How about a peek at some of the delightful dishes served in one of our favorite little lunch spots in Florence, Italy? Delighted to share just one of the reasons we never can get enough of Italy – the food, the wine, the friends….If only we had this “fast food” as a lunch option during the work week […]

What do you get when you combine 3 different varieties of squash with butter and cheese? A winter squash gratin that tempts you to eat it all alone….not. share. one. single. bite…….But I digress. Here’s the scoop. My blogger friend, Marie, over at Proud Italian Cook blog, posted this recipe for Butternut, Delicata, and Acorn Squash Gratin […]

First off – let me state a fact: If you can’t find something from Conti Tuscany Flavours (here’s their Facebook Page) to pack in your suitcase by which to remember Florence, Italy…well my dears, there is no shopping hope for you! I’m just saying…bring on the bubble wrap and let’s go browsing! Located close to Mercato Centrale (home of the Conti […]

Sometimes, the simplest of items make the best dish. Take this for example… Simple ingredients allowed to do what they do best – that is: entice us to eat a small sampling to get our tummies ready for dinner! And this sure fit the bill, when our friends joined us to cook out. Juicy, ripe […]

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Need I say more? Hope the pictures are worth a thousand words…….

Why, hello, everyone! Yes, it’s been a while…sure hope this was worth the wait! Last time we met, we were just about to lick our plates finish our dinner at Black Bar and Restaurant at the StarHotels – Anderson in Milan, Italy. (In case you missed it, click here for the post.) Yes, I know….I left you hanging […]

Cin cin! Salute! Cheers! A scene from our last visit to Rusticanella 2 in Lucca, Italy seemed the appropriate way to say: Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy Memorial Day. Now – get out there and get your grill on!

Fresh, local, seasonal…..words we hear a lot in the US lately. In Italy, these are words that are not new to them – this is how they shop, eat, and enjoy healthy meals. Let’s walk around the market and decide what will tempt us today…. How about some sliced meats, if we are feeling like […]

With nearly perfect weather, Spring vegetables on the menu, and festivals galore, what’s not to love about Lucca, Italy? Let’s take a walk around town to enjoy the views. How about lunch at gli Orti di Via Elisa? Spring Vegetable Soup for one, please. After a walk around the wall….. …..with a view of the […]

…….I would probably have joined the Army! Little did I know, there is a U.S. base just outside of Pisa, Italy, in the Livorno area. Even has a work out building. And history galore! Hope you read this, like we did, to learn more about Camp Darby. Always a learning experience when we travel. Italy […]