If you have followed my blog page you might remember I wrote a paper on my experience at a wonderful Osteria in Salt Lake City last year. Well I had an opportunity to be in Salt Lake City last week and couldn’t resist dinner at one of the best Italian Restaurants (Osteria) west of the North End Italian district in Boston. Well Valter, the Chef and Owner of Valter’e Osteria, created another of his magnificent dishes, which was no surprise because Valter is one of those chef’s who cooks and creates his masterpieces from the heart. This one was a Portobello Mushroom to die for.
Start with a Portebello mushroom at least 5-6″ in diameter. Slice horizontally making a top and a bottom. Fill with one thin slice of Prosciutto, 3 light slices of Fontina Cheese and add a pinch of salt. Cook in the oven using a pan with fresh olive oil, and 3 cloves of garlic, 1 bunch of Rosemary and 1 bunch of Sage. Cook in a 350 degrees oven for 15 minutes. Be sure the mushroom has enough olive oil so it will not dry out.
I have to say part of the excitement is having Valter serve you. Not only a genius in the kitchen but an entertainer in the dinning room when he presents you with his creations. A labor of love there is none greater.
If you travel to Salt Lake City a visit there would be incomplete if you fail to make the time to experience one of the great dinning experiences. Tell Valter, Puglisi sent you. Buon Appetite!
One of the best things you can do before you begin a search for a home is to have an in depth meeting with me. You know what you want, and I know the market. Together we can come up with a plan that includes a list of needs and features you want to find. The more information you give me the more I can help you. For example, if you are looking for a golf property to live in during the winter, you have probably thought a lot about which neighborhoods you like, but what about your other lifestyle needs and activities. There are specific communities that cater to what you find important in a community and location. I can help you tremendously by narrowing down your search options to properties that will truly fit your needs.
HOUSE HUNTING TIPS
Giving yourself plenty of time will also make a big difference in the search for a new home. Unless you have a specific time deadline to keep to, such as a relocation time frame, by allowing yourself the time to search for the right home, you can avoid feeling rushed to make a decision, which can lead to a hasty one you may regret. If you want to live in a specific neighborhood there may only be a couple of listings at first. If none of the properties are what you want in a home, don’t pick one just to be in the neighborhood. Wait for a while instead. With fluctuations in the housing market, new listings come available regularly, so your dream home could be just around the corner. The bottom line is don’t put yourself on an exact schedule if you don’t have to.
When you look at a lot of different houses you will see things you don’t like, especially regarding decor. It can also be difficult to recall which house had the great kitchen space but worn carpet, or the property with the great pool, and Casita but ugly exterior paint. First, keep in mind that cosmetic aspects of a home can often be readily changed. Remember to look beyond the dated furniture, or ultra-modern living room that looks like it belongs in the pages of Wired Magazine. When you go beyond what clashes with your own tastes, you can note what you can do within a home to make it yours once you have the keys. One way to easily remember the pros and cons of any home you view is by taking photos of each room whenever you view a listing.
Ultimately the right home for you will feel exactly so, just right. You may be surprised to find the house that calls to you the most is not the Spanish traditional style home you long dreamed about finding, but the newly renovated PGA West home that I showed you, which has the majority of the features you need and want in a home. Give me a call when your ready to start and keep these house hunting tips in mind and before you know it you will be asking me to submit an offer on the perfect home that is just right for you. – Sal Puglisi