Monica | The health nut
The question I get most often is: are you vegan? So I want to be honest with you: I’m not, I’m 20% vegetarian and 80% vegan, which means that I try to eat as plant-based as possible, but enjoy the occasional gorgonzola and all butter croissant. Becoming vegetarian has been a long process, beginning while I was working on sustainability and started to understand how huge it was the impact on the environment of our diet. But also of our transport choice… As such, because I love travelling too much, I decided that I would cut out as much animal protein as possible and cycle everywhere I could. I consider myself an environmental citizen and I want to do as much as possible to make this world of ours a better place.
Will I judge you because you eat meat? Never! Ask Jehanne and she’ll tell you how bizarre our lunch are when we’re out on a work trip: I ask for a vegetarian meal and she goes for the vitello tonnato, agnolotti and arrosto. So don’t be scared! My idea is to share here with you my favourite veg & healthy place. However I think food is good for you only if you enjoy it. So I will never ask you to become vegan if this makes you sad!
Things I cannot live without || Almond butter (or any kind of nut butter, you have just give it to me!), pizza, and a new city guide.
Favourite coffee place in Turin || Caffè Bodoni, because they give you a teaspoon of whipped cream with your coffee. Just the right amount of sugar – life is about balance!
Favourite street || Piazza Palazzo di Città (which used to be called Piazza delle Erbe) because during Christmas time they put up a canopy of lights across the square that makes this place magical. Plus, on the first Sunday of every month, you can find a farmers market here.
The thing that makes me feel Torinese || Running in Valentino Park during my lunch break and finding a good glass of red wine anywhere!
Find here the blogposts of Monica
Langhe … I have a love&hate kind of affair with this region. It’s the area my family is originally from and as such I spent most of my summers in my grandmother’s house with my sister and my cousins, dividing my time between building tree houses and harvesting peaches, hazelnuts, or grapes. For this reason, as a teenager I tried to distance myself as far as possible; I wanted to feel like a city-girl instead. It’s been a few years instead since I started to enjoy visiting these areas and rediscovering its richness and beauty! Monica Where to have a […]
It’s a Sunday of the beginning of September and Jehanne is in town. Is there a better way to spend our time together than going to discuss new projects for the blog at the Color Run of Turin? This is a run, for the non-runners, because it’s mostly a fun and colorful party, full of music and of the energy of Turin people. We were guests of eBay for this event and we enjoyed our afternoon full of laugh and a tasty snack of colourful powders. Monica Color Run Torino I will not bother you with too many words […]
Sometimes eating healthy can be a bit of a burden… buying tons of veggies at the market, washing it, pealing it, chopping it, cooking it become it turns bad… I love the process because I love to take care of myself and I feel it’s an act of love for the people that live with me, but sometimes I must admit I just don’t have the time… Which is why places like the Gastronomia Veg are a life and dinner-savers. Because whatever you’ll find there you know it’s as healthy as the one you’d prepared and also a little tastier! […]
Nature… we’re so not used to it… to be immersed in nature. But I feel the need for it. I feel the need to be outside, in the open air, without concrete near by and to enjoy that as long as possible. It’s not something that I’m consciously aware of, but when I’m in the middle of the countryside I feel that my nerves relax and I’m resonating more with myself. Sleeping in a tree house is a special experience and it allowed me to be completely immersed in nature because between me, the leave and the sky there was […]
Turin during Ferragosto. I still remember summer in the city as a child. Fiat used to close all month and with it all the shops. And the city became empty. My family, however, preferred to go on holidays in a different period, as such we spent August in the city and tried to enjoy as much as possible. But it wasn’t that much and I have to say I was a little anxious about spending those days in town. Especially because it’s my birthday weekend, and I never had the joy of having a party with friends … they all […]