It’s a Masala Festa!!!

11 March 2008 at 11:12 pm 21 comments

Picture it: a young Indo-Canadian girl from the glorious Toronto suburb of Scarborough wakes up one morning and finds herself in Italy. After her initial stupor she realizes that she is married to a sweet Milanese gentleman with a penchant for ugly shirts circa 1987. For the purposes of this story let’s call him Mimmo. She also happens to be the mother of two drooly humans, aka Bellie and Diggy, and two felines, Beppa and Sausage (unfortunately their real names). Cut to girl screaming for mercy.

Well, I may have exaggerated there a bit. But I thought it was a more captivating intro than “I’m a working mother of two from Canada who moved to Italy over a decade ago.”

What else can I say about myself? I’m a translator but also the head chef, laundrywoman, interior decorator, dietician, diaper changer and story-teller of Casa Mia. In my free time I enjoy long walks on the beach and freezing baby food. For more background info, you can read my article in Toronto Star’s Desi Life magazine.

But enough about me. It’s time to join the Ultimate Blog Party!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2008

A huuuuge thanks to the fine ladies at 5 Minutes for Mom for hosting the best festa in the world. Can’t wait to par-tay with you all over the world!!

Soooo, without further ado, I’d like to welcome you to Milanese Masala, a brand spankin’ new blog featuring my (sometimes snarky) reflections on life in “Da Boot”. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Italy. I love it like a woman loves her husband. And like any long-suffering wife, sometimes that husband does things that occasionally make my blood boil, like leaving the toilet seat up or voting a porn star into parliament. But don’t worry, I’ll talk about the good stuff, too. Of course there’s the food, music, history, natural beauty, politics and culture which make life a bit more interesting than in Scarberia. If you don’t believe me, ask the Italian Minister of Culture Francesco Rutelli.

Then there are the mommy adventures which could fill a book alone. My 4 year-old daughter and 18 month-old son never give me a moment’s rest. I was actually going to post this earlier but little Diggy decided it was the perfect time to play with the bidet and succeeded in flooding my new bathroom. Classic! Instead Bellie is crushing on Leo from Little Einsteins and talks about him non-stop. Awww, she likes nerds just like mom. I’m also working hard to raise my kids to be bilingual, happy, well-adjusted citizens of the world. Fingers crossed!

As for why I called my blog Milanese Masala? Well, I’ve been living in the Milan area for 12 loooong foggy years so I guess that explains the Milanese part. And apart from the obvious Indian connection, I thought the term masala described me to a tee. A mixture of many spices. I’m a little bit Indian, a little bit Canadian, a little bit Italian and a little bit rock and roll. And blended all together, I pack quite the punch.

But I must warn you gals, since I’m taking my baby steps in the blogosphere and work full-time as a corporate translator and have a young family, my blog is still quite bare at the moment . Plus, I may not always have the time to write pages and pages every day. Please forgive! But as my old English lit teacher used to say: it’s quality not quantity.

Speaking of quality, I have some fine tunes to share with y’all to get this party started right. I’m a huge music fan and I plan on featuring Italian and international artists on my blog. And tonight is Oldies Night! My Italian party selection is a 70’s hit from Milanese legend Adriano Celentano. It’s called “Prisencolinesunaciusol” (???!!???) and it’s famous not only for being a cool song but also because the lyrics were written in a fake English gibberish. And aren’t the dancers amazing?


My second dance hit, Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money”, is dedicated to working moms everywhere.


Oh, and since I work hard for my Euros, it would be nice to win a prize now and then. And the Ultimate Blog Party is giving away some amazing prezzies this year. Since I live in Italy and have a love affair with Calabrian chili peppers, I would looooooove to win the prize on Cherrye’s My Bella Vita. She’s giving away a FREE two-night stay at her beautiful B&B Il Cedro in Catanzaro. I also wouldn’t mind winning the cute pocket placemats from Comfort Joy Designs or the Blog Makeover courtesy of Shauna. Prizes 58 and 71 are pretty cool too and any kid-related prize would be muchly appreciated! Even if you’re not a blogger, you can win big too. Find out how at the Ultimate Blog Party hosted by the gals at 5 Minutes for Mom.

So…. enjoy, party on and hope to see you back soon!!!!!

Entry filed under: Something about me.


21 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sue  |  12 March 2008 at 1:54 am

    Love it! Keep on going! Even if it is just a couple of paragraphs…. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up convincing us that Italy is actually less like Il Postino and more like Woodbridge! Ha ha!!

    Look forward to reading more!

  • 2. acupofjoy  |  12 March 2008 at 2:09 am

    I’m inviting you to party with me!

    Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I…we blog about CHOCOLATE…me from Australia…and her from Michigan. Here’s the link:

    What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie…and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

    Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here’s the link:

    Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here’s the link:

    Happy Partying!

  • 3. JoLynn Braley  |  12 March 2008 at 2:18 am

    Hi Linda, what a fun post for the Blog Party, and what an interesting tale you have! 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying every moment over there in Italia….I bet you take a lot of holidays to see the rest of Europe, too.

    Enjoy the Blog Party and when you have the time keep on posting here! 🙂

    All the best,


  • 4. milanesemasala  |  12 March 2008 at 9:01 am

    Amanda and JoLynn,

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Yes, I am loving life here and travelling when I can. It’s a bit harder now because of the kids but at least we’re only a couple hrs drive away from the sea or the mountains. Would loooove to visit Australia one day though!
    Par-tay on girls!

  • 5. Joanne  |  12 March 2008 at 9:37 am

    (picture me jumping up and down and squealing like a teenager)
    Blog love flowing out to you from me and soooo glad to see you here! Thanks for the musical interlude! Ah haaah!

  • 6. sprittibee  |  12 March 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Happy blog party! 🙂

    My best buddy lives in Trieste! 🙂 I have been trying to learn some Italian because one day I’m going over to see her and their family. They have 4 kiddos. 🙂 They are the talk of the town over there because apparently the birth rate in Italy is .5!

    I also am big on Italian coffee – We cook ours each day on the stove in our Bialetti Dama. 🙂

  • 7. Erin  |  12 March 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Welcome to the party! Can’t wait to read more. The introduction was great : )

  • 8. milanesemasala  |  12 March 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Jo – Thanks for sharing the love! See you tomorrow.

    Sprittibee – Thanks for checking out the blog. I’ve been to Trieste once. Beautiful city with a fascinating history. Your friend has 4 kids??? I’m sure they’re going to create a monument to her. Kudos to you for your Bialetti habit! I’ve been here for 12 years and I’ve yet to make a non-vomit inducing Italian coffee.

    Erin – Thanks for your comment. Much appreciated. This is the best party ever and I won’t even have a hangover at the end. Awesome!

  • 9. Beatriz  |  13 March 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Hello and welcome to the party! I am also an expat blogger living near Milan (Varese area) and I am very happy to find your blog. Great post! I hope you find the time to keep going, because I am bookmarking it! If you have time, please stop by my place.

  • 10. hljourney  |  14 March 2008 at 11:14 am

    Hi there…. I had a great time dancing around your blog post here! Welcome to the par-tay!! It’s nice to meet you and I look forward to reading more about Italy …

    God Bless, HL

  • 11. judy b  |  14 March 2008 at 3:43 pm

    nice blog judyb

  • 12. My Melange  |  15 March 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Hi and thanks for popping on by my blog!! So nice to meet you…I will be back!! Party on….

  • 13. Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy  |  15 March 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Hi there – thanks for stopping by my blog! It’s great to find yet another expat in Milan – we are popping up all over the place. I am organizing a GTG in April in Florence (Italy-wide) for Expats and Bloggers, so I’ll definitely pass you info!

  • 14. milanesemasala  |  15 March 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Hijourney, judy b and my melange – thanks so much for stopping by!! Hope you enjoyed the party.

  • 15. bleeding espresso  |  16 March 2008 at 7:47 pm

    I love Celentano 🙂

    Did I realize you were partying too? I don’t think so. Anyway I figure I’ll still be visiting participating blogs until next year’s party at this rate…1500 is quite a few stops to make!

  • 16. milanesemasala  |  17 March 2008 at 11:32 am

    Hey Sara! I made those meatballs last night, filling it with some asiago and prosciutto crudo. Yum!

    Michelle – Glad to see you have good taste in music ; )
    Yup, I was in party mode last week, too. So tiring visiting all those blogs after a while, non?

  • 17. nyc/caribbean ragazza  |  18 March 2008 at 3:29 pm

    I love the way you write. I look forward to reading more about your adventures in Italy.

  • 18. Maryann  |  20 March 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Welcome to the world of blogging. I’m adding you to my “Italian Sites” link list 🙂
    Have lots of fun!

  • 19. milanesemasala  |  21 March 2008 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for the blogging love Maryann! So far I am having a blast.
    Will certainly return the favour.

  • 20. Festivus - Masala style! « Milanese Masala  |  21 March 2009 at 11:52 pm

    […] to politics and soccer and much much more. If you want to find out more about me you can read my party post from last year’s UBP or the article I wrote for the Toronto Star a while […]

  • 21. room design  |  18 June 2010 at 4:18 am

    You live in Italy? That must be great. I always want to live there. Looks like people do enjoy their life there. 😀

    Hi! Yes, things are mostly good here but it’s far from paradise!


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