Author: Carolyn Abney

March 9, 2006

Introducing the star of starters: Fennel

The next time you walk past that white bulb with the green fronds at your grocer’s, stop and appreciate that it is one of nature’s marvels. It is both an herb and a vegetable. Almost all of the plant is edible: seeds, foliage, stalk and - with
February 9, 2006

Champagne in Italian is spelled S-P-U-M-A-N-T-E

When we think of celebrations, we think of toasting with Champagne. But isn’t every day worth celebrating? Why not drink sparkling wines more often? Why not have them throughout a meal instead of just before or after? It’s all in the bubbles: carbon dioxide forms during
December 29, 2005

Tiny Bubbles

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” are fine, but a favorite sound of the season is the pop of a cork from Champagne or another sparkling wine.  About 40% of the year’s supply is consumed during December, with a crescendo on New Year’s Eve.  Italy is blessed with a range of sparkling wines and France, […]
November 17, 2005

Doing the turkey in Tuscany

Thanksgiving - il giorno di ringraziamento - is less than a week away. Whether you are in Florence as a visitor, a student, or a resident, it is likely that your plans for the day are made. If you are an American or a Canadian – or the child of one &
October 6, 2005
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Stomping time in Italy

From August to November, from Italy’s mountainous north to its sunniest south, the grape harvest is under way. Once the legal time to harvest has begun – and this date varies by region – winemakers and agronomists try to select the exact moment when their grapes are perfectly
September 22, 2005

Coal to newcastle

The walls of Nuovo San Giovanni Hospital in Scandicci are more welcoming this week thanks to the recent visit of volunteers working with the Atlanta based Foundation for Hospital Art. This is the third time the Foundation has painted at San Giovanni. General Electric Elfuns, and members of the American
September 8, 2005

Slow food,

It almost sounds like the beginning of a novel: a group of friends sharing a bottle of wine and talking about the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome. About how this could be the end of the treasured, ancient Italian
June 30, 2005
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL


Whether you are looking for a historic festival, Roman ruins, great wine and seafood, or one of Europe’s top beaches, little known Grado has it all.  And the perfect time to go there is the first weekend in July, when, each year since 1237 Grado honours the