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I have been planning to write this post since I have started (not so long ago) this blog.

So here a list of food you should absolutely try if you are in Carlo forte (my mouth is already watering).

1) Focaccia Carlofortina: you can eat plain or filled with cheese, ham, mortadella and thousand of other variations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Farinata di ceci o Fainè: which is like a focaccia made with chickpeas flour.

My favourite place is La Pizzeria Da Gerolamo (Piazza Carlo Emanuele III 25, Carloforte, Italy). I buy both focaccia and fainè there, they bake them (and pizza as well) in a huge wood stove and you can enjoy the food sitting in a lovely Piazza and watching people strolling and chatting.

3) Tuna: Carloforte is worldwide famous for its Tuna. Japanese come here during the “Tonnara” to buy the best tuna and bring it to Japan for sushi and sashimi! So try everything that has tuna in it!

Here just some suggestions:

– Tuna Appetizer: here you find bottarga, musciame, tuna heart, figatellu e tunigna. They are several parts of the tuna prepared in very different ways. Delicious!

Linguine with tuna, olives, pecorino and capers

Spaghetti with bottarga (Bottarga is a salted dried roe of either mullet or tuna. It is sometimes called ‘poor man’s caviar’)

Spaghetti alla tabarkina: with tuna, olives, tomato sauce, anchovies, capers and garlic.

Tuna mousse: to eat on bread or focaccia

4) Cas-ca (couscous) with vegetables or with fish: the best one is here http://www.luigipomata.com/nicolo/default.asp.  Nicolo is famous as the best restaurant in Carloforte and every food you are going to eat here, it’s going to be memorable!

5) Carloforte salad: made with gallette carlofortine, tomatoes, tuna and eggs. Add oil and salt and linger on this summer taste.

There is thousand of other recipes to taste in Carloforte but these are my favourite ones.

Enjoy.

 

On Saturday and Sunday we were again in Carloforte but this time a friend  invited us to join him on his sailing boat and these were the pictures of the amazing natural beauties I took.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for this post. I let these amazing beauties speak for themselves.

Ps. Carloforte is a paradise for sailing.

 

 

We went yesterday to a wonderful birthday party, an escape from the city life.

We had  sun, nice weather and a wonderful sea view.

The house is near Porto di Capitana, ten minutes outside Cagliari, and it has stairs which lead to the beach. But the children decided to run and play in the beautiful garden (which was more relaxing by the way then having to run after them on the beach :)).

While mothers were chatting and relaxing, children were enjoying the delicious buffet: small pizzas, mini focaccia with olives and ham, savoury mini croissant with raw or cooked ham, salami, cheese and mortadella, crispy chicken and mini tramezzini in every possible combination.

We had music and entertainment…

and I forgot to take pictures of the birthday cake (I will improve, I promise!).

But before going away I took some other pictures of the wonderful view

and of the sunset.

It was great. We went home in a very good mood singing “Just call me maybe” in the car ad eating the food our kind guest gave us to bring home.

Life is wonderful!

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1. Buy this bikini

 

2. Get tanned

3. Swim and play in the water with my daughter till we turn into fishes

4. Try not to eat too much (difficult, very difficult in Italy)

5. Buy a new camera

to take pictures of this

or of this

6. Enjoy my new addiction (more about this in the next post)

7. Have a siesta EVERY AFTERNOON

 

 

8. Read read read

9. Snorkeling

10. Just relax

 

I have gone to Carlo Forte for years and close to my Forties I developed a strong connection to this wonderful place.

There is too much to tell about this island that cannot be squeezed in a single post . So this subject is going to be divided into several posts.

Let’s start with the natural beauties like this one.

This is the beach called “La caletta” perfect for the surfers when the mistral blows and for the families when the southwest wind blows. – I wasn’t really a wind expert till few years ago. But as a Sardinian woman I couldn’t get around this issue if I wanted to enjoy the beach in summer and so I had to start dealing with them.- So, on Saturday we stood up and no sign of mistral, so we head to La Caletta which looks like this in the sunlight.

And here we had lunch.

– For the food see my next post –

 And I fell in love with this house (the architecture and design of Carlo Forte houses are going to be part of another post too).

I am considering moving here, if the owners move out …

On Saturday the Mistral was blowing so we head to “La Bobba”.

where we swam and lay in the sun and ate sea urchins on the rocks, which was an unforgettable experience.

 

And then it was already time to go and we waved goodbye to the Carlo Forte promenade from the ferry.

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This week-end Carlo Forte is going to be my relaxing place. It is a small island near a big island, Sardinia.

Full of amazing beaches, I am going to have just to pick up one taking in consideration which kind of wind is blowing. Another option could be this one:

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In the evening, brown and relaxed I am going to do some shopping here

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and here:

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and eat some of this:

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and of this:

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I can’t wait!!!

I’ll take you updated on my shopping and the secret addresses in the village.

Have a nice week-end

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