travel

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? 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). Where […]

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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 in 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
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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
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Doesn’t that look so 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: Fiori di Zucca Ripieni (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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