As 2017 just started, I want to take a moment to look at the year that just got to an end and isolate my 10 favorite things of 2016 in a fun chart that goes from recipes to travels, health food brands and skincare.
Simply click on the title of each category to learn more about it, and if you think I forget to include some of your favorite blog posts, please let me know in a comment below! Your feedback is super important to me!
My 10 Favorite Things of 2016
BEST ENTREE: Celeriac Lasagna
This grain free Lasagna I created in my kitchen in Italy, with a delicious dairy free Bechamel sauce and a nightshade free ragout, is even better than the original!!
BEST DESSERT: Grain Free Cannoli
Not even I believed this was possible: grain free cannoli shells filled with the most delicious “ricotta” cream seemed like a dream… until I nailed the perfect recipe for it in my “AIP Italian Cookbook“.
BEST HEALTH FOOD BRAND: Organic Gemini
Whether you are on a grain free diet or not, tigernut is one of the best ingredients you can welcome in your kitchen, as it’s healthy and delicious at the same time! Organic Gemini does an excellent job in creating eclectic tigernut based products, from smoothie mixes to tigernut clusters. I love them!!
BEST ALLERGY FRIENDLY RESORT: Intercontinental Ko Samui
Thailand in general is a magical place, but our stay at the beautiful Intercontinental Ko Samui, with the most caring service and the best customized allergy free food made our experience unforgettable!
BEST NATURE TRIP: Sallian, Austria
In the midst of the hot Italian summer, we were looking for cool weather, an active lifestyle and healthy food. The Sporthotel Sillian Dolomiten Residenz in Austria was the most perfect escapade to accomplish all of our goals!
BEST ORGANIC SKIN CARE: Eminence Organics
Natural, organic skincare is one of my biggest passions. And brands like Eminence Organics make choosing the right product easy and simple. Click on the photo below to read my two part series on my morning and night skin care routine.
BEST GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANT: "Picazzo", Sedona, Arizona
“Picazzo” in Sedona, Arizona was one my favorite restaurants of 2016!! Since gluten does not enter the kitchen, one can finally stop worrying about cross contamination and start browsing their eclectic menu: from handmade gluten free stuffed pasta to Bolognese pizza with vegan cheese.
BEST KITCHEN APPLIANCE: Cuisinart Waffle Machine
My Cuisinart waffle maker was definitely a life savior in the kitchen: it’s extremely fast, makes for the most perfect and crispy-on-the-outside waffles and nothing ever sticks to the griddle! Try it out with the recipe for my savory Plantain Waffles, you’ll love it!
BEST ROAD TRIP: Chianti and Val d'Orcia
Our Tuscan adventure began in the Chianti region from Greve in Chianti all the way down to Va; d’Orcia and Siena. we enjoyed some of the most incredible food and visited tons of charming medieval towns. You can watch a video our trip here.
BEST GOURMET DINING: "La Taverna", Montalcino
I hope you enjoyed this quick selection of “Best Of” and I am looking forward to a new year of amazing content here on Little Bites of Beauty… so stay tuned!
Like always, if you liked this article, don’t forget to share it on your Pinterest and social media and let me know what you want to see more of in 2017!
Have a great year!! Ambra
Nice blogpost en the pictures are great!
Good luck for 2017
Maartje, thank you so much for stopping by my friend! Have the best year!!
You are Always so kind, also on Instagram (maartje.1234) but..the best year? It started not good, my health is such a problem, but thanks
Maartje, I hope for you that 2017 will soon turn into an unexpected beautiful year!
Send you a big hug !
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