Italy

Justine PhilipponJustine PhilipponJuly 26, 2017
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In Tuscany, the specialty is the Fiorentina: an enormous and succulent T-bone steak (imagine a prime rib, but twice as cool, with two beef tenderloins on either side of a big cheeky bone) cooked, in respect to tradition, on the grill. In this region, they always say that if the steak isn’t more than three fingers thick, it’s a carpaccio.

Since the beginning of the Big Mamma adventure, they have gotten their kicks out of exploring new fields of Italian gastronomy. And when their own chef Rocco came home from a weekend in Florence and told them about the incredible T-bone that he’d eaten at Da Mario, they just couldn’t help themselves.

They have a 3-metre long barbecue (size does matter) on which they grill 1kg T-bone steaks and 1.3kg Tomahawk steaks, using a mix of Cherrywood and quebracho to infuse the meat with unparalleled flavour. But the recipe is pure Tuscan tradition.

They have taken over the meat production from A to Z: easy

Their challenge? To serve tender, tasty, crazy good meat 2 to 3 times cheaper than you’ll find elsewhere. To do so, they buy the beasts whole, cook every part and eat the whole animal. It helps that they feed the animals themselves to obtain extraordinarily tender corn-fed meat, and that they mature the meat for at least 30 days to give it epic flavour and depth.

It doesn’t hurt them to know that buying the animals whole is more responsible and they were also disappointed with the quality/price ratio of the meat they were finding.

These days, if you want to eat hormone-free that was raised with love, either you can’t find it or it costs a fortune. That’s why they recreated their own industry from A to Z, with their own cows and their breeder in France. They made an exception to their 100% Italian rule, because the best meat is found in France. In fact, even the Italians get their meat from here.

They want to serve quality meat, that they are proud to serve to our children and at a price that’s accessible to more than just the dudes who created Google.


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaMay 3, 2017
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Since, the weather in London is clearly miserable. Here is our round up of the favourite spots around the world to jet off to celebrate #nationalgolfmonth … off course!

San Domenico Golf, Puglia 

With the Adriatic Sea to one side and olive groves to the other, San Domenico Golf Club was created to USGA’s highest standards by architect Andy Haggar as a classic links course. Stay at the family-owned, 5* hotel Masseria San Domenico that also offers a stunning Thalassotherapy spa.

Stay 3 nights starting from £1,196 per person on a B&B basis booked through Classic Collection (0800 008 7299; classic-collection.co.uk). The price also includes return flights and private airport transfers. Green fee for hotel guests start from €50 per person or from €95 for independent travellers.

Golf Club Punta Ala, Tuscany

Boasting panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the nearby islands, it is one of the finest golf courses in Tuscany. Stay at Baglioni Resort Cala del Porto and take advantage of its pool, two restaurants and own private beach club, La Vela.

Book their Golf Package from €1,550 per person including a 3-night stay on a B&B basis, green fees for two and golf car for two days, a three-course dinner at Belvedere Restaurant and one massage per person at La Vela Beach Club.

 

 

 

 

Franciacorta Golf Club

A stone’s throw from Lake Iseo, the Franciacorta Golf Club, designed by Marco Croze and Pete Dye, is surrounded by woods, vineyards and lakes – just 6km from 5* L’Albereta with its renowned Henri Chenot Spa and Michelin starred LeoneFelice restaurant.

Stay 7 nights at L’Albereta from £1,995 per person, based on a couple sharing on a B&B basis including return flights and private airport transfers – booking through Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com; 020 8682 5080).  Green fees from €60 per day.

 

Royal Golf, Marrakech

A choice of world-class courses with direct access from the hotel: Royal Golf, a legendary 27-hole course enjoyed by Churchill, Lloyd George and Eisenhower, and Al Maaden Golf, an 18-hole championship course conceived by Kyle Philips.

Stay at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech from €715 per person per night, including two green fees per day, complimentary golf equipment polishing and storage as well as daily breakfast at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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