29 September, 2017

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

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

2017 – Rome Day 2 – Castello Orsini-Odescalchi

2017 – Rome Day 2 – Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
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  Started our day with a cappuccino and a pastry, like anyone would do when in Italy.   To get to our destination we had to practically take planes, trains, and automobiles. We started on the Rome metro, changed trains and got off the metro in Piramide. Then we got on a train train (not Metro
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27 September, 2017

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

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

2017 – Puglia Region Day 6 – Manduria Mercato & Gallipoli

2017 – Puglia Region Day 6 – Manduria Mercato & Gallipoli
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Last day in the Puglia area. Wow our time here flew by! The storm has passed and we are clear to take off to Gallipoli, on the Ionic Sea. Manduria Mercato Olives and nuts.Grains of every imaginable kind. Dried fava! I’ve looked forward to this market all week. Visiting the markets here in Italy is
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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
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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
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16 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 4 – Horsing Around

2017 – Verona Day 4 – Horsing Around
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Our hosts for lunch and a cooking class are Damiano and Moira. They live in Alpo, a little town in the area of Villafranca di Verona. They are a most gracious family and welcomed us into their home. Antimo knew Damiano from his Italian army days. PearĂ  (sort of a bread soup) is a specialty of this
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7 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 4 – Tenuta Monterosola Winery

2017 – Volterra Day 4 – Tenuta Monterosola Winery
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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
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5 September, 2017

2017 – Volterra Day 2 – San Gimignano

2017 – Volterra Day 2 – San Gimignano
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We are greeted by the most beautiful sunrise this morning. This view is from one of our apartment windows but I wanted to get the picture without the windows and screen. I was so excited to capture the moment I ran out of the apartment in my shorty jammies. Oh well, if any of the
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3 September, 2017

2017 – And The Journey Begins!

2017 – And The Journey Begins!
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Losing a day getting from Portland to Florence is the hardest part of the trip to me. I’m all amped up, ready to see and do everything, and I’m stuck in Seat 8A for what seems like 24 hours, but in reality is about 18 hours flight time. On the bright side, Dick and I
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15 May, 2017

Cornering the Markets (Farmer’s) And More…

Cornering the Markets (Farmer’s) And More…
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Each month I gather up tidbits to share and this month it was hard to keep the list down to a reasonable size. Since I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve noticed other blogs doing the same thing on a weekly basis. Since my “staff” consists of my dog and hubby, I just don’t have the
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26 April, 2017

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event

We’re Crushing It At This Wine Event
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One of the advantages of living in the Willamette Valley in Oregon is the close proximity to a large number of the 700+ wineries in the state. If you are a member of any one of these local wineries you have certain privileges (depending on the winery) that usually include free wine tastings, pick-up parties,
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17 March, 2017

A Little Sage Advice – Tips For The Cook And The Kitchen

A Little Sage Advice – Tips For The Cook And The Kitchen
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Once a month I like to share five interesting tidbits I have collected while working on the blog. Hope you find this month’s “sage” interesting, informative, and amusing.   We’ve been doing a lot of freshening up and cleaning around here in the hopes that spring will arrive soon. To get enthusiastic about cleaning, a song
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