Monthly Archives: October 2010

FLS International is a leader in providing high quality English language programs to international students.

Experienced counselors, professional staff, different locations across the USA, intensive language programs, proven success and students’ testimonies are some of the reasons that make FLS the perfect place to study English in USA.  Its program is based on teaching participants through listening, speaking and participating in a range variety of activities!

All FLS programs are accredited by ACCET (the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training), NAFSA (Association of International Educators) and AAIEP (American Association of International Educators). FLS is authorized under United States federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

So what ever your interest or need may be, FLS has the perfect English Language Program for you.  You have so many options! A short term Super Intensive English Language Program, a short or long term Intensive English Program or a Semi-Intensive English Program, an exciting and fun FLS Specialty Tour during the Summer, an Executive Business English Program in New England’s corporate hub, Boston, and take behind-the-scenes tours of important corporations or Private Lessons which allow you to structure the content and schedule and prepare for the TOEFL, SAT or other specialty areas.

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Special Promotions:

#1 – “Time is money, and now’s the time to savemoney by booking your FLS program beforeDecember 15th, 2010.Book now and you can lock in 2010 prices,and study into 2011. To take advantage ofthese savings full payment must be made byDecember 15th, 2010.Offer is valid at all FLS centers, so find the campus that’s right for you. This is a limitedtime offer and cannot be combined with otherpromotions or discounts.”

#2- “Study for 8 weeks receive 2 weeks free, Study for 16 weeks receive 4 weeks free, Study for 24 weeks receive 6 weeks free, Study for 32 weeks receive 8 weeks free”

For more information and to contact FLS, click HERE

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Azienda Agricola Casamonti, home of The Tuscan Pig

 

A trip to Tuscany would not be complete without visiting Azienda agricola Casamonti!  Casamonti is an agricultural development consisting of five planted acres of olives with specialized drip irrigation, a vineyard and an area dedicated to the raising of Cinta Senese.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Have you heard of Cinta Senese breed? I knew where its name came from (white band around its black hair) but very little about all other aspects until I learned about Raymond Lamothe. Raymond is the “largest breeder in the Siena area and in Casamonti he produces and ages the exquisite traditional Tuscan products: prosciutto, salami, finocchiona – all certified by the Protected Denomination of Origin, Cinta Senese DOP. I welcome you to learn about this now off the endangered species at Cinta Senese’s Blog.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Casamonti produces three wines: IGT Elogio, Chianti Classico and Chianti Riserva and all processes from fermentation to  bottling takes place under the it’s supervision.

The Extra Virgen Olive Oil produced at Casamonti comes from a tree count of 4000. It is ideal to use alone as a condiment, added to sauces or to any dish!

Participants of the Food Photography Workshop will visit Casamonti next week! They will tour the location, attend a tasting and will have the opportunity to photograph, buy and order products. Products from Casamonti’s store are sent  “door to door” anywhere in the world, the business is very proud of its international clientele, lovers of wines, oil and pork products.

Azienda Casamonti

53011 Castellina inChianti

Tel/Fax: +39 – 0577/740380

casamonti@cintasenese.com

 

To learn more about Cinta Senese click HERE

To visit the Cinta Senese’s Blog click HERE

To follow Raymond Lamothe on Twitter click HERE

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Tuscan Wine School, the place to learn a lot about Italian or Tuscan Wines

The Tuscan Wine School is the first English speaking Wine School in Tuscany.  It is easily accessible and located in the most historical part of Siena in the “Contrada della Pantera” (the Panther Neighborhood) of the city just in front of the Panther Fountain.

The institution offers a great opportunity to learn about Tuscan and Italian wines while enjoying the time in a relaxing atmosphere.  The classes are offered on a daily basis, several times a day and are “crash-courses“, characterized by a “down to earth approach” and tasting of high quality wines. You will learn a wide variety of aspects such as:

1 – How to read the label.

2 – Denominations.

3 – Diversity of grapes varietals and much more!

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Classes are available for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 20. The school also organizes private wine tastings at all levels at any time of the day. The group of participants of the  Food Photography Workshop are looking forward to to be part of the group class that will take place on October 13th. Not only they will have an amazing time and learn some much about the best Italian wines, but they will also visit a place where they will be able to take wonderful photographs!

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Meet the Diva, Judy Witts Francini ~ “Market Maven, Cooking Teacher, Food Writer and Italian Life Coach”

When deciding what I wanted to offer as part of the Food Photography Workshop that will take place next week in Siena, my main objective was to present participants with a  distinctive opportunity which would fulfill their expectations.  No one but Judy Witts Francini could better share an afternoon with the group and show them the best of a Gastronomic Florence!

Judy accepted to offer her program “Mondays at the Market” tour on Saturday, October 16th and this filled me with joy, not only because I would be providing such a great experience but because I am one of her fans and felt so honored! Her One Day at the Market is a walking tour of the Central Market of Florence and includes tastings and lunch. It is a  four-hour experience, that any food lover would dream of.

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Anyone who knows Judy or follows her would know what a wonderful person she is and what a great professional she is known as. An authority in culinary and author of “Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen”, the “DIVA” of Divina Cucina has an out of the ordinary way to share the secrets of the market and the pleasure of a great meal with you.

To visit Judy’s Website, click HERE

To visit Judy’s Blog, click HERE

To check out Judy in the press, click HERE

To order Judy’s book, click HERE

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Alejandro Guerani, the Photographer who makes mouths water and keep eyes wide open.

I am honored that Photographer Alessandro Guerani accepted to teach a Food Photography Workshop organized by Business Projects – Study Abroad Opportunities. From my point of view, Alessandro’s photographs are magnificent pieces of art. His sense of style, talent and understanding of the essence of people and things allow him to produce extraordinary images that  are memorable in our minds.

About Alessandro Guerani: “He was born in 1969 in Bologna, Italy, where he still lives. He started using cameras at the age of twenty as a complement to his studies about medieval and Renaissance arts and history. His passion for the tastes and flavors of the traditional Italian cuisine, together with a period of assistantship in a professional studio, brought him to specialize in food and still life photography. His style is defined by the fresh and creative use of lighting, the careful choice of colors and contrast and the attention to the detail, which, together with a competent use of digital post processing techniques, create imagery with a very personal character. When the need arises he still uses traditional film, in medium or large format, especially when shooting lifestyle and street photography.” (http://www.foodografia.com/).

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The one week workshop which will take  place in Siena, Italy from October 11th through October 16th, will be an exceptional opportunity for participants to learn about the skills and abilities of food photography from a professional who has been referred to by Savouring Switzerland as “a master of lighting, and is meticulous about every visual detail…”

I guarantee nothing less than an enriching and successful experience to all participants – he will share his expertise and talent to teach them how to produce beautiful images that make mouths water, open appetite and make you keep your eyes wide open! On the other hand, this will be a fantastic occasion for participants from Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Italy and the USA to interact and connect.

To learn more about Alessandro Guerani’s upcoming workshop in Siena, Italy please click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Website click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Blog click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Flickr Gallery click HERE

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Barbara Torresan, Food Stylist

Meet Barbara Torresan whose great passions are Cooking and Food Photography & Food Styling. She refers to herself as a dreamer, perfectionist, outgoing, and a lover of the beauty at a dining table and gourmet cuisine. The truth is that Barbara is all the above and has an unrestrained passion for tasty and good looking food.

She has her own banqueting and catering business in Milan and during the past year, she has dedicated quite some time to the art of cooking and working hand by hand with food photographer Alessandro Guerani. They make a great formula and fantastic team and have produced an outstanding gallery which has been published in Italian magazines as well as in different websites.

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I am very glad by the fact that Barbara will be part of the coming up Digital Food Photography Workshop that Business Projects – Study Abroad Projects has organized and which will take place in Siena, Italy from October 11th through October 16th. While Photographer Alessandro Guerani will teach food photography at different levels and cover a variety of topics (exposure, lighting, food and prop styling, different composition techniques, lighting set-ups for studio and location shooting, camera and lighting equipment and post-production skills), Barbara will contribute to the understanding of how to style food and prepare a photo shoot. Participants will have the opportunity to see unstyled and styled food and comprehend the impact of an artfully-styled plate.

I welcome you to visit Barbara’s sites and learn more about her wonderful work.

To visit Barbara Torresan’s Facebook page please click HERE

To visit Barbara Torresan’s Blog please click HERE

To visit Barbara Torresan’s Website please click HERE

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Successful Photo Safari by Miguel Gómez in New York City

Thank you to Miguel Gomez for offering such a wonderful experience to participants of the Photo Safari in New York City on September 25th and 26th, 2010.  His goals were well achieved. He wanted to capture as much emotion and excitement as the city has to offer and the group did. Focus on composition, lighting ideas and exposure were some of the topics covered.

It was an interesting time for all who participated, not only because the wonderful walk but to discuss ideas, share ways of seeing this wonderful city and meeting people.

The day started off with a meeting at Central Park’s Columbus Circle (59th Street), the walk went up to the center of the Park up to the famous Dakota Building, famous location for movies and John Lennon’s last home in NYC and then visit the world famous Strawberry Fields the garden made in his remembrance) and Bethesda Fountain.

The idea was to take a breath of fresh air from the hectic New York City pace, which we fully embrace on Sunday.

Wonderful people and beautiful weather were the highlights. Thank you to Rosemary Nardone, Pat Badolato, Paloma Portillo for participating in the workshop and to Joseph Corrado for joining us for lunch and sharing his insights and food photography tips!

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To read the workshop review of Rosemary Nardone please visit NYC Style & a little Cannoli

To read the workshop review of Pat Badolato please visit Mille Fiori Favoriri

Registrations are open for the coming up Photo Safari in New York City which will take place on October 23rd. For more information please click HERE.

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