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My 10 Favorite Things of 2016

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My 10 Favorite Things of 2016

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!!

AIP Food - AIP Lasagna from the AIP Italian Cookbook

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“.

AIP Cannoli


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!!

Organic Gemini Tigernut Flour


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!

How to Stick to the AIP While Going on Vacation

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!



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.

Eminence organic skin care

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!

Savory Paleo & AIP Plantain Waffles

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

Our lunch at the classic Tuscan restaurant Taverna Banfi, built in the former barrel cellars of a 13th century Castle, was truly unforgettable. You can see our full testing menu by clicking here and to see the beautiful resort they built inside the castle check out this post.

Lunch at “La Taverna

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

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Ambra Torelli
Born and raised in Italy, Ambra visited over 20 countries and now she divides her time in between Italy and the US, where her husband is from and where she moved in 2011 work as university professor of Italian Literature. She writes about food, travel and things that inspire her! more about ambra

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  • maartje January 6, 2017 8:47 am

    Nice blogpost en the pictures are great!
    Good luck for 2017

    • ambra January 7, 2017 12:45 am

      Maartje, thank you so much for stopping by my friend! Have the best year!!

      • maartje January 7, 2017 7:02 am

        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

        • ambra January 7, 2017 12:35 pm

          Maartje, I hope for you that 2017 will soon turn into an unexpected beautiful year!
          Send you a big hug !


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