Monthly Archives: July 2013


Summer is in full swing in Italy, and as a result of Alajmo kitchen pantries are packed with ripe and colorful ingredients.


In celebration of all the earthly delights that continue to arrive at Alajmo doorstep, Max has created new menus for all six of the Alajmo family restaurants and bistros.

At Le Calandre, start your meal with a cold melon soup with lobster crudo and green celery sorbet, followed by olive oil-based risotto with fresh watermelon, mullet bottarga, Tropea onions, bergamot and pistachio.

Next door at Il Calandrino, you will find eggplant ravioli served with a mix of Mediterranean delicacies, like datterini tomatoes, basil pesto, black olives and anchovies. And be sure to save room for a pistachio semifreddo with peach sauce and raspberry puree.

Across town at La Montecchia, the summer menu features mouth-watering dishes like beef carpaccio with hemp seed sauce, lime and chili pepper and bigoli with squab and mushroom sauce.

For a causal lunch on-the-go or a relaxing dinner al fresco, head to abc Montecchia where you will find a wide selection of pizzas and bruschette, as well as Italian summertime classics like eggplant parmesan and vitello tonnato (veal in tuna sauce).

If you find yourself in Venice don’t miss Ristorante Quadri this summer.  Treat yourself to an extra virgin vegetable garden made with sun-soaked summer produce, followed by Venetian-style fried fish with Quadri sauce. And for dessert, choose between Per-Bellini, peach and prosecco sorbet with apple and peach meringue, or gin tonic fruit salad with pineapple mousse.

And for a quick lunch or dinner, stop by abc Quadri for acold tomato soup with crispy vegetables or club sandwichwith light curry mayonnaise.




The City of Brussels approved the idea of establishing a temple dedicated to belgian beers at the previous Brussels stock exchange “La bourse”. 


Failing to be recognized intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, one of our national treasures will soon have its temple: beer. It will be a public/private  cooperation between the City of Brussels, the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region and the federation of belgian brewers to make discover the belgian cultural beer traditions.

Philippe Close, alderman for tourism, expects over 400000 visitors a year, the temple will become  among the five most touristic attractions of the City. The temple for belgian beers will present in a recreative and educational way to this national symbol: beer !

The project will be based on the experience of the brewers to make discover belgian beers and all the culture of the brewing world.  The visit will generate both curiosity and the senses of visitors, polls of intentions have already been made ​​and are very positives.

The belgian brewers federation director, Sven Gatz, saying: “nevertheless maintaining the international reputation of our country, is added the will to strengthen our image of expertise in the brewing industry. Then, as well belgians as tourists will discover the sector of belgian beers in an emblematic neighbourhood in the historical center of Brussels.”

Even the Ministry for Budget and Finance of the Brussels-Capital Region invests in a feasibility study dedicated to this project. The brewing world will be discovered in all its culture, diversity and history.

More details on this project from these three partners will be announced in september.

To be discovered…

Olivier BULTO