A Hidden Paradise: Salina, The Aeolian Islands, Italy

August 25, 2013
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This was basically the view we got to wake up to for 7 days straight during our time in Salina. Can anything be more peaceful and relaxing? šŸ™‚ This was the last destination on our month-long Italian vacation. It was almost like our trip went from the most city-like (Rome), to the most remote (Salina). […]

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A Week in Montepulciano: Under the Tuscan Sun

August 24, 2013
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Rolling hills, very few tourists, warming Tuscan food, breathtaking views and unique wines — these were some of the highlights of our stay inĀ Montepulciano – a small town in the province of Siena, Italy. We had been to Tuscany before but had stayed in the Chianti region, so this time we were excited to see […]

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Dark Chocolate and Ricotta Tart

August 18, 2013

This might be one of the best tarts I’ve ever had in my life. The pastry crust is flaky, buttery, and still light somehow – without a hint of egg-flavor (which I’m not a fan of in pastries). The filling is creamy, rich and not-too-sweet, with a slight fruity surprise in the form of fresh […]

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Baked Zucchini Flowers with a Creamy Ricotta Filling

August 14, 2013

Doesn’t that lookĀ soĀ gourmet? Can you believe it takes less than 30 minutes to make, and that most of the time is in the prep? It’s true! This is Part 2 of Cook like an Italian:Ā Fiori di Zucca RipieniĀ (or: Baked, stuffed zucchini flowers with a ricotta filling. For Part 1, click here). I had the wonderful […]

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Two Weeks in Rome

August 4, 2013
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Hi Everyone! The husband and I are back from the most amazing, month long trip to Italy. We spent 2 weeks in Rome, 1 week in Montepluciano, and 1 week at the Aeolian Islands (a small set of islands off the coast of Sicily – right on the Mediterranean). The weather was gorgeous, the food […]

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Our Trip to Monterey… And How to Recover After “Over-Indulging”

May 10, 2013
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One of the things I love about being in the Bay Area is that there are tons of vacation spots within just a couple hours of home. Monterey is one of those hidden gems that is just south of the Bay Area, but feels like you’re in a destination far away. It’s a sleepy little […]

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