusive relationship. 

However, if there was really any justice, there would be Nuremberg-type trials set up. Bankers who have bled economies dry and funded both sides of wars as has happened so often, and corporations who have organized and armed rebels for coups in third-world countries in order to get at the resources, should be punished. If America is so left-leaning, then why can't we break the unions of these super wealthy transnationals? The British have shown up the Americans and Germans, and punched out their own metaphoric class bully. The bullies can't solve the problem, because they are the problem!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cooking Lentil Bolognese

Cooking Lentil Bolognese

Wholesome Day

Cooking a Lentil Bolognese from the Deliciously Ella book by Ella Woodward.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

La Grande Rogazione di Asiago

" Il Giro del Mondo " La Grande Rogazione di Asiago from Tacconi Luca on Vimeo.

"La Grande Rogazione di Asiago"

"The Great Rogation of Asiago"... apparently a tradition since 1638.

Rogation: In the Christian Church a solemn supplication consisting of the litany of the saints chanted on the three days before Ascension Day.

Asiago is an old Cimbrian town in the Vicenza Province of the Veneto Region.

The town was the site of the Battle of Asiago in 1916 vs. the Austrian army.

Until the middle of the nineteenth century many of the people of Asiago spoke Cimbrian, an ancient German dialect.

Asiago is the birthplace of author Mario Rigoni Stern, and features prominently in his stories. It is also described in Emilio Lussu's 'A Year on the Altopiano'.

The Asiago region is the origin of Asiago cheese.