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Blog It Forward – Ivan Femia

The day after the SAP Inside Track in Milan I received two Blog It Forward by Uwe Fetzer (his BIF) and Bala Prabahar (his BIF), but these are not the only because my new fellow SAP Mentor Peter Langner (his BIF) was ready to blog it forward to me… So finally I had my BIF Thank you guy I really love this initiative!

Do you already know about Blog It Forward? If not, I suggest you to read the “Blog It Forward Community Challenge” by Moshe Naveh and have a look to the existing chain.


Home Town – Milan

I was born 35 years ago in Milan, Italy.

Milan is the economic Italian capital in the north of Italy, the 2nd biggest italian city. It was founded by the Insubres (Celtic) in the 600 BC, and it got, since the early age, a very important role in italian history. Milan original name was Mediolanum that means “in the midst of the plain”. (Milan is in the middle of the well know Pianura Padana)

Milan is famous for some architectural buildings: Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco.


Castello Sforzesco

But it is also well know for its cuisine; the most famous plates are Cotoletta alla milanese, Risotto alla milanese and Ossobuco

Cotoletta alla Milanese

Risotto alla Milanese

Ossobuco alla Milanese

About myself

As a child I had the possibility to live either in a big city or in the countryside. My parents come from the south of Italy and all my relatives are farmers! So I lived for a long time with animals: pigs, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, foxes, ducks and whatever… all kind of farm animals, but I had also the possibility to experience in agriculture, so I know how to maintain a fruit tree or a water melon. This is really cool 🙂

I’m not a real Italian, I don’t like coffee and wine… Is it really strange? Btw I like eating and cooking. Yes I’m a good cook… This is a sneak preview, I’m going to open a real Italian cooking channel for dummies where I’m the cook!!! Stay tuned

BIF questions by Uwe

What has your Mum cooked for you as a child (the everyday meals, not the special ones)?

Pastasciutta or better Spaghetti al ragù

BIF questions by Bala

Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know

Have I already said that I like to cook?

Describe in one short sentence: “what need does your SAP solution meet”

I will use 2 words: Innovation and Flexibility

Which 5 things do you absolutely want to achieve in life?

    1. Get married
    2. Have 3 children
    3. Relocate in California
    4. Open an Italian restaurant in California
    5. Eat everything without gain weight. Is it possible?

Blog it forward

I would like to Blog It Forward to some great guys, that I had the possibility to meet in person, Patrizia Rossi Alessandro Spadoni Andrea Olivieri , asking them:

· If you could be a super hero (or are in your spare time) who would you be?

· What do you most enjoy on SCN?

· If you were 20 again, what would you study?

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      Author's profile photo Vinod Kumar
      Vinod Kumar

      Hi Ivan,

      Excellent blog post.  Nice to know about you and your country.

      Nice pictures of italian cuisines 😉

      Regards, Vinod

      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Vinod, appreciate 🙂

      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer

      Thank you Ivan for answering my questions. I'm really interested in what the others around the world are cooking and eating. Maybe I should create a Wiki, where everyone can enter their daily dishes.

      Do you know, what surprised me most during my visit in Milan?

      Tiramisu in Italy has no alcohol! (crazy Italiens) 😉

      Author's profile photo Abdulbasit Gulsen
      Abdulbasit Gulsen

      Tiramisu I ate in Rome had an alcohol. My wife liked it so much that we went to the same restaurant everyday while we were in Rome. It was the best tiramisu we tasted!

      BTW, your BIF is still on my todo list. I'm hoping to find a time to write it next week. It is not easy to find a meal that is "not special" cooked by my Mom. Everything she cooks is special 🙂 I'll give more details in my blog. wait for it 😉

      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author

      Tiramisù IS without alcohol 🙂

      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer

      And next you'll tell me there's no such thing like Pizza Hawaii, lol

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Ivan Femia

      Outstanding BIF - I am incredibly hungry now after seeing your awesome pictures.  I hope to visit Milan myself one day - what a beautiful place.

      Looking forward to your cooking channel on YouTube.


      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Tammy,

      waiting to meet you here in Italy 🙂

      Author's profile photo Mark Teichmann
      Mark Teichmann

      Regarding 5. of your achievement list: this is definitely possible, at least for me 🙂

      I also love italian cuisine but always accompagnied by coffee and wine.

      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author

      You're so lucky, even I'm doing workout I have to control myself 🙁

      Author's profile photo Peter Langner
      Peter Langner

      Hi Ivan,

      great blog! Next time I am in Milano I would love, if you cook for me 🙂



      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author

      Sure, we can meet all together to my place

      Author's profile photo Fred Verheul
      Fred Verheul

      Hi Ivan,

      Great blog post and even better pics. Hungry already (and I just finished lunch). Will definitely try some of these when in Italy/Milan (and luckily I can also consume almost anything without getting punished 😉 ).

      Not sure about the tiramisu, but I like it most with just a hint of alcohol, so prefer it homemade (by my wife).

      Cheers, Fred

      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you Fred 😉

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Nice blog Ivan Femia 🙂

      I always had the impression that SAP Mentors were like "geeky" ... On the contrary they're not - thanks to the BIF initiative we get to know the "non-SAP" side of their personality.

      Btw i'm a huge fan of Italian cuisine. When i was in Venice i was totally hooked to "spaghetti con gamberetti" & "gelato" 😉



      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Suhas!

      I'm for sure geeky but with a lot of passions 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Great blog Ivan I love the pictures! Good luck with having your restaurant, hopefully SAP will have launched a Food & Drink module by then. Get your staff to take orders via iPad on SUP and have HANA analyse seasonal trends in food choices! 🙂

      See you in Madrid?

      Author's profile photo Ivan Femia
      Ivan Femia
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Tim,

      I will be in Madrid... see you there 🙂

      Maybe Gordon Ramsay will help me with SUP & HANA too 😛

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Hi Ivan,

      It may not have seemed so great at the time, but I wonder if you look back on growing up with all those animals with happiness?  I know I did! 

      I love the pictures of Milan!  It must be on my bucket list.


      Author's profile photo Alessandro Spadoni
      Alessandro Spadoni

      Great blog Ivan,

      I want to visit "Castello Sforzesco" and taste a "cotoletta alla milanese" 😀