30 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica
Comments: 2
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The last day of our Roman adventure. And what an adventure it has been! Pyramid of Cestius. We took the metro to meet Luigi, an architect who lives in Rome near Piramide. He was coming with us to Ostia Antica. He told us about this pyramid which looked new against the backdrop of the ancient city.
Read more…

29 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies
Comments: 2
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

To strike or not to strike, that was the question (trains, buses and the underground metro). But really, the question was how many hours to strike? At first it was announced as 24 hours, then 12, then 8, and finally this morning before we left the apartment, we were told 4 hours. We planned on
Read more…

27 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 1 – Basilica of San Clement & The Colosseum

2017 – Rome Day 1 – Basilica of San Clement & The Colosseum
Comments: 2
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

 This is the way to start the day! Antimo knew about this special coffee drink by the name of Cafe Leccese. It is made with espresso, bitter almond syrup (it tasted like amaretto) and rind of a lemon. Oh yummy. He ordered it for me at the airport and that made my morning! We arrived
Read more…

24 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 4 – Back To The Beach & Esposito Family

2017 – Puglia Region Day 4 – Back To The Beach & Esposito Family
Comments: 6
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

All weather reports predicted a rain storm today, but we all took our positive attitudes to the beach so we could enjoy one more day.  Antimo conducted an impromptu exercise class with breathing, stretching, a little yoga, a few movements with weights and resistance bands, and voila! It wasn’t as if we didn’t need it
Read more…

23 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 3 – Ostuni By Day, Oria By Night

2017 – Puglia Region Day 3 – Ostuni By Day, Oria By Night
Comments: 2
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

  We’re off to Ostuni today. I remember a few years ago when we were taking the train from Bari to Brindisi – Antimo told us once we saw the “white” city of Ostuni to get our luggage together because the next stop would be ours. It was a good thing he warned us because
Read more…

21 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 1 – Travel Day to Manduria

2017 – Puglia Region Day 1 – Travel Day to Manduria
Comments: 4
Tags: , , , , , ,

Today was a travel day – I’m writing the blog this evening from our beautiful patio in Manduria. Antimo rented a fabulous vacation villa for us in the heart of town. Check out the pictures! Large bedroom with stella ceilings. The perfect balance of contemporary modern mixed with house original tile floors, doors, and ceilings.
Read more…

17 September, 2017

2017 – Bologna and Modena Day 1 – Mantova Motor Festival & Maggi Pizza

2017 – Bologna and Modena Day 1 – Mantova Motor Festival & Maggi Pizza
Comments: 2
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Travel day, leaving Verona. Our next destination is Sant’Agata in the Bolognese region. The room we are staying in is right above the best pizzeria in Italy – or so they say. Maggi Pizzeria. I’ll be dreaming of pizza all night, I just know it! Let’s back up the Audi (our rented car) for a few hours and catch the goings
Read more…

15 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 3 – Lake Garda

2017 – Verona Day 3 – Lake Garda
Comments: 2
Tags: , , , , , ,

A day trip to Lago di Garda to visit the towns of Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda. The lake area is only about a half hour from our apartment. Lake Garda is a very unusual shaped lake and is the largest in Italy. We had time today to visit a few of the towns around the lake.  The first
Read more…

7 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 4 – Tenuta Monterosola Winery

2017 – Volterra Day 4 – Tenuta Monterosola Winery
Comments: 6
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Podere San Lorenzo is a lovely place to spend a week. A few more pictures of the property. Our apartment is the small building in front to the left. The larger building in back was the original monastery. Chefs picking tomatoes for tonight’s dinner. While at Podere San Lorenzo we’ve met some very interesting people
Read more…

6 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 3 – Museums & Cooking Class

2017 – Volterra Day 3 – Museums & Cooking Class
Comments: 1
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Tip: when in Tuscany if you ask for ham and cheese with your eggs (not that you get this choice very often) remember where you are! We were served eggs on one dish, and then prosciutto and pecorino on a separate dish. I’m not complaining, just didn’t expect it served that way. Ricardo is loving
Read more…

1 September, 2017

Kissed My Basil Goodbye – Made Pesto!

Kissed My Basil Goodbye – Made Pesto!
Tags: , , , , , ,

I had to face the fact that the basil needed to be pulled out of the garden. The plants were going to seed and some leaves were showing signs of sunburn. Practically in tears (sad to see them go until next spring), I cut off the leaf stems and brought them in the house to make
Read more…

21 August, 2017

Get In The (Cal)Zone – Ricotta & Spinach Appetizers

Get In The (Cal)Zone – Ricotta & Spinach Appetizers
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

On this day of the total Eclipse of the Sun it was hard to choose which blog to post. Since we live in the “path of totality” I was trying to think of ways to equate this cooking experience with today’s event. Should we start with a song? “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie
Read more…