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About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist with a private practice in Palm Desert, California. My passions include travel, especially annual trips to Italy, food, and all things Italian. I drink LOTS of coffee, love to cook, entertain, shop and decorate. My other hobbies include making beaded jewelry, scrapbooking, reading, and planning themes and tablesettings for parties and dinners. I live with my husband, Brad, and our dog, Ego, in our very Italian home in the desert. I have too many purses and too many dishes. I collect Italian ceramics and Christmas ornaments. I spend a HUGE amount of time on my favorite website, Slow Travel or on the message board Slow Talk!

Comments (14)


I love this "blog" great photo of you and Brad.

Hysterical you bundled up by the fireplace.I was LOL!!!

Barbara Lewis:

Hi Palmabella: I'm trying desperately to get in touch with you about the bead shop in Bologna. Could you please contact me at Thanks.

G'day there,

If you cast your mind back a month or so you would find yourself at Hotel Il Giglio, in Montalcino.

You'll remember me as the other Mac owner competing for the WiFi access point.

Also you may recall I did bookmark your site and have kept reading.

Great food indeed, lots of wine - very good - and some interesting places. Well done.

What you have put together is a great example of how a blog is used. I just wonder how Brad had the patience each time you posted - lol - just kidding - he probably enjoyed the time out.

So, from our end, I still am not home, rather Copenhagen.

I had a Historic Street Grand Prix last weekend and have hung around for a few days with friends who live a little north.

But since we saw you @ Montalcino, Clare and I went to an island of exactly the same name as the hotel (!) and it was wonderful. Off the coast of Argentario and Porto S. Stefano lies Il Giglio. It has a costello on the top and a isolted beachside resort on the other side. The pizza had a crisp base and fresh tomatoes were a plenty. Naturally, a light rose for lunch, followed by an expresso.

Went on to a mates place who live on the coast at Agay, near San Raphael. The beach alongside is where the american/allied forces came ashore in 1944 in the final thrust to retake europe. It was a touch hard to imagine but sitting there having lunch, looking out to sea, watching the mega cruisers run from Antibes to San R, whilst enjoying more rosé and the very best local Rosti Poulet, I started to imagine what it may have been like.

From there, the Route Napoleon, from Nice to Grenoble and then back to the house at Veyrier du Lac, at Annecy for a weeks rest.

Clare went home to Adelaide and I went to Cologne on the TGV for a few days of business, before shooting back to another aussie mates place at Putney, directly on the Thames.

Perhaps you heard about the floods in England? The very strange weather patterns? Well, I can confirm it all...

London was a perfect blue sky, windless and warm, every single day. No one was was cranky and I saw no lines of people waiting for what ever they wait for, in England.

Now you definitely know that the world weather is screwy!

What's you next adventure then?



Ann Avery:

Aloha! from Don and Ann...Raining, glorious rain! Bt loving it and it's to be here for our full week. I just want to walk in it. Sending you some interesing recipies:
Ross Turnbull, Executive Chef. Princeville Resort

2 Cups diced fresh Maui gold pineapple
1/2 Cup fine diced red bell pepper
1/2 Cup fine diced red onion
1/2 Cup fine sliced scallions
Pinch fine chopped habanero pepper
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 Tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Tsp fresh chopped mint leaves
Hawaiian sea salt and black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a plastic bowl and allow to marinate 1 hour before serving.

Manfred Steuerwald, Executive Chef. Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa

24 oz sweet chili sauce
6 oz rice vinegar
1/2 oz garlic, chopped
1/2 oz shallots, chopped
1/2 Bunch cilantro, chopped
1 oz minced ginger
1/2 oz canola oil
3 oz soy sauce, low sodium
1 Tsp sambal

Combine all ingredients, except for canola oil and chopped cilantro. Using blender or wand mixer, slowly add canola oil. Add cilantro last.


maria clark:

carissima palmabella' passions il suo blog e molto bello lei e una persona meravigliosa che trasmette una grande gioia di vivere la sua casa e molto bella circondata di tante cose sono una donna di 57 anni di napoli sposata con un americano.da quattro mesi vivo in colorado spring un grande cambiamento.
ho una figlia di 20 e una cagnolina sptiz di 6 anni.tutte le mattine quardo il suo blog e la mia giornata diventa piu bella perche lei trasmette una grande gioia di vivere spero che lei capisce l'italiano spero che lei sia contenta che ho risposto al suo blog tanti saluti a lei e suo marito

Karen Farley:

My husband, son and I will be traveling to Italy for the frist time. Our daughter lives in Gaeta. My husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary (second marriage) in Tuscany (Monteriggioni) and I am a freelance writer. I also love beads and was wondering if you could give me the name of any shops/stores in the Tuscany area or any other smaller town.
Thank you!

Steve L:

I am also a slowtalk fan and noticed on a recent post that you would be cooking for friends in Montisi. My Italian family is from there and I will be staying in the town this summer for 7 weeks, starting on June 16th, reuniting with family. May I ask what your connection is to Montisi and if you will be there when I am there?? Would be fun to meet up and compare notes!


Who knew? This site is fantastic. I haven't been able to get back to work. But really, eveything looks great.


Just stumbled upon your terriffic blog after a sleepless night (I'm that age). Your comment "too many purses and dishes" describes me exactly. I just know we are destined to be friends!!
Jo in Georgia



This is a long-shot, but I found a post of yours on another blog dated 2 years ago where you said you've been making the Williams-Sonoma recipe for Butternut Squash Apple Soup for years. I have lost my recipe for it and can't find it anywhere! W-S has changed their recipe and I really want the old one (which was dairy free).

If you have it and could send it to my email I would be so appreciative!

Laura Spears:


I was given this site because a little bird told me you were a great cook and well travelled. My husband and I live in Yorba Linda and will be travelling to Bologna before we board a cruise out of Venice. I would love your recomendations.

When you email back, let me know if my name is familiar.


Hi Palma,
I discovered your blog last weekend. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. It's interesting, funny, very infomative, and makes me want to cook, eat, and book my next trip! You've really inspired me to catch up my own blog. I look forward to following your blog. Have a great day!



Just reading your Italy blog from Bologna and am sitting writing you from there---are you in town for a long time or has your trip ended (I am here for 6 months)? Thanks for the beautiful pictures of surrounding towns and I also loved Verona and have yet to go to Parma.

Prudence Lay:

Hi again,

Could you forward me your email so that I can send you the information we discussed?

Thank you,


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