Arnad-Montjovet – Nectar of the Alps

 Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope you all have good plans for ringing in 2016. I am in Mexico with my dear friend exploring new traditions and cultures – I’m so excited! As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, the Aosta Valley does have some...

The Aosta Valley – A Skier’s Paradise

The Aosta Valley is the most north-western region in Italy and also the smallest. It is one of four independent regions, which gives them economic and political autonomy. This is the result of its tumultuous and ever changing geo-historiographical landscape. Once a...

Ricotta Gnocchi

Sorry to keep you in suspense – I had to adult this week. Totally overrated. Now for the…da da dada! “Orgasmic Ricotta Gnocchi”! The thing that differentiates these from potato or flour gnocchi is the texture. They are light and fluffy, delicate on...

Palladio’s Playground

We walked through the quiet cobbled streets. There was a strange sensation of being in a small town, but also being dwarfed by the high buildings. Something you only feel in the medieval towns of Europe. Because it was Summer, there weren’t many people around,...

Veneto

Veneto is a particularly famous region, being home to several well-known cities in Italy. Venice The most famous of these cities is certainly Venice. Famous for their elaborate Carnival celebration – currently in progress and finishing on “Fat...

Prego!

I thought I’d explain the name of the blog a bit more. Obviously there’s a nod to Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling novel, Eat, Pray, Love wherein her main character (herself), goes on a soul searching journey to find herself after a horrendous...

Eating in the “Bel Paese”

Italy, like much of Europe, is actually very young. I know that sounds crazy, but most European countries historically were very fractured and were only recently united under common banners. Borders changed, based on who was king and loyalties were easily shifted with...

So much more than a place to cook

Cooking as culture is so central to life and it’s something I feel we are missing on a large scale here in the United States, but is alive and well in Europe, in particular in Italy. I realize there are several places across the US, people are moving very...