Summer colors of Pistoia : sun is here,on our food market today

Buongiorno from my birthplace, Pistoia! This morning I after having visited the clothes market that as I wrote in another post of some time ago, it is on Wednesday’s & on Saturday’s in the main square of Pistoia since the Middle Age, I took a walk at the vegetable market on the “Piazza de La … More Summer colors of Pistoia : sun is here,on our food market today

Dario Longo :a contemporary artist from Pistoia

Immersed in an amazing artistic and natural setting , on Pistoia’s hills , by http://www.fondazionevivarelli.it I visited this lovely contemporary art exhibition by Dario Longo “Meeting point” is its title and here you could see some works made by http://www.dariolongo.it a good friend of mine since we were children . The colour and the shapes … More Dario Longo :a contemporary artist from Pistoia

Made in Pistoia :  embroidery museum  & the precious Tuscan stitch 

Pistoia & its territory , especially  in Casale & Casalguidi area, have been considered since the 17th century a centre of excellence and top quality handmade embroidery  first made by convents & enclosed orders for the ecclesiastic pomp and later for noble families . The “Whitework” it is how they call this kind of embroidery … More Made in Pistoia :  embroidery museum  & the precious Tuscan stitch 

Migliacci pistoiesi : traditional  crêpes made with pork blood  (Made in Pistoia – Italy’s capital of culture 2017)

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)

Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany , Italy’s capital of culture in 2017!

Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course! ( or  maybe…. just for this ?) not only because it is crowned  Italy’s capital of culture in 2017  but first of all for its geographic position in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a … More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany , Italy’s capital of culture in 2017!

Pistoia : Lonely Planet travel guide crowned it as a “must see” in the world!

Oh yesssss!!👏👏👏👍👍👍🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🍾🍾🍾 So proud to be featured ( not me , my birthplace Pistoia but  it is part of myself indeeed! )  in this worldwide renowned travel guide , the Lonely Planet!!! Seeing Pistoia in a list of the 10th must visit cities in the WORLD….close  to Lisbon & Cape Town makes me cry of … More Pistoia : Lonely Planet travel guide crowned it as a “must see” in the world!

MadeInPistoia: EllEmme ,   since 1968 Italian quality knitwear factory  

Have been invited to visit this Pistoia’s beautiful reality from a French client I met in my husband restaurant . So funny to get in touch with a Pistoia’s factory through a foreign !Mr  Jacques du  Mulin is ELLEMME ‘s agent for France since more than 20 years so he knows very well this factory … More MadeInPistoia: EllEmme ,   since 1968 Italian quality knitwear factory  

Where to stay in Florence & feeling part of the History : Relais Santa Croce ~ Baglioni hotels ~

If your dream is to live a real Florentine experience & feeling like being part of the History, not just a visitor , this is exactly where you should stay. In an historical building , Palazzo Ciofi-Jacometti , old columns frame the  palace dated midway through the 18th  century,  commissioned by the Papal treasurer  Marquis … More Where to stay in Florence & feeling part of the History : Relais Santa Croce ~ Baglioni hotels ~

Celebrating  300 years of Chianti Classico  wine 🍷: 1716 September 25th  & today 🍷2016

Yesterday I was strolling  in the Florence city center & I’ve heard a drum sound …so I stopped:  I thought it was like being in another century … then I saw a police woman on a  horse & lots of people standing at the border of the  Calzaiuoli street that leads to Piazza della Signoria … More Celebrating  300 years of Chianti Classico  wine 🍷: 1716 September 25th  & today 🍷2016

Cooking class & sweet memories in a Chianti Tuscan villa 

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 

Ever tried farro beans soup ? a Tuscan traditional dish

Ever heard about “farro” ? it’s an old  cereal used in the past on our mountains especially in the Lucca area , spelt in English. Since I was a child my grandmother told me about this special kind of “brown  rice “she tasted by her friends in the Garfagnana district. At those times – about … More Ever tried farro beans soup ? a Tuscan traditional dish

Tour,lunch &  shopping  with Texan  ladies  in Chianti 

What a wonderful  idea  travelling all women together in the Chianti countryside enjoying  food,wine & lovely landscapes!  This is one of my fav tour :  ladies only …..💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 A stop in Greve in Chianti, for  a beautiful & yummy cappuccino , a tour among hanging hams & salami by Falorni historical butchery, lunch by  “Il … More Tour,lunch &  shopping  with Texan  ladies  in Chianti 

Prato & PastaMadreDay  : sourdough for homemade bread & focaccia

What a great Sunday yesterday ! Some months ago I had  the pleasure to meet  a foodblogger from Prato – Stefania Storai  www.minaelesuericette.ifood.it  & she invited me to this event in Prato  called : Pastamadre day , litteraly in English could be “mother dough “: the name is easly understanding , because it is from … More Prato & PastaMadreDay  : sourdough for homemade bread & focaccia

How to eat a fresh pork sausage for a tasty aperitivo!

In Tuscany we love pork meat , in every possible way! Even raw pork sausages are delicious just spreading them on a Tuscan unsalted slice of bread….ever tried? if not yet ,you SHOULD ! Just  buy FRESH  ones handmade by one of our  ‘norcino’ ( a particular butcher who deals with pork meat only ) … More How to eat a fresh pork sausage for a tasty aperitivo!

Pistoia welcomes WoLakota  -Sioux :Indians from America exibition

Yessss, Pistoia is a  multicultural town & it is welcoming an exibition of original clothes, accessories & photos  in addition to speeches & meetings about this great people from America & its most significant representatives. In piazza del Duomo – Pistoia’s heart – in the City Hall ground floor called “Afrescoes halls” you could see … More Pistoia welcomes WoLakota  -Sioux :Indians from America exibition

Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche 

 www.osterialecentobuche.it Just outside the city center there is an original location for a restaurant it  was until 1995 a wool  factory ( Prato in fact it is a very renowned texile  district near Florence)belonging to the Abatoni family since the XIII Century  and  then to the monks of San Fabiano . It is so beautiful … More Where to eat in Prato? Osteria Le cento buche 

Tasting Tuscan Chianti wine in a castle dated 1256!

  This is Meleto castle  www.castellomeleto.it in the Chianti district & of course the symbol of the Chianti Classico , the black rooster , was on the bottles we opened & tasted! The castle dates back Middle Age  & the Ricasoli ‘s family  owned it for many years,at the present  the property has changed . There is … More Tasting Tuscan Chianti wine in a castle dated 1256!

Pistoia : what to do on Wednsday? market here ,with food & clothes

Just a walk in my city on Wednsday or on Saturday morning to see an example of real Tuscan life in its streets! Not just food stalls but clothes too & a nice cup of cappuccino for a chat with a good friend from Ireland who chose to live in my birthplace ❤️😍☕️☕️  Enjoy my … More Pistoia : what to do on Wednsday? market here ,with food & clothes

MadeinPistoia : Mardi Gras & frittelle di riso = fried rice donuts!!

My father from Thailand just phoned me to tell me they are prepearing special sweets for today….my friend from London wrote me this morning about a kind of pancakes they are making today and  so….what about here in Pistoia?? We are making FRITTELLE DI RISO in a very traditional way , as my grandgrandmother did … More MadeinPistoia : Mardi Gras & frittelle di riso = fried rice donuts!!

Pistoia, in Tuscany, it’s a hidden gem to be discovered with ….me!

You know  I love my birthplace , Pistoia,  as I am writing about it since some years on my blog & posted many many photos on Instagram & Twitter of it. So now that has been just declared the Italy’s city of culture in 2017 I think you should follow my blog & have a … More Pistoia, in Tuscany, it’s a hidden gem to be discovered with ….me!

Pistoia : a low speed city, an  exibition of old greetings cards without cars…

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…

MadeinPistoia : an amazing eco-friendly Presepe (Nativity)

     I couldn’t believe it was possible to create such an amazing, original  Nativity  with just common things as expired food , dried leaves,tea bags,seeds,eggs’ shells ,wahnuts ,garlic flowers used as small trees, old jumpers used as mountains , expired white flour as snow , pistaches’shells, plastic pins, orange zeist ? It has been a … More MadeinPistoia : an amazing eco-friendly Presepe (Nativity)

Testaroli with pesto sauce : a different kind of pasta

Have you ever  seen them before?Me neither since some years ago! They are a traditional dish from the northern part of Tuscany on the Ligurian border and of Liguria . Big round shaped  made of  white flour and water, cooked on the fire as necci (special sweets  made with  cestnut flour) to be cut in … More Testaroli with pesto sauce : a different kind of pasta

MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂

How many delicious products we make in Pistoia? So many!!👏👏👏this is another kind,  similar to Cialde from Montecatini with an anisette scent . It’s an old tale that a nun named Brigida created them by mistake while she was supposed to make host  for the Church , from her they took their name. They are … More MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂

Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany

Why should you visit Pistoia? Not just because it is my birthplace , of course!  ( or  maybe…. just fot this?😂😜) first of all for its location in Italy in the second century BC it was chosen by the Romans as a stretegical basis  between North & South  : the actual Duomo square became in … More Where is Pistoia? More than 10 reasons to visit this hidden gem in Tuscany

Pinzimonio: what is it? how to taste just pressed extra virgin olive oil at its best!

Many foreign people that I met during the years have never heard about it! It’s just an easy & healthy way of eating raw vegetables dipping them in  extra virgin olive  oil 😋😋😋 from our Tuscan hills ( this was another present from Valeria ❤️💋thank you   soo much! pressed yesterday evening & straight away … More Pinzimonio: what is it? how to taste just pressed extra virgin olive oil at its best!

I don’t wanna be Master Chef :   my easy pumpkin & leek soup ( as Italian women are not all chefs!)

Let’s start a new category for my blog : I DON’T WANNA BE MASTERCHEF ! Who said Italian women are always cooking elaborated meals?? We are  very busy as every woman in the world is but….we don’t like to buy cooked food by other people ( or at least is what I am not doing … More I don’t wanna be Master Chef :   my easy pumpkin & leek soup ( as Italian women are not all chefs!)

Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake 

Pistoia is located 30 km from Florence & surrounded by hills & mountains filled with chestnuts trees, that’s why at the present they are full of these seasonal fruits that I really love! In the past chestnut  trees were called : “bread trees” , just because from these small versatiles  fruits  – colesterol free  + … More Made in Pistoia : castagnaccio a Tuscan chestnut cake 

MadeinPistoia : ever tried migliacci?a special kind of crêpe made of…blood!

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!

MadeinPistoia : berlingozzo cake,sweet memories of the child I’ve been

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

Pistoia: Ristorante Rafanelli a must for traditional Tuscan specialities & great wines🍷🍷🍸🍸

If you need an elegant , classy location but at the same time a warm, welcoming place where to eat with your family or friends , for a business luncheon or dinner to sign  an agreement  or to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary , this is the best place in town , since 1926 … More Pistoia: Ristorante Rafanelli a must for traditional Tuscan specialities & great wines🍷🍷🍸🍸