“Cosmo, Men and… The City”

-5 parts of Vodka
-3 parts of Cointreau
– 2 parts of lime juice
-3 parts of currant juice
-Ice to taste
Take a shaker, pour some ice, then the Vodka, the Cointreau, the currant juice and the lime juice. Shake well and vigorously and you will have obtained the Cosmopolitan.

New York is, I think, the most cited city in the world of media: from radio to TV through to books: like it or not, everyone has felt like they belong to the New York people at least once!
We met Ally in the streets of Manhattan, took classes next to Blair at NYU, had breakfast at Central Perk, chased the criminals through the streets of Brooklyn.

New York is the goal, the dream, the goal.

Sure the United States offers far more beautiful cities and views, but anyone who has ever planned a trip to North America will have put the Big Apple into the plan.

Personally, I was there in the winter of 2005, when the wound of the Twin Towers was still fresh, open. Despite the pain, I found it a magical city, wonderfully chaotic, full of contradictions, smells, foods and possibilities.

A little freezing.

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If I ever come back, I would prefer to do it in Spring, with the warm sun caressing Central Park, the outdoor markets, the tables outside with the heaters still on.

They say it is the best season to visit it, to appreciate it and to love it. Unfortunately for now, the possibility of returning is remote. I have to be content with reliving it through TV series, books, films.

And if there is a TV series that brings to mind New York, it is undoubtedly “Sex And The City”.

Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha turn it far and wide on high heels and in envious clothes, hunting for stories and men, always ready for new adventures and to support each other for better or for worse.

Four very different women, with very different jobs, linked by the love of sex, gossip, the Cosmos and … the Big Apple.

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Anyone who has watched at least one episode will have seen a little bit of themselves in the protagonists, labeled each friend as “you are absolutely a Charlotte”, “Miranda, you are Miranda”, but in this fiction-reality coupled you can be sure that no friend will be never dared to give “some Samantha” to anyone in her inner circle, nor will she be (openly) identified with it.

If Charlotte – gallery owner – is the keeper of traditional love, she is always and constantly looking for the Great Love to marry and give birth to; Miranda – lawyer – is the career woman completely focused on herself who, while not disdaining stories, is not looking for them, and prefers partners with a specific contract; and Carrie – the lead voice, the blogger – is a modern romantic, in search of True Love who, however, does not mind kissing all the toads in the meantime; Samantha… it’s Samantha. She is unique and unrepeatable. Selfish. Nymphomaniac. Explicit. Irreverent. Pr during the day… and at night. She loves herself more than any other creature, she dares, experiments and speaks out about it without mincing words.

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As far as we are in an modern century, none of my friends is similar to Samantha while are very popular the Charlottes and the Carries.
ME? Obviously, being a writer, everyone tends to associate me with Bradshow, but knowing me they have to change their mind: Miranda. I am a Miranda. Career first of all.

If love arrives, so be it, but I’m sure I’m not going to look for it …

“Sex and The City” was the first female format so explicit, it is now fashionable, among the various “Girls”, “Shameless”, “OITNB“, female sexuality was cleared, but when it came out it was a real scandal, and still today in my opinion it is the most politically incorrect one, and we like it for that!

The men are there, but they are the kit, passengers, they serve more as a setting for the adventures that Carrie tells on the blog.

A bit like I do … maybe it’s true that I look like her, but unlike her, I don’t have $ 40,000 value of shoes!

Fashion, Chinese food *, Cosmo **, gossip, friendship, sex are the basic ingredients for this much loved and talked about show – that with all that alcohol and takeaway food one wonders how they keep fit, ah yeah , quite right…. Lots, lots of sex.

New York is an integral part of the series, half of the events would not have the same value without the Big Apple behind them.

The New York of great possibilities, of dream work, of winking shop windows, of street vendors, of full sidewalks, of taxis always at hand. Of great loves, of betrayals, of crazy nights, of morning walk of shame.

Coffee, jewelry, trendy clubs, music, lights.

One thing I’d always wondered looking at her on the screen was if she really was that bright. It is. It shines. It gives the feeling that anything can happen!

Probably the inhabitants will be of a completely different opinion, as often happens, and will complain about the traffic, the immigrants, the smell of fried at every corner and the always very high rate of homicides – by the way … returning one evening I found the road closed, cordoned off, to the question “what happened?”, the answer, absolutely neutral was “they killed someone”. Without emotion. As if it were a simple routine. – there is none of this in Sex and The City. The show’s NY shines and sparkles, it’s magical, it’s open and accessible.

The friends are always there, at a whisker, day or night it doesn’t matter, you call and they arrive!

At times I can’t even see the friend I live with ….

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Maybe that’s what I like best, the freedom that this series conveys, from every point of view. From clothes to language, from themes to colors.

Looking at Sex and The City, one has the feeling of living in a world in which the biggest problem is what to wear for the next appointment.

And wouldn’t it be wonderful, if that were really the case?

If the only real problem was finding “The Right One?”.

*Sweet and Sour Pork
(the recipe is from my mom, Mena)

Ingredients for 4 people
– 400 grams of pork (fillet or shoulder are the most suitable cuts)
–           fry oil
– oil for skipping meat
– 1 ½ clove of garlic
– 1 small red pepper
– 1 small green pepper
– 1 slice of pineapple in syrup
– 2 spring onions cut into 3-4 cm fillets

For the marinade
– 1 ½ teaspoon of soy sauce
– 1 1/2 teaspoons of Chinese rice vinegar
– 1 ½ teaspoon of corn starch

For the breading
– 60 grams of flour passed through a sieve
– 30 grams of corn starch
– ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate
– 10 grams of oil
– 70 ml of water
–           salt

For 250 ml of sweet and sour sauce
– 60 grams of ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoons of Chinese rice vinegar
– 1 1/2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
– 9 grams of sugar
– 100 grams of water
– 1 ½ teaspoon of corn starch
– 1 ½ teaspoon of sesame oil


Let’s start with the sweet and sour sauce: put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix carefully. We let it rest and in the meantime cut the pork into bite-sized pieces and marinate the meat in a bowl, mixing it with starch, rice vinegar and soy sauce. We cover and leave to rest, at room temperature, for 45 minutes.
For the batter, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and dip the pork bites into it, mix and close everything carefully.
Heat the wok with plenty of frying oil and dip the morsels in, as soon as the pork is ready and golden to perfection, drain with a ladle and put it on absorbent paper, drying.
Wash and cut the peppers and spring onions into strips, crush the garlic and dice the pineapple.
Put a few tablespoons of oil in the wok, brown the crushed garlic, add the vegetables and sauté them for 6-7 minutes. They must remain crunchy enough, in order to create contrast in the mouth.
At the last minute add the pineapple in the wok and sauté for a couple of minutes, then add the sweet and sour sauce. When the sauce has thickened and becomes slightly honeyed in consistency, add the pork to the wok, quickly mix all the ingredients and serve to serve hot.

All accompanied by the inevitable Cosmopolitan!

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