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From Miami to Lake Como via the Kingdom! The latest from Anna in her wonderland

9 Dec

Dear readers

I have just arrived back from a lovely weekend back home in italy, which I have been secretly plotting it for months with my mum and my cousins as it was my dad’s 70th birthday: we just wanted to surprise him with arriving back home without him knowing it, and I must say the surprise came out perfect and we all had a great time, my italian family all together and for once with my husband and mother in law, we all had a blast!

Too much but too good food and the company was great, we couldn’t have asked for more, gorgeous sunny and cold days where we have been going around Bergamo, my hometown and Lake Como, where four years ago we tied the knot, great times!

We have just came back from two weeks in the Floridian sunshine and it was nice just to be home for a week before jetting off again, while getting ready for Christmas at the same time and getting some cooking and baking done in the meantime…but I am sure the pictures speak for themselves

I will be again in Italy to celebrate Christmas with my family and soon after that off to Miami again to celebrate the new year….FELIZ NAVIDAD to everybody!!!

xxx

Birthday dinner, lunches, dinners, trip to Lake Como, rabbit and polenta, family gathering, take away pizza, prosecco, aperitif board…welcome to my amazing and beautiful country!

 

Just pointing out some of the local delicacies we have been eating in the past few days, first of all my favourite dish ever is Casoncelli all bergamasca, meat stuffed ravioli with butter, sage and bacon...homemade by my aunt and my mum…. two dishes for me at lunchtime, too tasty to leave it!

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Second I love to pick up these amazing dessert every time I visit Bergamo alta, they are called Polenta and Osei because they look like the dish you would eat as your sunday roast, translated into polenta and birds, a sugar and marzipan heaven!

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I cannot not mention the delicious Pizzoccheri della valtellina, buckwheat pasta with cheese, greens, potatoes, butter and garlic….a must for our big family gathering on sunday lunchtime!

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And last, but not because less important, this is by far my favourite “second” choice for a meal. I was brought up to eat polenta and coniglio every sunday so this is so perfect and so tasty for me, yes I am talking about Rabbit and polenta! My husband will not eat it…but every time I go back home this dish is on our menu!

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And more about our trip to Miami and Key West, road tripping, power boating, having fun with good friends, happy hours, seven years anniversary for us and lots of good times!

 

 

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Sometimes I come back! Anna in her wonderland on an Italian Christmas late edition and the mid January (non) New Year Resolution!!

12 Jan

Dear Readers

Sometimes I come back as you can see, I know it has been a while with Christmas, the holidays, the vacation and all that but I am finally back, luckily just for a month, I can’t already bare how cold is back here, I am more a sunny & hot weather type of girl, 100% more Miami than Brighton Beach!

I had such a great and amazing time back home in Italy to celebrate Christmas with my family and my friends, they were 8 full days of fun, laughter, shopping trips, lunches and dinners and lots of dancing in the clubs around my hometown of Bergamo, I felt like 18 again! It is so crazy how just a week spend with the people you love most that unfortunately due to the circumstances I don’t see that often recharged my batteries and gave me a massive energy boost to keep going, so glad to have such great family and awesome loving friends in my life!!!

Touched down back in the Kingdom it was time to celebrate with my husband and leave the cold behind for the sunny shores of Miami, our favourite place on earth, where we just enjoyed hanging out, sunbathing, swimming, eating and drinking, walking the neighbours’ dog (I have the new role of Floridian dog sitter to a gorgeous 7 months old golden retriever), getting the boat ready for the February trip and having fun!!

I have been reading a lot on social media recently about New Year’s resolution…is that me but this year it seems a bit gone too far…I mean so many people are talking about it non-stop…and will they actually “obey” to their NY’s vows? Of course everybody (apart me) feels a bit fat after all the overindulging during the Christmas holidays but a bit of control and a bit of exercises will get everything and everybody back in track, without any drama and without becoming a body builder or a fitness fanatic for a few weeks!

So pleased of my fast burning metabolism, in Italy I must admit all I ate was pasta, tons of pizza and I couldn’t resist to focaccia when I drove down to the Riviera for the day…lots of veggie too but just such a different diet to what I normally cook and eat here…and within 3 days 2kg were gone, where I do not really need to lose weight!! The secret is just happiness and moderation, in everything, and stop going on with all new year’s resolution bullshit, have fun & be happy!

With Love

The view of the Riviera, happiness from the balcony

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AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (6)Excelsior Milano, shopping day!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (7)Carrie will you marry me? Those Manolos!!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (8)My beautiful hometown BergamoAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (26)Beautiful zona Brera in MilanoAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (30)

Flower powerAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (31)Ceresio 7 Milano, rooftop aperitif, even in December!

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Christmas day finally reunited with my niece Martina!

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Ready for our date night at Cecconi Miami BeachAnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (53)

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My new mate, Cody!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (52)

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After a long day, nothing can beat a moijto by the pool, cheers to that!AnnainherwonderlandLateXmas&NYpost 2014 2015  (56)

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Feliz Navidad Prospero año y Felicidad, Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo, Merry Christmas and happy new year, feeling festive and ready to go!

17 Dec

Dear readers,

It has been a long time since my last post, so much went on and now, that I am getting ready to fly home to spend Christmas time with family and friends, I found a few spare minutes for my blog, I am not neglecting it but sometimes it’s hard to find time for everything!

I can’t believe it’s Christmas time already, last minute wrapping presents, my suitcase to fill, the smell of winter in the air…loving this time a year!

Recently I have been busy organising a surprise birthday party for my mother in law which went so well, all the family and friends here at home for Sunday lunch of celebrations, such a good event!

From party planning to wedding planning…to DIY expert…we are doing some renovation at home, having a new bathroom fitted upstairs and of course my husband and a friends are working on it, and every hour you can hear : Anna…can you go to wickes or B&Q to get this…this and this?? I even have a DIY account at the local store now!!

Bathroom apart now it’s time to get ready to go home, Italy I am coming!!! Coming back here on Boxing day and fly away again for new year’s eve in Miami…it sounds like our usual good plan!!

Merry Christmas and Happy new year everybody!!!

xxx

Cover up it’s cold outside!

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Coco doing what she does best…

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So obsessed with babies and so in love with my little friend

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Memories I found online of the Poker run…back soon!

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Hanging around the Christmas tree…

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Day of shopping in London…with a lovely lobster lunch at Burger and Lobster!

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The cat under the tree…escaping from the dog

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My little friend Evie!!annainherwonderland Christmas 2014 (17)

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Night out in Brighton with my new knee high boots, festive!

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Being 30 and not feeling it (yet!), the celebrations and the trip to the Italian Riviera, Anna in her wonderland never stops!

29 Aug

Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (3)

Dear Readers

Yes I am, I am finally 30 years old and it doesn’t feel too bad yet! It has already been 10 days and the time has just flown by, we had such a good time in London celebrating my birthday with our good friends and we had a great time in Italy visiting my parents and seeing part of the family, but I will let the pictures to speak for me.

Have a great weekend

The celebrations started the night before with a surprise cake!

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Coco cracked the champagne…

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Yes I did ask for these bright Hunter boots!

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Living it up at the Ritz in London for a cocktail

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Getting ready for the night at my cousin’s place

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I collected a few cards! To keep them all

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A bit hangover I needed some serious smoothie to sort me out

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Loving my pretty shoes present from my cousin

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My husband’s favourite time of the day while in Italy, Aperitivo!

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My best friend came to visit us!!! so HappyAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (22)

Dessert…of courseAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (23)

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Making fun

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My Daniel Craig is coming out of the seaAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (33)

Rooftop lifeAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (35)

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A trip down to Sestri Levante to see la baia del silenzio (the silence’s bay)Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (38)

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Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (44)When a Brit asks for pepper in Italy…

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Headache day and my mum passed me the hat!Annainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (46)

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The last aperitif with my new pretty handbagAnnainherwonderland is 30 now! From London to the Italian riviera (49)

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Back to England feeling the holiday blues, to beat them let’s use focaccia and parmesan cheese!

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The World Cup, the baking and the travelling…Anna in her wonderland is keeping busy!

15 Jun

Hello dear readers

I am so excited over the World Cup that you will not believe, I don’t normally care about football generally but when the World Cup is on I suddenly feel really excited and I feel for my country even more, especially since I have moved to England over 5 years ago…and how better could have the World Cup started for me? England vs Italy, oh my! Shame that my husband is not into football but it was so much fun to watch the match at home with British friends, I was cheering, I was screaming, I was dancing around…I was so happy that Italy won! And I am so pleased to go to visit my family in Italy this week, I haven’t been back since February and I seriously cannot wait to fly back!

I have started to go back to the gym since the Miami trip, with not much success…while I work out I think what I am going to bake later…is that good or not? And of course cooking is still my main hobby right now, the cashiers at the local grocery store might think I am mad, I keep on going in to get more ingredients for my creations! Anyway the summer is here and I must admit the weather has been great lately; hopefully it will keep on being summer!!

Xxx

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Sunny day at home

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Followed by a rainy day at the go kart

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Some flowers to bright up a gloomy day

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And a chocolate and pecan cake to make the day sweeter

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I miss Miami so Cuban dinner in the countryside

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Meeting friends, and their new pet

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Sunny day in Whitstable

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Gone to the beach for the day

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So much joy to meet Christian, the new arrival, so much love for him already!

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Dinner sorted with broccoli and bacon

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Working out makes me hungry and I was dreaming about this cake!

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My job in a sunny day

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Little fluffy clouds

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Sunny day, total white

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Waiting for the sun to go down

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Coconut muffin to bright up a rainy afternoon

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And the sunshine is back!

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And some chocolate and raspberries brownies for the weekend

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Valentine’s day has gone, my Italian week has gone, what’s next? Miami here we come for our spring break! The latest from Anna in her wonderland

25 Feb

Dear readers

I hope you are all doing well, some time has passed since my last post (who will forget the motivation workout images of Ryan Gosling??) and weeks have gone by, I am back in the British countryside after a lovely week spent back home in Italy with my family while my husband went skiing on the Italian mountains, we are now getting ready for the next Miami vacation in three weeks’ time when the Winter music conference will be one, anyone is up for it?

Here we go with some pictures of the latest events

Coco, the funniest member of the Collins Family

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Our Valentine’s night out

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Ghosts in the restrooms???

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My obsession for baking hasn’t stopped…and I can tell when I try to fit in my skinny jeans!

Chocolate cookies

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Peanut butter and chocolate cookies

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Back to Italy for a few days, where I enjoyed the family, the friends and the lovely view of Lake Como!

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Chilling

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And getting ready for the night out in Bergamo!

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See you soon!

Xxx

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Back after the Christmas holidays to the base and let’s stay for a while! Anna in her wonderland back in the Kingdom after 3 weeks away, bring it on 2014!

14 Jan

happy new year

Dear Readers

Finally after a long time away I am back home, ready to enjoy the cold British winter (that hasn’t been that cold yet) and to start the New Year at its best with lots of exciting things planned for me.

I had a lovely time away, first in Italy for ten days to spend Christmas with family and friends and straight after to Miami with my husband to celebrate New Year and a few days after my parents flew over to spend a week with us, apart that the weather wasn’t much on our side, we had a lovely time!

I have some pictures to show you all…enjoy!!!

x

Le’ts start with saturday afternoon mani pedi at the local salon…I have never seen men and little girls doing it!

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Tuna tataki, so obsessed with food!2013 anna in her wonderland (2)

Beef sliders with quail egg…divine!sugarcae raw bar and grill miami

Some peacocks came next door to say hello peacocks around the roads

Miami and the beachmiami welcome airport map

Our new pet in the yard, mr raccoon 2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (16)

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Taking the boat trailer down in the Keys2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (17)

Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (5)

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We need a bit of shake shack in our lives!

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Let’s kick start the new year, with a kick!

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Meet the Italian Parents2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (3)

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Celebrating my dad’s belated birthday in the Key with la comida cubana2014 anna in her wonderland Miami (19)

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And my new Miami haircut, the long bob!

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Anna goes to Italy : Feliz Navidad…Buon Natale…Merry Christmas from my wonderland!!

24 Dec

Hello dear readers

And Happy Christmas to everybody! I came back home to visit my family on the 18thand, despite I miss a lot my husband (and the dog) I am loving being back home, spending time with the family, hanging out with my best friends, enjoying evenings out, enjoying mulled wine, traditional food from my hometown, Bergamo, which I love deeply and just being happy to be back !!

I am seriously obsessed with the song Feliz Navidad right now, constantly on repeat on my iPhone, so I can try to learn something more in Spanish, just to practice for the next Miami trip, just in a few days, I can’t wait!!!

I wish you all merry Christmas and Happy New Year….and I will post from Miami!

Enjoy the holidays everybody

xxx

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Size doesn’t matter they say, mini Christmas tree at home

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Marocchino and Italian espressoanna in her wonderland xmas timeBest aperitif in town, Il Maialinoanna in her wonderland xmas time

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Casoncelli alla bergamasca, the best ravioli ever!!!

anna in her wonderland xmas timeRainy night…anna in her wonderland xmas timeWhat a joy to see Coco and my husband with Skype!

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anna in her wonderland xmas timeFinally I met Andrea, the new entry in my friend’s house, so much love!!!anna in her wonderland xmas timeIsotta supervising the Florist shop!

anna in her wonderland xmas timeGetting ready for a Sunday night out clubbing in town with the girls

anna in her wonderland xmas timeMy best friends was planning to get me drunk with hierbas, clearly!

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My birthday has gone but I will keep on celebrating this weekend down in the Italian Riviera with the family, bring it on!

22 Aug

Hello readers

On Monday I celebrated my birthday, the big 29, I am not going to tell my age anymore I am going to stop here, at 29! I had a lovely birthday lunch in London with good friends, good food and good sushi…yes we went to Nobu in Park Lane, I absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to go back there! At the moment I am all obsessed with fish and that sushi was just something else…oh god I feel hungry now!

I just cannot still realised that I turned 29, I mean I still feel like I am 17…but clearly I am not anymore … anyway I must admit it is not easy at all for me to celebrate my birthday in England when my family and friends are in Italy..despite how nice it can be  here with my husband and the few friends I have it does not feel the same unfortunately, and I do miss it!

Tomorrow we are flying down to visit my parents in the Italian Riviera for a few days and I simply cannot wait to spend some good time with them! I should get baking when I am back…have you seen one of my birthday presents?

Have a great weekend everyone

x

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Family reunion in London town, an amazing friend’s wedding and the birthday of my gorgeous husband! Countdown to my birthday and to the Italian Riviera!

13 Aug

Hello dear readers

I had such a nice few days last week and over the weekend that for a moment I nearly forgot I have been back in the Kingdom for 8 days…scary thought! Last week my cousin that is more like a brother to me came to London for a few days so we had a chance to meet up and catch up and I finally had a chance to visit the Italian consulate in London to renew my passport…my husband can be happy now that my married surname is printed on!

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London during a sunny day is one of the most beautiful city ever, we walked miles everywhere…why the hell did I pay for the travel card I still don’t know!

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At the weekend  we had a friend’s wedding that I loved and enjoyed so much, see these amazing good friends getting married was emotional and exciting at the same time…I love weddings there is nothing else to say!!! Here you can see some snaps of the ceremony and party…love is in the air and I am so happy for them!!

Sunday was the day after the wedding and for someone the hangover kicked in…but it was my husband’s birthday as well, so more celebration went on…now I am counting the day till the 19th, my birthday!!! Next weekend we will celebrate with my parents in the Italian Riviera and I seriously can’t wait to go there!!

Have a great week you all!

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