MILAN AND FERRAGOSTO – IF YOU VISIT THE ALMOST DESERTED METROPOLIS

It is possible that many of you have already visited Italy's second city with its dynamic hardworking down to earth fashionable people. Often travel packages include Milan on its way to Venice, may be Vicenza, Bologna, Florence and Rome. However, for a change, try to visit the "time is money" metropolis, home of banks, stock … Continue reading MILAN AND FERRAGOSTO – IF YOU VISIT THE ALMOST DESERTED METROPOLIS

FERRARA – CITY OF DUKES, DUCHESSES, COOKS, FOOD, CULTURE AND PALIO

Ferrara, once political center of the noble Este family, where Lucrezia Borgia daughter of Pope Alexander VI lived and was wife, mother and beloved duchess, has several places where to learn more about Northern Italian history and Italian regional cuisine. The city was also once the culinary test kitchen of Messisbugo, one of the most prominent … Continue reading FERRARA – CITY OF DUKES, DUCHESSES, COOKS, FOOD, CULTURE AND PALIO

IN ROVERETO (TRENTINO) – ACCORDING TO ACCADEMIA ITALIANA DELLA CUCINA OR ELSE?

A few months ago, one of the most recent delegations of the prominent Accademia Italiana della Cucina, founded in Rovereto in 2017, sponsored an interesting convention for those who wish to understand a little bit better how the quality of eating places is evaluated by renown guides such as Michelin, Touring Club Italia, Guide dell' … Continue reading IN ROVERETO (TRENTINO) – ACCORDING TO ACCADEMIA ITALIANA DELLA CUCINA OR ELSE?

PUMPKINS, HALLOWEEN, ZOMBIES, OSS DE MORT AND AMERICAN THANKSGIVING IN ITALY

Large, medium, small, carved or sculptured, Halloween pumpkins have reached the Italian peninsula! "It's for fun..." say young Italians who like to dress up like witches, vampires, and zombies... On this I have often wondered how many of those young Italians actually realize that when they dress up as scary characters, ride the local Halloween … Continue reading PUMPKINS, HALLOWEEN, ZOMBIES, OSS DE MORT AND AMERICAN THANKSGIVING IN ITALY

Washington D.C. – Always interesting and exciting

Washington D.C. is always interesting and exciting, whether the nation's capital is recovering from a wintery snowfall or preparing for an upcoming cherry blossom festival. WASHINGTON D.C.'s ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL: It all began between 1910 and 1912, during Taft's presidency, when Japanese Mayor Yokio Ozaki of Tokyo donated 3000 cherry trees to the nation's … Continue reading Washington D.C. – Always interesting and exciting

Seattle – City of Glass Art, Seafood and Starbucks

Seattle's Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. Absolutely amazing and beautiful! The mastery of the Washington state native Dale Chihuly, expressed by the museum's display, not only reminds us how superior creativity can produce something which gives great pleasure to the eye and soul, with beautiful colors and shapes, but how with the same outstanding creativity, … Continue reading Seattle – City of Glass Art, Seafood and Starbucks

Christmas in Trentino Alto Adige with Food, Falalah and more

"...AT CHRISTMAS PLAY AND MAKE GOOD CHEER, FOR CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR..." (Thomas Tusser 1557) Christmas, as many now know, is a Christian festivity, however, it has ancient roots dating back to pagan Roman winter festivities, called Saturnalia, which were held in honor of Saturn, the pagan god of agriculture, of harvest, of … Continue reading Christmas in Trentino Alto Adige with Food, Falalah and more

Dilsey, William Faulkner and Southern Biscuits

THE SOUND AND THE FURY BY WILLIAM FAULKNER (1928) ...Dilsey answered and ceased clattering the stove, but before she could cross the kitchen Mrs. Compson called her again, and before she crossed the dining room and brought her head into relief against the gray splash of the window, still again..."All right," Dilsey said. "All right, … Continue reading Dilsey, William Faulkner and Southern Biscuits