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Disco 2000

Hello people!

Everyone still partying hard? I’ve been having fun hopping from blog to blog, amazed at all the great stuff that’s out there. Sorry I haven’t posted much but it’s been quite a busy week at Casa Crazy – work, doctor’s appointments, diaper emergencies, my husband’s car breaking down and today I had to take little Diggy to the ER because he fell and cut his cheek. Boy, am I happy this week is over!

Anyhoo, since it’s Friday and the last day of the Ultimate Blog Party, I thought it would be the perfect time to open the doors of Disco 2000, my virtual club. A place to get the weekend off to a great start and boogie to Italian and international music, old and new. If I can get my act together Disco 2000 will be a regular Friday thing.

Today, I have a gorgeous classic by my favourite band, the Beatles. To me, they hold the key to the universe. Listening to those boys is the all-purpose cure for whatever ails you, inside and out. Can you tell that I’m a fan? And this year I’m finally making my “pilgrimage” to Liverpool!!! Not only will I be there for the European Capital of Culture celebrations but my friends managed to get tickets for Paul McCartney’s homecoming concert on June 1. How amazing is that?!? Will keep you posted on the trip.

Today’s video is “Something“, penned by lead guitarist George Harrison. It was inspired by his then wife Pattie Boyd (who was also the inspiration behind Eric Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight”. But that’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish.) Frank Sinatra called it “the greatest love song of the last 50 years”. I love this video because it features the Beatles with their wives. Very sweet.

The second song, “Dedicato a te”, is by Milanese band le Vibrazioni . They have a melodic, rocking sound and have a bellbottom fetish. I chose this video because it’s set in a part of Milan that I know and love: the Navigli (canal) area. There are tons of bars and pubs and pre-kids, we spent a lot of good times there. And on the oh-so-rare occasions I have a girls night out, I try and make it to the Navigli. This clip is also cool because it’s done in one long tracking shot. The four band members appear separately throughout the video and sometimes you can even see them running along the Naviglio to make it to the bar for the final concert scene.

I hope you enjoyed the tunes!


14 March 2008 at 10:27 pm 1 comment

It’s a Masala Festa!!!

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!!!!!

11 March 2008 at 11:12 pm 21 comments


Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, an extremely important celebration of women’s achievements and also time to reflect on the many injustices they are subjected to. Just one day a year devoted to this issue isn’t enough, but that’s just my opinion.

In Italy, 8 marzo is also a time for women to leave the menfolk at home and par-tay with their girlz, and the occasional stripper if they’re lucky.

So….  auguroni ragazze!!! real-cougar.jpgthe-cougar-den.jpg

8 March 2008 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment


Do not adjust your monitors, people. You are not having an alphabet acid flashback. This is an actual clip of long lost rapper Coolio performing a modern version of the Volo dell’Angelo in January during Carnival celebrations in Venice. This, my dears, is a prime example of what I adore about Italy. The economy is in a slump, the government is in tatters, the garbage situation in Campania is tragic but rest assured, Italians will always do something so head-shakingly absurd to restore my faith in this nation. These are the WTF moments of insanity that I like to call cavolate (pron. ca-vo-lah-tey). Literally, it means in the manner of a cabbage (?) but it’s just a nice way of saying in the manner of a dumbass. And the dumbass artistic director of the Venice Carnival decided it would be a super idea to invite a has-been gangsta rapper to do the prestigious Volo dell’Angelo (Flight of the Angel). It’s one of the oldest Venetian traditions dating back to the 16th century, where a man (originally a Turk) would climb a rope to the top of the bell tower in St. Mark’s square and then perform acrobatic feats from the tower all the way down to the loggia of the Doge’s palace. The acrobat would then offer the Doge flowers or poetry. Poetry such as “I’m a loced-out gangsta, set-trippin banger, and my homies is down, so don’t arouse my anger, fool!” Apparently the Doge was cool like that. God I love this country!

6 March 2008 at 10:45 pm 3 comments

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