Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Positano Limited Edition Sneakers



The POSITANO SNEAKER is a Limited Edition Sneaker by Bellino. Designed by Best Selling Italian Cookbook AUthor Daniel Bellino Zwicke from his best selling Travel / Cookbook "POSITANO The AMALFI COAST" Get a Pair for yourself or give as the most wonderful gift a person could ever get. If they Love Positano, Italy and The Amalfi Coast, they will absolutely Fall in Love with these "One of a Kind Shoes" Gift Ideas : Christmas, Birthdays and all occasions.













Monday, June 21, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Best Selling SUNDAY SAUCE 5 Star Reviews



Daniel Bellino Zwicke

Customer Review 1 by Madeleine, Rated 5 Stars 

Regretting the lack of Italian-American heritage in my blood line! Bellino-Zwicke captures the full experience of Italian-American kitchen. Sunday Sauce isn’t just another recipe book. Bellino-Zwicke shares the stories and heritage that make us all wish were Italian-American.

From music to real wine advice, the book explores what it means to make an Italian-American meal. The book is so special because it is about the experience not just the recipe. It is so great to have someone take the time to capture a little bit of their everyday life.

The recipes are actually doable! I really hate when I buy a cookbook that calls for obscure items or the ingredient list is a mile long. The recipes are real recipes that you can add to your meal-time rotation. The Green Bean recipe is simple but a real keeper. I will be making more of everything I have tried, especially the Sausage and Pepper Frittata.

Review # 2 by Val, Rated 5 Stars :

From what I read and gathered, Italians are serious about their food! This book provides its readers with an abundance of information and food to make for the entire family. These recipes are top-notch and easy to make if you follow the directions precisely. I like this book because it's filled with recipes that even my picky kids enjoy. Moreover, the desserts are satisfying to my tummy and my soul.

Review # 3 by Kimbodar, Rated 5 Stars :

Sunday Sauce? When I saw this book I just had to get it. Sunday Sauce is my favorite and I wanted to know how to make that famous one were Clemenza shows Michael how to make it in the Godfather. I made it, and my family went nuts for it, as they did for the other recipes I made from this wonderful book. There are many Italian favorites in the book, and the recipes are well written, as is the text that goes along and gives you some history, info, and fun facts on these tasty dishes. 

I really enjoyed the book and I’m quite glad I got it, as I’m sure I’ll be using it for many years to come.  "I just love it." !

Review # 4 by Lynn Zimmerman, Rated 5 Stars :

I loved every part of this book, but I really appreciated the seafood recipes. Shrimp scampi and mussels marinara were my personal favorites though my boyfriend lost his mind over the meatballs.

Lots of fun to read and even better was making something authentic that everyone loved.

Excellent book that I’ll be using over the holidays!

Review # 5 by Susan,  Rated 5 Stars : 

Excellent !

Brings back memories of growing up in Brooklyn New York. The wonderful smells coming out of Windows as you walked by. Everybody saying they had the best gravy. I'm gonna make every recipe in this book with my son.

Review # 6 by Madeline Roberg

Get ready to sit back and let the feeling of an Italian-American Sunday wash over you! In Sunday Sauce, Bellino-Zwicke captures the full essence of Italian-American cooking, it isn't just about the food (although the food superb).

He draws us into the kitchen and tells one tale after another, in a manner that makes us feel like we are enjoying a great afternoon cooking with loved ones! He even provides music suggestions for when you are cooking, to capture the full experience.

I am always on the lookout for new recipes to add to the dinner time rotation. Our garden has been overflowing with green beans and I was tired of our regular recipe, so I started with the Green Bean recipe and wow is it a keeper. I am looking forward to years of Lucia Bellino’s Stuffed Peppers and the Sausage and Pepper Frittata.

Next on my list of recipes to try is his Mommy’s Stuffed Cabbage!

Review # 7 bt Roberta Dear,  Rated 5 Stars :


This book was so entertaining and full of good recipes that I read the entire book in one sitting! I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait to try the recipes!

Review # 8 by Jane Crowley, Rated 4 Stars :

Mangia, mangia. this book features authentic blue-collar Italian recipes. Hearty and delicious they are largely traditional. anyone Italian or who has known Italians recognizes their obsession with sauce. The recipes are good and classic and include plenty of sauce, meatballs (made with milk like nona used to create) and ricotta cheesecake. There are plenty of cultural allusions including references to Sinatra and the Godfather as well as the author's experience growing up Italian. Nice, memory invoking collection of doable recipes.

Review by Theresa Desaultes, Rated 4 Stars :

The recipes are amazing!

The recipes are amazing!

Cometh the however: he decorates with quotation marks that make no sense. the stories he tells are interesting and worth the read. he needs an amazon editor to take this book in hand, format it properly, tighten it up, lose the quotation marks. I find it very distracting, thus the rating.

I have loved Red Sauces since I was a kid.when I go to a new Italian restaurant, I order spaghetti and meatballs. if that is good, I'll go back.if not, well, life is too short to eat bad pasta. after reviewing the recipes, I would go back, again and again, to a restaurant that served them. Red sauce never fell out of favor with me!

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Monday, June 14, 2021

Tony Bourdain Tshirt



by Bellino





Hurricane Sandy Odyssey

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Getting COFFEE

The Importance of Coffee .  It's really up there. High on The Importance Scale that is. Most people wouldn't think about it that much, they love it, their morning coffee, but it's probably just one of those things, you do it every day and so much, you don't think about. Hey, but take that coffee away, and believe me you will.

On the evening of October 30, 2012 a Hurricane hit New York, and hit us hard. It was Hurricane Sandy the biggest hurricane to ever hit New York City. It caused much destruction with its hurricane force winds, flooding and the Atlantic literally sweeping homes away, in New York and New Jersey. In New York, Staten Island and The Rockaways got hit the hardest, many people losing their homes.

In Manhattan we didn't have it quite as bad, but things did happen. I was back in my apartment in Greenwich Village after spending the day out at two separate trips to Caffe Reggio on Macdougal Street and a stop at Bar Pitti for a little lunch and a chit chat with Giovanni. Caffe Reggio and Bar Pitti were two of only a few businesses to stay open new my house. Well after my second trip of the day to Caffe Reggio where I spent 2 hours each trip it was back to my apartment at around 8 O'Clock. I was watching TV, Hurricane New Coverage of course when about 8:55 PM my lights started flickering. Oh No I said. But the lights stayed on. Five minutes later they were off. That ws it, we lost Power. Well I wasn't gonna stay alone in the dark. I got dressed and went downstairs to see if Bar Pitti was still open. Hell Yeah! They were. They were open, the lights when out, and the Emergency Battery Powered Lights that all restaurants, bars, and most buildings are required to have. Apartment buildings are required to have them in the hallways. We have them in my building. Guess what? They weren't working. No big deal, I had my flashlight. Anyway, they had lights at Bar Pitti, food, wine, and gas to fire the stoves. I had a bowl of soup and a glass of wine, hung out with Giovanni (the Owner of Bar Pitti and a friend) and the waiters, we chit-chatted, drank wine, and listened to the news. Apparently we lost power because a Con Edison Power Sub-Station on 14th Street was flooded from waters from the Hudson River over flowing the banks from the storm surge. The transformers inside blew-up, and the power went off. Well the power was off below 39th Street that is. Everyone above 39th Street had power (Lucky SOBs), we didn't.

So I Hung out with Giovanni and the boys at Bar Pitti for two hours. The batteries finally died on Bar Pitti's Emergency Lights, it was 11:30 and time to go home. Boy that was a Godsend having Bar Pitti open and a place to go for a couple hours, kill some time and be with people.
So I went back to my house. I listened to the news on this massive Hurricane on my iPod-Touch until the batteries died, and was bummed that I didn't have batteries for my portable Radio, which would have been a big thing to have. I did try to get batteries before the storm hit, but every place was out of size D batteries, so I couldn't.

Well I fell asleep sometime around 1 Am I think. I got up at 8:30 .. No electricity and no hot water, but I did have gas and cold water, so I boiled water and took a sponge bath, made a good ol Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, got dressed and went outside to see what was going on. I made a beeline to Caffe Dante, then Once Upon a Tart and all nearby delis to see if anyone was open and selling Coffee. I didn't have any power at home, no TV, no Radio, but I wanted my morning Coffee, there was none to be found. I walked over to Cornelia Street and saw my buddy Jimmy B and Charlie outside. We BSed for about 15 minutes and I told jimmy I was heading Uptown were there was Power. I figured I go find a Starbucks above 39th Street get a Coffee and maybe power up my Cel Phone and Laptop, if possible. I don't really like Starbucks (too Commercial) but I'm gonna tell you in a minute why I can't stand those SOB's now and how they let New Yorkers Down during Hurricane Sandy.

So I said my good-byes to Jimmy and Charlie, wished them well and started making my way up town. It was raining lightly as I made my way up 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village. I was heading uptown in search of Coffee, Food, and Electricity. I had been walking about 10 minutes when i came across a newly opened Coffee Shop (In the old Joe's Diner space on 6th and 12th) that was open and selling Coffee. Right On! I got a coffee, sat down and relaxed. that was nice. I sat there about 12 minutes chatting with people about the storm, this-and-that.
After about 12 minutes relaxing at the coffee shop and sipping coffee, I was on my way again in search of food and electricity and more coffee. As I walked up 6th Avenue, you'd see someone every now and then holding a cup of coffee, or several cups, and people would go up yo them and ask "Where'd you get the Coffee?" Everyone wanted Coffee, and people started realizing just how important and meaningful that little cup of Java is in their lives, especially when you can't get it. You realize!

Well that day I had quite an Odyssey, and Odyssey in Search of Coffee and Electricity. The Odyssey took me from my neighborhood (Best in The City) of Greenwich, up above 39th Street and Midtown, in search of you know what. Well I'm not one of the masses who loves Starbucks, for me it's just the opposite. I don't like Starbucks and avoid it like the plague. Starbucks is the McDonalds of coffee shops and I've always preferred one-of-a-kind independently owned Cafes, and I've been going to them way before the first Starbucks opened its doors. Now, that, said, I do go to them now and then, but just out of convenience when there is no other better alternatives around. Starbucks does come in handy. Anyway, this day I was actually looking to specifically go to a Starbucks. I didn't know which one, but I did want to go to Starbucks that day. Yes, no electricity below 39th Street and my plan was to walk up to Midtown, above 39th, find a Starbucks that was opened, get a coffee and hopefully be able to get a Electrical Outlet and charge my Cel-Phone battery and maybe my Laptop. I knew that everyone else would want to be charging up but at least I'd get a nice hot cup of coffee. "Not!" I walked all around, passed about 10 Starbucks, and guess what? Not a one was open. OK, my usual Cafes in my neighborhood of Greenwich Village / Soho we not open. They couldn't, we had "No Electricity" downtown, that's why I went uptown, they had electricity and there should be some Starbucks open, "Not," again. There wasn't a one open. Those "Bastards" let us down. Starbucks, SOBs! OK, I realize there was a Hurricane and some people maybe couldn't get to work. OK. But with more than 50 Starbucks above 39th Street those "No Good SOB's" should have been able to organize some skeleton-crews and open at least a few Starbucks in a time when New Yorkers Needed Starbucks most, those SOB's let us down. Yes, "Starbucks Let New York and New Yorkers Down." They could have opened a few of their shops, when the comfort of hot Coffee and a place to go would have been so greatly appreciated, it would have been like a great Public Service to New Yorkers, but No, "Stabucks Let New Yorkers Down" when we needed them most, Starbucks was not there for us, New Yorkers. OK, enough of this already, I hate those Bastards, and will never forget when we needed them most, "Starbucks Let New Yorkers Down."

  Now, back to my great odyssey. OK, no Dam Starbucks like I planned. I'd have to find some other options. Well, now that I think about it, maybe Starbucks did me a favor, as my options turned out way better than any time spent at that "Giant Commercial Sanitized Conglomerate Stabucks" could have ever been. So I looked all over for a Starbucks to go to, didn't find a one, they were "all Closed," SOB's! So I'm in midtown I figure I might as well go over to my workplace, maybe someone is around. So I walk over to East 49th, get to my job, nobody is around. OK? It's near the Waldorf so I figure let me go over there, Cha-Ching !!! I hit pay-dirt! The Waldorf is open, and it's jumpin, people are all over the lobby, sitting  in chairs or on the floor (nice comfortable thick Rug) and they're "all Plugged-In), their laptops and cel phone. Right on! I do the same. Found a free outlet and plugged in. My laptop first, then my cel.




HURRICANE SANDY October 29 , 2012

Watch The VIDEO





Walking around GREENWICH VILLAGE and Soho

Before headig up to Mid Town to get COFFEE . Food ?


and to Charge the Batteries of my Cel Phone and Laptop Computer

It was quite the day.

Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke






Thursday, June 10, 2021

Scarlett Johansson Matthew Mcconaughey D&G


Scarlett Johansson & Matthew McConaughey

For D&G




MINA sings  :  Il cielo in una stanza






On location in New York


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Margarita Recipe Best Tequila


Best Tequila for Margaritas

These are Just 5 of The BEST


Any tequila that’s the official drink of the Mexican National Football team is likely worth drinking, no? That’s Gran Centenario for you, with a heritage of over 160 years of distilling and bottling their inimitable spirit. Their Plata tequila is rested in oak for the full 60 days allowable for a blanco, giving it a rich vanilla undertone uncommon in this style. That’s rounded out by strong aromatic notes of pear and lime, resulting in a superb mixing tequila. 


This famously sweet, sour and salty drink will forever and always be my all-time favorite cocktail. But while I adore just about any kind of margarita.

Mastering the margarita requires a certain amount of practice, but once you dial-in your perfect ratio, it's a really easy cocktail to replicate. The classic recipe is 3 parts tequila, 2 parts Triple Sec (or Grand Manier), and 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice, and you should probably start off pretty close to that, but my personal favorite proportions are 4-3-2.


Ingredients :

Ice Cubes
3 ounces TEQUILA ( Silver or Reposado)
2 ounce fresh squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 ounce Triple Sec (or Grand Manier)
1 teaspoon Sugar

Salt for the rim of the glass (if you want it) 

Fill a cocktail shaker with Ice. Add the Tequila, Lime Juice, Triple Sec, and sugar. Cover and shake until mixed and well chilled (about 20 seconds).

Place about 2 ounce of Salt in a small plate. Cut a Lime into 2 slices, one for the garnish and one to rub on the rim of a rock glass.

Rub the whole rim of a rock glass with a lime slice. Place the rim of the glass into the Salt to coat the rim with Salt (You can also do a combination of Salt & Sugar).

Pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into the rock glass. Place a  slice of Lime on top and serve.