Category Archives: Various & Sundry

Subiaco: an oasis of natural beauty, peace, history & art

Saint Benedict Monastery Subiaco

If you’re looking for a day trip out of Rome where you can find an oasis of peace immersed in spectacular natural beauty, yet rich with Italian history, art and culture then Subiaco is a perfect choice. Subiaco is located about an hour and a half southeast of Rome in the upper Aniene Valley and…

Fennel, Sliced Orange & Olive Salad

Shaved fennel, orange and olive salad

Fennel, Sliced Orange and Olive Salad   There’s nothing like the fresh crunchy flavor of fennel bulbs and they’re a perfect ingredient in this fennel, sliced orange and olive salad. I put fennel in just about any kind of salad; use a mandolin to slice fennel paper thin for your salad. Fennel tend to turn…

Chicken with red peppers and tomatoes

Chickenandpeppers2

Chicken with Red Peppers and Tomatoes Traditionally chicken with red peppers and tomatoes is a summer dish; it’s one of the wonderful ways to use the abundance of red and yellow peppers from the garden. It happens to be great just about anytime of the year…warm & hearty, it falls squarely into the great comfort…

The Colors of Mallorca

Calle de Jaume II, Palma, Mallorca

This past month I’ve spent the bulk of my time strolling through the streets of Palma, enjoying the colors of Mallorca, the winding streets, the unique building facades. Mallorcans love color and paint window shutters, doors, and the buildings themselves in bright and bold colors. Each and every one is unique, and it’s the exploration…

Eating in Palma de Mallorca

Pa amb oli, rustic rye bread with olive oil and tomato, Mallorca

If you’re eating in Palma de Mallorca…the choices abound. You’ll find local Mallorcan and Spanish cuisine and just about every other choice of cuisine you can imagine. Sobrassada is a fundamental element of tapas served everywhere in Palma! My favorite foodie area is Santa Catalina, and in particular Carrer de Fabrica (Fabrica Street). This year…

Palma Street Art

Joan Aguiló street artist, Palma Mallorca

The top ten things to do in Palma, Mallorca

Historic center Palma Mallorca

Mallorca is a great vacation spot that offers the best of Spanish life and culture, along with the unique flavor of the island. It’s well worth it to explore as much of the island as possible, but don’t miss out on Mallorca’s capital city, Palma. Here are the top ten things to do in Palma,…

Penne with sizzled garlic & hot pepper, anchovies and parsley

Penne with olive oil, garlic, hot pepper, anchovies and parsley

Olive oil, garlic, a touch of hot pepper, a few anchovy fillets and fresh parsley are all you need to make this scrumptious pasta dish, in just three minutes! Well, a few more if you include the ten minutes it takes for your pasta to cook. Penne with sizzled garlic & hot pepper, anchovies and…

Rome’s Fascinating Quartière Coppedé!

Fairy Cottages Piazza Mincio Coppedé neighborhood

The Quartière Coppedé, one of Rome’s most fascinating neighborhoods, is just a short bus ride from the heart of Rome’s city center, or less than a half hour’s walk following along the Villa Borghese park towards Parioli. This often overlooked, but extremely beautiful and captivating quartière is named after the neighborhood’s designer and architect, florentine…

Naples in a Day: Fifteen Absolute Musts!

Naples is a must if you’re looking for amazing food and incredible pastries, jaw dropping art that will leave you dazzled, and if you want to experience a culture of passion and music! To enjoy Naples to its fullest you have to take it as it is, jump in and enjoy! There’s nothing like it…