Entries from Palmabella's Passions tagged with 'Italian Food'

Arrosticini

Our last night in Pescara, we had a very special treat: Massimo's arrosticini! They are lamb skewers, Abruzzo style. When Federico was in Palm Desert, I would often ask him if there were any foods he missed. He enjoyed all...

Mimmo's Place

We spent a nice evening on Saturday at Mimmo's Place in Palm Desert. We had a pasta feast with my butternut squash ravioli with a butter and sage sauce, Brad's veal ravioli with radicchio, and Federico's spaghetti with pesto. Federico...

Artful Food

On our first visit to Urbania in 2011 we had a wonderful meal at Osteria del Cucco. We were excited to return this year with Diane and Frank for a wonderful lunch. Giorgio and Donatella are amazing hosts, and the...

Ciambella for Breakfast

We were completely spoiled at breakfast during our week at Giulia's wonderful Locanda della Valle Nuova in northern Le Marche. Every morning there were three kinds of home made breads, juices, fruit, tomatoes, jams, yogurt, cereal, cheese or ham, and...

Busy in Bologna!

We've had a couple of busy days in Bologna. We've been cooking with Rafaella and Francesca, had a market tour, a day trip to Dozza, walks around town, and a hot Saturday night in Bologna! There's been wonderful food, LOTS...

Benvenuto a Bologna

Let the Games Begin! We welcomed our guests to Bologna with some prosecco at Hotel Porta San Mamolo. It was such fun to get to know Diane and Frank from New Jersey, and Anne and Enrique from Texas! This is...

Dinner in Tolfa

Fontana del Papa is just 3.5 km from the tiny town of Tolfa, high on a hill. We ventured out to dinner, beginning with a glass of wine in the piazza. At this point in our trip, we were so...

Dinner at Valle Nuova

September 23, 2011 On Friday night we had a special treat: DInner at Giulia's! We had some pre-dinner wine on the terrace, and then sat down to dinner with two other guests, Pru and her husband from Michigan, who we...

Osteria del Cucco

We had an AMAZING lunch in Urbania at Osteria del Cucco. Before I talk about the food, let me describe the setting. There is stuff EVERYWHERE. All the tables have little vignettes of bottles, fruit, ornaments and miscellaneous collected...

Senigallia and Mondavio

We headed to the coastal town of Senigallia for their market day. It was a busy place with a very large market. Finding parking was a challenge, but we were able to get a spot not too far from...

Sheep and Last Night in Ascoli

We were headed to the beach. We decided to take the scenic route instead of the highway, as were were only going 25 km to San Benedetto del Tronto. Shortly outside of Ascoli, I felt like I had entered biblical...

Macerata and Pizza

After our tour of the villa and grounds, we headed up the coast to the town of Macerata. We climbed 4 flights, and reached the main piazza. It was time for a bathroom break, so we settled into a...

Anniversary Dinner at La Locandiera

We decided to celebrate our 11th anniversary Saturday night (just a day late) with dinner at La Locandiera. I had called from home for a reservation, and we were warmly greeted by the owner as, "Palma di California". There...

Hill Towns and Lunch

My day, as is usual on our first morning in Italy, began early. No coffee in our hotel until 7:30, so I went for a walk. I was in the nearly empty piazza by 6:30, watching vendors setting up for...

Palmabella's Italy Day 10: Good-bye Dinner

Our final dinner was at yet another of my favorite Bologna spots: Antica Osteria Romagnola. I ate there twice last year, and knew our guests would enjoy the fabulous food! First we were served an array of antipasti. The...

Palmabella's Italy: Day 9: Cooking with Rafealla cont.

Rafaella cuts the pasta: Let's make tortelloni! Now some garganelli! Palma really makes these at home? OMG We had five very PROUD CHEFS! Brad arrived in time for antipasti. Dinner is served: Traditional antipasti, salumi, cheese and piadini from the...

Palmabella's Italy Day 9: Cooking with Rafaella

Rafaella was ready for us. We had five chefs, and their coach and helper (me). First thing to do was prep veggies, chop herbs and make a filling for the pasta! Wash your hands, put on your aprons and get...

Palmabella's Italy Day 8: Part 3: Giusti and DaNello

After our two "religious experiences" at San Luca and the Ferrari Museum, we had worked up an appetite! We had a very special treat for lunch at Hosteria Giusti in Modena. We entered the tiny private dining room, (seating from...

Palmabella's Italy Day 7: Part 2: Melarancio and Biagi

After our free time in Ravenna, we gathered for lunch at Melarancio. This is not only a beautiful upstairs dining room, but all the food is interesting and delicious! Here was our lunch... Full and happy we headed back to...

Palmabella's Italy Day 6: La Buca and Outlet Shopping

What makes women smile? Outlet malls! On our way to Sunday pranzo in Zibello, we stopped for a couple of hours at the Fidenza Outlets for some great shopping. Lots of bags came back aboard our bus! Then we headed...

Palmabella's Italy Day 5: Saturday in Bologna

We had a free morning and early afternoon for everyone to shop, go to the big weekend mercato, visit museums on their own, or relax. Brad and I took off right after breakfast for the market! Within an hour,...

Palmabella's Italy Day 4: A Delicious Evening

After our busy morning and early afternoon in Modena, we took a break, then met for drinks at 6:30 at Gamberini. While Gamberini is "just a bakery", they have some of the most amazing appetizers I have seen in...

Palmabella's Italy Day 4: Part 1

Our group had to be ready EARLY this morning, as the cows wait for no man! Of course I am referring to the PARMIGIANO COWS! By 7:15 we were on a bus to a casificio (dairy) where Parmigiano-Reggiano is...

An Italian Dinner Party

It started with an Italian flag we hung in the dining room, and took on a life of its own! Red white and green flowers, an Italian flag runner, some homemade paper placemats, green chargers, white pasta bowls, and...

Trilussa: Ciao for the Summer

Last week's weather was weird. We had wind, wind, and more wind. Here, that means, sand, sand, and more sand. Everything on the patio was covered with a layer of fine, gritty sand...DAILY. If you tried to hose off the...

Pomodori e Vino

A few weeks ago, Deborah, and her food book club decided to create a blog and cook their way through Marcella Hazen's classic book, Essentials of Italian Cooking. Deborah, Irene, Beth and Michele each took a day of the week....

The Food, the FOOD!

By 8:30 AM on Friday, we had been to the grocery store, and I was baking two "loaves" of "Grape Bread". Remember the 5 minute No-Knead Bread Dough? I brought the dough from home, but had a vision... Brad chopped...

Seven Courses of Heaven

Warning: to those who are dieting, do NOT read this when you are hungry! As the "last hurrah" of the holiday season, we attended a "Chef's Table" 7-course dinner at Firenze Osteria. We were greeted by Fabio, and soon...

Cartedatte: What a Difference a Dough Makes

As a child, I knew it was Christmas time, when my mom and my aunts got together to spend all day making this regional specialty from Puglia, a fried "cookie" coated in honey, called Cartedatte. They are sometimes called the...

Nello's Cucina

After lots of shopping on Friday in Costa Mesa, we enjoyed a glass of wine at our hotel. Each of the tables in the courtyard, (we called it the piazza) had a different herb planted on the small pot....

Gamberoni in Camicia from Cafe Firenze Cookbook

I promised you a recipe from the Cafe Firenze Cookbook, by Fabio Viviani and Jacapo Falleni, so here we go. This is an antipasto in Fabio's cookbook, but use more prawns, and it's dinner! (I am paraphrasing the directions...

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

This is the dish that brought Brad to tears (literally) on our first night in Rome. Imagine my excitement when I found a chunk of "Cacio da Roma" at my Bristol Farms (I went in for the duck and came...

Ego's Thank You Dinner

Tony was Ego's dog sitter during our last week in Italy. Ego and I decided to invite Tony for dinner, as he LOVES Italian food. Our friends Diana and Walt joined in the fun. We began with prosecco before...

Dinner at Vinando

After a glass of wine at Piazza Farnese, we taxied to Vinando for dinner. This charming restaurant/wine bar is on a quiet cul-de-sac at 23 Piazza Margana, near Piazza Venezia. Tony (da Roma) joined us for dinner. We began with...

Ristorant Enoteca Onofri

We enjoyed another great dinner at the Slow Food Ristorant Enoteca Onofri in Bevagna. You enter a welcoming bar area, where over 900 labels are available, then are seated in the charming stone dining room with a huge fireplace. Starters...

Lunch in Montefalco

After our morning in Spoleto, we returned to Montefalco for lunch at Alchemista, a great restuarant on the piazza. We tried a variety of pasta dishes, but the desserts were great too. Here is my pappardelle with cinghale sauce....

Sparafucile

Monday night we went into Foligno early for a little shopping before dinner. We ate dinner at Trattoria Sparafucile. We were brought plates of antipasti with prosecco and focaccia. Next came some bean soup I skipped, and two kinds of...

Sunday with Judith

I slept in until 7:30, and after breakfast, Brad and I went to visit Mauro and Silvanna at Le Case Gialle. We got the last few bottles of this year's olive oil and had a nice visit. On the...

Cocorrone

Friday night we had a great dinner at my favorite Montefalco restaurant, Cocorrone. We were set up on the patio, surrounded by pots of flowers. We began with prosecco and complementary fried zucchini flowers. Appetizers included an antipasti misti, assorted...

Redibis

Brad made another RT to the Rome airport, and picked up our other two couples, who had been visiting Prague for 5 days. Michael got them settled in their rooms, and soon we were gathered for a welcome wine gathering...

Dinner in Bevagna

Our first night's "official" dinner is on Wednesday, but Tuesday night, we decided to try out one of the restaurants where our group will be dining with Jan and Les. We arrived at Enoteca Piazza Onofri a little after 8:30,...

So Happy in Rome

Our flights were easy and our first stop after checking in to Hotel Residenza Farnese, was to stop for a nice latte at Cafe Farnese, across the piazza. Then four the next five hours, we walked around central Rome. It...

Vegas Uncorked: Fiamma

Wow. What a frustrating day for a blogger who is bursting to share our Vegas weekend. The battery on my laptop DIED. I was finally able to get a new one this afternoon, but then it had to charge for...

Buon Appetito

Last Friday night, after wine at Sogno Di Vino, next door, we had a fabulous meal at Buon Appetito! We shared Connie's calamari, and Joy, Brad and I had the creamiest polenta ever, with porcini and gorgonzola sauce. Our entrees...

Fabio's Ravioli and Lamb

We had an incredible dinner last night to celebrate Palma Sunday. We made fresh pasta on Saturday and tried out Fabio's recipe for the filling of Cashel blue cheese, marscapone and potato. Oh, what a wonderful combination. On Sunday,...

Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Brussels Sprouts, and Pancetta

I recently had a lovely surprise in my mailbox. Fabio sent me a Thank You photo for the taralli I brought him on our recent visit to Cafe Firenze. I might just have to make him a whole batch when...

Olive Oil

There was recently a thread on Slow Talk about "How many kinds of mustard are in your fridge?" I have two: yellow and dijon. That's it. I guess I am not into mustard. I put the yellow stuff in...

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Caramelized Blood Oranges

Tis the season... for blood oranges! We've been eating these in salads, but I thought I'd try something new. I took a cup of water, a cup of sugar, and brought it to a boil until the sugar was dissolved....

Mandolina Wine and Orchetti con Broccoli e Salsicce

Our favorite find in Solvang was the tasting room for Mandolina wines, a division of Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards. The tasting room itself is a wonderful shop full of Italian gourmet food products, cookbooks, gifts, art, ceramics and wine-related items....

Zucchini Tart and Stuffed Veal Scallops

This is my same old asparagus tart, but with zucchini and a new square tart pan. (Brad bought me the pan a couple weeks ago to cheer me up!) I really liked how the veggie tart worked in this...

Balsamic Pork and Leek-Corn Pudding

Something a little different for dinner! We both really enjoyed both recipes. Easy, too! For the pork chops, I browned 2 pork chops in a little olive oil. When they were half way cooked, I removed them from the...

Whole Wheat Pizza

It was an experiment. We decided to try whole wheat pizza dough. I like whole wheat bread, so why not? I HATED it! Brad wasn't crazy about it either. I ate a piece, then forced down a second, since that...

Sunday Slow Soupers: Leek and Asparagus Soup with Fried Leeks and Amaretti

This week was my week to choose a soup recipe. I decided to go with Leek and Asparagus Soup with Fried Leeks and Crushed Amaretti This is a Roman dish, traditionally served at Easter time. The recipe is from...

Coniglio al Forno con Finoccio

Roasted Rabbit with Fennel The Splendid Table: Recipes from Emilia-Romagna, the Heartland of Northern Italian Food by Lynn Rossetto Kasper 2 1/2-2 3/4 lb rabbit, cut into 8 pieces Seasoning the Rabbit 1 large clove of garlic (I used 4)...

Mario's Place

Mario's Place is an award winning Northern Italian restaurant in Riverside, and right across the street from the Mission Inn. Nancy, Bill, Brad and I had a fabulous meal there on Saturday night. We began with 4 glasses of a...

Season's Eatings: Rosemary!

Thank you to Katie, from Thyme for Cooking for organizing a group of food bloggers from all over the place, into Secret Santas sharing ingredients and recipes. Those who wanted to participate emailed her our names, addresses and blogs,...

A Quiet Christmas Eve

We had a very quiet and restful Christmas Eve. Brad wrapped my gifts, as it was his first free moment, after weekend guests. At least he wasn't still out shopping! I napped, trying to get rid of my cold, and...

Pastitsio

On Sunday, I had less cooking to do. In the morning I assembled this recipe to bake for dinner. I used my own ragu (meat sauce) that I always keep in the freezer. We loved it with a salad, and...

Sunday Slow Soupers: Italian Wedding Soup

Another week of fabulous soup! Terry shared this recipe, by FAR my favorite so far! I know I will be making a lot of this! I am so glad I doubled the recipe, and now have two tubs in...

Buon Natale Cookies

I would be such a happy girl if I could get up every morning and bake. Even more fun than baking, is decorating, and presenting recipes. This morning I am arranging a large platter of cookies for my book...

What's for Dinner?

Dinner? I forgot about dinner! I was busy doing party things all day, some "once a year" cleaning jobs, and finishing a scrapbook of our recent trip. It was 6 PM, and Brad would be home and hungry in about...

Sausage Bundles

Here is another do-ahead appetizer that is filling my freezer. "Sausage Bundles" Saute mushrooms (I used baby bellas) in a little olive oil with salt, pepper, and a few red pepper flakes. Drain. Brown Italian sausage (I used half regular,...

O Food for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently...

What Can You Bring Back for 14 Euro?

Italy travelers return to the U.S. with leather jackets, handbags, shawls, artwork, ceramics, jewelry, wine, and olive oil. I have brought home all of those. But what can you buy for under 14 Euro? TREASURES from the grocery store!!! For...

The Market in Bologna

We were up early for our first full day in Bologna. After our disappointing hotel breakfast (BAD cold coffee), we headed to one of our favorite spots in Bologna…the market area! There are streets of produce stands, meat, fish and...

Our Day in Asti

It is the week before the palio in Asti, and the weekend of their sagra, and festivities leading up to the race. There were 47 food booths from local small towns, serving their Piemontese special dishes. We sampled rustico,...

Chiavari and my Corzetti Stamp

Another 6:30 morning, and after a shower, lots of coffee, and breakfast, we walked down to the ferry, ready for a day in Cinque Terra. We were told they were not making the trip today due to wind and sea...

Baked Pasta

On June 27, 2008, Judy (Diva) blogged about her visit to an agriturismo (working farm in Italy) where the BEST pasta is made in Gragnano. Coincidentally, a friend received a bag of this pasta from an Italian house guest. She...

Bursting Summer Flavors

What to have for dinner? This is a constant topic for thought and discussion at our house. Last night I came up with lemon-garlic orzo with grilled squash and peach-bourbon-rosemary pork brisket. I gathered a few ingredients to combine with...

Pretty Leftovers

Lots of leftovers, not much motivation... We started with a delicious salad of leftover figs, gorgonzola and spinach. 2 ounces of leftover marscapone mixed with leftover pesto sauce made a delicious, creamy pasta! This was the platter of stuffed fruit...

A Lovely Dinner

Last night I had the pleasure of hosting a dinner for 10 people who are colleagues as well as new friends at the non-profit agency where I am now supervising the professional counseling services in Palm Desert. Catholic Charities is...

Another Great Dinner

Last weekend, Fiona and Steve came over for a drink on our way out to dinner. We munched on taralli and these appetizers with our wine. I took leftover corn salad, added some sour cream, and put a spoonful on...

Citrus-Glazed Polenta Cake

The Sunday Slow Bakers, besides being a group of wonderful Slow Travel people who love to cook and bake, are also an amazing group of caring and generous friends. Gina, our inspiration, is sick, and we wanted to do...

Ricotta Fritters

On Sunday, I fixed brunch for the gang. We had an "Italian Amond Tart" (scroll down to yesterday's blog), a fritatta with gouda, bacon, green onions, and basil, and lemon-ricotta fritters with lemon curd. To make the fritters: Combine...

Zucchini-Saffron Pasta

I wanted something different for dinner. I decided to try to create something I had seen once on a menu in southern Italy. I really wanted to try this beautiful curly pasta, and I had an over-abundance of zucchini! Grate...

Lamb-Basil Risotto

I saw a lamb-basil sausage at the grocery store, and thought, "That sounds like a fun risotto!" I started the usual way, with a chopped onion in a little butter. I added a cup of canaroli rice for a...

Dinner with Jerry and Paul

Jerry and Paul invited us to go to dinner with them at Conte Matto in Trequanda on Wednesday night. After our nice afternoon in San Gimignano, and a nap, it was a wonderful way to spend the evening. Here you...

Montisi Party Part 2: Dinner, Amici, and Dolci

Guests arrived around 7:00. Here are Gail and Dina laughing at the wine station. Everyone enjoyed the appetizers, and at 8:30, dinner was served. The Salsiccia con fungi (sausage and mushrooms) is an easy do-ahead entree. Grill sausages. Saute mushrooms...

Montisi Party Day: Part 1 Antipasti

It was Thursday, and party day, so this cook was up at 5:30. I owed Jerry and Paul a "breakfast in bed" from a lot of past teasing about not cooking Jerry a proper breakfast on the morning of...

Party Prep and San Gimignano

Wednesday was party prep for Thursday's festa. I was very energetic by 6 AM on Wednesday morning, getting as much done as possible, so we could leave at noon for a little day trip/shopping excursion to San Gimignano. Here was...

Dinner at Latte di Luna

In my excitement to blog about our Tuesday dinner, (trying to go somewhat chronologically through the week in Montisi) I completely forgot to write about Monday night. The Slow Trav gang, Jerry and Paul, Sandi, Gail and John, and Brad...

Our Tuesday Montisi Dinner

Though a couple of people munched on some pecorino with their afternoon wine, we advised everyone to "come hungry" for dinner. MENU: Salad with figs marinated in balsamic and honey, red onion, gorgonzola and balsamic dressing, garnished with a warm...

Lunch for the Ballooners and Artists

Tuesday, we decided to prepare a hearty lunch for the returning ballooners, and those who had stayed at the villa for Liz's watercolor painting class (more on that tomorrow). I made a ton of a meat ragu when in...

Wine in the Garden and Dinner at Roberto's

I must say, the group cleans up well for dinner! We gathered for wine in the garden (more on the garden and the villa later...) before dinner. Who are these two handsome guys? Brad and Holly's husband, Rick! (Sandi's wonderful...

Benvenuto a Montisi

Can it really be only 10 days ago we arrived in Montisi? I'll try to catch up! We left the Rome apartment knowing we would be back in our lovely neighborhood again another time. Massimo's driver loaded up all our...

A VERY Special Evening in Rome

Thursday night, we got dressed up and had a "post birthday dinner" for Brad. I chose another of Gina's recommended restaurants for a special night out, and indeed it was! We took a taxi across town to Agata and...

Vinando

After our rain drenched food shopping trip to Testacchio, we took a nap, then ventured out for dinner at Vinando (another Gina recommendation). OMG! There is a huge menu of "small plates" to taste along with an enormous wine list....

Formaggio

WARNING: This post may cause extreme hunger! Yesterday we had a rainy trip by taxi to the Testacchio market. The rain was on and off, but we found some great little shops where I bought a few ingredients for my...

Mangiamo Bene

We have been eating out way through Gina's list of restaurants. Don't ever go to Rome without it! For lunch on Sunday, we had our main meal of the day at Checco e Carettiere in Trastevere. We shared an order...

Che Bella Roma

Ciao from Rome! We arrived after long but on-time flights. Three of our four bags arrived, but not my BIG one with almost all my clothes. Thank God the cooking stuff is here. I have a change of clothes, capris,...

Cooking in Montisi

Cooking for Gail's Great Escapes for a week in Montisi will be a new and exciting experience. There will be 16 people sharing a villa for a week, and I am in charge of preparing a few dinners and a...

Patio Dining

We had Jan and Les over for a casual dinner Sunday night. I have been promising Les pasta carbonara, his FAVORITE, for months! We started with ricotta sformata, delicious prosciutto-wrapped grilled asparagus that Jan brought, and a bottle of Oregon...

Ricotta Sformata

I ate this as a first course last summer at Cibreo in Florence. It was their potato-ricotta version. Judy posted a recipe for me on her blog, Under a Tuscan Stove. I served it to our guests last night for...

Chicken Under a Brick

I made Diva's (Judy) "Chicken Under a Brick" (Pollo al Mattone) the other night. You can read how on her website. It was delicious with creamy polenta and sauteed zucchini. I first ate this dish in Lucca on my first...

When in Rome... Eat Spaghetti alla Carbonara!

When NOT in Rome, YET, eat it anyway! It is said that this sauce came from the charcoal workers in the Appenines to sustain them during their long days of work. Others say, the pepper looks like charcoal dust, giving...

Dinner with Kim and Chris

We had a lovely evening last night with Slow Travel friends, Kim and Chris, who are visiting from New Jersey. Glad to share our sunny temperatures in the 80's! It was a balmy night, so we enjoyed appetizers and prosecco...

La Spiga

Last weekend, we went out to dinner with our friends, Fiona and Steve. We tried a new, upscale Italian restaurant in Palm Desert called "La Spiga". The building itself is beautiful, and looks like a lovely Tuscan villa. We started...

Thanksgiving Dinner

We landed in Oakland at 2:05 on Thanksgiving Day. By 3:15, I was sipping a lovely lemon drop with a splash of Chambord (the house cocktail), at Garibaldi's. It was wonderful to see our old friends, Roxanne, Charlotte and Cindy,...

Judith's Turkey Cutlets in Lemon Cream Sauce

My apologies to those of you who were looking for new posts, or trying to leave a comment. This blog's host, Slow Travel, moved it's server this week. We couldn't blog for a couple of days, and it lost a...

An Italian Evening

Friday, we arrived in San Diego a bit before Brad's business meeting. I dropped him off at the appointed place, and had two hours to spend before picking him up. Oh darn, there was a Nordstrom down the street! I...

Pizza Rustica

Friday we leave for San Diego for a Slow Travel weekend. On Friday evening, we are looking forward to dinner with Jane and Ken. On Saturday, we will pick up Shannon, and meet Marcia and Dave, Cheryl and friends...

Eggplant Parm: I Did It MY WAY

Actually, I did it my mom's way. I have learned a lot about eggplant parmiggiano this week on the Slow Talk Food Message Board (for Premium Members only). There has been an informative and passionate discussion going on (also known...

More Tastes of Italia

Sunday gave us time to make and enjoy another great dinner. Brad is really enjoying cooking together. He chops, grates, stirs, sautees, kneads, and basically does whatever task I ask of him to help me get several things done at...

Strozzapreti: "Priest Chokers"

According to one legend, these ricotta and spinach dumplings were named when a gluttonous priest ate too many too quickly. Another story says that wives would customarily make the pasta for churchmen as partial payment for land rents (In Romagna,...

An Italian Evening

We've been home a week. My body is on California time, my ankles are "normal", and I have survived a week of work and usual errands. My heart, soul, and most of the time, my brain, remain in Italy....

Umbria Slow Travel GTG

Where to start? This was the MOST fantastic opportunity to meet so many wonderful Slow Travel friends from Italy and the U.S.! We arrived at the lovely Villa Rosy, outside Assisi to meet our hosts and hostesses, Janet, Alan, and...

Ristoro di Lamole

By 1:00 we were ready for lunch, so we set out for the nearby hamlet of Lamole, climbing the lush Chianti hills to Ristorante Lamole. It was a wonderful choice, thanks to Diva, and other Slow Travel reviews. I ordered...

Monday in Cortona

After our drive through the sunflowers, we returned to Cortona for some shopping. I’ve been pretty well-behaved over the weekend. I bought green sandals and an unusual pendant from Alessandra at Il Girasole. The design is made of petals, leaves...

A Lazy Sunday in Cortona

We had just what we needed…a lazy Sunday in Cortona. I slept until 7, threw on clothes, and went down for coffee in the garden with a book. It may sound like we've been going nonstop, but I have read...

Cortona

We really enjoyed our week in the Umbrian countryside. Our little yellow house was quiet and private. The scenery was spectacular, and we loved the hilltowns, especially Montefalco. I think we are both ready to be back in a town...

Orvieto

Today, on our last full day in Umbria, we decided to revisit Orvieto. We really enjoyed a brief visit there in 2003, but wanted to explore the town with more time to wander. On our way, we drove by another...

Citta di Castello with Judith

We got another early start for our visit to meet Judith in Citta di Castello. It was about an hour drive where we passed by Foligno, Spello, Assisi, then north through new territory for us. We were parked and in...

Girasole, Todi, Dinner with Barb and Art

I was up at 6, had coffee, showered, and we were on our way by 8 for another Umbrian adventure. We dropped of Brad’s laundry shortly after 8 in Montefalco, then headed to Marsciano, and up the hill to San...

Trevi, Spello and Coccoroni

It was a little cooler this morning during my usual 6 a.m. coffee hour on the terrace. We left at 9:00 for Trevi, and arrived just as it began to sprinkle. We ducked into a bar, and waited out the...

Monday in Montefalco and All That Jazz

Another early morning with coffee by 6:30, and a wonderful breeze to read on our terrace. Mauro brought bread (it is piling up…now there are three loaves) at 7:45, though we are not big breakfast eaters, so we will save...

Sunday in Assisi

I was up at 6 and on the terrace with a pot of coffee at 6:10… DEFINITELY an advantage of a vacation rental! I enjoyed the golden morning light and sounds of roosters. At 7:40, Mauro brought a loaf of...

Bevagna and Le Case Gialle

By 1:00, we were starving, so we drove to Bevagna in search of lunch. We arrived at Occtavio at 1:45, their last customers for pranzo. Brad ordered gnocchi Sagrantino, and I had a delicious picchiatelli with guanciale and pecorino. After...

Cena a Poggio Antico

We shared an antipasto plate of proscuitto, soprasotta, and culatello di Zibello. My primi was pici in a white lamb ragu. Brad had a wonderful porcini risotto. We both had grilled lamb chops in a delicious Brunello reduction sauce. We...

Montalcino and Lunch in Pienza

Another picture postcard day in the Val d' orcia! After coffee, Brad and I took a walk through the various contradas of Montalcino. Some of those streets are pretty steep, but we enjoyed the quiet, pretty residential neighborhoods, some with...

Lunch with Jane, Ken and Casey in Buonconvento

We left Montalcino for our short drive to meet Jane, Ken and Casey in Buonconvento. They greeted us a few minutes before noon at the designated bar across from the train station. We hugged like old friends, though it was...

Montalcino: Grappolo Blu

We arrived in Montalcino, checked into Albergo Il Giglio, and got all our luggage up to the second floor without an elevator. Our room has a fabulous view from our window. We parked ourselves at Caffe Fiaschetteria Italiana and relaxed...

Dinner at Osteria Chingale Bianco

We walked to the Oltrarno from our hotel near San Lorenzo, and found the restaurant busy with wonderful scents coming from within. We began our “Last Night in Firenze Dinner” with strozzapretti for me, and spagettini with a delicious pesto...

A Relaxing Sunday

Sunday, July 1 I got up at 7, caffeinated, and we spent an hour at the Internet spot across from our hotel. Then we had another latte and a cornetto at the corner caffe, and I read while Brad went...

Ciao from Firenze!

We had long , easy flights with lots of sleep on the planes. We arrived in Firenze on Friday afternoon, after driving from Rome. Our Hotel Burchianti is charming and our room has a lovely frescoed ceiling full of fat...

Dinner with Nancy and Bill at Trilussa

We had a wonderful early dinner at Trilussa, an Italian restaurant in Cathedral City, with Slow Travel friends, Nancy (Nancyhol) and Bill. After a glass of wine or prosecco, we made our menu selections. Conversation was lively about travel,...

Pasta all Amatriciana Bianca

This is a quick, easy recipe from Biba Gaggiano's cookbook, "Trattoria Cooking". The recipe is called Bucatini all Amatriciana Bianca, but I used a pasta shape that I had called, "cellentani". 1/4 c. olive oil 2 T. unsalted butter...

A Shopping Weekend

Jan and I left at 9:00 a.m. for Orange County, and by 11:00 we were parked by Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza. We met for lunch at noon, but Jan became ill, so I got her settled in her room...