For Love and Superga

Nothing says love like a warm kitten and a pair of pink Superga shoes!  Happy Valentines day from Italy and Me. Buona giornata!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ode to Italian Undies.

Do you ever wonder what Italians think of our endless fascination with their laundry?  We go on vacation armed with our best cameras but, alas, we seem to ignore the beautiful countryside in favor of taking picture after picture of their undies suspended high above our heads.

So, this picture is my ode to Italian underwear.  I think the juxtaposition of the laundry and the old building makes a good picture.  What say you?  This photo was taken in Pienza in May of 2012.

Style. Even Italian beehives have it.

I spied these stylish Italian beehives during a splendid afternoon and evening at Agriturismo Il Greppo,  a lovely winery and bed/breakfast located somewhere between Siena and Montepulciano. Before dinner and as the sun was setting amongst the vineyard, we were treated to tour of the grounds, the production room and a full round of wine tasting.  As a result I left with an entire case of Vino Nobile.  Il Greppo wines are based on the Sangiovese grape. and their main production is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.  We also tasted Rosso di Montepulciano, Chianti and Vin Santo. Una bella esperienza!

 

Fancy a little wild boar?

IMG_2016 This is Osteria Del  Cinghiale Bianco, the restaurant in the Oltrarno district in Florence where we ate before heading over to the Arno to take pictures. It looks like so many other restaurants throughout the area.  When we got there, we were very early by Italian standards – around 6:00pm.  They grudgingly gave us a seat, even though we didn’t have reservations.  Evidently this place isn’t all that easy to get into during the high tourist season. The early seating was full of tourists who are unable to wait until 10pm for dinner with the locals.  When we left, there was a line down the street to get in.   Maybe eating early wasn’t such a bad thing.

The original fusion food: Sicilian – CSMonitor.com

My first cookbook review has been published by the Christian Science Monitor under the food section “Stir it Up”  To say that I am excited is an understatement.  Here’s a brief intro followed by a link to the full review:

Sicily is a long way from California where I live. But one can travel through food and that’s what I did with the new travel-worthy cookbook Sicily from the editors of Phaidon Press Limited.The book is a compilation of more than 50 recipes with narrative text by noteworthy chef Pamela Sheldon Johns. Recipes are accompanied by gorgeous full-page Edward Park photographs. The preface of “Sicily” provides a short but insightful history into the island explaining that many different cultures have been master to her culinary puzzle. Arab influence can be found in savory couscous dishes and sweets draped with marzipan. A heavy reliance on almonds and toasted sesame seeds also came courtesy of the Arabs. Greek rule brought eggplants, oranges and apricots. The cookbook calls it the original fusion cuisine. I think that’s right. To understand Sicilian history is to understand her food. It should never be called Italian. It is SicilianMore Here