A hidden little treasure inside the old walls of Lucca dedicated to parfume , titled ” Il naso e la storia ” = the nose and the history. I discovered this original museum just last week walking as a tourist in a city that I love and that I know pretty well since I was … More A little scented treasure in the heart of Lucca
Have you read ” Elephants in the garden ” by Kuki Gallmann? I did , many years ago & loved it very much for the great ability of the author to describe her beloved Africa, her second home . So it comes so easy to my mind this book’s title when I saw wild boars … More Wild boars in the garden – Sardinia Mon Amour
My grand-grandmother Inès introduced me to these particular kind of food when I was a child. I didn’t know what they were made of and so I tasted them & loved them inmediately. Nowadays , as my daughter knows what they are made of , she doesn’t want to try them : she really can’t … More Migliacci pistoiesi : traditional crêpes made with pork blood (Made in Pistoia – Italy’s capital of culture 2017)
Have you ever heard about “scole” ? In Italian it sounds like “scuola – scola ” = school in English but it has nothing to do with this . When I was telling about how tasty they were to my friends living just 10 km from Pistoia , they told me they have never heard … More A special sweet , yummy roll from Pistoia!
This morning I was prepearing lasagne for tomorrow lunch to celebrate my daughter 18th birthday at home, and was thinking the importance of cooking for someone you love, thinking of her/him/them while you are doing this . Both my daughter & me decided to do it at home not just because it is the best … More Food & feelings about cooking
Sometimes you have treasures around you , you could never thought about & you discover them just because you are a curious person! That’s exactly what happened to me some days ago : I went – for the first time – into a Fabiani jewelry in my birth town , Pistoia, and while I was … More Pistoia : a jewelry that is jewel itself
Yes, I miss London as a friend who lives far from me but who stays in my heart everyday, every moment of my life. London has a special place in my mind : live its big streets, its multicolour windows, its shops & its smells around different world’s cultures & kitchens ! Miss the curry … More Missing London in Christmas time
Imagine a group of beautiful ladies from the States – headed by my dear friend Suzanne Stavinoha Waltz – sharing a stunning typical Tuscan villa “under the Tuscan sun” , on a green hilltop , in the countryside of Chianti area : amazing view, great landscape , vines & olives groves around it , aromatic … More Cooking class & sweet memories in a Chianti Tuscan villa
Are you travelling along Italy and are you going to stop in Firenze at Santa Maria Novella’s train station to change train and you have just one hour ? What a pity you have just such a short time to visit this beautiful city ,you are sad about it ,aren’t you? …😁😞☹️ I can … More What to see in Florence in just one hour!
One of my best tour ever is made in Liguria with American & Australian clients! First thing we learned to make was ….PESTO!!! and I still can feel the pressed basil’s scent in the air…amazing experience indeed you can forget faces,people,places but not smells! Everybody was so excited to start a new … More Cooking class in Liguria : how to make Pesto alla genovese
As my grandmother Gina used to make with me, now it was time 4 me with my daughter Francesca! From my old receipes’ book ( a bit dirty, sorry ! I know, but it is also full of good memories & I don’t want to have any new other one but …THIS!!) . Different names … More This is for my foodies’ friends: “cenci”a typical fried dough 4 Carnival
When I was a student this was my library & it was the only one in Pistoia .forteguerriana.comune.pistoia.it All the past generations have studied here surronded by these old shelves full of handmade old books & some of them also written by hands! Founded in 1473 after the Cardinal Niccoló Forteguerri ‘s death who decided … More Pistoia : Forteguerriana library dated 1473 it’s one of the oldest in Italy.
Everything now is high speed , everybody is running but how was looking a city without cars? By the biggest library in Tuscany – that is in Pistoia – wwww.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it – until the end of January you could see an old collection of postcards from Pistoia & its district with empty streets , just people walking ….cam’t … More Pistoia : a low speed city, an exibition of old greetings cards without cars…
I would like to ask you if you miss, sometime or very often ☺️, a city as much as I miss London. To me it is a kind of nostalghia or , as I learned in Portugal , the “saudade” a strange , deep feeling inside your stomac, in your heart growing every day a … More London to me : missing a city as a person,is it possible ?
In Italian these orange beautiful tasty fruits with thin peel are called Kaki or cachi but in my area we call them Loti as lotus , the flower. My grandmother used to offer this since I was a baby girl & telling me that it was filled with little toungues & in fact you can … More Made in Pistoia : seasonal fruits”loto” & “giuggiole”
My grand-grandmother Inès used to prepear these at home during autumn season when in Pistoia’s countryside farmers killed pigs to make sausages,ham,ciccioli,salame & ….these original kind of crêpes made of pig’s blood . In Italy we have a saying : “del maiale non si butta niente! ” in English :We use all parts of … More MadeinPistoia : ever tried migliacci?a special kind of crêpe made of…blood!
A very very simple Tuscan cake everybody can do : for a perfect home breakfast ,dipped into hot milk or tea ,or as an afternoon break with a cup of coffee or after dinner or lunch with a glass of Vinsanto ( dessert wine from Tuscany) so, it doesn’t have to be very soft because … More MadeinPistoia : berlingozzo cake,sweet memories of the child I’ve been
This is my sea ! I belong to this I am part of it cannot imagine my life without it my source of strenght of energy warmth refilling my batteries walking on this beach its waves ‘ sound is the best music for my ears the best scrub for my skin beginning of every feeling … More Sardinia : this sea belongs to me!
Santa Teresa di Gallura : this morning I wanted to see the fishermen’s boats & their nets. Love especially the old ones , they remind me my grandfather who liked to fish & to buy fresh fish directly from the boats early in the morning ( earlier than THIS morning! 😁). Like to read their … More Sardinia : the fishermen’s boats & nets
In Via del Parione, 28-32/R ,just at the beginning of this street almost on the corner with the most fashionable street , Via Tornabuoni ,near palazzo Spini Feroni that hosts the Ferragamo’s shoes museum & its boutique , you can find the Florian Café , founded in Venice in 1720. http://www.caffeflorian.com Daniel , the kind … More Florian café : not just in Venice but in Florence too!
I am going to tell you the story of ….. ….once upon a time there was a Tuscan girl who dreamt about living abroad & leave her small town for a big metropolis , as London, forgetting about her past & starting a new life far away from her birthplace… 30 years later this girl … More My Tuscany’s Tale: Volterra & 50 shades of green
You know …..I love old historical cafes ! I am always writing about them beacause I like them for their atmosphere & location ( usually in the city center) , their products ( usually top quality ones) & sometimes for the views too. this just in a very lively square called Praça da Figueira www.cofeitarianacional.com has … More My Lisbon : since 1829 an historical charming cafè with a view
tasting & walking tour to immerse myself in The real Lisbon ‘s atmosphere with its colours, smells & goodies! Mountains of codefish, ( They call it The sea pork as They eat everything of it : toungue & chick too)sardines & pata negra ham so expensive & so lightly tasty as no one else …extra … More My Lisbon : a Food tasting tour remembering Sardinian flavours
You know I love this city as I could love a friend or a man or a mother who gives you life Love it because it is a shining gem Inside myself It knocks every day at ️my heart’s door and I answer Yes, here I am Here you are Nothing changes if nothing changes … More London to me
It was a strange feeling receiving This book from My mom’s hand as a present : my aunt wrote a book about her life and her past. This book tells part Of My family history maybe The most unknown , My father’s side . I knew something but not all That I Found in this: … More When your aunt writes a book
He takes away a piece of you a deep sense of an empty space inside myself now a whole town is crying around a family all memories & feelings can’t be cancelled with death
In a house close to me used to live a couple Of old brothers. Every spring I saw them in The garden looking after The blooms and plants.Since This winter I haven seen them anymore .Few days ago on The door I read ‘on sale’.Now I understand why The garden was so untidy and wild…but … More New season , new life
I have to tell you. my heart belongs to her ( not it..HER ! ) as she is like a friend for me : an elegant Lady that opened her arms to me when I arrived there 30 years ago. I was alone with just a lot of dreams in my bag to fullfill . First of … More MY HEART BELONGS TO …LONDON