A Still Life Spring Market

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We’re so thrilled to be part of A Still Life’s second market! A wonderful intimate location with a small cluster of creative and talented individuals. (So obviously we’re thrilled pink to be asked to be involved!)

I was introduced to Vicky and Kirsty creators of A Still Life through a family friend, Elaine, whom took me to one of Vicky’s garden parties. Through that meeting Elaine and I had attended other events that Vicky hosted. All of which were creatively inspiring. I managed to meet Sally who was Davide’s and my wedding photographer. I even purchased my wedding dress at one of the wedding fairs they once hosted. Clarey and Barney of The Manor Garden who hold the most wonderful wreath workshops, which I have to attend at least one a year! Daily I am inspired by all these unique individuals and think you will be too.

So if you fancy a drive out on Saturday 25th March then you must drive along to this special market…

It’s the perfect place to pick up a beautifully unique gift for your Mum for Mother’s Day.

You can even pre order a beautiful bouquet of flowers ranging in price from £15-£40 by the super talented Kirsty of Darling & Green.

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Just click on the link below to pre-order such a beautiful floral surprise for your Mama!

MOTHERS DAY HAND-TIED BOUQUET – PRE ORDER

Other exhibitors include Vicky of The Linen Garden, who sources the most stunning floral linen and creates timelessly beautiful products ranging from bags to napkins.

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My infectiously enthusiastic and kind friend, Susannah will also be exhibiting at the event, my absolute favourite product from &Mead is the linen aprons. Obviously I wear mine with pride in the bakery!

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That’s just to name a couple of the exhibitors!

And of course, I will be there with some goodies from The Olive Stone and you will be able to have a seat while you took into one of our special financiers and a good brew! (And natter!)

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Hollie Monteleone

 

 

Grottammare Alta II The Bakers Food Trip to Italy

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Grottammare Alta was an extremely lucky find, for both of us it was pure heaven.

Initially we visited during the day.

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After previously visiting Italy this place had the real wow factor. Everything you could possibly imagine Italy to be, this small town encompasses all your imaginary thoughts.

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Caffè Fleurie

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Situated in the piazza. It was an unforgettable experience with wonderful service from a young chap. We just had to return on numerous occasions.

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He explained how the whole piazza became alive on an evening. Unbeknown restaurants would appear! Hollie managed to accidentally stumble across some shops that had appeared, much to Davide’s relief!

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Ele Wedding
A truly talented lady and stunning items. You may have noticed Hollie’s apron in The Olive Stone, it was found in the lovely grotto style shop.

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Grottammare Alta is trendy and in a gorgeous location. The town inhabits fashionable Italians and talented individuals. There was even a pop-up shop! Who would have though?!

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Now the important bit food!

Now I don’t know about you but for us, we hate it when we visit a restaurant and the menu is the length of the leaning Tower of Pisa! It just makes us question how fresh and nutritious are the meals? To our relief in Grottammare Alta we visited two secret restaurants…

Osteria dell’Arancio

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Situated in the piazza, you couldn’t help but wonder if you were in actual heaven. It was welcoming and beautiful. Loud yet still. It was just out of this world and excitingly the menu was limited to a choice of three first and second plates or a set menu.

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Davide was hungry and opted for the four course set menu.

Hollie choose Aubergine Parmigiana which was Davide’s first plate. Both in agreement it was the best we had ever had!

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Hollie

I choose gnocchi. The chef actually served my second plate, apologising that the gnocchi dish was a sell out so instead he served me ricotta tortelloni with a sage butter and a pea & spinach purée. I was absolutely ecstatic, it’s favourite meal and I would have choose it, had it been on the menu!

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Salsamenteria San Giovanni

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Luckily we managed to pre book as it was really busy. We sat in a smallish open courtyard with large olive trees and twinkling lights. When we sat down we ordered our vino and once served we asked for the food menu but our waiter explained that there was no menu!

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You were served an antipasti, pasta, a meat plate then dessert and wow what an experience!

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We had the opportunity to taste food that we might not have chosen and it certainly wasn’t disappointing!

The pasta al forno was so simple yet so tasty. When we returned home Hollie adapted the recipe.

On our next post we will share this simple recipe for you to try at home.

So that you too can experience the taste of the Grottammare Alta!

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Hollie and Davide

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What’s cooking today?

A big hello to all!
We are starting a blog from today here at The Olive Stone.

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We want to document our very exciting journey with you all, following both Davide and I. We want to share our passion for food with you all, including our top tips, travels and favourite recipes. Giving everyone the opportunity to get to know us two a bit better!

So watch this space!

What’s on offer today?
Triple chocolate brownies
Double chocolate cake with nutella frosting and ripple
Cherry cake with strawberry cream cheese
Sage focaccia rolls
Stuffed loaves
Large focaccias
Baguettes
Artisan flatbreads

All perfect for or with any supper!

Bon appetite
Hollie & Davide

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