Plitvice – where unicorns, rainbows and fairies are born.

A few years ago, my brother told me about a national park in Croatia. He showed me some photos online and I could not believe that a place like Plitvice Lakes National Park existed. From the photos it looked fake. It looked like a place…

The Fairytale Town of Giethoorn, Holland.

Need a city break? A break from the hustle, bustle and noise of a city? Then head over to Giethoorn, Holland, the picturesque village free from car traffic. Giethoorn is known for its many canals and in the spring and summer, for its colorful…

Mangia, Mangia!

“Watching Italians eat (especially men, I have to say) is a form of tourism the books don’t tell you about. They close their eyes, raise their eyebrows into accent marks, and make sounds of acute appreciation. It’s fairly sexy. Of course I don’t know…

Torta Fritta

One day, not long ago, I was craving this yummy little treat from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Torta Fritta as it is known in Parma or Gnocco Fritto if you are in the next town over because in Italy food is very…

Cappelletti in Brodo

This is so simple it is a wonder that I never thought of it when living in the USA.  I also never saw it served anywhere in the USA. This soup is popular in Italy during the winter months and is a staple of…

Prosciutto With Black Truffles and Truffle Mustard Dressing

  Ingredients 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tsp truffle mustard or dijon mustard 6 thin slices fresh black truffle, finely chopped Salt and pepper 8 small slices ciabatta 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (for brushing) 4 slices prosciutto…

Your Carriage Awaits You

So, my husband accepted the job in Italy. We were moving and we needed a house. I have heard that moving is one of the most stressful things one can do. Add to it the challenges of an international move, and stress doesn’t adequately…

A Theme Park for Foodies? Italians Say Bologna.

  By Sylvia Poggioli. Italy has more UNESCO world heritage sites than any other country in the world, and its art and cultural riches have drawn visitors for centuries. It also prides itself on being a culinary mecca, where preparing, cooking and serving meals…