Pasta Carbonara: No Peas Please

January 9, 2020

In case you missed it, I’ve decided to cook my way through the past ten years, re-experiencing and re-imagining my travels while learning to cook some really great food. And I’m starting the whole project off with a cheat. I might as well be honest about it. I chose pasta carbonara as my first dish …

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Introducing the Kitchen Bucket List Project

January 7, 2020

“I have an idea,” I told Mike one rainy afternoon in Bologna. “Oh no,” he said. Lives have been changed, careers re-arranged, international airfare bought, as a direct result of one of us casually saying, “I have an idea.” In this case, though, our lives were already being upended. We were less than a month …

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Two Years in Italy… and Saying Goodbye

November 15, 2019

In October 2017 we moved to Bologna. It wasn’t an easy process. We had to empty our cozy apartment in Seattle, and pack everything we owned into a few suitcases. We gave away pots and pans, rain boots, baby stuff, even our mattress (man I loved that mattress). We flew to Bologna with only a …

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Our Hot Sweaty Italian Summer

August 31, 2019

Sometimes it’s hard to believe there was a time in my life where I reliably wrote 2-3 blog posts each and every week. For years! Of course, that was before marriage, kids, dogs, and a pretty demanding full-time job. Now I’m lucky if I manage one post a month. But it won’t be this hectic …

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10 Pictures from June 2019

June 24, 2019

Ciao! After months of rain and cold, we plunged full force into Italian summer in June. No time for spring this year, we skipped right to 90 degree days, brilliant sunshine and aperitivos where we sip hugos al fresco. Honestly, it could be worse. We had a lot of fun this month! We had a …

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25 Photos From Spring 2019

May 26, 2019

Hey! It won’t surprise you to hear that work has been keeping me busy lately. I really like my new job, but I’m still getting used to the rhythm of constant deadlines, plus juggling working full time and family. I haven’t had time for much personal writing, although I’m hoping to get back on track …

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I Accepted a Full Time Job

April 1, 2019

No that’s not an April Fool’s joke. Almost a decade ago, in September 2010, I gave notice at my job. I was working at the Society for Interventional Radiologists as a Publications Coordinator. It was a very entry level job that I was very lucky to have (I was hired about three weeks before the …

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Carnevale in Italy is for Locals

March 5, 2019

Many of you have probably heard of Venice’s famous Carnevale, with it’s elaborate masks and costumes. But did you know that Carnevale is actually a country-wide event in Italy? While Venice is mostly put on for tourists, most Carnevale celebrations are purely local. Every year in the weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday Italians celebrate …

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15 Photos from January/February 2019

February 25, 2019

I admit it, I’m getting all backed up again. I’ve been busy busy busy this year so far. Work, a little travel (Morocco!), a lot of illness being passed around, plus I am working on a novel in my spare time. That’s right, I write aritcles and books all day for work and do more …

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