|Olivas Adobe, Ventura|
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Twelve. Although it reduced quite a bit in the blender, there was still a ton of it. We decided to try freezing it in ice trays to save for future meals. Here is a pic of the gloppy goop.
Friday, October 26, 2012
another article courtesy of The Florentine explaining this fruit's migration from the Americas as well as other New World foods such as chocolate and pepper.
Posted by Katie Patrykus at 9:34 PM
Friday, September 14, 2012
nice and concise list of books about or set in Florence was recently published in an article by The Florentine. I've finished The House of Medici: It's Rise and Fall and Brunelleschi's Dome. I recommend both, but feel Ross King's Brunelleschi's Dome is the most fun (I was compelled to read it twice!) and a great peak into the daily life of of a wide range of Florentines during the era.
Posted by Katie Patrykus at 7:21 AM
Friday, July 13, 2012
|La Pietra Estate|
Sunday, May 13, 2012
|Torre del Mangia staircase, Siena|
There isn't a vertical tower in Italy that I don't want to conquer. Here are a few of my favorite tower or hill climbs focusing on Tuscany and nearby:
1. Duomo, Florence (read Ross King's Brunelleschi's Dome before you do it...or after!)
2. Walk to Piazza Michelangelo and San Miniato Al Monte
3. Patrol path tour, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
4. Hiking the Ligurian coast (especially the cliff-hugging sanctuaries)
5. Torre del Mangia, Siena
6. Torre Guinigi, Lucca
7. St. Patrick's well, Orvieto
8. Leaning tower, Pisa (you've got to do it once)
9. The entire town of Montepulciano
10. Ramparts of Monteriggioni
|Photo courtesy of smnovella.it|
Believed to be the oldest pharmacy in Europe (1221), this historic treasure offered balms and medicinal herbs to the church's monks and Florence's poor. It's been in continuous operation ever since and now sells mostly perfumes, lotions, and chocolates. We missed this stop on our last visit to Florence, but wish we hadn't. Happy birthday!
Monday, March 5, 2012
|Cavolo nero, a.k.a. Tuscan black kale|
|The finished product|
Saturday, February 11, 2012
|Photo courtesy of homeaway.com|
A Florence apt. that is a 20-minute walk from the duomo for 200 euro a week that sleeps seven. That's some cheap living. Or swap our Socal house for this centrally located Catania pad.
I can dream.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The Italian Country Table - Potato Gatto - was a hit. Mashed potatoes layered with parmigiano and fresh mozzarella cheeses, onions, peas, and salami. All topped with garlic breadcrumbs. Savory, comforting, addictive.