I like making stuff.
In particular, I like making three things:
I’m a foodie (as my Italian background can easily give away). Today I document my cooking journey on Instagram, until I find the time to set up a proper blog. You can follow the hashtags #MyTalismanOfHappiness (inspired by the famous Italian cookbook) or its counterpart #MyTalismanOfSadness, for the “Instagram husband” point of view. 🙂
Back in the days, during my MSc, I started a collaborative blog MangiaBeviStudia (EatDrinkStudy) as part of a course project. It gained quite a bit of popularity and in just a few months it was being viewed around the world and has had nearly 200,000 page views since its launch in 2011, despite being only in Italian. I know this is not an impressive number compared to regular food blogs, but we didn’t expect such a quick popularity given it was a university project!
I also took part in three Restaurant Day events, the most successful of which being the one in February 2012, The Bloody Bastards’ Ravintola, where together with a group of friends we attracted around 70 customers and made a profit of nearly €1,000.00 in one evening.
In my spare time, I love drawing and painting. I’ve tried a variety of techniques: chasing and repoussé on copper, golden leaf, fresco painting, charcoal, and indian ink. More recently I used oil colours to replicate Van Gogh’s Starry Night and a photograph of my home town, Verona.
I enjoy amateur photography, but unfortunately I don’t always have a good camera on me so most of my pictures are taken with my phone. I started off with my mother’s old Canon AE1, then I upgraded to a digital SLR, a Nikon 60D, but I missed using film so I got myself a Polaroid 636. Last Christmas I received a Panasonic Lumix GX1, so one of my new year’s resolutions is to improve my photography skills and share the pictures online on Flickr.
I’ve only recently started playing around with coding, Arduinos and Little Bits. It’s a slow process, but hopefully this year I will be able to show you my first prototype of something (I have a plan, but will share in due time).