Endless Reasons You Must Visit Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy

Are you ready to be whisked away to paradise this summer?

Travel with me to explore the incredible Villa San Michele, a luxury boutique hotel former  15th century Franciscan monastery located just minutes off city of Florence, Italy.1006026_10201767829102619_960279298_n

This is where Michelangelo’s facade and panoramic breath taking views from hilltop across Florence will take your breath away! The Villa San Michele hit 500 years old birthday celebration this year. They had me at hello as soon as I entered the gates.

There are endless reasons why this hotel is going to be on the top of your list for places to stay in Florence. Tucked away on a hillside, this is perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The old world ambiance combined with expansive views of the city of Florence is truly a unique and special experience. 1002850_10201767862783461_1643421247_nThe hotel is decorated with antique Italian art that really immerses you in the Italian history and culture. It offers a choice of spacious rooms, suites and villas to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The staff truly cares about you and will do everything they can to make your stay the best it can possibly be.villa+

If you are like me big connoisseur of cuisine  you can learn how to master your cooking from the best local chefs. In a short time through their culinary school you too can create first class delicious meal. I signed up for 3 hours of hands on cooking class.chef

The aromas of finest fresh Italian ingredients and personal attention from the executive chef Attilio Di Fabrizio and you too feel like a cooking pro for a day. He will help you to discover the best Italian and Tuscan cuisine can offer with step by step lessons on preparing main dishes and desserts. Then you will have an introduction to food and wine paring and eat lunch at Loggia Restaurant. Make sure to check out the restaurant, even if you are not participating in a cooking class. If cooking isn’t your forte, you can take a gourmet tour offered by the hotel, tasting your way through Tuscany trying specialties made with truffles and Tuscan wines.1075740_10201767870863663_396093425_n

Another highlight of staying at the Villa San Michele is the ability to dine at Loggia Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Florence, just a step away from your hotel room. The quality of the food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. If you are looking to taste authentic Italian and Tuscan food, this is the place for you. The restaurant has spectacular views over the city rooftops of Florence, engaging you in the true culture of Italy. There are also three other restaurants and bars right in the hotel where you can wine and dine anytime!16567_10201767839182871_1313575839_n 481076_10201767874943765_1490162678_n

If you’d rather see the sights, you could take private rowing lessons on the Arno River, floating down the waterway, seeing the city from a different perspective. Or embark on a treasure hunt to find hidden gems at some of Florence’s most famous sights, including the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and the Michelangelo sculpture of David. They even have a heated pool and a massage gazebo to relax those muscles at the end of the day. Villa San Michele will help you to enjoy your vacation no matter what you want to do!64417_10201767880463903_1750271038_n

If you are looking for a place to hold a party, or business conference in Florence, Villa San Michele would be the perfect venue. For the ultimate party – take over the whole hotel for a night your guests will never forget. Your business conference will become a classy night out when you host it in the elegant Loggia Restaurant. You can even have an intimate wedding ceremony in the quiet and lush Italian Garden. It doesn’t matter if you go on business, or just for pleasure, you will leave Villa San Michele feeling rejuvenated and ready to head back to everyday life.

So what are you waiting for? Get on a plane and get to Villa San Michele as fast as you can! I guarantee that this will be a trip you will remember for a lifetime!

Have you ever stayed at the Villa San Michele? I want to hear all of your comments and questions about this amazing resort!

Check out their website here to book your visit: http://www.villasanmichele.com/web/ovil/villa_san_michele.jsp

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Attention Egg Lovers-Full Protein potential is here

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MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL WHO MAKES THE BEST OSTRICH EGG OMELETTE OUT OF ALL?

A friend like Sylwia Wiesenberg is good to have. She is best known for her Tonique Fitness body work, but she is also gifted Chef. She essentially unites creative mind, brings people together by making healthy comfort food and letting all alliances work themselves out.

Breeding_Ostrich_BerlinOnce again she produced winner recipe simply using the best-of-this-season’s ingredients.

I fashioned myself as her assistant for a day proving to coincide my “gourmet phile” for this special treat. We whipped ostrich egg into a delicious omelet adding some sautéed ramps and seasonal fresh micro greens.

Ostrich egg is the equivalent of about 2 dozen chicken eggs. Its health benefits are greater than some of those found in chicken eggs. It weighs between 3-6lb. They are significantly lower in cholesterol than chicken eggs and have larger amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids. A single ostrich egg has 2,000 calories but you need to divide it by 24 (chicken egg equivalent) scoring total of 83 calories per serving, which is only six calories higher than a chicken egg.

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pvQRpmSAq5-DL7sm6mxvDBHK7ILskfvPDqlMKN7qTvwxYYbrIF5oKZ8LCxdi9WqPZ3Cu7bHQJsCHu0UGAOwx8oYou can find it at WholeFood or or your local Farmer’s market. This is quick, easy to make dish everyone would love. The ostrich egg is said to have been a favorite food of Queen Victoria. 942163_4624416569139_1239007341_n

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We garnished it with ramps, micro greens, radish, fresh stone crab tossed with olive oil, and fleur de sel for even better flavor. (You can also use Himalayan pink salt)Unknown
Every element in this fresh, clean-tasting dish is rich in minerals, proteins, low cholesterol, and its much airier in taste then your ordinary chicken egg omelette.

RECIPE
Use 1 Ostrich egg, whisk it throughly. Melt 1 tbs of organic/natural cow grass fed butter on small heat mixed with olive oil. (I recently discovered ghee which gives a lot of flavor when you sauté your veggies and its Sooooooo delicious ) Add ramps and sauté them for few minutes tossing them throughly. They almost immediately shrink in size. Add whisked ostrich egg liquid and and mix all together. Cook for few minutes constantly flipping it.
Serve with your favorite greens, and veggies. Add smoked salt, and paper to complete this delicious dish.

Bon Appétit!

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Agnes Kordek Fashion Council helps you find STYLISH VOICE

STAY COOL BUT LOOK HOT! 

Agnes Kordek always has big ideas when it comes to Fashion. She is one of those gals who finds a q-tip and with her imagination and creativity is capable of building a beautiful castle. I admired her glory, winning EDGE from red carpets, and TV screens, for years never catching her off the guard. Even through her pre and post pregnancy she always managed to look like a Princess.  I asked her to join me in conversation and share her glamourous secrets with the rest of you. Agnes is a TV anchor/actress. 561906_404794782888279_489264952_n

As a former model she frequently cat walked in top designer runways throughout the world. Aside from fashion Agnes rides horses, plays piano, and sings.

But her true passion for fashion still leads her remaining fresh in full force.KORDEK-

It all started from a desire to make something great. Agnes has it all: She is a natural, with glamour “FAIRY POWER” endowed in Passion, Good Eye for picking WINNER OUTFIT, but foremost hard work to do it in “grand style”.

If there is one think she wants you to know is to be brave. Endlessly test colors, different styles, outfits, be open. Its the only way to get where you want to go and be fearless.

39126_448640833034_995536_nWhen I follow her in the ails of boutiques I immediately sense her strong style’s third eye vision with minimum efforts. Its like all GODS assist her to create her signature  masterpiece look no one can duplicate. From delicate makeup to romantic hair style, through perfectly picked accessories and designer outfit she found a recipe for every day how to stand out from the crowd. 

She got hooked on style from an early age. Thanks to her stylish mom who always dressed her nice. She debuted her stylish journey from her mom’s world of fashion essentials.

” I loved watching fashion shows, and magazines, spying on new trends and creating my own style. My favorites were always accessories shoes and bags.

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You need to dress every day and why not make it fun and look your best while finding your own stylish voice. Its not the clothes that will play that role but the way you express yourself through them. Inspire yourself! Look inside you and find that coherent symbioses of familiarity and what makes you feeling good.

427316_10151205687868035_64895422_nYou have to remember that fashion is very unfaithfully transitional that’s why you can’t cope with it to seriously. Just take it with a pinch of salt. Play with it.

376395_10151104088248035_1435928409_nSometimes the trendiest clothes don’t fit my personality or my style. For example I like to mix elegant with casual smart look. You can look sexy in shorts and ballerina flats. Its important to always stay true to yourself. If you feel happy and beautiful everyone will notice and cherish that.

Sometimes simple nail polish change or vibrant lipstick color is enough to add some sparkle to your new look. Pay attention to accessories, because they can change dramatically your outfit. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look fresh and innovative every season. Several Boutiques offer their designer treasures throughout annual sales.

Just ask my dear friend stylist Kasia. Her expertise comes handy offering European designer spread at Boutique on 57 all year around.

You can also network your fashion senses and rescue your girlfriends unwanted wardrobe pieces through mutual exchange. All you need is some imagination. Remember to always wear the most valuable asset to every outfit YOUR SMILE!  Its always in Season”

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P.S. I will show you my stylish groove and way how I dress. I hope it will help you to find your own. Choose some clothes, make an outfit and share with me your creative ideas. Send me your pictures and I will be thrilled to whisk you away from mundane trends and will help you look even better. I will post your picks here, show you some simple tricks how I do to improve each look and get your fashion juices flawing.

LET’S PUT THE STORY TO YOUR FASHION REDEMPTION!  

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Agnes truly understands why finding your own voice in fashion is important. Its like system of values. What it takes one can always improve. She is here for you to crown your dashing Diva and declare your stylish magic. Taking care of yourself and being chic can be like steroids for a great life beginning. You need to be courageous, confident, accomplished, and STAND OUT FROM THE REST!

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