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October 13, 2011
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Magnificent Montalcino

Wine lovers the world over visit this terrace overlooking the Val d'Orcia to pay homage to the birthplace of one of the pillars of Italian wine, Brunello di Montalcino. At this time of year in Montalcino, the Sangiovese grapes have been harvested and are quietly transforming into Bacchus' delicious
January 13, 2011

It’s a big world after all

  Never has Florence or Tuscany had to deal with the competition that it is facing today as new tourism markets open up on an almost daily basis: China; the ex-eastern bloc countries; some African countries; new locations in established markets such as in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand and Egypt.     And even within the […]
November 29, 2007

August Rush

That darling little Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Good Year) resurfaces in August Rush, Warner Bross Thanksgiving/Christmas family concoction that sugarcoats reality with the finesse of a fairy tale patissier. With Oliver Twist as a mentor the orphaned Augustrepellent offspring of a musically intense
November 15, 2007

Over the river and through the woods

Few things are as uniquely American as the feast of Thanksgiving. Regardless of where Americans are that day, most cannot help but remember past meals. With memories comes the attempt to try and recreate Thanksgiving, despite the difficulty of finding the distinctive ingredients. Creating a Thanksgiving celebration in Florence requires
December 14, 2006

Glad tidings from the kitchen

The holidays evoke an inevitable urge to cook, not that I ever need much to be inspired here in Florence. I am almost thankful that there is no Thanksgiving here in Italy, as the feasting rites of Christmas almost put me under the table. In this country, food always seems
December 1, 2005

Married to the Italian: the sunday lunch ambush

“So, what should I get at the market for lunch tomorrow?”   My blood turns to ice.   This seemingly innocent question, when asked by one’s Italian mother-in-law, can shatter the peace and quiet of your Saturday morning like a drive-by shooting. Tomorrow, some friends and family are coming over for Sunday Lunch.   Trapped […]
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 &

The turkey dazzles Renaissance Florentines

Remember Giambologna’s turkey in the Bargello? Did you ever wonder if that sixteenth-century Florentine bronze sculpture had anything to do with the roasted and stuffed bird that you gobble up at Thanksgiving and Christmas? With the bird that Benjamin Franklin had wanted to put on the American
August 4, 2005

‘Un popolo timido’,

If you really want to make an Italian squirm, politely listen to what he has to say. Sit with your hands in your lap and nod attentively after each of his emphatic affirmations. For an Italian, there is no worse scenario. Why? Because Italians are fundamentally shy. “Siamo un