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If you’ve ever been in charge of planning a trip for yourself or others, you know how involved it is and how much time it takes. To some, the idea of a travel advisor might seem out of their reach or perhaps too good to be true. Well, allow me to give you just a […]


5 Reasons Using a Travel Advisor is a Must in 2021

Let’s be honest, everyone loves pizza –– and they always have. People have been making versions of it in different cultures for centuries. That is until, like they always do, the Italians came along and perfected it. What most of us think of when we hear the word “pizza” today is a version of the […]

Main Dish, Recipes

Margherita Pizza with Fresh Basil

While traveling to Africa, I glanced out the window of the Airbus 380 at the exact moment we crossed over from the Mediterranean Sea into Africa. Algeria was 39,000 feet below and the only thing to see was miles and miles of desert. For the next several hours, the view below changed from sand, to […]


Traveling To Africa


Are you one of those people that loves to get behind the wheel of a car and go places? Does the thought of hours in a car excite you? And you look forward to practicing your Zen breathing while in traffic? Or are you someone who would rather leave the driving to someone else and […]


17 Things to Know About Driving In Italy

Tips for driving in Italy

Just reading the word Tuscany brings up all sorts of things in one’s mind – red wine, charming villages and breathtaking scenery to start. And if you read “truffle hunt in Tuscany”, it takes that image of Tuscany and elevates it to a whole different level. Cate and Anne are two of my closest and […]


A Truffle Hunt in Tuscany

Starting with Ireland… Ireland had long been on my bucket list. March weather there is rather cold and damp, but I was going with my friend Joanne, a college professor who had spring break week off. So we packed our woolies, raincoats, gloves, hats and umbrellas and soldiered on. And the beauty visiting this time […]


A Wee Bit of Ireland and Scotland

They say that everyone leaves a digital footprint. Not so. A few years ago I posted my Lamb Stew with Cannellini beans (Stufato di agnello con fagioli canellini) recipe. But with changes to both my blog and website over the years, it got lost. Gone. Disappeared. Along with a several others of my favorite recipes. […]

Main Dish, Meat, Recipes

Lamb Stew With Cannellini Beans

Lamb Stew With Cannellini Beans

I remember as a kid, my grandmother always had prune juice in the fridge. So throughout my life, I always associated prune juice with old people. And also for… you know…when you need a little extra help. In 2001, the California Prune Board pressured the Food and Drug Administration to change the name of prunes […]

Brunch, Dessert, Recipes

Prune Cake {Torta alla Prugne}

Prune Cake

  FICO Eataly World, the big daddy of Italian food and drink is set to open in Bologna.  FICO short for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina and Eataly will be the largest Italian marketplace and agri-food park in the world. “FICO-Italy for the world to see” is their tagline. Opening day is November 15th and I was lucky […]


FICO Eataly World


Learning Italian has been my work in progress for many years. I can give a long list of excuses reasons why I’m not at the level I would like to be such as it’s not an easy language (14 verb tenses), type A personalities like myself want everything to be perfect before we even attempt it, it’s […]


My Week at Italian Language School in Bologna


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