Puglia Series: Sunshine in Gallipoli

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Dive deeper into Puglia. – to the clear waters of the Ionian Sea to find the seaside down of Gallipoli. An easy day trip from Lecce.  Don’t forget your swimsuit! Read more

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Puglia Series: Night Comes to Lecce

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We embraced the evening as we did the beginning.  A cool wind whipped at our faces as we joined the locals in the evening passeggiata – a leisurely stroll around town – a nightly ritual performed throughout Italy. The cool stone radiated the warmth of the day. We shoved our hands deeper in our pockets and opened our faces to the magic. Puglia awaits.

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No Stir Saffron Risotto with Peas

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No stir risotto? Seriously? Yup and Judy Witts Francini has the secret.  Head on over to her new Dining with the Diva YouTube channel to learn her secret to this delicious saffron risotto with fresh asparagus. I substituted peas, because that’s what I had in the house, and that’s what cooking is all about. Super easy meal in just under 15 minutes.

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Little Italy in San Francisco

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Christmas Lights on Grant Street, Little Italy in San Francisco

I was born in San Francisco.  When I take one of those silly quizzes that ask you all sorts of odd questions about what you like to do, they always ends up telling me I should move back.  Maybe. Maybe some day. Read more