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Friday, July 11, 2014

Elizabeth Street

MOM OF THE MOMENT: PAOLA ANGELICA ALVEAR

MOM OF THE MOMENT: PAOLA ANGELICA ALVEAR

Paola Angelica Alvear is the managing director of Lambert + Associates, a buying office with international clients in the fashion industry. “I directly handle the Bergdorf Goodman account.  The work is demanding but so much fun! I feel I have found the perfect match being American and living in Milan—I have the best of both worlds,” she tells us.

In her spare time, Alvear enjoys her adopted city with her two boys (Eduardo, 10, and Antonio, 8). She is also involved with two charities: Magica Cleme and Fondazione Francesca Rava. “I personally know those who run the organizations and I am sure that what I do or donate goes directly to those who need it,” she tells us.


Bianco Latte

The décor throughout this cheery café is almost entirely white—just like its go-to ingredient, milk. Enjoy Bianco Latte's delicious gelato, or sip on the frothiest, tastiest caffè lattes in town. Behind the main room, there’s also a small café that serves up delicious made-to-order sandwiches.

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Parco Sempione

The Milanese love their parks, and Parco Sempione is one of the finest and most popular. The 116-acre expanse includes a playground, a library, formal gardens, and an unbeatable view of the Arco alla Pace. The paths—which wind around ponds and under bridges—are perfect for a weekend bike ride or leisurely walk. 

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Triennale Design Museum

Since 2007, this museum has been chipping away at a longstanding question: What constitutes Italian design? Each exhibition at Triennale Design Museum (TDM) deals with the country's unique melding of cutting-edge materials, humor, history, nostalgia, and tradition. TDM's educational space also teaches children, and the community at large, about design, science, and critical thinking. 

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Natura E. . .

The great selection of scientific toys and and other instruments of learning has made Natura E. . . the go-to store for moms in Milan. "When I am looking for birthday presents, I like to go to Natura E. . . for all the weird insects and experimental items that boys love to play with," says Paola Angelica Alvear.

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Obika Mozzarella Bar

This Italian dairy empire understands that we mozzarella enthusiasts prefer to build our meals from the cheese-up. The menu lists an array of mozzarella across spectrums from sweet to salty and smoky to fresh, then lists complementing side dishes of vegetables and cured meats. With plates that are great for sharing and a lively bar atmosphere, a trip to Obika is perfect for a casual date night. And most exciting of all, the Obika cheese masters display massive balls of their product soaking in glass boxes so that all can marvel at the process of their creation. 

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