Last Monday we had our first day of freedom – phase two. What kind of freedom was included in phase two? Being allowed to walk more than 600 feet from our homes, outdoor exercise (not in groups), ability to visit family (only within your region) and the opening of restaurants, ice cream shops and cafes (only for takeout). Read More

In the past month, we have all likely been cooking more, and although lockdown will be coming to an end soon, why should the kitchen action come to an end? What a nice side effect of a horrible situation. Read More

When life gives you lemons (and let’s face it, the whole world seems to be dealing with lemons right now), make some limoncello bars. I wrote a post with the same tagline referring to a recipe for limoncello a few years back. But given the circumstances, don’t you think we need to add a little something to the limoncello? Like sugar, butter and cream? I think so!

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Italy remains on lockdown until at least May 3rd. A few days before the country asked us all to stay home, we were in Venice where things were already very quiet. Read More

We live in Lombardy, the most hard-hit region in Italy. We have been on lockdown for a week, but partial lockdown for a few weeks during which time the kids have been out of school and hubby has been working from home. What is life like? Read More

Now that Summer is over and we are in full fall mode, what better way to get over the summertime blues than hitting up a sagra (festival) in Italy?   Read More

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death and seeing as how he spent a big portion of his life in Milan, the city is celebrating with all kinds of cultural offerings. They include everything from art exhibits by Leo himself to exhibits by artists influenced by him. But the events go way beyond just art. Also included are educational talks, multimedia shows, kids’ activities, plays and tours. Read More

I have been recently reviewing and writing articles about hotels in northern Italy for my blog and other sites. Hotels used to be the first thing that came to mind when planning a vacation to Italy. But since Airbnb arrived on the scene, apartments have also gained popularity. What about all the other options out there? I will start with those more unique places and then touch on some of the more traditional options.  Read More

Hotel Review: Palazzo Parigi Hotel

Planning a trip to Italy always includes looking for the perfect accommodation and The Palazzo Parigi is one of THE places to stay in Milan. For those looking for an opulent hotel that is trendy at the same time – this is the place for you. Read More

Here is a super ambitious one-day itinerary for Milan, Italy. So if you are a road-warrior, this day is for you.

When planning a visit to a place like Milan, of course you have to see the classics, but there are some off the beaten path stops as well, otherwise this guide would be just like all the others out there…right?  It will NOT include “The Last Supper.”  I know….gasp….but I will save that for a two or three-day visit. Read More

I wrote a post about how to make your own Italian-style hot chocolate at home. Yummy, soul soothing and totally satisfying ganache…oh…I mean hot chocolate. But let’s face it, the Italian version IS basically like drinking a cup of ganache. It is rich and thick and to “drink” it, you need a spoon. Read More

It has been particularly cold in these last days of February. Rome even got a dusting of powdered sugar last night and the city woke up to a snow covered Colosseum. So what is the best way to enjoy these cold, cozy days?  With a cup of hot chocolate of course! ITALIAN hot chocolate that is. Italian hot chocolate is more like a dessert all by itself. It is has a thicker consistency than its American cousin and is more like drinking chocolate ganache than warmed up chocolate milk.

There is a boxed hot chocolate available in Italy, and it is called Ciobar. It kind of gets a bad rap here as something processed and disgusting, but having a look at the ingredients, they look similar to my recipe. Here they are:

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