Italian Road – Classic Italian Cycles http://classicitaliancycles.com/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 18:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://classicitaliancycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-3-141x136.png Italian Road – Classic Italian Cycles http://classicitaliancycles.com/ 32 32 My (almost) biggest climbing mistake https://classicitaliancycles.com/my-almost-biggest-climbing-mistake/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 15:39:23 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/my-almost-biggest-climbing-mistake/ “], “filter”: { “nextExceptions”: “img, blockquote, div”, “nextContainsExceptions”: “img, blockquote”} }”> Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education center with in-depth fitness, nutrition and adventure lessons and over 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ >”,”name”:”in -content-cta”,”type”:”link”}}”>Join Outside+ today. First part As a dirt mountaineer strolling and traveling over Italy in […]]]>

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As a dirt mountaineer strolling and traveling over Italy in my mid-twenties, I made the ultimate #vanlife faux pas – well, two of them, to be precise. In Italian, the word for “van” is furgone: foor-go-nay (not “fur gone” – that’s something else). The direct translation of “van life” would be the vita dell’furgone; as melodic as it sounds, it’s also cumbersome. Not that #vanlife is common in Italy – or in Europe – anyway: on the continent, free camping is almost non-existent and/or associated with Roma, who bivouac on the outskirts of major cities in camps of vans and are often discriminated against for their rootless lifestyle (#theoriginalvanlifers #ogvanlife).

I took a crash course in European #vanlife in August 1996 while living in Italy, where I had moved after graduating from university to be with my Italian girlfriend, Chiara. Based in Turin, I worked for her father, a 6-foot-5, 300-pounder with a growling voice, at an open-air publishing house, Vivalda Editori, translating articles, web pages and guides in English. That summer, taking up the whole month of August like those quirky Euros do, Chiara and I took a trip to Slovenia, to climb around Osp/Misja Pec. Never mind that it was at sea level and hot as flames; we were going anyway. Chiara’s grandparents were kind enough to lend us their furgone for our road trip, so we headed to their house at the foot of the Alps to pick it up.

The author and his girlfriend, Chiara, in New Mexico in the 1990s. His hair has since turned gray and he’s not cool enough to wear an earring or have sideburns.

His grandparents were wealthy, old-school Italians, formal in diction, dress, and presentation. Hell, his grandfather, Ennio, even had fond memories of Mussolini, who he once told me was a much better leader than that. mascalzone Saddam Hussein, a real “rogue” despot if ever there was one.

I’m sure he was stunned by his granddaughter’s boyfriend, that clumsy American with greasy hair, and I couldn’t tell if he loved me or hated me. His only comment to Chiara after my first meeting was that I had the big reed (“big hips”), a notion she disabused him of after pointing out that I wore baggy pants, as was the grunge style at the time – at least in America, not Italy, the country of skinny jeans and scarves.

The van dated from the 1970s and had been carefully appointed with a kitchen, wooden cabinets, lace curtains and a luxurious soft bed. As we prepared to hit the road, Chiara’s grandfather pulled me aside and walked me through the beta. Everything was simple except for the engine – the old van burned oil so you had to refuel frequently or you’d burn out the engine, the only catch being that you had to remember to check the oil level since the warning light was broken.

“Go well, sir,” I said – that sounds good. Then I quickly forgot what he had told me. Something about the oil, a light, the engine? – I was not sure. My Italian was still fragile. Shit, when Ennio called Saddam Hussein a mascalzone I thought he said mascarponeand couldn’t understand what the Iraqi tyrant had to do with cream cheese.

Part II

In Misja Pec, Chiara and I slipped on tuffs, sweated on the flagstones and bickered. It quickly became apparent that we were there off season, and I dropped my project number just to keep doing stuff in the middle of the Mediterranean heat. The Slovenian locals – probably Janja Garnbret’s great-grandparents – seemed unfazed and could be seen attempting ascents of up to 8c, shoving their way through boulder holds in caves or scooting around. let off steam on tuffs in the central amphitheater.

Me, I just got choppy, and three days after trying a 7c, after finally crossing the knot, I fell 5.11 buckets on the chains as a thunderstorm moved in and soaked the road. Chiara and I had spent the entire trip joking about European climber slang like ronchio (jug), groover (water grooves/small stalactites), and ruler (crimp), and as I stood there, sweaty and defeated, Chiara said, “Matt fell again, and now he’s going to have a groover in her ass!” We laughed, and I asked her to bend me down. An occasional climber herself, Chiara was tired of being on the cliff all day, especially in the heat, so we set off for the capital, Ljubljana, and the mountains.

The drive back to Italy was fine – no smoking engine or check engine light – and we dropped the van off at his grandparents, thanking them profusely. It wasn’t until later that I learned that I had burned the oil to almost nothing – I had checked it exactly zero times during our trip – and that we were probably a few miles away from destroying the engine. I shivered when I heard the news; I felt like an idiot. The oil had literally been the only thing I needed to keep track of, and I had missed it. Between that and my big American hips, I was sure his grandfather would never lend me the van again.

Part III

But lend us the furgone again he kindly did, a few winters later when I went to see Chiara and we took a New Year’s trip to Provence. I don’t remember much from this trip other than it rained, a lot, almost all the campgrounds were closed, and we only climbed a little because of the wet rock. Sketch-camped in a roadside dump near Avignon, I got out of the van one morning to find a sad little stuffed dog atop a pile of broken bricks, its fur matted and muddy. I picked up the dog and put him in the van; later, back in Turin, I gave her a bath in the sink, giving it to friends of Chiara who had just had a baby.

On New Year’s Eve, Chiara and I found ourselves walking the cobbled streets of Aix-en-Provence, killing time until bed. As we pulled into a plaza, a lanky hipster in tight pants and a scarf (what are scarves?) shoved flyers into our hands. “Look at this, friends,” he said laconically. “The all-time rave of the century.”

“We should go!” Chiara said. “A rave – fun!”

“I’m not so sure,” I said. “It looks sketchy, plus it’s expensive.” It was basically my excuse for not going to a party. I needed to invent a new one each time this situation arose: I hated parties and always had. Chiara started seeing me in the van, how I was a boring recluse who only wanted to climb and never do anything else. All of this, of course, was true. I had no counter-argument. She was a city girl looking for constant stimulation; I was just a lazy, antisocial, hungry climber.

“But here,” I said. “Stop for a second. I’m not just a stupid climber; I am also an artist!

“You are?” Chiara asked.

“Of course. Find me some paper. Chiara began to put down roots around the furgone until she finds paper and a pen.

Back in college in Albuquerque, New Mexico, my smart friends and I spent time in class doodling. A favorite doodle was “Scum-Bob McKenzie,” a farmer with bug eyes, a giant Adam’s apple, and a penchant for, well, congresses with sheep. It’s literally the only thing I know how to draw – my only artistic “gift”. And so that, I have now drawn and given to Chiara.

“What is that?” she says. “You are repugnant.” But she was also laughing a little, and I could tell that I had defused the tension, kind of like her joke about the groover had back in Misja Pec.

“Oh, I’m not done yet,” I said, and put on my final flourishes. I then sent the drawing to her grandmother, Bianca, as if to make a New Year’s greeting card: “Cara Bianca, Buon capo d’anoI wrote. However, in Italian, as in English, there are homophones, like the words anno (year) and year (it’s a little hole in your body, you understand that). I very deliberately wrote year instead of anno because I knew it would be funny.

Which he did, and which made Chiara forgive me for not wanting to go to the rave. But here’s the catch: when we returned to the van a few days later, we forgot the drawing, which we had stashed in the glove compartment. So while I remembered to check and top up the oil on this trip, I forgot – much to my and Chiara’s horror a few days later – to pull out my dirty ticket. An epic misfire, yes, and a big thank you to his grandparents for lending us the furgonethat, by the way, I never asked to borrow again.

Matt Samet is a freelance writer and editor based in Boulder, Colorado.

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Fernandez dominates in Moto2™ at Sachsenring https://classicitaliancycles.com/fernandez-dominates-in-moto2-at-sachsenring/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 11:54:52 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/fernandez-dominates-in-moto2-at-sachsenring/ KTM Ajo takes one-two as World Championship battle tightens Augusto Fernandez dominated the Moto2™ race at the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix of Germany while Pedro Acosta took a Red Bull KTM Ajo one-two finish after a thrilling four-rider battle for the minor classifications. Fernandez took the lead on lap 6 at Sachsenring and led […]]]>

KTM Ajo takes one-two as World Championship battle tightens

Augusto Fernandez dominated the Moto2™ race at the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix of Germany while Pedro Acosta took a Red Bull KTM Ajo one-two finish after a thrilling four-rider battle for the minor classifications. Fernandez took the lead on lap 6 at Sachsenring and led until nine seconds before slacking off on lap 28 and final. Pole sitter Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) passed Marcel Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) on the penultimate lap to snatch the final podium spot while World Championship leader Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) failed to score points after crashing from 11th place.

Lowes converts pole to lead

Lowes was looking to end a run of five consecutive zeros after qualifying on pole, and the Briton duly converted that starting spot into the lead. Germany’s Schrötter (Liqui Moly Intact GP) climbed out of fifth on the grid to emerge second in the first corners of his home race, ahead of Fernandez, Albert Arenas (GASGAS Aspar Team) and Joe Roberts (Italtrans Racing team). Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40) however fell from 6th to 12th and Vietti from 8th to 10th.

Acosta broke into the top five when he passed Roberts on Lap 3 at Turn 1 and, after it looked like Lowes and Schrötter might tear away from the pack, Fernandez took charge. For three laps in a row, he grabbed a position by taking the tight line of turn 3, getting Arenas on lap 4, Schrötter on lap 5 and then Lowes for the lead on lap 6.

Towards the end of this sixth lap, Acosta passed under Arenas for fourth place at turn 12, and he was on the podium places at the end of lap 7 after Schrötter had a big moment at the rear while he was opening the throttle coming out of turn 13. The German briefly dropped to fifth due to the near miss, but he recovered one of those positions when he passed Arenas as he came to the Turn 1, and stayed in contention for a grandstand finish.

Fernandez, who had been quickest in free practice on Friday, wasted no time in asserting his advantage at the front of the field. He galloped with a one-second lead on lap 8, and had passed it in just three more laps. Lowes continued to race in second and Acosta in third, as Schrötter came under pressure from Arenas. By then Canet had clawed back to sixth, but Vietti had a much tougher task as he battled to try and get back into the top 10.

In fact, Vietti had dropped as early as 14th when he was passed by Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team) on lap 14, before Lowes gave up second to Acosta when he had a back moment on lap 15 at turn 3. Meanwhile, Fernandez is not giving up and his gap to second place has increased to four seconds.

Still, the rest of the top 10 were hard fought in the scorching Sachsenring sun and Canet, who started the weekend far from in top form after a recent car crash, gave up sixth to Fermin Aldeguer in the 16th round. Three laps later he had lost seventh to Aldeguer’s MB Conveyors Speed ​​Up teammate Alonso Lopez, a sign that he may be starting to struggle with the physical toll.

Vietti retreats as battle for podium heats up

Then, it was one of Canet’s main opponents in the World Championship that relegated him to another place. Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), who only qualified 14th, had passed Vietti for 12th in a key move amid the title fight on lap 5, was in the top 10 on lap 12 , then passed Canet for eighth place. Lap 20 at turn 1.

Aldeguer entered the top five by passing Arenas, but the next big moment was Vietti dropping his VR46 entry at Turn 1. The Italian appeared to have completed a pass on Gonzalez for 11th at the start of Lap 22 but bent its front tire and hit the deck. The world championship had just been even tighter due to a zero for Vietti.

Fernandez was seven seconds off the mark at the time, but Lowes and Schrötter were back in the math for second, which was still held by Acosta but under a track limits warning. Lowes passed the Spaniard on lap 25 at turn 12, but Acosta fought back on the next lap at turn 2. That wasn’t the end of the story, with the poleman returning at turn 11, only for the rookie to respond with a again with a pass at the very next corner.

All those dice turned a duel into a four-way battle as Schrötter and Aldeguer closed in. The German passed Lowes at the start of the penultimate lap but driver Marc VDS returned the favor at the end. It looked like he couldn’t get much closer, but then he got as close as he could – literally – when Lowes and Acosta got a touch as they raced from turn 12 to the 13th and final corner on the 28th and final lap of the race.

Acosta hung on to claim second on the checkered flag corner, 7.704 seconds behind teammate Fernandez but 0.140 seconds behind Lowes. Schrötter was again only 0.115 seconds behind, and Aldeguer crossed the line 0.210 seconds later. He would then have three seconds added to his race time not having had the opportunity to serve a late penalty for the long lap, but that made no difference to the final result as the Boscoscuro rider was classified fifth.

Arènes, Lopez, Ogura, Canet and Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) complete the top 10. The other finalists were Jake Dixon (GASGAS Aspar Team), Gonzalez, Roberts, Cameron Beaubier (American Racing) and Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda TeamAsia).

At the World Championship, Vietti is still in the lead, but his gap over Ogura has been reduced to just eight points. Fernandez’s victory puts him in third position just 12 points behind the Italian, and Canet also fell 17 points behind at mid-season.

This makes the last round before the summer break all the more important, so make sure you don’t miss the Motul TT Assen from June 24-26!

1. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) – 28 laps
2. Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +7.704
3. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) +7.844
4. Marcel Schrotter (GP Liqui Moly Intact) + 7.959
5. Fermín Aldeguer (acceleration of MB conveyors) + 11.169
6. Albert Arenas (Team GASGAS Aspar) + 11.635
7. Alonso Lopez (MB Conveyor Acceleration) +12.805
8. Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) + 13.639
9. Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40) + 13.764
10. Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) + 13,800

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Community calendar | Brimbank and North West https://classicitaliancycles.com/community-calendar-brimbank-and-north-west/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 05:04:06 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/community-calendar-brimbank-and-north-west/ Poetry workshops Calling all potential writers, poets, storytellers. Join Soul Lounge at St Albans Community Centre, 33 Princess Street, on Friday June 24 at 4pm for a free spoken word poetry workshop. Learn to write poetry and connect with others. Open to all, no experience necessary. ■ creativebrimbank.com.au/spoken-word-poetry-workshop-free Fun Safari at Sun Park Meet Tantor […]]]>

Poetry workshops

Calling all potential writers, poets, storytellers. Join Soul Lounge at St Albans Community Centre, 33 Princess Street, on Friday June 24 at 4pm for a free spoken word poetry workshop. Learn to write poetry and connect with others. Open to all, no experience necessary.

creativebrimbank.com.au/spoken-word-poetry-workshop-free

Fun Safari at Sun Park

Meet Tantor the Elephant, have fun with bucket drums, safari crafts and face painting at Sun Crescent Pop-Up Park, 1b Sun Crescent, Saturday, June 25, 1-4 p.m. Support local restaurants and relax at one of the many picnic tables.

www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/events/safari-fun-sun-crescent-pop-park

Sunshine Community Brass

Sunshine Community Brass is looking for new members to join its dynamic group of musicians. With over 90 years of history, the group seeks to grow for the future. Sunshine Community Brass is currently looking for trumpeters and percussionists. He rehearses Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m., at 45 Furlong Road, North Sunshine.

■ André, 0419 444 620

Community Wills Day

The Salvation Army in Sunshine will be hosting a Community Wills Day on Tuesday July 19th. For $100, you can schedule an appointment to have your will arranged or updated by a pro bono attorney (simple wills only). All proceeds will support the Salvos’ work in the Sunshine community. Reservations essential.

■ Pierre Nankervis, 0417 155 691

seniors meet

The St Albans Senior Citizens group welcomes new members. The group meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1.30pm at the St Albans Senior Citizens Centre, corner of Alfrieda and William streets, St Albans. The cost of membership is $10 per year and $1 admission on the days you attend.

■ Mary 0408 396 691

CWA Keilor Downs

CWA Keilor Downs meet at 10am on the first Monday of the month at the Keilor Downs Community Centre, 90 Taylors Road, Keilor Downs. A friendship-based organization that welcomes all women who would like to do their little bit to make a big difference for women, children and families.

■ Dorothée, 0428 874 488

Refugee week

Visit the Sunshine Library on Wednesday, June 22 for a special celebration of the significant impact and contribution refugees have made to the community. The theme for this year’s Refugee Week is ‘Healing’ and Brimbank Council brings together inspiring members of the community to share their stories, journeys of resilience and the importance of healing. Refreshments will be served. Reservations essential. At 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/refugee-stories

DIY manicure lessons

Discover the satisfaction of doing your own SNS-style manicure at the Dip Powder Nails workshop at the Melton South Community Center, scheduled for Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything is provided and students receive a certificate of participation. Cost: $150.00/discount of $145.00.

■ 9747 8576

Life-saving class

The Melton South Community Center is currently accepting registrations for the next date of the one-day first aid courses, scheduled for Saturday June 25th. Anaphylaxis (HLTAID012).

■ 9747 8576.

Luxury facial care workshop

Get pampered as you learn the ropes at Melton South Community Centre’s Deluxe Facials Workshop, scheduled for Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Everything is provided, including the kits. Discount of $60.00/$55.00.

■ 9747 8576

Gain weight naturally

Are you having trouble losing weight? Are you having trouble motivating yourself? Want to try to do it in a friendly and less stressful atmosphere? Come join TOWN (Take Weight Off Naturally) every Tuesday at 6pm at Darlingsford Barn, Darlingsford Boulevard, Melton.

■ Catherine, 0416 612 517, or Bob, 0411 824 739

Parkinson’s support group

The Melton Parkinson Support Group meets the second Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Kurunjang Community Center, 33-35 Mowbray Crescent, Kurunjang. New members and caregivers welcome.

■ Hélène, 0409 186 576

Melton Bridge Club

The Melton Bridge Club has restarted weekly social bridge sessions at the Melton Library on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Come and play an exciting and social card game and have fun. Bridge offers the suspense of poker, the cerebral qualities of chess and the excitement of athletic sports, all in a relaxed and social setting. If you like playing cards, this is for you.

Rosemary, 0407 894 817 or Ros at the library.

Melton Friendship Group.

Join the Melton Friendship Group for singles 55+. Meet fortnightly for coffee and chat nights and organize affordable outings and events.

■ 0406 493 734.

Probus Women’s Club of Melton Valley

The Melton Valley Ladies Probus Club meets at 10am on the second Tuesday of each month at the Melton Country Club. The group is open to all, new and old members, to meet and discover the social aspects of the group.

■ Anne, 0425 705 150

Melton South Knit & Natter

All are welcome to join this social craft group, which takes place at the Melton South Community Center every Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring knitting or crochet projects and work on them while sharing tips, learning skills and catching up on a cup of tea.

■ 9747 8576

The Zonta club reunites

Zonta is an international organization that brings women together to support other women. The Zonta Club of Melton meets on the first Monday of each month at Melton Country Club, Reserve Road, Melton.

■ Suzanne, 0417 512 420

Mahjong Group

Interested in learning to play Mahjong? The game is a tile-based game derived from China where it was developed in the 19th century. U3A Melton has a band that plays Tuesdays at 10am.

u3amelton.com or 0419 563 016

Melton Men’s Club Probus

The Melton Men’s Probus Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Melton Dart Club, 63a Reserve Road, from 9.45am. New members and visitors welcome.

■ 9746 0271

Melton Cycling Club

The Melton Cycling Club meets for regular Sunday rides. There are three different riding groups to cater for different abilities starting at 7:30am. The rides end at Lazy Moe for a cup of tea.

■ 0403 057 003

French and Italian for over 50 years

Over 50, retired or semi-retired and want to learn a language? U3A Melton offers French and Italian courses for beginners and more advanced.

www.u3amelton.com or 0419 563 016

Community singing group

If you love to sing, come join the Melton Singers. The band rehearses regularly and also performs in aged care facilities. The group is very laid back and mainly sings songs from the 60s and 70s. They meet on Tuesdays at 10am.

■ Val, 0418 667 150

Rotary Club of Melton

The Rotary Club of Melton invites new guests to join its meetings, which are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Tabcorp Park in Melton.

■ meltonrotary@gmail.com

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Germany discusses bond market risks with ECB https://classicitaliancycles.com/germany-discusses-bond-market-risks-with-ecb/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 20:30:38 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/germany-discusses-bond-market-risks-with-ecb/ Germany’s finance minister challenged the European Central Bank on the specter of bond market fragmentation in the euro zone, saying he saw no particular risks in current market conditions. Christian Lindner told the ECB President in a closed session that he was not concerned about recent moves in bond yield spreads in the eurozone, and […]]]>

Germany’s finance minister challenged the European Central Bank on the specter of bond market fragmentation in the euro zone, saying he saw no particular risks in current market conditions.

Christian Lindner told the ECB President in a closed session that he was not concerned about recent moves in bond yield spreads in the eurozone, and that talk of fragmentation in the bloc’s financial markets could damage trust, according to people familiar with the discussion.

His words came after the ECB held an emergency meeting on Wednesday in which its governing council pledged to speed up plans to create a ‘new anti-fragmentation instrument’ – a reference to the widening gap in the cost of borrowing between more stable sovereigns like Germany. and more vulnerable Member States like Italy.

The unscheduled ECB meeting came after bond yields in countries including Italy and Spain rose to their highest level in eight years following a move by ECB rate setters last Thursday to stop buying more bonds and start raising interest rates.

Eurozone finance ministers discussed the situation with ECB President Christine Lagarde during a meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday. Not all politicians seemed convinced the recent moves were untoward, and Lindner suggested the ECB’s hastily called meeting risked stoking market nerves.

Speaking ahead of the meetings, Lindner said the eurozone was “stable and robust” and he did not share concerns about fragmentation in the region. While the gaps were increasing in some Member States, their current levels indicated “there is no cause for concern”.

“Our task as finance ministers is to show that we are returning to sustainable public finances and leaving behind the expansionary fiscal policy of the pandemic,” he said, stressing the importance of tackling the ‘inflation. The German finance ministry did not respond to requests for comment.

Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch finance minister, said after the meetings in Luxembourg that it was important to “project confidence and calm” and not to “express oneself prematurely” by monitoring what was happening in the markets.

Lagarde defended the ECB’s handling of the situation at the meeting, telling ministers, ‘we have to deal with the risk of fragmentation to enable the implementation of monetary policy across the euro area,’ according to people familiar with discussions.

She added: “The risk of fragmentation is a serious threat to our price stability mandate. To doubt our commitment would be a serious mistake.

Eurogroup chairman Paschal Donohoe later said the recent moves in financial markets were a response to the ECB’s “understandable” decision to begin monetary policy normalization.

Ministers, he added, were “absolutely united” in their view that the eurozone would continue to be “very robust, would continue to be resilient, even if these market conditions change as they are”.

Lagarde spoke tough on inflation last week as he unveiled a plan to end eight years of negative interest rates and bond buying. But a few days later, the ECB called an emergency meeting and said it would speed up work on a new policy tool to tackle turmoil in bond markets.

The central bank gave few details on how the new instrument might work, although most experts expect it to involve targeted purchases of bonds from eurozone countries suffering from a rise. unjustified in their borrowing costs relative to others. Analysts expect the ECB to unveil the tool at its July 21 meeting.

Italy’s central bank governor Ignazio Visco said Thursday his emergency meeting was not a sign of a panic. But he also said any increase in Italy’s spread above 2 percentage points created “very serious problems” for the uniform transmission of monetary policy.

The ECB fears that a panic in the bond market could drive the borrowing costs of weaker countries to a level that pushes them into a financial crisis and prevents the central bank from bringing inflation back from its record level of 8 .1% to its target of 2%. .

One explanation of what the ECB is trying to achieve came from board member Isabel Schnabel, who said in a speech shortly before Wednesday’s meeting that “there is no reason to assume that the sovereign bond yields are identical.

“There are times, however, when yields quickly deviate from economic fundamentals, causing financial instability and therefore fragmentation”, which Schnabel defined as “a sudden breakdown in the relationship between sovereign yields and fundamentals , giving rise to non-linear and destabilizing dynamics”. .

Ministers attending the Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg separately agreed that they should work to strengthen the region’s common framework for managing banking crises and national deposit guarantee schemes.

They did not, however, approve a detailed work plan to complete the proposed EU banking union, as had been suggested. Instead, they agreed to review the project later, with a view to identifying “possible alternative measures” addressing outstanding elements of the plan.

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Our Man In Italy by James May: release date, filming locations https://classicitaliancycles.com/our-man-in-italy-by-james-may-release-date-filming-locations/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:27:42 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/our-man-in-italy-by-james-may-release-date-filming-locations/ Following the success of Our man in JapanJames May hits the road again with his First video travel series for a journey around the breathtaking beauty of Italy. Our Man in Italy will see the big tour The presenter explores every corner of one of his favorite countries, exploring the history, culture, landscape, industry and […]]]>

Following the success of Our man in JapanJames May hits the road again with his First video travel series for a journey around the breathtaking beauty of Italy.

Our Man in Italy will see the big tour The presenter explores every corner of one of his favorite countries, exploring the history, culture, landscape, industry and people. But all with the usual dose of James May nonsense.

From an external point of view, it seems that the Italians have their lives pretty much on hold. Work never trumps family; a good wine is never in a hurry. But is it the truth or just an outdated romantic stereotype?

James is on a mission to experience 21st century Italy and find out what it really means to be Italian.

Where will Our Man in Italy be filmed?

In this series, James May will travel up and down Italy.

Prime Video revealed the following information:

From the sunny shores of Sicily to the snow-capped mountains of the Alps, Italy is one of James’ favorite countries in the world – a place brimming with style, beautiful cars, Nutella and over two millennia of culture.

It is also a land of contradictions, simultaneously at the forefront – of science, of fashion, of engineering – and yet its crumbling infrastructure, endemic corruption and crushing public debt describe, on paper, a country and a society that seem on the verge of failure.

“Reminds me of a Garibaldi cookie,” James says. “It shouldn’t work and yet it’s a triumph.”

When did Our Man in Italy come out on Prime Video

Our Man in Italy is coming to Prime Video in 2022.

Our Man in Japan is now available on Prime Video.

Watch this if you liked…

Our Man in Japan, The Grand Tour, Clarkson’s Farm, An Idiot Abroad, Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father, Full Circle with Michael Palin

Is James May filming Our Man in the United States?

Originally, James May was supposed to go to the United States for season 2.

Prime Video and the presenter had planned an epic 4,000 mile fact-finding mission across the United States of America.

May was supposed to travel from Cape Cod to Seattle, via New York, Detroit, Nashville, New Orleans, Houston, Santa Fe, Las Vegas and LA, the series had to be postponed for logistical reasons due to Covid and Visas.

May and the team (series director Tom Whitter and executive producer Will Daws) still intend to shoot a series in the United States, but have changed their plans to shoot series 2 in Italy.

What else can you watch with the Grand Tour presenters on Prime Video?

Season 1-4 of The Grand Tour are available to stream on Prime Video.

James May’s Our Man in Japan and cooking series Oh cook! are also available to watch.

Jeremy Clarkson’s hit series Clarkson’s Farm returns in 2022 for season two and the first season is available now on Prime Video.

Richard Hammond’s pop-science series The Great Escapees is also available now on Prime Video.

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This Fiat 500 EV charges wirelessly on the road as it drives https://classicitaliancycles.com/this-fiat-500-ev-charges-wirelessly-on-the-road-as-it-drives/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 12:52:00 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/this-fiat-500-ev-charges-wirelessly-on-the-road-as-it-drives/ Embedding inductive charging into the road surface of highways is an idea that many manufacturers have investigated over the years, but none of them have yet implemented it for public use. But charging your EV on the go, while you’re driving down the highway, seems like such a tempting prospect that companies are willing to […]]]>

Embedding inductive charging into the road surface of highways is an idea that many manufacturers have investigated over the years, but none of them have yet implemented it for public use. But charging your EV on the go, while you’re driving down the highway, seems like such a tempting prospect that companies are willing to spend time and resources to make it viable and the newest automaker to try it. is Stellantis.

The newest industrial giant on the global automotive scene, Stellantis, has created a circular test track with built-in inductive charging, calling it Arena del Futuro (Italian for Arena of the Future). It was built as part of the state-funded A35 Brembi infrastructure project which connects the main Italian cities of Brescia, Bergamo and Milan.

According to Stellantis, the outer lane of the circle has a built-in Dynamic Wireless Power Transfer (DWPT) system and allows a vehicle like the electric Fiat 500 they used as a test car to run at speeds highway without actually draining its battery. The company says it is committed to delivering “state-of-the-art freedom of mobility” and this is one way to achieve this without overloading cars with huge, heavy batteries.

Stellantis also notes that one thing that differentiates its Arena del Futuro from other similar projects is that it is actually DC powered, which should result in less power loss in the distribution process, negating the need to convert dc to ac this allows thinner cables to be used and they can apparently use aluminum cables which are still conductive enough to do the job but are half the cost of copper and that brings benefits extra, especially for recycling.

Anne-Lise Richard, Head of Global e-Mobility Business Unit at Stellantis, said that

Our long-term strategic plan, Dare Forward 2030, is based on the principle of bringing “edge mobility freedom” to all and this project is the essence of the direction we are taking as a company.

By working with this incredible group of partners, we have proven that inductive charging technology can power our electrified future. These joint projects are exciting milestones as we strive to extend battery life, reduce range anxiety, improve power efficiency, reduce battery size, deliver exceptional performance and reduce weight and cost.

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Stunning Merseyside streets that will take your breath away https://classicitaliancycles.com/stunning-merseyside-streets-that-will-take-your-breath-away/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 12:14:43 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/stunning-merseyside-streets-that-will-take-your-breath-away/ Merseyside has many streets full of charm, character and stunning scenery. You might be thinking of looking for a place to live, a place to socialize with friends, or you might be new to the area – there are plenty of streets you can walk down. With so much to offer, the list of the […]]]>

Merseyside has many streets full of charm, character and stunning scenery.

You might be thinking of looking for a place to live, a place to socialize with friends, or you might be new to the area – there are plenty of streets you can walk down. With so much to offer, the list of the most breathtaking streets could go on forever.

There are some, however, that stand out, whether for its architecture, its endless murals, its social scene or its beautiful houses. In December 2019, we’ve rounded up 14 of Merseyside’s coolest streets.

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Looking at the rest of Merseyside there are some very hip streets with heaps to add to the list. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below.

Victoria Road



Victoria Road, New Brighton.

A Merseyside regeneration project has seen the New Brighton area undergo huge changes.

Quirky new bars, restaurants and shops now fill the alternative high street, Victoria Road, which is set back from New Brighton’s main seafront thoroughfare. There are still more bars and restaurants due to open as the changes continue.

The area was New Brighton’s original main street and its renovation even includes the street art that adorns many of the area’s vintage roadside buildings.

Mason Street



Woolton Cinema House.(Pic Andrew Teebay).
Woolton Picture House announced to reopen in 2022

Home to the beloved Woolton Picture House, the city’s only single-screen cinema which is the subject of a campaign to save the historic cinema, Mason Street is a great visit if you’re looking for a bit of history.

Woolton Village as a whole has plenty to offer including the Liverpool Cheese Company, pubs, restaurants and even farmers markets. Mason Street, with its charming terraced houses, however, steals the show.

Port Sunlight Village



Port Sunlight Village, Wirral.
Port Sunlight Village, Wirral. Photo by Colin Lane

A quaint, sleepy village that wouldn’t look out of place in a historical film – every street deserves a spot on this list.

Villagers’ Arts and Crafts cottages are surrounded by winding paths through fields and woods. The Port Sunlight Museum offers visitors an insight into the village’s history, while the Lady Lever Art Gallery showcases 19th century decorative arts.

There are also plenty of cozy teahouses and pubs to relax in.

Falkner Street



Falkner Street, Liverpool.
Falkner Street, Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane

Populated on either side by stunning Georgian terraces, Falkner Street is a magnificent example of Liverpool’s incredible architecture.

As Christmas approaches, the decorations displayed by many residents are worth marveling at – and they’re sure to give you a festive feeling. It’s not just the beautiful homes that make this street special, though.

At one end of the street, as you get closer to Hope Street, you will find The Quarter restaurant where you can stop for a plate of fresh pasta or an elaborate homemade dessert.

street of hope



street of hope
street of hope

Surrounded by two incredible cathedrals, this central street is one of Liverpool’s most charming areas.

If you’re looking for cultural offerings, the Everyman Theater and the Philharmonic are a stone’s throw from each other, with our city’s two stunning cathedrals towering at either end of the street. With some of the city’s best-loved bars and restaurants, Hope Street is home to pubs like the Philharmonic, Papillon and Frederick’s among the venues lining the street.

Alley of the larks



People enjoying Lark Lane on a sunny Saturday
People enjoying Lark Lane on a sunny Saturday

A popular street in the city for its vibrant mix of restaurants, bars and independent shops, Lark Lane is well known for its bohemian atmosphere.

Boasting everything from a quaint ice cream shop that assembles gigantic dessert cones, to a host of restaurants offering a range of international cuisine, there’s sure to be something to get your teeth into. At the top of the street is the old police station which is now used as a community center which hosts market stalls and craft fairs.

Water Street



Liverpool Town Hall on the High Street looking towards Water Street and Liver Building in Liverpool.  Photo by Colin Lane
Liverpool Town Hall on the High Street looking towards Water Street and Liver Building in Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane

The City Hall and Liver Buildings can all be spotted while strolling down this downtown street and some truly impressive architecture surrounds it.

It has also served as the backdrop for many filming locations, with the TV series Tin Star even filming street scenes. If you want to visit the Town Hall, it is on the High Street at its junction with Dale Street, Castle Street and Water Street.

Village of Oxton



Monte Rosa at Oxton Village, Wirral.
Monte Rosa at Oxton Village, Wirral.

The center of this suburb of Birkenhead is a haven of characterful buildings, thriving independent shops and plenty of restaurants.

It offers locals and visitors a real sense of community. Oxton Village is very compact – which is why we didn’t choose just one street – although there is still an array of shops and cafes to choose from to suit all tastes.

The village was granted conservation area status in 1979, which led to the establishment of the Oxton Society, which strives to preserve the character and identity of the area. If you are looking for a place that really has a village feel then this is the place.

Granby Four Streets



A glimpse of the Turner Prize-winning Granby Four Streets in Toxteth, rue Ducie.  Jason Roberts Photo
Granby Four Streets in Toxteth, Turner Prize Winner

Consisting of Cairns Street, Beaconsfield Street, Jermyn Street and Ducie Street, these Toxteth Streets were originally built in the 1890s but fell into a state of dereliction after the 1980s.

Now, after residents fought demolition for over a decade, the streets won the Turner Prize in 2015. Some houses have been completely transformed, while other sections of the streets still need to be renovated but have been painted by local artists.

The popular Granby Street Market is held on the first Saturday of every month, where visitors can find everything from bric-a-brac, vintage clothing and souvenirs, to handmade soaps, arts and crafts. ‘Arts and crafts. Food stalls are also popping up, selling a variety of hot international dishes and homemade health foods.

Baltic Triangle



Street art in the Baltic Triangle.(Pic Andrew Teebay).
Street art in the Baltic Triangle

It’s more of an entire area than a particular street, but there are too many cool spots not to include in our roundup.

The Creativity Hub has sprung up around Jamaica Street and surrounding areas after a major redevelopment and now hosts arts venues, alternative activity sites like Ghetto Golf and plenty of bars to visit. The streets have also been decorated with lots of street art, so walking around and seeing how many pieces you can spot is a great way to pass some time.

Egerton Street



Peter Kavanagh's pub on Egerton Street, Liverpool 8.
Peter Kavanagh’s pub on Egerton Street, Liverpool 8.

Lined with pretty terraced houses that have made the charm of the Georgian quarter, this street offers neat and picturesque gardens and a relaxed atmosphere.

The much-loved Peter Kavanaghs pub, which was Liverpool CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2019, is also at the head of the street. The pub has been run by 80-year-old owner Rita Smith for 27 years.

Welsh streets



Welsh streets and the terraced houses of Voelas Street are now renovated and inhabited.  Photo by Colin Lane
Welsh streets and the terraced houses of Voelas Street are now renovated and inhabited. Photo by Colin Lane

After hosting several early episodes of the hit show Peaky Blinders, the abandoned streets have been completely revamped by Place First.

The houses have been renovated to provide families with traditional Victorian terraces with a modern twist. The huge changes in the exterior appearance of the houses have brought many people back to the Toxteth region.

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Paintsville company hits the road to create buzz in the area https://classicitaliancycles.com/paintsville-company-hits-the-road-to-create-buzz-in-the-area/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/paintsville-company-hits-the-road-to-create-buzz-in-the-area/ Weekday broadcast of WYMT Mountain News First at Four PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) — From clothing and racks to coffee and Red Bull, a Paintsville entrepreneur is embarking on a new venture to bring caffeine to those looking for a jolt. Victoria Childers opened “Dashing Sons”, a mobile cafe, with a desire to fill cups and […]]]>

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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) — From clothing and racks to coffee and Red Bull, a Paintsville entrepreneur is embarking on a new venture to bring caffeine to those looking for a jolt.

Victoria Childers opened “Dashing Sons”, a mobile cafe, with a desire to fill cups and feed the community. With coffee drinks, specialty energy drinks, Italian sodas and more, the menu offers a little something for everyone and allows those ordering to get creative.

“There are a lot of scientific projects. Really, we just have to experiment and anyone can experiment too,” Childers said. “So they can go off the menu, choose the flavors they like.”

The caffeine cart has already joined business celebrations and farmers markets and will be popping up across the region as Childers aims to serve more.

“I wanted to be able to travel, I didn’t want to be stuck in one place. I wanted to be able to experience all of these different things that Kentucky has. Maybe different states, eventually,” she said.

The business, named for Childers’ sons, has received support from the Paintsville community. Childers and her husband say it has been overwhelming to see the support from their community, as they dive into the new venture as the only food truck of its kind in the area.

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Vegas Vibes: Highlights from the launch of the Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2022 https://classicitaliancycles.com/vegas-vibes-highlights-from-the-launch-of-the-wine-spectator-grand-tour-2022/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 13:35:00 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/vegas-vibes-highlights-from-the-launch-of-the-wine-spectator-grand-tour-2022/ More than 1,000 wine lovers gathered on June 4 to wine spectatorthe first stop of the Grand Tour 2022, in Las Vegas, to taste more than 200 exceptional wines from around the world. Crowds gathered around the Orin Swift Cellars booth, tasting the winery’s Eight Years in the Desert red blend. Excitement was further fueled […]]]>

More than 1,000 wine lovers gathered on June 4 to wine spectatorthe first stop of the Grand Tour 2022, in Las Vegas, to taste more than 200 exceptional wines from around the world. Crowds gathered around the Orin Swift Cellars booth, tasting the winery’s Eight Years in the Desert red blend. Excitement was further fueled by wine spectatorJune 30 issue cover story about Orin Swift founder Dave Phinney.

“Wine lovers are so intrigued by Dave’s story, and this event is an opportunity to connect with them and have conversations about Orin Swift, and tell the stories of all of our wineries,” said said Ebony Hurwitz of E. & J. Gallo, who bought the brand in 2016. “There are so many different levels of wine knowledge here, but everyone is so curious to learn and so eager to ask questions. .”

Coming from Uruguay, Christian Wylie of Bodega Garzón served the Albariño Reserva 2021, a new wine for Grand Tour guests. (Jacob Kepler)

The stunning new venue was also a big hit with guests and producers. The first major resort to be built on the Las Vegas Strip in over a decade, Resorts World is a 117,000 square foot casino with 70,000 feet of shopping and over 40 restaurants and bars, including a Las Vegas branch of Wally’s, the Beverly Hills wine store and restaurant that holds a wine spectator Great price.

“It’s fantastic to be back in Las Vegas – and in such a spectacular new place – to reconnect with so many friends and meet new ones,” said Christian Wylie, general manager of Bodega Garzón in Uruguay. “We’re introducing our 2021 Albariño Reserva for the first time, and it’s amazing to see people’s reactions when they taste it and to hear people coming from this place they might not know.”

    Kevin Buckler holding Adobe Road magnums

Let loose in Las Vegas: Adobe Road winemaker Garrett Martin and CEO Kevin Buckler are ready to party with a 2018 Napa Cabernet from famed Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard. (Jacob Kepler)

For Port enthusiast Gerry Basselo from Las Vegas, the highlight of the Grand Tour was the sheer number of Vintage Ports, including Taylor Fladgate 2018, Graham 2016 and Croft 2007. He headed alongside the Australian section to tasting the 2019 Penfolds RWT Bin 798 and then to South America for the 2018 Catena Zapata Malbec Altamira. “This is our third Grand Tour,” said Basselo’s wife, Marilyn. “My favorite thing about this event is the ability to taste different wines side-by-side so I can figure out what I like.”

Some returning participants came with a real purpose, discovered wine spectator editor MaryAnn Worobiec. “I spoke with two guests who were taking this opportunity to check out the wines they had in their own cellars to see how they were aging,” Worobiec said. “One had also brought his new son-in-law to introduce him to his favorite wines; it’s wonderful to see families using the Grand Tour as an opportunity to share their passion with the next generation.

    Two Grand Tour guests check a tasting room map

Strategizing: Guests consulted a map of tasting areas to decide where to go next. (Jacob Kepler)

Others were there just to have fun and learn. “What I like about this tasting is that I don’t have to buy anything. I came to have fun,” said Jan Kowski, a Las Vegas rare coin dealer who was there with his friend, Frank Falgiani, also from Las Vegas. “I can taste great wines and meet people from all over the world,” Falgiani agreed. “I generally prefer Italian wines but was pleasantly surprised by the 2017 Torres Priorat Salmos. When drinking it, it tasted like Spain.”

Winery owners were as impressed as attendees with the wide range of wines on offer. “There is an extraordinary range of wines here. It’s amazing and so much fun,” said Rebecca Birdsall, co-founder of Black Kite Cellars of Sonoma, who was pouring the 2018 Black Kite Pinot Noir Gap Crown Vineyard. that you will find elsewhere.”

    Portrait of Kendall-Jackson winemaker Randy Ullom

Longtime Kendall-Jackson wine master Randy Ullon returned to the Grand Tour with a 2019 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from the winery’s Estates Collection. (Jacob Kepler)

“It’s so nice to be back,” said Alex Guarachi, founder of Guarachi Family Wines. “After a very difficult few years, people are really excited to taste with us and discover the wines we produce.” Gaurachi was pouring their 2018 Meadowrock Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. “As a new winery, many people are getting to know us for the first time at this event, and building new relationships with wine lovers in person is what I love to do. .”

The 2022 Grand Tour will make two more stops, in Washington, DC at the Ronald Reagan Building on June 10 and in Hollywood, Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 18. Buy your tickets now at GrandTour.WineSpectator.com

    Portrait of The Vice co-founder and winemaker Malek Amrani pouring a 2019 Napa Cab

A newcomer to Wine Spectator events, Malek Amrani, co-founder and winemaker of The Vice, served a 2019 Napa Cab. (Jacob Kepler)

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The best new openings on the Sunshine Coast right now https://classicitaliancycles.com/the-best-new-openings-on-the-sunshine-coast-right-now/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 04:09:47 +0000 https://classicitaliancycles.com/the-best-new-openings-on-the-sunshine-coast-right-now/ From revivals of some of our favorite Sunshine Coast institutions to exciting new faces on the foodie landscape, these new restaurant openings on the Sunshine Coast are poised to shake up a scene that’s already brimming with food and gourmet delights. Get out the papers, Sunshine Coast. Here are some of the best new restaurant […]]]>

From revivals of some of our favorite Sunshine Coast institutions to exciting new faces on the foodie landscape, these new restaurant openings on the Sunshine Coast are poised to shake up a scene that’s already brimming with food and gourmet delights.

Get out the papers, Sunshine Coast. Here are some of the best new restaurant openings on the Sunshine Coast right now. Your next weekend = sorted.

Wine Bar Workshop

Noosa Heads

This intimate wine bar brings a touch of refined class to Noosa Heads and a plethora of rare and premium wines perfect for sipping. Located on Sunshine Beach Road, Wine Bar Workshop is one of the best new openings we’ve seen on the Sunshine Coast this year and it certainly lives up to all the hype surrounding it. Not just a place to sip amazing wines, Wine Bar Workshop features a superb cellar dining room that seats up to twenty people and is perfect for your next reception, when you are looking to impress. Prepare to walk away with a wealth of knowledge after visiting this elegant wine bar, where the sommeliers certainly know the way around a bottle and are eager to pass on their seemingly limitless vino wisdom.

shrimp star

Mooloolaba

The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its abundance of glorious freshly caught seafood from our crystal clear waters, but it’s rare that you can eat fresh, local seafood straight off a fishing trawler. Let us introduce you to the Mooloolaba star prawn. This restored fishing trawler offers a truly unique experience, where you can enjoy locally caught fresh seafood cooked aboard a custom-built wooden fishing trawler. The laid-back vibe perfectly complements the ocean environment and Sunshine Coast lifestyle. Located in the bustling center of The Wharf Mooloolaba, this is the second location of the iconic Cairns-based company which has built a strong reputation over its seven years in business.

The Mooloolaba Shrimp Star serves only the finest wild-caught Australian seafood, and trust us when we say it’s one of the finest ocean treasures we’ve ever tasted. Dive into seafood delicacies like crayfish, bugs, oysters and tiger prawns or indulge in one of their divine sharing platters, which showcase the best of our local seafood. If you’re looking for seafood on the go, you can pre-order and grab your sumptuous seafood, but we highly recommend taking a seat at the bespoke dining experience or you’ll be seriously missing out.

italian bocca

Bokarina

When famed Sunshine Coast hospitality icon Tony Kelly announces he’s opening his eighth restaurant, you know it’s going to be good. His latest venture, you ask? A superb Italian restaurant by the sea in Bokarina. italian bocca is located on a prime beachfront location at Bokarina Beach and emulates a refined yet laid-back vibe. The 150-seat restaurant offers panoramic ocean views, an elegant layout, and even has a 14-seat private dining room for more intimate occasions. italian bocca places a strong emphasis on fresh produce, serving only the best of the best in their signature pastas and pizzas, the latter coming piping hot from a stone-based Moretti pizza oven imported from Italy.

Walter’s dinner

Maroochydore

The Sunshine Coast sanga scene just had a new player in town. say hello to Walter’s dinner. Tucked away in an old school 1950s building in the heart of Maroochydore is this quirky, retro sandwich restaurant that cooks up some of the best sangas we’ve had the pleasure of devouring. Bold blue signage catches your eye and draws you in, but the smell of freshly made-to-order sandwiches will entice you to sit down and linger. Sister location to the recently opened The Toast Office and powered by the intrepid Criminal coffee companyWalter’s Diner offers a wide range of fresh sandos that will have you coming back again and again.

Keep it simple with the ever-classic Reuben combo – beef brisket, pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, homemade mustard, and fried egg – or mix it up and dig into the popular “Zohan” with hummus, pesto, herb-roasted chicken, semi -dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and dill mayonnaise. Walter’s nails its sandwich-stuffed menu, which also includes burgers, hot dogs, fries, sodas, shakes and coffee. It’s simple, it’s unpretentious and it’s damn delicious.

BASK Eumundi

Eumundi

Bringing a breath of fresh air to Eumundi, BASK Eumundi is one of the Sunshine Coast’s newest restaurants, boasting a strong philosophy of celebrating local produce through creative culinary flair. Designed for long lazy lunches in the sun, slow down in the BASK, let the afternoon pass and your afternoon lunch turns into dinner plans so you have a chance to linger and soak up the wonderful atmosphere.

Recently featured by Australian Traveler as one of ‘Australia’s Best New Restaurants’, BASK is already making waves on the Sunshine Coast dining scene, and for very good reason. Set amongst lush tropical gardens in the heart of Eumundi, this cottage-like dream space exudes a chic country feel and elegantly combines owners Jess Coolican and Jack Madden’s passion for cooking and design. BASK’s seasonal menus are designed to be shared with loved ones, harmoniously combining simplicity and depth of flavor.

lonely cafe

Coolum Beach

lonely cafe has already been the talk of the Sunshine Coast café space, and for good reason too. The simple, clean coffee bar is reminiscent of Melbourne’s thriving coffee scene – it’s simple, it’s unpretentious and it serves up fucking delicious coffee. Coolum Beach’s welcoming espresso bar and drip coffee shop is definitely community-focused; it’s welcoming, it’s relaxing and there’s always time to chat. It’s also dog-friendly, so your four-legged friend might even catch a puppachino.

As for what they brew, Solitude has just launched their new specialty espresso blend, Wake Up Call, which will be served in-store and distributed wholesale across Australia. If you’re looking for a friendly chat, we recommend heading to the Solitude Coffee headquarters in Coolum, where you’ll not only walk away with delicious coffee, but lots of new brewing knowledge as well.

If this tickled your foodie fetish, check out all the latest Sunshine Coast food and drink news you need to know.

Image credit: Bocca Italian & BASK Eumundi

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